Weekly newsletter: October 22-29, 2016


Weekly Update
October 22-29, 2016

Worship  Schedule
Sunday, October 23


Worship led by: Rev. Rebecca Pugh

With a talk on gratitude and forgiveness by the middle school youth, and a stewardship message by Beth Viehmann

Liturgist: Amy Pigeon

Music: Joanne McMahon, Chloe Doonan, Dan Buletza
Hospitality team: Pat Smith, Susan Warner

Youth Groups 

The Middle School Youth Group speaks this Sunday about their hike to Mt. Agamenticus and their letter writing, and meets after church to plan their next adventure, for the week of November 5th.

The Senior High Community Service Project November 6 is an early morning gathering to do community service, baking for the congregation, and brainstorming about anti-racism work.

Bible Study ~ Non-Holiday Mondays  

Come to the Ipswich Inn for coffee and pastries and Bible Study, 10:00 am Mondays, as we study the Scriptures for the following Sunday’s worship.
Monday October 24: Luke 19:1-10

Our Stewardship campaign is entering our third and final week.

This week is the last week of our Stewardship campaign, and our chance to bring our tithes and offerings to church.  It has been a wonderful year to be a part of the First Church in Ipswich, and to watch the roof go on, the clock come home after 50 years in ashes, and the youth groups and Sunday School programs grow so vibrantly.  We find ourselves to be short in our regular October balance in the general funds, so it is a great time to pledge to support the church.

Work for Peace and Justice in the World

Address homelessness.  We work with the local organization “Family Promise,” which supports local families as they transition out of homelessness.  Our next week is December 19 – 25, and we are planning on cooking and offering tutoring and play time with children.

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.

Refugee Resettlement:  Many changes have come this week as we work to welcome a refugee family to Ipswich. The Syrian fine arts scholar, Mariam, and her family, who we have been preparing a house for on High Street, has decided to go to California instead of coming to Ipswich. We wish them all the best, and we are sorry not to have the chance to know them. Instead, we are reaching out to Catholic Charities to invite another refugee family to Ipswich who most needs us.  If you have been a part of the ongoing donations for Mariam’s family, we are at a turning point: we have the chance to share portions of these gifts with her mother, who is settling in Lynn, and we also have the chance to save portions of them here in Ipswich for the next family who comes. You can let us know your preference.  For those who made financial gifts, we will be calling you to ask what your choice is for the destination of your gift.  In addition, our friend Farah, who is here from Iran, will be moving to her own home, and she will need assistance as well; gifts and donations for the settling of Farah are gratefully accepted at the church.


12 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich, MA

Saturday, October 29
7:00 pm

‘John Roberts’

John Roberts is a world class singer of English Ballads and songs of the sea, while playing the English concertina, banjo, or guitar.

Cost – $10, Refreshments available.              

We welcome new volunteers to help with baking, ticket sales, set up and take down.


Sunday, October 30,  11:30 am in Rebecca’s office.

‘A Man Called Ove’

 by Fredrik Backman

This is a book written from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on it’s head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.


Sunday, November 6, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
in Fellowship Hall

This is a fundraiser to support our Christmas music
and the church’s general operating fund.
Helpers are welcome.

This Week’s Calendar

Saturday, October 22
10:30 am ~ AA
Sunday, October 23
10:00 am ~ Worship
10:15 am ~ Sunday School
Monday, October 24
10:00 am ~ Bible Study at Ipswich Inn
7:30 pm ~ Deacons
Wednesday, October 26
6:15 pm ~ AA
7:00 pm ~ Al-Anon
Thursday, October 27
7:00 pm ~ Choir
Friday, October 28
9:00 am ~ Women’s AA
Saturday, October 29
10:30 am ~ AA
7:00 pm ~ John Roberts at the 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.