First Congregational Church of Hamilton

Announcements

July 16-22

Vacation Bible School Report

Thank you to all the volunteers that made our week of VBS so successful! There were over 175 children in attendance each day for singing, dramatic Bible lesson, games, crafts, and a great time with friends! Adults and children alike enjoyed seeing the story of Noah come to life with our wonderful theatrical team. The VBS kids will share a small part of their week with you today when they sing in the service. Please pray as we reach out to new families in the coming weeks. You can play a vital role by introducing yourself to someone new around you each Sunday!

Beach Night This Wednesday

All Church Beach Night is back this week. Each week from 6:00-8:00 pm, FCCHers gather together under the multi-colored umbrella to enjoy the sun and sand at Singing Beach in Manchester. Enjoy connecting with others, playing games, swimming, grabbing Cap’n Dusty’s ice cream, or just sitting as the sun sets in the evening. All are welcome!

Impact North Shore Prayer Meeting

We invite the whole church to stay in Heritage Hall and join us following the worship service on July 30 for the second of three prayer times focused on where God is leading us to serve and share the gospel in the years ahead. We are excited to launch this new “human capital campaign” of service called Impact North Shore in the months ahead, but we know that we need God’s Spirit to guide and direct us.

Family Promise Cardboard Box City

Family Promise invites YOU to join their Cardboard Box City on Friday, August 11 at Patton Park in Hamilton. This overnight is designed for individuals, families, or groups to raise awareness about the increasing challenges of family homelessness in our community and to help raise funds to support the work of Family Promise. If you are unable to spend the night, just come for the program portion! There will be activities, entertainment and presentations throughout the evening related to family homelessness. For more information or to register, visit https://www.familypromisensb.org/events/cardboard-city. And don’t forget to check the Family Promise link on our church website.

Summer Something Begins This Week

Women, mark your calendars now for Ann Voskamp’s, The Broken Way, DVD series on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm beginning July 18. We will explore how God takes flawed and imperfect sinners, redeems us, and makes us useful in His kingdom. Discussions will be led by Krisie Brown, Cece Gough and Julie Holladay. You do not need to purchase the book or come every week to enjoy this summer study. We will be meeting in the Chapel in the church building.

Front Porch Stories: Episode 2

Join us on July 29 at 7:00 pm for more Front Porch Stories. Come to the Barn for a night of storytelling by people from a pew near you! Bring friends, neighbors, co-workers and people from around town for dessert, coffee, and some great stories. This event is for adults, but childcare will be provided on-site for $5 per family for those with younger children. A suggested $5 per person donation will help cover the cost of dessert and other fun surprises. We hope to see you there!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you to all who made contributions towards restocking our Missions House at 12 Cutler Road. We were able to purchase new bedding and towels and a few other necessary items to greet our guests when they arrive later this summer. Thank you for your generosity.

Summer Trips Coffee House

Save the date for an awesome opportunity to hear firsthand about our youth summer mission trips! The Nassau team is out serving this week and Portland will be leaving at the end of the month. We trust God will use our teams in powerful ways to further His kingdom. Join Chelsea and participating students on Sunday, August 20 at 6:30 pm in the Barn. Coffee, tea, and treats will be provided.

Baptism and Profession of Faith Service

We invite those in our church family to consider making a profession of faith this summer through a special service at 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 13 at Gull Pond at Gordon College. Those who have not been baptized as infants may make a profession of faith through baptism by immersion. Those baptized as infants may make a public profession of faith to affirm their baptism. Please contact one of the pastors if you are at least 13 years of age and interested in taking this step.

Explore Thank you

Thank you to all the volunteers and parents that helped make Explore such a success! Despite the ups and downs of the weather, we had a great week with over thirty kids engaging in purposeful conversation and participating in various activities around the North Shore.

High School Bible Study

The high school Bible study will resume our study of Luke on Thursday, July 27 at 10:00 am. Save the date!

June 11-16

Summer Worship Begins Next Week

The Summer worship schedule begins next Sunday, June 18. There will be one combined service at 9:30 am held in Heritage Hall. The Crawler and Toddler nurseries will be open for children 0-36 months and Little People’s Church for children age 3 years through those entering first grade. God’s House will not meet in the summer. A reminder that the church parking lot is for elderly and families with small children. Thank you for your cooperation.

