Motorcycle Committee: Sat Aug.6 a motorcycle and special car rally will be held beginning at the parking lot of the Town Offices. Registration will be $20 (to be shared between DV Rescue and WDCC) and the ride about 130 miles. Blueberry treats will be served as riders and drivers conclude the ride.
Blueberry Committee: Dario reported that plans include offering water bottles to participants in the parade, balloons possibly with a church logo will be available, and blueberry bushes may be available for purchase
Dario reported on an initiative by the Deerfield Valley Community Partnership to sponsor an event for families in recovery and involvement with babies/children born into addicted families.
LKG: Barbara reported that the following is scheduled: Attic and Bake Sale on Sat July 2, Welcome Center Thurs Sept 8 and Friday Backpack meals for identified elementary children to begin this fall.
At our Annual Meeting in January we had a fun and lively discussion about what we can do to move our church, it’s mission and the Word, forward and even more into the community. We came up with a list of initiatives, we had a chance to put votes to our favorites and formed mini-task forces to start working on these projects. Here’s what we’ll be working on these next few months. We agreed to keep the list, to grow the list and to check back with our task force groups on a regular basis.
In God’s name, we are swimming forward, not treading water at West Dover Congregational
WEST DOVER CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH ANNUAL MEETING-Jan 31, 2016
Swimming in the Current of Faith and Service
It wasn’t just the delicious pot luck luncheon that left me and (I believe) many others feeling satisfied after the West Dover Congregational Church Annual Meeting. At times the energy was electric and the evidence of commitment and service on the part of all the committees was unshakably apparent before all who attended.
Having not one, but two capable and consistent quality Pastors as we approach the selection of a new Settled Pastor in the near future has been an obvious blessing to WDCC.
In response the question, “shall we tread water or swim?” there was a resounding call to “swim,” a metaphor for not only continuous action and service to our community at home and beyond; but also to take up many new and exciting initiatives, backed by the resolve of teams of members devoted to acts of faith as demonstrated though service.
Thanks to this commitment on the part of so many, WDCC will be undertaking many new exiting initiatives this year including:
- Health care initiatives including wellness clinics and checkups for seniors and children. Support for working through grief, cancer support and more.
- Coordinating activities with local events including Blueberry Festival, Tough Mudder and more.
- A motorcycle rally. (yes-you got that right.) Many of us ride.
- High level music programs and performances both within the Church and for the Community including a Christmas Carol sing.
- Offering classes and workshops including; exercise, yoga and possibly Tai Chi, budgeting and managing finances, reading/book group, and more.
- Support for new church members.
- Continued support for the Food Pantry, Scouts, and the Recovery community as well as other community service organizations.
2016 looks to be an exciting time for West Dover Congregational Church and we are always looking for more “swimmers” to join us.
Mission is at the heart of the West Dover Congregational community. We believe in the importance of fellowship in the church, are deeply involved in our local community, and care for our entire world. Our Meetinghouse Concert series is one of the gifts we give to our community at which at the same time we hope to raise funds for a variety of missions and projects in our area.
Here’s just some of what is going on at West Dover:
LKG – Our church’s women’s fellowship. The LKG (Loose Knit Group) supports the church through fundraising, including a Thanksgiving pie sale and Memorial Day tag sale. LKG gives generously to area groups, and buys Christmas presents for a local family in need each year.
Deerfield Valley Food Pantry – Founded in part by members of our community, the Food Pantry distributes food to individuals and families throughout the Valley. We remain actively involved and contribute both volunteers and financial assistance. We occasionally also have Red Sox vs. Yankees and Giants vs. Patriots food drives to benefit the Pantry.
Scouting – We sponsor and host at our church the local Cub and Boy Scout troop.
Habitat for Humanity – We support the work of West River Habitat for Humanity, and several of our members are frequent volunteers.
Kurn Hattin Home – We have an on-going drive for new and gently-used children’s books for the residents of this children’s home/school.
Alcoholics Anonymous – We host meetings two nights a week at our church. (Sat., Mon.)
Stamp Ministry – we collect used postage stamps. The stamps are boxed and sent to FL to a former member. The stamps are re-sold and the money is used to supply churches with children’s education materials written in Spanish.
In addition, either our church directly or the LKG financially supports these ministries:
Brattleboro Women’s Freedom Center (confronting domestic violence)
East Dover Fire Department
West Dover Fire Department
Deerfield Valley Rescue
We also give generously to local families facing emergency situations through our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.
For more information on the United Church of Christ mission projects:
United Church of Christ Special Mission Offerings (SMOs) exist to allow congregations and individuals to meet people at points of critical need in their lives. Though many options exist for direct, individual support of these needs, the SMOs allow a common witness and make a collective positive impact. Our church has identified four areas where these critical human needs exist:
• in places lacking health and educational resources and/or where disaster has struck;
• within systems of injustice which oppress daily life and opportunity;
• in the lives of church leaders without sufficient resources to live with dignity;
• in the nurture of youth and congregations just beginning their lives of faith.
We believe these SMOs collectively serve to lift people closer to the abundance and wholeness to which Jesus Christ has called us to work together to bring about.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Supports partners in countries with ministries that fund health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries and both international and domestic disaster response, administered by Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.
This offering is received on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Strengthen the Church
Supports church growth, pastoral and lay leadership development, youth and young adult ministries within conferences and administered by Local Church Ministries.
This offering is received on Pentecost Sunday.
Neighbors in Need
One-third of this offering supports the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM) and two-thirds is administered by Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
This offering is received on First Sunday of October as part of World Communion Sunday.
The Christmas Fund
Provides direct financial assistance to retired and active United Church of Christ authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks. A ministry of the Pension Boards, the offering is received annually on the Sunday before Christmas.
This offering is received on the Sunday before Christmas.