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Annual Meeting: The annual meeting of Elm Street Congregational Church will be held on Sunday, January 28th, immediately following the Worship Service. Please plan on attending this very important meeting!
Congratulations to Pastor Karen Fournier!!!: Tonight, the churches of the Central Association of the UCC heard a brief presentation of Karen’s ordination paper and after a round of questions, the gathered delegates (lay and clergy) determine, by vote, her “fitness for ordained ministry, in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ.” After a unanimous vote, she is now able to accept a call from a church and be ordained.
We are pleased to announce that Robert Christensen has been hired as our new Music Director. Please welcome Robert to our Elm Street family! If you have ever thought that you would like to be in the choir, why not stop by a rehearsal to see what it is all about. All are welcomed to join, you don’t need to be a Grammy award winning singer, and we have lots of fun!! Rehearsals are held every Sunday morning at 8:30am
HELP!!!!! Kitchen Upgrade Special Fund: Ah-h-h, the kitchen…cookies, pies, & breads fresh from the oven – soups & stews simmering through chilly afternoons – birthday & anniversary celebrations – gathering family & friends – Sunday dinners – morning coffee – daily meals…the kitchen is the heart of a home. Here at Elm Street Congregational Church, we are blessed with a kitchen that is the perfect Heart to our church’s Soul, the Sanctuary. Since its establishment in 1955, our church kitchen has been the source of countless fellowship hours, potlucks, community meals, fund-raisers, celebrations, collations, events and meetings. Whether it’s filled to capacity with folks making apple pies; turned into a Sunday School classroom to color Easter eggs; or a quiet refuge for a solitary tea break, our kitchen is our hub – our heart. Since 1955 our kitchen has also seen upgrades and changes: refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, coffee urns have all come and gone. Yet the mainstays: the six-star double oven range with grill, the deep double basin stainless steel sink, and the institutional grade dishwasher and pot sink have remained the muscle, arteries and veins of our kitchen heart. Our dishwasher has shown signs of age over the years, needing valves & gauges replaced and adjusted to keep it in required working order, but time has taken its toll. During June’s Simple Supper, the cycle controls failed, making it necessary to manually run the wash and rinse cycles. Repair parts are no longer available. We are faced with the need to replace the machine. If we baby it, the dishwasher may last through the end of this year. Compliance with health regulations, and working with the kitchen layout lead us to look to replace our institutional-grade, side- loading/unloading (pass-through,) dishwasher with one of the same style and caliber. Initial ballpark estimates average $8,000 for the machine plus installation wiring and plumbing. Our Property Committee is pursuing multiple quotations and options. To this purpose, we established a Kitchen Upgrade Fund as another of our Special Funds accounts. The Special Funds accounts are independent of our church operating accounts. Special Funds are for specific purposes and expenses outside of our day-to-day church operating expenses. The Kitchen Upgrade Fund will not only cover the cost of our immediate need of a dishwasher, but will retain funds for future kitchen repairs and upgrades. We need your help to make this happen. Special funds income is not budgeted or pledged. We depend on free-will donations alone. Look for the very blue “Kitchen Fund” collection jar on the kitchen counter during fellowship and any time the kitchen is in use. Please feel free to drop cash donations into the jar. Loose change adds up! Checks payable to Elm Street Congregational Church can be dropped into the jar, or in any Sunday offering plate, or mailed to the church office. Please be sure to indicate your donation is for the Kitchen Upgrade fund, and include your name so that your donations will be properly recorded on your 2017 giving statement. The fund drive will continue through this year, or until we can replace the dishwasher, and leave a nest egg for future needs. Our progress will be kept on the very blue tote board, as the cookie jar fills. Thank you for your generosity. Together we will ensure our kitchen’s heartbeat continues as Elm Street Congregational Church grows and thrives. In Christ’s love, ESCC Property Committee – Althea & Rich Clemence, Tom Lapriore, Hamer Clarke, Lem Walker ESCC Leadership Board – Dana Arsenault, Chair; Sharon Bond, Rich Clemence, Lou-Ellen Corkum Tricia Gay, Chris Hendrick, Karen Horton, Kathy & Tom Lapriore, ESCC Special Funds Trustee – Barb Lammert
Mission of the Month: The Community Harvest Project of which the nearest location is in Grafton. This farm’s mission is to improve access to healthy fruits and vegetables for those who need them most. They are dedicated to building a healthy and engaged community through volunteer farming and nutrition education. They donate fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the Massachusetts hunger relief network. Please donate to be part of the healthy solution to hunger in our community.
