First Congregational Church
Spencer, U.C.C.
207 Main Street
PO Box 187
Spencer, Massachusetts 01562
Worship 10:00 A.M.
Rev. Dianne C. Dugan, Interim Pastor
E-mail pastordianne.fccs@gmail.com
For emergencies after office hours,
please call (H) 508-885-5863 any time
or (C) 774-275-7861 until 9 PM

June 2017


“Awe came upon everyone…”  Acts 2:43a

The Lord had promised Elijah to pass by. “Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.”   I Kings 19:11b-12


Awe, wonder, amazement, surprise, wonderment, astonishment, reverence…are these common themes in your life?  Awe tends to simultaneously help us feel connected to the greater world, to God, to nature, to everything that is mystery yet leaves us feeling humble at our own existence.

As we move toward the relaxation of summer routines and activities, I hope that you will allow awe to enter your soul; to nourish your feeling of contentment and centeredness.  Look for it as you walk in the woods – a leaf, a spider web glinting in the sun, a dewdrop, a flower just coming into bloom. See it in the face of a loved one, the smile of a child or an elder, feel it in the touch of a gentle breeze, in the touch of a reassuring hand, in the sound of music, birds, the trill of a frog, or in silence.  Sense it in the quiet spaces of reflection, reading, and soaking in the sun’s warmth. May you find the sacred in every moment.

May you have a safe, blessed, and restful summer.


ON June 4th we celebrate Pentecost, the birth of the church and the indwelling

of God’s Holy Spirit on God’s people.


Please WEAR RED when you come to church that Sunday!

Pastor Dianne



Our next regular meeting will be June 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  



Our 275th anniversary is coming up in 2019 which is only 1 ½ years away. We will need to form a committee. We need your help to make this anniversary something special.  Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  If you are interested please let a member of the administration committee know.  They are Mark Provencer, Chairperson, Ginny Fanning, Claire Harding, Don Irish Phil Olivo, Sue Provo and Dave Wentworth.



  • Contacted Sprint about repairing Stonewall by their equipment.  Stones have moved very close to the building.  Sprint has agreed to repair the wall at no cost to the Church.  Repairs to begin sometime in the spring.  Ken Landine will continue to stay on top of this project.  


  • Renovations on the two bathrooms are complete.  They look great.  



The following  committees have the following positions open; Administration  (2) 3 year terms,; Church & Community (1) 3 year term; Church & Education (1) un-filled 2 year term , (1) 3 year term;  Diaconate: (2) Deacons 3 year terms; Stewardship Committee (1) 3 year term.  Please check out the different committees and what each of them do for the church on our web site, go to www.spencerchurch .org .  Please consider joining one of the committees.  We need fresh faces with fresh and insightful ideas. If interested in filling one of the positions, please contact a member of the nominating committee: Claire Harding or Don Irish   



Mark Provencher, for the entire Administration Committee  



The Heart Sale netted $250.00.  The proceeds from the sale will be sent to Church World Services to purchase blankets for the needy in poor countries in the world.

The following is a list of mothers who were remembered and honored with the purchase of a blanket in their names:


Miriam Ahlquist

Ellie Mae Gordon

Priscilla Kowal

Myrtice Sampson

Ethel Beadreau

Mary Griffith

Betty Landine

Lilian Snow

Ruth Blodgett

Hilda Harding

Leona Larson

Mae Turrentine

Jaime Campbell

Dolly Hetfield

Helen Lincoln

Viola Veaudry

Barbara Coutu

Theresa Hill

Little Gram

Grandma Voellings

Flora Coutu

Donna Ingalls

Dorothy O'Coin

Nadine Wackus

Ida Fisette

Ethyl Irish

Lynn Perreault

Barbara Wentworth

Bertha Frykberg

Pat Irish

Claire Perron

Eleanor Willard


Evelyn Jamieson

Jean Peters


Nana G

Mary Johnson

Sara Russel



Spencer Pride Day - We wish to thank everyone for the support and help in making Spencer Pride Day a success. The Spencer Police Department, Highway Department, Fire Department and all the local businesses, Our grateful thanks for all the volunteers who spent their time in the clean-up process.

It is so important to be good stewards of our environment and show pride in our town.

To all – great job!  Let’s plan again for next year.

The Father’s Day Tool  Sale in memory and honored of our Fathers began on Sunday, May 28th. and will go through Sunday June 18th.The proceeds from the Tool Sale will be used for ministry projects.    



