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Volume 56, No 5


The First Congregational Church Newsletter

A Congregation of the United Church of Christ at 26 Central Street in West Boylston, Massachusetts

VOLUME 56, NO. 5

MAY 2011


Sunday, May 1 ~ The Second Sunday of Easter 10:15 a.m. ~ Worship and Church School The Sacrament of Holy Communion The Reverend Dr. Jack Malcolmson preaching Chancel Choir Following Worship ~ Congregational Election Meeting Sunday, May 8 ~ The Third Sunday of Easter 10:15 a.m. ~ Worship and Church School The Reverend Steven A. Small preaching Claire Paquette, mezzo soprano Alex Desilets, tenor Chancel Choir Sunday, May 15 ~ The Fourth Sunday of Easter 10:15 a.m. ~ Worship and Church School The Sacrament of Christian Baptism The Rite of Confirmation The Reverend George E. Vogel preaching Chancel Choir Sunday, May 22 ~ The Fifth Sunday of Easter 10:15 a.m. ~ Worship and Church School The Reverend Steven A. Small preaching Chancel Choir Chancel Ringers Grace Johnson, flute Joseph Halko, oboe Sunday, May 29 ~ The Sixth Sunday of Easter 10:15 a.m. ~ Worship and Church School The Reverend Karen Haringa preaching Chancel Choir


Chirpings.................................2 Christian Outreach Board News Confirmation News Circle Supper New Members..........................3 Community Nursery School News Adult Discussion Group Lectionary Church Office Hours.................4 The Church Register Birthdays Prayer and Praise In the Mailbag...........................5 Calendar Church School News Crossroads & J-Unit News Zentangle Workshop VBS Church Staff /Address Confirmation Sunday....Back Page

CIRCLE SUPPER May 14th See page 3

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The Church Bell

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Chirpings ...

By the time you receive this issue of the Bell the events of Holy Week and Easter Sunday services will have past. However, the first evidences of spring will be evident. Trees and bushes will begin to show ever larger buds, and flowers will begin to peek through the ground. Nurseries will be opening and everyone will begin to think about new life following a long and snowy winter. However, we must remember that although Easter Sunday is over, we have seven Sundays after Easter in which we can reflect upon what happened on Easter Sunday itself. Throughout this season the risen Christ will appear to the disciples offering them the gift of peace. The risen Christ will appear to disciples walking their way to Emmaus as they are overcome with loss and sadness. But in their sadness Christ appears to reassure and comfort. We will read about Jesus as the Good Shepherd who calls his own sheep and leads them out and reminds all of us that, "Whoever enters by me will be saved." We will read of Jesus' promise that he goes to prepare a place for his followers in his Father's house and that Jesus does not leave his followers alone and abandoned. As Pentecost gets closer we will be told that the risen Christ remains in us as the Spirit of truth. These are exciting events and are told to us to ever remind us that in Christ we are new creations, offered the truth of the resurrection. We know that the tomb was found empty and that resurrection, for us, means rising from the grave. The resurrection was not just a raising of Jesus from the dead but an invitation for the resurrection of the body to all who believe. Let us then not leave Easter Sunday as a date that has passed but instead let us look upon Easter Sunday as a never ending event in which God shows his love to all who accept the invitation to be his own. Let every day be Easter in our lives because this is the greatest ongoing event in the history of the world. As people of God, let us accept this great call and be one with God not only on Easter Sunday but for all time. By accepting this great call not only will the trees and flowers that surround us bud but we as the people of God will flower as well. ~ Blessings, George.

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Blankets+ Program -more important now than ever!

What is the CHURCH WORLD SERVICE Blankets+ Program? Blankets+ is a special mission opportunity for all ages. Some 8,000 congregations and groups across the United States hold CWS Blankets+ events, providing funds to help people in need around the world, including the U.S. For over 60 years, Church World Service has worked in partnership with local communities to identify their needs and access the resources they need to build the foundation for a more viable future, including: · Blankets, tents, food and other emergency supplies in the wake of a disaster · Tools and seeds for refugees returning home to replant their fields · Wells for families living in drought prone areas to provide clean, safe water to drink and to irrigate crops and gardens · Literacy training and microcredit for women struggling to realize their potential. Confirmation I students should be nearing the end of their work with their mentors. Confirmation II Personal Faith Statement papers due by May 8th. Saturday, May 14th at 1:00-walk thru for Confirmation Service The Rite of Confirmation will take place on May 15 during the 10:15 service. Tell your friends and family about it now! CIRCLE SUPPER An informal gathering of adult members and friends of our church. What a great way to get to know each other better. The host provides the main dish, rolls, coffee/tea. The other participants provide the vegetable, salad, and dessert. Each "circle" will include recent and long standing members so we have an opportunity to get to know each other better. Our next supper is planned for Saturday, May 14th. Sign up sheets are in Fellowship Hall or email [email protected] Please specify if you would like to host. Please sign up ASAP; last date to sign up will be May 8th. All are welcome; singles and couples For more details please call Karen Michalak at 508-853-2440 or Lue Hawley at 508-835-3827.

