Tuesday, October 8, 2019

This Week October 8, 2019

Dear Folks,

Hope you are all keeping warm or cool or whatever with our roller coaster weather!

This Thursday, October 10, is my prayer day.  If you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up, please let me know.

This coming Sunday, October 13, is the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  The scripture is Luke 17:11-19.  The sermon is "The Other Nine". 

The Neighbors in Need (NIN) offering will be taken this Sunday. NIN is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministries. Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. NIN grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities.

Please note, Sunday School begins this Sunday!!  Please contact Jenny McCarthy with any questions.

My travelogue on Germany will be evening Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Come hungry!
  
Women’s Fellowship Circle Meeting: Wednesday, October 16th  at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall: Ladies, we will have a guest speaker from Living Essential Oils and a Mini DIY night. She will give an overview of how oils can be used and then you will be able to make a foaming hand soap in a take-home dispenser bottle for a small fee. We need to have a head-count for her purposes so sign-up in the alcove or see Sue Lindley.  Please plan to join us for a fun evening!!

The Huntington Center Nursery School is holding an Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough & Lyman Orchard Pie fundraiser! Orders will be taken until October 18th. Delivery will be November 1st. See any Nursery School Committee member or the office for order envelopes and more information and support our nursery school.
  
Women’s Fellowship will be presenting a program on Retirement Income Planning on Sunday, Oct. 27, after our service. We have invited Rebecca Miller back as her presentations have been informative and helpful. Feel free to bring a friend! Refreshments will be served. Although signing up is not mandatory, we appreciate you putting your name on the sheet in the alcove so we have an idea as to how many to prepare for. See Denise Wilson or Sue Lindley with questions.

The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be here before we know it – November 22nd & 23rd. Watch your future bulletins for more information or contact co-chairs: Terri Johnston, Jaqui Olivo, Judy Tucker, Justine Connery. Please do not leave any Santa’s Attic items until after 10/15 so the volunteers have time to catch up. No clothing please-leave them in My Sister’s Place bin in Fellowship Hall.  Thank you.

If you have not already, please prayerfully consider your gift to HCCUCC and return your Faith Promise cards as soon as possible. Thank you for your faithfulness!

Let us pray.  O God, help us to take that big deep breath when we are feeling off kilter. Help us to feel your presence supporting us and strengthing us.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Thursday, October 3, 2019

This Week October 3, 2019

Dear Folks,
 
Crazy weather. Yesterday was almost 90, today it's barely 50. Well, it is New England!
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in Consecration Sunday. Much gratitude to those who returned their Faith Promises. If you have not done so, please do as soon as possible. Thank you!
 
This Sunday, October 5 is World Communion Sunday. The scripture is II Timothy 1:1-14. The sermon is "Good Treasure". The Emergency Assistance Fund offering will be taken.
 
The Huntington Center Nursery School is holding an Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough & Lyman Orchard Pie fundraiser! Orders will be taken through  October 18th. Delivery will be November 1st. See any Nursery School Committee member or the office for order envelopes and/or more information. Please support our nursery school.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS SUNDAY OCTOBER  13!  Please contact Jenny McCarthy for more information.
 
Neighbors in Need (NIN) offering will be taken Sunday, Oct. 13. NIN is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministries. Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. NIN grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities.
 
Women’s Fellowship Circle Meeting will be meeting on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The guest speaker is from Living Essential Oils and a Mini DIY night. She will give an overview of how oils can be used. You can then make a foaming hand soap in a take-home dispenser bottle for a small fee. We need to have a head-count for her purposes so sign-up in the alcove or see Sue Lindley. Please plan to join us for a fun evening!!
 
Women’s Fellowship will be presenting a program on Retirement Income Planning on Sunday, Oct. 27 after our service. We have invited Rebecca Miller back as her presentations have been informative and helpful. Feel free to bring a friend! Refreshments will be served. Although signing up is not mandatory, we appreciate you putting your name on the sheet in the alcove so we have an idea as to how many to prepare for. See Denise Wilson or Sue Lindley with questions.
 
The Pumpkin & Holly Fair is coming up on November 22nd & 23rd. Watch your future bulletins for more information or contact co-chairs: Terri Johnston, Jaqui Olivo, Judy Tucker, Justine Connery. Please do not leave any Santa’s Attic items until after 10/15 so the volunteers have time to catch up. No clothing please-leave them in My Sister’s Place bin in Fellowship Hall.  Thank you.
 
Let us pray. O Holy God, thank you for the abundant blessings you have offered us. May we accept them with joy and use them to make the world a better place.  Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

This Week September 17, 2019

Dear Folks,
 
I cannot thank you all enough for the gifts, cards, and well-wishes on our 10th anniversary together. I really appreciate the Kindle and accessories from the congregation. Your generosity touches my heart!
 
