August 2018
“This is what the Lord says to me:
“I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place,
like shimmering heat in the sunshine,
like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”" Isaiah 18:4 

Be Sure to Scroll Down to See July Photos and Videos

August Highlights Include:
  • Community End-of-Summer Fiesta Supper - August 26th
  • Homecoming Sunday right around the corner - September 9th!
July Sermons:
Summer Calendar of Events

Miss ion Items of the Month - School supplies and backpacks for Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter back-to-school backpack drive .
  • Aug 8 - Deadline for school supplies donations
  • Aug 10 - Ash Street Shelter dinner preparation
  • Aug 15 - September Chimes deadline
  • Aug 19 - Children's Activity During Worship
  • Aug 26 - Community End-of-Summer Fiesta Supper!
  • Aug 27 - CE Board Meeting
  • September - Church Boards resume regular meeting schedule
  • Sept 2 - Last summer worship schedule (9:30 am worship only)
  • Sept 5 - Sunday School Teacher Training
  • Sept 9 - Homecoming Sunday, Sunday School begins, School-year church service schedule begins (9:00am and 10:30am services with Sunday School and nursery services at 10:30am service), All-Church Picnic

C  lick HERE for summer calendar times
Faith Formation (Christian Education) News
Summer Activity Time for Kids on August 19th 
While our weekly Sunday School classes are on a break until September, we will be offering kids’ activity time during the 9:30 service August 19th. Games and activities will be provided for PreK-Grade 5, and nursery care upon request. Any questions please email .
Vacation Bible School Thank You!
The church was filled with fun and laughter from July 23 - 26 during VBS! Adults and kids alike learned about The Fruits of the Spirit through worship, music, crafts, science, woodworking, games, and snacks. Lee Harper even brought in a live caterpillar exhibit which was enjoyed by both adults and kids. Thanks to Janet Sterritt, the 5th and 6th graders performed a beautiful bells routine on Thursday without ever having played prior to Monday (scroll down to see video of the bells performance as well as lots of pictures of the week's activities)

35 children attended, with 16 of them being from families new to the church. It couldn't have been done without the 37 volunteers; 16 of them were teens whose energy and enthusiasm were amazing! Thank you to everyone for your hard work and dedication to make this years' VBS another amazing and successful event!
Fellowship & Hospitality (F&H) News
Community End-of-Summer Fiesta Supper!
Gather with friends and reminisce about your vacations at the F&H’s End-of-Summer Fiesta Supper on Sunday, August 26th, 5:30 - 7 pm. Volunteers may contact .
Stewardship News
Announcing the Stewardship Summer Challenge!
This summer, as a preview to our fall campaign, we would like to invite you to take part in our “Share Your Love” Summer Challenge by sharing your time and talent!

Based on the UCC 3 Great Loves Campaign - emphasizing 3 Great Loves in service to our communities - Love of Neighbor, Love of Children & Love of Creation - we are asking that you Share Your Love in the community, and then tell us about it.

Maybe the way you Share Your Love is to answer the suicide hotline, or visit a nursing home or help an elderly neighbor. Maybe your kids hold a lemonade stand for a great cause, or clean up trash on the roadside, or a hundred other ways that you may Share Your Love with your time and talent… We are asking that you take a few pictures along the way and either post them to the Church’s Facebook page, email them to . If you know someone who may not have internet, invite them to drop off a note/picture including their name to our Stewardship mailbox in the church office.

We will collect them and share them at our Stewardship Celebration this fall for all to see how you “Share Your Love” in the community. There will even be a randomly selected submission chosen for a small prize at the end of the summer! Thank you!
Communication Ministry Team Updates
Sermons, Sunday Weekly Bulletins and Monthly Chimes Available on Website Now
For the church Facebook group active users, sermons, weekly bulletins and monthly Chimes newsletters have been uploaded to the Facebook group as a file in the past. Now that they are being uploaded to the website, they will no longer be uploaded to the Facebook group. Here are the website links:
  1. Sermons
  2. Sunday Weekly Bulletin Announcements
  3. Monthly Chimes Newsletter
Mission Trip News