Family Promise Begins Next Week

Our commitment to provide meals and hosting begins next Sunday! Please remember that sign ups are now live on the church website for serving with Family Promise the weeks of June 18-July 1 and July 23-August 5. Volunteers are still needed to provide meals, which does not require training. We also are in need of hosts and overnight helpers. The next training date is June 17 at 9:00 am in the Ministry Center classroom 22. Please contact Shelly Moran at shellm@comcast.net with any questions.

VBS Leader Orientation Tomorrow

For all those serving on the VBS team this summer, please attend the VBS Orientation meeting tomorrow, Monday, June 12 at 7:00 pm in the Café. This meeting will include your schedule and curriculum, samples of crafts, snacks & games and volunteer team assignments. Please bring your license to complete a CORI. We will also pray for VBS! If you have any questions about the curriculum, the planning team will be available to answer questions or go over activities.

News From the Library

Our shelves have been overflowing with lots of new books this spring. The last date the library will be open is today! Please return any books that you may have borrowed to the cart outside the library. We will reopen in the fall with some exciting new displays and books, some from local authors! The library is also looking for two more people to help on Sundays in the fall. If you can volunteer 1 or 2 Sunday mornings a month from 9:30-10:00 am or 12:00-12:30 pm, please let Jane know. Duties would involve helping people with book check out and check in. Thank you for prayerfully considering volunteering in the library. Jane Johnson, jjohnsonlibrary@gmail.com

Annual Church Picnic Today

Join us today for an all-church meal to celebrate the start of summer and also welcome our New Members! Students from the Nassau and Portland missions teams are coordinating the meal, providing burgers, hot dogs and lemonade, salad and dessert. All you need to do is come! If you feel led to give to the youth mission trips, checks are payable to FCCH with Portland/Nassau in the memo line. Please remember to ask a team member about their upcoming trip while they serve you!

Women On Their Own (WOTO)

WOTO is planning to have a game night this Saturday, June 17 at Joanne Peterson’s house: 479 Bay Road in Hamilton. We will meet at 6:30 pm and order pizza! Bring some snacks to share and your own beverage. And if you have a special game you like to play, bring that too! Please RSVP to Carolyn Cassidy if you plan to attend. cassidycj10@aol.com 978-356-5868

Women’s Ministry Mentor Workshop

Sign up now for our upcoming workshop- Life-Giving Relationships for Women: A Brain to Pick, a Shoulder to Cry On, and a Kick in the Pants on Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This workshop will help women of all ages consider how organic mentoring can help foster relationships in our church and broader communities. Registration information is online at fcchamilton.org or see Margot Rox. mrox@fcchamilton.org

Summer Baptism Service

A service of baptism by immersion will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 13 at Gull Pond at Gordon College. Please contact one of the Pastors if you are at least 13 years of age and interested in making a public profession of your faith by identifying with the Lord in baptism.

This Is An Exciting Announcement

All Church Beach Night is making its epic return on June 28. Each week from 6:00- 8:00 pm, FCCHers gather together under the multi-colored umbrella to enjoy the sun and sand at Singing Beach in Manchester. Enjoy connecting with others, playing games, swimming, grabbing Cap’n Dusty’s Ice Cream, or just sitting as the sun sets in the evening. All are welcome!

VBS Is Almost Here!!!!

We are sill looking for many VBS volunteers: preschool, recreation, nursery, crafts, elementary, kitchen, group leaders, assistants, and floaters to serve either the full or partial week. High school and college students, adults and grandparents are invited to serve with us. Don’t miss this exciting week! See Kathy or Christine to sign up.

Welcome 3rd Graders

Next Sunday, June 18 during the service please take a moment to welcome a 3rd grader to worship as they graduate from God’s House! They will each receive a sermon journal at this milestone as they continue to mature and gain new responsibilities in our faith community. This journal will allow the 3rd graders to actively engage in the sermon and provide opportunities to reflect with their families throughout the week about the worship service.

