‘Dress a Girl’ Sew-a-Thon

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. 

Children’s Dance-Easter Worship Service

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 (jacquidion@gmail.com, 391-2495).

Drop in the Bucket

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.

Growing in God’s Grace

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.

Going Deeper During Lent

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)

“Come to the Table” Fellowship Meals

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, steele1@metrocast.net) or another member of the Hospitality Team (Anne Crawn, Fred Hicks, Mary Higgins, Steve Pomainville, and Steve Scholz).

Christmas Eve Worship Services

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.

Poinsettias for Christmas Eve

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!

Christmas Kids Dance

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: jacquidion@gmail.com.

Christmas Wish Stars Program

Thank you to everyone who has picked up a paper star describing a gift that can be purchased for a child in town. Gifts are due Sunday, December 3, unwrapped and with the star attached (can be dropped off at the church or the library). Also needed are donations of wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags, and scotch tape. Questions? Call Noelle Clark at 303-7513 or Faith Barry at 463-7800.