Weekly Email from Pastor Terry

WEEKLY EMAIL

First Congregational Church of Hanover, Massachusetts

From Pastor Terry

johnterry@fcchanover.org

August 9, 2020 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 85)

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for God will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.  Surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. 

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.  Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.  The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.  Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps. 

Invocation

Grant, O Lord, that we may see in you the fulfillment of all our needs, and may turn from every false satisfaction to feed on the true and living bread which you have given us in Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Scripture: I Kings 19:4-12

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: ‘It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, ‘Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.’ He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’

He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.

Sunday Sermon: Word for the Weary

Calendar of Events

OUTDOOR WORSHIP SERVICE this Sunday, August 9.  Safety protocols, such as wearing face masks, will be practiced, and hand sanitizer will be available.  Bring your own chair and enjoy the informal atmosphere of the pine grove. 

This Sunday we celebrate the sacrament of Christian baptism.  Georgia Louise Jackman is the daughter of Matthew and Emily Jackman and the granddaughter of Deborah Jackman.

We will continue to record worship each week to make that available on our website. 

And YOU can help by providing something for the table up front.  If you have something you would like to for the table, just let me know. 

SUNDAY: The summer virtual coffee hour will be at 11:30. 

Come to our virtual Coffee Hour on Sunday at 11:30! Here's the link.

MONDAY BIBLE STUDY AT 7 PM Join in at:  https://zoom.us/j/93375349480pwd=OWlkcjRmV2llaEt0M202RUhKRTA4UT09
Meeting ID: 933 7534 9480
Password: 006430

WEDNESDAY HOUR OF FELLOWSHIP AT 2 PM  Join in at: https://zoom.us/j/5848654652?pwd=WHlDSnlhWkIwc2FGS0c3VWgwNmMzZz09; Meeting ID: 584 865 4652; Password: 531416

WEDNESDAY: Search Committee

EVERYDAY – if you miss seeing someone from church give them a call!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THRIFT SHOP YARD SALE:  A yard sale is planned for Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 to 2:00.  Drop-offs will be accepted at Riley Hall on the three days prior, August 19 & 20 from 10:00 to 2:00, and Friday, August 21 from 12:00-4:00.  Measures will be taken to ensure that all guidelines are followed so shoppers and yard sale personnel may be safe from spreading or catching the Covid virus.  Hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, and social distancing will be required.  The parking lot will be mapped in such a way to maintain the social distancing between customers. 

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE THROUGH AUGUST 23The Social Matters Committee would encourage you to support the fundraising program of School on Wheels (SOWMA).  24,000 children that will start school this Fall are homeless. Regardless of where students will study this fall - school or home - they will need supplies.  Choose from a variety of donations at sowma.bluschoolsupplies.com.  After you Add to Cart, please Add a Note before you hit Check Out that the donation is from the UCC Hanover.   If you are interested in stuffing backpacks for the kids at the SOWMA office, contact Ken Cheo at kcheo@oursalescoach.com or 508-735-5399.

Enjoy The Upper Room devotional on line at: https://www.upperroom.org/standingorderchurches

YOUR OFFERING: Please consider the following options for your weekly offering: 1) Make an online donation to FCC Hanover on our website https://www.fcchanover.org/give-gift/; 2) Mail your check to FCC Hanover, 17 Silver Street, Hanover, MA 02339; 3) Set up an auto- bill pay through your bankYour financial support and your prayer support are much appreciated.

CELEBRATIONS AND CONCERNS: Please email your celebrations and concerns to John Terry or to the church office. 

Please pray for:

  • Desmon Silva, RN, nursing colleague of Jessie Berry
  • The family of Patrick Macuch, father of Noelle Macuch, who passed July 18
  • Jaycee Hall, Ruth Hall’s daughter-in-law, with remitting auto immune disease
  • 6 month old Lucca who has an inoperable tumor
  • John Demoura, grand nephew of Don and Lynn White, in NICU
  • The family of Carol Caldiera, Neil's wife, who passed July 11
  • Antoun Balich, father of Louise Jackson

ATTACHMENT OF THE WEEK

The Rev. Don Remick is Bridge Conference Minister for Innovation: Bringing New Life in Christ Southern New England Conference UCC.  “Because I believe that Living the Love and Justice of Jesus will transform our people, our parishes and our planet.”

After he finished his ministry in Hanover, Don became an Area Conference Minister and is now the Bridge Conference Minister.  He is also responsible at the Conference level for disaster preparedness and response.  He sent this out late last week. 

Friends:

As of this morning a tropical storm in the Atlantic is predicted to strengthen into a hurricane.  Hurricane Isaias has a projected path that could have it make landfall as a hurricane here in New England in the middle of this coming week.  We are in the midst of hurricane season.  So your Conference’s Disaster Resource and Response Team wants to remind you of the resource section of our website.  You will find guidance to help you prepare your homes, congregation and community in the days ahead.  Please follow this link to the main page and take a look at the blogs, preparation and insights found there. https://www.sneucc.org/disasterresource.