The Good News! Keeping you informed about the mission and ministry of Easthampton Congregational Church Growing Spiritually, One Day at a Time February 2010 www.easthamptonucc.org ~ email@example.com ____________________________________________________________________________________________ The Pastor’s Message It seemed right that we make our focus on trees. A In December, our church sent close to 100 seedling is $60.00. A share in a seedling is $10. The Christmas stockings filled with candy, pens, notebooks, children spent one Sunday talking about all the things razors, cards, and personal care products to an airborne trees are good for. It was a long list! A book was read unit serving in an isolated region of Iraq. In addition to on winter trees and there will be others read on the this some of you sent candy bars, games etc to be importance of trees in many lands. included with the stockings or sent in a separate mailing. I personally want to thank each and every one who We know you will want to mark your calendar for our helped with the project. The Youth Group along with a bake sale on February 28th. few volunteers stuffed the stockings. Many of you Children’s Bible Study donated money to cover the cost of these items. Some of Our next meeting of the CBS will be on Monday, you donated items to be included. But no matter how you February 1st. We meet from 6-7:30pm in our new helped, I personally want to thank you for your classrooms. This month’s meal will be tacos. Please let generosity. This unit was stationed far out in the remote me know if you will be joining us so that I will have plenty regions of Iraq, with no access to a PX and with very few of food! creature comforts. The commanders were afraid that this sense of isolation might result in an increased rate of New Classrooms suicide at a time of year when soldiers are especially In case you haven’t been in church lately, the church lonely and miss their families. Our donation really helped school has moved into their new space. It is wonderful to to boost the moral of the troops. have our own place to hold class. While there are still a Just today I (our church) received a plaque few finishing touches needed, they are beautiful and the thanking us for our gifts. It read: children are very happy to be settled. A special thank you 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment celebration for the work crew will be held in May. 82nd Airborne Division Jill Nuttall, Director of Religious Education Certificate of Appreciation Is Presented to STEWARDSHIP 2010 Rev Audrey Walker and the Easthampton The initial phase of the Stewardship pledge campaign for Congregational Church 2010 - P(r)ay it Forward - has come to an end, once again For your holiday support to the Soldiers of the 1st Advise raising more pledge commitments than ever before. Our and Assist Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. Your gracious ECC family raised over $109,500 - GOD BLESS YOU! gifts were a welcomed surprise and provided Great thanks goes out to the entire ECC family, and immeasurable blessings in times when we could not be especially the Stewardship Committee - Marianne Craig, with out families. Thank you very much for your Jane Curran, Sue Delf, Gordie Pilgrim, Betsy Schabacker, kindness, care, and thoughts this Christmas. Paula Stratton, Michelle Swanson, Andrea Zawacki and Lamarquis Knowles John Anz. Now the good work continues as we strive to Command Sergeant Major, USA keep our offerings up with pledges, while spreading the Regimental Sergeant Major good news about ECC to friends old and new, near and Mark R. Stammer far. Join us as we continue the journey! Colonel, USA Stewardship Committee Commanding FROM SHOEBOXES TO BAGS OF LOVE! Please look for this certificate in Fellowship Hall. We will We will no longer be collecting shoeboxes for our have it on display there until we find it a permanent Children’s Christmas gift effort. Instead we will be using home. bags this year - so please do not bring in any shoeboxes - and thank you for all the boxes you have donated in the Blessings and Thank You! past. This change is in response to the concern and Audrey suggestions of those who have participated - the bags will give us the opportunity to give items that will not fit into a shoebox as well as to give more items. OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS Board of Mission and Outreach Our deepest sympathy and prayers go to the families who have recently lost a loved one: the family of Jackie Miller MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE DUE! who died on December 22 and the family of George Kennedy who died on January 9. Every year ECC pays membership dues to the Massachusetts Conference and the Hampshire Association for our church members. Each member is being asked to LEARNING CENTER NEWS make the contribution of $16.80 to cover his/her own Heifer International Mission Project membership dues. The $16.80 is per member of the This February the children in the Learning Community will church. To pay your membership dues, please fill out be once again raising money for Heifer Project. Each child the form included with this newsletter (see calendar) will be filling a coin bank and on Sunday, February 28th and return it to the ECC Church Office with your check as we will hold our bake sale during coffee hour. soon as possible. If you have an offering envelope packet, there is a special envelope included marked dues. Heifer International raises money to send animals to families all over the world who are in need. Heifer’s goal NEW MEMBER SUNDAY is to rid the world of hunger through education and On Sunday, February 7th we will be receiving new training as well as animals. The only thing asked of these members into the life of our church. If you are interested families that they share offspring with other hungry in finding out what being a member of ECC is all about, families. In this way the gift keeps going. please talk with Pastor Walker (church 527-4790, cell: 413-530-1447). Membership preparation includes This year we are doing something a bit different. We are a meeting with the Pastor and attending a breakfast learning about families in the Bible and doing family trees. meeting with the Deacons of ECC on New Members Sunday, February 7th at 8:30am. SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY On February 7th, the Board of Mission and Outreach will sponsor the annual Souper Bowl of Caring. We will have an opportunity to bring cans of soup/food to Worship on the 7th for our Food Cupboard and our board will also serve soup at coffee hour following Worship on that day. Board of Mission and Outreach VALENTINE DIAPER DRIVE On Sunday, February 14th we will be having the Valentine’s Day Diaper Drive for the benefit of the Food Cupboard sponsored by the Board of Mission and Outreach. This is the one time of the year we stock up on disposable diapers. Remember, our theme is “Pamper the Children with Huggies and Luvs”. Board of Mission and Outreach JAZZ SUNDAY The Board of Fellowship and Support will once again host a special Coffee Hour Brunch after the service on Sunday, February 14th. The jazz musicians, who will be playing during the service, will also provide Dixieland music during coffee hour. This is a wonderful celebration held just before Fat Tuesday. Please be sure to plan on joining us for the mardigras coffee hour and if you would, please sign up on the sheet provided on the bulletin board. Donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of the musicians and food. Board of Fellowship and Support ASH WEDNESDAY We will begin our Lenten journey with the Ash Wednesday Service on February 17th at 7pm. ADULT SPRING RETREAT A retreat is being planned for adult members of the church for May 14-16, 2010 at the Craigville Conference Center on the Cape. The cost is $165 per person and includes two over nights and six meals. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you are interested in participating in this event.
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