Spur of moment action…
Feeding you, body, mind and soul
The Sunday school children would like to make advent wreaths with members of congregation for three weeks ,on Sundays in November, after church. If you are interested in doing this please see Audrey or a Sunday school teacher. A sign up sheet will be in church hall, so we can get a count for supplies. Cost is $10 includes candles..
St. Nicholas Fair December 1st from 9 – 12
This is your personal invitation to make your favorite things to sell at the fair.
Do you cook or bake? We can use main dishes in ‘Pints to Go’, baked goods – bread, cookies, muffins, cupcakes or more.
Are you crafty? Knitting, sewing, pet treats, use your imagination.
Do you have a special item for our silent auction item?
We will also have Barb’s jewelry table, Christmas repeats and a few plants.
Need more ideas contact Pam Olin or Linda MacDow.
We will be having a special service on Thursday Nov 1 at 5pm for All Saints Day.
Rev Celeste will be reading the names on our departed love ones. She calls this the roll of Saints. If you haven’t given her your names, do it by Thursday am. Either fill out a green index card in church Sunday , put into plate offering, or email her with names.
Join us for this special service.
We must have gifts by Oct 28. Box in Narthex….
The summer has flown by, the leaves are turning already and pumpkin-flavored
everything is filling the displays! Soon, too soon, the holiday season will be upon us
and we already feel unready. So, before we plunge into the whirl of the Season of
Giving, with decorations, party preparations, family visits, recipe hunting and gift
shopping, let us take a breath. What are the holidays supposed to be about? What do
we want them to be about? We can orient ourselves now, early, so that we remember
our priorities and retain the deeper meaning that gives the true sense of fulfillment to
Our families and friends need and deserve our attention at this time, and it’s a joy to
offer it. But if we want to go deeper, we might consider that we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves and that everyone is our neighbor. There are many neglected, troubled, poor and lonely; we don’t have to look far to find them. Our local prisons are full of just such people, and their families on the outside are suffering, too.
The ChIPs (Children of Incarcerated Persons) program cements tenuous connections between parents or grandparents inside and families outside by bringing Christmas to both. Prisoners choose gifts for the children in their lives from a multitude of toys and games sorted by age and sex of the child. The gift they choose is wrapped for them, and they are allowed to present that gift in person when the family visits. The child receives tangible proof that this loved one hasn’t forgotten him/her. The prisoners get to see that their families still care and still need them. Not only does the exchange make Christmas fleetingly brighter for everyone, it also has a lasting effect in fostering the family bond — a connection so very necessary when the prisoners serve their time and are released. They know they still have a place to go, and the families know they care enough to want to come home.
Here’s what you can do:
You may drop off gifts or monetary donations at your church. The delegates to the Diocesan Convention will bring your gifts to the Convention on November 3rd where they will be transported to St. Paul’s School for sorting. The dates for sorting are tentatively set for early November. (Call 432-7679 or 867-4590 for more information or email email@example.com)
There are many other ways you can help:
1. You can purchase a gift directly or contribute $25 (Note we are asking for a little more this year). If you decide to make a monetary donation, please make out your check to the Diocese of New Hampshire with ChIPS written on the memo line of the check.
2. You can volunteer to collect gifts and serve as your parish’s contact.
3. You can help sort the gifts at St. Paul’s School.
4. YoucanhelpwithwrappingofthegiftsattheNewHampshireStatePrisonfor Men in Concord. (The date for wrapping has not yet been set but is usually in early December.)
For more information, or if you wish to volunteer, please contact me, Margaret Mackie- Ciancio, at 603 432-7679 (home) or 867 4590 (cell) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We group gifts according the following age groups: birth to 1; ages 2 to 4; ages 5 to 7; ages 8-11; and ages 12-15
Gifts should not exceed $25 (original retail value).
One $25 gift is preferable to five $5 gifts as it is difficult to group items together to equal a $25 gift.
If you don’t want to purchase a $25 gift, any monetary donation will be gladly accepted.
Books are a separate category and our goal is to provide each child with a gift and a book (both hard cover and paperback books are appropriate).
If you purchase a gift that requires batteries, please purchase those as well and attach them to the gift. It’s so discouraging to receive a gift with no batteries.
Consider buying a gift that would be appropriate for both boys and girls such as balls or board games.
Don’t forget the older children. It is often easier to buy gifts for younger children. There is always a shortage of gifts for older children.
No used items, homemade items, or gift cards can be accepted.
The following items are NOT acceptable: jewelry, balloons, crayons, play dough, glue, bubbles, make up, long sticks, knitting needles, crochet hooks, paint brushes, glass items, clothing, sharp tools or toy weapons of any kind.
Don’t forget to join us Wed. night at 6pm for our Grace@Meals potluck dinner, where we will discuss what Graces you say before a meal. Bring a friend, always tons of food, so if you are running late don’t worry about bringing a dish..just join us..
This Sunday morning, 10/14 community Life meeting at 8:45am. Join us to see what activities are happening in coming weeks. Bring any ideas of what you might like…see you then.
Join us Wed. October 17th at 6 pm for a pot luck congregational dinner. This is our new program of a meal and discussions. This month is about what grace, if any, you say before a meal. Many of us have a book we use, if you would like to share, please bring it. Sign up sheet in hall, any questions please ask Rev. Celeste or Audrey.