Announcements August 12 – 18

Sunday, August 13:  OPEN FORUM on CHS finances, 11:30 am in the Parish Hall after the 10 am service. Please join us for a presentation by our Treasurer, Steve Koehler, and Wardens, Cynthia Murray and Rick Paris. 

Sunday, August 13:  Book Discussion Group – The Book Discussion is on hiatus for the summer. We are hoping to finish “Grounded” in one summary meeting after Labor Day. We will set up a date later in August and we will try to select the next book to read. Brian and Brooke Skea

Sunday, August 13:  Church School News – Our Veggie Tale Summer Theatre with snacks has begun! It is being held in the Creation Room across the hall from the Church Nursery at 9:45 am. Visitors and children 5 years and older are welcome to enjoy this animated Biblical series. Nursery Care is offered for children 4 years and younger. Veggie Tale Theatre runs through September 3, Labor Day Weekend.

Friday, August 18:  GARDEN PARTY – 8:30 am to 11:30 am – Please join the Parish Garden Team and help show the weeds that they are not welcome in our  gardens, we mean business!  Cold water, coffee and donut holes will be available. Any questions contact Gilbert Merritt at 508-240-6998.

Fun Facts about Food4Kids:  As of July 20 (just 18 days into Summer 2017), we have served 4350 lunches and suppers and 2450 breakfasts and snacks, for a total of 6800 meals. More than 84 different volunteers have worked 650+ hours preparing and packing the meals. Finally, 30 different drivers have driven over 2000 miles delivering the food to the sites. Thank you to all who have supported us!

N.O.A.H. = No Other Affordable Housing – Now called St. Joseph’s by the Catholic Charities of MA, the building still houses beds, a kitchen and dinning room to feed the homeless who enter. Our parish has, for years, supplied the fourth Friday night meal of the month. Many of our parishioners have been committed to this activity over the years and some still are but the project needs “new blood.” Anyone who is willing to commit, please contact the church office or leave a note in the N.O.A.H. mailbox in the office before August 17. Thank you.

SINGING SUMMER:  The choir is in its Summer Choir mode! Continuing until September 10 any and all singers (all voice ranges, all ages) are invited to come any Sunday for a rehearsal in the church at 9 am and sing with the Choir at the 10 am service. Since this is the only weekly rehearsal we hold during the summer, all who wish to participate on Sundays need to come to this important rehearsal at 9 am. Vestments are not worn. Come give it a try. Bring family and friends. Make a joyful noise!

CHS Artist:  The featured CHS artist for the month of August is Cheryl Kyle. On her annual trip to Tanzania, Africa in January 2017, Cheryl selected some original art, artifacts and fabrics for her show. All proceeds support Endupoto Primary School for Maasai boys and girls. It is always exciting to see what art Cheryl has brought from Tanzania and what art she has painted. The 2018 Gallery sign up sheet is now ready for all CHS artists, crafters, quilters, potters, carpenters, photographers, writers, poets, cartoonists. Sign up to sell/exhibit your work – your gift for one month in 2018. Set up the first day of your chosen month – take down the last day of the that month. Questions/comments, call Sharyn at 508-255- 7277 or

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS:  Please sign-up 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!  A special thank you to those of you who have helped out with Coffee Hour, to keep this fellowship going.

FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS:  Please bring any canned food to church next week for the Food Pantry. This is a simple task, but so rewarding to help people in need!

FREE SHOP:  AN URGENT REQUEST  – The Free Shop needs 18 to 20 volunteers to serve the community and CHS and to successfully and smoothly run our shop with no volunteer working alone. Won’t you join our current 14 faithful volunteers? PLEASE consider working ONE DAY PER MONTH (Monday or Wednesday) for THREE HOURS. Open on Mondays:  12 Noon to 3 pm and Wednesdays:  10 am to 1 pm. Questions? Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277.

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP:  We are now opened for the Summer! On Sunday from 11 am to 12 Noon and Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm, except on Holidays. Susan Owens

LADIES LUNCHEON:  Thanks to those who attended our July Ladies Luncheon. We had a good turnout and a great time was had by all! We decided not to meet in August, but mark your calendar for September 7 when we will be back to our monthly schedule of the first Thursday of the month. Our September committee will be: Ginny Lucil-potato chips, Jane Affleck-1/2 and 1/2 and lemon, Georgia Schneider-paper goods, and Fay Cole-centerpieces.

Men’s Lunch & SHEPHERD GROUPS will resume in September—stay tuned!

RUMMAGE SALE:  SAVE THE DATES! – October 13 & 14 – It’s time to start thinking about the Annual Fall Rummage Sale and collect “treasures” from the corners of your attic, basement, garage, and hall closets. If you want to get on the volunteer and email distribution lists, please contact Melissa Keeffe, via email at or call/text her cell phone at 607- 426-0916.

Parish Office Hours:  Monday thru Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office is closed Friday.

PARISH OFFICE EMAILS:  REMINDER – All emails to the CHS office should be sent to: office@chsorleans.orgEmails to Gail Smith, assisting priest, should be sent to: Please visit our website:




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