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WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS!
Drumroll Please! Elm Street finally has a new dishwasher! Thanks to donations to our Kitchen Fund and thanks to a Women’s Fellowship donation The dishwasher was finally purchased and installed.
We started the Kitchen Fund in July 2017.
Keep it coming! Many of you have committed to weekly or monthly donations. THANK YOU! Let’s challenge ourselves and each other to continue to raise money for the Kitchen Fund, as you never can tell what else we may need in the future. (Perhaps a new stove?) as ours is pretty old.
v Mail in or drop your check in the Sunday offering plate (designate “Kitchen Special Fund” on the memo line)
v Drop cash donations in the blue jar in Fellowship Hall
v Support designated Kitchen Fund fund-raising events.
Watch our cookie jar tote board fill up to overflowing.
Choir rehearsal every Monday night from 6pm to 7:30pm, and Sunday mornings At 9:15am.
Bell rehearsal every Monday night at 7:30pm
Bible Study with Dana on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. The studies for November are the 14th and the 28th.
Chris Hendrick will entertain us with a PowerPoint presentation of his adventures walking the Appalachian Trail this past spring.
This program is free and open to all, so plan to attend and bring a friend.
Refreshments will be served after the program.
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. Karen has been called to Oxford Congregational Church. Her Ordination and instillation will take place on April 29th at the First Congregational Church of Oxford at 3pm with a reception to follow. Congratulations Pastor Karen! We at Elm Street are all very proud of you!
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 and special functions.
Mission of the Month:
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 be November 14th. 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 7:30pm 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:
We hope you have registered for our April 4 plant container program presented by Tina Bemis. The deadline for sign-up and payment is March 25.
At our May 2 program our guest speaker will be Pastor Kathy Light who will be presenting “The Plain People of Pennsylvania”.
This program will be open to all in the church and community, so invite your friends. This is sure to be an informative and fun evening.
Refreshments are served after all our programs.
The Lunch Bunch will be going to the Cornerstone Cafe on Thursday, November 15th. We need to be there for 11:30. For any questions or if you need a ride please contact Karen Horton at 413-245-3000.
Simple Supper: Join us Saturday, April 28th for our monthly Simple Supper. The featured dish is Chicken and Biscuits. 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
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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