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 March 24, 2017
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Grace & Peace, Members and Friends of the Rehoboth Congregational Church!
How is everyone doing with their Epiphany "star words"? As we approach the end of March and finish up the first quarter of the year, I thought it would be a good idea to check in and see how this experience has been so far!
My word was responsibility - which, to be quite honest, reminded me that God has a funny sense of humor. As Bruce and I prepare ourselves and our home for a new baby, we are certainly feeling the great depth of our new responsibility!
But, beyond that, I have found my day-to-day reflections on the word responsibility to be extraordinarily meaningful. Some days, it is the little things (chores around the house, for example) where I find myself living out this word with intention. Some days, it is the bigger things (clergy tax law can sometimes make tax season a slightly trying time in my house!). Some days, it is the intangible things (the ways I am taking care of myself, nurturing my relationships, growing as a pastor, etc.).
I remember first looking at my star word and thinking, "well, that makes sense - but not until June." Three months into the year, I have been blown away by the way God is using this word to touch me in this stage of my life. And while some days go better than others (isn't that always the case?), I am grateful to have this focus for 2017.
I want to hear your star word progress!
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 10:00 am
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
We are focusing on our Easter curriculum for the next three weeks. The children will be learning about the events surrounding Holy Week and Easter but also on the real reason we celebrate Easter.
This Sunday, March 26, 2017: Easter Egg Stuffing party after church, pizza to be provided!
DONATIONS NEEDED of individually-wrapped candy for the Easter Eggs!
April 8, 2017| 10:00 am: Easter Egg Hunt!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to "hide" eggs in the morning!
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
March 28, 2017 |6:45 pm: Youth Advisors Meeting
April 1, 2017| 6:00 pm: Berea Soiree - wrap up the trip with discussion and Taco Bar.
Easter Sunday April, 16, 2017: Youth Group to lead Sunrise Service, volunteers needed.
April 21-22, 2017 | 7:00 pm: Lock-in Friday to Saturday morning.
March 26, 2017 | 11:30 am; Egg Stuffing Party, pizza provided! See Alison Ware for more information and to RSVP for Pizza.
April 8, 2017 | time TBD: Easter Egg Hunt. Helpers needed to put out eggs, serve hot chocolate and help little ones.
DONATIONS NEEDED: CANDY!
Candy donations are needed for this year's Easter Egg Hunt!
We are in need of individually wrapped chocolate or candy (that is small enough to fit in plastic Easter Eggs). The collection is running through THIS SUNDAY. Drop off during worship on Sunday or in the office, Today, Friday, March 24th, 9AM-1PM. Thank you for your support!
Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 7:00PM
Please join us for our fourth 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.
RCC "FUN" RAISER - PATRIOTS 2016 REPLAY
Friday, March 31, 2017 | 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
Winter is trying to hang on, Spring is hopefully in the future, and we deserve a little fun. March 31st at 6:30 will be Patriots 2016 replay!! If you are like most Patriots fans you cannot get enough of this past season's clips and replays. NFL Films just released their DVD of the Patriots 2016 highlight from all 16 games, as well as, the playoffs and Super Bowl LI.
So on Friday night, March 31st, in Fellowship Hall we will watch and cheer on those memorable moments. Share with our friends the memories and great times from 2016.
No admission cost, no donations. Just bring some good game night food for a pot luck Patriots Game Night Party. Wear your Pats gear and have some great fun. No need to make a reservation, just show up prepared to watch our Patriots on the "big" screen!
HAM AND BEAN SUPPER
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 6:00 PM
Come join us for a traditional New England Ham and Bean Supper in Fellowship Hall. All proceeds to benefit the Missions Committee and their work in our community.
Adults: $12 Children (12& under): $5
Call the Office (508-252-4545) or see Kathy during office hours to reserve your seat today!
EASTER EGG HUNT & PICTURES WITH THE EASTER BUNNY
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 10AM
Please join RCC for our 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt! This event is free and open to the public, so invite your friends!
HASBRO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL COLLECTION: We will be hosting a collection for Hasbro Children's Hospital the day of the Easter Egg Hunt. They are in need of:
Mini Bottles of Bubbles
At the time, these three items are all they can accept!