We met on May 7, 2017.  The next meeting is scheduled for September 10, 2017.  We discussed Children’s Sunday scheduled for June 11, 2017 and Vacation Bible School (VBS).  VBS is scheduled for July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017 and July 31, 2017 – August 4, 2017.  We will be posting lists of supplies we may need.  Thank you in advance for your generous support.


Lisa Brown, Church School Superintendent, 2017



We are working on our plans for Children’s Sunday, June 11th.  Practice for Children’s Sunday will be on June 4, 2017.  Save the dates!  I will be looking for a school teacher for next year.  Anyone interested, please see Lisa Brown.


Lisa Brown, Church School Superintendent, 2017



The Deacons did not meet on May 14th due to Mother’s Day.

The Deacon of the month for June is Judy Chicoine

Elevator operator will be Dick Chase.  Sunday, June 4, 2017 Robert & Hazel Ahlquist will be ushers and Communion servers.

Next meeting will be June 11, 2017.  We will be meeting with the Pastoral Relations Committee.

Please try to attend this meeting as we will have a lot to cover.

God bless us all,

Judy Chicoine, Chairperson


We are in need of cashiers, clothing markers. If you can volunteer just one day a week or one day a month it would be greatly appreciated.  Please let Mary Ingalls know. The shop will close on Friday, June 23rd and re-open on Wednesday August 23, 2017.



Ross Brown is in charge of the community calendar again this year, with the help of Bob Ahlquist. The funds collected from the sale go to different charities for our church and community.  


We began collecting the listings on May 7th.  There will be someone in the lower Narthex before and after worship service.  Due to the increase in the cost of printing the calendars we need to increase the prices for the calendar to $5.00 per calendar and the cost of each birthday, anniversary and memorial listing will now be 35 each.   The deadline for all listings is June 1st.

Just a reminder that the Father & Son banquet was moved Saturday, June 10, 2017. The banquet will be held on the second Saturday in June from this date on. The Women’s Fellowship does the cooking and serving for this meal. Tickets sale began  on May 14, 2017.  You may call the church office to reserve tickets or purchase them on Sunday before or after service.

Thank you and God bless,

Philip Harding, President



The Fellowship met on May 10th for their Annual Pot Luck Lunch & meeting.   We finalized the budget for 2017-2018.  Please see below.






Foster Children - Children Inc. U.S.A. 360.00 + 360.00+ 360.00 1,008.00

Plan Int’l………………………………360.00 + .360.00………………………………720.00                    

Birthday & Christmas Gift Foster Children 500.00

Minister’s Christmas Gift …. 300.00

Custodian, Secretary, Treasure, Choir Director & Organist Christmas Gift (75.00 ea) 450.00

One Great Hour of Sharing 100.00

Steeple Lighting 500.00

H.H. Fisher Memorial Permanent Scholarship Fund 500.00

Scholarship Aid Fund………($500 plus $100.00 per deceased female member) 1,000.00

Pledge to the Church 15,000.00

Mother& Daughter Banquet Expenses 350.00

Men’s League Christmas Dinner Entertainment 300.00

Heifer Shipper (Super) 100.00

Sunshine Committee 150.00

Superintendent of Sunday School 1,000.00

Office Fund (To Copier) ………………………………………………………………..500.00

Scholarship (Baccalaureate) Spencer Clergy …………………………………………...150.00

Lite Sticks (Children’s Christmas Eve Service)…………………………………………125.00

Copy Machine (maintenance contract) ..……………………………………....2,100.00

Special Extra Services (Music)…………………………………………………………500.00

TOTAL .…... $24,853.00



Sunlighters  June 14th at 1 PM at 128 Northwest Rd – “Shingled Cottage” the home of  Gordon & Rachel Walden.  All church members and friends are welcome. Come and enjoy the afternoon. 


Evening Women’s Fellowship  


9th Annual Flea Market   We are sponsoring an Indoor / Outdoor Flea Market on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Rent a space: $20 for 6’ table and $25 for 8’ table, which includes one table, two chairs.  Set up on Friday, June 23rd - 5 to 7 p.m. or Saturday at 7 a.m.  Unsold items are the sole responsibility of the renter.


