Lenten Opportunities

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.

A Constructive Conversation

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: alockwood@fullcirclenh.com.

Post Sabbatical Discernment

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.

Denominational Learning Event

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.

Coming About Party

Join us for a “Coming About Party” Saturday, January 21 to welcome Pastor Carol back from her three month long sabbatical! The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Call the church for further information.

Church Bells Ringing for Aleppo

On October 12, one church in Finland began ringing it’s bells at 5p.m. in protest of the continued destruction of the 3000 year old city of Aleppo. The bells are a demand to end the killings and devastation in that city. This organic movement has led to church bells ringing at hundreds of churches around the world at 5pm each day. The bells will ring until October 24, United Nations Day.

Deerfield Community Church will join with other churches around the world. Starting today, October 18 until October 24 our church bells will ring at 5 p.m.

We continue to pray for peace and hold those affected by this terrible war in our hearts.

The church’s food booth will be open for this year’s Deerfield Fair (September 29 through October 2) and Ham Fest (October 14 and 15). Come help out then, and also drop by for cleaning on Sunday, September 25 (noon to 3 p.m.). The booth funds DCC’s capital reserve account, which has been tapped lately due to of several building repairs. Come help us raise money to keep our beautiful church property in good working order. If you can help out please contact Jennifer Hurley (jennandjillian1@yahoo.com or 340-5168). Thank you!

Remember that our church does NOT have worship in our sanctuary on the weekend of the Deerfield Fair. In the past we’ve led worship at the fair, but this year is different: On October 2 at 8:30 a.m. on the fairgrounds, DCC is sponsoring a time of music by a group from the Seacoast area: The Funky Divas of Gospel. Hope to see you there! [NOTE: The time is indeed 8:30, not 9 a.m., as was printed in the newsletter.]

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).