Summertime LPC (with New Age Range)

Summertime Little People’s Church will be for ages 3 years through entering Grade 1, beginning June 18. We are expecting a large number and invite adults and Middle/High School students to serve with us. Choose one or two Sundays and enjoy a wonderful summer morning leading young children. See Christine or sign up on the clipboard in the foyer.

The Nursery Needs You!

Our Crawler and Toddler nurseries are looking for more caregivers to join the rotational schedule. Serve once a month or choose your own dates during the 8:30 am or 11:00 am services. All volunteers are trained before serving. Inquire with Christine or email Lauren Sager, our Nursery Scheduler at lbmeitzler@comcast.net, to learn more about this important ministry in our church.

High School Youth Group

High School Youth Group meets Tuesdays from 6:45-8:30 pm in the Barn. The last meeting for this school year will be this Tuesday, June 13.

Middle School Youth Group

Middle School Youth Group meets Wednesdays from 6:45-8:30 pm in the Ministry Center. The last meeting for this school year will be this Wednesday, June 14.

Middle School Parent’s Welcome Night

Parent’s of 5th Graders, we want to welcome YOU to our youth ministry too! Please join Chelsea on Wednesday, June 21 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Chapel for a Parent’s Welcome Night. This will be a time to share some resources for your new adventure of parenting middle schoolers and answer questions you might have about middle school ministry at our church.

They Were Lost and Now They’re Found!

The Lost and Found, located in the Ministry Center hallway is full! As we prepare to have Summer Worship, please take a moment and see if something you thought you had lost, has been found! There are many kitchen items in there as well.

June 4 - 10

Reception for Amy & Tekle Today!

Amy Ketcham and her husband Tekle Kumera are visiting from Ethiopia! Please join the Missions Committee in welcoming them following the 11:00 am service at a reception in the Café. Come hear an update on their work with Rafiki and have a chance to get to know Tekle as this is his first visit! Refreshments will be served.

Path Fellowships Meet Today!

Join us today in Topsfield or Hamilton. Path Fellowships are always open and all are welcome! If you want more information, please see Pastor Kevin.

Topsfield Path Fellowship: 12:45 pm

Hamilton Path Fellowship: 5:00 pm

North Shore Gospel Partnership

For the past year, FCCH has been meeting with a group of like minded churches called the North Shore Gospel Partnership (NSGP). We want to invite you all to join the NSGP for a night of corporate prayer for: the North Shore region, our local churches, and God’s direction. This is a unique opportunity to gather believers from many different congregations for the sake of the Gospel and to grow in friendship and connectedness as we seek the Lord in prayer. Please meet at First Congregational Church Boxford located at 4 Georgetown Road on Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm.

VBS Is Almost Here!!!!

We are sill looking for many VBS volunteers: preschool, recreation, nursery, crafts, elementary, kitchen, group leaders, assistants, and floaters to serve either the full or partial week. High school and college students, adults and grandparents are invited to serve with us. Don’t miss this exciting week! See Kathy or Christine to sign up.

Summer Mission Trips Meeting Today

The Summer trips meeting will be held today at 12:15 pm in the Barn for all those going to Nassau and Portland. Please plan to attend!

Annual Church Picnic Next Sunday

Join us for an all-church meal to celebrate the start of summer! Students from the Nassau and Portland missions teams will coordinate the meal. FCCH will provide the burgers, hot dogs and lemonade and the students and their families will provide salad and dessert. All you need to do is show up! If you feel led to give to these youth mission trips, checks are payable to FCCH with Portland/Nassau in the memo line. Please remember to ask a team member about their upcoming trip!

Summer Worship June 18- September 3

The Summer worship schedule begins on Sunday, June 18. There will be one combined service at 9:30 am held in Heritage Hall. The Crawler and Toddler nurseries will be open for children 0-36 months and Little People’s Church for children age 3 years through those entering first grade. God’s House will not meet in the summer. A reminder that the church parking lot is used for the elderly and families with small children. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sign up to Help Family Promise

Our commitment to provide meals and hosting begins soon! Please remember that sign ups are now live on the church website for serving with Family Promise the weeks of June 18-July 1 and July 23-August 5. Volunteers are still needed to provide meals, which does not require training. We also are in need of hosts and overnight helpers. The next training date is June 17 at 9:00 am in the Ministry Center classroom 22. Please contact Shelly Moran at shellm@comcast.net with any questions.

Women’s Ministry Mentor Workshop

Sign up now for our upcoming workshop- Life-Giving Relationships for Women: A Brain to Pick, a Shoulder to Cry On, and a Kick in the Pants on Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This workshop will help women of all ages consider how organic mentoring can help foster relationships in our church and broader communities. Registration information is online at fcchamilton.org or see Margot Rox. mrox@fcchamilton.org

This Is An Exciting Announcement

All Church Beach Night is making its epic return on June 26. Each week from 6:00-8:00 pm, FCCHers gather together under the multi-colored umbrella to enjoy the sun and sand at Singing Beach in Manchester.

VBS Leader Orientation

For all those serving on the VBS team this summer, please attend the VBS Orientation meeting on Monday, June 12 at 7:00 pm in the Café. This meeting will include your schedule and curriculum, samples of crafts, snacks & games and volunteer team assignments. Please bring your license to complete a CORI. We will also pray for VBS! If you have any questions about the curriculum, the planning team will be available to answer questions or go over activities.

The Nursery Needs You!

Our Crawler and Toddler nurseries are looking for more caregivers to join the rotational schedule. Serve once a month or choose your own dates during the 8:30 am or 11:00 am services. All volunteers are trained before serving. Inquire with Christine or email Lauren Sager, our Nursery Scheduler at lbmeitzler@comcast.net, to learn more about this important ministry in our church.

Reminder that June 11 is the last day of Sunday school! Summer worship begins June 18.

Middle School Parent’s Welcome Night

Parent’s of 5th Graders, we want to welcome YOU to our youth ministry too! Please join Chelsea on Wednesday, June 21 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Chapel for a Parent’s Welcome Night. This will be a time to share some resources for your new adventure of parenting middle schoolers and answer questions you might have about middle school ministry at our church.

May 28 - June 3

Men’s Breakfast Saturday

Our next Men’s Potluck Breakfast will be held Saturday, June 3 from 8:00-10:00 am in Heritage Hall. Our speaker is John Szatkowski’s brother Dan, who is a pastor in Cambridge. He will also be our Fall Retreat speaker. His message at the breakfast, which will be a “tease” for the Fall retreat, is entitled, What Man is NOT. We would love to have all the men come and get to know Dan. You can sign up with a “Clipboard Man” after church services today. You can also register online at the church website. The cost is $5 or you can bring a hot breakfast dish to share. For more information, contact David Rox. David Rox, david.rox@gordon.edu

Reception for Amy & Tekle

Next Sunday, June 4, Amy Ketcham and her husband Tekle Kumera will be visiting from Ethiopia! Please join the Missions Committee in welcoming them following the 11:00 am service at a reception in the Café. Come hear an update on their work with Rafiki and have a chance to get to know Tekle as this is his first visit! Refreshments will be served.

Path Fellowships Meet Next Week

Join us next Sunday, June 4 in Topsfield or Hamilton. Path Fellowships are always open and all are welcome!

Topsfield Path Fellowship: 12:45 pm Story Household

Hamilton Path Fellowship: 5:00 pm Kuemmerle Household:

North Shore Gospel Partnership

For the past year, FCCH has been meeting with a group of like minded churches called the North Shore Gospel Partnership (NSGP). We want to invite you all to join the NSGP for a night of corporate prayer for: the North Shore region, our local churches, and God’s direction. This is a unique opportunity to gather believers from many different congregations for the sake of the Gospel and to grow in friendship and connectedness as we seek the Lord in prayer. Please meet at First Congregational Church Boxford located at 4 Georgetown Road on Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm.

Annual Church Picnic

Join us for an all-church meal to celebrate the start of summer! Students from the Nassau and Portland missions teams will coordinate the meal. FCCH will provide the burgers, hot dogs and lemonade and the students and their families will provide salad and dessert. All you need to do is show up! If you feel led to give to these youth mission trips, checks are payable to FCCH with Portland/Nassau in the memo line. Please remember to ask a team member about their upcoming trip!

