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Welcome to the United Church of Christ in Stoughton! Our new sign, created by church members Gale and Ed Porter, is a clear affirmation of what our church is all about: Love Lives Here! We believe that each person, without exception, is created by God and deeply loved by God, and we do our best to extend that same unconditional, heartfelt welcome to everyone. Please join us for worship on Sunday at 10:00 AM to see for yourself!
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HARVEST FAIR SUPPER SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AT 6:00 P.M. A DELICIOUS CHICKEN DINNER WILL BE SERVED TO OUR CHURCH FAMILY, NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS $15.00 PER PERSON $8.00 for CHILDREN 10 and UNDER
Featuring musical entertainment by The Gilmartin Brothers TICKETS CAN BE RESERVED BY CONTACTING THE CHURCH OFFICE firstname.lastname@example.org | 781-344-2371 OR AFTER WORSHIP FROM DOTTIE ROTHER OR CHARLENE SMITH Reservation Deadline is Wednesday, OCTOBER 31
Friday, November 9, 4 - 8 pm ($2 admission for adults - the best selection of bargains)
Saturday, November 10, 10 am - 2 pm (Free admission all day)
Attic Treasures * Jewelry Box * Book Nook *Knit Goods * Bakery and Candy Shoppe * Crafts *Theme Basket Raffles * 50/50 Raffle * Snack Bar * Silent Auction
Advent and Christmas Flowers
It is time to think about decorating our altar for the Advent season. Would you like to have a poinsettia dedicated to someone special? If you wish to donate a plant in memory, honor, or celebration of a loved one, please drop a note in the collection plate or mail your information to the church office indicating your dedication. In order to have your memorial appear in the Christmas bulletin, your donation must be received no later than Sunday, December 9. In order to purchase good quality plants that will last, a suggested donation is $10.00, but all donations will be accepted. After the Christmas Services, if you have purchased a plant, you are welcome to take it home with you. Members of the Caring Committee will deliver the remaining plants to our sick and housebound. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Clough at 781- 344-3860 or email@example.com.
Sharing God's Bounty
Dear Church Family, We would like to thank everyone who helped make the Community Garden a success over the last two seasons. Together we grew tomatoes of all shapes, hues, and sizes, great bunches of greens and herbs, as well as many large cucumber and squash fruits. We had so much at peak harvest that we were able to give coolers full of fresh, nutrient dense, and chemical free food to feed our neighbors in need. The “Lasagna Garden” method we chose specifically for its frugalness and fruitfulness. Layers of carbon like cardboard, leaves, and paper were layered with a nitrogen, either compost or livestock manure. These layers build the soil upward while also taking excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and putting it into the soil. The diversion of organic matter like compost, manure, and carbon from landfills also prevents methane from escaping into our atmosphere. Methane is 20x a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Healthy, biologically active organic soil provides nutrients to the plants, which in turn provides nutrients to us. The flowers we grew fed our native pollinator friends and attracted beneficial insects. These various allies pollinated our plants and ate other bugs that would otherwise eat our vegetables first. Together we grew organic nutrient dense food and removed a tiny bit of CO2 from the atmosphere. With just a few square feet of garden space what we accomplished in co-creation with the Earth is kind of miraculous. Imagine the potential and possibilities that exist in the untrod green spaces all around us. Fall Blessings!
Lindsey and Roisin
Lunch with the Pastor
Please join Pastor Mary in the Fireplace Room at 11:45 AM on Thursday, November 1. Bring a brown bag lunch and she will provide beverages and dessert. This is a nice way to share what’s going on in our lives. Bring a friend! All are welcome.
Trunk or Treat
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Back Bay Ringers
December 9 Mark your calendars! We will be hosting the Back Bay Ringers holiday handbell concert, featuring music from Charlie Brown’s Christmas, on Sunday, December 9 at 7:00 pm. The Back Bay Ringers are a non-profit advanced handbell ensemble that has performed at Faneuil Hall, Symphony Hall, and other locations in the Boston area. Look for ticket information in upcoming Notes and Notices.
Did you know our church is approaching its 275th anniversary? We were first gathered as a community of faith in Stoughton in 1744. This is cause for celebration, a time to “look back in gratitude and look forward in faith!” For our next Project 275 conversation on Sunday, November 18, we are going to take a collective breath after our very busy month of church fair and supper activities and talk about your ideas for celebrating this historic birthday. Yes, our congregation faces many challenges, but also exciting possibilities for change and rebirth. How shall we celebrate and give thanks for God’s faithfulness? We will begin our discussion with prayer in the sanctuary at the end of worship and then move to the church hall for light refreshments and a 30-40 minute conversation. Think big! Our next Project 275 on church governance will take place on December 2. Look for more details in the December Link.