The Vine: The first issue of the church’s new quarterly newsletter, The Vine, has been distributed. You should have received a copy by email if you’re on our email list, and you may have (also) received a paper copy by mail if you’re on the church mailing list! If you didn’t receive a copy and you’d like one, or if you know of someone who’d like a copy, please contact the church by email or phone. Note that the newsletter contains information on Phase 1 of our “soft” restart of opportunities for in-person worship, which begins Sunday, May 2!
Outreach: Our next outreach project will be a collection of items for Maynard House (previously the Upper Valley Hostel) which provides friendly, comforting and affordable lodging for patients and their families who are receiving treatment and care at local hospitals. They are in need of Disinfecting wipes, Dishwasher pods, Laundry detergent, Trash bags—large kitchen and small 4 gallon size; any brand is okay for these items. Items can be left on the serving table in Trumbull Hall until May 16. This is another great opportunity to reach out and share our Christian Love with others.
Drive-Through Ham and Bean Supper: Mark your calendars – Saturday, May 15, 2021, for a drive-through version of the famous Ham and Bean Supper! Delicious ham, homemade baked beans, coleslaw, homemade rolls, and cookies will be served on a to-go basis – $10 per meal suggested donation. Meals will be available for pick up from 4:30-6:00 PM. Reservations may be made by calling Norma Pelton. Twenty-five meals will be available to be picked up every 15 minutes from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. We are hoping to sell 150 meals this year. This is a community event so tell your neighbors about it!
Posters are available at church if you’d like to post one (or more!) in places you frequent.
Missions: The Etna Missions Committee will meet via Zoom at 6 PM on 5 May (meeting information appears below). All interested parties are invited to join in (contact the church via email if you need the Zoom meeting credentials).
Hanover Center Chicken Barbecue June 26, 2021: The Hanover Center Fair Committee has decided not to hold the Fair in 2021 due to continuing concerns with COVID-19. In lieu of the Fair, the Committee is planning a take-out Chicken Barbecue dinner during what would have been Fair weekend (Saturday, June 26). The great success of the Chicken Pie Supper in October has encouraged us to try this.
A raffle will also be part of the event, with raffle tickets included in the price of the dinner so everyone has opportunity to win! In an effort to help small local businesses as well as raise funds for the church, the Committee is hoping to get monetary donations from church family members and community members that will be used to buy gift certificates at local businesses. The gift certificates will be part of the raffle prize list. This will serve the dual purpose of supporting our church’s mission to help others in the community and simultaneously raise money for the church.
Details are still be decided for the event, but in the meantime, ways the church family can help at this time are: