The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a quiet but determined group of ladies, some of whom have been getting together for over 10 years knitting and crocheting in order to bring prayers and a reminder of God’s love to those in need. Prayer shawls are given to folks who are grieving, healing, or are otherwise in need of comfort. They have also been given to Hospice, as well as to new mothers or people who have celebrated special occasions. In their time as a group, they have given away well over 500 shawls.
Each shawl is delivered with a card attached containing a prayer of Love, Hope and Peace: “As you place this shawl around your shoulders, may you feel the loving arms of God enfold you as he holds you in his care. May you find comfort, peace and healing from the prayers that have been offered for you by the knitter. From [knitter’s name] and your friends at First Church.” Many thank you notes have been received from people who feel God’s love and caring when wrapped in the shawl as well as many prayers given by the knitters.
It took about 6 million stitches to make the first 500 shawls, and the needles are still going!…
Book Club: We will be starting a book club for teens! The first book we have chosen to read is Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell (synopsis below.) We will be meeting on Tuesday Evenings at the Starbucks in Longmeadow from 6:30-7:30 PM.
The meeting dates and reading schedule are as follows:
Tuesday, February 11th 6:30-7:30 PM (Read Welcome and Movement 1: Jump)
Tuesday, February 25th 6:30-7:30PM (Read Movement 2: Yoke)
Tuesday, March 3rd 6:30-7:30PM (Read Movement 3: True)
Tuesday, March 10 6:30-7:30 PM (Read Movement 4: Tassels)
Tuesday March 17 6:30-7:30PM (Read Movement 5: Dust)
Tuesday March 24 6:30-7:30 PM (Read Movement 6: New)
Tuesday March 31 6:30-7:30 PM (Read Movement 7: Good and Epilogue)
Please let me know if you (aka your teen) would like to particpate! If anyone needs help finding or getting a book please let me know! I don’t want that to be the reason why someone would not come!! Please email me with any further questions! -Christine
Synopsis of Velvet Elvis: We have to test everything. I thank God for anybody anywhere who is pointing people to the mysteries of God. But those people would all tell you to think long and hard about what they are saying and doing and creating.…
We hold a scholarship fund drive every year to help Haitian children be able to attend the CONASPEH school. There are no public schools in Haiti. Many Haitian families have to choose between feeding their family or sending their children to school. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.…
In partnership with the pastors, the Board of Deacons guides and directs the spiritual life and care of the congregation, i.e., worship, outreach, membership, and special events.
Greeting and Communion
The Deacons are responsible for greeting Sunday worshipers each week, as well as preparing the Communion table on the first Sunday of each month. They also help the pastors serve communion to the congregation.
The Deacons plan and implement the annual all-church picnic that is held at the beginning of the program year each fall.
The visitation sub group of the deacons works under the pastor in visiting some members who are homebound, ill, recovering, or grieving. If it becomes apparent that a member might need or benefit from a pastoral visit, the the pastor is notified.…