Be part of Holy Week at Deerfield Community Church. Maundy Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m.: Soup supper and program. Good Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.: Walk with cross to Meetinghouse Hill. Holy Saturday, March 31, 5 to 9 p.m.: Sanctuary open for silent prayer. APRIL 1, EASTER: 6:30 a.m. sunrise service on Meetinghouse Hill (across from the cemetery) 10 a.m. service in our sanctuary (15 Church Street).
All sewers and interested helpers are encouraged to come to the next “Dress a Girl Around the World” sew-a-thon on May 5. Questions? Contact Marion Smith at 463-7610.
We are seeking children ages four and up to participate in sacred dance at the 10 a.m. Easter worship service. The first of four practices will be Sunday, March 18, at 11 a.m. (after church school). Please contact Jacqui Dion with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org, 391-2495).
Our church’s Outreach Team is requesting donations for Deerfield Community School’s health office to support children needing food due to missed breakfasts or health issues. Requested items include individually wrapped servings of granola bars, pretzels, popped popcorn, nuts, dried fruit rollups, raisins, Goldfish crackers, and packets of crackers with cheese or peanut butter. In addition to the bucket at the church, other drop-off buckets are located at the following:
- Philbrick-James Library: Monday and Wednesday 1-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. till 5 p.m., Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. till noon.
- George B. White Building (main front entrance): Monday through Friday 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.a
The collection will continue throughout March. If you have questions, please contact Bonnie Heisey at 234-7272.
This spring we’ll be offering Growing in God’s Grace 101 (3G-101), a five-session experiential series required for people who want to become Covenanted Members of DCC. The class will be after worship at 10:15 a.m. To participate, please sign up in the Great Room.
The church season of Lent, when we prepare ourselves spiritually for Easter, is a call to renewed worship, study, prayer, repentance, and generosity.
Our theme for Lent 2018 is “Listen: Hearing That ‘Still, Small Voice’ and Finding Your Own.” During worship services and our Lenten discussion series, we’ll hone our ability to hear God and discern our Spirit-inspired inner voice.
This year Lent begins on February 14 (Ash Wednesday):
• 11:00 a.m. Prayer, readings, imposition of ashes (brief alternative to the evening service, but less formal and with no music)
• 7:30 p.m. Service in the sanctuary with prayer, readings, pastoral reflection, imposition of ashes, and worship music.
Every week in Lent, Pastor Carol will lead our “Listen” discussion series using videos of Spirit-filled Christians, going-deeper discussion questions, and a variety of spiritual practices. You may attend at one of two times offered each week, and not necessarily on the same day each week, as suits your schedule:
• 10:15 a.m. on Sundays in the sanctuary
• 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (covers the same material as the previous Sunday)
Special “Come to the Table” fellowship meals at various members’ homes are taking place February through May. The purpose is to connect with new and old friends within our church family. Many people signed up in the fall to participate, but if you haven’t yet said, “Yes, I’ll come to someone’s home for a meal!” then contact Suzanne Steele (463-5858, email@example.com) or another member of the Hospitality Team (Anne Crawn, Fred Hicks, Mary Higgins, Steve Pomainville, and Steve Scholz).
Christmas Eve worship services will be held at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. There will not be a worship service or activities at our church on the morning of December 24. Instead, choose from our two worship services:
5:00 p.m. A lively service will take place at 5 p.m. The Chancel Choir will sing, children will dance, and everyone will hold a candle while singing “Silent Night.” Worship will conclude with a rousing rendition of “Joy to the World.”
- Special note about parking: If you can walk a bit, please park in the Town Hall lot across the street to ensure that we have plenty of spaces for people who have a difficult time walking.
9:00 p.m. Those looking for peace and quiet on this special night before Christmas will appreciate our 9 p.m. service, when the Grace Notes trio will be with us, simple carols will be sung, and the Christmas story will be told in a meditative way.
To purchase flowers to grace our sanctuary on Christmas Eve, please fill out the form available in Sunday’s bulletin or call the church and return it no later than December 17. Thank you!
Jacqui Dion is looking for children age 4 and up who would like to participate in a sacred dance at the 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service. There will be four practices; dates and times to be determined. Please contact Jacqui with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.