e-Lation! October 8, 2020
A Reflection from Rev. Jed Rardin
Stick Together

'Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way.” ' John 5:6 (NRSV)    

Stick with me. We’ll figure it out together.

It’s one of the cardinal rules of hiking in the White Mountains: don’t go alone and stick together. 

It also happens to apply to the beloved community: true wisdom is born in community grounded in God. Jesus said, “wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there I will be.”  
 
Stick with me: We’ll figure it out together. It's also one of the cardinal marks of the United Church of Christ. We discern the call of God much more fully when we are together. We are a community of covenant, independent yet intertwined. 

And so, especially during the pandemic, especially in this eery and frightening time of exile from one another, we stick together as best we can. We’re calling one another to check in. We’re worshipping together online. We just had our first ever annual meeting online! So as we prepare to spend some time together discerning how God is calling us forward into new expressions of radical hope and extravagant love, we remember that community is, in and of itself, part of the goal. Community itself – that Jesus-centered community where all are welcome as they are and no one is left behind - is the way forward.  

I hold each and every one of you in grateful prayer.

Peace and courage!    
Jed
Church Events and Activities
Crop Walk October 10 to 12

This year during the Pandemic the Crop Walk will be virtual! As it’s been said "the walk may be virtual, but the need is REAL." Saturday, October 10 through Monday, October 12 is the designated weekend giving walkers three days to do their walk at a convenient time and place! To support this worthy cause you can go online then hit WALKERS, find Cy Sherman's name and hit DONATE. If you would prefer to send a check; please make it payable to: CWS CROP HUNGER WALK and mail it to: Cy Sherman at 33 Christian Ave. #119, Concord, NH 03301
National Coming Out Day on October 11

National Coming Out Day is our annual celebration of the millions whose stories of coming out of the closet are also stories of minds and hearts that were changed. "Coming Out" isn't an opportunity only for LGBTQ people, but for our friends and allies—and especially churches. When ONA congregations come out in their communities, they are claiming the power to change the world.
Pie Fest on October 18  

Come one, come all!!  The Faith Formation Ministry will be serving pie during coffee hour (virtually).  You are a slice of the South Church pie and could win a homemade pie from the students at Kearsarge Regional High School’s Culinary Arts Program.  While we can't physically be together, the Faith Formation Ministry will draw names of individuals after Sunday's worship service.  They will then deliver pies to our winners.  Have a little fun, connect with one another and take a chance at winning a pie (free entry for all).  All you have to do is enter your name into the drawing.  To register click on this link. 
Virtual Bingo on October 25

Spend the afternoon for a Virtual Bingo event from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Now that the weather is cooler, we need to move inside.  We will be live via zoom.  If you want to play you will need to pick up your bingo sheets prior to the event.  There are three locations to pick up materials. 
- South Church between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A bucket of bingo sheets will be available in the side entryway.
- If you live a Heritage Heights you can pick-up your bingo sheets at Janet Zeller’s house at 26B.
- If you live at Havenwood you can pick-up your bingo sheets at Michelle DeCoste’s office in
Spiritual Care or at Cy Sherman’s house at 119.
 
Please join Alison and other South Church Families for this fun, social hour.  This event is open to all members of all ages.  You don’t have to register for this event, but if you do it will be helpful to know who to expect.
Chit Chat with Alison on October 27

It's been a while. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or water and maybe a snack. Let's spend an hour catching up from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  We will be live via zoom. You don’t have to register for this event, but if you do it will be helpful to know who to expect. 
Vote on or Before November 3

The stakes in the upcoming election have never been so high. Climate change, racial justice, the coronavirus pandemic, voter suppression and the health of our democracy will all be significantly affected by the outcome of the General Election. As people of faith, it is vital that we all vote.  Please call the church office if you need help making a plan or have questions. The Rardin family wrote an editorial about voting on October 2. Here's the link for the complete article.
Ministries
Moment of Mission

The collection for October is going to replenish the Relief Society Endowment. This Endowment quietly provides funds for people within our congregation, our local community and our schools who find themselves financially challenged for one reason or another. Since we are only allowed to spend the interest from the endowment, it is important that we give generously to help grow and maintain the principal. Thank you for your anticipated gift and for the gifts that have previously been given. Please use this link to donate online.
Spreading Joy

The Senior High Youth Group had a “Chalk Party” on Sunday, September 27! They were on a mission as "Ambassadors of Joy" to spread beauty and love in places close to the church.  They decorated the sidewalks and parking lots of Parker Academy, the Concord Family YMCA, a parishioner's home, and of course our very own church. Since the rain washed some of them away, we thought we would share a few pictures. So proud of our SHYG!! They are amazing!
Together Again

It has been over six months since the Covid-19 pandemic began. The leadership of South Church is committed first and foremost to the health and safety of our congregation and community, and to maintaining an abundance of caution in all church activities going forward. Worship will continue to be held online, but we have begun very gradually to start holding small carefully-arranged in-person gatherings.

