First Congregational Church of Raynham, U.C.C. 785 South Main Street Raynham, MA 02767 Church 508-822-6177 Parsonage 508-824-4816 September 2009 Newsletter Rally Sunday Sept. 13th CHURCH YARD SALE First day of Sunday school Get ready for a fun beginning to the fall Sunday Sept. 12th 9AM-2PM School season! The children will play games and Did you do your spring cleaning? Nope me neither! participate in activities around the Noah Ark theme. Start the fall season off right. Clean out and donate to the church yard sale. Honoring Veterans Looking for volunteers to: We are planning a special musical event for the Price items on Sept. 9, 10 and 11 evening of Veteran’s Day, November 11, to honor Set up tables starting 7am Sept 12th our nation’s veterans. Tickets will be sold and the Sell goods proceeds will go to two organizations that help our Clean up and break down starting 2pm service men and woman and returning injured vets. Please sign up at the church or call Carol Measor at Watch for details soon! 508-822-3493 if you are able to help. If you would like to donate an item, but need “help” with transporting please call: Keith Mosman 508 823-3643 OR Grant Waterman 508 824-6888 NOTE: The following items can NOT be accepted: Computer screen/monitor/keyboards TV’s, Microwave ovens, Air conditioners, Refrigerators, Major Appliances Ham and Bean Supper September 19 6:00 PM Bake Sale to be held during the yard sale. A Home Baked Ham & Bean Supper at the Stone Sign up sheets will be posted. We are looking for Church in Raynham Center will be held on one family per hour to run the table. Donations of Saturday, September 19th at 6 pm. Also featured is baked goods are needed, such as cookies, brownies, home baked brown bread. The ticket price is $8 for breads and more. We ask that the goods be adults and $5 for children. Tickets will be available wrapped for sale, individually or in packages of after church or you may leave a message at the two/ six or one dozen for ease of handling during church at 508-822-6177 or email@example.com the sale. Church Use Calendar Please remember that you every group using the church must write their meeting dates on the calendar outside the office door. PARISH NOTES Summer Guest Preachers CHOIR REHEARSALS RESUME! We want to thank Vilma Thompson for preaching Choir rehearsals are beginning again for the fall! and Maggie Silva for handling communion on July The Senior choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings at 5 while Rev. Tilbe was away. On August 23 Rev. 7:30 beginning September 1. New members of the Jan Warner preached in Rev. Tilbe’s absence. choirs are always welcome! The Bell Choir rehearses at 6:00 PM. Anyone who might be Casey Michael Goodwin, the son of Rachel and interested should speak to Choir Director Carolyn Michael Goodwin, was baptized on July 19. Conrad. Junior Choir Brooke Mackenzie Weafer, the daughter of Erin Junior Choir rehearsals will begin after church on Morrisey and Adam Weafer, was baptized on Sept. 13. A schedule of rehearsals and August 9. performances will be available at that time. Kiaralyn Arlene Ryan, daughter of Crystal Lyons and Jamie Ryan, was baptized on August 16 WORSHIP ETIQUETTE We would like to remind everyone that the lighting Kristin O’Brien and Joseph Osbourne were joined of the candles at the beginning of the service should in marriage in Brockton by Rev. Tilbe on Aug. 15. be a sign that worship is beginning. At this point conversations should end – or at least be put on hold Our sympathy is extended to the Precourt family in until Coffee Hour! Talking during the service can the death of Hank’s mother Miriam in New York. be very disturbing to others. NEW MEMBERS Any adults who are interested in joining the church should speak to Rev. Tilbe. Membership in the church is required for those who want to vote on church matters and serve on church committees. It is a sign of commitment to this congregation of Christians. Summer Concert Series Our twelfth season for summer concerts was a great success! Special thanks go to Mike and Carolyn Conrad for organizing the concert schedule. We are UPCOMING EVENTS thankful for financial support from the Raynham The Harvest Supper is one of the long standing Cultural Council and those who donated at the traditions of our church. We are looking forward to concerts. holding this supper on October 24th. The Homespun Holidays Craft Fair will be held on Live Nativity November 13 and 14. Helpers will be needed for Is it too early to think about the Live Nativity? NO! set up, working the raffle tables and clean up. We are planning to hold our third Live Nativity on Sunday, December 6. Lots of helpers are needed for this event, so think about how you might help! CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Men’s Fellowship The Men’s Fellowship held a BBQ on June 20. We Church World Service are thankful to Keith Mosman for hosting this first School Kits event on the newly reconstituted Men’s Fellowship. Check those back to school sales! The group sponsored a trip to the Brockton Rox on The congregation is invited to join the Sunday July 24, with about 30 of our church friends School children in providing School kits for needy enjoying a great game and fireworks. children through Church World Service. Add a few items to your cart while stocking up on sales for the Basic Bible school year. The children have been asked