e-Lation! November 12, 2020
Welcome Rev. Sean Dunker-Bendigo
The Interim Search Committee, with the blessing of the Church Council, is happy to announce that we have called the Rev. Sean Dunker-Bendigo as our Interim Associate Pastor, beginning in mid-January!

Sean is a graduate of the University of North Carolina/Greensboro and Andover-Newton Theological School. He has completed extensive continuing education and training in theology, interim ministry, coaching and leadership. He is trained as a Co-Active Coach and Organization Relationship Systems Coach. Sean was ordained after seminary into the American Baptist Church. However, he describes himself at heart an ecumenist and has recently been approved by the United Church of Christ and granted Privilege of Call in the UCC. 

Sean has served as the pastor of the Madison Church (Madison, NH) since 1995. He’s taken that congregation through three different visioning processes during those years, through members were guided in discerning God's callingHe has served the community and wider church, founding a coaching group for clergy, co-leading Partners for Haiti and six work mission trips there, serving the Madison Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter and the fire chief. Sean is an excellent photographer and skilled in the use of digital communications and social media. Visit his website: (password loon).

During his time with us, which will last approximately 18 months, Sean will help guide us through a season of transitional discernment, helping us re-familiarize ourselves with our congregational story, listen for God’s leading as we look toward the future, and guide our conversations around how to shape and sustain that vision. He will work closely with Jed and a small team of church members, and will share pastoral, preaching, visitation, youth ministry and other pastoral duties with Jed. We look forward to his assistance in bringing us up-to-date in terms of our online social media presence.
 
Sean has a gracious and creative spirit, enjoys working in a team setting, and is very excited about our short but vital time together. He has a son and a daughter, and his partner Helen has two daughters. Sean’s family is in Arlington, Boston, MA, and Dover, NH, and he will be living with family in Arlington. We will work with him to shape a schedule such that part of his work can be done online from home and part of his work will be here in person. Sean has already met our staff and has been given a tour and is very excited to begin this new partnership in ministry. Please join us in welcoming him when he joins us in mid-January! Stay tuned for further updates.

Yours in faith,
Will Delker, Jay Haines, Jed Rardin and Janet Zeller
Church Events and Activities
Virtual Bingo
Spend the afternoon on Sunday, November 15 for a Virtual Bingo event from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We will be live via zoom. If you want to play you will need to pick up your bingo sheets prior to the event. 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. If you need Bingo sheets contact Alison.
Christmas Poinsettias
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Celebrate your family or Remember a Loved One this Advent and Christmas season.

The cost is $15.00 for a poinsettia
Deadline to order is November 19th

Please pick up an order form at the side entryway or order onlinePlease write on your order form exactly how you would like your remembrance to appear in the Christmas Eve bulletin.
What is Happening during Advent?
Children's Advent Bulletins
His Name is Jesus: These fun-to-use children’s bulletins provide interactive ways for children to learn the many names we have for our promised Savior. Each set contains pictures to color, games, puzzles, and bible verses that prepare your children for Jesus’ birth. (Perfect for young children ages 3-8). 

If you would like a set for your children, please email Alison.
Advent Activities 2020
Enjoy the Advent season with a few virtual workshops. We will be offering three evenings that will allow us to embrace the Advent season in meaningful and practical ways.
Wreath Making 
Monday, November 30
from 6p.m. to 7p.m. 
We will be making traditional Christmas wreaths using greenery and ribbon. Kits (which will include a wreath frame, wire, greenery and ribbon) will be available for pick up prior to the event. Alison will be leading us via zoom to show you how to create your wreath
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Ornament Making 
Monday, December 7 
from 6p.m. to 7p.m. 
We will be making pine cone owls. Kits (which will include a pinecone, felt, wiggly eyes, string, and ribbon) will be available for pick up prior to the event. Joanne Miles-Homes will be leading us via zoom to show you how to create your ornament.

Sing-Along 
Monday, December 14
from 6p.m. to 7p.m. 
We will have a Christmas Hymn sing-along. Sue Berlenbach and members us the choir will be leading us via zoom.
Ministries
Moment of Mission
Whether you've been a member of South Congregational for 50 years or just started zooming in this spring, it's gratifying to know that our local church is part of the larger United Church of Christ, making a difference in our state and nationwide. 

Throughout November, South Church's Faith in Action Committee is collecting offerings for the UCC Christmas Fund, which supports needy retired clergy and UCC lay employees. Formerly called the Veterans of the Cross, the fund helps provide pensions, health care coverage, and emergency grants to lower-income retirees who have given so much to the church over many decades. As the number of retirees rises, your gifts of compassion and care are needed more than ever. Join us in making a tangible gift that says, "Well done, good and faithful servant." If you would like to help please use the Donation Link.
Budget Update
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A big thanks to all who have given this year in both pledging and loose offerings. As of the end of October, we have received $89,792.56 in pledges. That is 93% percent of where we should be. Currently we have received $12,521.00 in loose offerings. Based on the budget, we had anticipated to have received $20,000. by this date. If you would like to donate, please click here.
Church Community
Celebrate
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We want to wish our members who have November 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.



November 1:
Cameron Lesperance
and Ro Metcalf

November 2:
Hannah Slafsky

November 3:
Frankie Irvine

November 5:
Jean Bragg and Avery Sahr

November 6:
Casey McDonald
and Pam Wagner

November 7:
Maureen Richards and
Sherry Young

November 8:
Gail DiMaggio, Tom Fahey
and Katie Pelletier

November 9:
Edie Dimick and Steve Roberts

November 12:
Linda Gilbert and Brian Jones

November 13:
Jillian Irvine
November 14:
Laura Ciminesi
and Bob McGlashan

November 15:
Brynne Rardin

November 16:
Barbara Nicholson

November 18:
Polly Shumaker

November 19:
Judy Forest

November 23:
Nancy Brown
and James Osborne

November 24:
Ryan Warner Pelczar

November 26:
Paul Bemis, Robert Gile
and Seth Pingree

November 29th:
Penny Bean and Michael Pelletier
Prayers
Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers....

Those celebrating birthdays in the month of November.
The Veterans who have served our country.
Peg Wenzel who is having surgery on November 16.

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.
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.
The Church Office will be closed November 25, 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving.
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.