First News



JUNE 2019




Monday, May 20, 2019


Committee reports were heard - a few highlights (full reports posted on bulletin board):


·         Christian Ed – The May 1 meeting immediately preceded Confirmation on June 5.  Committee members are making plans for Vacation Bible School in August, Children’s Sunday on June 9, and Sundae Sundays over the summer.

·         Deacons have been very busy arranging for pulpit supply and part-time organists.  Pulpit supply is arranged for May through July except for June 9 (Children’s Sunday) and July 28 which will be a Worship with Song.   Substitute organist coverage is set through June with a brunch fellowship planned for the last Sunday of June, and arrangements are underway for substitute coverage from July onward.  A memorial flower schedule will be set up soon, and church members will be asked to read scripture each week.  Russ is Deacon of the Month in May, Ann in June.

·         The Trustees are handling multiple projects at the parsonage, including lawn maintenance and correction of water usage records with Whitman DPW.  Projects continue at the church – among them, arranging for boiler inspection and ordering chair leg floor protectors for fellowship hall.

·         Ron reported that April receipts exceeded expenses, and year-to-date is also ahead.  Pulpit supply is currently funded from minister’s salary line until the new pastor arrives.  Current cash flow would not cover the full ministerial salary at this time but should self-correct as major fundraisers continue and expenses drop.   In early May, a $3,000 check was transferred by the Board of Investment to the operating budget representing Quarter 1 interest on invested funds.

·         The Finance Committee has made much progress in researching the origins and history of invested memorial funds.  The committee is considering working with an outside portfolio management firm.  Five outside investment management firms have been contacted and will be interviewed as we outline both short- and long-term goals and cash flow needs.  The committee will recommend one firm to the Board.  A survey of church members’ investment preferences will be taken as part of this process, and if the congregation is in favor of allowing an outside management firm to manage the portfolio, the recommended firm will meet with the congregation, and a vote will be taken at a special All-Church meeting.  Three CD’s have just matured and are being transferred into the money market account at Mutual Bank.  The Board voted to accept the recommendation to combine five individual memorial funds held in one CD into a blended fund that supports music-related expenses.


The church has received the $500 UCC grant toward the cost of Rev. Bob Naylor’s consulting work.  By-law revision was put on hold last year; a select few in need of major rewording or revision will soon be looked at by a subcommittee and presented one at a time to the Board and voted on at upcoming All-Church meetings.


The Search Committee has now formed and met three times.  A separate email account has been set up for messages related to the search process and the candidates.  The Board began the process of completing the profile in an effort to get it underway while enlisting search members.  Now that the Search Committee is complete and beginning their work, their profile recommendations have been incorporated, and the profile is now ready for submission to the UCC.  Information contained in the profile will be used for the UCC to incorporate into a job posting for a Designated Term Pastor.


An organizational chart has been drawn up to reflect the current operating structure.  It differs from last year due to the absence of an interim or settled pastor and will change again once a new minister is hired. 


Next meeting – Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.



For use in printed publications, Right-Click on the filename below to download and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" I would like to thank everyone for the love, kindness and support that has been given to me and my family during my brother, Ed Porter’s last weeks of life and after his passing. Although it has been a difficult journey, it has been easier because of our church family’s support.

~Kathy and Mark Hall and family


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 Our prayers and sympathy are with the family and friends of church member Phyllis Titterington, wife of Robert and mother to Lisa and her husband Matt. Phyllis was also Audrey and Anna’s grandmother.  Phyllis died on Tuesday; May 7th peacefully surrounded by her family. A celebration of life was held here on Monday, May 13th.


       God Bless Our Confirmands

                                                 For use in printed publications, Right-Click on the filename below to download and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"     Trevor Dudis                 Michaela Happeny

                                                                           Mark McPherson         Merri McPherson

                                                                           Ava Osborne                 Jackson Preskins


                Search Committee:

The Search Committee for finding a new part-time Minister for our Church has been formed.  In May we had three meetings in which we reviewed and finalized the Profile which will go to UCC.  We voted to set up a meeting with the UCC Association Minister to find out the process for securing a minister.  The Profile was approved at the last Board Meeting.  We would like to thank Jeanne LeBlanc for helping our committee.  Members of the Committee are: Lauretta Boyce, Chairperson, Cheryl Clark, Mark Hall,                                Cheryl Happeny, Mark Iverson, Kelli McPherson and Erin Smith.

