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December 1, 2017 Edition

Dear Friends,
This Sunday will be the Hanging of the Greens!  Join us as we learn how and why we use the decorations we do.  Learn about garlands and wreaths, poinsettias and holly, the Christmas tree and, most important of all, the creche.  After we sing our carols there will be an opportunity for all of us to decorate the sanctuary.  Help us to welcome in this special season!

Please mark your calendars with the following events:

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9 Deacons and helpers will prep the sanctuary for Sunday worship.

Sunday, December 3, 8:30- Choir Rehearsal!
                                 9:30- First Sunday of Advent, the Hanging of the Greens!  Come and join us as we begin the season by decorating the sanctuary!  
                                  10:30- Pageant Rehearsal following worship.
Sunday, Dec. 10  Pageant Rehearsal following worship.
Tuesday, December 12  Deacons will  meet at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17   Cookies and Caroling!  We will be packaging cookies for the Wilmot Christmas baskets and our shut-ins following worship.  Dozens of “sturdy” cookies are needed.  Following the assembling of the cookie packets, we will go caroling.  Yay!
Poinsettia orders are due to Marie MacDonald this morning.

Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.Longest Night of the Year.  This is a very special service in which we recognize Christmas in a different way.  Remembering that the Christmas story is one of heartbreak and loss, as well as joy and hope, through music and silence and prayer we will experience the reflections of that story in our own lives.  All are welcome.

Sunday, Dec. 24  at 9:30  During worship, the Christmas Joy Offering, which supports retired pastors in need, will be collected. The poinsettias will be on display.
                          At 5 p.m. we will hold our Community Candlelight service of Lessons and Carols!  Come and celebrate this miracle of light and love with us!
(Poinsettias may be taken home after this service.)

Sunday, Dec. 31 – 9:30 Our worship service will be a carol sing!

Sunday, Jan. 7th  – The Epiphany pageant will take place during worship!

Scripture for Sunday is 

Mark 13:24-37

Thank You
To everyone who pledged on Thanksgiving Sunday.  We appreciate your participation in the ‘privilege of sharing’!  For those who haven’t yet, forms are available in the back of the sanctuary and you can place them in bags A and B or mail them in.  We thank everyone for the many gifts you give our community!   
Poinsettia and Blanket Order Form
Beginning on Sunday, you may order poinsettias or make a donation to Church World Service for an emergency blanket in honor or memory of someone. The cost is $10 each and checks should be made out to the church with poinsettias/CWS in the memo line.  The flowers will be on the altar on Dec. 24th and may be taken home after the Christmas Eve service.   Please use the yellow form and submit to Marie MacDonald by Dec. 17th.
The Christmas Fund Offering
This fund provides retired UCC ministers and staff financial support to supplement minimal pensions, health premiums, emergency grants or a Christmas “thank you” check. This opportunity to support those who have served our churches will be collected on Dec. 24th during the morning worship.  Envelopes for this purpose will be provided.
New neighbors have moved into the house next door to the church and have asked us to no longer park on their driveway (in front of the house and along the lane).   Let’s welcome our new neighbors and respect their wishes!
Collecting School Supplies!  
This January Amber and Josiah Gove will be travelling with a group of UCC folks for a mission project in Guatemala.  Attached to this email you will find a list of school supplies they would like to take with them.  They are also collecting dental hygiene kits.  Any supplies such as tooth paste, tooth brushes, floss, and goodie bags to put them in will help them be able to give an oral hygiene goodie bag to every medical patient and their children too.  Ask your dentist, and any other contacts you may have!  Thank you!  
Choir and Pageant Rehearsals!
The choir will gather in the sanctuary at 8:30 on Sunday, December 3 for a rehearsal.  All are welcome!  Immediately after worship there will be a pageant rehearsal.  

Letters Wanted for Eastlea Church!  
A delegation of five members from South Congregational Church in Newport will be traveling to Zimbabwe on December 10th and would like to carry with them letters, cards, pictures, notes for your partner church.  They are able to carry one 9”x12” manila envelope of materials from each partner church.  The deadline has been extended!  Please bring or email cards or letters by this Sunday, December 3.  

Many thanks,

Rev. Richard Slater, Associate Conference Minister of the NHCUCC

Note cards picturing our church in the snow are available in the basket downstairs.  Packets of 10 cards are $10, with the proceeds helping people affected by the recent floods and storms

Volunteers are needed for the local food pantry to help distribute food on either Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. or Saturdays from 10-11-30 a.m.  If you would be willing to help during one of these shifts every other month, please call:

De Segerson at 768-3303 or Gail Goddard at 536-9854.

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