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October 2017 Newsletter

In this issue
We understand this is a time of change in our church and life together. We are confident that God is with us as we make plans and move in the direction He leads. At the same time, we do not want to miss this moment when we can reflect, learn, and seek God's way forward.
As a part of processing together, we encourage the church family to come on October 15 for a Service of Prayer and Reflection at 4:00 p.m.; a time of singing, scripture reading, prayer, and sharing. Childcare will be provided. 

The month ahead offers great opportunities to be together as we start up Home Mission Groups, think together about the global church during our Missions Emphasis Week , and reflect on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Please take time to read through this newsletter to see all the various opportunities for ministry involvement. 

We are thankful to be a church founded on Christ and we trust in His guidance every step of the way. 

Kevin Baird
Pastor of Congregational Life

Missions Emphasis Week (MEW)
What can you do to spread the knowledge and love of the Lord both on the North Shore and around the world? Mark your calendars and participate in any or all of the opportunities throughout the week of October 15-22.
Sunday, Oct 15
Morning Worship Services
8:30 am & 11:00 am
  • Learn more about "Lifebridge" through our "Missions Moment" in the Worship Service (Dan Davey and Julie & Gracie Holladay) 
  • Challenge yourself by reading one of the missions focused books set aside in a special display at the Church Library.
  • Encourage a missionary by sending them a personal note. Stop by our table set up in the foyer for details.
Tuesday, Oct 17
Morning Missions Prayer Time (Kimie Kester, Barbara Schnabel)
7:45-8:30 am, Ministry Center Rm 22
Prayer for recent concerns that are most on the hearts of our missionaries.
Thursday, Oct 19
Evening Missions Prayer Time (Paul Kelly, John Tobey)
6:15-7:00 pm, Chapel
Prayer for the children at the Pathri School in India whom our church families have recently begun to support.
Friday, Oct 20
6:45-8:30 pm, 56 Margin St, Salem
Visit and participate in the Bible Study, RSVP to Pastor Kevin Baird
Saturday, Oct 21
Evangelism Workshop
10:00 am - Noon
  • Hear practical tips on sharing Christ with others from Brian & Malisa Ellis (Cru-Boston)
  • Childcare/Children's programming will be provided for nursery age through third grade.
Sunday, Oct 22
Morning Worship Services
8:30 am, 11:00 am
  • Attend the Worship Service where the sermon will be delivered by Andrew, one of our long-term workers in Asia
  • Take part in a combined Adult Sunday School, Heritage Hall, where we will hear from Heather and Andrew, one of our couples working long-term in Asia
  • Support low-income families who live in the Yangqu area of Shanxi Province, China, by purchasing "Evergreen hand-cut cards" at the table set up in the Ministry Center.

Sunday Evening Dinner & Program
6:00-8:00 pm, Heritage Hall
  • Enjoy Asian cuisine, a recap from Tricia Johnson on the time she and Todd recently spent in Thailand, and an update from our Home Missions Groups such as Amirah (Suzanne Soffa)
Looking forward to see you there!
-The Missions Committee 
Serving our Community
Home Mission Groups return this fall as we
partner with three organizations to meet needs in our local communities. 
Home Mission Groups combine two fundamental catalysts for spiritual growth and maturity: Service and Scripture Groups will serve with their ministry partner one week and meet for a Bible study the following week. This basic structure will continue throughout each session. These groups are high commitment with a specific duration. 

We continue our service commitment begun last year with:
  • Blueberry Hill Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
    Two sessions offered: October to January, February to June
  • Amirah House
    One session offered: October to June
New this fall ~ Prison Ministry in Middleton

Prayerfully consider joining a group.
Our kick-off meeting is Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. 
Let us know you are interested - SIGN UP HERE

Prison Aftercare Training
As part of our preparations for a Home Mission Group focusing on prison ministry, 
FCCH is hosting a training on prison aftercare led by New Brothers Fellowship (NBF). NBF Aftercare has been supporting men post-release for 13 years, and they want to help equip the Body of Christ to do the same. Incarceration is nearly an epidemic in our society. One way to combat this problem is to help men and women never return to jail. Aftercare makes a difference. Please join us on October 7 for Prison Aftercare 1.0. This is a FREE program open to anyone interested in learning more about this important ministry. The program will be held in the Chapel from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.  REGISTER HERE

Sunday Dinners
Sunday Dinners begin on October 8! Meet the re-branded Path Fellowships, which will now be known as "Sunday Dinners." These informal gatherings provide an easy way for people to make connections in our congregation, whether you have been attending FCCH for years or came for the first time this week. The time and the location of Sunday Dinners will vary each meeting. Our first dinner is October 8.