You're the plus in Blankets+!

A volunteer from the Outreach Board will be downstairs in Fellowship Hall after services in midApril and May collecting donations for this important ministry. We will have the opportunity to support this mission by purchasing Mother's Day and Father's Day cards as we have done in the past. Also check out the Church World Service website for more information: JOHN STREET SOUP KITCHEN Our church will be serving the meal at the John Street Soup Kitchen on Saturday, May 7th. Please contact Gary Johnson at [email protected] or 978-368-1116 for further information.

New Members will be received during worship on Sunday, June 5

Is it time for you to take the next step in commitment by becoming a member of the First Congregational Church in West Boylston? Please see one of the pastors if you would like to join or if you have questions or call the church office at 508-835-4462.

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The Church Bell

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Hello from the Adult Discussion Group! Wednesday Night at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall

The Adult Discussion Group has returned from our Lenten study of the Unbinding Series. We have started a new and exciting exploration of the Bible from the perspective of women and their interactions with men that forced them to make difficult decisions. As we all know, many times our dealings with other people cause joy and happiness. However, at other times our interactions with other people, especially loved ones, can cause stress and friction. It is these latter types of relationships that will be explored in our new series. Please come and join us to learn again why the examples of the Bible are every bit as real today as they were thousands of years ago. Please come and join us as we explore new ways of learning from the Bible. ~Blessings, George

COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL We are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Our school has served the young children and families from area communities for over 45 years. Toddler and Preschool Programs Community Nursery School offers full and half day classes. Our schedule is as follows. Tuesday ­ Thursday 9:00-12:00 * Monday - Wednesday ­ Friday AM 9:00-12:00 Monday - Wednesday - Friday PM 12:30 -3:00 Monday ­ Wednesday ­ Friday Full Day 9:00-3:00 *With enough interest, full day classes will be offered Tuesday, Thursday afternoon. This will allow children to attend five full days. For more information please contact Joanne Mrugala at 508 -835-3845. Open House ~ Wednesday, May 25 from 3-7 p.m. Church members receive 10% discount on tuition.


TELEPHONE: 508-835-4462 FAX: 508-835-4463 OFFICE EMAIL: [email protected] WEBSITE: Messages may be left on the church phone system for the staff at any time. Senior Pastor-Steven Small (ext. 11) is off on Mondays. He is available for scheduled appointments throughout the week. Associate PastorGeorge Vogel (ext. 20) is available for scheduled appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays. Financial Assist-Brenda Smith (ext. 12) will be in Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-2. Church School SuperintendentMarie Shaw (ext. 15). Administrative Asst-Cynthia Montalvo (ext. 10) New Email addresses are: Steven: [email protected] George: [email protected] Financial Office: [email protected] Christian Ed Office: [email protected]

Lectionary Readings for May

May 1 Acts 2:14a, 22-32 I Peter 1:3-9 May 8 Acts 2:14a, 36-41 I Peter 1:17-23 May 15 Acts 2:42-27 I Peter 2:19-25 May 22 Acts 7:55-60 I Peter 2:2-10 May 29 Acts 17:22-31 I Peter 3:13-22 Second Sunday of Easter Psalm 16 John 20:19-31 Third Sunday of Easter Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 Luke 24:13-35 Confirmation Sunday Psalm 23 John 10:1-10 Fifth Sunday of Easter Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 John 14:1-14 Sixth Sunday of Easter Psalm 66:8-20 John 14:15-21

*Update your email address. Send changes to: [email protected]

The June Bell Deadline is Tuesday, May 17th.

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I would like to thank all those who drive me to and from church, hang up my coat, get me coffee, etc. Without this help I couldn't attend worship, so I am very grateful. My prayer is that someone will be kind to you when you are old. ~ Sincerely, Leti Ross Matthew Pulnik, Dot and Russ Grady's grandson, would like to THANK everyone who donated to his successful can and bottle drive. The $360.00 raised will be sent to Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation with ALL money going to research for a cure. His next Fundraiser "FUNDAY for DBA" will be June 25th at 396 Wilson Street, Clinton, MA.

