Announcements Jan 2 – Jan 9

cranberry bogPLEASE NOTE: Sunday, January 31 – THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Sunday, January 3: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Our first meeting is this Sunday after the 10 a.m. service in the Fireplace Room. We will begin discussing Chapter 1 of James Carroll’s Christ Actually.

Sunday, January 3: YOUTH GROUP BRUNCH: Please attend the Youth Brunch in the Parish Hall just after the Sunday 10 a.m. service. Every first Sunday of the month the Youth Group serves a delicious brunch! Come and join the fun!

Wednesday, January 6: AN HOUR OF ENCOURAGEMENT – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the side Chapel in the Church. Emerging from our series on Julian of Norwich, a group has begun meeting each Wednesday. The content and format varies from week to week and may include readings from authors like Julian probing spiritual matters. All are welcome to join at any time and bring guests to participate in this intimate time together with the Lord.

Thursday, January 7: WOMEN’S LUNCHEON – The women of the parish will gather for their monthly luncheon at 12 noon in the Parish Hall. Volunteers for the day are Betty Yearing, Janet Winter and Joan Proctor. All women are welcome to come and enjoy the camaraderie, conversation and good food. Bring your own sandwich to share; beverages and dessert are provided. If you need a ride, call Peter Blank, 508-760-1516.

Friday, January 8: WALKING THE LABYRINTH – 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall. The Labyrinth is a spiritual walking exercise that quiets the mind, opens the heart and centers the body to en-courage meditation. Margaret Rappaport facilitates a walk on our indoor canvas Chartres-style Labyrinth. Theme: True Peace. The 10 a.m. walk is candle-lit and is accompanied by music courtesy of Darlene Hagon. The labyrinth is available for individual walks from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Saturday, January 9: Elizabeth (Libby) Pratt’s funeral service will be held here at the Church of the Holy Spirit at 11 a.m.

Thursday, January 14, 2016: GETTING TO KNOW YOU – Parish Pot Luck Supper at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Hosted by the Welcoming Paths Team: Sign up sheet in reception room. Pot Luck assignments: A – H, main course dish; I – M, side dish; N – P, salad; Q – Z, dessert. Music by our favorite DJ, Bernie Hutchens, playing all your favorites.

Friday, January 15: BOOK STUDY: Fr. Ken will be facilitating a study of Walter Brueggemann’s new book: Chosen? Reading The Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The study will take place on four Fridays at 12 Noon in the Parish Hall, beginning January 15 (bring your lunch). See Fr. Ken for more information or to sign up call 413-478-5719 or

Wednesday, January 20: MEN’S LUNCH – Will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. Bring your own bag lunch. Coffee and snacks are provided by our donations. All men in the parish are welcome. If you think of a friend who could come if a ride were provided, please invite them to come with you. Questions? Call Bruce Lederhouse at 508-240-2853.

CHS ARTIST: The December Christmas Story exhibit can be viewed until the Epiphany Trope on January 3. Please sign up to exhibit/sell your art/craft in 2016 for one month – a few months are still open. The sign up sheet is by the Reception/Gallery door. The show MUST GO ON! Sharyn Laughton: or 508 255 7277.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: HELP NEEDED – Please signup on the posted sheet in the Parish Hall. The beverages are provided. You just need to bring something of your choice to go with them! Be creative and lend a hand to this fun cause! Please call Michele Puzo at 508-432-1981.

FREE SHOP: The Free Shop is gladly accepting winter clothing. Stop by on Mondays 12 Noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your donations can be dropped off any time the Parish Hall is open. If the shop is closed there is a container outside the Free Shop door. Questions? Please call Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277 or

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP: The shop will be open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Please stop by and buy! Barbara Hoffman
WELCOMING VISITORS: If you are sitting near visitors at the services please extend them a greeting and, if you attend the 10 a.m. service, invite them over to the parish hall for coffee
hour and a visit to the newcomer table.

HELP WANTED: WEEKEND SEXTON  As you may have heard, Bob Marks, weekend sexton, has left to take care of family matters in PA. He will be sorely missed – a hard act to follow. Don Bragdon has agreed to cover Sunday duties for us until we find a permanent replacement for Bob. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you know of any-one who wants a part time weekend job, 8 to 16 hours, providing custodial coverage and backup as needed, please contact Kate Paradise at 774-207-0435.

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