to bring Some of the Sunday School teachers have expressed in the following throughout the month of an interest in learning more about the basics of the September: Bible. This would be a short term, perhaps two or Grade Pre-K: Box of 8 crayons three session course. Naturally, that’s hardly 1 1 Pink Eraser scratching the surface, but it’s a start! Others who 2 1 pair blunt scissors may be interested should speak to Rev. Tilbe. This 3 1 metric ruler will occur some time this fall. 4 1 pencil sharpener 5 12 sheets construction paper Church Finances 6 12 sheets construction paper Our year to date financial picture, as of August 22, 7 2 pads legal size paper looks like this: 2 pads legal size paper Income $82,072.75 Expenses $87,885.79 Sunday School Shortfall $ 5,813.04 Teachers Needed in all grades Hopefully the beginning of the fall season will bring Our Sunday School teachers volunteer their time an upswing in contributions. Please try to keep each week to teach the children of our church. your pledge up to date! We had a few veteran teacher leave last year to do other volunteer work. So we need your help to keep the Christian education going for "OUR" children. We have teachers who will help you break in and/ or work with to learn how they teach. Please see Carol Measor for more information Sunday School Registration firstname.lastname@example.org If you did not register you children last spring that We can send the newsletter text by needs to be done ASAP so we can get a proper email to students in college too. count for each classroom. The cost is $10 per child or $20 per family. Community Notes: Encore Chorus Rally Sunday The Encore Chorus is in need of voices for their Sept. 13th next season. Rehearsals will be taking place in First day of Sunday school Somerset beginning in November. For more Get ready for a fun beginning to the fall Sunday information please call Barbara Reece at School season! The children will play games and 508-823-1166 participate in activities around the Noah Ark theme. Pride Day Raynham Pride Day will be held Sept. 13 at the Borden Colony gazebo on King Philip Street. The event is open from 1-4 p.m. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF RAYNHAM BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION 2009-2010 DATE__________________ NAME______________________________ DOB___________GRADE(Fall )____________ ADDRESS_________________________________TOWN____________ZIP____________ PHONE______________________ E-MAIL _____________________ ADDRESS__________________________________ PARENTS’ NAMES______________________________________________________________ MEDICAL INFORMATION __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________ OTHER INFORMATION __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ ____________ Please include above any information you consider necessary or helpful to your child and to the teacher while your child is here in Sunday School Classes. Registration fee: $10 per child or $20 per family. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Teacher sign up for school year 2009-2010 Please return to Carol Measor. Name: ______________________________ Phone # _____________________ Email Address: __________________________________________ I would like to teach next year. YES___ NO___ 1st choice: Grade______ Month(s)___ 2nd choice: Grade_____ Month(s) _______ 3rd choice: Grade_____ Month(s) _______ I would like to be a back-up person only. ________ Help clean the classroom during the summer Yes ____ No ____ Help plan for a CE event. Which one _________________________________________ Please share your ideas, thoughts and information about CE: First Congregational Church YARD SALE Saturday, September 12th 9:00am- 2:00pm Help support the church By donating your great stuff! ______________________________________________ Drop off Times: Sundays right after church service OR Wed. Sept.9th **** Thurs, Sept.10th **** Fri. Sept. 11th 10:00 am-3:00pm and 5:00- 7:00 pm ________________________________ ** Sign up to help ** Sort items before sale * Price items * Work Yard Sale Set up * Bake something for Bake Sale * Break down and Clean up If you would like to donate an item, but need “help” with transporting Please call: Keith Mosman 508 823-3643 OR Grant Waterman 508 824-6888 We can’t take the following items: Computer screen/monitor/keyboards, TV’s, Microwave, Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Major Appliances Chairpersons: Roxanna Darcy and Carol Measor A Sermon by Rev. James A. Tilbe Preached August 9, 2009 Ephesians 4: 25 - 5:2 “Be Angry” I am one quarter Irish, my paternal grandmother having come from County Kerry in Southwest Ireland. A woman once said that I have the map of Ireland all over my face, but I tend to think that I look more like my English ancestors. Still, there is one aspect of my life that shows my Irish heritage. Do you remember that old song about Clancy? Clancy was an Irishman who had an Irish temper. As the song goes, “Whenever they got his Irish up, Clancy lowered the boom!” Somewhere inside of me I have an Irish temper that makes an occasional appearance. It doesn’t show up very often, but when it does, watch out! We often think of anger as a bad thing. For me, a flash of anger is embarrassing. A lot of people do not think anger is an appropriate Christian response. And that is not necessarily true. We know from the Gospels