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Thoughts, Prayers and Ministries from FCCW

October 12, 2019 Edition

Dear Friends,  
This week we have several fun events open to all!  
First, for Church School this week our children will be going on a hike up Bog Mt!  Steve Allenby and Eric Marean will gather the group Sunday before worship in the fellowship hall.  Feel free to spread the word!
Then, during worship at 9:30 we will welcome three new members into our midst and take in our Neighbors in Need offering. (If paying by check, please make it payable to The First Congregational Church of Wilmot and write NIN on the subject line.)  Please extend a warm welcome to these new folks!
Then, after worship, it’s Cider Press Fun!  We will press apples to make cider on the church lawn.  All materials, apples, press and containers, will be provided so just bring yourself!  A huge thank you to Bill Herrick and Donna Sweet for making this event possible!! 
And then, just two days later we have our all church tea!  Join us at 3:00 on Tuesday, October 15 for tea, crumpets and all manner of teatime treats.  Wear your best hat and come for teatime!
We hope you can join us for one or all of these events!


Sunday, October 13- 9:30 Worship.  We will be taking in our Neighbors in Need Offering and welcoming new members.  
                                After Church- Cider Press fun! 
Tuesday, October 15- 3:00 Tea!  All-church tea (men, women, community!) will be served at 3:00 p.m.  Wear your best party hat and join us for teatime!  
Saturday, October 19- NHCUCC Annual Meeting.  Information below.  
                                   10-3 “Compassion in Action” Conference.  Information below
Sunday, October 20- 9:30 Ukama Sunday!  We will celebrate our relationship with Eastlea Church and our friends in Zimbabwe.  
                                After church the Green Team will meet, see below.  
                                2:00 Immigration 101 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, see below.  

Tuesday, October 22 – Deacons meeting

Sunday October 27- 9:30 Worship.  Time and Talents Sunday! Sheets will be distributed during worship.  This is your opportunity to indicate how you would like to participate in the life of this church during 2020.                                New Horizons Mission Committee will meet after worship.

Tuesday, October 29 – Parish Committee meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Annual Meeting of the NH Conference, UCC  
Clergy and Delegates are called to attend…
                           Visitors are invited and welcome to attend!
The 218th Annual Meeting of the Gathered New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ will be held October 19, 2019 at the Grappone Center, Concord, NH.

THEME:The theme of our meeting this year is, “Step Up, Speak Out – from Complicity to Courage”. The theme will be unpacked as we explore an adaptation of Deuteronomy 31:6-7, “Be strong, bold, and courageous as you lead…for God goes with you.”
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: The Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries of The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO., will share reflections on her life work and focus on communal resistance to systemic injustice.
From our New Music Director Will Ogmundson!
I’m so excited to be church musician, and can’t wait to meet all of you!  Feel free to show up at 8:30am any Sunday and sing with the choir.  No experience necessary!  :)

Church School Chatter by Nancy Allenby

The 2019-2020 Sunday School year is underway!  The church’s theme for the year is the Greatest Commandment, which we’ll be focusing on throughout all our church school units.

Our curriculum is called Power Xpress, which uses several “stations” for each unit to help children experience a story or topic from different angles for 4-6 weeks. It’s based on the multiple intelligences, recognizing that all kids learn differently, and that learners remember a story better when they’ve been exposed to it over a period of time.

Our first unit is Jesus Calling the Disciples.  We’re learning what a disciple is, beginning with a Storytelling Station where we explored the Bible account of Jesus calling his followers.  That was followed by a Mission/Cooking Station, in which we made 100 snack bags of trail mix for the Crop Walkers to enjoy.  In our Art Station we’re learning about mosaics and with the help of the congregation, we’re making a paper mosaic of a fish scene titled “Come, Follow Me!”  A huge shout-out to our fantastic Sunday School teachers who are already making this unit so interesting and fun!

If you have a neighbor or grandchild who might like to join us some Sunday, bring them along!  Who else do you know who might enjoy Sunday School?  Please extend an invitation to any family any time.  We have lots of great activities planned for church school, and we’re always eager to see new faces…for one Sunday or several!

