For the past eleven years, the Rev. Gary Schulte has served faithfully as the Conference Minister of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ. This past week, he sent a letter of resignation stating that his last day in the Conference Center will be September 7. Gary will be returning to parish ministry, pastoring a church in his native state of Missouri. Please join in prayers of thanksgiving for his time among us, and also pray for the Conference as we begin the search for a new leader. A special worship service of gratitude and farewell will take place August 27.
The church office will be open from 9 a.m. till noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the summer. Pastor Carol and Angel are in the office at other times as well.
On Saturday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m., join us in the Great Room to celebrate summer. The Hospitality Team is sponsoring this all-church potluck supper which is a perfect opportunity to get to know better someone in our church family. Also, this is a perfect time to invite a friend! Food sign-ups will be on the sign up table in the Great Room. This evening is guaranteed to have the greatest variety and best food in town, and just think: You won’t have to prepare all of it! Come join our church family for a relaxing and enjoyable evening.
“Dress a Girl” Event A “Dress a Girl Around the World” (DAG) sewing event will take place at our church on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. (set-up at 10:30). If you plan to participate, please go to the Great Room to pre-register and pick up the list of supplies you are to bring. Pre-registration is encouraged to aid in preparations for the room and supplies; at events recently held in New England, the numbers of dressmakers has ranged from 10 to 40! Our guest is Jackie Dewey, regional DAG leader from southern Maine, whose presentation and demonstration will begin at 11 a.m. DAG has been asked to provide 600 school dresses for girls in Franklin County, Maine, to be delivered in August. Thank you for helping to fulfill this dire need! Questions? Contact Ruth Druckenmiller or Marion Smith, or find more information on the sign-up table.
The collection for “Dress a Girl Around the World” (DAG) continues throughout May. See the sign-up table in the Great Room for the list of requested items to drop in the bin under the table. Monetary donations are welcome, too.
The Inn at Deerfield, a non-profit specializing in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, presents “The Accidental Caregiver’s Survival Guide” by A. Michael Bloom on Tuesday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in our Great Room. There is no charge to attend; light refreshments will be served. RSVPs appreciated (463-7002 or Kelly@innatdeerfield.org), but walk-ins are welcome too.
The Hospitality Team encourages you to consider asking neighbors, coworkers, friends, and classmates to join us on May 7 for our spring “Bring A Friend to Church” Sunday. Please reach out and spread the news of our open and welcoming church and let others know of our involvement in the community. We will be having a full coffee hour after service on the 7th, so please sign up in the Great Room if you can bring refreshments. We hope you can extend a warm welcome to anyone, young or old, to celebrate God’s grace with us! Thank you!
Palm Sunday – April 9 The 9 a.m. worship service will include music by the Chancel Choir and the Kids Choir, as well as a parade around the sanctuary in remembrance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday – April 13 Beginning at 6 p.m., the evening will take place in the Great Room. Following a soup supper, we’ll celebrate Communion and also experience ceremonial hand washing as a symbol of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. If you’d like, please bring soup or bread for the buffet; please sign up in the Great Room or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Friday – April 14 In the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m., we will have a short worship service focused on Tenebrae (scripture reading while candles are extinguished), singing by the Chamber Choir, and sacred dance. Afterward is the traditional walk with the cross to Meetinghouse Hill. Everyone is invited to take a turn at carrying the cross. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
Holy Saturday – April 15 Anyone who would like to spend quiet time in the sanctuary may do so between 5 and 9 p.m.
Easter Day – April 16
6 a.m. Sunrise service at Meetinghouse Hill (across from the cemetery), followed by coffee and a potluck buffet in the Great Room. You are invited to bring a breakfast item for the buffet; please sign up in the Great Room or email to email@example.com.
10 a.m. Easter worship service in the sanctuary with trumpets, singing by the Chancel Choir and Jubilee, sacred dance by children, and lots of fragrant lilies. NOTE 10 A.M. START TIME, AN HOUR LATER THAN OUR USUAL SUNDAY SERVICES.
The New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ is blessed to own Horton Center, a beautiful camp located in Gorham, N.H., at the top of Pine Mountain. A variety of programs are offered for all ages, from children to adults. See the display in the Great Room and/or check out the camp website (www.hortoncenter.org). Cindy Bradley, who is DCC’s camp coordinator, is available to answer questions. NOTE: Our church can assist with costs due to the Horton Center Camping Scholarship Fund that was created in 2011 with a generous donation made by Elsie Brown, mother of Nancy Brown McKinney. Please contact Pastor Carol for more information.
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).