One Great Hour of Sharing is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education, health care, small business micro-credit, and emergency relief. Look for the donation envelopes and baskets in the foyer and Great Room. The collection runs throughout March.
All women in the church are invited an evening of Stone Soup, which is the next Women’s Fellowship event, taking place on Saturday, March 18, at 5 p.m. at the church: Bring something you’d like to eat in a soup that we’ll prepare together: a potato, celery, onion, meat, etc. There won’t be a signup – whatever we end up with will go into the chicken stock provided for a base. In addition to cooking, eating, and visiting, Marion Smith will tell us about the “Dress a Girl Around the World” project, in which all are invited to participate on May 20. Questions? Contact Jennifer Hurley (340-5168 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The season of Lent, a time of preparation for Holy Week and Easter, begins March 1. This year’s themes for worship and small groups will relate to Adam Hamilton’s book “Final Words from the Cross.” You’ll be informed, challenged, and inspired in your Christian walk as you contemplate Jesus’ last spoken words before his death.
Lenten small groups begin the week of March 5 and will be offered on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. in the usual small group locations, as well as on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Choose the time that works best for you. If you are unable to attend during daytime, ask Judy Bush about the possibility of a night session. In addition, let Judy know if you need childcare for the Sundays of March 5 and April 2, since there is no regular church school on those days.
You may purchase a copy of “Final Words” in the Great Room, leaving cash or a $14 check made out to DCC. In preparation for your small group’s first session, read the prologue and chapter one. Even if you aren’t going to be in a small group, think about purchasing a book to enhance your spiritual growth.
Pastor Carol recently preached about her desire to be more forthcoming with her views and insights about current events. That sermon generated some good conversation, which she’d like to continue in a larger context with anyone who is interested. How can we, as followers of Christ, be open to learning from others and state our own opinions and sense of calling, while also being humble and respectful? Can our members and pastor do that without creating a chasm between “us” and “them,” and without having those with minority opinions feel marginalized? Amy Lockwood, a church member and skilled facilitator, will guide us as we meet to explore these questions on Sunday, February 19, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Note: This is not a meeting to debate opinions about current events, but to instead discuss how we, as a church, might encourage openness without creating divisions. Questions? Email Amy at: email@example.com.
In Sunday, January 29th’s message, Pastor Carol reflected on her sabbatical and new insights. On February 5th, join her for a time of silence and sharing in the style of a Quaker meeting, taking place in the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. How have our year-long focus on the Holy Spirit and the sabbatical time changed you and/or our church? Where do you sense you/we are being called? Don’t come with expectations about speaking or not. Do come with confidence that the Spirit will guide those who do feel moved to share amid the quiet.
Prepared to Serve will be Saturday, February 25, 8 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. This day held at Pembroke Academy is open to all lay people and clergy of the NH Conference of the United Church of Christ. Included are worship, workshops, exhibits, food, and fellowship. Take a look at the on-site booklets in the Great Room or on the small bulletin board in the hallway. You also may access the booklet and register by going to http://www.nhcucc.org (pull down the “Caring for Congregations” tab). If you register before February 15, the cost is $40.