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 April 21, 2017
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Grace & Peace, Members and Friends of the Rehoboth Congregational Church!
What a wonderful Easter celebration we had! The weather was beautiful, the music was spectacular and the confetti was everywhere. What more could you ask for?
The Sunday after Easter is commonly referred to as "Low Sunday." Attendance typically drops from Easter Sunday, the energy is lower and the celebration just cannot compete. Recently, a new trend has started, "Holy Humor Sunday," which is a way to push back against the post-Easter blues, keep the celebration going and remind people that it is okay to laugh and find joy in church.
While I love the idea of "Holy Humor Sunday," I think part of me knows that humor is not my area of expertise! So instead of following that trend, I am going to focus on the areas of worship that I love and that I know RCC shines in. This Sunday, the music will be wonderful (The Heavenly Brothers are playing and Bonnie Johnson is singing a solo!), we will gather around the font of living waters for the Geoffrey Healy's baptism and we will lay hands on a new batch of prayer shawls and bless them for ministry.
Oh - and I will be preaching, of course!
So I don't think we can necessarily call this a "Low Sunday" or a "Holy Humor Sunday." But our Hallelujah banner remains hung and I know this will be a Sunday filled with grace, joy and the promise of resurrection.
Easter blessings, friends!
See you this weekend,
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 10:00 am
John 20: 19-31
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
Church School will resume this week. All children will be dismissed during Worship Service to the classrooms downstairs.
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
Friday, April 21, 2017: Lock-in and Skyzone Glow in the Dark Event
The Youth Group is meeting at the church at 7:00 pm and will be leaving for Skyzone for the 9:00 pm Glow in the Dark Jump.
All those who are planning on Skyzone, please make sure you have your online permission slips filled out with Skyzone prior to the trip.
BAZAAR PLANNING MEETING
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 9:30 am, Fellowship Hall
Calling all Bazaar/Bizarre people. There will be a meeting Saturday, April 22nd to continue all efforts. Captains (or representatives) please try to attend so that your rooms can participate in discussions regarding helpers, items needed and various logistics. Helpers are always welcome! It is not too early to start planning and if you would like to help out in any way, please stop in and feel free to bring ideas! Many hands make light work and you never know what goodies might be there!
PRAYER SHAWL BLESSING
Sunday, April 23, 2017
As a continuation of our Prayer Shawl ministry, there will be a Prayer Shawl Blessing during Worship on April 23, 2017. If you are currently making a shawl or are planning on making one, please have your shawls in before service so they can be blessed and added to our collection. Without your help, we wouldn't have such a wonderful ministry. Thank you in advance!
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 7:00PM
Please join us for our fifth Taizé worship service! The worship style of the Taizé community offers a quiet place to pray, meditate, reflect, listen or just be. The service is open to any and all people and will last approximately 40 minutes. Talk to Bruce Weaver (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
KNITTING/CROCHETING GATHERING WITH JANE WILLIAMS
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 11:30 am
Join Jane as she teaches knitting and crocheting. No need to bring yarn or needles or hooks,there are extra or you can bring your own projects you need help with. Everyone is welcome to come down to Sadie Perry Room after church to enjoy fellowship with yarn crafters of all abilities. There will also be patterns available for small projects and prayer shawls if you are looking for a new project to start.
NUTRITION TALK - SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, April 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm
As part of a wellness series, the Board of Deacons will be hosting an evening discussion on nutrition. Join Dr. Elizabeth Tito as she discusses basic components of healthy eating and simple ways to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle. The talk will last approximately 30-40 minutes and there will be time for Q&A. This is free and open to the public - all are welcome, so please invite your friends!
WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, May 17, 2017 | 7PM (please note the change of date!)
Location: Pam Gregoire's house (please contact the office for the address!)
Book: Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes.
RCC ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE SCHOLARSHIPS
Deadline: Monday, May 8, 2017
The Endowment Committee encourages church members who are currently in a post-secondary school or will be starting post-secondary education next fall in all majors, including those pursuing religious studies and public service fields, to submit an application. The application must be submitted by Monday, May 8, 2017. The church will approve the Endowment Committee recommendations at a congregational meeting on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
Submit an official transcript from your high school or post-secondary school.
Submit a letter of recommendation. (Not an immediate family member, or Grandparent)
Address materials to: Chairperson, Endowment Committee, Rehoboth Congregational Church, P.O. Box 325, Rehoboth, MA 02769 Marked: CONFIDENTIAL
Please note that scholarships will be awarded on a one year basis and students will have to reapply for future consideration. If you have any questions regarding the application please see Russ Latham or Kathy Greenberg.
