Culminating on Super Bowl Sunday
The young people of our Christian Education program are participating in the annual Souper Bowl of Caring national food drive. If we are blessed enough to splurge on Super Bowl snacks, then please think about those who struggle just to provide food for their families. The food drive culminates on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd. Thank you for your Christian generosity.
It was 50 years ago today that Apollo 8 emerged from traversing the dark side of the moon. This was a first. The world waited anxiously as they went into a forced silence behind the moon, unable to communicate with earth.
They were completely separated. When they reemerged, there were shouts of relief, and then the astronauts took a first-ever picture of the earth rising over the moon's horizon.
Apollo 8 went from separation to sharing a profound photo of our shared identity and our shared home. For all of the differences that we insist separate us, the photo above reminds us of our essential identity.
Likewise, when God enters our world in the ordinariness of Jesus' birth, all creation is sanctified, all human life is revealed as cherished by God, and hopefully we can begin to better realize our shared communion.
May Christmas help us all to appreciate the blessing of creation and the blessing of each other. May Christmas renew our love of God who loves us as much as His willingness to leap from heaven and into the humble Bethlehem manger.
May peace and joy fill your hearts and homes this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and remain with you all long afterwards.
And of course, know that you are all welcome to join us this Christmas Eve at 7PM as we gather in Jesus' house to celebrate Jesus' birthday with song, Scripture and community.
A Blessed Christmas to You!
Hatfield's Luminarium is this Sunday. We meet at the Town Hall at 6PM and then our church presents the Luminarium concert at 7PM. I've heard from people at rehearsals that it's going to be beautiful. The first event of Hatfield's Luminarium, however, begins in the afternoon at the Hatfield Historical Museum located in the Hatfield Public Library. The flier is below. Kathie Gow, curator, even let me know that there's a picture of our church from 1899 when it was lit be kerosene lamps. Hope to see you around town.
Confirmation Class Assists at Worship
This past Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, our Confirmation class served as greeters and then lit the three candles of the Advent Wreath.
The first photo is Jonathan and Morgan ready to greet people as they came into church.
The second photo is Maddie and Pari also serving as greeters at the door.
The third photo is Maddie lighting the rose candle, the candle of love.
The fourth photo is Morgan reading the prayer and Scripture citation for the candle lighting ceremony.
Many thanks to the class for their participation, and thanks to Carol for the pictures.
Our congregation's "Stuff our Stockings” collection continues through the end of the month. We are asking those coming to church to bring in new men’s and women’s socks for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter in Northampton. That's the board you see in the picture with all of the Christmas stockings. If you come to church to bring in your sock donation, you also get to hear our Music Director Anthony as we get to hear and share in some of the glorious music of the Advent and Christmas Seasons.
After our church Service on Sunday, December 9th, the congregation will gather for our annual "Old Fashioned Christmas." We enjoy a shared pot luck dinner and then we begin decorating the church for Christmas. All are welcome to attend and we'd love to see you!
The Board of Deacons met on November 26th and finalized plans for a New Members Meeting on Monday, December 3rd from 6 - 7:00pm. If you are interested in becoming a member of our church, we invite you to attend. You will hear about the process itself, our church congregation and our denomination. There will be time for you to ask any questions you may have, as well. If you are interested, but cannot make this date or time, please let Rev. Calvo know.
Today is Giving Tuesday throughout the nation. Black Friday was followed by Small Business Saturday which was followed by Cyber Monday. Now after making purchases for us and ours, Giving Tuesday asks that we give back to a charity of our choice. There are so many wonderful and worthwhile charities out there that need and appreciate our support. We at Hatfield Congregational Church would also ask you to consider a donation to our church on Giving Tuesday. Remember - all of this giving is because of the approaching birth of Jesus. Maybe give Jesus a birthday present this Giving Tuesday. And thank you.
Didn't make it to the Installation Service on November 11th watch it right here :)
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