Announcements August 17 -23

Sunday, August 18:  ADULT EDUCATION – in the Fireplace Room, 9 am. We continue with Genesis. For this week, we’ll be reading and reflecting on The Mysterious Visit, and the Intercession of Abraham. This is a lively, interactive Bible study, led by Adam+. No homework required! Just come, in spirit, mind, and heart.

Sunday, September 8:  HOW HE PREPARES TO PREACH. For the past ten years, we have had the gift of hearing Adam+’s sermons, week after week, on the lectionary readings. These are given to us in his own distinctive style, which some have called Rabbinical. (He takes that as a high compliment.) We know that he preaches without scripts or notes. Have you ever
wondered how he gets ready? On Sunday, September 8, after the 10 o’clock service, we’ve invited him to reflect with us, discussing how his sermons come into being. Doug Fromm and I will be his “interviewers.” Come to the Fireplace Room after enjoying a few minutes of coffee hour, for a lively and revelatory time. Who knows? In addition to celebrating this
dimension of Adam+’s ministry among us, it may also inspire us to new ways of engaging scripture, ourselves, as we prepare for worship. Tom Dewing

Sunday, August 18:  “Sundae Sunday” – Weather permitting we will gather in the memorial garden, after the 10 am service, to enjoy ice cream and homemade chocolate sauce, whipped cream and sprinkles! Too wet or too hot, we will see you in the Parish Hall…Yum!!

Sunday, August 25:  After the 10 am service, during the Coffee Hour, please join Cheryl Kyle and the Keeffe-Jones family for a presentation about their October 2018 visit to Tanzania.  Come hear about the exciting happenings at Endupoto Primary School and Oljoro Secondary School; both schools are located in the Maasai Steppe and are supported by our Outreach Committee. We will have a picture slide show of the visit to both schools, as well as some safari highlights from the Tanzania trip.

Thursday, September 5:  LADIES LUNCH – Save the date! September 5 is the first Thursday of the month, so come join us in the Parish Hall at 12 noon. Bring a sandwich to share and the rest of our simple lunch will be provided. Our committee is as follows: Barbara Mahoney, Chips;  Jane Affleck, 1/2 and 1/2; Janet Winter, Paper Goods; Gayle Binney Sterne, Table Decoration; Dilys Smith, Dessert; and Fay Cole, Juice. It will be good to be together again after our two month hiatus. All of you are welcome, and we would love to have you join us.

New Coffee Hour Volunteer sign up list for September through December now available in the Parish Hall. Please take a turn!

An Invitation from our Music Director – Joan Kirchner:  Summer is a great time to join in with our fabulous choir! Come to the church any Sunday at 9 am and we will provide you the music to sing with us at the 10 am service!  Interested? Contact Joan at

Veggie Tale Summer Theatre:  Available every Sunday in the Creation Room all summer at 9:45 am. Snacks included. All ages welcome. Children will join families in church around 10:40 am. Nursery Care available 9:30-11:30 am every Summer Sunday in Nursery under the Parish Hall across from Creation Room.

HEALTH MINISTRIES COMMITTEE:  Summer is still here bringing heat waves, heavy thunder storms, tornados, sharks, seals… so we thought it good to  repeat our reminders on outdoor safety precautions.  Be it protecting yourself with sunscreen, bug spray, wearing your helmet when cycling and being mindful of the area you are in, please protect yourself and those around you. Here’s to a safe summer! Ann Pike-Paris and Meg Nemitz, co-chairs

CHS FEATURED ARTIST: The featured CHS artist for the month of August is Laura Baksa. Laura
is a sculptor and landscape artist. She creates functional art pieces for the garden and stone “follies” or “ruins”. Please stop by and enjoy her show! Questions/comments about the CHS Gallery, call Sharyn at 508 255 7277 or

FREE SHOP: Your Summer clothing donations are most welcomed. We are open Monday: 12 Noon to 3 pm and Wednesday: 10 am to 1 pm. Donations can be dropped off during shop hours or placed in the box outside the shop door any time the parish hall is open. Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton – – 508 255 7277.

ANTIQUE SHOW:  The 42nd Annual Antiques Show and Sale Committee has mailed our Patron donation letters to parishioners. If you wish to make a donation, you still have time to send in your check and to be included in the patron listing in the Antique Show booklet. Forms are available in the parish office. Please make out your check to the “Church of the Holy Spirit” and note that it is for the Antique Show. A donation of $20 will be greatly appreciated. Mail your donation to the church or place it in the offering plate at any church service. Donations with patron names in the booklet need to be submitted by 10/31/19. Thank you, Debbie Meguerdichian, Chair

Wednesday, September 18:  Beginning on Wednesday, September 18 and continuing through October 9, at 5 pm in the Parish Hall, Ken Campbell+ will lead a 4 week book study of The Words of My Father:  Love and Pain in Palestine, by Yousef Bashir. This is about a young Palestinian growing up in the Gaza Strip. Please contact Ken+ at or 413-478-5719.

READING FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH ON TUESDAY MORNINGS: COME JOIN US! Our reading group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Parish Library from 10 am to 12 noon to discuss books we have chosen that relate to our spiritual journeys. Tuesday, September 3 we will begin to discuss Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopal priest who, while teaching a college course on the New Testament, is surprised by her discovery of God in the many non-Christian religions in the world. Our time together includes worship and “checking in” on what’s going on in our lives while nurturing our spiritual gardens, weeds included!  If you would like to join us call Sandy Marshall, 508-255-9971 or




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