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Friday, August 4, 2017
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Worship resumes on Gathering Sunday, September 10th, 10:00 

 Summer Musings by Pastor Stacy 

For at least the last 25 years, an old alarm clock radio has sat beside my bed.  The radio part stopped working long ago, but the bright red, glowing digital clock has faithfully kept time over all of these year s.  Lo ok up in the middle of the night,  3:30  -- Great!  Lots of time to sleep still. Look up again later,   6:00  -- Rats!  Time to get up.   Year after year, my old alarm clock has keep me on time.  
And then suddenly, this week, it stopped.  .
Mission M atters

This week the Russell Elementary girls are off to camp with   with 
Union Church support,  backpacks and love .  


"Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law they meditate day and night.

They are like trees  planted by streams of water,  which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.  In all that they do, they prosper".
(From Psalm 1)

When is the retreat?    
Friday, October 20 starting at 6:30 p.m. - Sunday, October 22, 
finishing up before noon.

Where is it? 
Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover, 660 Great Pond Rd,
North Andover, MA 01845

Why are we doing this?
To celebrate and nourish the rootedness that we have with each other and with our God that enables us to thrive in the midst of the challenges of our time and to also bring forth goodness into the world.  It is a time to have fun.  To enjoy each other and to grow. 

Who is it for?   
All of us!  We are an inter-generational community where all are beloved and all are invited.   There is a cost associated with the retreat but we do not want that to be a barrier to anyone or any family.  What is most important is that you come so that we can all be together and be nourished by each other's presence.  So make whatever contribution you can, whether that be less than or more than the actual cost.

Fill out the registration form attached here and forward it to Pastor Stacy by September 17th.   Or simply email Pastor Stacy to tell her you are coming.  

?'s or want to help out?
If you have questions or would like to help out in the planning or leadership of the retreat, please be in touch with    Pastor Stacy     We need and welcome your ideas and help. 

From the Wider Community 
It's Summer Cookout Time Again!
One final Cookout scheduled for Families Living in Transitional Housing
Sunday: August 27th
noon to 3:00 p.m.
Eliot Church 474 Center Street, Newton

We Need Volunteers!
This is our third year to invite families at the motels to join us for a delicious barbecue and fun games on the lawn. We need volunteers to:
Set Up (at 11:30)
Cook (barbecue or kitchen prep) (starting at 11:30)
Lead games and crafts for the children
Table Hosts
Clean Up
Please contact Pastor Susan if you are willing to volunteer. Include name and contact info, and if you have a preference of activity. 617-244-3639. We look forward to seeing you for a fun and rewarding event!