PASTOR:

Greetings to everyone and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to all! We hope your holiday was a nice time, as limited as it may have been, and that good memories availed.

These Covid-19 times are most challenging for many – Covid testing and quarantines abound and face masks are the order of the day. For some of us we can remember when seeing someone with a face mask meant they were going to rob a bank, hold up a stage coach, or steal something that wasn’t theirs! My how times have evolved. Hand washing and sanitizers have become a new phenomena for many! But sadly, there are those in our church, as well as the local community, who have lost family and loved ones to Covid complications.

Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

I received an email from a friend who shared this thought – “Don’t try to calm the
storm, calm yourself, as the storm will pass!”

Indeed, Thanksgiving has passed and we are now on track with the season of Advent. Yes, this Christmas Season is destined to be quite different from years past, but with the help of God , we will do our best to offer moments of joy and His Peace.

We are in the throes of discussing the Christmas Eve service schedule, and we will provide that information as soon as it is completed. We are also working with the Christian Education team to put together a “Children’s Moment” which will offer us yet another opportunity to share the story of Jesus’ birth. While it will not be quite the Christmas celebrations of years gone by, or the “Children’s Pageant” as in the past, the effort is to give
us all a “faith moments” to remind us of “the Season” and “His entrance into our world.” You will hear more details as these project unfold… so stay tuned!

And for now, be assured we are deeply grateful for your continued support – through your gifts of your time, your talents, and your finances. We are grateful for your “Attendance” when services are offered in the Sanctuary, and for your watching on-line when we are virtual. We are truly blessed by those maintaining their pledges and your support is, a testimony to your appreciation for First Church’s ministry… so “Thank You, O Gracious God,” and “Thank you, people of First Church.”

May you and yours have a “Merry Christmas” and the very best of a new year! May the Peace of Christ be with you and with us all, Pastor Matt, Kristen, and the leadership at First Church!


MISSIONS:

It is now Christmastime.  At Christmastime Missions usually sets up the Pajama Clothesline. The clothesline is a collection of pajamas that we give to the Pembroke Recreational Department for the children in our community. We have been asked to change our collection of pajamas to girls’ leggings and sweatpants and boys’ sweatpants just like last year. We put them in our zip bags that are all sized and bring them over to the Rec Dept.  Of course, this year all has changed because of

the virus, but not the needs of the children. We still want to provide for the children of our community, so we are ordering from Amazon prepackaged leggings, stretchies and sweatpants of all sizes.  Our Missions committee: Mary, Judy and Freda will handle this.  The money used to purchase these items will be taken from the money that is received from the offering that is designated to Missions. We would like to ask if the people planned to donate stretchies, leggings, or sweatpants to our clothesline would they consider putting an extra monetary donation into

their Missions or regular offering to help out. It would be so much appreciated and

help our Missions to donate to others on our listings. We have just received word that CE (Christian Education) has given a money donation to Missions. Praise God. Thank you, Thank you. Blessings to Pat and Fran and all our children of the CE.

We thank everyone for their kindness and thoughtfulness to others. Blessings to all, from Missions. Have a wonderful Christmas. We are all looking forward to 2021, a year of promises and Peace to all.


STEWARDSHIP:

Hello from the Stewardship Team.

As 2020 nears its end we look back with gratitude that we made it through and with joyful hope for the future. Jeremiah 29:11 reassures us with God’s words: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

In spite of the hardships this year has brought, our church has been able to maintain its presence in our lives through continuous worship even when we could not share our faith together in our church building. Thankfully, we have been blessed to have some services together in the past few weeks in our clean, beautiful, and safe sanctuary.

In November you should have received your pledge card and a letter on the importance of your pledge to First Church. Because you hear these words every year they may just wash over you without really sinking in. Perhaps you contribute regularly but
do not pledge. This year we ask you to show that commitment to the church by returning your pledge card. This allows the formation of a more accurate budget for expenses, salaries, programs, and growth.

We pray and have faith that with your support, with time, talent and treasure, 2021 will be a great one for First Church.


TRUSTEES:

Parsonage Update:

Gail Sim will handle the following repairs at the parsonage:

broken windows follow up regarding the driveway paving that needs to

be repaired, and the rest of the painting.

Duxbury Chimney Sweep inspected the chimney on November 4, 2020. Unfortunately, to repair and bring everything up to code is extremely costly. The cost would be around $10,000.00; we are looking for alternative solutions; as soon as a decision is made, we will update everyone.

Church Update:

We are in the process of getting a second quote to paint the hallways, bathrooms, offices, kitchen, and possibly Fellowship Hall. Again, once anything is decided, the Trustees will inform the congregation.

We have contacted another contractor to give us a quote for the steeple repairs; once the Trustees received the quote, they will decide who the work will go to.

Linda is still working on the deed restriction; this has been a prolonged process.


TREASURER:

All budgets for 2021 are due by December 15, 2020; you can contact Burt for more information. Please look at your 2020 budget and revise if needed you can send all info to BFPalmer@verizon.net.

Burt Palmer Treasurer presents the Financials every month at the Trustees meeting. Right now, everything is under control; the Trustee review and approve them. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Burt; he can be reached at BFPalmer@verizon.net.


COVID-19 CLEANING:

Trustees purchased a spray machine to disinfect the church; this is done four times a week. The machine is also used on Sunday’s before, after each service. The Trustees take Covid -19 very seriously; if anyone has any questions or concerns, please reach out to Francine; you can reach her at FCPalmer@verizon.net.


THRIFT SHOP:

WE’RE BACK – WE’RE HERE – WE’RE OPEN
THRIFT SHOP REOPENING
NEW HOURS – FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 11am-3pm

**Donations accepted on Thursdays only
10-2pm-if possible, call before coming 781-294-7625. Thank you!


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