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 February 17, 2017
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Grace & Peace, Members and Friends of the Rehoboth Congregational Church!
At our annual meeting in December, a few questions came up that we were not able to answer at the time. I said in my epistle note the following week that I would follow up when the reports were put together. One of the questions was about the number of pledging units we have at RCC. I was able to compile the Stewardship report last week and have those numbers for you.
In total, our Stewardship Campaign brought in a total pledge amount of: $116,254.42 (this is the amount people have pledged for 2017).
Total Pledging Units: 117
Total Pledges: 87
Total One-Time Gifts: 30
Of these 117 pledging units, we had:
New Pledging Units: 23
Returning Pledging Units: 3
28 pledging units chose to continue with electronic giving
6 new pledging units signed up for electronic giving
For a point of reference, in 2016, our total pledged was $115,338. In 2015, our total pledged was $112,798. Also - we typically do have a few pledge cards trickle in during January and February, so if you read this and realized you never got yours in, please touch base with the office!
And speaking of money, the 2016 contribution statements have been printed and mailed out. If you did not receive one, please contact the office and we will follow up.
See you on Sunday,
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 10:00 am
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
No Church School this Sunday, February 19, 2017: Have a happy and safe Vacation and we'll see you back February 26th for pancakes!
February 26, 2017: Pancake Sunday in Fellowship Hall.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to cook and serve!
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: Easter Egg Hunt! More information to come.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to "hide" eggs in the morning!
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
There will be no Youth Group this Sunday, February 19, 2017, the beginning of February Vacation. We will resume next Sunday, February 26th.
March 10-12, 2017: Deep Freeze Retreat at Camp Berea
April: Lock-in during April vacation, date to be determined
Easter Sunday: Youth Group to lead Sunrise Service, more information to come.
February 26, 2017 | 10:00 am: Pancake Breakfast in Fellowship Hall for Church School. Helpers for little kids, servers, cleanup help needed. See Alison Ware for more details.
March 4, 2017 | 5:30 pm: Spaghetti Supper. Servers and bus people needed. See Todd Ingham for details.
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.
MUSIC COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, February 23, 2017| 8:15 pm (immediately following Choir Rehearsal) in the Sadie Perry Room. We will be meeting to discuss various items and choir robes fundraising. We will also be looking to add new members. If you have any questions, please see Russ Latham.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 7:00PM
Please join us for our third 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. Keep in mind a good part of the service is spent in silence and we are going to try hard to keep that true. Talk to Bruce Weaver (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
WINTER WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, February 28th | 7PM
Kim Chrystie's house (please contact the office for address!)
Book: The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
SPAGHETTI SUPPER & DESSERT AUCTION
Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 6PM
Seats are going FAST! If you haven't already, please get your reservations in now!!!! As of this printing (Wednesday), there are only 30 seats left. Don't miss your chance to eat good food, share in great fellowship and partake in RCC's famous Desert Auction!!! Who knows what will happen this year?
Adults - $8, Kids (12 & under) - $5
All you can eat! The dessert auction begins at 7PM
PLEASE NOTE: If worship has not been cancelled, please still use your judgment when deciding whether or not to come out. If you decide to worship at home, Rev. Sarah will post her sermon to her blog: www.preachinginpumps.com following worship. If you do not have access to a computer and would like a copy of the sermon, please call the church office and a paper copy can be mailed to you.
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; Ginny Latham; Kathy Lumbra; Gail Macomber; Marchele Moreira; Salvatore Paolucci, cancer patient; Kim and Lou Peranzi; Fred Quint; Bella Kai Rutko; Marilyn Spitznagel; Ken Stone; 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; the people of South Sudan and the atrocities around the world; displaced refugees; Servicemen and women, home and deployed;
Special Prayers This Week:
Friends and family of Lucas Salem who passed away; friends and Family of Jack Gunther, Rich Gunther's brother, who passed away this past week; Phil Burns; Aiden Ware; Lisa-Marie's friend, Donna; Gus Eckilson; Caleb Dyer and his friends, healing after their car accident; Edith, battling cancer; Kathy Lumbra, she is still in ICU with breathing complications; Kim and Lou Peranzi; Gary and Laurel; June; Cheryl Kerrigan's grandfather in hospice care; Jodi McKearney's sister, Sandra, finishes her radiation treatment this week; travel mercies to Carley's fiancé, Jacob, as he travels to Haiti with a group of teens
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.
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.