For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
- Isaiah 25:4
"Storms don't come to teach us painful lessons, rather they were meant to wash us clean."
- Shannon L. Alder
Pastor Scott is available for prayer and pastoral counseling in his church office Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings each week. Please contact Margaret or Scott to schedule an appointment.
REMEMBER IN PRAYER THOSE IN NURSING HOMES OR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
especially Dorothy Brundige, at home; Lillian Horner, at Connemara Assisted Living in Brockton, and Winnie Robinson, at All American Assisted Living in Hanson.
Our prayers and sympathy are with the family and friends of Jim Coots, loving father of Casey and partner of Kelly Lopes, who passed away on Tuesday, October 12th. Jim is at peace after a long and courageous battle. Casey, Kelly, in-laws Cheryl and George Lopes and Jim’s extended family will need our love and prayers as they mourn his loss. See the printed First News or contact the church for their addresses for cards.
Christmas Shoebox mission time is here. Fill a shoebox with the following items 12” ruler, glue sticks, large erasers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, crayons, small note pad, blunt scissors, single wrapped bar soap, washcloth, toothbrush, socks, kids’ underwear, small toys, etc. For additional gift ideas, log onto the website at: www.samaritanspurse.org Click on the link on the home page for Operation Christmas Child. Again this year, our Mission Project will be to honor the memory of Carol Seward and her nephew Peter McLaughlin. The deadline for returning the shoeboxes is Sunday, October 31st.
WHITMAN FOOD PANTRY:
SPECIAL OFFERING FOR NOVEMBER
Our special offering for November is the Whitman Food pantry. Offering will be taken up on Sunday, November 21st.
Food also continues to be collected for the Pantry. John Barr is our representative, and he sorts, quarantines, and delivers what is collected. Items most needed at this time are cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, turkey gravy, canned yams, boxed Au Gratin and scalloped potatoes, Hamburger Helper, kids’ cereal, and laundry detergent. Thank you for the wonderful response members and friends of FCC Whitman always show!
The Finance Committee met on Tuesday, October 19th. This is the committee's busiest time of year as preparations get underway for the next fiscal year. Plans were made for this year's Stewardship Appeal, with Stewardship Sunday set for November 14. Since the Finance Committee will prepare the recommended budget for 2022 at the November meeting, committees are asked to submit their 2022 budget requests by November 1. This year's budget for the first three quarters of the year was reviewed along with the investment portfolio, which we're pleased to report is providing solid, strong yields.
Ron also gave his Treasurer's Report, including the great news that the Pumpkin Patch is going very, very well so far and may match or exceed last year's record sales.
Next meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.
The Ministry of Christian Education met on October 12th via zoom. Our top discussion and attention mainly focused on Sunday school and teachers.
Sunday School has been going great. We have some new faces.
I love to see the growth.
Below, please find Lauretta Boyce’s email that went out to all families with children in our church: [“Greetings from First Congregational Church Sunday School. We hope this school year is going well for you and your family. Our Church School has started. We have a fantastic program lined up for this year. In order to make it successful, it would be nice to know how many students will be able to come on Sunday mornings. We realize with so many activities on Sunday mornings, plus Covid, it is hard to get to Church. Do you think your child will be able to attend Sunday School?
Hoping to hear from you soon,
Christian Education Committee
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6”]
We need a registration form for all children attending Sunday School. We are hopeful to have an amazing year. We have some new faces teaching. We do need a few subs and helpers. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.
Our upcoming meeting will be November 9th and we will set dates for upcoming events. A couple of examples: Advent Workshop and Christmas Pageant.
Quote of the Month:
Thank God... for what you have; Trust God for what you need.
Love and God Bless,
Donna McGlinchey, Chair of Christian Education