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 June 17, 2016
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL July 11-14th
VBS is free and runs from 9 am to 12 pm. Activities include crafts, bible stories, science experiments, games and more! All are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring a friend. Volunteers are needed. You do not have to commit to all days, just let Allison know which day(s) you can help out. The only requirement is to want to have fun!! Click here for the registration form.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Greetings friends of Rehoboth Congregational Church!
The psalmist writes, "We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name."For our week has been filled with news of great loss and tragedy. It is difficult to hold fast to hope when hate filled and violent acts claim the precious lives of others. It is during times like these that all communities can gather together in love and prayer and hope. This Sunday, we will set aside some time to hold in prayer those whose lives have been lost in the violent shooting in Orlando this past Sunday. Let us hold in prayer their families and friends who are experiencing such grief. Let us pray for forgiveness for those whose hearts have been hardened and numbed by hatred. Let us hold fast to the hope that God is among all of this, guiding us, forgiving us, healing us and loving us all.
In reflecting upon this past Sunday, the church school stood out as a beacon of light. What a beautiful blessing it was to have been
able to witness the celebration of the children and youth of RCC during worship last Sunday! The children of RCC are visible signs of goodness and hope for the future! The dedication and contribution of the church school volunteers alongside the work of Church
School Director, Allison Ware and the Board of Christian Education -- is just another example of how
together this community is RCC STRONG! The worship service was filled with joyous celebration and creativity! (Not to mention a great gathering of fellowship and delicious treats following the service!) It most certainly was a wonderful way tolead into summer worship at RCC.
I cannot help but celebrate the opportunity to serve as your Auxiliary Pastor for the next six weeks while Sarah is away. I am looking forward to leading worship here at RCC alongside the Deacons and awesome Music Director! Together we will begin the summer worship series, "Why I Come to Church", where each week a different theme will be explored on why people choose to come to church and be a part of this community! As we reflect upon our scripture reading from Proverbs 4, we will be exploring the topic of "Learning". Missy Enos will be sharing her reflections on the topic of learning and how it relates to her church experience at RCC. We are looking forward to hearing from Missy as we explore this topic together during worship this Sunday, June 19th at 9:00 a.m. (Don't forget that we begin Summer Worship start time an hour earlier!!)
If any pastoral care needs arise, you may immediately contact Neal Manchester (Chair of the Deacons) or John Haynes (Vice Chair of the Deacons).
Neal Manchester - firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-523-5428
John Haynes - email@example.com or 774-991-0885
Neal and John will contact me from there. If a concern or need arises during office hours, you can call Kathy in the office (508-252-4545), who will then contact me.
THIS WEEK'S WORSHIP SERVICES
Sunday, June 19, 2016 | 9:00 am
Scripture: Proverbs 4
Church School will return on Rally Day, September 11, 2016.
We look forward to see you then, meanwhile remember that VBS is going on in July!
WKB WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP
June 21, 2016| 11:00 am
Please join us on Tuesday, June 21 at 11:00 am for meeting and discussion with a potluck salad lunch to follow at 12:00 pm. There will be fresh strawberry shortcake for dessert!!! All are invited.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
SAVE THE DATE
Vacation Bible School Camp
VBS is free and runs from 9 am to 12 pm. Activities include crafts, bible stories, science experiments, games and more! All are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring a friend. Please email Allison (or reply to this email) if your children plan on attending so we can make sure we have enough supplies and snacks.
Click HERE for a printable copy of the registration. You can mail or email the office with the completed registration or drop it off at the office during office hours.
Counselors are needed. High School and Middle School kids can be counselors. This activity can count towards Community Service Hours for High School!!!! You do not have to commit to all days, just let Allison know which day(s) you can help out. Please reply to this email or call the office if you are interested!!!!
PAWSOX COMMUNITY OUTING - SAVE THE DATE!
Save the date for a community outing to see the Pawtucket Red Sox!
August 6th @ 6:05PM
Tickets will be $12, details to follow in a few weeks
BEATLES SUNDAY - SAVE THE DATE!
Put it on your calendar now - Beatles Sunday is Sunday, August 7th!
Worship is at 9AM and a community brunch will follow after.
YOUTH GROUP - BEREA DEEP FREEZE 2017
The temperatures are rising, but the Youth Group is already planning for the cold weather! We will be going to Camp Berea for its annual Deep Freeze Retreat, March 10th-12th. This will be open to 8th-12th graders. The total cost of the retreat is $155, but we will do fundraising to offset that. If you don't want to miss out get a $50 deposit in by 10/23! Deposits can be given to Mike Barger. Please make checks payable to Rehoboth Youth Group.