Some Wallingford, CT Mission Trip statistics provided by Group Mission Trips (the organizing company):
  • 17 churches (3 churches from NH! Our church, as well as a church from Milford and a church from Nashua)
  • 10 states & 1 province
  • 337 participants (40 of which were from our church)
  • 18 Red Shirts (2 of which were from our church - Fred & Amy Zapp - adults designated to help the 57 crews)
  • About 30 local volunteers 
  • 54 work sites (we participated in 36 of the 54 work sites)
  • 91% completed projects during camp week 
  • 57 crews (we participated in 37 of the 57 crews)
  • 9099 working hours (This number only represents the volunteer hours in Wallingford, CT. It doesn't include all of the volunteer hours expended BEFORE the trip to make the trip possible!)
  • 9207 community items donated
Mission Trip Service
Don't miss out! The always enjoyable mission trip service will be Sunday, September 16th at 10:30am. Scroll below to see news articles, videos, and a handful of pictures from the trip, but there are so many MORE pictures for the slideshow this year! Plus you'll get to hear first hand how attendees are impacted in a very meaningful way. Hope to see you there!
Letter from Resident of Mission Trip:
Dear Congregational Church of Hollis Members,

I just wanted to send a very heartwarming thank you for the prayer shawl and for the members who took time out of their lives to come do a community work project. I've had some tough times these last couple of years but the Lord had been there and just the simple act of kindness from your members was truly uplifting to my spirits and my life.

Thank you again, your kindness was overwhelming and my daughter wanted to express her thanks for her shawl and prayers after surgery. May the Lord bless all of you and continue to be there for you as he has been there for me.

Jenny Keenan Shettleworth
 Mission & Action (M&A) News
July and August Items of the Month:
For July & August , please support the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter's Backpacks for Back to School program. Besides the items below, they will need volunteers to help sort, organize, assemble & distribute in August. More specific information will be available on their webpage in June.
Deadline for the school supplies is Wednesday, August 8 th .
  • New backpacks for boys and girls of all ages, K – grade 12
  • Boxes of 24 count Crayola crayons
  • Boxes of colored pencils (bright or bold)
  • #2 pencils in the 12 or 24 count
  • Small handheld pencil sharpeners
  • Glue sticks
  • Children’s Scissors
  • 8 GB flash drives
Please place all donations in the shopping cart at the top of the stairs. Thank you for supporting these community needs!
Looking for a way to volunteer in our community? 
M & A is looking for someone to organize Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity builds for our church. We have had 2 groups participate in Nashua over the last year and had a wonderful experience. If you would like more information on what this would entail, please contact Joyce Pepin at 603-566-1250 or .
Music Board Update
Calling All Musicians! All are encouraged to sign up to provide music for the summer 9:30 a.m. worship services . There are plenty of opportunities available on the sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board outside the church office.  
In Our Community...
Families In Recovery Free family program the 2 nd and 4 th Thursday of the month, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The format will be education for the first 45 minutes and then support for the last 45 minutes. Offered by Traci Weaver, MS, MBA, MLADC, LCMHC at the Revive Recovery Resource Center, 263 Main Street, Nashua, NH.

Piano Lessons – Ed Scibilia, our organist, is offering piano lessons for beginning and intermediate levels. Ed is an experienced teacher and is willing to travel to your home. For available times and fee call 603-809-3788.
Other News
Summer Church Office Hours
From mid-June through mid-August, the church office will be open only Thursdays and Fridays, 8am – 12 noon .
Summer Worship Schedule continues throughout July, and August with a single worship service at 9:30 a.m. Our two-service schedule resumes on Homecoming Sunday, September 9th.
Homecoming Sunday Sept 9th
Mark your calendars for Homecoming on Sunday, Sept 9 th and watch your email for additional details and Sunday School registration information! 
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July "In the News"
Members of First Congregational Church’s “Wallingford Workcamp” donate more than 9,000 items to local organizations Record-Journal, July 17 (Congregational Church of Hollis contributed a sizable number of the 9,000+ items)

Hollis church sends 42 volunteers on mission trip The Telegraph (Nashua), July 21, 2018

July Videos
Mission Trip News Videos
Wallingford Helpers FOX61 Facebook, July 13
Great work in at Workcamp in Wallingford, CT! Group Mission Trip Facebook
VBS 2018 Bell Ringers Performance
July Photos
Mission Trip Packing Up
July 7
Mission Trip Commissioning Service
July 8
Mission Trip Work Camp
July 8 - 14
Below is a very small subset of photos taken during mission trip. To see more photos, attend the mission trip service on Sunday, September 16th at 10:30am!
Vacation Bible School
July 23 - 26
Below are some of the pictures from VBS 2018.
To see ALL pictures from VBS 2018, please click HERE (VBS 2018 Photos )
Enjoy Your Summer!
We hope you'll stay posted of summer events through our Facebook group ! As always, we would love to hear your feedback regarding Facebook and/or email communications as well as the new website . Just respond to this email and we will get it at our email address !


Communications Ministry Team
Cindy Ryherd, Anna Birch, Laura McCarthy,
Rev. Tanya Rasmussen, Eileen Widner, Sue Adams
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