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
Church Office
8:00 a.m. to noon
Mon.- Fri


May News

 “…can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.”  Luke 12:25-27

Happy EASTER!  

My favorite season is Spring.  The earth is coming back to life.  Bulbs planted last year are sending out roots and making their way to the sun.  It’s lambing time for many of our farms.  Trees are beginning to bud; warmer weather has allowed more activity outdoors.  It warms my heart and my spirit feels renewed. Spencer Pride Day was a success even with the rain, because people came in spite of the weather.

So often we worry rather than pray.  It doesn’t do us any good and our worry may in fact keep us from paying attention to God’s wisdom and guidance. Sometimes we just keep uttering the same fervent prayer, hoping to finally have it granted.  

A friend of mine once gave me a “Prayer Jar”. It is a milk glass container that held a pencil and pad of post-it notes inside. If I have no idea or ability to fix what troubles me, I place my prayer into the jar for God’s will and action. I don’t look at it again. This process turns my concerns, yearnings, hopes, and dreams and leaves them in God’s care.

I have witnessed relationships heal over time. I have seen God put me in the right job at the right time. I still have prayers in that jar – for the world, for family and friends, for churches.  Putting my trust that God’s agenda will be more than I imagined and will be fruitful keeps me from obsessing and allows me, like the seasons, to let growth come in God’s time and manner.

I pray that you continue to come to know the Risen Christ; that you will let God transform you and bring forth possibilities you never even imagined. May you find peace supplants your worry.  Amen.


Don’t forget to pick up your magnet so that you, too, can pray regularly for our church.



Pastor Dianne


Our next regular meeting will be May 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM. This is a change from Wednesday, April 19th due to the last meeting in the series on “Forgiveness”.



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 almost complete.   A special thank you to those volunteers who coordinated, prep and painted the bathrooms. We are just waiting on the electrician to complete the electrical work and they will be completed.



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 terms.  Please check out the different committees and what each of them do for the church on our web site, go to www.spencerchurch .org .  If anyone is 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 started on April 30th.  Someone will be in the Lower Narthex before and after church services selling the hearts in honor and in memory our Mothers.  The actual cost of a single blanket is $10.00 now.   We have not increased the price of $5.00 each to cover the actual cost of purchasing one blanket.  We are leaving it up to you to decide if you wish to donate$10 instead of the $5 for each heart.  The Heart Sale will continue until Sunday, May 14th.  The proceeds from the sale will be sent to Church World Services to purchase blankets for the needy in poor countries in the world.

Your continued support will be appreciated.



We did not meet on April 9, 2017.  The next meeting is scheduled for May 7, 2017.  We discussed the new bibles we are using for the children, new nursery curriculum, Children’s Sunday scheduled for June 11, 2017.


Lisa Brown, Church School Superintendent, 2017



We are working on our plans for Children’s Sunday in June.  Practice for Children’s Sunday will be on May 28, 2017 and 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 met after church on April 9, 2017.

The Deacon of the month for May is Hazel Ahlquist.

We are looking for people who would like to be greeters on Sunday mornings, because of the small attendance on our committee we are asking for all church members to take part.  Please see Judy Chicoine if you would like to volunteer.

Well Easter is over and we are looking to a slower month.

The Diaconate would like to thank all who took part in Ash Wednesday.  We had a great turn out of 23 people and watched a wonderful movie.

Holy week was received well between 12 -14 people rose each day for the 8:30 AM services. Those who did the services did a superb job. Maundy Thursday service was well attended 33 adults and 3 children.

Palm Sunday was very nice with the whole church family participating in the service.

Easter Sunrise service had 43 adults and 5 children in attendance,  Easter 10 AM service attendance was lower this year than in the previous years with  59  adults, 17 worship participants for a total of 76 Adults &  8 children.

The breakfast was very good.  Thank you to Ken, Joyce, Phil & Claire.

Hope you had a nice Easter.

Next meeting will be May 14, 2017.

God bless us all,

Judy Chicoine, Chairperson


The Economy Shop is in need of help to start hanging the Summer clothing.  If you can help, please come on May 2nd.  Any time you can give will be greatly appreciated. We‘ll be here from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M


We are also in need of cashiers. If you can volunteer just one day a week it would be greatly appreciated.  Please let Mary Ingalls know.



