Meals ministry: Becky Luce had knee surgery June 17th and is now recuperating with rest and physical therapy. We have extended her meal ministry an additional couple of weeks as she is still not able to be out and about (to shop) or standing for any period of time (to prepare food). Additional meal deliveries will be appreciated. Contact Christine Hoskin for further information.
Gini Hawes is feeling much better and has asked that we discontinue her meals at this time. She and John are very grateful for all who brought (and offered to bring) food and extended loving care.
Etna Gospel Group Concert: The Etna Gospel Group is hosting a special Summer Gospel Mini-Concert on Tuesday July 20th at 7 PM in the Hanover Center church. The acoustics there are amazing and the setting on a summer evening will be lovely. The mini-concert is celebrating the poetry of Kim Laustsen, who has collaborated with several of our church members in composing a number of songs that have been shared at our worship services in recent years. All are welcome to come listen--it will be less than an hour and filled with joy. Weather permitting, there will be light refreshments on the lawn following the concert to meet and toast Kim, who is visiting us for this special evening from Bend, Oregon. For questions, please contact Marjorie Rose.
Band concert: Our next outreach event will be our annual UPPER VALLEY COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT, ON THE ETNA GREEN on Saturday July 24th, 2021 at 6:30PM. COME ENJOY THE MUSIC, FELLOWSHIP, AND PIE & ICE CREAM. If you would like to bake a pie(s) please sign up at the Sunday morning worship services on July 11th or July 18th, or call Norma Pelton. Please tell your friends!
(Updated) Chicken BBQ update: As mentioned last week, the Hanover Center Fair Committee extends its thanks to the church family for supporting and participating in the recent drive-through Chicken BBQ! The proceeds of the event assist in continuing the mission and ministry of the church. So many people volunteered to help, bought meals, solicited and contributed donations, and told their friends, making the event a big success. The event served 239 meals and raised over $3,200 PLUS the Byrne Foundation contributed an additional $3,000 (they usually support the Fair and were willing to support the BBQ event in lieu of the Fair this year), so a grand total of over $6,200 was raised! Truly a gift to the church coffers. And as is the case with all our church events, this was a great opportunity to share warmth and fellowship - even drive-through style - with the larger community. Thanks for your support.
(Updated) Spring 2021 Etna Ladies Aid Rummage Sale Update: The Etna Ladies Aid wishes to express their sincere thanks to the many people who donated to our first rummage sale since the pandemic. Special thanks go to the many people who came out to shop! We are very pleased to report that $3,608.59 was raised during this two-day event. We will decide in upcoming meetings what local community projects and service organizations we will support with these funds. Previous sales’ proceeds have gone to support, e.g., the playground on the Etna Green, the historical pictures that hang in Trumbull Hall, the Good Neighbor Clinics, The Haven, LISTEN and the annual Summer Band Concert on the Etna Green. Mark your calendars for our next rummage sale: September 24 and 25.
Thanks go also to Ralph Puckett who drove the unused clothing to the Rise Again Outreach Mission Project in Loudon, NH.
Etna Missions Committee: Rise Again Outreach is most grateful for our congregation’s donation of clothing and other items from the rummage sale. Thirty bags and boxes were delivered to their headquarters in Loudon and will be available for the people they serve. Updates on Rise Again’s ministry will be discussed during a Moment for Missions on 25 July. The Missions Committee also offered our congregation’s best wishes and prayers for missionary Madeline Flores’ return to the Dominican Republic in July. She is most appreciative and is working on a personal visit in October or November.