Summer Worship June 18- September 3

The Summer worship schedule begins on Sunday, June 18. There will be one combined service at 9:30 am held in Heritage Hall. The Crawler and Toddler nurseries will be open for children 0-36 months and Little People’s Church for children age 3 years through those entering first grade. God’s House will not meet in the summer.

Sign up to Help Family Promise

Our commitment to provide meals and hosting begins soon! Please remember that sign ups are now live on the church website for serving with Family Promise the weeks of June 18-July 1 and July 23-August 5. Volunteers are still needed to provide meals, which does not require training. We also are in need of hosts and overnight helpers. If you have not been trained and would like to be, please contact Shelly Moran at shellm@comcast.net.

Women’s Ministry Mentor Workshop

Sign up now for our upcoming workshop- Life-Giving Relationships for Women: A Brain to Pick, a Shoulder to Cry On, and a Kick in the Pants on Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This workshop will help women of all ages consider how organic mentoring can help foster relationships in our church and broader communities. Registration information is online or see Margot Rox for details. mrox@fcchamilton.org

Upcoming VBS Prep Session

Enjoy coffee, munchies and fellowship this Thursday, June 1 from 9:00-11:00 am in the Café. We will prepare materials and activity packets for each day of VBS. Please bring your own scissors. All other materials will be supplied. Children are welcome to come with parents. Even if you are not able to volunteer or participate in VBS this summer, we could use your help getting ready!

VBS Still Looking for Leaders

VBS Registration is temporarily on hold, placing children on waiting lists until we fill the remaining volunteer positions. We don’t want to turn any children away! Are you available July 10-14 from 9:00-12:00 noon? High school students, adults, and grandparents are welcome to serve with us. See Christine or Kathy to inquire about the current needs.

VBS Leader Orientation

For all those serving on the VBS team this summer, please attend the VBS Orientation meeting on Monday, June 12 at 7:00 pm in the Café. This meeting will include your schedule and curriculum, samples of crafts, snacks & games and volunteer team assignments. Please bring your license to complete a CORI. We will also pray for VBS! If you have any questions about the curriculum, the planning team will be available to answer questions or go over activities.

The Nursery Needs You!

Our Crawler and Toddler nurseries are looking for more caregivers to join the rotational schedule. Serve once a month or choose your own dates during the 8:30 am or 11:00 am services. All volunteers are trained before serving. Inquire with Christine or email Lauren Sager, our Nursery Scheduler at lbmeitzler@comcast.net, to learn more about this important ministry in our church.

Reminder that June 11 is the last day of Sunday school! Summer worship begins June 18.

High School Youth Group

High School Youth Group meets Tuesdays from 6:45-8:30 pm in the Barn. The last meeting for this school year will be June 13.

Middle School Youth Group

Middle School Youth Group meets Wednesdays from 6:45-8:30 pm in the Ministry Center. The last meeting for this school year will be June 14.

5th Grade Welcome Night

The Invitation Milestone continues! Now that 5th graders have received their Bibles and celebrated at the Bash, they are invited to come to Middle School Youth Group this Wednesday, May 31 beginning at 6:45 pm. After that, the next time they’ll join us in middle school is for Explore this summer!

Middle School Parent’s Welcome Night

Parent’s of 5th Graders, we want to welcome YOU to our youth ministry too! Please join Chelsea on Wednesday, June 21 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Chapel for a Parent’s Welcome Night. This will be a time to share some resources for your new adventure of parenting middle schoolers and answer questions you might have about middle school ministry at our church.

Youth Summer Mission Trips Meeting

Our next Summer trips meeting will be held next Sunday, June 4 at 12:15 pm in the Barn. For all those going on trips, please save the date and plan to attend!

May 21 - 27

High School Seniors Commissioning

During both services this morning, Pastor Chelsea will present and pray for our graduating High school seniors. Please take a moment to congratulate them after the service. For information on their future plans, please read the insert in today’s bulletin.

