As a community church, Rehoboth Congregational is an exciting mix
of young and old, recent arrivals and long-term residents, and those
of various religious backgrounds. This interesting mix of people from
all aspects of the community make up a dynamic and growing church
family. New faces have been joyfully added and are enriching our life
together. If you are looking for a church family or are new in town
-- we welcome you to visit with us. We are located in the village
section of Rehoboth -- just down the road from the library.
We have a very active church school and youth program. On a typical Sunday over 80 children attend church school, with classes for 3 & 4 year-olds, up through senior high. Curriculums are Bible-based, but with a strong emphasis on having fun, as well as learning! Nursery care is available, too.
Week of October 21, 2016
TRUNK OR TREAT
CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Grace & Peace, Members and Friends of the Rehoboth Congregational Church!
As my grandmother used to say, "Oh my glory!" Someone pointed out a typo in last week's epistle note that COMPLETELY changed the meaning of what I was trying to say! I meant to say, "I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for all of us," but accidentally left out the word "wait" leaving the sentence, "I cannot see what the future has in store for all of us."
So - I apologize for that typo! Sometimes my brain works faster than my fingers can type and proofreading only goes so far when I know what I was trying to say! So to those who saw that and thought, "Huh - I wonder what the means?" rest assured - while none of us have a crystal ball to see the future, I cannot WAIT to see what the future has in store for all of us.
Speaking of the future - stewardship packets have been mailed out! If, for some reason, you did not receive yours in the mail, please contact the office and we will make sure we get one to you. Take the next couple of weeks and prayerfully consider your level of giving for the upcoming year and return your orange pledge card (either in the offering plate or to the church office) by November 6th.
John Woodard and I were talking about my typo on Sunday as the choir was gathering and I told him that it made me think about the song the choir sang last spring, "One Step He Leads," where the chorus is:
One step he leads
And one step I'll follow
God knows my needs
And he will supply
I don't know the future
And all that's in store
So I'll take one step, one step, to follow my Lord.
I LOVE that one! I started singing it quietly, but the next thing I knew the entire choir had joined in (with harmony!) and sang it as they walked down the hall and up the stairs. I'm going to have them reprise it in November, it's such a good one! Here's a link to the YouTube video if you want to listen to it!
Just a reminder - I will be out of the office Wednesday, October 26th - Monday, October 31st. Bruce and I will be traveling to PA for my grandmother's memorial service. If any pastoral concerns arise in my absence, please contact the office. The Rev. Bill McCoy is looking forward to worshipping with you all on Sunday, October 30th!
See you on Sunday!
In Christ's Love,
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, October 23, 2016 | 10:00 am
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Baptism: Audrey Veronica Kimball
TRUNK OR TREAT
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Our entire church family is invited to take part in this fun event! Kids are invited to wear their costumes to church and after worship we will all head down to the field to trunk-or-treat! Adults are encouraged to decorate their cars and bring candy to hand out. If you plan on participating, please part down in the field.
AFTER CHURCH COFFEE FELLOWSHIP
Why not host coffee fellowship once? Many Sundays are open. Hosting can be simple, most of the goodies, coffee, tea, juice and everything you need is provided. It is a wonderful opportunity to give back and is appreciated by all. If you would like to know more about hosting, see Ann Sharp.
Fund Requests due November 6, 2016
It's that time of year again. Time to get your Endowment proposals in. Please fill out the appropriate form and return them to the Office c/o Endowment Committee.
Please have all submissions handed in to the office or to Russ Latham by Sunday, November 6, 2016
Copies are also available in the office upon request.
November 4th & 5th (Countdown: 2 weeks to go!)
General questions? Contact Barbara Medeiros (email@example.com)
Turkey Supper, November 4, 2016 | 6:00 pm
There's only going to be one seating this year. Please, if you haven't already done so, call the office to make your reservations! The remaining seats will be given first come, first served. There are approximately 20 seats left.
Please, DO NOT talk to Kathy on Sunday morning to make reservations. This is her time to worship and rejoice in the Lord. You can email her by replying to this Epistle or at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office any time at 508-252-4545 and either talk to Kathy or leave a message with your phone number and how many tickets (Adult, Senior, or Child) and she'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Money for prepaid tickets must be received prior to November 4th. They can be mailed to Rehoboth Congregational Church, c/o Turkey Supper, P.O. Box 325, Rehoboth, MA 02769 or delivered directly to the office during business hours
(9 am - 1 pm)
Ticket prices (at the door/prepaid)
Senior (65+): $10/$9
Child(under 12): $6/$5
NEW MEMBER SUNDAY
Sunday, November 20, 2016 | during church
If you are interested in "officially" joining RCC, please save the date for our new member celebration on November 20th! Please talk to Rev. Sarah if you are interested in joining.