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Dorothy Brundige at home;          Jennie Mayer, Life Care Center, West Bridgewater;                                    Winnie Robinson & Bud Talpey, All American Assisted Living, Hanson.                                 . 















  The final meeting of the year will be held this Saturday, June 1st at 11:30 AM.  This will be a pizza and salad lunch served with dessert and beverage.  We will discuss future plans at that time. Men’s Breakfast Group will gather on Saturday, June 8th at 8 AM at Mo’s Place in Hanson. All men of the church are welcome.                                                                  ~Nick Abbatangelo 



Right-Click on the filename below to download this image and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" Please let Donna McGlinchey, the Ministry Christian Education Chairperson, know the names of any graduating students from Middle/Jr. High, High School, or College. You may email her at or see her in church. She will need the list of names by Tuesday, June 4th, so that so that the names of our graduates can be listed in the bulletin on Children’s Sunday.  



Ephesians 5:19:

 “Speaking to one another with hymns, psalms and songs from the spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”


In July we will be celebrating our faith with song!

From the Sunday June 9th, until the Sunday, July 14th there will be song choice sheets in the pews.                                                                                                     List your favorite hymns or songs - old or new- fast or slow.

Please invite your friends and neighbors to enjoy this special service as Linda, our talented organist, will lead us in song on Sunday, July 28th at 9:30 AM!





Hello Everyone,


We had a rather short meeting this month (usually towards the end of the school year they do). We touched base on Children’s Sunday-which will be finalized during our next meeting.


CALLING for a list of all graduates. Please let me know if you are graduating from 8th grade to HS as well as HS graduates and College graduates. If HS are going into college please let me know what college they will be attending.


Cori checks will be needed to approve you for working with our children. We need to stay within our guidelines of our Safe Church Policy. I will be going around shortly with those forms. I apologize to those that I mentioned I will grab one for them and haven’t. I believe I am back on schedule and should be on top of things. Please Pray I will be prepared just in case I get another detour I need to take. Then again, I am ready - I have my windshield wipers in case of rain.


Vacation Bible School’s theme this year is FRUITS OF THE SPIRITS! We need some volunteers for this great week. Monday, August 5th through Thursday, August 8th. Let’s not cancel due to lack of volunteer helpers. The children look forward to this. It is nice and relaxing! Why not come out and spend some time with the younger generation. They may surprise you! They are so eager to learn. Let’s not discourage them but open them up to our faith and watch it soak up.


Sunday Sundaes will be here before we know it. July 7th – August 25th. I will be going around with my lovely spreadsheet asking if you would like to take a day or 2 to teach and/or help. There will need to be 2 adults at all times in the classroom.


Please help we could use some more teachers. Please see me. I have mentioned this before you can do a few days, months, or terms. You don’t have to do the entire year any help would be greatly appreciated. A curriculum has been created for you. There is no guess work or planning. The children have activity sheets that they enjoy doing that follows the lesson theme. Every week they learn something, even if it is social skills and how to communicate without technology. You will not regret it take that chance.


Save the Dates (please note: dates may be tentative but will be confirmed closer to the event-thank you):


June 9th Children’s Sunday-Ice Cream Social

July 7th-Aug. 25th Sunday Sundaes

August 5th-8th VBS (9-12:00)

Sept. 15th Rally Day (first day of Sunday School)

Dec. 1st Advent Workshop

Dec. 15th Children’s Christmas Pageant with a Happy Birthday Jesus cake

Dec. 22nd Children’s Christmas Pageant snow day


The CE’s next meeting is Wednesday, September 4, 2019 – guests are welcome anytime.


WORDS TO LIVE BY: A Monthly quote:


Don’t tell God how BIG your storm is – tell your storm how BIG YOUR GOD is!!


God Bless,

Donna McGlinchey

Chair of the CE





Mission Service - Sunday, June 30th

Emily Perkins, Site Director of the Conway House, will be our special guest speaker!

Breakfast will also be served. Come enjoy pancakes- sausages- ham and muffins.

Everyone is welcome, so spread the word!

A collection box for Conway House is on the stage. You can also leave items on the pews inside the front door of the church.  We sponsor room #8, but supplies are also needed for other rooms.


Items needed are:

Twin sheets, new pillows, blankets, towels, female hygiene products, shampoo, toothpaste etc.

Anything you would need if you had to leave your house with nothing but the clothes on your back.

The shelter gets very little outside funding, so they greatly appreciate any help they receive.   

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The month of June will showcase this special mission.

