Churches Called on to Ask Members to Sign Creation Care Voter Pledge
October 18, 2018
The Environmental Ministries Team of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC is calling on congregations to ask their members to sign the Creation Care Voter Pledge.
Here’s Why and How
The UCC declares that God’s great gift of Creation – the context in which all life seeks fulfillment – is in crisis. As people of faith, recognizing that the earth is the Lord’s, it falls upon our generation to embrace imperatives that constitute a new moral era. The UCC views the current climate crisis as an opportunity for which the church was born.
But voting data consistently shows that people concerned about the environment and the climate do not vote nearly as often as the general populace. “In the 2016 presidential election, about 68 or 69 percent of registered voters turned out to vote. The problem is only 50 percent of environmentalists turned out to vote. In the 2014 midterms, only 21 percent of environmentalists voted”.
What Can You Do About This?
Ask the members of your congregation to sign the Creation Care Voter Pledge. It costs nothing, but when someone makes the pledge the likelihood significantly increases that the person will actually show up and vote. Each person who pledges will get an email on election day reminding them of their pledge. (And a thank you note after the election is over.) This small pledge “contract” has great effect.
There are many ways to invite your congregation to take the pledge. Several are listed below and you can make up your own approaches and use several approaches at the same time! But time is very short, so act now. Affecting the mid-term elections is a moral imperative for all of us.
Approaches for Obtaining Creation Care Voter Pledges:
The pledges need to be typed into an online pledge form found here. If you cannot arrange to have this done, please contact Karen Methot for help. Do not mail them to Rev. Brooks Berndt in Ohio – there is not enough time for processing before Nov. 6th!
Why is your pledge important?
The Environmental Ministries Team of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC
The story of Noah is a favourite of many. We love the idea of Noah saving all those doomed animals. Well, we need a bunch of Noah's to sign on as Creation Care voters.
The World Wildlife Foundation's biennial "Living Planet Report" is not only disheartening for what it reveals about our stewardship of God's good creation, it speaks of a real danger to human survival. The link to the report is below. Please read this information and then consider signing-on as a "Creation Care Voter."
"Exploding human consumption" has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades, the WWF conservation group says.
In a report, the charity says losses in vertebrate species - mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles - averaged 60% between 1970 and 2014.
"Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions," the WWF's Living Planet Report adds.
It urges policy makers to set new targets for sustainable development.
Tuesday, October 23rd 7 - 8:00pm
We are about to begin reading the Final Act of Mark's Gospel. Jesus arrives in Jerusalem. He doesn't sneak in. He accentuates the turmoil and disturbs those in power by marching into the Holy City to cries of "Hosanna to the Son of David." But where is the Messiah of power? Where's God's grandeur? Maybe Jesus catches us thinking the wrong way about God and God's way, and this probably gives us a forever-warning to not grow complacent when it comes to being a follower of such a Saviour. Jesus' message will always challenge power and often our expectations of even God's power. Jesus speaks and stands for all not the few, even if the few cloak themselves with God-talk. It's action that matters as we discover when power asks about Jesus' credentials. He challenges us to follow in His path as people who think of the greater good, of the common good. I invite you to come and join us as we move on to read Mark 11. The stories may be familiar, but we can never grow too comfortable with its message. Come and read with us, Share your thoughts and reactions to the text. Let's work together to hear that truly God is still speaking.
Installation of Randolph Calvo
Members of the Hampshire Association of the MACUCCare invited to
attend the installation of Rev. Randolph Calvo
First Congregational Church, UCC
41 Main Street - Hatfield, MA 01038
Sunday November 11, 2018 - 3PM
A church is represented by clergy and four delegates.
Visitors are welcome!
