e-Lation! September 10, 2020
A Reflection by Rev. Jed Rardin
With You, I need no hand sanitizer,
no protective equipment,
no need to recall with whom I might have come into contact today,
no anxiety over whether I’m using the right Zoom link
no need to wait in Your virtual waiting room.
Your door is still open,
Your embrace unhesitating, un-distanced.
Your table is still set before me,
Your grace freely poured out,
Your forgiveness lavished,
Your blessing offered,  
Just as they have always been 
and forever will be.
World without end.

I just need to remember.
Fall Book Discussions
"How to be an Anti-Racist" Book Discussion
Continuing our journey of waking up to racial injustice, we invite anyone who is interested to participate in an eight-week discussion of Ibram X Kendi’s book How to be an Anti-racist. Discussions will be held via Zoom Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning September 17 and continuing through November 12. (Discussions will be facilitated by Becky Josephson, Janet Zeller and Jed Rardin.) Please note that each session will focus on two or three chapters at a time, so if you haven’t had time to finish the book yet, never fear – there will be time. Please register by September 15. 
"The Book of Longings" Book Discussion
Did you get a chance to read The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd?  Are you interested in joining other South Church members to discuss the book?  

Join Alison on Mondays, September 21 and September 28 at 6:30 p.m. Stay tuned as to whether or not we meet in person or virtually (or both). Make sure you register so we can plan accordingly.  

Church Events and Activities
Evening Prayer
Evening Prayer will begin on Monday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held on Monday and Tuesdays. 

We will use the same meeting link as before. 
Meeting ID: 573 326 937   
Password: 061355
Virtual Family Dessert Night
Join us on Saturday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m. for an hour of virtually catching-up; seeing how school’s going; enjoying some laughter and seeing everyone’s smile (maybe even sharing a few jokes). 

Make a dessert for you and your loved ones and join Alison and other South Church Families for a Virtual Family Dessert night. See you there!

This event is open to all members of all ages. While a reservation is not required, we are asking people to register just to get an idea of what to expect. Thank you!   
Fourth Grade Bibles
Here at South Church, we believe that fourth graders are at a point in their spiritual development where they can understand and truly appreciate the Bible. We give them their own Bible to use during class and to keep for their own. This year bibles will be presented during worship on Sunday, September 27. If your son/daughter is interested in receiving a Bible, please contact Alison.
Informational Budget Session and Annual Meeting
Informational Budget Session:
Sunday, September 27
Virtual meeting following Worship
The Proposed Budget can be found on the website. If you would like a narrative copy, please contact Lou-Ann Poirier.

Annual Meeting: Sunday, October 4
Virtual Meeting following Worship
The Annual report will be available on the website for you to review in advance
Parking Lot Bingo
On Sunday, September 27 at 3:00 p.m. we will spend the afternoon enjoying an in-person Parking Lot Bingo event.  This is a weather dependent event. You will need to wear a mask, maintain a distance of 6 feet, hand sanitize and register for the event to attend. Registering for the event will allow us to provide enough tables for each family and limit the gathering size to 30 individuals. 

Please join Alison and other South Church Families for this fun, social afternoon.  This event is open to all members of all ages.     

Moment of Mission
"All Children Have the Right to Simply be Children"
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry. Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. You can donate online.
Offering Envelopes
The envelopes for the upcoming fiscal year are here! Feel free to pick them up during our office hours, but call the church office before you arrive. Your envelopes are located in the church side entryway by the church parking lot. The door will be unlocked.
Interim Associate Pastor
The Interim Associate Pastor search committee will begin interviewing candidates this week! We are seeking a candidate who will assist us in evaluating where we are, developing a vision for our emerging mission, as well as supporting the needs of our youth ministry, sharing in worship and visitation and helping us further develop our social media presence. We ask for your prayers as we continue this process.

