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 December 2, 2016
Family Movie Night
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Grace & Peace, Members and Friends of the Rehoboth Congregational Church!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday weekend with your family and friends. It was so wonderful to be with everyone on Sunday, adorn our worship space with beautiful greens, sing our favorite Advent hymns and feel the warm glow of the lights that now shine brightly and boldly in our sanctuary.
It also felt good to laugh! Thank you Rick Gunther for having a good sense of humor when the balcony greens weren't quite attached the way they were supposed to be! You all know I try hard to make sure everything is as perfect as possible (it's the director's daughter in me) but God always has a way of reminding me that imperfection is a sign of grace and sometimes finding joy in the process is just as important as the final result.
Thank you to everyone who helped out with Sunday's service, whether it be reading, singing, hanging, "fluffing" bows or just being there and present. It was a great end to my Thanksgiving holiday!
I am looking forward to a wonderful Advent season. Here are some dates to put on your calendar:
Saturday, December 3rd @ 11am
Christmas Pageant planning session - pizza will be served!
Sunday, December 4th @ 10am
Advent 2 - Peace
Friday, December 9th @ 6pm
Polar Express Movie Night
Sunday, December 11th @ 10am
Advent 3 - Joy
Youth Instrumental Ensemble will be playing
Sunday, December 18th @ 10am
Advent 4 - Love
The Deacons are meeting this week to finalize some worship details and I will talk a little bit more about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship next week!
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 10:00 am
Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12
2nd Sunday of Advent
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
This month will will be doing a three week curriculum called "Why do we call it Christmas?" in all classrooms.
This week: Covers the big questions of Christmas.
December 3rd @ 11 am: Christmas Pageant Planning (ALL are welcome!)
December 9th: Polar Express Movie Night. More information to follow.
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
This week is Communion Sunday so the Youth Group will sit together in the balcony during service and have a time of fellowship afterwards in Fellowship Hall.
A heartfelt THANK YOU from the Youth Group to the congregation for all of their support and donations for making Homeless Awareness Weekend a success. Without your help we would not have been able to reach our Goal!
December 13, 2016 | 6:45 pm Youth Group Advisors Meeting
December 17, 2016 | 6-9 pm Activity to be determined
December 28, 2016 | TBD Lock-in at RCC (stay tuned for details)
The Giving Tree:
All the tags have been taken from the giving tree! Thank you to everyone. Please return your wrapped gifts under the tree in the Narthex or Sanctuary and MOST IMPORTANTLY - PLEASE TAPE TAG ON THE GIFT. All gifts should be returned by December 18, 2016.
TOYS FOR REHOBOTH'S KIDS
Collection of new , unwrapped toys for children from birth - age 18
This collection is ongoing and will continue until December 18th. It is coordinated by the Rehoboth - Seekonk Girl Scouts. All toys & gift cards collected are brought to Steve Martin of Rehoboth Helping Hands to supplement the Giving Tree & Blizzard of Giving campaign. There will be a collection bin in the RCC Narthex. If you have any questions, call Lisa - Marie Dyer , Program Coordinator of Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England , Seekonk - Rehoboth Service Unit 508 252 4958
WINTER WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
Save the Date: Tuesday, February 7th
Women's Book Club will return after the new year and now is the perfect time to put our book on your Christmas list! We will be reading The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines, which is a quick and fun read about the Gaines' business, marriage, family and their faith that sustains it all. More details to come later!
CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Poinsettia Sunday: December 18, 2016
It's time for ordering your Christmas Memorial Poinsettias. They will beautify the church sanctuary on Sunday, December 18, 2015 in memory/honor of your loved ones and then taken to our members in nursing homes or to those in need of some Christmas cheer.
Please use this form and send your request and payment to:
The Flower Committee,
Rehoboth Congregational Church,
PO Box 325,
Rehoboth, MA 02769
or leave in the Church Office.
Cost is $13.00 per plant. Please make checks out to: W.K.B. and payment should accompany your request.
All requests must be received by the deadline, Wednesday, December 14th, to appear in the Sunday Bulletin on December 18th.
Please Print for Clarity
In Memory of: _____________________________________________
In Honor of: _______________________________________________
Given by: _________________________________________________
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: I have up to Dec 2017 you can schedule. Please let me know as soon as you can 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!
Cantata Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7 pm and Sundays after church at 11:30 am.
TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
Tuesday Morning Bible Study has started a study on Advent and the birth of Christ using scripture, video and a book called The Journey by Adam Hamilton (no relation to Alexander Hamilton!) and will last through Christmas.