If you would like to have flowers in memory of, or in honor of a loved one, there is an opening  on the

following Sunday  Nov. 12th.  Please contact one of the members of the committee or call the church

office 508-885-2149, if you wish to have flowers on one of the above date.

Your Flower Committee,

Hazel Ahlquist, Claire Harding & Barbara Jette




Ross Brown will be 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 will begin 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.   Please complete the form below and return it as soon as possible.

The Mother Daughter Banquet is Saturday, May 6th.  The Men’s League prepares and serves the meal. Tickets will go on sale April 9th.

Just a reminder that the Father & Son banquet was moved to the second Saturday in June.  The Women’s Fellowship does the cooking and serving for this meal. Tickets will go on sale May 14, 2017.

Thank you and God bless,

Philip Harding, President

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Name: ___________________________________________ Phone #: __________________________


THE COMMUNITY CALENDAR – We hope everyone will be interested in this project and will fill out and mail or bring to church the information form below and the money by June 1, 2017.




EXAMPLE:  A family of 4 (mother, father, and 2 children) will pay .35 cents for each birth date and anniversary date plus $5.00 for the printed calendar.  Thus, this family will owe $6.75 for a year of reminders and fun (which includes club meetings dates and special holidays).


This year we are accepting MEMORIAL DATES.  Just put ‘mem’ beside any Memorial name.


NAME____________________________________ BIRTHDAYS   _____________________________.35

____________________________________        _____________________________ .35

_____________________________________        _____________________________ .35

_____________________________________        _____________________________ .35

_____________________________________        _____________________________ .35

_____________________________________        _____________________________ .35


ANNIVERSARY   ________________________________________________________________________.35


_____ Yes, we want (    Wink calendars at $5.00 PAID   ________________________


If you need more room, you may use a separate sheet.


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The Fellowship met on April 3rd. Our next meeting will be our Annual Pot Luck Lunch &

meeting to held on May 10th at 12:30 PM.  We will be finalizing the budget for 2017-2018 and the election of officers.  All the women of the church are invited to attend.


Sunlighters  Our next meeting will be held on June 14th at 1 PM at the home of Rachel Walden – 128 Northwest Road .  All the women of the church are invited to attend.  


Evening Women’s Fellowship will meet at 6:30 PM on Monday, May 1st at Mexicali Grill, 117 Main Street. All women of the church are welcome to attend.


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


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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.


The Worcester County 4-H Teen Club will hold a Spaghetti Supper at the First Congregational Church (207 Main St. – Spencer ) Saturday, May 13th  from 5 to 7 PM.  This was rescheduled from April 1st due to bad weather.  Adults tickets $10 and children 10 year and under $5.  If you did not purchase your tickets in April please see or call Pat Stark 508-885-5131 for tickets.

Lay Reading dates available for May & June 

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.



May 1st – 31st Office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.     

May 1st  Evening Women’s Fellowship will meet at Mexicali Grill – 117 Main St. at 6:30 PM  

May 2nd   Prayer Team meeting 11 AM.  All are welcome to attend.

Bible Study begins 6 to 8 PM

May 6th  Mother & Daughter Banquet  6:30 PM

May 7th  Communion Sunday

May 9th  Bible Study 6 to 8 PM

May 10th  Women’s Fellowship Annul Pot Luck and Meeting  12:30 PM

May 13th  4-H Spaghetti Supper 5 to 7 PM

May 14th  Mother’s Day

Diaconate meeting

May 16th  Bible Study 6 to 8 PM

May 17th  Administration Meeting 7 PM.   

May 18th  Tie Notices are due for the month of June.

May 23rd  Bible Study 6 to 8 PM

May 28th  Memorial Day Service the American Legion Post 138 member will be with us.

May 29th  Memorial Day the church office will be CLOSED for the holiday.

May 30th  Baccalaureate Service for David Prouty High School’s Graduating Class of 2017 at 7 PM



June 1st  Men’s League Community Calendar deadline for listings. Please see the Men’s League section for more information.

June 7th  Bible Study 6 to 8 PM

June 10th  Father & Son Banquet 6:30 PM

June 11th  Children’s Sunday 10 AM

Scholarship Applications last day for receiving the applications.

June 14th Bible Study 6 to 8 PM

June 24th Annual Flea Market 8 AM to 1 PM.  Please see the Women’s Evening Fellowship   section for more information.



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

 Deacon of the Month for May is Hazel Ahlquist

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