Congregational Church of Putnam

Volume 26

Pastor’s Letter

The Beacon

September, 2019

Number 9

Dear Friends:

Here we are at the beginning of the school year when church activities also pick up speed.  Summertime has been a settling in time for me, a pretty sharp learning curve as I learn the traditions and expectations of ministry in your Congregation and community.  It has also been a time of planning ahead.  In the many years that I have served both in parish ministry and interim ministry, I have usually introduced some new ideas along the way.

In August, we tried out having a one time Vacation Bible Family Night with a pot luck supper.  It's sometimes easier to do this in the summer when school and sports schedules allow more free time.  We enjoyed crafts, games, Bible study, acting out the Bible story with costumes and props and many very willing participants.  And of course, the food was great!

This fall and winter, we might experiment with some Sunday afternoon all ages fellowship activities and outings.  I am new to this area, so I welcome all suggestions that you have.  The fall season brings to mind apple picking, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and hikes.

We are now holding sign ups for the adult day foliage trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum on Wednesday, October 9th.  A $20 deposit reserves your place and the total cost of museum admission and pre-paid lunch at a local restaurant is estimated to be between $35 and $40.  The sign up sheet is on the table in the Fellowship Hall.

It is also time to learn more about how we will utilize our Interim time and conduct the search for our long time settled pastor.  Our area minister, the Rev. Chuck Ericson will join us for worship on Sunday, September 22nd.  Chuck and I will share in worship together with Chuck preaching.  Following worship, we will all be able to meet with Chuck to hear about the search process and ask our questions.  This will take place in the Fellowship Hall as part of the Fellowship time.

Please join us Sundays as we launch our fall season.  The start of Sunday School and Homecoming Sunday are September 15th.  We'll have a cook out at church to celebrate.  I hope to see you there.

Yours in Christ's service,

Moderator's Report
September 2019

It is hard to believe that summer is almost over, can't  you just see and feel the changes happening all around us.  Our church as well as the community is excitedly preparing  for all the Fall activities.   Kids are back to school,  all the local Fairs are well under way, and we are ready for our own Woodstock Fair Frappe Booth.  
Sunday School Kick Off and Homecoming Sunday will take place on September  15th.  Hopefully you are planning on attending and bring a friend or two.  Come see all the exciting new things going on and help support this very important  day in the life of our church.    Come home again.  

First Friday takes place on September 6th where again Kat will have " Super Heroes " activities on the front lawn.  Be sure to check it out.  
We are in need a Sunday School assistant or two alternating ones to work along side Kat every Sunday.  The Safe Church  Policy  requires  us to have two people in the classroom  at all times.  If we are unable to fill that position we will ask people to volunteer on a rotating  basis.  Hopefully, if we can get 8 to 10 people then it would only be once every 2 months or so.  We certainly would prefer to have a permanent  classroom  assistant that would help offer consistency to the children and build a more unified teaching team with Kat.  We really need your help.  Our children are the future of our church, and we need to invest all our talents and resources in providing  the best program we can.  
Pastor Kathy has been very busy planning  and organizing  activities; in fact, she along with her friend Kristen, held a Bible Camp for kids and families.   It was a great success; there were 26 people in attendance enjoying art projects, games, delicious food, songs, worship, communion  and great fellowship.  It was very exciting  to see Pastor Kathy down on the floor playing "Twister" with the kids.  They were amazed and so were we.  Way to go Kathy.  
Kathy also informed the council  of a "Super Saturday Conference" that is to take place on October 4th in Framingham.  She highly recommended these workshops and felt it would be a great opportunity  to enhance  the personal growth and spirituality of members and in turn our church.  At the present time we have 5 people interested, actively picking out their workshops and registering.  Faith Fellowship  has graciously  agreed to sponser this activity and we can not thank all of you enough.   
Another item that Pastor Kathy has been organizing  is a Fall trip to the Norman Rockwell  Museum  in Stockbridge  Massachusetts  on October  9th.  There is a sign up sheet and information in the chapel, so be sure to look for it.  
Chuck Ericson, our UCC Conference  Minister, will be visiting us on September  22nd and, along with Pastor Kathy, will discuss "Where Do We Go From Here" in our search for a settled  minister.  You will certainly  want to be here for that as it is sure to be a very informative  day.  
The Council held it's  first meeting of the 2019/2020 session on August 13th.  As you know we previously  had been working on our Safe Church Policy and put it on the back burner as we were busy with the Interim Minister  search.  With all that is going on in the world today and given that Sunday School  is starting up soon we felt that it was imperative  to have plans and procedures in place.  Therefore,  a subcommittee was formed and met on August  25th to address  Emergency  Procedures  for cases of  #1 Fires,  #2 Active Shooters,  and  #3 Medical. We will meet again in a few weeks  to finalize  and approve  these plans and, hopefully along with the local police, will present them to the congregation as so as possible.   
Other events happening in the life of our church is Faith Fellowship meeting on September  8th after church, the annual Swedish  Meatball Supper on October  4th,  and the Harvest Fair on October 19th.  Don't  miss them,  come and enjoy the fun.  
As always,  Prayer meeting is held on Monday night at 6:30.  Bible study is Wednesday mornings at 10:30 and Thursday  nights at 6:30.   We are hoping to expand our exercise group this fall;  we could use some new motivation.  We meet on Mondays, Wednesdays,  and Thursdays  at 8:45.  It is open to all so come and join in the fun and gear up  (or down) for the winter/holiday months.   
And remember to sign up on the board in the back of the church to offer to greet and usher, do a reading,  serve communion,  or provide for Fellowship  Hour.  Your church needs you. There are so many ways to be involved  in the life of our church.  It takes a mountain. 
Matthew 5: 16.    "In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who  is in Heaven.”
Audrey Lombardi 

