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Federated Church of Ashland 
118 Main Street 
Ashland, MA 01721-3112
  
                                                            
~ April 2019 ~
  
Palm Sunday
April 14th - 10 AM
  
Please join us as we recall the Passion Story as part of our Sunday worship service on  April 14th at 10:00 AM.
  
Holy Week
 
Please plan to join us for these special services ...
 
Maundy Thursday
 April 18th - 7:00 PM
Rev. Katie Keene will lead this service
 
Good Friday
April 19th - 7:00 PM
Service of Remembrance led by Rev. Katie Keene
 
  
Easter Sunday Service
April 21st - 10:00 AM
 
Please plan to join us for this special service.  
  
We will gather together and celebrate Easter and Jesus' Resurrection and our new found hope for eternal life.   
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                Easter Flowers 
Bulletin Information i s due
Sunday, April 14th
 
Again this year, we are asking that you purchase and deliver your own plant(s) to the Church on Easter Sunday, April 21st.

Any type of plant is acceptable - we are going to make the Altar look like a "Spring" garden!

If you would like to participate, please plan to deliver your plant(s) to Linda in the Church Office between 9:00 AM - Noon, Tuesday, April 16th through Thursday, April 18th or you may bring them with you on Easter Sunday.

As always, you may take your plant(s) home with you following our Easter Service or you may leave them on the altar and they will be delivered to a sick or shut in.

Flower forms will be in your Sunday Bulletin or you may call Linda in the Church Office and she will fill one out for you.  Thank you!
       
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Annual Branch Meetings
Sunday, April 28th

Come to your branch meeting! 
  
We will be holding the annual meetings of our four branches, Baptist, Methodist, UCC and Affiliated, on Sunday, April 28th.   
The meetings will be held after church, as in the past. 
  
Be there, and participate in your branch's important business!
  
Thank you!!
  
Tina Kingsbury, Church Clerk


Thrift Shop
  
The Thrift Shop is OPEN...
 
Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
AND
Saturdays 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

We have new items arriving every week.
Please stop by ... you never know what you will find!

Thank you for your support! 


 Family Promise 
 
Once again, our Church is scheduled to host homeless families t he week of April 28th. 
    
Volunteers are always needed. Please check the sign-up sheet in the Sanctuary or call the Church Office and Linda will  add your name to the list. 
   
Things that need to be done include setting up the rooms before the families arrive and cleaning up the rooms at the end of the week after they leave, preparing and serving meals, be an overnight host, and provide snacks and other food items while the families are with us.
  
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Russo at
lrrusso@comcast.net
Thank you!
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Walk for Hunger
Sunday, May 5th 

Help prevent and end hunger in Massachusetts!
  
Our team is participating in Project Bread's 51st Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 5th and we are asking for donations to support community-based programs across Massachusetts that help people access and afford food.
    
Hunger impacts 1 in 10 people in this state, and in some communities as many as 7 in 10. 
  
Please help us reach our team goal by making a generous donation either to our team or directly to one of our team members (it will count toward their personal fundraising goal and our team's!)
  
You are making a difference for the people who rely on these programs!  
  
If you have any questions or would like to make a donation please speak to Sue Wallace. Also, you may drop off any donations to Linda in the Church Office. 

Thank you!
  
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Brown Bag Sunday
April 21st  
  
On the third Sunday of every month, we collect and bless the donations placed inside the bins in the Narthex of the Church.  
  
Please consider picking up a few extra non-perishable food items while you are doing your grocery shopping?
       
You may bring them to the Church on Sunday morning or  drop them off at the Church during the week.  All items are delivered to the Ashland Food Pantry.
    
 Thank you for your continued generosity!   
                      Stewardship Sunday 
                   May 5th
 
It's that time of the year again!   It is our Stewardship season, when we give consideration to our financial support for the church for the upcoming fiscal year. 

The Stewardship Committee will be sending out letters containing pledge cards
                                 in April. 

We ask for everyone to prayerfully consider supporting the church by making a pledge. We will be turning in our pledge cards on Sunday, May 5th. We hope to see you then!
 
Thank you!!
 
The Stewardship Committee

"We Are ALL On God's Team"
                                
Please mark your calendars ... July 8-12!
 
It's going to be a sports themed week with lots of games and activities!
  
We are inviting children ages 4-11 to join us for a full week of Vacation Bible School from 9 AM - 12 Noon.  Please call the Church Office and Linda will send you the forms needed for registration. 
  
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Conner at kim_conner@yahoo.com     Thank you!
   
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Our Member's Birthdays
               
                April
 
4/13     Phyl Shelburne
4/22    Jane Woodward
4/25     David Wenzell
4/29     Lois Tougas

                May

5/16    Jose Mateo 

"This very moment is a seed from which the flowers of tomorrow's happiness grow."                      ~ Margaret Lindsey
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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