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COVID Worship Precautions - Updated September 29, 2022
The consistory met again in September to discuss the current trend of Covid infections and how that will affect how we conduct our services and fellowship for October. With the continued decrease in cases, and with feedback from the congregational meeting, the consistory has decided on the following:
- Masks will remain optional but encouraged for those who are more vulnerable
- We will be singing all 3 of our normal hymns, although with limited verses
- We will continue to pass around the mic for joys and concerns, and the offering plates
- We will continue passing the peace and the parting song as we have been currently doing them
- We will continue having communion with the disposable kits
- Choir will be restarting in a limited fashion to begin with
- We will now be doing meals again with volunteers as we have done in the past after service.
- The first Sunday of the month will be a potluck for the meal, starting November 6th.
- Sunday School will continue as normal
Beaver UCC will receive the NIN offering on Sunday October 2nd as one of our four special denominational offerings we take up during the year. Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Minis- tries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.
Blessing of the Animals - October 4 - 6:30 PM 🐈 🐶🐴🐄🐇🦜
We will have a blessing of the animals at 6:30 PM in the shelter on Tuesday Oct. 4th, which is the Feast of St. Francis. All types of animals are welcome, although we would ask that folks be considerate and not bring animals that don’t get along well with others. We also ask that the animals have a leash or restraint of some kind.
Chicken and Noodle Dinner - October 15 - 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 🐓
We will be having our fall Chicken & Noodle fundraiser dinner for the church and public on Saturday October 15th. The dinner will be open for most of the day 11AM to 7PM, and we will offer chicken and noodle, 2 sides, dessert, and a drink for $14. We will be doing advertising and please tell folks you know about it. We will put up a signup sheet for people to help with the dinner, and we are also asking people to donate sodas, waters, and desserts if they can. There will be a signup sheet with specific items to donate so we get the right amount of things. Thank you so much!
Budgetary Congregational Meeting - October 16 following Worship Service and Fellowship Luncheon
In September we held a congregational meeting to discuss a shortfall in offerings in comparison to last year, and how that shortfall was affecting this year’s budget. There was a great deal of positive and helpful ideas shared during the meeting. As promised there will be a follow-up congregational meeting on October 16th where we will discuss how things have gone in the last few weeks in terms of offerings, and what direction the congregation wants the consistory to go in terms of the budget for 2023. The meeting will be held in the sanctuary at 12:30pm after the service and fellowship lunch. It will also be broadcast over Facebook live for those that wish to access it.
Big Ol’ Pumpkin Night - October 28 - 6:30 PM 🎃
All kids and families, and other folks who might want to join, let it be known that we will again be having our annual grand pumpkin carve-off on Friday October 28th at 6:30 PM here at the church. Please bring a pumpkin to carve, whatever carving instruments you feel you need, and come prepared to “bring it on” as the youth would say. We will likely have apple cider and other snacks; feel free to bring those as well. We will also have different categories of competition and prizes, yup that’s right— prizes.
Book Study - Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit - October 26 thru November 16 - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Our new book study will be four weeks in length, starting on Wednesday October 26th, meeting again on each Wednesday, with the final week being Wednesday November 16th. We will meet all nights at 7PM via Zoom, and the link for the Zoom meeting will be sent out each Tuesday via the all-church email list. The book we are reading is Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit by River Jordan. The church will have several copies for those who want to participate. Please see Pastor Brian to get one of these copies. If those run out, you can pick up a copy at some bookstores, Amazon, or on Kindle, and the ISBN number is (0425245608). The reading schedule for each week will be given as we get closer to starting the study. “As 2009 approached, both of River Jordan's sons were about to go off to war-one to Iraq and the other to Afghanistan; she was planning a family reunion to see them off. All River could do was pray for her sons' safety and hope to maintain her strength, until she unexpectedly came upon the perfect New Year's resolution-one that focused on others instead of herself. She would pray for a complete stranger every single day of the year.” “In Praying for Strangers, Jordan tells that the discovery that she made along the journey was not simply that her prayers touched the lives of these strangers (in often astounding ways), but that the unexpected connections she made with other people would be a profound experience that would change her life forever.”
Sunday Fellowship Lunches Returning
Lunches will begin again on October 2nd and there will be a signup sheet on the blue table in the sanctuary for people to sign up to provide them for the week. People who provide the lunch will be offered a $40 reimbursement, if they wish to take it, for providing food. All excess donations will be used to cover kitchen expenses etc. We will also be doing potlucks again once month for the lunch. Starting on November 6th we will have our first potluck and then the potluck will be on the 1st Sunday of every month thereafter.
Coming In November…
Cookie Walk - November 19 🍪
Assuming things don’t change too much from the present with Covid, we will be holding our cookie-walk again in November, which we might move outside to make it safer. Regardless of where it takes place, however, we will need cookies and plenty of them. This is a friendly reminder to please start to make cookies and freeze them in anticipation for our November event. It is a fun and delicious way to support the church.