Welcome to the June Spire!

June 2017   | Volume 64, No. 6
News from First Congregational Church in Winchester, UCC
In This Issue

Small Group Opportunities

We Need You!
Summer Offerings at First Congregational
summerSummer Worship
Don't forget that the church is not on vacation this summer but continues to offer opportunities for you to worship, pray, serve and play together.
Sunday Morning Worship will continue at 10 AM in the sanctuary, per usual, but with a variety of music and preachers and ways to pray. The only exception will be on August 20, where we'll worship outside on the lawn (weather permitting), followed by ice cream sundaes on the patio.
VBSVacation Bible School
June 28-30 9 AM-Noon
The Parish of the Epiphany Church

Join us for a combined Vacation Bible School with the Parish of the Epiphany Church. Our theme for this year is "The Parables of Jesus," and on our final day we will have Barnyard Babies and a cookout. Click here to register.
TuesPrayerTuesday Embodied Prayer
July 11-18 and August 15-22, 6:30-7:30 PM 
Reno Garden

Join us for some beautiful summer evenings of yoga and prayer.  Bring comfortable clothes, mats, meditation pillows/stools (these will also be provided for those who need them), and meet us in the Reno Garden.  Christine Tresselt will lead a 30-minute Yoga practice followed by a chant or two led by Rev. Will and then 20 minutes of Centering Prayer/meditation. All ages are welcome!
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pridePride Parade
June 10, 10 AM, Boston

When our church voted to be an Open and Affirming Congregation sixteen years ago, we made it unequivocally clear that we do not accept the interpretation of God's word in scripture as condemning homosexuality. Instead, we "welcome all people - people of all races and ages, mental and physical abilities, gender or sexual orientation, from different backgrounds of economic class, ethnicity, and religious tradition - to join us in worship and to participate in the full life and ministry of our church."  Please walk with us in the Gay Pride Parade in Boston, to make our stance public and clear. We will attend the Pride Interfaith Service at 11 AM at Old South Church and then walk in the parade at 12.  Read more...
moviesMovies on the Lawn
July 8 and August 18, 7 PM

Join us with your family for popcorn and a movie on the lawn with our giant 12-foot screen. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, snacks, dinner, and friends and enjoy a family movie. 
Tournament Night
July 23 and August 13, 6 PM                          

Spikeball? Corn hole? Horseshoes? Taboo? Join us for a night of fun and accessible games outside or in Chidley Hall (depending on weather)!
MiddleHSMiddle School and High School Drop In
July and August, 10 AM-3 PM

During the July and August months the Forum Room will be open from 10-3 for any students who want to stop by and hang out for a little.
pianoSpring Piano Concert by Patrick Lee Hebert
Friday, June 2, 2017, 6:30 P.M. Tucker Room
Patrick Lee Hebert's original compositions are known worldwide and are inspired by his years of living in New Hampshire and presently in Tennessee. Experience the beauty of what he does with piano and you will have taken a journey into your heart and soul. His performance will include pieces from his 10 albums. His son Patrick Lee Hebert II, an inspiring avid performer and composer will accompany Patrick. The concert is open to the public, donations appreciated. 
Summer Office Hours

Summer office hours begin June 26th.  The office will be open Mondays-Thursdays  from 8AM-1PM, and closed  on Fridays.

Ministry Team Vacation Schedule
  • Rev. Will Burhans June 29-July 6, July 20-27
  • Rev. Judy Arnold June 28-July July 8, August 10-17
  • Ben Pulaski July 9-17
  • Jane Ring Frank July and August
  • Kathleen Zagata July and August Summer Contact: arrangements made via church office; Return date: Tuesday, September 5th
  • Sarah Marino July 23-30, 2 other weeks TBD
calendarChurch Calendar

When was that meeting again? Want to know what's going on, on any given day at the church? Take a look at the online church calendar.
For Your Contemplation
Reckless Generosity

As we move into the season of Pentecost, we remember the story of those gathered long ago in Jerusalem, all of whom were given the "gift of the Spirit." All had access to the reality of being created and loved by the Eternal One. Each carried the breath of the Holy Spirit within them. In the UCC, we believe that the power of the Spirit is revealed best in community, in the shared wisdom of those gathered in Jesus' name. Read more...
renoCome, Sit a Spell...

The Reno Garden invites you to "Come, sit a spell."
New names were added to the bench this year: Jena Roy, Norman Fieleke, and Mary Barger.

Avery Judith Nordstrom, daughter of Erin & Eric Nordstrom, was baptized on April 23, 2017
In Memoriam
Walter H. Neth, brother-in-law of Rev. Ken Orth, died February 11, 2017
Robert Bigelow died March 23, 2017
Bradley C. Ross died May 5, 2017
Jan Diperna, retired director of NCNS, died May 23, 2017
Small Group Opportunities
mensgroupMen's Group 
Sunday June 4th, 7:15-9 PM, Palmer Room

All men of the church and their guests are welcome. We discuss matters that are personal and spiritual. Potluck beverages or snacks are welcome but not expected. Questions? Contact  Chris Noble.
ruthRuth Group
Sunday, June 11, 11 AM, Tucker Room

The June planning meeting for next year's Ruth Group meetings will be held directly after morning worship. Note that this is earlier in the year than we have previously met. Contributions toward a light lunch are welcome. If questions contact Joyce Mills 617-835-4692.
We Need You!
callingmusiciansCalling All Musicians!
July 2-September 3

Can you lend your talents to one of our summer services? Jane is currently seeking volunteers to contribute to our rich, unique services, which are led by our lay congregational community. Keyboards, guitars, vocalists, and any instruments will do! A sign-up sheet will be available outside the Music Room. Thank you in advance for your talents and look for more details in upcoming emails. Contact Jane for more info. 
WagonLittle Red Wagon
Please help fill up our Little Red Wagon. Nonperishable food can be left in the wagons in the church lobby or at the back of the sanctuary. Food is delivered to the Woburn Council of Social Concern. Items needed are: Baked Beans, Canned Fruit & Vegetables, Canned Lunch (Spaghettios, etc.), Canned Meat (stew, Spam, chili, etc.), Cereal (hot and cold), Condiments, Juice, Pasta Peanut Butter, Rice/Rice Mixes, Soup, Snacks (cookies, crackers, etc.), Spaghetti Sauce, Sugar-free, Low-sodium & Fat-free Foods, Tuna.
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-Nancy Kneiss, Editor