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 battling cancer; June, Ava & Melissa; 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; Marilyn Spitznagel; Ken Stone; Denise Surkont, Lorraine's sister, battling 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:
Andrea Wagner, Alice Wagner's daughter-in-law, who is recovering from a heart attack; Phil Burns; Aiden Ware; Edith, undergoing cancer treatment; Wini Horton, recovering at home; Ariana, Sandra Motler's neighbor, still having seizures; Rich Gunther's brother, Jack, recovering from a heart attack; The Buffington Family, dealing with diagnosis of pancreatic cancer; Friends and family of Linsey, a disabled vet and Sarah Bacon's neighbor in Arizona who was killed in an car accident; Friends and family of Kyle Blythe who passed away this past week at a young age; Jodi McKearney's sister, Sandra, undergoing breast cancer surgery this week and then 6 weeks of radiation; Kelly Johnson's friend, Liz, whose daughter was just diagnosed with leukemia; Dave St. Martin's aunt Cheryl who is undergoing cancer treatment and Uncle Derek who is waiting a liver transplant; for families torn apart by suicide; for those who suffer most this time of year;
Robert Greene celebrated his 90th birthday this past week and Fred Quint will be celebrating his 90th birthday December 1st.
Rehoboth Congregational Church celebrated it's 295th birthday on November 28th!
Nick and Ally on their wedding this past Sunday, blessings on their new life togegther.
Little Geoffrey John Healy graced our world on Thursday Nov 24th at 8:15am. We had a dramatic morning full of complications, but after a couple hours in the NICU our only semi-lasting issue is a broken collar bone. Our Thanksgiving baby is 9 lbs 2oz, almost 21 inches long, and just perfect.
Matt and Jen Healy
A Note from Fred Quint:
I appreciate seeing my name in the Epistle. I went to the Veterans meal and was questioned if I had changed religions. The answer is NO. I have been in different places for rehab as I have been in Charlton Hospital too much. The last two times were for a kidney stone and a removal of a portion of my colon, which was found to be cancer. Even though I had the surgeries I feel good. I will be 90 on December 1st. My granddaughter is having an open house on December 3rd from noon to 4 at my house, 33 Williams Street in Rehoboth and you are all welcome. I hope to see you on Saturday.
If you would like a celebration you would like to share with or without a picture included, please send it to email@example.com
and I will be sure to post it! ~ Kathy
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
This month's recipe is by request. A healthy version of Fried Rice (low-carb).
Cauliflower "Fried Rice"
Total time: 30 minutes
1 medium head cauliflower, rinsed
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 egg whites
1 large egg
Pinch of salt
½ small onion, diced fine
½ cup frozen peas and carrots
2 garlic cloves minced
5 scallions, diced, whites and greens separated
3 tbsp soy sauce or Tamari for Gluten-Free
Remove the core and let the cauliflower dry completely.
Coarsely chop into florets, then place half of the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is small and has the texture of rice, or couscous, don't over process or it will get mushy. Set aside and repeat with the remaining cauliflower.
Combine egg and egg whites in a small bowl and beat with a form. Season with salt.
Heat a large sauté pan or wok over medium heat and spray with oil.
Add the eggs and cook, turning a few times until set. Set aside.
Add the sesame oil and sauté onions, scallion whites, peas and carrots and garlic about 3-4 minutes, or until soft. Raise the heat to medium high.
Add the cauliflower "rice" to the sauté pan along with say sauce. Mix. Cover and cook approximately 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside.
Add the egg and then remove from heat and mix in scallion greens.
NOTE: I make mine traditionally which scrambles the egg at the end into the rice just before serving. I also add more vegetables and you can add a protein to make this into a meal instead of a side dish.
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.
Honor friends and family with animal gifts that help others! Enoy free admission with a canned good donation.
Take your photo with a goat! Hot soup and rolls, decorate cookies, roast chestnuts, winter hay rides(weather permitting), holiday shopping
Heifer Farm is a part of Heifer International. Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Monday, December 19, 2016 | 1-6 pm
RCC Fellowship Hall
The American Red Cross encourages people to give the perfect gift this holiday season by donating blood to help patients in need. Please join us on Monday, December 19 from 1-6 p.m. for the Rehoboth Community Blood Drive inside the Rehoboth Congregational Church hall. Patients don't get a holiday from needing blood, but donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year's, as people get busy with holiday activities. Help ensure blood products are ready and available for all hospital patients this season! To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
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
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