Deacon’s Report

I am a new Deacon this year and look forward to serving this church and its congregation.  There are things to learn, and Bill Pearsall has been instructing me along the way as he is quite seasoned at this role.

As deacons, we are responsible for coordinating, supporting, and encouraging all members participating in ministries related to worship and member care.

I am encouraging all members to assist us by serving as a greeter and usher on Sunday mornings.  There is a sign-up board at the rear of the sanctuary to select the Sunday of your choice.  Two persons each week are needed.  Duties include arriving at church about 20 minutes early, extending a friendly hand shake and greeting to all entering the church as well as distributing our bulletin.  Also, you would count the number of people present and collect the offering.  No prior experience needed.  This is an easy way to get involved in our church.  Please sign up today!

Bette Clemens

The Congregational Church of Putnam
Council Minutes
June 3, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm

Skip Bates open the meeting with a prayer.

Those present: Greg Biggs, Tori Bates, Skip Bates, Audrey Lombardi, JoAnne Joslin, Kat Dunton, Bob Thompson, Sharon Amstrom.

Tori made a motion to accept the financial report and the May council meeting minutes. This motion was 2nd by Greg.

Based on the interview with Kathleen Henry on May 29, 2019, Greg made a motion to make Kathleen Henry an offer of $50,000 to $60,000. Tori 2nd this motion. Greg will reach out to Kathleen and discuss the salary and hours that Kathleen will be in the office and making calls to local facilities.

A motion was made by Greg to adjourn the meeting at 7:10 pm this was 2nd by JoAnne.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kat Dunton, Clerk


Norman Rockwell Revisited
Tuesday, September 24th
 6:30 - 8 pm

Join Rev. Kathy to hear a fresh perspective
on Norman Rockwell,
The Person and the Artist
Open to all, those visiting the Museum,
as well as other interested persons.

Fall Foliage Trip to Norman Rockwell Museum

Stockbridge, Ma.
Wed., October 9th
Cars depart church parking lot 8:00 am
Return (approx)  5:00 pm
Total Cost estimate $35-$40
Includes Museum Admission
Pre-paid and pre-ordered lunch
at Six Depot, West Stockbridge, Ma.

Sign up in Fellowship Hall with $20 deposit
 Checks payable to Congregational Church of Putnam


Sunday, November 3rd
Following Worship
Author Mai Donohue
will share with us
the story of her life in Vietnam.
Her book, "Crossing the Bamboo Bridge",
 available soon for purchase
at Church Office for $20.

2019-2020 NUT SALE

It is that time again. Yes, September is upon us and it is time for the annual nut sale to begin. I recently received this year’s information from our purveyor, Terri-Lynn.  I will be doing the Nut Sale this year along with Roberta and Bill Solomon. 

As is the case in most years, there is a significant price increase for most of the products. I have adjusted our prices to reflect these changes (see printable order form).

Please start to think about the upcoming season(s) and the fact that these nuts can satisfy a lot of our needs at various venues.

Thanks so much for your co-operation in the past and let’s make this year even better!

Jo-Anne Joslin
Campaign Chairman