SABBATICAL SET FOR Oct. 17 – Jan. 21

SABBATICAL SET FOR Oct. 17 – Jan. 21

Originally planned for this past spring, sabbatical had to be postponed due to Pastor Carol breaking her arm in February.  Now she has healed after surgery and the necessary adjustments in the schedule and budget have been approved by the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Grant, which is funding the sabbatical activities for both the pastor and church members.  New dates for sabbatical are October 17, 2016, through January 21, 2017.  Our “Navigator,” the Rev. Dr. Emily Geoghegan, will provide pastoral leadership while Pastor Carol is away.

A complete schedule of the activities and events for both Pastor Carol and the church is available in the Great Room.  Here are the highlights of the congregation’s activities.  Please mark your calendar!


  • October 14 (Friday):  Launching Party at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Room, a start-of-sabbatical celebration with an nautical/islands theme, games, dancing, and snacks/beverages.
  • October 16 (Sunday):  Pastor Carol’s last day of worship at DCC before sabbatical, with a commissioning ceremony during our 9 a.m. service and preaching by Pastor Emily.
  • October 28-30 (Friday-Sunday):  Church retreat for all ages from Friday night through Sunday morning at Camp Sentinel in Tuftonboro, with Pastor Emily leading a Saturday session on Holy Spirit themes.  [Note: On October 30, a lay-led service will take place at 9 a.m. in the DCC sanctuary for those unable to attend the retreat.]
  • November 6 & 20; December 4, 11, 24; January 8:  Pastor Emily leads worship and preaches at services on these Sundays at 9 a.m. and at the 5 p.m. service on Christmas Eve.  All other worship services are lay led.
  • November 20 and December 11:  After worship at 10:15 a.m., Pastor Emily leads sessions on the Holy Spirit, breathing, mindfulness.
  • January 21, 2017 (Saturday):  Coming-About Party to celebrate completion of sabbatical (“coming about” is a sailing term for changing direction).
  • January 22, 2017 (Sunday):  Worship with Pastor Carol, looking at the Spirit’s work during sabbatical.

Summer Office Hours

The church office will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. till noon throughout the summer. Pastor Carol and Angel will be in the office lots of other times as well; just call first to coordinate.

Summer Fun For Kids


DCC and Rockingham County 4-H are joining together to offer the Summer Fun program, with crafts, cooking, games, and rocketry at our church from 1 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday in July. Summer Fun is free and is for any Deerfield child entering 1st through 4th grade in the fall. Registration is required, so pick up a brochure/form in the Great Room. Also, please help spread the word. Finally, volunteers are needed to help with the program. Interested? Call Sue Robertson (942-8325).

Father’s Day Reflections 

During worship on June 19, people from the congregation will share for 3-5 minutes each about how God’s love is/was made manifest through their father or another male mentor.  How has your relationship with this person had an impact on your faith, or how has he been an example of God’s own nature being expressed through a human being.  If you’d like to speak, please contact Worship Deacon Cindy Bradley (; 736-4793).

Holiday Fair Coordinator Needed

Holiday Fair Coordinator Needed  Do you enjoy the Holiday Fair every November?  Do you want to see it continue to raise money for various outreach projects, using income generated from table rentals and wreath sales?  If so, please consider volunteering to become the coordinator.  It’s not too early to think about it; planning and contacting vendors start in July.  Please contact Cindy Bradley if you’d like to continue this DCC tradition ( or 736-4793).

Celebrating Our Christian Education Ministries 

On May 22 we’ll be celebrating the children and youth of our church during worship, as well as recognizing adult leaders of church school, youth group, and adult small groups.  Outdoors after worship, games and group activities will take place till a little before 11 a.m., and then all will feast on grilled hotdogs and hamburgers.  To help with the meal and/or bring food, please sign up in the Great Room.  By the way, the last official day of church school, youth group, and small groups is May 15.


Palm Sunday – Mar 20 9 a.m. worship service with the waving of palms; music by the Chancel Choir, Jubilee, and church school children; and a parade remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday – Mar 24 The evening will begin in the Great Room, with a soup supper at 6 p.m., followed by an Agapé (Communion) meal at 7 p.m. Then we will gather in the sanctuary for the service of Tenebrae, afterwards we will leave in silence. Please see signup sheet in the Great Room.

Good Friday – Mar 25 In the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m., we will extinguish candles as each part of the Passion story is read during Tenebrae, the service of darkness. Our worship will include the Chancel Choir and strings. Afterward is the traditional walk with the cross to Meetinghouse Hill. Everyone is invited to take a turn at carrying the cross. This year we will periodically stop during our walk and listen to scripture depicting Christ’s walk with the cross.

Holy Saturday – Sanctuary open from 5 till 9 p.m. for silent prayer/medication.

Easter – Mar 27 6:30 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 food for the buffet!).

9:00 a.m. Easter worship service in the sanctuary with trumpets, singing by the Chancel Choir, sacred dance by children, and lots of fragrant                                lilies followed by coffee hour.

Lenten Devotional Series


DCC’s 2016 Lenten series is focusing on the Spirit through Jack Levison’s book 40 Days with the Holy Spirit: Fresh Air for Every Day, with a study guide by Pastor Carol.

February 14 is the first day Sunday small groups will gather from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. to share about the Holy Spirit.  Also, a weekday group meets Thursdays from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.  If you would like to participate in a group but haven’t yet signed up, please contact Judy Bush (463-7683 or

In the Great Room after worship, a few remaining books and study guides are available.  To get a book and guide, simply fill out the pink form provided, designating whether you’d like to be part of a small group or do individual study.  The books are provided at no charge due to the Lilly Foundation grant.  Note: Day One of the book coincided with February 10.

Sunday small groups focusing on the Holy Spirit during Lent are: Scripture Seekers (sanctuary), Families of Faith (upstairs from sanctuary foyer), Aging with Grace (parlor), and a newly formed group (youth room upstairs in Parish Hall).



Would you like to have a prayer partner during Lent?  If you are in a small group, prayer partners can be arranged during the first session.  Otherwise, please contact Judy Bush.

UCC’s Prepared to Serve

On Saturday, February 20, the United Church of Christ’s NH Conference will present this year’s Prepared to Serve (PTS) event at Pembroke Academy.  Designed for all UCC members and clergy, PTS includes workshops, worship, and fellowship.  In past years, many DCC folks have enjoyed and benefited from attending this event.  This year’s theme is “Embrace the Spirit: Growing our Gifts for the Great Good.”  Workshop descriptions and online registration are at  The cost is $40 if you register by February 16, preferably online or by calling Cindy Bradley at 225-6647.  Register early to make sure you get into your preferred workshops!