From the Pastor

What is the United Church of Christ (UCC)?

MODERATOR MOMENTS What is the United Church of Christ (UCC)? Several months ago, we conducted a survey regarding The Arrow. One of the top three vote getters (in a tie with two other questions) asked if Arrow readers would like to hear from the moderator. The number two choice asked for information on the United

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NEW CHURCH YEAR MINDSET

The beginning of anything new is always difficult. It’s taking the first step toward whatever it is that needs to be changed or for me right now deciding how to begin this article. My first thought was to find a quote about change which led me to a website with 350 quotes. Yikes! But I

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Christmas Fund Offering

For 117 years, the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund has been a tangible expression of God’s love. One of the four Special Mission Offerings of the United Church of Christ, the Christmas Fund provides UCC congregations and members an opportunity to reach out in loving compassion, providing assistance

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Rev. Bruce Away

Rev. Bruce will be away from Monday, November 26th through Wednesday, November 28th. If  pastoral care is needed, please contact Moderator, Beth Zelazo, 283-3059, Head Deacon, John Theofane, 283-5782, or the church office, 283-6958 and they will contact the pastor on call.       

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A Special Thank You

Thank you to everyone who had a hand in the worship services of November 4 (All Saints) and  November 11 (Veterans Day and honoring Vietnam era veterans). Claudia Schmidt’s music on November 4 was extraordinarily inspiring and uplifting as we remembered the saints of our lives. Along with the wonderful music and Fellowship Hour of               

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Thank You SCC!

I am touched and deeply appreciative (and a little embarrassed) by your recognition of me during “Pastor Appreciation Month” at worship on October 28. I am blessed to be a part of this supportive congregation with such competent leadership, enthusiastic and generous members, and openness to God’s Spirit. Thank you for your many expressions of

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Happy Veterans Day Weekend!

One reason to be proud of living in Massachusetts is that veterans receive very good support here.  Unlike any other state, there is a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) in every town in Massachusetts. In Palmer as in Ware, we are blessed to have very committed and capable VSO’s who help veterans and their families gain

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Preaching In Pumps

In the spirit of imparting ideas to others, Rev. Sarah Weaver of the Rehoboth Congregational Church agreed to share a portion of her most recent blog, Preaching in Pumps, that addresses how churches should be ‘comfortably uncomfortable.‘ “I get so many great ideas from other people, the least I can do is share what comes to

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Hope

Hope looks for the good in people instead of harping on the worst. Hope opens doors Where despair closes them. Hope discovers what can be done Instead of grumbling about what cannot. Hope draws its power from a deep trust in God and the basic goodness of human nature. Hope “lights a candle” instead of

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