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  This Weeks Happenings for March 22, 2019

Rev. Timothy Gilbert

Good Morning Congregational Church of Union, UCC,

The scripture reading for Sunday is Luke 13:1-9.  The sermon is entitled "Repent and Bear Fruit....In Time".

The St. Edward Ladies Guild in Stafford Springs is having a Polish Dinner Night  Saturday - April 13, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., at their parish hall on 25 Church Street. More information to come....

A few weeks ago, we had the meeting after church to discuss the Holly Fair.  We are moving forward with the fair.  Heather has split the Holly Fair down to the many jobs required order to proceed.  Many of them have been filled, and many of them have yet to be filled.  Some of them are behind the scene jobs, like advertising, soliciting for donations, and assisting with the vendors who renting a space for the fair.  Heather has a list of what needs to be done, and more than one person can do it, so if you and a friend want to do something together, it can be done so!  If any of those jobs sound like something you would like to do, please contact Rev. Tim, Heather, or Amy .

Our next meeting for the fair will be on April 14th at noon.  The meeting will be held in the sanctuary like before.  Please come if you were unable to make it the first time, or if you are interested in helping in any way.  All are welcome.

The raffle tickets have come in for the quilt!  Rev. Tim is in charge of the quilt and tickets.  The tickets are in packages of 50 tickets each, with a picture of the quilt (in case people want to see what they are buying raffle tickets for!) and separate smaller bags for the money/check and ticket stubs for the raffle.  If you would like to pick up some tickets, let Rev. Tim know.  You can pick them up at the parsonage, or on Sunday mornings.  Rev. Tim will leave a few on the back table with the sign up list.  Just remember to put your name next to your ticket numbers.  Thank you for you help with this.  We are on our way!  

So far, we have a quilt.  We have someone who will cook in the kitchen.  We have some crafters, but could use more.  If you would like to help with crafts, get together, and just have fun, let Rev. Tim know.  The crafting groups will be at the parsonage over time...We have someone for Raffle Baskets.  We have people for the auction.  We have someone for greenery/bow making.  And we have someone for cookie making.  Those are the people who will head the committees.  They will go out and get their volunteers, bakers, crafters, and helpers, to get things done.  I am sure I missed something, but there is time to cover it all.   There will be another meeting in April to check in to see how things are going after the first meeting.

We are still collecting for the food for the food bank.  We will continue to collect canned goods through the rest of March.  Canned goods, like canned beans, vegetables, tomatoes, sauce, most anything you can buy in a can.  Many of the area stores are having sales on canned goods right now, so it works out well to get canned goods at this time.  Thank you for your help in this all important ministry.  And remember, should you buy anything else for the food bank, it will be most welcomed!
Since we are moving forward with the fair, do not put away your gifts that you did not like or have two or three of already!  Those gifts that do not fit, or those gifts you do not like or want.  Donate them to the church for the fair. We can use them  for the raffles or games.  Thank you for thinking of us, and supporting the church.

Can you believe it, but we are on the third week of  Lent, and Easter is not that far away!  Maundy Thursday is April 18th, and we will have a service of Tenebrae at 7PM.  We will make up list in the back of the church for readers.  Good Friday is  on April 19th, and we will have no services that day.  Easter Sunday is on April 21st, and we will have a sign up for Easter Lilies in memory of loved ones who have died.

That's all I have for now.  If you have anything for the happenings page, just let Rev. Tim know.  Send him an email, or call the parsonage at 
(860) 851-8871  You can leave a message on the voicemail, and I will get it.

That's all for now.  God's Blessings on Each and Every One of You