We had such a great weekend. Thank you to everyone who helped out with the Firefighter's Parade welcome as the companies checked in at our parking lot. Thank you to everyone who helped out with our worship & picnic later in the day. It was such a great time!
 
This coming Sunday, September 22, is the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The scripture is I Timothy 2:1-7.  The sermon is "Prayerful Living". We will celebrating the baptism of Raelyn Hanas.
 
Our Season of Generosity is soon wrapping up. If you have not returned your Faith Promise card yet, please do so as soon as possible. Consecration Sunday will be next Sunday,  September 29. Thank you for your faithfulness! "The Future of the Church? Depends on you."
 
Let us pray.  O God, thank you for active weekends and times to celebrate. Thank you for quiet days and times to rest. Thank you for all our days; may we be faithful in everyone, knowing we are surrounding by your presence.  Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

This Week September 10, 2019

Dear Folks,

Please stop for a moment tomorrow, 9/11, to remember and to say a prayer.

My Prayer Day is this Thursday, September 12. Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to raise up.

Our Outdoor Worship & Picnic will be held this Sunday, September 15, 5 P.M., at Pemberley (the Parsonage) 160 Huntington Street. This year, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary together as pastor and congregation!  It's going to be a pizza party! If you have not already RSVP'ed, please do so ASAP by calling the church office or replying to this email. It's $5 per person, $10 per family. Otherwise, you do not need to bring anything, unless you'd like to bring a chair, a blanket, or a bottle.  Hope to see you then!

Choir is starting back up after summer vacation. The first practice will be Thursday, September 19 at 7 P.M. in the sanctuary. Our first Sunday service will be September 22. No experience is necessary, just a desire to make a joyful noise for God! 

Please take note of the poster in the Alcove with suggested items for the Valley Food Bank bin in Fellowship Hall. Of course, all items are gratefully accepted, but the Missions Committee put together a list that attempts to target items that may be needed more during certain seasons or months. The need is great, so please be generous! 

Women’s Fellowship will be collecting School Supplies for the Church World Service Kits in the spring. Now is the time to purchase the items as we ready for Back to School. We will be collecting: ~  spiral notebooks (70 count) ~ pair blunt scissors (rounded) ~ hand-held pencil sharpener ~ new pencils w/erasers ~ 12” ruler (30 centimeters) ~ large erasers ~ box 24 crayons (only 24) All donations may be placed in the large white storage box in Fellowship Hall. Any questions please contact Laura Salvio.

We are in are in the midst of our Season of Generosity. Please prayerfully consider your gift to HCCUCC and return your Faith Promise cards as soon as possible. 
Consecration Sunday is September 29. Thank you for your faithfulness!

Let us pray.  O Holy God, help us to remember the tragic events of 9/11. Help us to remember those who are still grieving and those who are still suffering. Help us to prayer our prayers of comfort, hope, and peace.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

This Week September 3, 2019

Dear Folks,

Please keep in your prayers all those who have been, are, and will be in the path of Hurricane Dorian.

This Sunday, September 8, is the Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost. The scripture lesson is the Epistle of Philemon. The sermon is "Beloved Family". 

We are in are in the midst of our Season of Generosity. Please prayerfully consider your gift to HCCUCC and return your Faith Promise cards as soon as possible. Consecration Sunday will be September 29. Thank you for your faithfulness!

Due to the State Fire Convention in Huntington Center, THE ALL CHURCH WORSHIP & PICNIC will be held SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th at 4 p.m.
At Pemberley (the parsonage), 160 Huntington Street. This year, we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary as pastor and congregation! We will have worship and then a pizza and salad party following. You don't need to bring anything but a chair or blanket and a bottle if you would like. The cost is $5 per person, $10 per family. Please fill out the reservation sheet from the Belfry or bulletin and return with payment by September 8 to Sue Lindley.

Choir is starting soon!  The first practice will be Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Our first Sunday service will be September 22. No experience is necessary, just a desire to make a joyful noise for God! 

Women’s Fellowship will be collecting School Supplies for the Church World Service Kits in the spring. Now is the time to purchase the items as we ready for Back to School. We will be collecting: ~  spiral notebooks (70 count) ~ pair blunt scissors (rounded) ~ hand-held pencil sharpener ~ new pencils w/erasers ~ 12” ruler (30 centimeters) ~ large erasers ~ box 24 crayons (only 24) All donations may be placed in the large white storage box in Fellowship Hall. Any questions please contact Laura Salvio.

Let us pray.  O Holy God, please keep all who are in harm's way shielded with your protection. Give them wisdom, strength, and courage.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille