THE UNION SPIRIT Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant Street
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
We have now entered the season of Lent which is forty-days of preparation
for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. During
Lent we follow Jesus from his adult ministry through his suffering during
Holy Week to his crucifixion and death on Good Friday. Holy Week
begins with Palm Sunday and continues through Maundy (Holy) Thursday
and Good Friday, when Jesus was tried, crucified, and buried and
culminates in Easter morning when we celebrate the mystery of the
resurrection and the persistence of hope and new life in our world.
Lent is a time of stripping down to essentials as we each focus on restoring
relationships with God, others, and ourselves. The following are a few
recommendations of ways you can work towards rebuilding right
relationships this Lenten season;
Pray Boldly to God. Jesus tells us to pray boldly and directly to God;
"Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door
will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches
finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Are there things you are afraid to bring before God? Are there emotions
and feelings you are having trouble expressing? Maybe you are mad at God
for some reason. When you open up to God you'll find that God already
knows what's in our heart and you will feel better for telling God exactly
what you hope for. This will also help you re-establish an open, trusting
and loving relationship with God.
Serving others through acts of social justice. God reminds us, that the
acts of justice, such as feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and
clothing the naked will lead to restored relationships;
“to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go
free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and
bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and
not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the
dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you,
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord
will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.” (Isaiah 58:3-9)
There are many ways which you can practice this discipline, one way is to
volunteer at the monthly community meal. Another idea is to clean out
your closets of clothes you really don’t wear and donate them. Find time to
help out or serve at a local shelter. There are many ways to get involved
here in our own community as well as the surrounding area and or Boston.
If you need some help picking a place feel free to call me.
Treat others with the respect you wish to be treated with. Jesus
teaches us the golden rule: “In everything do to others as you would have them
do to you.” (Matthew 7:12) We are all taught the Golden Rule as children but
too often forget to live it out as adults. Treating everyone with the same
respect we wish to be treated with, is foundational for establishing right
relationships. It is a lesson I think many of us need to remember on a daily
This Lenten season I invite you to join me in a Lenten practice of re-
establishing right relationships through prayer, and service in God’s name.
We are looking for some parishioners to step forward and volunteer to help
out providing nursery coverage on Sunday mornings during worship. We
hope enough people will step forward so no one will have to cover more
than one or two Sundays the remainder of the church year. Rev. Derek has
volunteered to cover one Sunday if someone is willing to step forward and
preach for him on that Sunday. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice
Stewardship. If you are willing to volunteer please contact either
Rev. Derek or Robyn Waters. May God bless you for the service you offer
our young families and our congregation.
The Music Committee is happy to welcome Barbara Putt and Jesi Godfrey this
year to our group.
We have been busy planning our Spring Fundraiser. More information will be
A few choir highlights:
March 11th - Lisa Conley will be here playing her flute as we
celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with special Irish music. Everyone is encouraged to
April 1st – is Palm Sunday and Easter, of course, is the following week! Beautiful
music will fill our Sanctuary both Sundays.
April 15th – The theme will be Asian American.
The Bell Choir continues to practice and has graced us several Sundays with
their beautiful selections and talents.
For the Music Committee: Jamie Riordan
The Board of Trustees would like to invite anyone and everyone who would like to attend
our annual Goods and Services Auction, which will be held on April 21, 2012. We will
once again be looking forward to any good or service that could be donated for this
event, Prior to the auction there will be a Italian Dinner, with lots of “homemade
goodies’. All proceeds will support the general fund.
The Board is also looking for anyone who is available to help out with some projects that
will be coming up around the church in the near future, such as painting and some small
repairs. Please see one of the Trustees if you are willing and able to help.
Union Congregational Church
105 Pleasant St., East Bridgewater
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012
GOODS AND SERVICE AUCTION WILL FOLLOW THE
Ziti, Salad, Bread
Soda, Coffee, Dessert
Family of 4 or more: $18.00
Call the church office 508-378-2874 for more information
The CE committee would like to thank everyone who came out for the candy bar bingo night.
There was a great turn out of 70 people. There were pizza, salads and desserts and lots of
fun playing bingo. The profit from this night was $295.00, which will go towards the general
fund. We hope everyone had a good time.
During the month of January/February the younger children learned about Moses
and his birth and how he was raised. They also learned about God’s message
through the burning bush. There was a lesson about Balaam & his talking
Donkey. For fun they did pin the tail on the Donkey and they made donkey &
angel shape multi -colored cookies. There was also a lesson on Noah’s Ark
Upcoming in March the Sunday school classes will be working on putting
together a Church Service sometime in April
For the older group the newspaper was completed and passed out to everyone in
Church. This newspaper was based on the time Jesus was born.
For the next couple of weeks the older Sunday school group will be reading and
learning about the different parables in the New Testament in the Bible.
Have you ever wanted to help out with a Sunday school class? We are always looking for
volunteers to help out with the lessons and activities. For any parent that is interested in
helping us for a Sunday or 2, please contact any member of the CE committee. A Cori form is
required and we can get the paperwork for you.