May Birthdays

02 Carol Pusateri 02 Ross Walendziak 02 Samuel Colangelo 02 Matthew Breen 04 Abigail Malo 05 Amy Malo 06 Ethan Bombredi 09 Beverly Goodale 10 Hannah Rotti 10 Nicole Gagnon 11 Bonnie Goodale 11 Michael Wahl 12 Brad Hawley 12 Deborah Fancy 12 Jessica Landeo 13 Julie Hailey 14 Janice Bartlett 14 Lori Puccetti 14 Philip Burt 15 Gladys Strong 15 Alexander Riley 15 Joshua Landeo 16 Richard Shaw 17 David Webb

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Prayer and Praise

All those with health concerns: Shirley Rotti Dennis Smith Lisa Zendzian Pam Bjorklund Tim Dorwart John McAloney Milton Bartlett Lauren Skillman-Priscilla & Don Wilson's granddaughter Gayle & Bob Roy-Louise Howland's sister and brother-in-law Patty Juinto-Paul's sister-in-law (Paul comes in for occasional assistance and food) Jonah Ortiz-Leti Ross' great grandson Nancy Kelleher-Deb McAloney's sister Beverly O'Neil-Irene Munyon's daughter Glennis Bryant-Esther Bryant's sister-in-law Caryl Breen- Jen Breen's mother-in-law Missy Cahill-Jen Breen's cousin Robert Mickett-friend of Breen family Deployed to Afghanistan: Gregory Given-Irene Munyon's grandson Loren Crone-Chuck Crone's nephew Other concerns: Rick Shaw and family as they grieve the death of his father-Bill Lang. Thanksgiving for all who come through our doors. All those around the world affected by natural disasters. Our service men and women around the world and their families. Those who are unemployed among us and around the country.

17 Carolyn Harris 17 Benjamin Howard 18 Amy Patch 18 Sophia Landeo 19 Daryl Hamilton 20 Marion Dowell 20 Rachel O'Connor 21 Julian Smith 22 Todd Rotti 23 David Gullett 23 Jennifer Newman 23 Carissa Bartholomae 24 Douglas Hayward 25 Scott Johnson 25 Ruth Patch 25 Peter Espe 27 Kristin Mattson 28 The Rev. Dr. James Bronwell 28 Dr. Ray Hookway 29 Lue Hawley 29 Richard Skodis 30 Ann Kokernak

The Reverend Dr. James Bronwell,

one of our pastors in residence, has been selected as interim minister at Union Congregational Church, UCC in Maynard. Please keep Jim and the Maynard congregation in your prayers as they go forward.

The Church Register

BAPTISM Avery Laperle Mahoney April 10 DEATHS Waldo B. Cummings April 1 Chester K. Grosvenor Jr. April 15

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All of our Church School students (from pre-school through Grade 8) will be celebrating their year of faith formation by taking part in the worship service on Children's Sunday, June 12th. Please mark your calendars, and keep up the good attendance so that classes can practice!

The Children's Choir will sing during worship on Children's Sunday, June 12th, led by Ruth Patch. They will rehearse at 11:30 after Church School on the following days: May 22, May 29 and June 5.

Children's Offering for the Church School Classrooms are donated to the following causes: PK & K--Food Pantry Grades 1-8--Sponsorship of Rethabile Mokole through World Vision. After the sponsorship is paid, the balance will be added to a fund established to purchase new choir robes. Please encourage your children to contribute. All good habits start young!

Led by Church School Teachers, Lauren Espe and Jody Barnard, a Children's Chime Choir is being formed. This choir will not conflict with the Children's singing Choir. The first rehearsal is scheduled for May 15th from 9:15-10:00 in the parlor off Fellowship Hall. If your child is interested but is still not signed up, please contact Jody ([email protected]) or Lauren ([email protected]).

Vacation Bible School August 15-19 register your children now!!! (see flyer)

To reach the Christian Education Office: call (508) 835-4462, ext. 15 or e-mail [email protected]

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Crossroads News

Thanks to all for a great Pancake Breakfast. We had a great time and served quite a few people. Also many thanks to those who helped with the clean-up; the church looks great!

We will head to RFK in Lancaster for a painting project on May 1st. We will leave following church. We will change and have some lunch quick and head to Lancaster for painting. We should be done around 4p-5p. Please let Mrs. Shaw or Mr. Colangelo know if you will be attending so we can plan on drivers. Sunday May 8th will be our next meeting from 7p-9p. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend. Save the date...June 25th - End of the Program Year picnic at Colangelo's.

