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

Hope's place serving team

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.

CROP Hunger Walk

When: Sunday, October 19th; registration at 12:00, walk begins at 12:30
Where: Belchertown Common
This is a 5 mile walk in town that begins and ends on the common.
CROP Hunger Walks are sponsored by Church World Service and help raise funds to feed the hungry in our own community and throughout the world.
This year is the 25th annual CROP walk in Belchertown! Belchertown’s event is organized by our friends at BUCC.
Register online at Click on “CROP Hunger Walk”, then Massachusetts and Belchertown to find our event. Right now we don’t have our own team. We can form a team or register as individuals. If you are interested in walking let Alice Collins know and we will decide if we should form a team.
You may also register at noon on the common on the day of the walk. Alice will be getting collection envelopes for anyone who would like to take cash donations as well as getting online sponsors. Raise $100 and receive a T-shirt!

2012 CROP walk

2012 CROP walk

Belchertown Fair

It was a beautiful weekend September 19th to 21st for a hometown fair.  The weather was cool and crisp and the rain stayed away for 2 of the 3 days.  Our parking lot, always the popular and convenient spot for fair-goers, was full most of the weekend.  20140919_142645 The brownie sundaes were exceptionally delicious and were a hot item, especially on Saturday in the gorgeous weather.20140919_14291720140920_090616  The Missions committee produced a crop of warm, yummy apple pies to sell to parade-goers along with melt in your mouth donuts and coffee.20140920_090632




Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make these fundraisers successful!!