Future dates are: October 29, November 12 and December 3. 

Sunday Dinners involve a shared meal, brief discussion, and prayer time. Please invite newcomers and visitors, and feel free to drop in if you haven't attended in the past. Sunday Dinners will be meeting in Topsfield/Ipswich, Hamilton, and Beverly. More hosts are needed, particularly in Beverly. Please c ontact Kerilyn Harkaway Krieger if interested,  

Library News
Did you know that the church library accepts books in memory of a loved one? We have book plates for these special books.  We also would love to have children's books in honor of their birth or birthday.

We thank Jane Robinson for her thoughtful reviews of two selections in our church library:  
Jane Johnson


Important Dates in October

Sunday, October 1
Missions Reception with Syndor's
Café, Noon

Monday, October 2
Children's Ministry
Teacher Update, 7:00 p.m.,
Friday, October 6
Women's Soup-er Supper,
6:30 p.m., Café

Saturday, October 7
Prison Aftercare Training,
10:00 a.m., Chapel 

Sunday, October 8
Sunday Dinners, 
Topsfield, Hamilton

Wednesday, October 11
Home Missions Group
Kick-off, 7:00 p.m.,

Sunday, October 15
Missions Emphasis Week (MEW)

Welcome Milestone,
9:45 a.m., Library

God's House Bake Sale,
9:45 a.m., Heritage Hall

Tuesday, October 17
MEW Prayer Time,
7:45 a.m., Chapel

Thursday, October 19
MEW Prayer Time, 
6:15 p.m., Chapel 

Saturday, October 21
Missions Evangelism Workshop,
10:00 a.m., Heritage Hall

Sunday, October 22
Missions Sunday

All Adult Sunday School,
9:45 a.m., Heritage Hall

Missions Dinner,
6:00 p.m., Heritage Hall

Sunday, October 29
Vespers, 6:00 p.m.,
Children's Ministry  

Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Update on October 2
Now that a few weeks of teaching are under our belt, join us tomorrow, Monday, October 2, in the Café from 7:00-8:30 p.m., as we check-in, problem-solve, plan and pray for our kids! This is the perfect time to iron out any wrinkles you may be experiencing. Your input is valuable and we look forward to seeing you!
Nursery, LPC+ and Toddler Sunday School Vacancies
Be part of something BIG by serving someone SMALL! Several vacancies are still open to claim to serve at 8:30, 9:45 or 11:00. Become part of this vital team! Contact Christine today.
Infant Baptism & Dedication Welcome Milestone Coffee for Parents, October 15
This informational Milestone Coffee is for new and adopting parents, and for parents interested in learning more about these options and have not already done so. Come and hear how this choice can shape opportunities in your family and in your child's faith development in future years. Pastor Chelsea and Christine Hendrickson invite you to join them in the Library, Sunday, October 15 at 9:45 a.m. 
Operation Christmas Child
We have a shoebox collection that will involve our whole church family. This month you will find shopping bags labeled for a particular item in the Fellowship Foyer and the Ministry Center. We are asking that you please fill your bags with that one item and return the bag to the church by November 12. We will then have an Operation Christmas Child packing party for the children and youth during the Sunday school hour. Thank you for helping us to share the love of Jesus with children around the world. 

