Music Director /Organist
Rev. David Hurst!
81 Hancock Road • Williamstown, MA 01267 • (413) 458-3467
— Thoughts From the Organ Bench —
The beginning of September marks the celebration of Labor Day. It isn't ironic that many hymns reflect the dignity and need of human labor for the individual and society. Utilizing the unique gifts and talents that God has given to each allow us to provide for ourselves and one another. Many of the hymns that highlight or mention the gift of human labor acknowledge the gift that labor returns to God. I just find this interesting as you don't need to go anywhere else than your typical church hymnal to shine some spiritual reflection on any aspect of your life. The hymns are meant to communicate, in song, the truths of our daily life from the mundane to the extraordinary. One of the hymns in our church hymnal entitled Behold Us, Lord, a Little Space says "Work shall be prayer if all be wrought as thou wouldst have it done and prayer, by these inspired and taught, itself with work be one." As we come back from summer vacations and rest and get "back to work" remember that the hymns we sing each week have many hidden messages that are reflective of the life we are gifted and the work we carry out. Be on the lookout as I am always surprised (after 25 years this year in church music) of what I may find new in the "old" songs I've been singing and playing for years. Matt
In-House Morning Worship & Communion at 9am
followed by Coffee Hour
WilliNet Channel 1303 Sunday Service at 9am and 4pm. Rerun Wed at 10am and Friday at 7pm.
The link for the 10/3 service is: https://vimeo.com/631352386
"Center us this day, O God. Guide our thoughts, our words, our ideas, and our teachings; that we will receive from you that cup of water that refreshes and renews. Our reward is so great that all that we can do is return the thanks! Center, guide, lead and teach us today and always."
James F. McIntire
Happy and Blessed Fall!
As we come back from vacations and children return to school in person and/or on Zoom, fall has come! We give thanks for our church and those who serve it. September has given us wonderful weather and an end to the longest war in the history of our country. The prayer above gives us the assurance that despite all the changes, pressures and confusion, we are given all that we need in Christ. Let that drink of water be a renewal and a refreshment of faith in our lives.
We continue to provide a video of the service on Willinet each week. People are gradually returning to church and feeling more comfortable in, in person worship. I am starting a zoom youth fellowship meeting this fall one Sunday night a month. So if you have a teenager who might be interested, please let me know.
Please keep in your prayers those in hospitals and those recovering from surgeries. Give a call or an e-mail to those in need of prayer and love. Please let me know when someone has health issues.
Blessings and Stay Safe, Pastor David
Sunday Morning, October 10th, 9am. This is scheduled for an OUTDOOR service weather permitting. Please remember a chair.
— Remember in Prayer —
The Prayer List is attached. Please email the church (email@example.com) if you would like to make additions or subtractions. Keep those on the list in prayer. . . It Works!
Members of the congregation
Norm & Betsey Burdick, Sam Westcott, Maggie Guiden, Jack Haig, Polly Roberts (Dalmaso), Don Quimby, John Storey,
Mary Kirby, Anne Tiffany,
Bob & Janet Mayer, Eunice Lapier
Dick Diest, cousin of Wayne Morrison
Charmaine Lapier, sister of Eunice Lapier
Becky Leto, friend of Clare Morrison
Megan Jennings Dostal, friend of Chris van Luling & community
Julia Peele, sister of Bonnie Herr
Victor Fraenckel friend of Bob & Janet Mayer
Cathy Foley, friend of Chris Bradich
Sue Linquist ,Bob and Janet Mayer’s daughter
Sol Wertkins, friend of Clare and Wayne Morrison’s son
John Hyde, Friend of Missy Young
Andy Budz, friend of Mickey and Mark Thaisz
Denny Roberts, son of Polly Roberts Dalmaso
Tony Todesco, friend of Anne Tiffiny
Family & Friends of John Kennedy (Meg Dodd’s cousin)
Shawn & Kate Burdick, Norm & Betsey’s son & daughter-in-law
Julie Brill, a member of the Cangelosi family
Family and Friends of Ralph Kornn on his passing 9/28
All of the First Responders who put their lives in jeopardy to care for all of us. For those working in grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals, nursing homes, health care facilities, food banks… who are working in spite of the danger to themselves. Prayers for anyone who is overwhelmed by this pandemic. Prayers for those who are feeling isolated or afraid. Prayers that God give us the mindfulness to reach out by phone to those who we are not frequently in touch -those on the outer edges of our friendship & family. Prayers for all people as we look to “love our neighbor” as God has commanded.
— October Calandar —
October 3rd Morning Worship 9am — Communion
October 10th Morning Worship 9am — Outdoor Worship weather permitting
October 12th Church Council Meeting 7pm
October 14th Deacons Meeting 3:30pm
October 16th Takeout Harvest Supper 5pm-6:30
— Reservations Required —
October 17th Morning Worship 9am
October 21st Trustees Meeting 4pm
October 24th Morning Worship 9am
October 31st Morning Worship 9am
WilliNet channel 1303 Sunday Morning Worship 9am and 4pm. Rerun Wed 10am and Friday 7 pm.
Internet Link is available each Friday in the weekly email.
Harvest Supper is
October 16, 2021 –
TAKE OUT ONLY — From 5:00 -6:30
We also need food for the supper from all who are able.
Call Clare Morrison if you can help at 413-672-8295
Sunday School Update —
Some of our Sunday School is on a Mission! Hi! Or Jambo! The Holmgren family is in Kenya serving at Tenwek Hospital, about 5 hours west of Nairobi. We all have special ways of helping out and are excited to share an update after our trip.
The Mission Committee will meet this Sunday, October 3, 2021 with Pastor David after church service. We will discuss the budget items for 2022 and the mission programs for our last few months of the year. We are planning the Thanksgiving Food Pantry in November and after discussion with Carol DeMayo we will let everyone know the items we will need to donate.
We received a lovely thank you letter from Church World Service. And also, a CWS Blanket Honor Certificate in grateful recognition of our support. In part, they mentioned this is an emergency response and sustainable development around the world through the Church World Service. Also included was an Impact Report for 2020. I will post this in the Fellowship Hall Bulletin Board.
In closing if you would like to help the Food Pantry, they are still in need of children’s snacks for school age that are prepackaged. Cookies, crackers, fruit snacks and Peanut Butter & Jelly. Or cheese snacks in the snack size. They welcome all non-perishable foods every day at their pantry on 54 Southworth St. Williamstown.
Thanks to all our friends and member who support our programs. Enjoy the nice fall weather.
Sincerely, Caroline Martel, Chairman Mission Committee
The Dorcas had a meeting on Monday to finalize Harvest Supper.
The supper will be October 16th, from 5-6:30.
TAKE OUT ONLY.
Reservations call 413-458-4947 Price is $13.00
The Trustees will be contacting the various sections of the church during October to get your financial needs to consider as they work at putting together the budget for 2022. They have made arrangements to have the cracks in the blacktop of the parking lot and driveway filled the end of October or beginning of November depending on the weather. The hydrangea along the sidewalk was trimmed back to return the sidewalk to its original width. It is still growing and the Trustees keep mowing the grass....but the end is in sight for this year.