Installation of new District Superintendent

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On Sunday, October 19th, Rev. Dr. David V. Calhoun was installed by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar as District Superintendent for our district (CT/WMA).  Rev. Calhoun shared with all who were there his call to ministry and his commitment to serve.

November Mission Collections

Warm, winter clothing is being collected on Sunday, November 2nd to be distributed to those in need through the Amherst Survival Center.  Please separate your used clothing into men’s, women’s and children’s and bring to church with you on Sunday or drop off during office hours this week, Tuesday through Friday 9:30 to 12:30.  Check your closets to see what you no longer wear or what the children have outgrown and donate it so that someone else will stay warm as the temperatures drop.

For the remainder of November we will be collecting new pairs of warm socks.  These will be donated to the Springfield Rescue Mission, a Christian based Emergency shelter and Transitional Living facility that serves the Greater Springfield area.  Warm socks are always needed in the cold weather months ahead!  Let’s see how many pairs we can gather by the end of the month!


Holiday Bazaar

IMG_2347Our annual Holiday Bazaar is coming soon!  Saturday November 8th is the date to save on your calendar.  We will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come and do your holiday shopping for special craft items from our church’s crafters as well as outside vendors.  Our cookie shop will be returning this year after rave reviews and other delectable goodies will be available at the food table.  The famous Conkey family jams and jellies will be here of course and we are hoping for some of Jeff’s sauerkraut!  Stop in around mid-day, take a break from shopping and stay a while for a delicious warm lunch served right in our Fellowship Hall.

For our own church family:  Please consider helping out with this exciting event.  People are needed for set up, working that day and clean up.  We also need many cookie bakers to make the Cookie Shop a great success.  Clipboards are available at church to sign up or get in touch with Joan McManus.

Quilts and crafts, jams and jellies,

Yummy lunch for our bellies.

What surprises will you bring?

Can you guess?  What is this thing?

The Holiday Bazaar is coming,

November 8th, so let’s get humming.

What can you bring?  What can you do?

We’ll need help from all of you!

Be creative and have some fun,

Come join in, see what can be done.


Hope’s Place

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The next free community meal at Hope’s Place will occur on October 28th from 6 to 7 p,m. at the church.  Everyone is invited to a fall soup and artisan bread meal.  The meal, which takes place in the Fellowship Hall of the church, will be followed by a presentation by guest speaker State Rep. Thomas Petrolati.

Our free community meals have in part been due to a generous Loaves and Fishes grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and are supplemented by donations from church members and the community.

So come, enjoy a delicious hot meal and fellowship with friends and neighbors.  This is a time to meet up with old friends and make new friends in a welcoming atmosphere.  No reservations required – just come and enjoy!

October 19, 2014, Sunday service

The entire Sunday service is now available via YouTube.


Farmers’ Market

The participants in this years’ “cooperative” booth would like to thank everyone who came to the Farmers’ Market and supported their efforts.  The booth was a great success in terms of vendor sales and giving our church some additional visibility in the community.

As you perhaps know, Hope is sponsoring a “cooperative” booth at the Belchertown Farmers’ Market on the common on Sundays from 11am-3pm, starting Sunday, June 29. Hope’s Market Tent will offer fresh veggies, eggs, local cheese, plants, jams, and perhaps more grown or made by our congregation and select local

carrotsfarms. The church will receive a $5.00 fee +10% of each vendor’s sales. Best of all, you can stop by on your way home from church and get fresh food for lunch or dinner!

Are you interested in becoming a vendor through the church’s booth? Contact Joanna Page (413-218-2932) or Meg Lanphear (323-7368) for details.

This is one way in which our church can participate and be visible in the community, provide local and healthy food, and hopefully provide some fresh food to disadvantaged families following the market.