During Sunday's Service, I mentioned Bible Study a couple of times. I didn't have enough sermon time to speak to our reading from Job. This biblical book addresses the ageless conundrum of theodicy, of why do the good suffer? If those present this evening choose, we can speak about this. Otherwise, we'll keep moving forward with our reading of Mark's Gospel. We've now reached the occasion of Jesus' third and final Passion Prediction, and He is met with the third abysmal failure of His disciples to get it. Any yet Jesus proceeds on to Jerusalem and everything that awaits Him there. There's a lot to glean about Jesus from this fact alone, not to mention that these constantly failing disciples end up building the Christian church that is now world wide and 2,000 years young. I invite you to come join us this evening from 7 - 8PM at the church for Bible Study.
On October 19, 2017, I met with the Pastoral Search Committee of Hatfield Congregational Church. The next day Matt Hunter called to offer me a call to become the pastor here.
On November 11th I met with more people from the congregation at an informal gathering at the church. On Sunday the 12th I led the morning Service, after which the congregation voted to accept me as their pastor.
Almost to the day, one year later on Sunday, November 11, 2018, I will be installed formally as the pastor of Hatfield Congregational Church at 3:00pm according to the custom of the Hampshire Association and by the Hampshire Association, UCC.
The Installation Service is open to any and all.
The Deacons and I will be in contact with Rev. Jill Graham, Associate Conference Minister, and the Church and Ministry Committee, and of course members of our congregation as we plan the Service.
By Rev. Corey Sanderson
On Saturday, October 13th, from 10AM until Noon, Rev. Corey Sanderson, the pastor of the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield and the Chair of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ's Board of Directors, will come to our church to speak about mission and outreach.
Corey is committed to helping people develop a mature spirituality, is passionate about building and fostering community, and believes the church should be a place where people learn to practice compassion and then seek justice out in the world. Corey has served as the president of The Interfaith Council of Franklin County, on the Board of Directors for The Literacy Project, and as a member of The Communities that Care Coalition’s coordinating council.
Mark Gelotte and Rev. Randy attended his session at the Spring Super Saturday gathering. Rev. Corey shared his experience of planting a brand new church in the Mid West. He spoke to us about looking at church from a visitor's perspective, from a person who knows nothing or little about church in general and about our congregation in particular.
I have been in the situation of entering a house of worship and not knowing what to do and not to do. It is intimidating and can be off-putting. Rev. Corey is going to help us offer the blessings of Hatfield Congregational to people who may find themselves in a similar situation.
This presentation is open to everyone at the church. We hope you will carve out a couple of hours on this particular Saturday morning to listen and learn about how we can help grow the church.
Cider, doughnuts, coffee and tea will be served.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Rev. Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERESTED: LAST CALL.
Would you like to travel to Worcester to the Hanover Theater to see A Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 15th at 2PM?
Group Sales rates kick in at 10 people. The cost per ticket for adults would be $45 and for students $25. And we now have our 10+ people.
If you want to attend with us, I will need to hear from you by tomorrow, Monday, September 24th.
Once our number is verified, we will then work on our transportation plans.
If interested, email me at email@example.com.
Jeremy Lawrence returns as Scrooge!
"God Bless us, everyone!"
Celebrate the holiday season with New England’s largest production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted by The Hanover Theatre’s president and CEO Troy Siebels and featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, New England’s largest theatre pipe organ.
New and returning cast members tell the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. This brilliant musical, set with timeless music, colorful costumes and spectacular lighting and scenery, follows Scrooge as he discovers the true spirit of the holiday season.
You know the story and you love the message of redemption, but you’ll never see another Christmas Carol like this! The show is refined and revised each year to feature more magic than ever before, with an array of spectacles from smoke and fog to spectacular flying stunts.
Jeremy Lawrence has guest starred on TV’s “The Blacklist” and “Shades of Blue” and has worked with directors Brian De Palma, Ron Howard and Stephen Daldry. He is also known for his portrayal of playwright Tennessee Williams.
Sunday, October 7th
Neighbors in Need (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 Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. This collection will be accepted on Sunday, October 7th, thank you.
Sunday 10-11am (9:30am July + August)
Children Sunday School 10-11am
Nursery care available during worship