The next phase will likely include limited attendance in-person worship in the sanctuary in conjunction with simultaneous online streaming worship (sadly, singing will not be an option for a while). In order to help us facilitate the gradual process of opening up, we are requesting your input in the following survey. If you are unable to participate in the online survey, please call the church office and request a hard copy to be mailed to you. The deadline for submitting your survey will be October 23.
Helping Hands

Edna Elle's family is looking to have some meals provided and delivered to their home. Please follow this link to sign up.
Our Church Community
New Hampshire's
Sacred Ally Quilt Project

Nine United Church of Christ Congregations in New Hampshire have collaborated to create a project to “prove that racism is not the only reality.” Through a series of quilts that display the last words of George Floyd, they offer a visible symbol, a graphic reminder, of the need for racial justice.





Blue Dukes Care Closet

We need your help. The Rundlett Middle School's Blue Duke Care Closet are looking for supplies. The goal of the Care Closet to discreetly provide food and personal care supplies to students that are facing food insecurity. Together we are collecting personal care items for the students that Blue Duke Care Closet serves. Items can be dropped off at South Church. There will be a collection box in the side entryway during the office hours.
Finding Home: Portraits and Memories of Immigrants

What does it feel like to come from another country and find a home in New Hampshire? Photographer Becky Field has been asking that question for the past decade. What started as a photographic journey has grown into a series of stories, told by people of different ages, genders, New Hampshire communities, and countries of origin. Some came to escape violence, some came for love, and some came for education. Each story tells of a unique journey to find a new home in a new land. Join us and Becky on October 18 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. via zoom as Becky shares the faces and stories of people who have come from other countries and who now reside in the Granite State. 
Domestic Violence
Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is in need of help, the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire is available 24/7 at their confidential hotline, 1-866-841-6229.

They are also available by confidential chat or text Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 606-9166 or online. An invitation to awareness will be offered during worship on Sunday October 18.

The Crisis Center of Central NH is holding a 31 day Crowdfunding Campaign to support their shelter services. Online financial donations may be made online here, or by check made out to CCCNH and mailed to CCCNH, PO Box 1344, Concord, NH 03302 ATTN: Debbie Johnson

On October 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Grappone Automotive, CCCNH will be holding a “Virtual Stuff the Bus” event to collect needed everyday supplies for their shelters and to help victims rebuild their lives. For more details please click here.
Annual Report and Budget

If you would like a copy of the 2019-2020 Annual Report or the 2020-2021 Budget that was presented at the Annual Meeting on October 4 you can go to our website; or if you prefer you can contact Lou-Ann by email to have the documents emailed to you. Hard copies are available in the side entryway of the Church.
pray_lettering.jpg
Prayers

Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers....

The children and youth going back to school.
South Church Crop Walk team!
The LGBTQ community.
Students who are faced with food insecurities.
The refugees of Concord.
Victims of domestic violence.
A thanks to our Senior High Youth group for spreading joy in our community.
Those celebrating birthdays in the month of October.

If you would like the congregation to pray for someone and be added to our prayer list, please contact Lou-Ann Poirier. She will also make Jed aware of your prayers.
white_pink_birthday_cake.jpg
Celebrate

We want to wish our members who have October Birthdays “A Very Happy Birthday!!”

If we missed your birthday that means it wasn’t in the directory; so please send it to Peg Wenzel.
October 1:
Laurie Rardin

October 2:
Grace Murray and Charlie Stumb

October 4
Daniel Frost and Isaiah WinnettKnoy

October 7:
Cheryl Simmers

October 9:
George Konstantakos, George Lewis, Tracey Osborne, Liz and Tim Platt

October 10:
Molly Nyhan

October 11th:
Paula Bradley, Steven Ciminesi and Gladi Hartford

October 12:
Jonathan Osborn

October 15:
Ann Walls
October 18:
Garrett Blake and Carol Hathaway

October 19:
Sally Winship

October 20:
Cynthia Hogan
October 23:
Tim Bradley

October 24:
Brianna Blake and Gayle Murphy

October 26:
Troy Konstantakos

October 28:
Liz Collins

October 30
Robbin Bailey and James Dimick

October 31:
Roy Annis and Maclean Minnaugh
Amazon Smile

The South Church Amazon Smile account is another way for you to support the church. When shopping on Amazon please look for South Congregational Church Concord NH under the Smile charities. It is that simple. One family's shopping donated $125 for South Church in the last 3 months. We appreciate your support!
The Office Hours for entering the building are
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
However, if you need to enter the building, please call the office to let them know you will be arriving and please wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.  
We will have masks and sanitizer available if needed.