Together Again
Since March 13 when the stay-at-home order was issued, South Church has sought to exercise an abundance of caution with regard to the coronavirus. Worship and ministry meetings have all been held remotely. Our choirs have only been able to visit one another remotely. Thank you to everyone for making such major adjustments! Needless to say, we’re all eager to see one another again, but only in ways which are carefully planned to minimize any risk. We will be sending out a survey on Survey Monkey soon, requesting your feedback on some proposed ways of gradually opening our doors to one another. If you are unable to participate in the survey online, please call the church office and request a hard copy to be mailed to you.
Entry to the Building
At this time we will not be hosting any in person meetings or groups to use our spaces. For safe distancing we will be locking the interior door of the entrance.
If anyone needs to pick up or drop off an item, you may do so by entering the blue door at the end of the parking lot and a table is set up in the entryway. However, for any reason that you need to enter the building, please call the Office (224-2521) to let them know you will be arriving and please wear a mask and sanitizer.  If you do not have one, we will have masks and sanitizer available.  The Office Hours for entering the building are Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m. and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Covid can’t keep the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire from working to end violence! While we can’t walk in person, we will go viral between October 7 to 11. We can’t wait to see everyone come together virtually to support victims and survivors. Registration opens next week. Join us and help bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual violence in our communities.

Providing Meals
Edna Elle's family is looking to have some meals provided and delivered to their home. Please follow this link to sign up.

Youth Ministries
We are in the midst of planning for our youth programs and what they will look like this year.   All youth group communication will be through google groups.  If you are not getting emails and would like to be added to the list, please contact Alison.     

So far this is what we have planned . . .  
Confirmation Class
This past year’s confirmation class was eager to be confirmed during an in-person worship, and we are making preliminary plans. Plans for this year’s upcoming Confirmation Class will be forthcoming soon. 
Tween Youth Group
The Tween Group is for youth in Fourth and Fifth grade.  They will meet the third Thursday of the month starting in October.  We have scheduled meetings for October 15, November 19 and December 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 7: 00 p.m. Stay tuned as to whether or not the meetings are in person or virtually. 
Junior High Youth Group
The Junior High Youth Group is for youth in Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades.  They will meet the second Thursday of the month starting in October.  We have scheduled meetings for October 8, November 12 and December 10 from 7:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m.   Stay tuned as to whether or not the meetings are in person or virtually.  
Senior High Youth Group
The Senior High Youth Group is for youth in Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth grades.  They will meet every Sunday night starting on September 20 via Zoom from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  In addition to our google group, the youth have been connecting through our new FaceBook group.  If you haven’t already be sure to check it out. 
Camel Program
The Genesis Women's Circle spearheads the "CAMEL Project," which is a letter writing initiative, where we keep in touch with "College and Military through Emails and Letters." If you think your college student would enjoy hearing news from South Church throughout the school year, please send Deb Lincoln your student's college email, "snail mail" address and birth date so we can send friendly letters, birthday wishes and a Valentine goody package from their South Church Family. Letters may seem a bit "old fashioned," but sometimes tangible from "home" makes all the difference.
Our Church Community
Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers....

Pat and Chuck Gerhan
Edna Elle
Winnie Baker
The children and youth going back to school.

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.
Happy Birthday
We want to wish our members who have September 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.
September 1:
Susan Kenna

September 2:
Tina Annis

September 3:
James McPherson; Nat Nelson;
and Sam Sexton

September 4:
JoAnn Jordan

September 5:
Richard Nelson and
Karen Wadsworth

September 6:
Tyler Fennelly

September 8:
Bob Frizzell
September 12:
Hadley Evans

September 13:
Marty Jenkins and Derek Martel

September 14:
Alice Pickett-Hale
and Brad Jenkins

September 15:
Mae Murdoch and Priscilla Giles

September 16:
Keith Gates; Eileen Jones;
Carolyn Kerr; and Chris Owen
September 18:
Sage Konstantakos
and David Reynolds

September 19:
Colin Callahan

September 20:
Jen Jones and Chris Renaud
September 21:
Nonnie Hall

September 23:
Bob Bragg and Leah Willingham

September 24:
Pam Young

September 25:
Sue Berlenbach
and Matthew Landry

September 26:
Caitlin Cawley and Betsy Gates

September 27:
Peter Imse

September 28:
Carol Dunlap and
Elizabeth Sadowski

September 29:
Laura Landry

September 30:
Shasta Jorgensen