|The Season of Lent:
This I Believe
|Just before Lent… Jazz Sunday! March 2nd
As has been our annual tradition for the last 10 years or so, we celebrate the Sunday before Lent begins with a jazz worship service, observing the ancient practice of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, on Transfiguration Sunday. We live it up with swing, gospel and smooth jazz, before settling into the more serious season of Lent. Come, enjoy the music of Kenji Kikuchi and his ensemble, and a pancake breakfast hosted by our Senior Youth Group.
|Ash Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 pm
As we begin the journey through Lent, come receive the blessing of remembering that we are both finite and fully loved. This is a moving service, featuring the music of Taize (prayerful song/prayers), the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.
Small Groups and Sunday Worship services in Lent will follow the same theme: “This I Believe.” There will be several small groups/leaders meeting on different days of the week to allow maximum participation. The groups will use a resource titled, “Talking Faith: A Six Part Study on Growing and Sharing Your Faith.” On Sundays we will be exploring the same theme of “This I Believe,” using the Apostle’s Creed as a jumping off place for discovering and articulating our own “credo” (meaning “I believe”).
Lenten Devotional: The Lenten devotional this year will be both in hard copy and on-line! Participants will be asked to write a reflection on “This I Believe” using provided prompts or themes of their own choosing. Instructions coming soon!
On-Line Daily Discussion Board – New this year! Join our Lenten Facebook group and participate in a daily “credo” experiment. Each day a new word or phrase will be posted to which participants are invited to write a one word “statement of faith.” Example: Day’s word might be “Family,” and a possible “I believe…” response might be, “I believe family is the greatest gift and deepest challenge in my life.” Facebook “This I Believe” Group beginning in March!
General Membership Info
Save The Dates
Sunday, March 9th
Annual Leaders' "Retreat"
This year the Vision/Admin Councils (which are combining and changing its combined name to “Leadership Council”) are again inviting all “leaders” of the United Parish (very broadly defined as anyone who leads anything), as well as any interested individuals, to come together for “a time apart” to think, dream, discuss together how God is leading our congregation. Our “retreat” will be on site: Sunday, March 9, 11:00 (after worship) – 3:00 pm. We’ll share lunch and then move into a focused time of reflection and planning. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Rev. Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 529-9819.
Tuesday, March 11th
Senior Lunch Bunch
Senior Lunch Bunch will be held in February on Tuesday, March 11th at noon in the church Vestry. Come by and share coffee and dessert, bring your own lunch, if you like.
Sunday March 16 - 11:00 to 2:00
New Member Orientation
Would you like to officially join the United Parish? Do you have questions about what “membership” means? Would you like to learn a little more about the history, vision and mission of our congregation? Then please join us on Sunday, March 16, 11:00 (following worship) – 2:00 pm for a time of conversation and sharing about what it means to be a member of our parish (lunch and child care are available). If you would like to attend please RSVP to Rev. Jan at email@example.com or (508) 529-9819.
March, 9th, 2014
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Simply Seconds Consignment
Saturday March 22 - 9:00 to 2:00
“Nicer” pre-owned women's clothing & accessories for sale by consignment.
Wonderful wares! Wonderful prices!
Dressing rooms on site – try before you buy!
Saturday, March 22nd 9:00-2:00
United Parish of Upton
Would you like to be a consignor?? Make some extra money for a rainy or snowy day – it's easy!! Ladies (and even older teenage ladies) clothing and accessories accepted! Pants, Shirts, Belts, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Coats, Scarves, Hats, Dresses etc.
FAQ and Consignor Agreement are posted on our Simply Seconds Consignment pages on Facebook or send an email to Lisa Henry at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consignor and vendor fees can be paid online via PayPal here! Credit cards will be accepted at the event!
To volunteer for this fun event, please email Lisa at email@example.com. Folks are needed to set up, provide support before and after the event. Also looking for wardrobe racks. Sign ups are available in the lower vestry. Thank you!
