FIRST NIGHT UPTON
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
5:00 pm. - Midnight
A Celebration of the Arts
Sponsored by The United Parish of Upton
for more details!
First Night Upton cannot happen
without the following:
1. Sponsors (Raise $20,000+)
2. Committee Members/Coordinators
a. Sponsorship Committee
b. Venue Committee
c. Talent Coordinator/Performers
d. Talent Coordinator/Artists
e. Volunteer Coordinator
f. Fundraising Coordinator
g. Craft Show Coordinator
h. School Grounds Coordinator
3. New Year's Eve Volunteers
If you do not wish to work on a committee, or be a coordinator, PLEASE consider helping now with these urgent jobs:
- Follow up on sponsor letters sent last month with a phone call.
- Follow up on venue letters sent last month with visit to businesses on Route 140.
- Donate to our cause!
- Credit Cards are accepted on our website through PayPal.
- Checks can be sent to (Made out to First Night Upton):
First Night Upton 2014
P O Box 217
Hopedale, MA 01747
We will not be able to have the Midnight entertainment we would like (Magnificent outdoor Laser Light Show to bring in the New Year) if we do not obtain sponsors.
Please call Sharon Bliss at 774-287-7388 or email at email@example.com to help!
Members and friends of the United Parish are invited to purchase a poinsettia in memory or honor of loved ones in celebration of the Christmas season. The plants will be used to decorate the sanctuary for our Christmas services at 5:00 and 11:00 on December 24 and may be taken home following worship. Order forms are available at the church or contact Sandra in the church office at 508-529-3192 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place your order by December 15th, the cost is $10 per plant.
“Ringing for George”
In honor of his 55 years of volunteer service with the Salvation Army, the Upton Senior Center is sponsoring a collection kettle at the Country Sooper. Look for the counter top kettle from November 22 to December 23 and think of George as you place your donation inside. All donations go to provide fuel assistance, food and clothing to Upton residents in need.
General Membership Info
New!! Open and Affirming Ministry Team:
Would you like to help envision how our newly Open and Affirming/ Reconciling congregation can live into its commitment to be a source of Christian love and nurture for all people, specifically LGBT people who have often been excluded from faith communities? If so please consider joining a new incarnation of our Open and Affirming Ministry Team. Together we will prayerfully seek ways to manifest our wide welcome to the community at large. Please contact Rev. Jan by calling 508- 529-9819 or email@example.com if you’d like to be part of the helping our congregation move into the next leg of our ONA/Reconciling journey.
An important part of being an Open and Affirming/Reconciling ministry is to communicate that to the wider community. Many LGBT people and friends would not enter a church they did not know was accepting. Therefore many ONA/RM churches display flags or signs to make their commitment clear to passersby and visitors. With that aim in mind, the Admin Council of the United Parish has voted to repaint the sign on the front of our church (the one attached to the building, not the new, oval garden sign) with the following design to indicate our Open and Affirming/Reconciling Ministry commitment to the public. The design that the Council is favoring is below. It was designed by Alan Caron and incorporates our denominational emblems as well as our ONA/RM designation. The Admin Council welcomes comments before we move forward with the repainting.
Save The Dates
9am Sat, Dec7 - 11am Sun, Dec8
3rd “Rock Around the Clock”
for the IHN
Come join a rockin’ good time as we – again - raise money for the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), a major mission project of our church, by rocking away the day (and night!). As a congregation we are one of approximately 30 network congregations that form the Interfaith Hospitality Network. We give our time, talent and treasure to support the great work the IHN does in housing homeless families from Worcester County. As a network congregation we have made an on-going $2,000/year pledge of support to the IHN. To help raise that money for 2013-2014, we are again hosting a church-wide “rock-a-thon,” a rocking chair marathon. For 24+-hours we will try to put (at least) two of our church members in rocking chairs each hour of the day and night. Rockers will seek pledges from family and friends. Together we will raise as much of our $2,000 pledge as we can!
Please sign up to be: A Righteous Rocker, taking a shift in the chair or a Solid Rock Supporter, a financial contributor. Or both!
Sign-up and sponsor forms will be available after worship during coffee hour. The “Rock Around the Clock” (for the IHN) Rock-a-Thon begins during the Holiday Bazarr and concludes at the end of worship on Sunday, December 8th. Come to the Holiday Bazaar and cheer on our rockers. And be there in worship for the joyous conclusion of this rockin’ good mission project!
Tuesday, December 10th
Senior Lunch Bunch
The next Senior Lunch Bunch lunch will be held Tuesday, December 10th at noon in the church Vestry. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy dessert and coffee provided for you. Come enjoy an hour of fellowship, friendship and a lot of laughter! Rev. Jan hosting.
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
Spiritual Writing Group
The Spiritual Writing Group will meet on Sunday, December 22nd from 7:00-8:30 at the home of Sonja Hansard Weiner (120 Main Street, Upton) Anyone interested is welcome to join the group.
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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