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OCTOBER ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY DATES

55 Years
The Rev. Gordon Merten

10 Years
The Rev. Doreen Oughton

Please contact Deb Holmes if we have missed your anniversary. 
Anniversaries are listed from 5 years and forward in increments of 5.


ASSOCIATION CLUSTER MEETINGS
Re-imagining Your Church's Mission Ministry

Don't forget to register!

November 14, 2019 (Thursday)
The Franklin Federated Church
171 Main St., Franklin

December 4, 2019 (Wednesday)
United Church of Christ Federated
4 Church St., Webster

January 14, 2020 (snow date: February 11th) (Tuesday)
United Parish of Lunenburg
39 Main St., Lunenburg

ASSOCIATION & CONFERENCE EVENTS

January 15, 2020
Ecclesiastical Council
Marcy Menard
Elm Street Congregational Church
61 Elm Street
Southbridge, MA 01550
7:00 PM

January 22nd & 23rd, 2020
Boundary Awareness Training
Harvard Divinity School
47 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


CHURCH & OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST


Level 2 Racial Justice Training: Institutional & Cultural
Saturday, November 9th 9:00-5:00 PM

Edwards Church
297 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Training will be led by Rev. Kelly Gallagher and Rev. Day McCallister. Participants must have completed the Level 1 Training.
To register email Deb Moore at: education_minister@edwardschurchnorthampton.org

 



 Free Dinner for MetroWest Veterans and Their Families

The Plymouth Church in Framingham
87 Edgell Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Sunday, November 10th 5 PM - 7 PM

To honor our armed forces veterans, and to show our deep appreciation for their service, The Plymouth Church, Edwards Church, and Open Spirit joyfully invite all veterans living in MetroWest, and their families, to a FREE honorary dinner at The Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road in Framingham, on Sunday, November 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 
The dinner includes roasted chicken and potatoes, vegetable, salad, bread, and homemade desserts. The evening will also feature speaker, Lino Covarrubias,
20 years in the Navy and current Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Family Services of MetroWest. Lino has dedicated his life to service to our country, our community, and our world.
Music will be provided by Dave Jost/Don Ryan Jazz Duo.


Church Treasurer Gatherings 

Church treasurers are invited to attend an upcoming regional gathering for church treasurers! Please join us for conversation that will help define your role as church treasurer and answer all those questions you may have. The sessions run from 9:30-noon, and include coffee "and". New church treasurers are invited to stay for a post gathering Q&A session ending at 1:30 (you are welcome to bring a bagged lunch if you stay). All sessions cover the same material and you are welcome to attend whichever session fits your schedule. There is no charge to attend, but please sign up so we know how many to expect. Use the links below for additional information and registration:
Saturday, November 16: Edwards Church of Northampton


Death and Dying Workshops

Trinity Church
23 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532

Trinity Church will be hosting a series of workshops with VNA Hospice staff on the journey of death and dying. These workshops are open to the entire community and will feature the following topics:

Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 PM: Dying Wishes - Using "The Five Wishes" as a guide, we will begin conversations about what it truly means for us to have a quality end of life experience, embracing dignity and our own unique values.

Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 PM: The Nitty Gritty Practical Questions - With experienced social workers leading the conversation, this session covers the ins and outs of funeral homes, cremation versus burial, end of life care at home compared to a facility...and how to pay for it all.

Register by using this link or by calling the church office at 508-393-8156. Please contact Rev. Julie Cedrone with any questions at julie_cedrone@vnacare.org. FLYER


 Caregiver Support Group

First Congregational Church
19 Church Road
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Expanded Fall Caregiver Support Group Schedule. In the months of September, October and November, we will now be meeting 2x per month on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. On the 2nd Monday, we will be having informational meetings facilitated by Beth Anne Doan and guest speakers. On the 4th Monday, we will be holding informal caregiver support meetings. Meetings will be held in the youth group room on the second floor.
Finally, in December, Beth Anne Doan will lead a service of Loving Care for Christmas.
Please see the attached FLYER for the Fall Caregiver Support Group Schedule.


