FIRST CHURCH

Biweekly Update

August 27- September 11, 2016

Worship  Schedules
Sunday, August 28
Worship led by Rev. Rebecca Pugh
with liturgy by Judy Eldredge
and music by Joanne McMahon and Jan Schleyerbach
        Sunday, September 4          
Worship led by Melinda Trotti
with liturgy by Mark Allman
and music by Kristen Ledson
(Please note that Holy Communion will be served on September 11)
      Sunday, September 11       
This is the first day of Sunday School
Communion Worship led by Rev. Rebecca Pugh
with liturgy by Liz Krafchuk
and music by Joanne McMahon and the Chancel Choir  

Along the Way Coffee House

Jazz Concert

Saturday, August 27, 7:00 pm

A late summer’s evening of Jazz

‘Devil’s Footprint JAZZ Quartet’

featuring

Eric Duback
Chuck Johnson
Matt Naeger
Seth Persson 

Cost $10 per person
Refreshments available
Info:  978-356-7653,
978-465-0491Tickets available at brownpaperticket.com

Sunday School Starts September 11
 

The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Sunday School starts September 11.  All ages are welcome.  Come at 10 am ; we will all worship together until the Children’s Sermon, and then the children will depart for the Church School.

For further information, please contact
Robin Corder at 978-312-1713 or atrobincorder@gmail.com 

Roof Project update:

Many thanks for the dozens of gifts that have come in this month towards the roof fund.  We are close to meeting our goal to installing a new trim board and roof. The Trustees meet next week to finalize the plans. Jim Moon says this is a great way to not get our heads wet at Sunday Service!

Sincerely,
Pat K. and the Trustees

Work for Peace
and Justice in the World

Address homelessness.  We work with the local organization “Family Promise”, which supports local homeless families as they transition out of homelessness. Our next week is December 19 – 25, and we are preparing to welcome them back. Please speak with Rebecca or Kalapi Johnson if you would like to get involved.

Addiction Recovery in Ipswich: Fifteen angels from First Church and several other congregations and communities are standing by waiting to provide companionship, support, and kindness to addicts who might need help and present themselves to the police station.  If you wish to be a recovery angel, please contact the church office. Our next meeting is Monday, September 12, for a NARCAN training and planning for step two in the program.

Refugee Resettlement:  Join the growing community to work to welcome a new family from Syria to Ipswich. They are almost ready to move to Ipswich; they have almost completed their security check through the State Department and the United Nations. We are currently preparing a new kitchen floor and counter top for the refugees’ new apartment, and hoping to collect a microwave, and a washer and dryer, stackable (electric). Many thanks to the outpouring of kitchen and household donations.

VOTE

“Our faith, our vote, our voice” is the UCC’s movement to invite congregations to participate in non-partisan political programs to engage the voting rights of all.  Pick up a button on the table in the Meetinghouse and speak with Rebecca or Jan Colter for more information, and vote! Get your friends and family to vote!  Register your children to vote! Register your grandparents!

This Week’s Calendar

Saturday, August 27
10:30 am ~ AA in the parlor
7:00 pm ~ Jazz Concert, Along the Way Coffee House
Sunday, August 28
10:00 am ~ Worship, Rebecca Pugh

Wednesday, August 31
6:15 pm ~ AA
7:00 pm ~ Al Anon

Thursday, September 1
7:30 pm ~ Trustees meeting

Friday, September 2
9:00 am ~ Women’s AA

Saturday, September 3
10:30 am ~ AA

Sunday, September 4  
10:00 am ~ Worship, led by Melinda Trotti and Mark Allman

Wednesday, September 7
6:15 pm ~ AA
7:00 pm ~ Al Anon

Friday, September 9

9:00 am ~ Women’s AA

Saturday, September 10
10:30 am ~ AA

Sunday, September 11
10:00 am ~ Communion Worship, led by Rebecca Pugh         and Liz Krafchuk
Sunday School starts today

Office closed for vacation,

August 31 – September 6

If you need an emergency minister,

please call the Rowley UCC church;

our friend Bob Hagopian is covering for Rebecca:

Rowley UCC:  978-948-3993

Support First Church in Your Will

Leave a legacy that lasts, for the congregation of First Church and its outreach to the world, with a simple note in your will to leave the Church a percentage of your savings when you no longer need them. For more information, speak with the Finance Committee.

