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

Flowers in Church

Plan to attend our church’s annual Christmas concert coming Friday, December 7, 7 p.m. This special concert entitled, “How Great Our Joy,” will be a return to your favorite lovely Christmas carols. Light refreshments will be served. The concert will feature the church’s Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir. Add this wonderful family event to your holiday plans! For more information, see Nella Hobson or Rev. Dave. Ω

Christmas Concert

A new Bible study on the Gospel according to Luke begins Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pilgrim Room. We will be going through the entire Gospel using Engaging God’s Word as a study resource. Our study always includes a time of prayer and good discussion. Join us. Ω

Hat and Mitten Tree

The Dorcas Guild has placed the “Hat and Mitten Tree” in the front of the sanctuary standing ready for your donations of warm knitted items for the area’s children. The Guild will collect hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for children at Pittsfield Elementary School, Blueberry Express Daycare and Barnstead Elementary School. Place your items on the tree or give to any member of the Dorcas Guild through December for distribution in January. We have some remaining knitted items from the fair available in the vestry for your personal use or for the tree. As always, the Dorcas Guild sincerely appreciates your warmhearted support of this aspect of their ministry for community children. Ω

Bible Study

Flowers in church -- If you would like to have flowers placed on the altar in honor or memory of someone, please contact Linda Stasiak. Home 435-0083, Cell 856-6565. A single bouquet is $30.00 and a double bouquet will cost $50. If you wish to purchase your own flowers, you may do so but please notify Linda in advance so she can plan accordingly. Thank you for your support and cooperation. Ω

Annual Meeting

The church’s annual meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27 following worship and will include a potluck lunch. Please bring your favorite dish to share. For those of you responsible for preparing Annual Meeting Reports, this would be a good time to start gathering your information. Ω