The Original Congregational Church
Pastoral Letter for October 21, 2021
Heart and Soul; Mind and Strength
Dear Friends in Faith,
The Fall is upon us and church life is reawakening in this second year of the global pandemic. As Jesus taught about the essentials of our faith, he said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
When we gather as God’s church in the world during difficult times, we give God our best efforts with love in our heart, peace in our soul, smarts in our minds, and strong action with our body. We anticipate good things, and we work towards them carefully and with confidence.
IN LOVING MEMORY
On Saturday October 23 at 10:30am we will have gathered to celebrate the life of our dear friend Tom Boynton, who lived with a gentle strength and loved to be with his loved ones, his church and out on his beloved lake. We give thanks to God for his loving companionship.
Join us for a Halloween “Mask-A-Rade” party for a special coffee hour after worship on October 31. Lunch will be provided. Decorate a mask for fun! And, at noon, all families are invited to a “Trunk-Or-Treat” parade by decorating their cars and going trunk to trunk for treats.
KITCHEN ELVES spotted again!
Our monthly hot lunch program has started up again. This month the Kitchen Elves meet on Wednesday November 3, so come on down and be an elf for a day!
WORCESTER FELLOWSHIP OUTREACH
Please contact Joan Mello and Pam Jennetti as we prepare to bring boxed lunch and socks to our homeless ministry in Worcester center. We are helping November 4th and 11th.
OPEN AND AFFIRMING
As we reawaken, reconnect and rebuild our church in a year of a global pandemic, we look to the learnings and structure that the United Church of Christ offers us through the Open and Affirming Process that helps churches create expanding ministries today. Come join us for a conversation after worship on November 7 at 11:30am.
CHRISTMAS FOREST FAIR
We are entering the home stretch in our preparations for our Annual OCC Fair with this year’s theme “Christmas Forest Fair.” There are still many ways to help with baked goods, household items, crafts, lunch service and more! Come on down and look for this year’s Holiday Elf.
STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE DRIVE 2021
Thank you so much for all your generous gifts towards the OCC during this extended challenging year. You make all our ministries possible. We are closing up our pledge drive soon and will have a celebration Sunday on December 5th to dedicate our gifts to God.
May God bless the OCC in all we do and all we are, heart and soul, mind and strength!