What are Your Five Wishes?
First Church in Sterling
6 Meetinghouse Hill Road
Sterling, MA 01564
Sunday, December 15th, 1:00 PM
 

A Unique Approach to Discussing and Documenting Care and Comfort Choices. A Workshop led by Rev. Lee Atherton. Five Wishes is the beginning of a conversation. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Rev. Atherton at 508-308-7116 or Lee@CoachRev.com. Suggested donation of $10.
In the Five Wishes© Workshop, you will learn the steps to take to ensure you and your loved ones have the type of end of life care you want and deserve.  Attendees will have an opportunity to work through challenging topics like selecting medical treatment options, choosing a medical proxy, describing palliative care preferences, capturing what you want your loved ones to know, and clarifying how you want to be comforted in a safe and supportive environment.

“When we think about end of life, one of our greatest hopes is to end peacefully and comfortably without burdening our family and friends wondering what they should do for us, wondering what our wishes are,” says Rev. Lee Atherton, co-host of the workshop.  We don’t discuss our final wishes because death is a difficult and unpleasant topic, and many people just don’t have the words to use.  However, using simple tools like the Five Wishes© Workbook, makes the difficulty of putting our wishes into words as easy as checking a box, crossing out a sentence and adding a few words.  Once your wishes are written down, it is much easier to have that difficult conversation.  And when it is completed, signed and witnessed, it becomes a legal Advance Directive recognized in Massachusetts. 


Third Floor Coffee House -
Now held on the first floor! 
Friday, November 8th, 7 PM to 9 PM

Trinity Church 
23 Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532
Office: (508) 393-8156
www.trinitynorthborough.org/coffee-house  

November's special featured guests: Rick Leig & Friends. We invite you to come enjoy talented musicians performing a variety of music. You may even hear some poetry recitation. Coffee and refreshments will be served with a suggested donation. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug). A $5 per person donation will be accepted at the door ($10 max family) or buy a VIP season pass! $50 for individual and $100 for family. Passes can be purchased at the door.   
Contact Pat Faldetta for more information, thirdfloorcoffeehouse@gmail.com.


Pizza! Pizza!

Second Friday of every month
First Parish Church

24 Central Street
Berlin, MA 01503

More Information here click on Pizza Night


LOCAL THRIFT SHOPS, FOOD PANTRIES, & COMMUNITY DINNERS

Please click here to see the list of thrift shops,
food pantries,
and community dinners.


MISSION OPPORTUNITIES 

ReachOut Worcester 2020
(February 7th & 8th 7:00 PM Friday to 2:30 PM Saturday)

ReachOut Worcester (ROW) is a 20 hour overnight immersion program for youth ages 13+ and their leaders that is sponsored by WAMS in partnership with Worcester Fellowship, a UCC church dedicated to ending isolation through pastoral care and nurturing community and All Saints Church Worcester. A detailed overview / information packet and a registration form are available on our website.


Worcester Fellowship

Available lunch providers and youth dates are currently on our website.
Youth group dates are available for groups of 15 or less.
Lunch and worship are Sundays at 1 PM behind
City Hall on Worcester Common.


TRANSITIONS

More: macucc.org/transitions


OBITUARIES

Please click here to view all MACUCC Obituaries.  


CLASSIFIEDS

Part Time Church Sexton - Holliston, MA

Organist - Leicester, MA

Church Administrator - Longmeadow, MA

Part-Time Church Secretary/Receptionist - Milford, MA

Looking for Used Bibles - Worcester, MA

Please click here to view all MACUCC Classifieds


ASSOCIATION INFORMATION

Association Meetings 

The Committee on Authorized Ministry
Meets the 3rd Thursday of
each month at 9:30 AM.

The Board of Director's
Meets the 3rd Thursday of
each month at 2:30 PM.

Both meetings take place at:
WamsWorks
6 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

Association/Conference
Fellowship Dues for 2019

The Annual Fellowship Dues for churches that are not part of United Church Mission are:
Conference Portion: $20.00
Association Portion: $1.65
Total per member: $21.65


For more information on Fellowship Dues, click here.

 

Central Association of
The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

508-963-8106
holmesd@macucc.org 
www.macucc.org/central

Office Hours: 
Monday: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: Closed