Ted Grimbilas is leading Worship on Sunday
Thomas “Ted” Grimbilas currently lives in Strafford and previously from Portsmouth/North Congregational Church. He has been married to Jodi for 20 years. They have 2 boys, Nicholas, 14, and Christopher, 10, who attend the Shaker Road School. He has worked for OASIS Alignment Services in Rochester for 25 years as the Sales/Project Engineer. His passions are family, friends, vacations, coaching youth sports, Boston sports, and golf.
Mission Trip Participants
Jo Chase, Shelley Frost, Quinn Grady, Terry Mills, Wayne Mills, Bob Murphy, Gayle Murphy, Bill Nickerson, Claire Roberge, Norm Roberge, and Thomas Sheehan will all be on the Mission Trip to the Dominion Republic. They flew out on Friday evening and will be working on a water system, distributing eye glasses, giving out beans, rice, toys, and clothing, and visiting schools and a church in our village. Please keep them in your prayers this coming week. They will be leading worship on February 8 so you will be able to share their experiences. While Gayle is on the Mission Trip, the phone will be checked each day and Rev. Carol Meredith is on call for any pastoral emergencies.
Mission Trip Events on Facebook
Gayle and the group will be posting on to the Facebook Page throughout the Mission Trip. Like us on Facebook and check it out.
On February 18, we will kick off Lent. At 6:00pm, we’ll have a simple soup supper and at 7:00pm there will be a brief Worship Service to bring us into the contemplation of our need for God.
Prepared to Serve
On Saturday, February 21, the NH Conference, UCC, will hold its annual Prepared to Serve Training event. This is one of the best things the Conference does in support of local church ministry. This is a fun day of learning to inspire you, with over 70 workshops, 30 exhibits, great food, fellowship, and Worship. The workshops cover Praying with Art, Creation Spirituality, End of Life preparations, Intergenerational worship, and Conversations with our Conference Minister. Registration materials are on the table outside of Fellowship Hall. Let us know if you are going so we can coordinate rides.
Shovelers are Needed
In order to keep the church clear after every snowstorm, we need people to sign up to shovel for a week. Anytime it snows during that week, we ask you to shovel the walkways and front porch. Plowing and sanding are done by someone else. Sometimes you won’t need to shovel at all; other times, you do!
Our child safety policy requires 2 adults be present whenever there are children present. So each Sunday, we need a rover to be downstairs with our Sunday School children. The responsibility for teaching is with our teacher, so we ask you to step forward for the privilege of being with our children to ensure their safety.
Lunch with Gayle
Just as a reminder, we will NOT gather for lunch this week.
Soup Lunches at the Church
Our wonderful free soup and bread lunch will continue through the winter. Come for
fellowship and food, every Thursday from 11:30am - 1:00pm. We welcome additional help for serving, cooking, or donating money for food. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Betty Smith or Gayle.
Bad Weather Policy
Although we would hope that it would never storm on a Sunday, if it does storm, we are prepared! We will try to have a service if we feel it is at all possible. We want to be there for those who will travel through the snow to go to church. But no matter if we have church or not, if you are not comfortable traveling, please stay home and be safe. The decision to cancel church will be made on Channel 9 and on our telephone answering machine. We will also send out an email to everyone on our email list, which will include something to think and pray about based on what we would have done in Worship.
Only 10 weeks until Spring!!
Have a great week everyone!! ~ Mona