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 29, 2016
Children's Choir - May 1st
May Breakfast - May 7th
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Grace and Peace, Members and Friends of the Rehoboth Congregational Church!
I hope you all like the "new" photo on our header this week. Thank you to Phil Smiley for finding this photo and sharing it with me!
I hope that everyone joins us on Sunday after church for our annual spring clean up day. Todd Ingham (our church sexton) and the Trustees have worked together to create a "honey-do" list for the day - there are both indoor AND outdoor projects and something for everyone to do!
We will provide lunch, so come dressed to worship dressed to work and we will get started as soon as fellowship is over.
This is a great opportunity for you to get to know people in the church community, spruce up something that has been bothering you for months (I'm talking about you, marks on the wall) and make the church shine. And, as my mom always says, "many hands make light work!"
See you Sunday!
THIS WEEK'S WORSHIP SERVICES
Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 10:00 am
Scripture: Acts 16:9-15
CHURCH CLEAN-UP DAY
SAVE THE DATE! Our annual Church Clean-Up Day will be Sunday, May 1st after worship. Lunch will be provided! Come dressed for work and we will have indoor AND outdoor jobs.
DIGHTON/REHOBOTH MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Attention all RCC committees & groups!
The annual Dighton/Rehoboth Memorial Day Parade will take place this year on May 30th in Dighton. The RCC Parade Committee has decided we will not be assembling a float this year due to logistical issues. However, we would still like to assemble a fun, well rounded group to participate and walk the parade route.
The objective is to strengthen our community presence, and we'd like to have representation from as many committees and groups as possible. We're asking that each group organize and plan their part and be as creative as possible. We'd like to showcase what separates RCC from any other religious institution.
For example, here are some fun ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
Prayerful Paddlers: walk while wearing kayaks made from cardboard
Disciple Dudes/Divas: wear shirts and push bicycles or sport exercise attire
Music Committee: Beatles Sunday
Missions: Blues Brothers "On a mission from God"
Youth Group: homeless awareness panhandling
Church School: tie-dye tshirts and have kids pass out candy along parade route
Have fun with this and help us showcase how blessed we are to be "RCC Strong!"
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 May 10, 2016. The committee will review applications. The committee will ask the church to approve its recommendations at a congressional meeting on May 22, 2016.
2. Submit an official transcript from your high school or post-secondary school.
3. Submit a letter of recommendation. (Not an immediate family member or Grandparent)
4. 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 would have to reapply for future consideration. The names of those receiving scholarships will be announced after the congregational meeting.
Christian Growth & Capital Use
Very limited proposals are possible at this time for Christian Growth and Capital Expenses. Forms are available in the Church Office. Applications must be submitted by May 10, 2016. The Committee will review applications and ask the church to approve its recommendations at congregational meeting on May 22, 2016.
WKB WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP
The next WKB Women's Fellowship meeting is scheduled for May 17, 2016. Program details to come.
We will be continuing our unit on King David and learn how his son will become King of Israel!
We will be singing May 8th! The song is "His Banner Over Me is Love." And once again Jenny has agreed to choreograph! Our next rehearsal is this Sunday (May 1st) after Church. We will have CDs and lyrics for you to take home and practice. Contact Jordan or Kathy if you need copies!
Sunday, May 1st: 11:30 am
Sunday, May 8th: 9:15 am
REMEMBER TO BRING IN YOUR TOWELS FOR MOTHER'S DAY BASKETS
If you are donating towel sets, please bring them to church by Sunday so the baskets can be put together in time for Mother's Day. If you have any questions or need to arrange pick-up please contact Holly DaSilva (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bonnie Johnson (email@example.com).
MAY BREAKFAST AND CRAFT FAIR /PLANT SALE /BAKE SALE
Your Missions Committee appreciates the participation of members of the congregation in all of our fundraising events. We cannot do it alone and are able to support many worthy groups and individuals because of successful events like the Spaghetti Supper/Dessert Auction and the May Breakfast. Please help in any way you can and join us on May 7th.
MAY BREAKFAST BAKE SALE
Bakers Desperately Needed!!!!
Baked sale items such as individually wrapped cookies and bars along with other bake sale favorites like Rice Krispies treats and whoopie pies are needed. Also our famous pies
cakes wrapped for sale too. Everything sells as our bakers are famous town-wide and who can resist an apple pie or chocolate chip cookies! Contact Holly DaSilva and Lisa Marie Dyer if you would like to bake something for the sale! Please note if baked goods have nuts or dairy and if gluten-free. Thank you!!!!
MOTHER'S DAY CARNATIONS
The RCC Youth Group will be selling carnations on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 8th) during Church School and after worship in Fellowship.
The price is $1 each.
No need to pre-order!
All proceeds benefit the RCC Youth Group Program.
We want to hear from you!