The last Sunday of June, we will break bread together during a potluck brunch.

To prepare for this special service we need the items to fill the boxes.

Signup sheets are in the fellowship hall and on the back table of the sanctuary.

Donated items can be put in the designated collection bins. We will learn about the Samaritans Purse programs as we sort the donations. Save the date for this special Sunday filled with faith, fun and food!

Visit the Operation Christmas Child Sales Table, as new items are always being added! The proceeds from this table help defer the cost of shipping and the purchase of clothing items. Carol Seward is this mission’s contact person.

Hello again from ‘Ole Steve, or as the guys in my men’s group know me; “Chemosabe”.  It was in late March that I updated you on my “living with cancer” journey.  For starters, I never got the “spring bounce of renewed energy” that I had hoped for.  April turned out to be a very difficult month for me, as far as pain and discomfort go.  I had an ERCP procedure that inserted two biliary stents in the common bile duct, which cleared up the jaundice alright.  Unfortunately, it was followed by a very bad case of old-fashion pancreatitis, and two short hospitalizations.  Finally, my digestive blood markers approached normal again, but I still felt awful.

Well, a CT scan showed that my abdominal cavity was filling up with malignant ascites (fluid), another archaic way the body tries to protect itself.  Now I needed a paracentesis procedure to drain the fluid.  I was so bloated that they drained 3.3 liters the first time, and then 3.4 liters the second time (which weighed about 7.3 pounds).  This wasn’t exactly the new bounce in my step that I had been praying for! As I write this at the end of April,            I find myself still in a lot of discomfort, due to a few more common side effects of cancer, and of which, I will spare you the details.

Recently, I sent a link to my men’s support group about a little ditty called the “Chemo Brain Blues”.  It was recorded by a local artist and chemo patient.  Whenever you feel like laughing and crying at the same time, just let me know, and I’ll send you the link!

In more uplifting news, my oncologist, Annie, and I have decided to try a pill form of chemotherapy.  It is drug that may be helpful in targeting the specific mutations that I currently exhibit.  Again, there are no promises as to what therapeutic value it may have for me, but Chemosabe’s horse seems to like it….just kidding!                                          

Until next time, thank you for all your cards and prayers. The Holy Spirit dwells in all of us and in our Church!


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The deacons wish to take a moment of your time and update you on upcoming guest ministers and special services.

We were blessed to have Miriam from December to April and we are filling our pulpit once again.

The pulpit will have a variety of guest ministers ranging from one week to several weeks in a row.

There will be a variety of styles, since we have a candidate in discernment, two retired ministers and also a minister who grew up in South Carolina.

These gentlemen will fill the pulpit for us through the end of July.


There are three very special services planned for June and July.

June 9th is Children’s Sunday and the Sunday school classes will be leading us as only they can with excitement and enthusiasm!

June 30th we will learn more about our community and mission programs as we join together for a potluck breakfast.

On Sunday, July 28th there will be a service of songs that will lift our spirits high. Everyone will be asked to submit their favorite hymns or songs. Linda will be playing our choices and share some new tunes with us as well.


The deacons are very excited about the guest ministers and the special services planned.  We understand it can be difficult not having the same person at the pulpit each Sunday and we appreciate your patience. We know the ministers we have chosen will share their own special blend of faith and prayer. This is a time to look at what we want for worship, a time to experience something we might not have had a chance to before. Please share your ideas with us using the fellowship pads. Let us know how you liked the service or let us know what you might want to add or remove. This time of transition is a chance to let us know how you would like to make worship special. Invite a friend, relative or neighbor to come to church to share this spirit of faith that is growing in our church.

The deacons are available for any concerns or requests for assistance. There is a deacon of the month posted, but any one of us is available to help.

We do have access to area ministers and can help with contacting one for you.

Please help by notifying us if you know of anyone who is ill, has a special prayer request, needs a ride to church or would like to be visited.

We want everyone to have access to pastoral care if it is needed.

Yours in faith,

Ann DeGrechie – (617) 943-1629                                                                              

Russ Greene      - (781) 447-5047                                                                               

Gail Clement – (617) 838-2842


Guest ministers:

May 26th – Winston Janusz (discernment)

June 2nd and 16th – Reverend Richard Giragosian (retired)

June 23rd and July 7th, 14th and 21st – Reverend Gerald Dowling


Special Services:  June 9thChildren’s Sunday;      June 30thMission Breakfast;     July 28thService of Songs


This historical recollection was written for the Confirmation Class this year and later read at the recognition of 80- and 75-year members.  Some had missed the reading and requested it be printed in the Newsletter.