We will be having an ongoing mission with Southbridge Middle School to assist in providing food on the weekends to families who are in need. It is called their “Backpack Program”. Each backpack contains two breakfast items, two lunch items and one family style meal. They mainly stick with non perishable items as well as items that do not require additional supplies in order to complete.
We will have a bin labeled “Backpack Program” in Fellowship Hall for your food donations. Some food item ideas are:
Breakfast- oatmeal, pop tarts, cereal bars, granola bars
Lunch- soups, easy mac, chef boyardee
Family dinners- pasta, pasta sauce.
Wednesday Night Bible Study: Elm Street Congregational Church offers a Wednesday night bible study which is open to all in the community. The Studies are usually on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month unless there are scheduling conflicts and are at 6:30 in the church conference room which can be accessed at the entrance on Park St. With winter upon us and due to scheduling conflicts our next study will begin February 28th and we will begin studying the book of Romans. Any change to these scheduled dates will be posted ASAP as well as announced at Sunday services.
Bible Study With Pastor Kathy:
Confirmation: Pastor Kathy and Chris Hendrick are looking to start a confirmation class for interested members of the congregation. A few of the older Youths have already committed and we would like to open the class to any adults who have not yet been confirmed but would like to be. The class will be based on Affirming Faith: A Congregation’s guide to confirmation which is used extensively throughout the UCC. We will likely meet weekly throughout the spring. Please let Chris or Kathy know if you are interested in being confirmed.
Choir Rehearsal: Sunday mornings 9:15 and Monday evenings 6pm.
Bell Choir Rehearsal: Monday nights 7pm in the Vestry
Women’s Fellowship News:
Women’s Fellowship Officers 2017-2018
L-R-Anne Shaw (Corresponding Secretary)-Kathryn Lapriore (Assistant Treasurer)-Frances Lamprey (Chaplain)-Christine Arsenault (Historian)-Althea Clemence (President-Treasurer)-Harriet Lacasse (Vice-President-Secretary)
Women’s Fellowship Scholarship:
Yard Sale: Our annual yard sale planned for October 21st has been postponed till spring.
Lunch Bunch: The Lunch bunch will be going to Charlie’s in Spencer on February 13th. If you need a ride please see or call Karen Horton at (413) 245-3000.
Simple Supper: Join us Saturday, February 24th for our monthly Simple Supper. The featured dish is Tomato Soup/Mac and Cheese. There will be salad, bread, beverages and desserts provided as well. All are welcome as the Simple Suppers are always free and open to the public! See you there!
Sunday Worship: Every Sunday at 10:00 am
This Sunday, February 18th we will be led in worship by Pastor Kathy Light. Her message this week is “TBA “. The Worship leader is Karen Horton. The Scripture reader is Marcy Menard, the scripture readings are Genesis 9:8-17; 1 Peter 3:18-22 and Mark 1:9-15. All are welcome to attend. Coffee hour immediately follows the service in Fellowship Hall.
Welcome: On Sunday January 8th, Elm Street Congregational Church called Kathryn S. Light to be our next settled pastor. The All Church Vote was unanimous! We welcome Kathryn (Kathy) and her husband Gregg into our church family. Please join us for Worship each Sunday at 10 AM as we move forward into what will be a most exciting and adventurous era in our church History. Welcome aboard Kathy and Gregg!
Kathryn S. Light
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Simple Supper: The Simple Supper for July is on Saturday the 22nd and features Healing Cabbage Soup. Salad, bread, beverages and desserts are provided as well. All are welcome as these monthly suppers are free and open to the public. See you there!
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Our History: Want to know all about the history of Elm Street Congregational Church? Click on ( Continue reading ) below to find out some very fascinating facts about the first Church founded in Southbridge.
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