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).
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.