Some of the things I remembered growing up in our church in the 1930s.

My parents were church members before I was born so it was inevitable that I would grow up in our church.  It was depression times through much of my childhood.  Mom sang in the choir which had 4 sections.  Soprano and Tenor on the left and Altos and Bass on the right.  Dad kept track of me down back.  I remember seeing mom in the choir and I wanted to go to her and started up the aisle on hands and knees.  Just about the time I reached the register (a big grate that covered the duct where hot air heat come upstairs), my dad caught me by the seat of my pants and back I went to sit until church was over.  No nursery in those days.

Other early recollections were of kindergarten.  This was the room used for nursery today.  There was quite a group of us, and we brought our pennies to church.  When the basket was passed, we all sang the song, - Dropping, dropping, hear the pennies fall, everyone for Jesus, he will get them all.  A special treat was at birthday time.  We brought extra pennies, one for each year, and the kids sang Happy Birthday and we got a card from the church. 

By then I was aware of Children’s Sunday as the Kindergarten participated.  All the classes did recitations or sang or in some way took part in that special service.  During the service a cradle was brought forward.  It was filled with tiny bouquets of pansies and bridal wreath (which shed little white flowers all along the carpet).  The names of babies and small children were called, and each was brought forward to receive one of the bouquets.  The stage had pots of geraniums given by a Mrs. Abbie Jenkins and were for us bigger children.

From kindergarten we went to the Primary Depart.  There were 6 classes for grades 1 – 3 with the boys and girls having their own teachers.  (Later, when I was old enough to teach in the Primary room, my class of girls totaled 30 in number and the boy’s class was about 20.  That was about 150 children enrolled in that age group.)  There were no sports scheduled for Sunday morning, that is a more recent church problem

By then I was, of course, in school and was given an allowance of 25 cents a week.  Now that sounds good, but I attended the church service before Sunday school, and I had a box of church envelopes as well as ones for SS.  The church ones had 2 sides and I was expected to use my money to put 5 cents in each side and again for the SS I put 5 cents on the SS side and 1 cent for missions.  You can easily calculate what percentage was left for me to spend.  64% went to church and Sunday School.

There was a Sunday night worship service and a mid-week one that I had the dubious privilege of attending.  When we were about your age, we had Christian Endeavor (Youth Fellowship). CE was in all the churches and we had rallies during the year and met all together and there was an annual Sunrise Service Easter Sunday where we all met in D W Field Park in Brockton.  There was a junior choir.  We filled the front 2 middle pews and turned around to face the people when we sang.  Choir rehearsal was Friday nights before the senior choir practiced.

I expect the Sunday School picnic had been going on for many years before I was in SS.  At the end of the year on a Saturday in June we had a Sunday school picnic.  A couple of buses arrived at 9 am and for 20 cents we could go.  We brought a lunch and were off to Fieldston (Brant Rock) where there was a pavilion and place to change clothes.  By 3 we were well burned and ready to head home.  Later during WW II when gas was rationed, we met at church and marched down to the Whitman railroad station. That was a nice stone building with seats inside and a wood stove to keep you warm in winter.  The down train came, and we were on our way to Plymouth where a town bus took us to the beach.  The same routine, by three we were mostly lobster colored and ready to go home. 

In 1939 I was old enough to be a church member.  We did not have a class, but we did have to appear before the deacons.  Now that was scary as these old guys (they’d be young to me now) asked us questions.  Anyway, I guess they were satisfied as I became a member along with Winnie Robinson at Eastertime in 1939, which is 80 years ago. At that time Easter attendance was usually in the 500 range.  The regular attendance was probably more like 300 or 350.  Back then there were no stores open, no Sunday work except for emergency people, drug stores and such.  Also, there was not much money and people couldn’t afford a vacation home, boats and all the toys people have today.  Your I-phone or whatever it’s called probably cost more than many families had for income all year!  Think about that.

Soon I graduated from high school and my Sunday School days were over as a student, but I did teach classes for several years.  These 16 years of Sunday School memories were happy times.  I made many friends and one in particular, Winnie Robinson, was with me all the way.

~ Carol Seward


Easter Sunday

75 and 80 Years Ago

(1939 and 1944)

Coincidentally Easter was on April 9th both of those years.  Also, two pairs of sisters who are also life-long friends, became church members on those dates. 