TAIZÉ SERVICES TO COME TO RCC
Want to put down the cell phones and have a time to reflect in peace? Feel like you've missed church because the world is speeding along and taking you with it? Feel like church is great and you want more? Well, we are putting together a worship for people just like you! The worship style of the Taizé community offers a quiet place to pray, meditate, reflect, listen or just be. I, along with the support of the Deacons, will be attempting to put this service into a monthly or bi-monthly rotation. This is a service open to any and all people (unlike the actual place in France, where it's open to youth only for 8 months of the year). Keep in mind that a good chunk of this service is spent in silence and we are going to try hard to keep that true. For the next 2-3 weeks I will be set up in fellowship after Sunday services to field questions. My email is
email@example.com - if you can't stop and see me shoot me a email. We are starting this with our church, but have already had conversations about how to make it a community and neighboring community thing as well.
- Bruce Weaver
Save the Date: Sunday, December, 18, 2016 during worship
Rehearsals will be starting up as soon as the music comes in which hopefully will be in a week. Stay tuned for the rehearsal schedule!!!
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
This Week | October 23, 2016
Grades Pre-K -4thwill continue with our What's In The Bible curriculum. This week's focus will be on the story of Job.
Grades 5-7 will continue with their new curriculum called Fuel Foundations. This week will focus continue on the story of Noah and the flood and building their rendition of the ark.
October 30, 2016 | 11:45 am: Trunk or Treat
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
DON'T miss out get your $50 deposit in by THIS SUNDAY: 10/23! Deposits can be given to Mike Barger. Please make checks payable to Rehoboth Youth Group. The dates scheduled are March 10, 2017 to March 12, 2017. Fundraising events to help with the cost will be starting up soon.
October 23, 2016: Deep Freeze deposits due.
October 23, 2016: Homeless Awareness Meeting Mandatory meeting after church in the Youth Group Room. It is MANDATORY if you wish to take part this year. If you cannot attend, please contact Mike Barger.
November 4-5th: Annual Church Bazaar, service opportunities available.
November 6, 2016: Communion Sunday Please sit in the balcony as a group, a time of fellowship and conversation to follow.
November 8, 2016, Tuesday: Youth Group Advisory Meeting at 6:45 pm
November 11, 2016-November 13, 2016: Annual Homeless Awareness Weekend Friday-Sunday at Mason Field, North Attleboro.
November 19, 2016, Saturday: Homeless Awareness Weekend Wrap-up 6:30-9:00 pm at RCC
November 4, 2016: Servers for the Turkey Dinner Friday Night and parking help
November 5, 2016: Parking at the church and Goff Hall many time spots open.
Do you have something going on that you would like the Congregation to know about? Why not put it in the Epistle? I even put local community news from around the area. If you have something you would like to go into the Epistle, please have the information to the office by Tuesday afternoon.
Now is the time to put your meetings or events in my calendar! I have up to Dec 2017 that you can schedule. Please let me know as far in advance to make sure you have the date/time and room you want!
The Choir meets weekly on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall and Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the sanctuary. All are welcome to come and sing. Please talk to Jordan if you would like to join the choir. There are many opportunities for special music throughout the year so even if you can't make it to regular Thursday night rehearsals, let Jordan know you are interested in participating in our music ministry!
TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
Tuesday Morning Bible Study meets ever week, 10-11:30. All are welcome to join us with NO prior study or knowledge of the bible required! We choose a book of the bible to study and then work through it, 2-3 chapters a week. Most people prefer to bring their own bible, but there are some at the church to borrow! We are currently studying the Book of Romans.
GREETER MINISTRY and ACOLYTES
Greeters welcome members and visitors in the Narthex prior to church service. The RCC Greeter ministry is a wonderful opportunity to take part in worship! You just need to arrive 40 minutes prior to service. Acolytes light the alter candles during the prelude or introit. They meet with the Deacon in the Narthex prior to service where they will explain how to light the candles and help them with their robe. If anyone is interested in being a Greeter or an Acolyte, signup sheets are located in the Narthex or any Deacon for more information.