Save the Date: Teacher Enrichment Night
Tuesday, November 7, Teacher Enrichment Night with guest speakers, Doug and Liz Babbitt focusing on adding  practical approaches to your teacher's toolbox to reach students with differing abilities, personalities and attention spans. We will meet in the Café from 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
Christine Hendrickson
Early Childhood Director  

Kathy Lindsay
Elementary Children's Director  

Men's Ministry

Fall Retreat
The Men's Retreat was held at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center September 22-24. We had 30 men attending - including some men not members of our congregation. Pastor Dan Szatkowski from Cambridge was our speaker and gave a series of messages based upon Psalm 8. The key idea of his message was that God has crowned humanity and "made us a little lower than the angels." (Ps. 8:5)

Dan then pointed out that crowns have points that face upwards, signifying that the one wearing the crown is to acknowledge God, who has given the wearer the authority to do His will. We live our lives either "crown up" or "crown down," serving with our own ends (which ends in disaster) or God's (which ends in life and peace). The men attending enjoyed wonderful worship, teaching, sharing and prayer time together. It was a blessed time that we pray will reap lasting benefits in our lives.

Potluck Men's Breakfast October 28
Come join us for a Potluck Breakfast on Saturday morning, October 28 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in Heritage Hall. Several men from our ministry will be sharing what God taught them on our recent Men's Retreat in September in New Hampshire. Bring a hot breakfast dish to share or pay $5.00. You can sign up with a "clipboard man" after church services October 15 or 22, or contact David Rox at for more information. 


Women's Ministry
Soup-er Supper
Save the date Friday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ministry Cent er, to join with the  Women's Leadership Team as we share how God has drawn us to Him through prayer. You've read the books, heard the talks, been challenged to follow a set path to succeeding in your prayer life. If it is that easy why do we still struggle? It is important to thrive in our walk before the throne of God and we want to encourage you to see that there are a myriad of ways to connect to God and develop a deeper relationship with Him. Bring something to share at our Soup-er Supper or pay $8 at the door. Sign up here.  

Margot Rox
Director of Women's Ministry 
Youth Ministry

  • *NEW* Moms' prayer group begins this Wednesday night during Middle School Youth Group! Join Heather Beville and other moms to pray for our kids and families. Starts at 6:45 p.m. on the second floor of the Ministry Center.  
  • Youth Sunday School Classes (9:45-10:45 every Sunday!)
    6th Graders meet in Room 11 on the first floor of the Ministry Center 
    7th & 8th Graders meet in the Café (adjacent to the Ministry Center kitchen) 
    High Schoolers meet in the Barn starting September 17.
  • High School Youth Group (Tuesdays, 6:45-8:30 p.m.) 
    Join us for a break from the daily grind with games, food, friends, and conversation about authentic faith!
  • Middle School Youth Group (Wednesdays, 6:45-8:30 p.m.) The best night of the week is at it again! 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and their friends are invited to join us every Wednesday night. Don't miss all the high-energy games, worship, teaching, and small group breakouts as we talk this year about Encounters with Jesus!
  • Moms, aunts, sisters, and grandmothers--consider bringing your middle or high school girl to the Women's Soup-er Supper Friday, October 6! Members of the women's ministry team will share about their prayer lives as we enjoy a fall meal together. Sign up here
  • Save the Date for High School/Middle School Winter Retreat! BIG NEWS! FCC Hamilton Youth Ministry is collaborating with three other churches to rent out our OWN weekend of Deep Freeze at Berea! The dates are January 26-28, and we want your student to make plans to join us. More details coming soon!

Our school year got off to a great start at High School Youth Group with a visit from Fancy's Snoballs (a delicious Louisiana treat--imagine a cross between a snow cone and ice cream!) at our Endless Summer Party! 
Because of Christ,

Chelsea Erickson
Youth Pastor 

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Community Happenings

Reformation Celebration Conferenc e
Consider attending the Reformation Celebration Conference, a free conference to be held at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 
October 26 - 28th. 

The Reformation Celebration Conference is on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and is open to all. Given the profound Church and history shaping nature of the Protestant Reformation, the opportunity to attend a conference of this significance, with its many stimulating and enriching lectures, is a privilege right on our doorstep. In addition, the conference features more than a few members of FCCH as speakers!

Please click on this link for information about the conference

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