Super Saturday will take place on Saturday, October 5th in Framingham, MA. This link will take you to the event and all of the wonderful offerings: https://www.macucc.org/eventdetail/12749786. The worship is uplifting and the community is strengthening.
The registration fee is $59 (after September 21, 2019, ALL registrations will be $69). Register a group of 5 or more paying registrants from the same church, at the same time and we will receive a $49 per person rate. If you're interested, please let me know, and sooner is better than later.
To attend is good for the soul, but when we come back it's also good for the congregation. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
Massachusetts Bible Study Course
Five months from today is Christmas Eve! It's almost upon us! What are we going to do????
If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, why not think about adding the "Exploring the Bible" series to your list? This is the text that we will be using beginning in the Fall as we meet again for Bible Study.
When we read Mark's Gospel, we went line by line. This series offers an overview of the entire Bible.
This Bible Study will require those attending to do reading at home so that we are ready to actually discuss the biblical texts when we gather.
I envision us meeting on alternate weeks starting in September, which will give us plenty of time for our homework.
This Bible Study is open to anyone who would like to join us.
If you are interested in purchasing this three-volume series, here's a link to do so: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B001JS8I0G?_encoding=UTF8&node=283155&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default&fbclid=IwAR1fS9Jz9PslDxJrwaLLm5zfzlZT8x-FRynUrP0GFKlAsfP2Hr5AST1Xl3k#formatSelectorHeader
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
We're a go for CROP Walk 2019 at the Sunderland Congregational Church. The Recruitment Rally will take place on Thursday, August 15th at 6PM. Amy Novak, chair of the Benevolence Committee, and Rev. Randy will attend. At that time we will receive materials for team members to begin collecting donations for this worthy cause.
25% of everything collected stays in our own area to help those in need. The other 75% is used to support efforts around the globe to help people in need become more self-sufficient.
If you would like to become a member of our church's team, please speak to either Amy or Rev. Randy. The Walk will be held in Sunderland on October 13th with registration beginning at 1PM. Even if you can't walk on that day, you can be a team member and help us with your fundraising assistance. And if you can walk, even better! What a great feeling it is to join with others for such a good cause.
Thanks to everyone in advance for your time, effort and generosity.
In the Fall, we are going to start a new Bible Study Group. This past Spring we finished reading the Gospel of Mark. We read each line and discussed the text. What we are going to be doing in our next round of Bible study, is look at the Bible in an overview, and to do so we will be using the Massachusetts Bible Society's "Exploring the Bible" series.
It comes in three volumes: What is the Bible; Introduction to the Old Testament; and Introduction to the New Testament. These texts will need to be purchased by each member of the class. I saw on Amazon that the price is anywhere from $11 to $4 per text.
Wunderley mentioned to me before Service yesterday that she was raised with the tradition that you discover three biblical quotes that are extremely meaningful to you, and that you memorize them and then use them as guides in life. The only way to do this is to be familiar with the Bible. We're hoping this Bible Study Group will help with this.
If you are interested in joining our Fall Bible Study Group, please let Rev. Randy know.
3rd Annual WATER PALOOZA FAMILY FUN WALK/RUN
To SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
Saturday July 20, 2019
Registration starts at 9:00am
Start/Finish Lawn Adjacent to library
39 Main Street Hatfield, MA
Easy 2 mile loop around town with optional water obstacles along the way
**New Color Run Option**
To register go to
https://www.RunReg.com/water-palooza-family-fun-runwalk or register at the Event
$15 pp or $25 per family
Rain or Shine!
Want to help make a difference?
I received the email below today about the annual CROP Hunger Walk. These are inspiring events for the ones involved, and they help people in need around the globe and in our own backyards.
This walk is in Franklin County, but it is hosted by our sister church, Sunderland Congregational, UCC.
INTERESTED???? Let me know.
June 25, 2019
Ever felt you have a gift to help the world, but can’t quite figure out what it is? CROP Hunger Walk may be it! A first step in the voyage of eradicating worldwide hunger and poverty is having someone in your group become a recruiter, attending the Recruitment Rally of Annual Franklin County CROP Hunger Walk, where all pertinent CROP Hunger Walk information will be distributed.
2019 Franklin County CROP Hunger Walk
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:02 PM
Sunderland United Church of Christ
A light supper will be provided.
Not only do our funds benefit the hungry around the world, 25 percent of the proceeds are returned to aid Franklin County food assistance programs.
2019 Franklin County CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, October 13 at 2:06 PM, starting and ending at Sunderland United Church of Christ at 91 South Main St.. Registration begins at 1:00 PM.
Please start now publicizing CROP Hunger Walk in your bulletins, newsletters, and calendars. Be sure to post news on your organization’s online publications; much of 2019 Franklin County CROP Hunger Walk news will be advertised online.
For information or clarification, please call Steve at 413-863-2850. We look forward to seeing you or a member of your group at the Rally!
Steve Damon, Coordinator
Franklin County CROP Walk
P.S. This is CROP Hunger Walk's 50th anniversary.
This is Memorial Day Weekend. I saw on the morning news that the beautiful weather has filled the highways and the beaches, but let's remember that this is not only a three-day weekend. This is the solemn time of remembrance.
Tomorrow at our 10AM Service we will share in the singing of some patriotic hymns and we will offer Memorial Day prayers. Then we will have the opportunity to participate in the town's Memorial Day observance at the parade and the gathering at Smith Academy Park.
Enjoy the long weekend, but we also need to honour those who fought and died in the Armed Services of our country. They deserve no less.
The story of a past church member
-The Hatfield Historical Society's new exhibit is called, Through Marian's Eyes: A Red Cross Canteen Worker Recounts World War I" (see attached poster). It will be open from 11 to 12:30 (before the parade) and from 1:30 to 3:30 (after the Town Hall ceremony).
The exhibit is based on Marian Billings, a 37-year-old Hatfield woman who left her job as business manager of the family farm and sailed to France in August 2018 to do her part during World War I. Her journals not only tell us what life was like for a Red Cross canteen worker, but give us touching and sometimes gruesome stories about the soldiers she cares for. The exhibit also features mini profiles of a number of Hatfield WWI soldiers.
The exhibit OPENING will include a Red Cross canteen tent -- starting at 1:30 pm -- staffed by costumed Red Cross canteen workers (some Smith Academy juniors), with a few WWI soldier reenactors (more Smith Academy juniors), and the girls will be serving the soldiers and visitors canteen fare - including coffee, lemonade, chocolate drops donated by Richardson's Candy Kitchen and cider donuts donated by Atkins Farms.
The Historical Society invites you to come visit the exhibit and participate in the canteen. They also ask you to pin up a card and a remembrance poppy with your WWI family member's name in front of the library.
Curator, Hatfield Historical Museum hatfieldhistory.weebly.com
Oral History Producer wordspicturesstories.com
High Tea Celebration
Real Folks has been the women's group at the church for 150 years. As part of their anniversary celebration, the group enjoyed each other's company at a High Tea in the church dining room and parlor. Kathy Gow from the Hatfield Historical Society presented a talk and displayed some of the items she curates at the Museum, including the Billings family Bible. A lot of the members came together to make this happen and we thank them because it looked like a perfectly enjoyable afternoon.
The pictures show the place settings and High Tea offerings, and of course our Real Folks ladies dressed appropriately in their Sunday-best hats. Even Arnold got into the spirit as he helped out in the kitchen. The ladies had a blast. All set to do it again for the 200th anniversary.
Faith, love and chitchat.
Sunday 10-11am (9:30am July + August)
Children Sunday School 10-11am
Nursery care available during worship