EASTER LILY MEMORIALS
Orders due: April 10, 2017
As we prepare for Easter, we think of Christ's death on the cross and the resurrection. There is a sense of renewing and rebirth. Spring flowers, such as the lily, remind us of this time through the shape of the flower. It is said that before fully opening, lilies take on the shape of a trumpet, likening to God the Father calling his Son Jesus home. White lilies indicate purity and freedom from sin through Jesus' death on the cross. The Flower Committee invites all church members and friends once again to place a lily in church Easter morning in honor or in memory of Loved Ones close to our hearts to celebrate and affirm that Jesus also lives in our hearts.
Checks made payable to the WKB may be dropped off at the church office or mailed to: Rehoboth Congregational Church, Easter Lily Memorials, PO Box 325, Rehoboth, MA, 02769
Please submit form by April 10th in order to be included in the Easter Bulletin.
Please print for clarity:
In Memory of:_______________________________________________
In Honor of:_________________________________________________
Given by: __________________________________________________
Do you have musical talent? The Music Committee needs you!
The Music Committee is raising money for new choir robes and they are planning a really fun evening of music: RCC's Got Talent: A Musical Variety Show. This will take place on Saturday, June 3rd - so save the date!
Right now, Jordan is looking for people willing to perform musical numbers. Please contact him (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested!
WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
Our next Women's Book Club will take place sometime in May (date TBD). In the meantime, order, download or borrow the book! We will be reading the book, Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes.
March 26, 2017
Easter Egg Stuffing Party
March 27, 2017
March 28, 2017
Youth Advisory Meeting
March 30, 2017
March 31, 2017
Patriots Reply "Fun" Raiser
April 2, 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!
Office Closures: If there is no school due to weather in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional District, the office will also be closed for the day. Who knew I would have to say that in March?
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; Jack Gunther; Bob Heyworth; Wini Horton; Kim and Dave Keisling, both fighting cancer; Ginny Latham; Kathy Lumbra; 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:
Betsy, in Hospice care; friends and family of Alfred Medeiros who passed away suddenly; Rusty; Cam; Edith, having a rough time with her cancer treatments; Lou Peranzi; Phil Burns; Emily Greenberg;
Golden Living Center: Lillian Davis
Brookdale: Elizabeth Wilson
Deployed: Brandon Lumbra, South Korea
Stationed at Meridian, Mississippi: PFC Hanna Bolduc
if you wish to write Hanna: 330 Fletcher Road, Ste 210, Meridian, MS 39301
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
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.
REHOBOTH LIONS CLUB
The Rehoboth Lions Club will honor people whose service to the community has surpassed expectations at a Recognition Night Banquet to be held at Hillside Country Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Please fill out the form (Click here for printable copy or see Kathy in the Church office) and return to Rehoboth Lions Club, PO Box 633, Rehoboth, MA 02769 by April 14, 2017. If you have any questions you can talk to Russ Latham.
PALM SUNDAY MEN'S COMMUNION BREAKFAST
WHEN: Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 7:00 am
WHERE: Baptist Church of All Nations, 61 Winthrop Street, Taunton, MA
DEADLINE TO SIGNUP: April 1, 2017
Let us gather for worship and communion, and then for breakfast fellowship. Men's Communion Breakfast is targeted for men, young men and boys and has rotated from Church to Church in our community for over 50 years. We come together for faith and fellowship and we welcome you to the Baptist Church of All Nations.
Breakfast this year will be catered by DeAvila's Restaurant & Catering of Taunton. The suggested donation is $8.00 and any amount over that donated will go to the Our Daily Bread outreach at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Taunton.
If you are interested in attending, a sign up sheet is located in the hallway between the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. See Russ Latham if you have any questions.
TAUNTON AREA COMMUNITY TABLE (TacT) MEAL CENTER
The Taunton Area Community Table Meal Center is located at 378 Bay Street, Taunton. TacT is a community based meal center dedicated to providing free delicious, healthy meals to individuals and families in a warm, friendly and safe atmosphere. All are welcome. No questions asked.
The TacT Meal Center is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for lunch from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The "Family Café" is open Thursday evenings from 4:30 - 7:00 PM. Breakfast is served on the third and last Saturdays of each month from 9:00-11:00 AM.