The fall season is upon us with late summer blooming plants showing their pretty colors for a last hurrah as the leaves on the trees and shrubs change color. We are looking forward to an interesting time of planning for some changes to our church organization and the inspirational Sunday sermons from our Pastor Bill Beardslee. Below are some of the upcoming scheduled activities during the next two months. In addition to the newsletters every two months, there will be additional information in between from our “Bits and Pieces” e-mail system Constant Contact, telling us of any other activities, programs or information updates in the meantime. Sign up for that to keep informed and keep looking at the church website!
We are creating a bi-weekly email update newsletter for Deering Community Church, UCC, called Bits n’ Pieces. The purpose of this endeavor is to enhance our communication. Communication is so vital in any organization. We want everyone interested to know what is happening when decisions are made or proposed. Hard copies will be available outside the Sanctuary and in Sherwood Hall for those who do not have email. We plan to fill in gaps between our wonderful every other month newsletter and provide breaking news of events, volunteer opportunities, and special services. We’ll also include the weekly worship schedule and possible notes from committees and/or the Pastor.
- A gorgeous acoustically fine Sanctuary for weddings, equipped with a grand piano and electronic organ
- A renovated, fully equipped kitchen with two stoves, dishwasher and cooking/eating utensils
- Sherwood Hall for receptions, functions or meetings
- A “Living Room” for small meetings
- An outdoor Pavilion with picnic tables and large grilling pit
September 24: Sitting under a Fig Tree. Maren C. Tirabassi is the author of eighteen books, most recently Gifts in Open Hands: More Resources for the Global Community. She is a former Poet Laureate of Portsmouth and Pastor of the Union United Church of Christ in Madbury. Tirabassi travels throughout the country leading writing workshops on memoirs and poetry. She is involved with other New Hampshire Humanities initiatives, including the Connections adult literacy program.
The Women’s Guild is always looking for new members. Please read our mission to foster friendships and help others, and consider joining the group once a month at our meetings. The Women’s Guild is a non-denominational group of women from neighboring towns, meeting at the Deering Community parish hall the first Wednesday of each month at noon. We bring a bag lunch, and enjoy beverages and a birthday cake provided by the hostess of the month. We have time to chat and enjoy each other’s company during lunch, which is followed by our business meeting. Our purpose is to promote friendship among communities by doing good works and helping those where there is a need. We help run the Deering Church Summer Fair, support a number of charities financially, including the food pantries in Hillsboro and Weare, holiday food basket operations, Hillcat Explorers, Deering Community Church, as well as community welfare and other charitable needs. We pledge a sum yearly to the Deering Community Church where we hold our meetings. We welcome all women from Deering, Weare, Hillsboro and surrounding towns to come and join our convivial little group for fun and friendship each month. Dues are only $5.00 a year. Please drop in and see what you are missing – there is always room at our table.
Attic Treasures Thrift Shop is a new venture sponsored by the Deering Women’s Guild on the last Saturday of each month from 9 am to 1 pm at the Deering Community Church. Donations in good condition are accepted including children’s clothing, household items, books and small furniture, but no electronics please. Drop Off will be received during open hours and other times by appointment. Call Jeanne at 529-2540 or Joyce at 464-3376 to make arrangements. The shop is open the last Saturday morning of each month from 9 am to 1 pm in the church basement area.
The first Saturday of each month, except for holiday weekends, we have a morning workday planned to attend to items that need to be done. The trustees have a list of things to choose from and suggest items for that morning. We have hired a cleaner for the church interior and a mower to keep the grass and grounds looking neat. But there are many other things that need attention and we ask for your time and talent to accomplish these. The day starts at 7 am with a breakfast prepared by Peter Cram followed by the workday from 8 to 10 am. Please give your valuable time and talent to help keep our church in good condition. Our church home, standing in the center of the town, needs as much attention and care as our own homes receive. So come on out and give some of your time to this one Saturday each month. You don’t have to be a church member to do this. We have had some friendly faces from our town pitch in, for which we are very grateful.
The Feed a Teen project continues with 24 bags packed once each month by volunteers. This task is split among four churches, each taking a Friday delivery of grab and go healthy snack foods to supplement the weekend food of “teens in transition” at the Genesis Youth Center in Hillsboro, who may be homeless or come from families in need. We welcome donations of funds, or supplies such as granola bars, juice boxes, small non-refrigerated microwave-able meals, fruit cups, pudding cups, or individual sacks of nuts. The Genesis Youth Center also welcomes a bowl of apples, oranges or snack veggies to offer their young people. The center is open Mon., Wed., and Fridays. Call for their hours: 464-4145 or 731-4269.
Members of WSO continue to support the Goffstown Women’s Prison and will be attending worship service there each month. If you would like to be a regular visitor to the prison, please contact our church office for info on orientation sessions offered by the Department of Corrections.
The Deering Church and WSO make Welcome Baskets for newcomers to our town which contain an array of useful items such as potholders, local maple syrup, and information about our community. Periodically members go around with these baskets welcoming newcomers to our town and answering any questions they might have. If you are new to town and would like a basket, call the church office at 464-5643.
Keep looking at our website — www.deeringcommunitychurch.org — for upcoming events to be announced that may be in the planning stages presently.