Newsletters

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The First Congregational Church of Wilmot, UCC publishes a weekly newsletter.   If you would like us to add your email address to our mailing, please contact us at: wilmotucc@gmail.com.

Thoughts, Prayers and Ministries from FCCW

November 30, 2019 Edition

Dear friends,
Last Sunday was our Thanksgiving Service.  It was a worship service full of beautiful music and so much joy!  As we presented our financial pledges for the support of the church Susan Bruce, Chair of our Stewardship Committee, gave the following reflection…
“In the preceding 3 weeks we have heard from Charlie, Paul and Paul about what stewardship means to each of them.  Their presentations were good examples  of the opening line of our letter this year-  “There are many different reasons for supporting a place of worship.”
In preparation for the Stewardship campaign this year I have thought a great deal about what stewardship really means to me. It means that our church is much more than a building or the programs we offer.  A pledge, to me, shows a belief in the implicit and explicit missions of our church and it supports all who provide leadership in one way or another.   That is all of us.  Somewhere recently I read a stewardship plea along the lines of “we took your money last year and did great things with it.  If you give us more, we’ll do more great things!”   We have already committed our Time and Talents for next year.  The Stewardship committee invites you to add your Treasure to that list so that we can continue to support the missions of our church and do more great things with great joy.  Remember that real joy comes from doing hard things well which as a congregation we do all the time.”
This Thanksgiving I lifted a prayer of thanks for all that hard work we do, interspersed as it is with so much laughter and joy!  You are an amazing congregation, doing amazing things, with amazing hearts and I thank God for that!
 
Upcoming Events and Meetings…
 
Sunday, December 1- Hanging of the Greens- Join us as we decorate the sanctuary and learn about this special season!
                    8:30  Choir rehearsal
                    Green Team meeting after church
                    Nominating meeting after church
Tuesday, December 3- Parish Committee Meeting- 9:30
Sunday, December 8- Second Sunday in Advent
                    8:30- Choir Rehearsal
                    Las Posadas rehearsal after church
                    4:00 Spiral Walk-  Join us for this sacred entry into the Advent story.  All are welcome.
Sunday, December 15- Third Sunday in Advent
                    8:30 Choir Rehearsal
                    Las Posadas rehearsal after church
Sunday, December 22- Fourth Sunday in Advent- Las Posadas!  Caroling after church!
Monday, December 23- 1:30- Memorial Service for Marion Best
Tuesday, December 24- Christmas Eve- 5:00 Lessons and Carols
Saturday, December 28- Bryan Jones Memorial Service
Sunday, December 29- 9:30 Carol Sing with Fred Ogmundson!
Announcements…
Some sad news…
On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, our friend Bryan Jones passed from this world to the next.  He was at home, surrounded by his family and at peace.  We give thanks for all that Bryan brought to our lives and community, and our hearts and prayers go out to the Jones family at this time of grief.
A service of memory and hope for Bryan is planned for Saturday, December 28 at church.
Poinsettia Reminder
You must order poinsettias or memorial gifts by Dec. 8th this year. Forms are available at church. Thanks – Marie MacDonald
Spiral Walk- Sunday, December 8 at 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall 
This Advent you are invited to take part in a Spiral Walk.  The Advent spiral starts in a room lit only by a single candle in the center of a spiral of evergreens, and as people add their own candles, the light in the room increases, bringing us into community and light. This is a silent, meditative exercise for the season of waiting and anticipating and is a suitable journey for persons of any age. All are welcome.
Caroling!
We will be caroling on Dec. 22nd, following coffee hour. We will visit one home, the hospital and Woodcrest. No singing talent required! Come and enjoy!
Memorial Service
Marion Best’s Service of Memory and Hope will be held at the church on Monday, December 23 at 1:30.  Her family wanted to let the congregation know that all are invited to come and honor her memory.
The 66th annual Area Choir Christmas Concerts 
will be held Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 8 at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM at South Congregational Church, 20 Church Street, Newport, NH.

The Area Choir is an ecumenical choir of singers from 26 New Hampshire and Vermont churches who meet annually to rehearse and perform three Christmas concerts as their gift to the area communities.

Directed by David Chaves, with Billie Joyce Bell on piano, and Beverly Caldon, organist, the nearly 70-voice choir will perform more than a dozen Christmas favorites along with time for the audience to join them in singing several familiar Christmas carols. The South Church Earle Pollard Memorial Handbell Choir will also play. No admission charge; a free-will offering will be accepted. Major business sponsor this year is LaValley Building Supply. Begin the Christmas season with this wonderful area tradition!

Cookies needed!

We need dozens of cookies for the Wilmot Christmas baskets.  Bring your contribution to church on the 15th, or earlier packaged for the church’s freezer.

 “Las Posadas”

An arrangement of this Christmas musical, written by William Ogmundson and Tom Dunn based on Tomie De Paola’s children’s book, will be performed at church on December 22nd.  Rehearsals for the performance will be held after church on Sundays, November 17 and 24 and December 8 and 15.  If you are interested in singing and/or acting in this performance, please email Will at williamogmundson@gmail.com.
Mental Health Group
There has been some discussion about starting a mental health support group for members of our congregation. Anyone who is interested should let Rev. Sara know, along with the best time to meet. This will be mostly a discussion group. We are not able to offer health advice or therapy.

Planning for “When the Time Comes”

In February, 2017, an informational session was held after Sunday worship to hear from a representative of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s “Honoring Care” program on planning for “When the Time Comes”.  We were given information about advance directives and encouraged to talk with our families about issues related to planning for that time.  Copies of the packet handed out at that session are available on the bench in the back of the sanctuary and on the table in Fellowship Hall.

Recognizing that families of many in our congregation will turn to the church for help planning a memorial service, we developed a form to be filled out stating our wishes for that service, naming family members, contact persons, favorite hymns or scripture, etc.  The completed forms are kept in a file in the church office and can be updated as needed.  The information will be very helpful for both your family and our minister for planning a meaningful memorial.

Copies of the form are available along with the information packet, and you are encouraged to consider completing one and having it filed for “when the time comes”.  Feel free to add anything you think would be helpful for your family and/or our minister.  You may mail it to the church at P. O. Box 204, Wilmot 03287 or leave it with Rev. Sara. your Deacon or Janet Howe.

Weekend School Backpacks
Items needed for the Middle School backpacks include pasta sauce (no glass), rice mixes, salad dressings, canned beans (not green), soups, stews, cereal, hamburger helper, jelly (no glass), pizza mix, popcorn, shake’n bake, sloppy Joe mix, and snack bars.  Give your donations to Marie MacDonald  and she will get them to school.

Flash Mission

If you know of someone who needs a helping hand (food, yard work, etc.) let Steve Allenby know and he’ll organize help.

 

Food Pantry 
During December, we’re asked to donate cereal.
Calendars for 2020
A huge thank you to all who have so faithfully donated calendars for
prison inmates. You’re making a difference in people’s lives! We have
a record number of calendars ready to mail to Pennsylvania. We will
continue to collect them until Sunday, December 8, after which our
calendars will be sent off, just in time for each inmate to choose his
favorite before the new year begins. (Just a reminder that spiral
bindings, and calendars with images of children or weapons, are not
permitted in the correctional facility.)
 
 
KEEPING IN TOUCH
Mailing List Up-dates

Albing, Robin – change address to P.O. Box 1802 in Springfield
Currier, Paul – change town to Andover 03216
ADD:  Kimball, Vikki, P.O.Box 1350, New London 03257  vikki2442@yahoo.com
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 jwhowe1@tds.net.
 
Scripture for Sunday

Isaiah 2:1-5 and Maathew 24:36-44