In 1939, Winnie Higgins (Robinson) and Carol Tucker (Seward) joined and are the 80-year members.  Joanne Higgins (Tucker) and Nancy Tucker (McLaughlin), their younger sisters, are the 75-year members having joined our church in 1944.  The four still regularly attend services and are active in church activities.




MAINSPRING BAG LUNCH PROGRAM AND CONWAY HOUSE (Our Room!)                          June’s Special Offering       Right-Click on the filename below to download this image and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"                                                                                                                                    Once a month bag lunches are made for Mainspring residents. Food costs have increased as you all know. It now costs us approximately $150 each month to prepare these lunches so your financial support is needed more than ever if we are to keep this project going!  We also take care of re-supplying towels and linens in a room that we have sponsored for many years at the Conway House in Middleborough.  Your generous help with this Special Offering, which will be taken up on Sunday, June 9th, is needed and sincerely appreciated.                 


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The Food Pantry is often asked "what items are most needed" to help supply and stock the shelves. Here are some helpful items, listed below, that are not covered by client's food stamps and are a blessing to the pantry.  They are items that are needed on a regular basis, so donations of these items are always welcomed: All toiletry items, including soap, shampoo, men’s and ladies’ deodorants, tampons and pads, shaving cream, razors, hair spray, tin foil, sandwich bags, plastic wrap, napkins, toothpaste, cleaning supplies and laundry detergent. In addition, the backpacks with school supplies are always a huge help for the client's kids every fall when school is back in session.




Daily Lectionary Scripture References June 2019 (Year C)





Sat., June 1 Psalm 97 Exodus 33:18-23 John 1:14-18

Sun., June 2 Seventh Sunday of Easter: Acts 16:16-34 Psalm 97 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21                                       John 17:20-26

Mon., June 3 Psalm 29 Exodus 40:16-38 Acts 16:35-40                                                                                                           Tues., June 4 Psalm 29 2 Chronicles 5:2-14 Acts 26:19-29                                                                                                        Wed., June 5 Psalm 29 Ezekiel 3:12-21 Luke 9:18-27                                                                                                      Thurs., June 6 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Isaiah 32:11-17 Galatians 5:16-25                                                                                              Fri., June 7 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Isaiah 44:1-4 Galatians 6:7-10                                                                                           Sat., June 8 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 2 Kings 2:1-15a Luke 1:5-17                                                                                           Sun., June 9 Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21 John 14:8-17 [25-27]

Mon., June 10 Psalm 48 Joel 2:18-29 1 Corinthians 2:1-1

Tues., June 11 Psalm 48 Ezekiel 11:14-25 1 Corinthians 2:12-16

Wed., June 12 Psalm 48 Numbers 24:1-14 Luke 1:26-38

Thurs., June 13 Psalm 8 Proverbs 3:13-18 Ephesians 1:17-19

Fri., June 14 Psalm 8 Proverbs 3:19-26 Ephesians 4:1-6

Sat., June 15 Psalm 8 Proverbs 4:1-9 Luke 2:41-52

Sun., June 16 Trinity Sunday Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Psalm 8 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15

Mon., June 17 Psalm 124 Proverbs 7:1-4 Ephesians 4:7-16

Tues., June 18 Psalm 124 Proverbs 8:4-21 Ephesians 5:15-20

Wed., June 19 Psalm 124 Daniel 1:1-21 Luke 1:46b-55

Thurs., June 20 Psalm 42 and 43 Genesis 24:1-21 Romans 2:17-29

Fri., June 21 Psalm 42 and 43 Job 6:14-30 Galatians 3:15-22

Sat., June 22 Psalm 42 and 43 Proverbs 11:3-13 Matthew 9:27-34

Sun., June 23 Second Sunday after Pentecost 1 Kings 19:1-4 [5-7] 8-15a Psalm 42 and 43 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39

Mon., June 24 Psalm 59 2 Kings 9:1-13 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Tues., June 25 Psalm 59 2 Kings 9:14-26 Ephesians 2:11-22

Wed., June 26 Psalm 59 2 Kings 9:30-37 Luke 9:37-43a

Thurs., June 27 Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 1 Kings 22:29-40, 51-53 2 Corinthians 13:5-10

Fri., June 28 Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 2 Kings 1:1-12 Galatians 4:8-20

Sat., June 29 Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 2 Kings 1:13-18; 2:3-5 Luke 9:21-27

Sun., June 30 Third Sunday after Pentecost 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Luke 9:51-62