Do You Want to Join the Green Team?  
Are you worried about the changes happening with our environment? Do you feel our church could be doing more to shrink its carbon footprint? Would you like to help explore the process of becoming a Creation Justice Church as part of the UCC initiative for “greening” our churches?  One of the first steps is to form a “Green Team” to look at where our church could make improvements in energy use, water conservation, and waste management. If you are interested, please let Robin Walkup ( know or come to the meeting after church on October 20.  
Weekend School Backpacks:
At this point the middle school is just getting “up and running” and so are stocking pantry goods.
They also need bags – the ones you get at Hannafords with tomatoes on the side 2/$1.00.
They have some pasta but need sauce (not in glass), rice mixes, salad dressings, canned beans (not green), soups, beef stew, cereal, hamburger helper, jelly (not in glass), pizza mix, popcorn, shake ’n bake, sloppy Joe mix, and snack bars. Any of these in multiple numbers would be great. I will get them to school if you get these items to me – any time. Thanks – Marie MacDonald
New Horizons
The New Horizons committee will be meeting after church on Oct. 27th. The main agenda items are to close this year’s commitments, perhaps designate the Flex amount, and discuss some new ideas that members have. Suggestions from any person are very welcome. You may give them to Kristin Lizotte, Marie MacDonald, Amber Gove, or Marty Hopkins.
Immigration 101
In August about 14 members of our congregation attended a candlelight vigil led by Paul Currier and Rev. Jolie Hughes. It was held on the New London town green in support of immigrants.  In order to continue this important work through education we will be co-sponsoring Immigration 101 to be held on Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New London.  
Immigration 101 is an informational program sponsored by The New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees and The Granite State Organizing Project and will be presented by Eva Castillo. The presentation will cover:

• Brief history of immigration law in the United States
• Current Immigration law and policies
• The role of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E) in NH
• The stories of those affected here in New Hampshire
• How to stay informed and active regarding immigration issues
• Answers to questions you have about immigration policies
Immigration 101 helps ordinary people begin to understand the complexities of our immigration system and the lives of our immigrant neighbors. The presentation will conclude with information about the NH Immigrant Solidarity Network and ways to get more involved.
And the day before you’re invited to…
Compassion in Action! 
A Conference Highlighting Young Activists Working Towards Peace and Justice.
Come Be Inspired. Come Be An Inspiration.
Inviting young at heart of every age committed to creating a more compassionate world. 
Free! (Donations for lunch appreciated.)

October 19 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Lunch Included 
St. Andrews Episcopal Church 
52 Gould Road, New London, NH

Speakers, Workshops, Connections, Action

“Be the change you wish to see in the world!” (Gandhi)

For more info, contact Cindy Benson,, 603-321-9231
Justice and Witness Potluck!
The Justice and Witness Mission Group of the NHCUCC is having a pot luck supper on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the NHCUCC Conference Center. Guest speaker Jeremy Hutchinson, Chairman of the Tri-City Homelessness Task Force, will be giving a presentation, followed by discussion. Dinner starts at 5:30. There is no cost for attending except to bring something tasty to share. For more information or to carpool, see Robin Walkup.
Calendars for 2020
It’s that time of year when calendars for 2020 have begun arriving in the mail.  Please don’t throw them out!  The Allenby’s former pastor from VT, UCC Chaplain Russ Gates of the Pennsylvania Correctional System, assures us that inmates at the new Phoenix Facility outside Philadelphia are extremely grateful to have a calendar of their choosing on which to mark the passing of their days during the coming year.  Several churches around the country partner with Chaplain Gates to provide calendars to over 3,000 men incarcerated there.  Calendars and pocket calendars are permitted as long as they do not have a spiral binding, and do not have pictures of children or weapons.  Please put any calendars you wish to donate in the collection box at the rear of the sanctuary.  Thank you!

Flash Mission

Steve Allenby and the New Horizons Committee have organized this new mission program at our church.  To learn more, contact Steve at



We are asked to bring canned soup.  Please leave your contribution in the basket at the back of the sanctuary.

Mailing List Up-datesADD:  Kimball, Vikki, P.O.Box 1350, New London 03257

CHANGE  Best, Marion –  to Best, Bill and Lorraine, P.O.Box 324, Elkins,
NH 03233 (For those who wish to send a note of sympathy to Marion’s
daughter, Leslie Barnes, her address is 10508 S. Canoa Hills Terrace,
Round Rock, TX 78717.)

A few copies of the updated list are available on the table in Fellowship Hall.  If you’d like an email copy, please email Janet Howe at
Scripture for Sunday
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 and Luke 17:11-19