With the return of Eastern Standard Time November 3rd and Winter Solstice December 21st, the daylight grows shorter and the dark nights are colder. We have already had two light snow falls in October which portend the changing season. Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays with time for individuals, families and the congregation to celebrate events at our homes and church have arrived. In addition to the church newsletters every two months, there will be additional information from our “Bits and Pieces” e-mail system Constant Contact telling us of any other activities, programs or information updates to fill in the gaps between newsletters. Sign up for that to keep informed and keep looking at the church website!
By the time you read this we will have had a general meeting to review and look more deeply at our proposed New Structure pictured below. Suffice it to say that we hope this will allow us maximum participation of all of you with fewer long term time constraints like in the old committee structure.
- We will now have MINISTRY AREAS.
- Each area has a coordinator.
- Coordinators COORDINATE and do NOT do all the work.
- VOLUNTEERS or program initiators will make real the various ministries with shorter time commitments.
- Hopefully our cherished ministries will continue and new ones will be born with YOUR interest and participation. If you have any questions please ask.
Rather than attempt to pass a new structure and change by-laws at this time we will propose going into the new year with a trial run for the structure. We’ll accumulate experience and be able to judge whether this will work or not. It’s a model that relies on everyone’s participation as they are willing and able. We’ll go with it to the end of the year 2018 unless it very obvious it won’t work.
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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
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 an assortment of charities financially 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.
Take a look at the church newsletter for January and February, shown on this church website, highlighting all the upcoming events to be held during the holiday periods, including some events held in conjunction with other churches in this area. There is a lot going on in the Deering Community Church!
We held a church planning meeting for 2019. Representatives of the Ministry Areas presented dates and times for programs and meetings. It’s never to late to mark your calendars for these highlights for 2019:
- Annual Meeting, January 27 2019 immediately after worship
- Prepared to Serve, February 23, 2019 8:00am-4:pm
- Irish Potluck and Song, March 15, 2019 5:30pm
- Study Group, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, book by Marcus Borg, led by Deanna Raenz, after worship, March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 and 14.
- A Forum on an Earth Day theme, April 28, 2019
- Blessing of the Animals, June 2, 2019, 1:00pm
- A Healing Service, June 6 at 7:00pm
- Three Open and Affirming forums, Sundays, June 9, 23, and 30 after worship
- Worship on the Beach, July 28
- A Film Series July 26, August 16, September 20, 7:00pm at the church.
These are a few of the many opportunities to grow in faith, have fun, and learn new things.
Attic Treasures Thrift Shop is a new venture sponsored by the Deering Women’s Guild is open the last Saturday of each month from 9 am to 1 pm in the Deering Church basement. 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 first Saturday of each month, except for holiday weekends, we have a morning workday planned to attend to items that need to be done, but always check the church calendar for any changes to the workdate. 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.
Keep looking at our website — www.deeringcommunitychurch.org — for upcoming events to be announced that may be in the planning stages presently.