Prayer Gathering Today

As we continue to answer God’s call to serve our community and the world, the Elders are inviting our church to join together today following the 11:00 am service in the chapel for prayer. Come hear more about serving our community and world, enhancing the outreaches FCCH is already connected to, and above all pray together. Additional prayer gatherings are also planned for July 30 and September 3. If you have any questions, please email Elder Pam Heintz at pheintz@nschristian.org

Path Fellowships Meet Today

Join us today in Topsfield or Hamilton. Path Fellowships are always open and all are welcome! Topsfield Path Fellowship meets at 12:45 pm. The Hamilton Path Fellowship meets at 5:00 pm.

Upcoming Men’s Breakfast

Our next Men’s Potluck Breakfast will be held Saturday, June 3 from 8:00-10:00 am in Heritage Hall. Our speak is John Szatkowski’s brother Dan, who is a pastor in Cambridge. He will also be our Fall Retreat speaker. His message at the breakfast, which will be a “tease” for the Fall retreat, is entitled, What Man is NOT. We would love to have all the men come and get to know Dan. You can sign up with a “Clipboard Man” after church services today or next Sunday, May 28. You can also register online at the church website. The cost is $5 or you can bring a hot breakfast dish to share. For more information, contact David Rox, david.rox@gordon.edu

Sign up to Help Family Promise

A reminder that sign ups are now live on the church website for serving with Family Promise the weeks of June 18-July 1 and July 23-August 5. Volunteers are needed to provide meals, which does not require training. We also are in need of hosts and overnight helpers. If you have not been trained and would like to help in these areas, please contact Shelly Moran at shellm@comcast.net.

Women’s Ministry Mentor Workshop

Sign up now for our upcoming workshop- Life-Giving Relationships for Women: A Brain to Pick, a Shoulder to Cry On, and a Kick in the Pants on Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This workshop will help women of all ages consider how organic mentoring can help foster relationships in our church and broader communities. Registration information is online and in the Ministry Center and Fellowship Foyer. Contact Margot Rox with any questions, mrox@fcchamilton.org.

North Shore Gospel Partnership

For the past year, FCCH has been meeting with a group of like minded churches called the North Shore Gospel Partnership (NSGP). We have hosted a leaders gathering and various leaders from our church have gone to these leadership events designed to help us all serve and minister collectively to the needs of our community. We want to invite and encourage you all to join the NSGP for a night of corporate prayer for: The North Shore region, our local churches, and God’s direction. This is a unique opportunity to gather believers from many different congregations for the sake of the Gospel and to grow in friendship and connectedness as we seek the Lord in prayer. Please meet at First Congregational Church Boxford located at 4 Georgetown Road, Boxford on Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm.

Summer Church Directory

We will be producing the summer update to the Church Directory after the new members class finishes. If you would like to submit a new photo or contact information please email directory@fcchamilton.org or contact the church office at info@fcchamilton.org.

VBS Still Looking for Leaders

VBS Registration is temporarily on hold, placing children on waiting lists until we fill the remaining 35+ volunteer positions. We don’t want to turn any children away! Are you available July 10-14 from 9:00-12:00 noon? High school students, adults, and grandparents are welcome to serve with us. See Christine or Kathy to inquire about the current needs.

Upcoming VBS Prep Sessions

Enjoy coffee, munchies and fellowship on Thursdays, May 25 and June 1 from 9:00-11:00 am in the Café. We will prepare materials and activity packets for each day of VBS. Please bring your own scissors. All other materials will be supplied. Children are welcome to come with parents. Enjoy a fun morning as we work together!

The Nursery Needs You!

Our Crawler and Toddler nurseries are looking for more caregivers to join the rotational schedule. Serve once a month or choose your own dates during the 8:30 am or 11:00 am services. All volunteers are trained before serving. Inquire with Christine or email Lauren Sager, our Nursery Scheduler at lbmeitzler@comcast.net, to learn more about this important ministry in our church.

Youth Summer Mission Trips Meeting

Our next Summer trips meeting will be held Sunday, June 4 at 12:15 pm in the Barn. For all those going on trips, please save the date and plan to attend!