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NURSERY CARE AND CHURCH SCHOOL 

Babies and children of all ages are invited, welcomed and encouraged in our worship services. We have a nursery available for infants through three years of age for your convenience. We have a basket in the narthex filled with children’s worship activities to use during the worship service. The nursery room is staffed with two volunteers who would be happy to care for your child while you attend worship. You may drop your children off in the nursery room at 9:45 a.m. Following the children’s sermon all children ages 4 through 7th grade are invited to go to church school . All children are to be picked up immediately after worship.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DEACONS MEETING  There will be a Deacon Meeting today at 11:30 AM. 

Lenten Devotional Booklets and Lenten Coloring Books -  Are available when you leave the sanctuary, in the Vestry and outside of Jane’s office.  As we step into Lent, let us gather together as a church family and reflect on how God is speaking to us individually and as a church family.  We do not travel alone, GOD IS AT WORK!

 LENTEN BOOK STUDY Will be held Wednesdays, March 15, 22, 29 and April 5 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Rev Gray will lead the study on More Than Enough by Lee Hull Moses.  Copies will be available in the office at $16.00 per book.  Please call Jane at 867-2260 to reserve your copy.  Light snacks will be served.

Spectrum’s Sleep Out in Burlington In keeping with their passion to help the homeless, two members of our church Missions Committee, Cheryl Gasperetti and Jacki Becker, are participating in  Spectrum’s Sleep Out in Burlington. The Sleep Out is an annual event that raises funds to provide young adults a safe place to live and access to the services that will help them build their own success. On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017  the group will come together for this event. Participants will spend the night outside, sleeping on the ground, in solidarity with  teenagers and young adults who are homeless or at risk of       homelessness.  In addition to fueling their  passion to  assist the homeless, Cheryl and Jacki are participating so they can decide if they want to spearhead this event in Bennington in the  future.  Please consider making a donation to support these charitable women as they brave the elements to support the homeless in our state.  Their team goal is $4,000.  No contribution is too small.  You can make an online  donation here http://give.spectrumvt.org/goto/MerckMommas  or if you prefer to write a check, please make it out to; Spectrum Youth & Family Services and either give it to Cheryl or Jacki, the church office, or mail to: Spectrum Youth & Family Services, 31 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.  Please be sure to reference the team name of  Merck Mommas.  For questions call or email Cheryl or Jacki Cheryl 293-5196, cgasp@vermontel.net  Jacki 325-2277, jhbrodworks@yahoo.com

AN INTERFAITH SEDER will be held on Sunday, March 19th at 5:00 PM at Israel Congregation of  Manchester.  Please sign-up in the office.  We have been assigned the making of the vegetable kugel.  Please see Jane for recipe and sign-up.  We need 8 batches.

IT’S TIME TO ORDER YOUR EASTER LILIES! Call Jane at 867-2260 to order your Easter lilies and give the dedication you would like printed in the bulletin. The deadline for orders is Monday, April 3.   The price for each lily plant this year is $12.   Make your checks payable to United Church of Dorset and East Rupert.

HOMILISTS WANTED We invite you to contemplate being one of our homilists for our SEVEN LAST WORDS SERVICE.  We have forged that service into a very moving experience and would like to keep the Seven Last Words meditations insightful and moving. If you are interested, please call the office at 867-2260.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING “You Are There” is the theme for the 2017 One Great Hour of  Sharing appeal.  This special mission offering enables the United Church of Christ to reach people and communities affected by disaster, displacement and poverty.  Our support is administered through partner organizations responding to health, education, and agricultural development needs, refugee initiatives, and domestic and international disaster response.

Last year disasters were increased in numbers and intensity.  During October, Hurricane Matthew forced 150,000 Haitians from their homes into shelters as it crossed to Cuba, and hit several U.S. states before ending its rampage in North Carolina.  UCC Disaster Ministries helped survivors recover by supplying emergency food and shelter to thousands in North Carolina and Florida as well as Haiti and Cuba. Our One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be taken on March 26th.  Every gift allows us to say “We Are There.”  Thank you.  The Mission Committee

Lenten Food Drive Spring listening Winter Supper