In the nursery we are looking for some volunteers to have a fun time with the toddlers on
Sundays. Please let anyone on the CE committee know if you can help out in the Nursery.
Again we will need to Cori form filled out.
We would like to recognize the following Sunday school children who have a birthday in
February and March:
ANDREW CROTEAU , DANIEL REPETA ,LAUREN MITCHESON,
CHRIS MASON ,TJ Kelley
The CE Committee:
Emily Oliver, Sue Lauzier, Jacquelyn Rose,
Jen Repeta, Heather Doucette, Stephanie Rando
Spring is a busy time for the Missions Committee. The month of March brings our
yearly "One Great Hour of Sharing" collection. We will host coffee hour on March
4th and posters/information will be displayed. This yearly collection provides us
with the opportunity to share our abundance with others in 138 countries
including the United States. It helps to alleviate the suffering of those without
food, shelter and protection from war and violence. Millions of God's people live
on less than we spend on a cup of coffee. The collection will take place on March
18th. The church service on that Sunday will be led by Mission Committee
members and the Youth Group. One Great Hour of Sharing brings joy to us, to
others and to God. For more information, you may visit the website:
The Community Dinner will take place on Wednesday, March 14th. A delicious
chicken dish prepared with apricots and lemon with a side of rice will be served.
Desserts will be available . Dessert "donations" are always appreciated. Lenore
and Jackie met recently with members of the East Bridgewater Methodist Church
who are interested in sharing in the Community Meal program. Although currently
in the initial stages, this is exciting news - God is at work in our community. "Feed
the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the
darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon." Isaiah 58:10
The following fundraisers and special offerings were approved at the Executive
- The children's Good Friday Walk with proceeds going to Kay's kids will be held
during Sunday School Service on Palm Sunday on April 1st.
- Save the date: Music Fundraiser - Dinner at the Chateau in Norton on April
10th with proceeds going to the General Fund.
- One Great Hour of Sharing offering to be held on March 18th
- Trustee Goods & Services Auction to be held on April 21st with proceeds going
to the General Fund.
- Praise and Worship Service goodwill offering on April 22nd with proceeds going
to the Youth Group.
In search of an Auditor for a one year term. If you have any interest please
contact Jamie Mitcheson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Union Coffeehouse
Annie Barry & Katie O’Sullivan
As well as…
“Four Feet Two Shoes”
Dennis O’Neil & Davey Armstrong
for Our 6th Annual - “Irish Night” - Tonight…Everyone is Irish!!!
Saturday March 24, 2012 - Admission: $20.00
(All Proceeds to benefit the Workcamp Fund–traveling to Sutton, N.H. the third week of July)
*** FOR THIS SHOW ONLY!! ***
Doors will open @ 5:30pm for Blarney - Dinner to be Served @ 6:00pm
Entertainment will start around 6:45 - 7:00pm
“KINDRED” - Katie & Annie will be joining us to do an opening set again this year.
Annie is wintering in Florida and that’s made rehearsal time for the two of them, a little
difficult. They have both been a driving force behind this night…and we hope that they
will continue to be. Once again this year, in addition to having Katie & Annie, we’re
bringing back a couple of friends that we introduced to you last year; you seemed to love
them so much, we invited them back!
“Four Feet Two Shoes” – Dennis & Davey, are an amazing duo in their own right.
”Dennis & Davey’s music is greatly influenced by Traditional Irish & Scottish ballads,
jigs and reels, and flavored with touches of reggae, ska and Rock & Roll. They have a
Great Love for what they do, and it shows! Their rapport with any audience, young and
old, is warm and instant.
As most of you are aware, this show is slightly different than our regular events; we’ll
offer an evening of traditional Irish Faire (Shepherd's Pie & Boiled Dinner). The price of
your admission will include your dinner, your refreshments (Hot or Cold) and dessert as
well as all of the evening’s entertainment. One thing you can be sure of on this night; you
will share a good meal, with some great people, you’ll hear some beautiful music and I’m
sure you’ll share in more than a laugh or two! We hope you’ll come out and join us for
the night…and get your Irish on!
For Reservations/Meal choice, please call (508) 345-3682 or email email@example.com
(Reservations will be limited to approx. 104…and some have already been taken)
As many of you may know, I am once again walking in the Avon Walk for Breast
Cancer in Boston this coming May ! This will be my second time walking in the
Avon Walk and I can't wait to be a part of it again.
If you have donated to my Avon Walk in the past, I cannot thank you enough. It is
because of your generosity that I am able to walk and able to do something bold
in the fight against breast cancer. I am asking once again for your support and
contribution. If you would like to donate towards the walk this year, please make
a donation online today by going to avonwalk.org and clicking "donate" and
inputting my name.
The donation you make and the funds that I raise will go toward awareness and
education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services, and
scientific research – all with a special focus on helping medically underserved
women including the poor, minorities, elderly, or those with inadequate health
insurance. And much of the money goes back to the communities where it was
raised, supporting everything from local grassroots programs to national
Together we can make a difference and I thank you in advance for your support!
I'm off to train. I'll keep you updated on my progress.