History of the First Congregational Church

Larry Berkson has researched, written and published a two volume History of The First Congregational Church. He has very generously donated the results of his endeavor to our church so that anyone wishing to own these volumes may do so. All proceeds will be deposited in the newly established Quintin B. Berkson Memorial Fund at First Congregational. The interest from this account is to be used for the benefit of the church. This fund is in memory of Larry and his wife Susan’s son Quintin, who passed away at a young age.

The two-volume set will be sold at $35 and can be purchased after church during Fellowship Hour or by contacting Susan Bleckmann to reserve your copies. Ω

Christmas Poinsettias 

A sign-up sheet to lead a Children’s Sunday School Rotation workshop is available in the Pilgrim Room. If you like science, cooking, art, storytelling, crafts, we need you! Thanks. Ω

Sunday School Leaders
Christmas Fair

 The Dorcas Guild is in the final planning stages of its 2019 Christmas Fair, Bake Sale, Silent Auction and Luncheon, to be held this year on Saturday, November 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our church vestry and Pilgrim Room. The Silent Auction ends at the close of the fair – 2 p.m. As always, we look forward to receiving any handcrafted items you have made, jewelry items, gourmet products, etc. and those special items for the Unique Boutique. Bring them to the church as available, but no later than Wednesday, November 13 from 10-2, and give them to Kathy Bergeron, Barbara Burr or Nella Hobson.

We also welcome your baked goods for our food table, which would be due the afternoon of November 22 or the morning of the fair. As in past years, a corn chowder and sandwich lunch with homemade pies will also be available the day of the fair. The Dorcas Guild sincerely thanks you for all your support! Ω

Thanksgiving Baskets

Order forms for this year’s poinsettias are available in the vestry or speak to Leslie Vogt or Barbara Burr. Two sizes are available: medium for a cost of $10.00 and large for a cost of $15.00. Color choices are red, white and pink. You can place your order through November 24. The poinsettias are grown at Ledgeview Gardens, Loudon, and will be in church for advent festivities – starting with the Christmas concert on December 20. If you wish to pay by check, please make your check out to First Congregational Church and specify “poinsettias” on the notation line. You may also send your order to the church, Attn: Poinsettias. Thank you. Ω

As in previous years, the Sunday School children will be collecting food items to make Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. The Sunday School purchases the turkeys, but all of the trimmings are needed. Donations of items like stuffing, potatoes, canned vegetables, etc. are needed.

Items will be collected through Sunday, November 24. Monetary donations to the Sunday School are also welcome. Thank you so much for your support of this mission. Ω