The Chimes Newsletter 
    
                           
Federated Church of Ashland 
118 Main Street 
Ashland, MA 01721-3112

                                                                 
October 2017

Pastoral Search

The Pastoral Search Committee has been meeting twice a month for the past few months and diligently continues to identify the best Pastor for the Federated Church of Ashland.   It is the Committee's goal to call a new Pastor by December.

The first step was to write a thorough "Church Profile."   This exhaustive document thoroughly explains every aspect of our Church including the improvements we hope a new Pastor will provide.   The "Church Profile" was then presented to the Board of Deacons and Church Council for their approval; which it received.

Next, the Pastoral Search Committee met with people experienced in calling a new Pastor to service in a Church.   The Pastoral Search Committee learned from those individuals the best way to conduct a search for a new Pastor.

After that, the Pastoral Search Committee spoke to representatives from each of the three major denominations comprising the Federated Church of Ashland.   The Committee met with a representative of the UCC, then the Methodists, and then the Baptists.   Each of those people sought additional information from the Committee which the Committee then collected and presented.

The Pastoral Search Committee is finally now in the process of interviewing candidates.    Some interviews are complete and others are being scheduled for the next few weeks.   Once the Pastoral Search Committee is satisfied that it has completed interviews with a sufficient variety of candidates, the Committee will present its recommendations to the Board of Deacons and Church Council.   That presentation will likely take place sometime in November of this year.

The Pastoral Search Committee consists of Ruth Hanning, Busi Maswoswe, Porter Woodward and Brett Walker.   All four will welcome any specific questions about the process or the progress of the Pastoral Search Committee.

Christian Education classes of the 2017-2018 session commenced on September 17th. We welcome a broad range of age in our one room Sunday school, from toddlers through early teens. If you would like your child to attend, please fill out a registration form. You may call the Church Office at 
508-881-1355 and Linda will send you a form or they are available in the classroom or in the Narthex.
 
We are starting off our Fall/Winter classes this year learning about some of the Prophets and Kings of the Old Testament. My hope is that these lessons will pave the way toward appreciating the meaning of Advent and show how long people were looking forward to their promised Savior. These lessons are based on the one room Sunday school model. There is something here for each age group to learn.

Yucchi Cote, CE Coodinator

   
   " Homecoming Sunday
         
On September 24th, following our worship service, we all gathered upstairs in Fellowship Hall for a delicious brunch. It is always nice to see everyone.  Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed food.  We couldn't have done it without you!    
                               
The PUMPKINS are on schedule to arrive on.....
Sunday, October 1st at 12:30
 

If you are available, please help us unload the truck on Sunday!    




We will unload them from the truck and scatter them all over the front lawn of the Church. 

This will create photo opportunities for people passing by the Church, as well as an opportunity to purchase them. 

If you have shared in this seasonal tradition, we welcome you back during the month of October. If you are looking for a new tradition come and hunt for the perfect pumpkin at our Pumpkin Patch.  Bring the kids and take pictures.

Thank you for your support!



Brown Bag Sunday  
October 15th

Please remember to bring in 
non-perishable food items and/or toiletries and place them in the bins in the Narthex.
 
 Thank you for your support! 
 
 
IT's ALMOST HERE.....
Our 64 th  Annual Church FAIR
Saturday, October 21
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Did you Save the Date?  Please come to the FAIR!  Y
ou will find Delicious Baked Goods, Fudge, Jewelry, the Boutique, Raffles, Hand Knitted Items including Baby Sweaters, ETC., ETC.!   Our Thrift Shop will be open too and they have lots of books for all ages!  

Plan to stay for lunch - we will be serving our "Famous" TURKEY DIVAN as well as sandwiches and homemade desserts.  AND don't forget to visit our Pumpkin Patch and pick out your favorite
PUMPKIN!   See you on the 21st!    
  
 
 
OH! AND Remember LAST YEAR'S BOUNCY HOUSE .....

It's coming back, so bring the Kids and their Friends too!  
 
  Family Promise Metrowest 

DID YOU KNOW that one out of every four people who is homeless is a child?  Or, that families with children make up 40% of the people in this country who are homeless?  Family homelessness is a national problem.

