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  Order Your Fall Mums by September 22nd!  

Every fall, our Church decorates the outdoor steps of the Sanctuary with beautiful, colorful Memorial Chrysanthemums. They will be there for the month of October. If you would like to purchase one or more of the mums "in memory of" or "honor of", or just for someone special, please send a note to the church office. State whether it is in memory or honor of and the name(s), as well as the name(s) of the giver(s). Please include a check made out to "The First Congregational Church". The Memorial Mums are $6.00 each. Also include a phone number in case there are questions.









The Fund Raising Committee is planning a church cookbook for distribution before the holidays. We would like to collect all of your favorite recipes to include in this cookbook.

Recipes can be emailed to Eliza Gifford or Joanna Wheeler.
Hard copies of recipes can also be dropped off in the church office Tuesday through Friday from 9 A.M. - 1 P.M.









Welcome All Congregational Gardeners!
Would you like to join a volunteer group to help spruce up, trim back, and rake fall's debris from our church properties? This is definitely a job men, women, and kids can do on a few Saturdays this fall. We might call ourselves "The Meetinghouse Green Thumbs"!

Please contact Tinker Saltonstall if you are interested in being part of this group.
Announcements will be sent for group activities.




A Word from the Flower Committee


The new flower sign-up chart for 2017 is now available in the Vestry. Reserve your special day early! The flower committee is always looking for volunteers. If anyone would like to donate flowers for a special Sunday, please call Meredith Ryder or sign up on the chart located on the center table in the Vestry. Thank you!





Missions and Outreach


"Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work."   - William Arthur Ward

Although Missions and Outreach has taken the summer off from meeting, we have not taken time off from doing the work of the church....

Recently, we solicited a $1000 item donation from Gifts to Give in the form of backpacks filled with school supplies which we gave to Turning Point in Wareham. Turning Point is in the position to know of local families who could use these backpacks in time for the opening of the school year! We sometimes forget the cost of going back to school, but this year it will be a little bit easier for many local families.

Ruth Cederberg has cleaned out the Friendship Table cabinets in the Community Center in anticipation of our grand reopening this coming September 21st! If you haven't had the opportunity to see the newly renovated Comunity Center Hall, stop by and take a look.

We wold like to take this opportunity to thank Rev. Sheila for her dedication to Missions during her time here. Her faithfulness and guidance have been important factors to the success of our work. She will be missed.

We look forward to another fruitful year and wish to thank everyone for your tireless support of our efforts to uplift the community.

Some Reminders:


Wish Lists (Donation Boxes in the Narthex):


Mobile Ministries: (formally Mobile Loaves and Fishes) will be needing our help to stock the trucks that go to different parts of New Bedford to distribute clothing donated to the homeless. They need raincoats, sweatshirts, lightweight jackets, caps, and socks. There will be a container in the vestry to collect your donations. They go out Mondays and Saturdays with their trucks to outfit the homeless in New Bedford. You generously helped them in the winter with a wonderful supply of clothing. They are very thankful for your support.


Gifts to Give: stuffed animals can be given to the children because of the special process that G to G has to clean them.

Turning Point: Backpacks, Plain and Colored Pencils, Blue and Black Pens, Pencil Sharpeners, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters, Notebooks, 3-Ring Binders, Filler Paper, White Glue, Rulers, Erasers

Mercy Meals: Good Used Books, White Tube Socks

Damien's Pantry: (Please check expiration dates) Hot/Cold Cereals, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Dry Pasta and sauce, Rice, Mac and Cheese, Instant Potatoes, Baked Beans, Soups, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Tuna Fish, Juices


We appreciate your support - we couldn't do what we do without your help!!


Missions Committee: Meg and David Albert, Ruth Cederberg, Sue Kenny, Susan Smith, Susan Taggart




Prayer Shawl Ministry
Meetings will resume in September on Wednesday mornings this year!

Come to knit, crochet, or for conversation.
There is plenty of yarn available in the Office.
Please be sure there are three skeins available for lap robes & 2 skeins for a prayer shawl.

       Call Joanne Inman's with questions and for additional information.


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