Sunday Worship Service - Every Sunday at 10am
Waim Work Day - September 16th
Saturday, September 16th is our Work Day at WAIM. Please consider volunteering…. help is needed to sort and hang clothes, work on the dock unloading vehicles, straightening up the kids & pantry areas and any other jobs that need to be done. Volunteering is a great way for teenagers to get their service hours for school. Hours are 9-12 or whatever time you can give. Please contact Betsy Houle, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions.
Homecoming - Rally Sunday
Welcome back to Sunday School! At this time all children will register for Sunday School after the service and coffee hour will be an ice cream social. If you cannot be there or have any questions, please contact Joan Soucy (860-742-8222). Sunday School will start September 24th. Children will attend the church service and then adjourn to their classes with the Sunday School teachers after the children’s story. If your child is hesitant about going with the teachers, it might help if you came with him/her in the beginning. Our Nursery has a changing table, toys and a rocking chair. We need a crib, a pack and play and any other nursery items that you might have that are in good shape. Helpers and teachers are needed for the Sunday School. This can be on a regular basis or for special events. Curriculum and activities will be planned out (we hope well in advance). Please speak to Joan Soucy if you can help out in any way.
Weekly & Monthly Activities - food pantry and supply Sunday
The food pantry hours are held on Monday evenings (5-7pm).
THERE WILL BE NO FOOD PANTRY ON MONDAY, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. There are additional hours for Senior Citizens at 9 am on the following Wednesdays in September: 13 & 27. 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:
Sept. 3 canned meat and tuna
Sept. 10 soap, shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap
Sept. 17 toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex
Sept. 24 juice, canned fruits and vegetables
Pet Food is always appreciated
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 in September . Please bring your own bags.
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 September, we are asking for toilet paper, dish soap, and dessert plates (not Styrofoam!).
Crop Walk - October 1st
Our annual CROP Walk to end hunger with the Gilead and Columbia Congregational Churches is on Sunday October, 1st. Once again our church is hosting this event so we need folks to help in the kitchen, provide food, register walkers, clean up and of course walk and donate! It is an easy walk on the rail tail to Burnap Brook Rd, where the Lundberg Family will be providing refreshments, and back to the church to enjoy a pot luck meal. Registration at 2PM and walk at 3PM. Please contact Betsy Houle, email@example.com, for questions or if you are willing to help.
Winter Craft Fair
Our group has been working diligently for the past few months getting things ready for the craft fair. We have been learning how to make all kinds of new things and having a great time doing it! Sue England plans to offer a workshop on making felted angels (not sure of the date – watch your Sunday bulletin for when it will happen). Starting in September, we will be meeting every Thursday evening from 6 – 8 pm.
We understand some people have been working diligently at home on items to sell. Please let Cathy Campen know what you have been working on so we can get an idea of how much we will have to sell at the event. We have set aside the meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 14 as a day when people can bring in what they have been working on. Just wait until you see some of the fabulous things we have been crafting and stitching! We are also planning two daytime workshops on Tuesdays Sept. 19 & 26 from 10 – 1 each day. Please feel free to join us!
Not a particularly crafty person but don’t want to miss out on all the fun? We are asking for people to donate NEW rolls of festive paper for the gift-wrapped items, plus ribbon, tape and tags. We will need volunteers for setting up on Friday, Dec. 1 from 4-7pm and tearing down on Dec. 2 - a committee of 4 should do it. Volunteers to man the baked goods table (and serve the lunch items and collect money) will also be needed. In addition to the ‘church made’ products, we will be opening up our space to local crafters so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass that information on to Cathy Campen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the church office. Spaces will be approximately 6’ x 8’ and will cost $25.
First Congregational of Andover found its roots in 1747 with the forming of the Andover Ecclesiastical Society.
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