Weekly newsletter: August 20-27, 2016

FIRST CHURCH

Weekly Update

August 20-27, 2016

Worship  Schedule

Sunday, August 21

Worship led by
Rev. Rebecca Pugh

with liturgy by

Steve Hughes

‘Health’

Music by
Joanne McMahon

and Eric Duback 

Along the Way Coffee House
Jazz Concert

Saturday, August 27
7:00 pm

A late summer’s evening of Jazz

‘Devil’s Footprint JAZZ Quartet’

featuring

Eric Duback
Chuck Johnson
Matt Naeger
Seth Persson

Cost $10. per person
Refreshments available

Info:  978-356-7653,
978-465-0491

Tickets available at brownpaperticket.com

Roof Project update:

Many thanks for the dozens of gifts that have come in this month towards the roof fund.  As we come close to meeting our goal to installing a new trim board and roof, we are so grateful for the help of the congregation.  We welcome welcome a few more pledges at the end of the campaign, and the roofing work will start in September.

Sincerely,
Pat K. and the Trustees of First Church

Sunday School Starts September 11
 

The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Sunday School starts September 11, and that all ages are welcome.

For further information, please contact
Robin Corder at 978-312-1713 or at robincorder@gmail.com 

Work for Peace
and Justice in the World

Address homelessness.  We work with the local organization “Family Promise”, which supports local homeless families as they transition out of homelessness.  Please speak with Rebecca or Kalapi Johnson if you would like to get involved, or log onto http://signup.com/go/c215bz to sign up.

Addiction Recovery in Ipswich: Fifteen angels from First Church and several other congregations and communities are standing by waiting to provide companionship, support, and kindness to addicts who might need help and present themselves to the police station.  The angels meet this coming Monday at 9am at First Church.

Refugee Resettlement:  Join the growing community to work to welcome a new family from Syria to Ipswich. We are currently preparing a new kitchen floor and counter top for the refugees’ new apartment, and hoping to collect a microwave, and a washer and dryer, stackable (electric). Many thanks to the outpouring of kitchen donations; we are saving them all and putting the kitchen stocking on hold for a week or two while we finish the kitchen floor and countertop.

VOTE

“Our faith, our vote, our voice” is the UCC’s movement to invite congregations to participate in a variety of non-partisan political programs to engage and protect the voting rights of all.  Pick up a button on the table in the Meetinghouse and speak with Rebecca or Jan Colter for more information.

This Week’s Calendar

Saturday, August 20
10:30 am ~ AA in the parlor

Sunday, August 21
10:00 am ~ Worship

Monday, August 22
9:00 am ~ PAARI Angels in Ipswich meet in the church parlor

Wednesday, August 24
6:15 pm ~ AA
7:00 pm ~ Al Anon

Friday, August 26
9:00 am ~ Women’s AA

Saturday, August 27
10:30 am ~ AA in the parlor
7:00 pm ~ Jazz Concert, Along the Way Coffee House

Support First Church in Your Will

Leave a legacy that lasts, for the congregation of First Church and its outreach to the world with a simple note in your will to leave the Church a percentage of your savings when you no longer need them. For more information, speak with the Finance Committee.

Weekly newsletter: August 13-20, 2016

FIRST CHURCH

Weekly Update

August 13-20, 2016

Worship  Schedule
Sunday, August 14

Worship led by
Rev. Rebecca Pugh
 
Worship Theme: Loneliness

Music by Joanne McMahon
and Lucas Callahan
Roof Project update:

We want to thank the congregation for the seventeen checks and five pledges that came in during the first two weeks of the roof fundraiser. As we come closer to meeting our goal to installing a new trim board and roof, we welcome your additional donations and pledges.
We are so grateful for your help.
Here is the background, for anybody who missed Pat Kriksceonaitis’ letter in July.  After several years of patching and discussions on how to repair the roof and trim in sections, we could come to only one conclusion. It’s not cost effective to do it this way. To repair it in little pieces is costly and never ending. The Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall and adjoining offices and classrooms comprise a large structure. It’s a big project. We need a new roof and trim.
The roof is original from the 1971 church rebuild from the 1965 lightning strike and fire. This 45 year old roof has served us well but is getting tired. There was storm damage in 2012 on the east side of the sanctuary, and parts of that roof blew away in the wind. This was reshingled and is in good shape. Today the west side needs to be done along with the Fellowship Hall roof.
Cost estimates are $35,000 to $45,000, depending on what we find under the shingles, and $18,000 to $20,000 for trim replacement for a total project cost of $65,000. The church has $20,000 in the roof fund; the Memorials committee has pledged $15,000. This adds up to $35,000 leaving us a shortfall of $30,000.
How can we raise this amount to protect our church buildings for the next 45 years? At the moment we have received matching grants for the first $8,500 that come in, and gifts have been coming in steadily towards this goal. You may also wish to put in a matching grant, or a donation; we would welcome it. With a little bit of effort and a new roof and trim, the church will be something to be proud of for the next several generations. Please consider contributing to our roof project and keeping the congregation dry for another day. We hope to complete the project by August 15, after which we will have a celebration.
Sincerely,
Pat K. and the Trustees of First Church

