Congregational News and Updates

Congregational News and Updates

Will You Take a Moment to Consider?

Nominating has begun the search to fill our committee slots.  Please prayerfully consider how you can help support our church by joining one of the committees.  Contact either Karen Brighenti or Ellen Holmes for more information. DEACONS This group works together to assist the Pastor in the work of the church, including assistance with various aspects of the worship services, and administration of Communion. Deacons perform their tasks along with at least one other person, so there is always support…
season of change

Surviving and Thriving

In a season of change As we celebrate survival, and hope, we must also seek ways to thrive in this season of change for our church. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 In the past year, this church experienced a huge change; for many, Pastor Ray’s departure in May clicked into focus the church’s need to reexamine who…
Intergenerational

Messages for All Ages

Intergenerational Sundays Beginning in October, our Congregation is returning to a tradition of first Sundays, Communion Sundays, encompassing all ages (with a new name). These services will be celebratory of our church family and embracing of our neighbors. Messages for All Ages will be a little longer with the Reflection being a little shorter with the messages from each being connected and anchored in scripture. Children and teens will be invited to participate in reading, taking the collection, greeting, lighting…
Welcome Back

Welcome back to church school!

Hi Families!Welcome back to church school! This year we are excited to start off the year similar to how we were pre-covid! We are going back to the model where children will first be attending the service with their families before being dismissed to church school with the teachers where we will then gather in the lower hall (Covenant Hall) before going to our classes. The first Sunday of the month is going to be Family Sunday.On Family Sunday the…

June CE Update

Hi Families! Happy Summer! I wanted to first start off by thanking everyone who came to support our children in our annual Children’s day pageant.  It was the first one we were able to hold in the last few years due to Covid and it felt so good to be back!  Fun fact: The animals that the children used were all created by hand by them to use for our Christmas pageant.  If you remember, the Christmas pageant had to…

Help wanted

Virtual Worship Service We are looking for volunteers to assist with the recording, editing, and posting of our Sunday Worship Service. Since its early development, Pastor Ray has continuously improved the process towhere we are today.  If you’re comfortable navigating around a couple of websites, the learning curve should be short. The more volunteers the better, as long as each Sunday is covered. If you’re interested, have questions or know of somebody, please let contact me.Thank you for your consideration Doug…
welcome

Welcome To Rev. Stacey

The Diaconate is happy to announce that we now have an Interim Pastor to help guide and walk with us along our journey into the next chapter of our church. Please join us in welcoming Rev. Stacey Kullgren to our church family. Rev. Stacey is a long-time member of the United Church of Jaffrey, NH and currently lives in Winchester, NH. As a youth, Stacey became aware that her calling was to be of service to others. Stacey was ordained…
Strawberry Shortcake Booth

Strawberry Shortcake Booth

The last Town Benefit Day on Academy Hill washeld in 2019. The 2020 and 2021 events werecanceled due to the pandemic.As a form of Christian outreach within our localcommunity, our Church was asked if we would liketo participate in the Town Benefit Day events bysupporting a Strawberry Shortcake Booth, similarto what we had at the old Yankee Street Fairevents.This year’s event runs from 11:00 AM until 5:00PM on Sunday, August 14th. In the past, thestrawberries, biscuits, and whipped cream wereprovided…
Lemonade & cookies

LEMONADE & COOKIES…..A CHURCH TRADITION

For many years summer brought an end to the time of fellowship and refreshments following Sunday services.  Then Cam and Pat Godfrey began attending our church and introduced Lemonade & Cookies, a wonderful way to enjoy summer each Sunday morning.  Since then each summer Sunday, weather permitting, we leave the church and join together outside to enjoy light refreshments.  It’s a wonderful tradition enjoyed by all. Can you help to continue this tradition?  It’s easy!  In the Bride’s Room, located…

Crop Walk 2022

The 42nd  Annual  Concord Mass. Area CROP Walk for the Hungry Will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at First Parish in Concord. Registration  begins at 1:30, with music by the CCHS Pep Band, and the step-off will be at 2:15 I’m writing to let you know that the Crop Walk will be on Oct. 23 this year, and we are planning for an in-person walk, as we did in 2021. We raised over $27,000 last year! We so appreciate First…

Children’s Sunday 2022

Hi families!I am excited that we will be having the first in-person Children’sSunday in two years on June 12. Practice for this will be taking placein church school during regular class time on May 29 and June 5.The kids have anxiously been waiting to show you their creationsthat they made for the Christmas pageant which we will beincorporating into our children’s day skit. Please join us afterwardon the side lawn for our annual ice cream social following theservice.June 12 will…

CE Update

When looking up the definition of a Pastor in the dictionary it tells us that it means “a clergyperson serving a local church or parish.”  When I read that line it seems like such a standard description for such an important person.  A basic and even boring statement that could be used to describe anyone that has even the most basic of knowledge of the Bible or just any simpleton who can lead a group of people.  However, with conviction, I…

Happy Spring!

Hi Families! I am happy to announce that we are officially mask-free at church school!  Families have the option of doing whatever works best for their children, (either in masks or without masks) but now the masking is optional.  We will still continue to keep the windows open to allow for fresh air circulation and we will still social distance whenever possible as well as sanitize all items regularly. This year we will be celebrating Palm Sunday together as a…

Changes to COVID restrictions in the church

At the March 2, 2022 meeting of the COVID Response Group, the following motions were passed: MOTION: To lift all Covid-19 restrictions previously put in place, effective immediately. MOTION: We support any individuals who may choose to continue wearing masks, and understand if individuals choose not to attend in-person due to concerns for their well-being and/or that of others. Both motions passed unanimously. In practical terms, this means that required masking is no longer in effect. However, those who are…

One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing is one of four special offerings of the United Church of Christ.  This Lenten Offering supports the disaster, refugee, and development ministries of the  United Church of Christ within Wider Church Ministries. When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you deploy resources to people in need all around the world, and in our own communities.  When man-made or natural disasters strike, love responds.  Not just for the immediate future, but for the long…