Guest speaker at church Sunday, November 10th: Dr. Ira Helfand
On August 18th, Rev. Dr. Peter Kakos joined us for worship and shared a few words of greeting. At that time, he mentioned the resolution that he had presented at the 32nd General Synod of the United Church of Christ that was held in Milwaukee from June 21st - 25th.
The resolution called for the United States to pull “Back From The Brink” and Prevent Nuclear War. The motion passed by a huge margin.
To read the entirety of the resolution, please click on this link:
After our worship Service, Rev. Kakos was invited to our Church Council meeting to speak more on the topic. At that meeting, our Church Council decided to move forward with presenting the resolution to the entire congregation for discussion and possible action.
With this in mind, we have invited Dr. Ira Helfand to address the congregation for about 10 minutes at the end of this Sunday's Service, November 10th.
Dr. Helfand is the co-chair, Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee and is an emergency medicine physician in Northampton, Massachusetts
Ira Helfand, MD is co-chair of Physicians for Social Responsibility’s (PSR) Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee and also serves as co-president of PSR’s global federation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
Dr. Helfand has worked for many years as an emergency room physician and now practices internal medicine at an urgent care center.
Dr. Helfand represents IPPNW at the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. He is also a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)’s International Steering Committee.
Dr. Helfand co-authored PSR’s report, Nuclear Famine: 2 Billion at Risk?, which outlines the global health consequences of regional nuclear war. He was a leading medical voice in ICAN’s campaign for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Dr. Helfand addressed national delegations at international conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo, Norway, Narayit, Mexico, and Vienna, Austria, during the May 2016 U.N. Open-Ended Working Group on disarmament in Geneva, and throughout the U.N. General Assembly negotiations in 2017.
We invite any and all to come to our worship Service this Sunday and to hear Dr. Helfand's presentation. There will be an opportunity to ask him questions.
With the information presented in the resolution and in Dr. Helfand's address to the congregation, we will then be better prepared to discuss and to then vote as to whether or not our congregation wishes to sign the UCC resolution on nuclear disarmament.
This vote is planned for our Annual Meeting on January 19, 2020.
What a great addition to the evening. First the Roast Pork Supper (don't forget to reserve your ticket!) and then Dixieland Stomp. Mark those calendars.
Marcia, Ed, Bill, Jan, Jeannie and Linda getting the applesauce ready for the November 2nd Pork Roast Supper. Hope to see you there!
The CROP Hunger Walk is taking place on Sunday at 1PM in Sunderland. Our church will be participating in this worthwhile cause to assist Church World Service's efforts to help communities in need support themselves. 25% of the proceeds will remain right here among our neighbours as the Walk will help support local charities.
If you would like to learn more about the walk or make an on-line donation, please visit our team's website at
If you would like to make a cash or check (payable to CWS/CROP) donation, you can do so at church on Sunday.
And if you would like to walk with us, we'd love to have you join us. Simply show up at the Sunderland Congregational Church between 1 and 2PM. If you can't see us, give my cell a call at 4130-824-1630.
This is an uplifting experience as we gather with hundreds of other church people from the region who are living the Christian gospel of realizing that all people are our neighbours and that we have a moral obligation to help those in desperate need. This, truly, is the work of church.
Due to the fact that we will be starting our Stewardship Drive on Sunday, October 6th, the congregation will be accepting donations for the United Church of Christ's Neighbors in Need offering on Sunday, September 29th.
"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."
We will speak to this topic in Sunday's sermon because the lectionary directs us to Jesus' powerful parable of the rich man and Lazarus. If you would like to join us, please know always, that all are welcome here, whoever you are.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
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. 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. 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.
CROP Hunger Walks help support the overall work of Church World Service, particularly grassroots development efforts around the world. In addition, our local CROP Hunger Walk will return 25% of the funds it raises to hunger-fighting programs in our local communities.
Anyone who would like to be a part of our team can pick up a collection envelop at church; and anyone who would like to donate may speak to any team member.
Anyone who wishes to contribute online or even join our team is asked to visit https://www.crophungerwalk.org/bernardstonma/Team/View/114596/Hatfield-Congregational.
The Walk is in Sunderland on Sunday, October 13th, at 1PM.
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