Don't miss this unique and exciting fundraising event!
Saturday March 30th
One Great Hour of Sharing
Every spring, the United Parish participates in the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. This is one of two annual offerings, along with Neighbors in Need, that are part of Our Church's Wider Mission. One Great Hour of Sharing provides support to health, education, refugee, agricultural and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries by working with local, national and international partners. The offering is received most often during Lent, this year on March 30th. OGHS is administered by Wider Church Ministries. Please look for informational inserts and giving envelopes in the Sunday bulletins and give as generously as you can on March 30th.
August 4th – 8th
United Parish of Upton’s
Vacation Bible School & Drama Camp
(directed by Jeff Bliss)
Remember summer camp? The fun games, new friends, singing around the campfire…
SunRock Kids Camp! Is all that and more!
Children learn that they are:
Accepted by Jesus!
Protected by Jesus!
Loved by Jesus!
Forgiven by Jesus!
Living for Jesus!
So Save the Date!
Called to Care: a team of volunteer care givers/visitors who pay calls are elderly, ill and those with limited mobility to bring friendship, companionship and connection. Contact Rev. Jan for more information.
Community Garden: The United Parish of Upton has been offered the use of one of the raised garden beds at the Upton Community Garden on Mechanic Street to grow fresh vegetables for the food pantry. The bounty from our garden was gratefully received by the food pantry clients when we planted a garden two years ago. Ideally, having a crew of 4 or 5 people would make the care and upkeep of the garden manageable for everyone. For more information about the Upton Community Garden visit http://uptongarden.blogspot.com. If you are interested in helping out, either to get the garden started or to help water, weed and harvest over the summer, please contact Sandra Ng at 508-529-3192, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith in Action Sunday: for one Sunday in the spring we cancel church and move out into the community to provide hands on service to our town and its residents. Planting and improving in the community garden, yard work and painting for elders, street trash pick-up, and more. We leave the church to be the church!
Food Pantry: church and community volunteers staff our community food pantry, open Tuesday mornings, 9:30 - 11:00.
Helping Hands Network: a ministry network coordinated by the Member Care Committee that is on call to provide meals, rides, errand help or other temporary practical assistance in times of illness or transition. Contact the church office for more information.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN): our congregation is a member of the 30 member network of religious congregations in Worcester County and have joined together to offer shelter, advocacy and outreach to homeless families with children. A substantial mission commitment of our church, the Interfaith Hospitality Network houses families with children without regard to background, income and family make-up. Visit www.ihnworcester.org for more information on the IHN of Greater Worcester. Contact the church office for more information on how you can help.
Prayer Network: Close to 100 people currently belong to our prayer chain network and pray regularly for the needs of the wider United Parish community and their concerns. Prayer concerns are sent to Janet Keeler (email@example.com) and she distributes them to prayer network members. To become a member of the prayer network (your one commitment is to pray in a way that suits you when the email prayer requests come to your inbox) call the church office or email Janet. To request prayers, email Janet and your request will be distributed to all members as soon as possible.
Scrip Cards: Scrip Program Needs YOUR Participation. The Scrip Team is encouraging all church families to participate in the Scrip Program. It is not just for grocery shopping and gasoline purchases. There are cards available for hundreds of retailers. Plan to use Scrip for all your holiday shopping needs and help the church raise money for our programs. A complete list of participating retailers can be found at the church or at www.glscrip.com. Current Scrip deals can be found at our stewardship web page, Stewardship.
Purchasing cards is easy; place your order with a Scrip representative during coffee hour or call (508-529-3192) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Turn around time is two days. Plan to use Scrip cards for gift giving, home improvement projects, travel, dining out… the opportunities are endless. If you have any questions about how the program works, speak to any Scrip representative or visit www.glscrip.com. This is an incredibly easy way to earn extra money to support the programs of the United Parish.
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