Winter is fast approaching with fall clean up of leaves and downed branches, and whistling winds with colder temperatures. Below are some of the scheduled events during the next two months. 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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It’s time to give of our treasure. You’ve received two letters so far and will hear from a number of Stewardship witnesses speaking about why this church is so important in their lives. Please meditate on that as you consider your financial gift this year. Let’s strengthen our ministries and outreach together.
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
Coming up will be the ecumenical service on November 19 at 7:00 PM at the United Methodist Church for which our choir will combine with others to sing an anthem. The opportunity to sing together in our wider community is a true blessing.
On December 17 at 3:00 PM the choir with some added voices we all know will present a special musical performance of Christmas music. It will be similar to Vespers with a reception following. Finally, there will be music for December 24, Christmas Eve service at 5:00 PM.
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.
On November 25 there will be a Christmas Shopping event for children to get gifts for their parents in the thrift shop, and coffee and cookies will be served upstairs to the drivers of the kids while they are waiting.
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.
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.