CARING FOR OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Edith & Ann both struggling with cancer; June, Ava & Melissa; The Bacon Family; Eric Berghman; Hanna Bolduc; Phil & Deb Burns; Audrey and Gus Eckleson; Emily Greenberg; Ginny Latham; Gail Macomber; Marchele Moreira; Salvatore Paolucci, cancer patient; Fred Quint; Bella Kai Rutko; Ken Stone; Denise Surkont, Lorraine's sister, battling pancreatic cancer; Aiden Ware; Joe Wells; Lexi Wells; Elizabeth Wilson; All those struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, young and old; People around the world to be able to worship in peace; Servicemen and women, home and deployed;
Special Prayers This Week:
Lisa-Marie's friend, Pam, was transferred to rehab this week after her cardiac surgery; Edith, continues her cancer treatment; Emily Greenberg awaiting results from the MRI done this past week; Jeff Greenberg, traveling again; this time to Huntsville, Alabama for two weeks; Kathy Greenberg dealing with the kids for two weeks without Jeff; Ryan Bomes diagnosed with a concussion; Candy, diagnosed with both bone and breast cancer coming to Dana Farber at the end of the month for evaluation and treatment; All the people affected by Hurricane Matthew and Nichole; Friends and family of those who have died in the wake of these storms; Friends and family of the Waterman and Murphy families as they mourn the loss of Betty Waterman;
Thank you to the Missions Committee for taking the children of the Italian Children's Home on a hayride this past weekend. Fifteen kids got to enjoy the beautiful weather this past weekend.
Kim Fagundes is a new grandmother, Leah was born this past week.
Emily Greenberg was accepted into the National Honors Society.
If you would like a celebration you would like to share with or without a picture included, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will be sure to post it! ~ Kathy
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a wonderful comfort to so many people. Feel free to take a shawl for someone in need of comfort and care. All we ask is that you record your name and that of the recipient in the Prayer Shawl folder. Last year we gave away over 57 shawls! Please consider making a shawl or two or three. We are always in need. If you have any questions regarding patterns or yarns see Kathy in the office.
PASTORAL CARE AT RCC
If you, or someone you know, would like a pastoral visit, please call the church office or send an email to Rev. Sarah(email@example.com). She makes calls upon request and would be happy to visit.
If you would like long-term outreach and visitation, please contact the office.
OUT IN THE COMMUNITY
October thru November 14, 2016
The mission of Project: Pink is to ensure that women in the Rehoboth area are equipped with the menstrual hygiene products they need. To do so, they are holding a drive to collect products for the Rehoboth Food Pantry and Assistance Program.
Project: Pink is accepting donations of menstrual hygiene products (pads, tampons & underwear). They can be dropped off in the collection box located in the Narthex. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
THE REHOBOTH FOOD PANTRY
The Pantry is in constant need of: All canned goods, packaged goods, peanut butter, jelly, syrup, sugar, flour, healthy kid snacks, juices, rice, pasta, sauce, pancake mix, cereal, paper goods (tissue, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins), toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.), cleaning products, laundry soap, refrigerated and frozen products & also pet food.
Items can be dropped off at The Rehoboth Senior Center, 55 Bay State Rd.,
Mon-Fri, 9 am-3 pm and also at Edward Jones, 492 Winthrop St, on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9 am-noon.
Non-perishable items and coupons can also still be left here in the church narthex.
SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND THANKSGIVING
Sunday, October 23, 2016| 4:00 pm
Community VNA Hospice Care will host a service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving on Sunday, October 23rd, at Saint John the Evangelist Church, One St. John Place in Attleboro. The program begins at 4:00PM. It is an interfaith service, honoring the life and memory of loved ones featuring music, candle lighting and readings followed by refreshments. A Memorial Table will be available to place a small photo of your loved one, if you wish. This service is free and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact the Community VNA Hospice at 508-222-0118 or 800-220-0110. To learn about services and support that the agency provides, go to www.communityvna.com
ATTLEBORO AREA CHURCH HOLIDAY FAIR/EVENT LISTINGS
Copies available in the office
Are you looking for Church Bazaar's in the area? Do you love Church Suppers? Looking to find that special gift? Well the Attleboro Area has once again put together an exhaustive list of all the Holiday Fairs and events going on now through May 2017! Stop by the office for your copy or use the link below to get a copy now!