The week of October 22-29 is Family Promise Week.  Our local Affiliate, Family Promise Metrowest is one of 207 programs across the country uniting the faith community to help children and their families who are homeless. Family Promise Week will raise awareness about the issue as well as celebrate the service of our congregation and others to serve our brothers and sisters in need.  You can participate in Family Promise Week by signing up to volunteer, telling others about Family Promise Metrowest or joining us in celebration at Keep the Promise: a Food Tasting and Auction on Saturday, October 28. 

Christmas Bake Shoppe
Saturday, December 16th
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Have you thumbed through your recipes and decided what you will be making for the Bake Sale?  We hope to be able to offer a variety of Cookies, Fudge, Cakes, Spiced Nuts, ETC! 

We will have eye catching signs on the front lawn of the Church advertising our Bake Sale.  So, look through your files and find your favorite family holiday recipes and start planning what you will be making.  Perhaps we can have the recipes available as well?  Some of these recipes have been around for a very long time and have been passed down from one generation to another.  Let's keep them going!
      Thrift Shop News  

The Thrift Shop is OPEN on Wednesdays from 10 AM - 7 PM.

Our last  Saturday,  during the Ashland Farmer's Market, will be October 7th from  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

We will also be open on FAIR day, Saturday, October 21st 9 AM - 2 PM.

All donations may be dropped off when the Shop is Open.

 Thank you for your support!

From the Diaconate
 
To say that the summer and into the fall have been interesting is an understatement!!
 
We have managed to keep the pulpit filled and have been blessed by the messages from eight different Pastors.  The feedback has been positive and we are grateful to our faithful congregation. From all of the supply Pastor's, we have received such encouragement about our Church and its Missions.  Each one has congratulated us on being able to continue all of these programs under the circumstances.  They have all offered words of hope for our Church and have all said that it is important to stay true to what we as a congregation really want in our next Pastor.  We hope that it is a comfort to all of you that others view us with admiration.  We have been told multiple times that they believe that God has a plan for us and that He will provide for our needs.  We believe that and hope that you will also.
 
As for the future, we have filled the pulpit for October and November and I think most of December.  We have Katie Keene filling in for 8 Sundays and Jack Patrick Lewis will be with us on October 29th and November 5th.  We have had the privilege of hearing messages from both Katie and Jack during the summer. 
 
If, in the interim, the Search Committee has found a candidate, we will have them preach when they are available.  The supply Pastors are aware that we may ask them to step down on any given Sunday and they are more than happy to do so.  The goal for all of us is to have a settled Pastor in place as soon as a suitable person is found.
 
We would also like to take this time to thank all of those responsible for our Homecoming service and brunch on September 24th.  The Just Peace Players were our guests and delivered a message of Love, Hope and Courage from the women of the Greatest Generation.  We followed that with a very nice brunch in Fellowship Hall.  So nice to see so many in attendance and the food was plentiful and oh so good!!
 
Once again, we would like to thank our congregation for hanging in during this time of transition.  Your encouragement and support means more to us than you can imagine.
 
The Deacons have also tried to maintain contact with our less mobile members by calls and cards and visits.  If anyone knows of a member that would like a visit, a call or a card, please contact Linda at the office and she will get in touch with one of us.  Or please feel free to talk to any of us at Church.  We appreciate your input. 
 
Blessings, Pam Dunham and Melanie Conner
Co-Chairs of the Deacons

   
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Our Members' Birthdays                               
       
                  October
               10/2       Ruth Norton
               10/2       Luca Mateo
               10/4       Cynthia Winterhalter
               10/7       Aarda Aarden

           November
11/15          Arlene Ripley
11/23          Pam Dunham

Happy Birthday to One and All!


                       Whatever you say, say with kindness.

                                                                    - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Federated Church of Ashland

118 Main Street
Ashland, MA  01721-3112
508-881-1355

 

  Church Office Hours:   Monday - Friday 9 AM TO 12 Noon

 

Office Manager - Linda Iarussi

CE Coordinator - Yucchabelle Cote

Organist - Doug Shelburne

 

Church Office:   fcoaoffice@verizon.net

     Web Site:   federatedchurchofashland.org

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