Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Meeting

Dear Church Family,
Last week the Board of Missions and Social Action had it’s October meeting. We brainstormed many ideas to help in our local region and beyond. On Tuesday evening several of us will be attending the event below. If you are interested in joining us please call or e-mail me.
Ginny Moore
VirginiaMJMoore@gmail.com or 222-9675

WORKING TOGETHER, RESPONDING TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS, OCTOBER 20TH, 7:00-9:00 P.M.
14th October 2015

We hosted a series of discussions with Linda Hartke from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, as well as the Central American migration of children and families, September 25th – 27th. It was inspiring to hear how much the people in our surrounding communities want to respond in ways that will be most helpful.

We give thanks to those who signed the petition asking to increase to 100,000 the number of Syrian Refugees to be admitted to the US in Fiscal Year 2016. Calling the President and your Congressional Representatives about this would be a good follow-up, since the Administration will be making the decision very soon on the number to be admitted.
Many signed up to continue conversation as a working group to explore our options in the Upper Valley and possibly beyond.
A follow-up meeting will be held here at Our Savior Lutheran Church & Campus Ministry, 5 Summer St., Hanover, NH 03755 [1] (603-643-3703) on Tuesday, October 20th, from 7-9 p.m.
Now that we know, based on the information we received over the weekend, that “sponsoring a refugee family” is a rather different process than it was in the past, we can move ahead to:
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Sermon, October 11, 2015

Through the Needle’s Eye
Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder
The Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ,
Bradford, Vermont
October 11, 2015 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 90; Mark 10:17-31

Several years ago a Gallup poll asked people why they attended church. The leading answers were for spiritual growth and guidance, and to feel grounded and inspired. Some answered simply, “to worship God.” A small and declining number said they were just brought up that way—they went to church because it was what their family had always done. If we went around the sanctuary some of us might give answers like these, and others say we are here for the music or for our children or to be a part of a loving community or to serve.
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Chicken Pie Supper

A great chicken pie supper tonight! So much hard work by so many people, and it flowed so smoothly and the food was wonderful!

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Waiting to serve the pies!
Waiting to serve the pies!
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Apple Picking field trip

The Sunday School had a wonderful time gathering apples and making cider at the Munson’s last weekend! A great big THANK YOU to Bob & Kathy Munson for their generous hospitality!

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Two-year-olds
Two-year-olds
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