that Jesus was angry at times. His anger was often directed toward the Scribes and Pharisees for their narrow minded and rigid views that focused on the law, but forgot compassion and mercy. On another occasion Jesus was so angry with the moneychangers in the temple that he formed a whip and drove them out. Sometimes people speak about righteous anger or, if you want to tone it down a notch, righteous indignation. This is anger that has a just cause, anger with a good reason. For people who have been victims of injustice, there is a righteous reason for anger. For those who have been victims of crime and violence, there is a righteous reason for anger. In a passage that some people find rather surprising, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Be angry, but do not sin.” It seems that the Apostle was giving permission for anger, but urging great caution, lest that anger lead to bigger problems. The truth is that anger is a part of life. But anger does indeed provide ample opportunity for sin. Anger can make you do something that you will certainly regret later. A man once filled out an automobile accident report stating that in an effort to kill a bee he drove his car into telephone pole. There are times when we become angry, and like the man who drove into a pole, we make the matter far worse. Actions taken under the influence of anger can be disastrous. And I chose the words, “under the influence” carefully because anger, like a drug, can impair our ability to rational decisions. Words fly under the influence of anger that cause more hurt and destruction. Fists sometimes fly under the influence of anger too, leading to more hurt, more complications and more problems. Another danger of anger is that it can be misdirected. The man who comes home from a difficult day at work and kicks the dog is an example. Sometimes it’s not the dog that gets the brunt of misplaced anger, but it might be the spouse or the kids that suffer. And that is a terrible wrong. Or sometimes we take it out on ourselves. If our anger is always pushed down, suppressed, it can cause damage to our own well being. It’s as if we sometimes swallow our anger, and believe me, it is not easy to digest! Another way that anger can lead to problems is when we dwell on it. The Apostle Paul said, not to let the sun go down on anger – but that is not easy to do. Dwelling in anger hurts – it hurts the one who is angry. Anger develops momentum, just like the church bell has momentum when it is ringing. It takes quite a bit of force to start that bell ringing, but once the bell has started to swing, it only takes a little tug of the rope to keep it going. It might take something big to start your anger, but it doesn’t take much effort to keep it going. And the longer that anger goes, the more damage can be done. We all face anger from time to time. And sometimes it seems to have a mind of its own. There are times when I am helping firefighters and police officers deal with extremely upsetting situations. The tragedy that they see on a regular basis can have a devastating effect if they do not deal with it and talk about it. They experience a tremendous range of emotions, often including a great deal of anger. The same is true for people who have lost loved ones. There is often anger associated with such a loss. Sometimes people become angry with the person who has passed away. It may not seem logical, but anger is often not logical. In each situation I tell people that they cannot help what they feel. If you feel angry, you feel angry. You can’t stop it. Sure, you can suppress it and keep it bottled up. But you can’t help what you feel. But you can help what you do about it. If you feel angry, you might want to punch someone in the nose – and that would not be a very good choice. It’s much better to try burning off some of that anger with exercise. When anger grips us, it is important to recognize its potential for great harm. But it also has a potential for good. Anger can destroy relationships and even lives. But anger can also become the catalyst for positive change. Anger can become a crippling force, but it can also become an energizing force. We seem to be living in very angry times. Have you noticed this? Perhaps the bad economic troubles have more and more people on edge. You can see it in the news reports – there seem to be more stories of violence everywhere. You can see it in the way people drive – I’ve noticed an increase in aggressive driving. On two occasions in the last few weeks I’ve been in a funeral procession when someone cut right in front of the hearse! There’s an increasing amount of anger on a national level too. The debate over health care reform is no longer a debate. It has become a shouting match. When someone displayed a picture of a congressman being hung, things have gone too far. When death threats are being made, it has gone too far. In some places the shouting matches have become violent. This is a dangerous road for our nation. As the anger is stoked up, the potential for violence increases. We cannot forge good policies for our nation this way. The Apostle Paul was right. Be angry. Feel that feeling. Know the strength of that emotion. But do not let it become an opportunity for sin. Use the anger, direct it, but do not let it run away with you. Don’t let the anger control you.
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