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NOVEMBER 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!

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

March 12, 2020 (Thursday)
The United Church of Ware
49 Church St., Ware

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


 Holly Bazaar

United Parish
39 Front Street
Winchendon, MA
Saturday, November 23rd
9:00 AM - 2:00PM

Attic Treasurers, Basket Raffles, Christmas Vendors, Crafts & Bake Sale tables!
Luncheon from 11:30 AM -1:30 PM serving Soups & Chowders, Tuna Salad, Ham Salad, Egg Salad Sandwiches; Coffee, Tea, Soda, & Homemade Desserts.
Please come join us in the fun and
share the flyer!


Youth Career Fair

Trinity Church
23 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532
Sunday, November 24th 
1:00 PM - 3:00PM

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Are you a teen grade 6 through 12? Come speak to professionals about various careers and learn more about what it takes to enter a career you are interested in! Share this flyer with your youth!


Festival of Carols

First Congregational Church of West Boylston
26 Central Street
West Boylston, MA 01583

Friday, December 6th at 7:30 PM
A Musical Showcase of Familiar Christmas Carols. WeBo Chancel Ringers, WeBo Chancel Choir all directed by Kristjon Imperio. Free admission with a suggested donation of $10 individual or $20 family. Click here for a flyer to share.


"Gifts that Give" Holiday Fair

Edwards Church
39 Edwards Street
Framingham, MA
Saturday, December 7th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Wondering what to get for your Aunt Flora who has everything? Looking for a Santa without going to the mall? Want to make the world a better place? Come to our Holiday Fair! We have Handicrafts from Artists' Co-ops; Scarves for a Place to Turn Food Pantry; Homemade goodies to eat or to gift; Socks for Worcester Fellowship; Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate; Children's Holiday Project Table too! Plus come take a picture with Santa on a Fire Truck!
Click here for a shareable flyer.


SONGS of HOPE II

WamsWorks, (Worcester Area Mission Society)
6 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Sunday, December 8th
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Worcester Black-Jewish Alliance & Jewish Federation of Central MA, and WamsWorks Present a concert to celebrate the historic partnership between the African American and Jewish communities. Performers (partial list): Lydia Fortune, Mitch Gordon, Charles Ketter, Knights of Zion, Myra MacLeod, Mike Ladd, Steve Schuster, Shir Joy, and Cantor Rachel Reef-Simpson.
Click here for a flyer to share.
 


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. 


New Grief Support Group

Beginning November 20th and continuing weekly from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM.

The Rev. Lee Atherton is starting a New Support Group from the comfort of your own home. We will gather online using an easy-to-use platform called ZOOM. Pre-registration is required in order to get login information. Please call or email Rev. Atherton at 508-308-7116 or Lee@CoachRev.com.


Third Floor Coffee House -
Now held on the first floor! 
2nd Friday of the month, 7 PM to 9 PM

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

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

The Rev. H. Allen Tadgell, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester after a brief illness.  He is survived by his wife Joyce E. Tadgell, his daughter Kimberley J. Marchand and her husband Robert of Georgetown, MA, sisters-in-law Dorothy Jean Dresser of Dripping Springs, TX and Pauline H. Smith of Greenville, NH. He is predeceased by his son Mark A. Tadgell in 2016. The association office was just informed about the passing of Rev. Tadgell's and apologize for the delay in posting his obituary. Please click here for more information.

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

NEW IN 2020!
Proportional Giving

For 2020, the Association will only be sending pledge invoices to churches for the
ASSOCIATION PORTION OF FELLOWSHIP DUES
(currently $1.65 per member)

We will no longer be collecting and forwarding any portion of Conference Fellowship Dues.
This change also effects any church that is currently part of United Church Mission. Which will be invoiced for the yearly amount received from the Conference while part of UCM. 

Please click here to read more on Proportional Giving.

 

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