Please let us know if there's anything you would like to see (or not see) in the weekly Epistle. I'm always looking for Celebrations, recipes, church and community news. If you know of something going on in the community, let us know and we'll help you spread the word!
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!
May 1, 2016
Confirmands meet with Rev. Sarah in her office
Children's Choir Rehearsal
Church Clean-up Day
May 2, 2016
May 3, 2016
May 4, 2016
May 5, 2016
May 7, 2016
8:00 am-11:00 am
8:00 am-2:00 pm
Craft Fair, Bake Sale & Plant Sale
May 8, 2016
Happy Mother's Day!!
Children's Choir Rehearsal
Worship Service/Confirmation Lead
The choir meets on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm and Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. All are welcome to come and sing! Talk to Jordan if you would like more information.
GREETER AND ACOLYTE SIGNUPS
The RCC Greeter and Acolyte Programs are wonderful opportunities for all
members of our church to take part in worship! Acolytes light the alter candles during the prelude or introit and Greeters welcome members and visitors in the Narthex
prior to church service. if you are interested in being a Greeter or your children are interested in being an acolyte, sign-ups for both are in the Narthex. if you have any questions, you can talk to any Deacon.
TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
*We just started a new session - there is plenty of time to catch up!*
Rev. Sarah's Tuesday Morning Bible Study meets 10-11:30 AM on Tuesday mornings. We are currently studying Ecclesiastes. All are welcome to join us.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT YOGA
We meet Wednesdays from 6-7 pm in the 1-2-3rd grade class room (the double room facing the Carpenter Museum). No experience is necessary - just bring a mat, some yoga blocks (both can be found at Wal-Mart or some discount stores for a reasonable price) and a small blanket or pillow to help support you in some poses. Contact Kathy in the office for more details.
CARING FOR OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Baby Lincoln, recovering from heart surgery; Baby Zane, born almost 4 months premature; Adam, in prison in Florida; Bob & Mary; Edith & Ann both struggling with cancer; June & Melissa; Sarah Bacon, recovering from surgery; Eric Berghman; Charlotte Bliss; Phil Burns; Minnie Caron; Jilly Endres, Rett Syndrome; Bob Hayworth, cancer patient; Ginny Latham; Paul Lumbra; Sarah Martin; Salvatore Paolucci, cancer patient; Fred Quint; Bella Kai Rutko; Annik Spencer; William Spitznagel; Denise Surkont, Lorraine's sister, cancer patient; Lexi Wells; Elizabeth Wilson; All those struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety;
Prayers from Sunday's Service:
Gail Macomber, broken hip; John Bennet, Sandra Motler's brother; Denise, a friend of Lisa-Marie, undergoing heart procedure; Thompson Family; Angela Cunard, recovering from a broken leg; Albert Sunderland, Jr.; Hillman Family as they grieve the loss of Tim Hillman; Friends and Family of Alvin Smiley who passed away; Bill Round, Suffered a heart attack
Earl Golf, Jr. turned 89 last Friday! Hope you had a great day Earl!
To new neighbors Diane & Jeff who have moved to Bay State Road.
Marge and Don are great-grandparents, again! Eliza Grace Morrell was born this week! She is the daughter of Jason and Andrea Morrell.
In Response to Prayer
Sarah Bacon's vision is getting better after surgery and William Spitznagel is back in church!!!
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.
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
Stephanie's Strawberry Pretzel Bars
2 cups crushed semi fine pretzels
¾ cup margarine
3 tablespoons sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
¾ to 1 cup sugar
16 ounces cool whip
2-10 ounce packages sliced frozen strawberries
1 large package strawberry Jell-O
Melt margarine, mix in bowl with sugar and crushed pretzels.
Press mixture in bottom only of 13x9 pan.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool.
Cream cream cheese, add sugar, mix well.
Fold in cool whip.
Layer on pretzel crust.
Add 2 cups boiling water to Jell-O, fold in the frozen strawberries. Chill slightly.
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.
BLESSING OF THE BIKES
May 7, 2016 | 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
ELDER DENTAL PROGRAM
CROP HUNGER WALK YOUTH BANNER CONTEST
Each year at the CROP Hunger Walk a banner contest is held depicting the need to end hunger. All youth/Sunday school groups are invited to participate in the YOUTH BANNER CONTEST scheduled for Sunday, October 16, 2016 at LaSalette Shrine. We encourage your youth to enter and help the fight against hunger. We are giving you a "heads up" now, so you can have plenty of time to enter a banner. The theme of the contest is "Ending Hunger One Step At A Time". Banners are brought to the walk where the judges will choose three winners. Each winning group will receive $100 to help with their youth group or Sunday school program.
The Youth Banner Contest is a great way to raise awareness and educate kids about hunger and poverty in our world and community. Attached is an entry form and guidelines for the banners. Please return the entry form by Oct. 7, 2016.