Morning “Coffee And”, also lunch will be served from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

To reserve one or more tables, fill out and return the form below with your check, or contact the

church office at 508-885-2149 or fccspencer@verizon.net



Reservation Deadline: Friday, June 16, 2017

Space is limited. Please do not sell food at your booth.  Please remove your own trash after the event.

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Table Reservation for June 24, 2017 Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market


Name ________________________________________ Email Address___________________________________


Postal Address _________________________________________________________________________________


Day Phone _____________________________________ Cell Phone_____________________________________


Type of items to be sold: _________________________________________________________________________


I would like to set up on ____ Friday evening (5 to 7 p.m.)           ____ I will set up at 7 a.m. on Saturday.


Number of tables to reserve ____ @ 6’ tables $20 = _________________ (amount enclosed)

                                               ____ @ 8’ tables $25 =  _________________ (amount enclosed)


                                              Please check one:  Indoors   [    ]   Outdoors   [    ]


Please make checks payable to “FCC Evening Women’s Fellowship”


Mail to First Congregational Church of Spencer, UCC, PO Box 187, Spencer, MA 01562.   Deadline: June 16, 2017



Scholarship Applications are available to all college students, during all four years of school.  Applications are available from the church office and are due on or before June 11, 2017 for consideration.  Applications may be picked up Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon.


Strengthen the Church Offering  Invest in the Strengthen the Church offering and help the United Church of Christ stir visions into reality.  Your gifts help start new United Church of Christ congregations in areas of the country where no similar church exists.  The church of the future will not exist without a vision and the means to make that vision a reality.  Make your investment in the U.C.C. through this offering. An envelope is enclosed.  Envelopes are due on or by Sunday, June 11, 2017.


Dismas House dinner will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017.  We will meet at the church at 5:00 PM.  Anyone interested can sign up on the sheet under the clock in the Mary Porter Hall or contact Sue Babineau at 508-885-0106.  Thank you everyone for all your help with this program.  The men appreciate all that is done for them.

Lay Reading dates available for June & July


Looking for a simple and fun way to take part in the Sunday worship service? Sign up to be a Lay

Reader. The Lay Reader leads the congregation in the Call to Worship and reads the scripture lesson for the day. No previous experience is necessary, and it’s a great way to share in our Sunday service. A sign up sheet is posted in front of the church office. Please feel to pick a date or two and sign up. You can also call the office at 508-885-2149 and ask us to put your name down as well.


Hearing Assist Devices are Available...Feel like you're missing some of what is going on during our service? We have hearing assist devices available to help you enjoy our worship service. These small, comfortable and convenient devices are connected directly to the sound system of the church via FM radio signals. Every sound spoken into any microphone in the church will be transmitted to the devise. Why miss out when you can hear every word crystal clear?  Please see one of the ushers for assistance. They will be happy to assist you.


Know Somebody in the Hospital? Please let us know…

Do you know of someone from the church who is in the hospital or at some other health care facility?    Please let us know at the church office. Due to the Federal Health Insurance Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA), hospitals and health care facilities can no longer tell us if anyone from the church is there, even if they have made their church membership known to them.  In other words, we have no other way of knowing if someone is in the hospital other than word of mouth.  Please let us know the full name that they were admitted by, what the facility name is, and if possible, what their room number is. Thank you so much for your help with the visitation ministry of the church.




June 1st – 30th Office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.     

June 1st  Men’s League Community Calendar deadline for listings.  

June 4th   Communion Sunday

June 6th   Prayer Team meeting 11 AM.  All are welcome to attend.

Bible Study begins 6 to 8 PM

June 10th  Father & Son Banquet 6:30 PM

June 11th  Children’s Sunday at 10:00 AM

Diaconate meeting following worship service

Scholarship Applications deadline for all applications.

June 13th   Bible Study 6 to 8 PM

June 18th  Happy Father’s Day!

June 21st Administration Meeting 7 PM.   

June 22nd  Tie Notices are due for the Summer Tie (July & August)

June 23rd  Economy Shop will close for the summer and will re-open on Wednesday,

August 23rd.

June 24th  Evening Women’s Fellowship Flea Market 8 AM to 1 PM



July 2nd – Aug. 27th Summer Sunday Services begin at 9:30 AM

July 4th  Office Closed for holiday.

July 10th – Aug.6th Vacation Pastor Dianne

July 17th -21st  Vacation Bible School week #1



Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Al-A-Teen meet every Monday at 6:30 PM.

 Deacon of the Month for June is Judy Chicoine




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