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 January 13, 2017
BEETHOVEN IN THE VILLAGE
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Grace & Peace, Members and Friends of the Rehoboth Congregational Church!
Goodness, gracious! "Thank you" just does not seem sufficient to describe the overwhelming gratitude Bruce and I feel for the love and support we have received since we shared the news of my pregnancy! We are so thankful for this incredible community that surrounds us - we do not take it for granted!
Despite the snow, we had a really wonderful worship service on Sunday. As I talked about in last week's epistle, everyone received a "Star Word" - a star with a word printed on it that is supposed to guide us this year. If the weather kept you from worship on Sunday, have no fear! I will make sure there is an opportunity for everyone to get one.
I love that people have already been sharing their "Star Words" with me and what it means to them now, why it is ironic (because God does have a sense of humor!) and how they might live intentionally into the word this year. My hope is that next year a few people might be willing to share their "Star Stories" at the beginning of the year before we receive new words.
It's been nice to fall back into a routine after the busy holiday season. And with a much nicer forecast this weekend, I look forward to seeing more of you on Sunday!
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 10:00 am
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
DONATIONS NEEDED: SODA, WATER & CHIPS
The Youth Group is in need of donations of cans of soda, bottles of water and snack-sized bags of chips for their Super Bowl Sub fundraiser. Donations can be dropped off during the week (Monday-Friday, 9-1) or on Sunday mornings. Contact Mike Barger if you are able to donate!
DONATIONS NEEDED: MEDICINE BOTTLES
The Youth Group is in need of empty prescription pill bottles for an upcoming fundraiser. If you are unable to remove the label ahead of time, please black out the personal information and we will remove the label for you. The bottles can be dropped off during the week (Monday-Friday, 9-1) or on Sunday mornings. Talk to Mike Barger if you have any questions.
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
Welcome to the New Year!!! The classes will continue with their curriculum. Please check with Allison to see if she needs help downstairs.
Grades Pre-K-4thwill continue with our What's In The Bible curriculum.
Grades 5-7 will continue with their new curriculum called Fuel Foundations.
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
Worship: Sunday, January 8, 2017, is Communion Sunday and the Youth Group members will worship together in the balcony with fellowship afterwards.
Saturday, January 21, 2017: TBD, possibly rock climbing!
February 5, 2017: Super Bowl Subs! More information to follow.
BEETHOVEN IN THE VILLAGE
A Piano Concert by Jordan Hillman
Friday, January 20th, 2017 at 7:30PM
The music of Ludwig van Beethoven has thrilled audiences for generations. His Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, known as the "Appassionata," is one of his masterpieces. It will be performed at Goff Hall on January 20th as part of a classical program by Jordan Hillman.
Jordan is the music director at the Rehoboth Congregational Church where he plays at weekly services and leads the choir. This is his first professional recital and the first date of a regional concert tour. The program will include famous pieces by Chopin, Schubert, and Gershwin, as well as one of Jordan's own compositions.
Tickets are $20. Refreshments will be sold at intermission.
VIP tickets are also available, which include an invitation to a champagne reception. The reception will begin at 6:00PM and will have champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a meet and greet with Jordan, where he will offer a brief discussion of the concert program. VIP tickets are $60.
Goff Hall is located at Blanding Library at 124 Bay State Rd, Rehoboth MA. Doors will open at 7:00 for a 7:30 performance. The program will last about an hour.
Please join us for our second 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 30 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Saturday, January 29th | 9AM-3PM
Join us on Saturday January 28th, 9-3, for an adult version of youth group! Come for the day or just for an hour. We'll have crafting, a pot-luck lunch, good conversation and lots of laughter. This will be a chance to get to know your neighbors better, complete a craft for the church bazaar, or help with a charity quilt. I'll provide supplies, you provide your enthusiasm and a dish for the potluck (quilters, please bring your own machines). Let me know if you are interested in coming or if you have any questions.
Order forms are available at church or by clicking this link or email Mike Barger with your name and the number of each sub you would like.
WINTER WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
Save the Date: Tuesday, February 28th (change of date!)
The Women's Book Club will return after the new year. 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!
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January 22, 2017
The office will be closed January 16, 2017
n observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
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!
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER
It's that time of year again! Please review our policies and notification procedures for cancelling Sunday morning worship.
Here are the two ways we decide to cancel worship:
If the Governor declares a state of emergency and issues a travel ban, worship will be cancelled.
If a state of emergency has not been issued, but we are experiencing bad weather or road conditions, a decision about whether or not to cancel worship will be made by Rev. Sarah and the chairs of the Deacons and Trustees. That decision will be made by 7:30 AM on Sunday morning.
If worship is cancelled, there are three ways you will be notified:
By email (if you receive your Epistle by email, you will receive an email notifying you that worship is cancelled).
On our church Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rehobothucc).
Through participating members of the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association.
Television Stations WLNE-TV/ABC6, WJAR-TV/NBC10, WPRI-TV/CBS12, CW28, RI PBS/ Channel 36, WNAC-FOX
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
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; Jason Buffington; Phil & Deb Burns; Audrey and Gus Eckleson; Wini Horton; Ginny Latham; Gail Macomber; Marchele Moreira; Sally Knox; Salvatore Paolucci, cancer patient; Lou Paranzi; Fred Quint; Bella Kai Rutko; Marilyn Spitznagel; Ken Stone; Denise Surkont, Lorraine's sister, battling cancer; Aiden Ware; Mark Williams; Elizabeth Wilson; Sue Withers 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; Servicemen and women, home and deployed;
Special Prayers This Week:
Friends and family of Mark Williams and the Williams Family. Mark passed away this past week; Kathy Lumbra, heading to rehab in Dedham; Dottie Haynes is in rehab and soon will be home; Mark Haynes still dealing with intestinal issues and hopefully on the mend; Edith, undergoing cancer treatments; Lou Paranzi, home recovering and starting radiation; Jodi McKerney's sister, Sandra, is undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer and is doing really well; Rev. Sarah's mom had her last reconstructive surgery and is doing well; Peter Withers is attempting the Goofy Challenge in Walt Disney World (5K, 10K, ½ marathon and full marathon in four days); the people of Tel Aviv who suffered a terrorist attack this past weekend; the victims and their families and all those flying in and out of the Fort Lauderdale airport after this past week's shooting; All those traveling throughout the country dealing with weather related issues;
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.
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
Nursery Care Provider
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