Board of Education

Sunday School Teachers Needed
 

The Board of Education is looking for two teachers this fall, to teach the Pre-k-1st grade class and the 4-5th grade class.  This is a great opportunity to dig into the Scriptures and learn its secrets. No teaching experience is necessary.  The curriculum is easy to follow and well organized.

Two or more teachers are assigned to each class and teaching is alternated weekly, or as is convenient.  Furthermore, there is no school on Communion Sundays and school vacations.  The amount of teaching required is approximately 6 times per semester.  We also have substitute teachers available and help from the Board of Education.

Please consider teaching our children.  The experience is truly rewarding and enjoyable.   For further information, please contact Robin Corder at 978-312-1713 or at robincorder@gmail.com 

Work for Peace
and Justice in the World

Address homelessness.  We work with the local organization “Family Promise”, which supports local homeless families as they transition out of homelessness. This coming Sunday, three new mothers and three new children, ages 2, 4, and 13, will come. We provide the meals and moral support. Please speak with Rebecca or Kalapi Johnson if you would like to get involved, or log onto http://signup.com/go/c215bz to sign up.

Addiction Recovery in Ipswich: Are you an addict? Do you have a family member or neighbor who has asked you for help? Project HOPE began in Ipswich on Friday, July 1. Addicts seeking treatment are welcome at the police station, no questions asked, and the police and local volunteers will find treatment centers. Fifteen angels from First Church and several other congregations and communities are standing by waiting to provide companionship, support, and kindness.  In addition, a new NA meeting has begun at the Methodist church, Friday nights at 7:00. Enter in the back by the library.  First Church is also home to three AA meetings: Wednesday night, 6:15, Friday morning women’s meeting, 9am, and Saturday morning, 10:30.

Refugee Resettlement:  Join the growing community to work to welcome a new family from Syria to Ipswich. We are currently preparing a new kitchen floor and counter top for the refugees’ new apartment, and hoping to collect a microwave, a washer and dryer, stackable (electric) and several other furnishings, to be posted soon. Many thanks to the outpouring of kitchen donations; we are saving them all and putting the kitchen stocking on hold for a week or two while we finish the kitchen floor and countertop.

VOTE

“Our faith, our vote, our voice” is the UCC’s movement to invite congregations to participate in a variety of non-partisan political programs to engage and protect the voting rights of all.  Pick up a button on the table in the Meetinghouse and speak with Rebecca or Jan Colter for more information.

This Week’s Calendar

Saturday, August 13
10:30 am ~ AA in the parlor

Sunday, August 14
10:00 am ~ Worship

Wednesday, August 17
6:15 pm ~ AA
7:00 pm ~ Al Anon

Friday, August 19
9:00 am ~ Women’s AA

Saturday, August 20
10:30 am ~ AA in the parlor

Support First Church in Your Will

Leave a legacy that lasts, for the congregation of First Church and its outreach to the world with a simple note in your will to leave the Church a percentage of your savings when you no longer need them. For  more information, speak with the Finance Committee.

Youth Groups

First Church has 3 Youth Groups which meet for community service, pilgrimmage, fellowship and prayer.

Middle School, Grades 6 -8

High School, Grades 9 – 12

Young Adults, ages 19-29

We offer several hikes and mountain climbs, a rich First Communion Program, and a Confirmation Retreat series in the Spring.  Our Youth Leaders are Beth Biehmann, Rebecca Pugh, Mary Lou Bates, and several winderful parent volunteers.

 

Music Info

First Church celebrates God’s goodness and wonder through music and arts.

First Church Chancel Choir: Sings every Sunday in worship, rehearses Thursdays at 7pm. Conducted by Joanne McMahon.  joannezpl@yahoo.com

First Church Children’s Bell Choir: Plays the First Sunday of the month in worship, rehearses after church. Conducted by Emily Allman emilyallman8@gmail.com

First Church Children’s orchestra, plays once a season, rehearses after church. Conducted by Lucas Callahan lpcallahan14@gmail.com

First Church Chamber Orchestra, plays once a season, conducted by Joanne McMahon joannezpl@yahoo.com