Earl Goff's 90th Birthday Celebration in Fellowship Hall
April 24, 2017
April 25, 2017
April 27, 2017
April 30, 2017
Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Epistle: If you have something you would like to go into the Epistle, please have the written information to the office by Tuesday afternoon.
Room Scheduling: Reservations are being taken up to December 2017. Please let me know as soon as you can if you need a room 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 Tuesdays and will be doing a study on 1 and 2 Samuel.
GREETER MINISTRY and ACOLYTES and BELL RINGERS
We are in need of Greeters and Acolytes and Bell Ringers!
The 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. All are welcome: families, couples, groups, singles all make GREAT greeters! Please sign up in the Narthex!
The 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. A sign-up sheet is located in the Narthex.
The Bell Ringers ring the bell twice on Sunday: 10 minutes prior to start of worship and just at the beginning of worship. All ages welcome. See the Deacon in the back if you are interested in ringing the bell Sunday morning!
CARING FOR OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Edith & Ann both battling cancer; June, Ava & Melissa; Eric Berghman; Hanna Bolduc; Jason Buffington; Phil & Deb Burns; Audrey and Gus Eckilson; Bob Heyworth; Wini Horton; Kim and Dave Keisling, both fighting cancer; Ginny Latham; Gail Macomber; Marchele Moreira; Salvatore Paolucci, cancer patient; Kim and Lou Peranzi; Fred Quint; Bella Kai Rutko; Marilyn Spitznagel; Denise Surkont, Lorraine's sister, battling cancer; Aiden Ware; Elizabeth Wilson; All those struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, young and old; People around the world to be able to worship in peace; Displaced refugees; Servicemen and women, home and deployed;
Special Prayers This Week:
Edith, battling cancer; Don & Pat; Ari, running the Boston Marathon; Audrey & Eck as Eck had another hip replacement; Tom, Deby & Joe Jarocki's son travels back from Zurich through Istanbul; Joyce Trahan; All those suffering from infertility;
Golden Living Center: Lillian Davis
Blue Hills Rehabilitation Center: Elizabeth Wilson
Stationed at Meridian, Mississippi: PFC Hanna Bolduc
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(firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
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.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 13 SPAGHETTI DINNER
CAREGIVER CONVERSATIONS: ESTATE PLANNING & MORE
April 27, 2017 | 10:00 am
Caregiver Meeting Discusses Estate Planning, Medicaid and Related Resources
On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Harmony Adult Day Health Center offers Caregiver Conversations, a monthly caregiver support group that meets at 725 A Myles Standish Boulevard in Taunton MA. Presenter Jane E. Sullivan, Attorney at Law, will share information helpful in understanding estate planning, Medicaid and more.
The Caregiver Conversations monthly support group at Harmony, is free and open to caregivers of all ages. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month from 10:00AM to 11:00AM and topics to help people become more effective and confident as caregivers will be offered. Pre-registration is required. RSVP to Laurie Phillips, SW at 508-880-3000 or email email@example.com.
Harmony Adult Day Health Center serves frail elders, seniors with medical needs and disabled adults who require support throughout the day. The compassionate and professional staff provides quality medical care, support services and socializing activities in a secure, nurturing setting. The center's goal is to help participants enhance and maintain their health, daily living skills and social connections. To inquire about adult day center services, contact 508-880-3000 or visit harmonyadhc.com. Harmony Adult Day Health Center is a program of Community VNA headquartered in Attleboro MA.
About Community VNA
Community VNA has been dedicated to enhancing health, wellness and quality of life for more than 100 years, providing a range of services, including: Home Health Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Private Care, Adult Day Health Care, Alzheimer's Disease Care, as well as Lifeline services and annual Elder Dental Clinics.
For more information, visit www.communityvna.com, and Like Us on Facebook.
BUILDING BRIDGES IN REHOBOTH
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 6:30-8:00PM
Location: Goff Hall, Rehoboth, MA
Building Bridges in Rehoboth is a panel discussion followed by conversation with refreshments. Our panelists will be members of different faith communities (Christian, Jewish, Muslim), who will share their beliefs with us. Come with an open heart, open mind and lots of questions. Pre-registration not required.
BLANDING PUBLIC LIBRARY
124 BAY STATE ROAD, REHOBOTH, MA 02769
CONTACT OUR STAFF
THE REHOBOTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
139 Bay State Road | PO Box 325
Rehoboth, MA 02769
508-252-4545 | www.rehobothucc.org
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Rev. Sarah E. Weaver
Church School Director
Nursery Care Provider
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