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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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Computers and smartphones not in your comfort zone? If a printed copy is still your preference, please let the church office know and we will gladly mail you a copy of The Link. A donation of $10 to defray the cost of postage would be greatly appreciated. Some print copies will also be available in the literature rack in the church lobby.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Needs Bible Club presents their annual retelling of the Christmas story at 4 pm in the sanctuary. Join us for this joyous Christmas pageant and light refreshments. For more information contact Bonnie Bittner or Dottie Rother.
Schedule of Advent and Christmas Worship Services
December 2 at 10 AM: First Sunday of Advent
December 9 at 10 AM: Second Sunday of Advent
December 16 at 10 AM: Third Sunday of Advent
December 23 at 10 AM: Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24 at 7 PM: Traditional Candlelight Carols with Communion
December 30 at 10 AM: First Sunday after Christmas-Mission Sunday
Join us in the fire place room from 4-7 pm as the Green Garden Earth School hosts a showing of the documentary, SEED, The Untold Story. Bring a healthy snack to share. The movie will be followed by informal conversation. For more information, contact Lindsey Medeiros. SEED: The Untold Story (PG) follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Written by Collective Eye Films.
Lunch with the Pastor
December 6 (Thu): Please join Pastor Mary in the Fireplace Room at 11:45am for Lunch with the Pastor. 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.
Back Bay Ringers
Christmas with the Back Bay Ringers December 9
Hand bell concert from 7-8:30 pm. Over the last 15 years the Back Bay Ringers have been serenading Boston area audiences with their annual Christmas concert series, becoming a yearly holiday tradition for many music lovers. This year’s iteration is highlighted by popular favorites including selections from Vince Guaraldi’s score to A Charlie Brown Christmas and a new transcription of Barbra Streisand’s Jingle Bells arranged exclusively for the Back Bay Ringers. Join Back Bay Ringers for a special holiday treat! Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors). To purchase your tickets and get more information, visit their Facebook page. Tickets are also available on their website http://www.backbayringers.org/
Our next Project 275 conversation is on Sunday, December 2. In anticipation of our Annual Meeting in January, we would like to hear your ideas about possible changes to our church governance so it better fits the current size and resources of our congregation.
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.
Our best decisions are made when we make them together. Please plan on attending.
Bags of Hope
Help Spread Hope into the lives of women affected by human trafficking, addiction & homelessness.
WHAT: Bags are filled with items that let women affected by trafficking know that there is a better way, they are treasured & there is help. Filled bags are distributed to women who are living on the streets of Boston. Bags of Hope founder, Jasmine Grace will also be speaking about her own painful experience.
WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 6:00-8:00 pm
WHERE: First Congregational Church | 76 Pierce Street, Stoughton
how: Our confirmands will be distributing Bags of Hope tote bags on Sunday, December 2 so we can start collecting items as a church-wide Advent mission project. Donations to fill the bags will also be accepted after Advent through Sunday, March 17 in the Giving Corner in the church lobby.
Cash donations are also welcome (please contact Marcia Olson | 781-344-9547 |email@example.com)
Items needed are:
Toothpaste * Toothbrushes * hair brushes, elastics and hair clips * 12 oz. bottles of shampoo and conditioner * trail mix (snack packs) * women’s socks * lip balm * deodorant * small packages of wipes * feminine products * nail polish * winter hats, scarves and gloves * $5 Dunkin Donut gift cards * Notes of encouragement *
All items must be new, full-size and individually wrapped