Sunday Worship Service - Every Sunday at 10am
interim contact changes
Our Secretary, Shirley, will be out starting 1/3/18, getting another new hip (must have a matched set!). If all goes well, she will return by 1/23/18. Please be sure all reports for the Church annual report are submitted electronically prior to that date. Reverend Ray will be away from January 7 – 21. For pastoral emergencies, please contact Deacon Phil Mayhew at 860-742-7748.
Call to annual meeting
Sunday, January 28, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
To members qualified to vote in Church affairs, Greetings.
In accordance with the By-laws of the Church, you are hereby notified of the Annual Meeting of the First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ), Andover, Connecticut, to be held on Sunday, January 28, 2017, beginning at 12:00 p.m., there and then to act on the following items of business:
- 1. To hear the minutes of the year’s Congregational meetings, and take action thereon.
- 2. To hear the annual reports, and take action thereon.
- 3. To adopt a church goal.
- 4. To adopt a budget for 2018.
- 5. To elect officers, officials, and members of boards and committees.
- 6. To remember members and friends who have died during 2016 & 2017.
- 7. To do and transact any other business that may legally come before the meeting.
- Respectfully submitted, The Church Council.
planning next year's holiday fair
Holiday Fair Update
There is a group of members that are going to work on putting on a holiday craft fair for 2018. Our 2017 Fair was such a success that we are starting early preparations for 2018. The dates we are looking at are: Choice #1 Sat., Dec. 2 or choice #2 Nov. 4th, also a Sat. This will be a fundraising event for the church. We will be asking for the approval of one of these dates from the Council at their first meeting in 2018. We will continue working on the organization of this fair and would appreciate donations of craft items once we assemble a list of desired items. Cathy Campen is the contact. If you would like to join in to make items either at your convenience or with a group you can share your email with her and you'll be added to the email notices for this event. [email@example.com].
annual church meeting
Our annual Church meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2017, beginning at 12:00 p.m. For details see the CALL info, listed above, in the January 4 entry.
Weekly & Monthly Activities - food pantry and supply Sunday
Supply Sunday Continues
Supply Sunday takes place on the last Sunday of each month. We ask people to bring a certain item once a month to help keep the church supplied with basics like paper goods, plastic wrap and the like. This helps to stretch our budget and keep the church supplied with the necessities. For the month of January 2018, we are asking for toilet paper, and 55 gallon garbage bags.
The food pantry hours are held on Monday evenings (5-7pm). There will be no Food Pantry on Monday, January 1. There are additional hours for Senior Citizens at 9 am on the following Wednesdays in January: 3, 17 & 31. Your donations can be left in the box in the foyer leading into the Parish Hall. To find out what items are needed for the food pantry, or to arrange another time to access the food pantry, please talk with Joan Soucy (860) 208-3226. Food Pantry needs for the month are:
Jan. 7- toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex Jan. 14 - juice, canned fruits and vegetables
Jan. 21- canned meat and tuna Jan. 28- soap, shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap
The Mobile Foodshare Van continues to come every other Wednesday with fresh produce and other grocery items for everyone, regardless of income. They will be here from 9 – 9:30 am on Wednesdays, January 10 & 24 . Please bring your own bags.
Pet Food is always appreciated
Special Words from our friends at Foodshare:
Foodshare is involved in a program with CREC called ‘The Relief Center for our Caribbean Friends’ (see poster on the bulletin board outside Parish Hall). They are there to help with victims from last summer’s devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean. They offer: food, clothing. Baby needs, housing and healthcare information, job search assistance, job training information, group counseling and more. If you know of someone who could use this assistance or if you would like to help out, please call 860-422-7095 or go online to www.crec.org/reliefcenter.
Garden tour fundraiser - june 2, 2018
Plans are afoot by 2 of our members – Priscilla Bronke and Julia Haverl – to have a garden tour fundraiser on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Rain date will be Sunday, June 3. This will be the first garden tour held in Andover and will feature six gardens in town, each beautiful and unique, reflecting the personality of the owners. Tickets will be available from the church in advance as well as on the day of the tour. There is a plan to have boxed lunches available (with prior reservations) on the day. There will also be a plant sale (coordinated by Linette Harlow) and Shirley Brown has agreed to handle the publicity. We will need volunteers to be greeters at each garden as well as helpers with the box lunches (Joan Soucy is coordinating that) and the plant sale. Please call Priscilla Bronke at 806-742-8666 or Julia at 860-498-1188 with questions or to volunteer. We are talking with local businesses to get them involved. Andover Country Gardens has already expressed an interest.
First Congregational of Andover found its roots in 1747 with the forming of the Andover Ecclesiastical Society.
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