J-Unit News

Thanks to everyone who came out and worked at the pancake breakfast. We had a lot of fun and served quite a few people. Also thanks to anyone who came to help with the church clean-up; it looks great! Our next event will be on May 1st. We will go to the RFK children's action corp. in Lancaster to do some painting. We will leave following church; we will change and have some lunch and go to Lancaster. We will be there until about 4p-5p. Please let Mrs. Doonan know if you can make it. We need to arrange enough drivers.

If you are in Grades 9-12 and would like to participate in the Crossroads Youth Group or If you are in Grades 6-8 and would like to participate in the J-Unit Youth Group contact one of our pastors, Steven A. Small at [email protected] or George E. Vogel at [email protected] or call 508-835-4462.

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Have you ever said? Introducing...

"I can't draw" ... "I'm not an artist"... "I'm not creative" ...

Then this is the perfect art form for you!

What is Zentangle?

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well-being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages. A Certified Zentangle Trainer, Karen Keefe, will guide us through the simple creative process on a fun Sunday afternoon.

Cost: only $35 per person for the class - includes instruction and materials

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

Contact: Jody Barnard 508-835-6779

Deadline: May 13th

(Make checks payable to: Karen Keefe and mail them to Jody Barnard at 115 N. Main St. W. Boylston MA 01583)

[email protected]


May 15, 2011

1:30 pm ­ 4:30 pm

Location: The First Congregational Church hall 26 Central Street, West Boylston, MA 01583

Come and discover the artist within ... bring your friends for a delightfully creative and relaxing afternoon.

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Before you say ... "I could never do that" ... remember:

And if you are an artist ­ come and learn a new art form that is simple, easy, relaxing and wonderfully fun!

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Vacation Bible School 2011 Registration Form

for children entering Kindergarten

through Grade 5 in September, 2011 Cost is $12 per child or $30 family cap. Please make checks payable to First Congregational Church and write VBS in Memo line. Mail to FCCWB, Attn: Marie, 26 Central Street, West Boylston, MA 01583

August 15-19, 2011 from 8:45-12:00 daily

Child's Name: Parent/Guardian Name: Address: E-mail Address: Phone Numbers: Cell: Child's Date of Birth Grade Entering in September, 2011 Home Church: Allergies / Medical Information / Special Instructions: Home: Work: Age

Shirt size:

Youth______ or Adult_______





Emergency Contact: Name Phone

Dismissal Information (if other than parent/guardian): Name:

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Community Nursery School Summer Program

It is time again to think about planning for our summer program. CNS hopes to offer 5 1/2 weeks of summer fun! Please take a minute to fill out the bottom of this form. Childs Name__________________________________ Available Weeks July 11th-15th July 18th-22nd July 25t -29th Aug 1st-5th Aug 8th -12th

Yes_______________ NO___________________

___________ ___________ ___________


___________ ___________ ___________


Children attending Vacation Bible School the week of the August 15 - 19 will be eligible to attend summer classes in the afternoon at a discounted rate. For information about VBS please contact Marie Shaw 508-835-4462.

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02 The Rev. Dr. Richard Wright 03 Shirley Rotti The Reverend Steven A. Small, Senior Pastor 03 Brenda Smith Ch.M., Minister of Music William E. Nierintz, 04 Anne Webb Financial Assistant Brenda J. Smith, 04 Jayson Pusateri R.N., Parish Nurse June Caldbeck-Crone, 05 David Sarkisian

The Reverend George E. Vogel, Associate Pastor Cynthia A. Montalvo, Administrative Assistant, Editor Joanne M. Mrugala, Community Nursery School Director Gary D. Johnson, Custodian EMAIL: [email protected] WEBSITE:


PHONE: 508-835-4462 FAX: 508-835-4463

- May 15

at 10:15 a.m.

Recognizing Our Graduates

Do you have a son or daughter who is graduating from high school or college? We would like to acknowledge this milestone by including their names in the June Church Register. For high school graduates include what college they plan to attend or job opportunity they'll take. For college/graduate school grads include the name of the school graduating from and the degree they're receiving. Please email this info to [email protected] or print the information and leave in or mail it to the church office

Children's Chime Choir

Led by Church School Teachers, Lauren Espe and Jody Barnard, a Children's Chime Choir is being formed. This choir will not conflict with the Children's singing Choir. The first rehearsal is scheduled for May 15th from 9:15-10:00 in the parlor off Fellowship Hall. If your child is interested but is still not signed up, please contact Jody ([email protected]) or Lauren ([email protected]).


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