Please leave Kathy a note with the date and time if you are planning on using any of the Church's meeting rooms, classrooms, Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary for any church or non-church function. We have set up a planner with all the rooms listed so that there won't be any conflict in use. The calendar is kept under the computer in the office if you need to reference it. Our space is busy as our church grows!
NEW SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
Starting June 27, 2016 the hours for the Office will be:
Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Closed on Mondays.
As always you can call the office and leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible!
June 19, 2016 **
June 20, 2016
June 21, 2016
WKB Women's Fellowship Meeting/Lunch
June 8, 2016
June 26, 2016
** NOTE ** Worship will start at 9:00!
The Choir is on summer hiatus. We will begin to sing again on Rally Day, September 11, 2016. More information to come. Talk to Jordan if you would like to sing over the summer. There are many opportunities for special music throughout the summer.
The RCC Greeter ministry is a wonderful opportunity for all members of our church to take part in worship! Greeters welcome members and visitors in the Narthex prior to church service. Greeters are needed throughout the summer so if you are interested in being a Greeter sign-up in the Narthex. If you have any questions, you can talk to any Deacon.
CARING FOR OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Baby Lincoln, born with a congenital heart defect; Baby Zane, born almost 4 months premature; Adam, in prison in Florida; Edith & Ann both struggling with cancer; June, Ava & Melissa; John Bennet, Sandra Motler's brother; Eric Berghman; Charlotte Bliss; Phil & Deb Burns;; Minnie Caron; Angela Cunard, recovering from a broken hip; Jilly Endres, Rett Syndrome; Bob Hayworth, cancer patient; Ginny Latham; Paul Lumbra; Gail Macomber, broken hip; Sarah Martin; David McKearney who had spine surgery; Marchele Moreira; Salvatore Paolucci, cancer patient; Fred Quint; Bill Round, Suffered a heart attack; Bella Kai Rutko; Denise Surkont, Lorraine's sister, cancer patient; Lexi Wells; Elizabeth Wilson; Mary & Bob, Lisa-Marie Dyer's Step Mother and Father; Cheryl, Keri-Ann's mother, is recovering from successful surgery to remove a tumor from her liver; Rose, who underwent a double mastectomy; Susan, suffering from 2nd & 3 degree burns as well as MS; All those struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, young and old; People around the world to be able to worship in peace;
Prayers from Sunday's Service:
Marilyn Spitznagel, Amy's mother on the loss of her husband; Joe Wells, suffering from hearing loss and going to Boston for testing this week; Mary, suffering from a recurrence of cancer; Douglas Latham, on the passing of his wife Paula; Orlando Shooting victims and their families; Dearing Family; Tony undergoing surgery this week; Denise Surkont, Lorraine's sister as she finishes chemo and prepares for surgery; Rev. Sarah as she starts her sabbatical and trip to Hungry and Eastern Europe;
The Congregation wishes to extend their sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Phyllis Bush who passed away June 12, 2016. She was a long time member of the Rehoboth Congregational Church. The funeral will be private at the graveside and in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Attleboro Community Visiting Nurses/Hospice Care.
Whitney Hood on her graduation from Columbia Law School
Mathew Duke on his engagement
Jennie Eckilson on her Master's Degree in English from Emerson College, proud grandparents: Audrey & Gus Eckilson
Justin Eckilson on his Master's Degree in History from Providence College, proud grandparents: Audrey & Gus Eckilson.
In Response to Prayer:
Baby Zane has been released from the hospital and is now home!!!!
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 & PASTORAL CARE AT RCC
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.
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.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Easy No Cook Bok Choy Salad
(Great as a side dish for grilled chicken!)
½ cup olive oil
1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup white vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 bunches baby Bok Choy, cleaned and sliced (discard white stalks)
1 bunch green onions
½ cup slivered almonds (or sunflower seeds/allergies)
½ package Chow Mein noodles
In a glass jar with a lid, mix together olive oil, white vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce. Close the lid, and shake until well mixed.
Combine the Bok Choy, green onions, almonds, and Chow Mein noodles in a salad bowl. Toss with dressing, and serve.
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.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Each Sunday, we offer prayer requests for many people who are undergoing cancer treatment. In 2016, it is predicted that 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed. The Canuel Family will be participating in The American Cancer
Society's Relay for Life of Greater Fall River from 3 PM on Friday, June 24 until 10 AM on Saturday, June 25. To date, our team, Hula for Hope, has raised nearly $20,000. This will be the fifth consecutive year that our team has participated in the Relay for Life. The theme for this year's relay is "Paint the Town Purple". We are hoping to raise at least $5000 for this year's relay, so that we can provide hope for people who are newly diagnosed and those undergoing cancer treatment. We ask for your prayers as we reach for this goal. If you are interested in making a donation, you can either make a donation on-line, or we will be happy to accept donations at church on Sunday, June 19.