December 2022 Newsletter
~ The Good News ~
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An Advent Theme for 2022
This Advent Season, which starts Sunday, November 27th, will begin Year A for the Church Lec tionary. The Lectionary is a 3-year reading program so the main themes of scripture are covered. This sea- son we will be breaking with normal pattern (which we have followed for the past 5-years) to offer an Advent Theme, “What Do Angels Do … Really?” It’s a chance to see how “God’s Messengers”, prepare the faithful so the revelation of Christmas can take place.
During Advent we will look at how angels interact with Zachariah (father of John the Baptist), Jo- seph, Mary, shepherds in the fields, and finally, the angel who protects the Holy Family against “the Slaugh- ter of the Innocents”. The theme will take place on all 4-Advent Sundays, Christmas Eve and New Years Day.
Sunday, December 4th – Communion – 2nd Advent
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Theme: “One Dreamy Angel”
Sunday, December 11th – 3rd Advent
Theme: “Utterly Aghast by an Angel”
Sunday, December 18th – 4thAdvent
Theme: “Angels Sing in Darkness”
Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve
Theme: “Presenting a God in a Manger”
Sunday, December 25th – Christmas Day,
Sunday, January 1st, 20223– New Year’s Day – communion
“Get Up! Get Out!”
Looking forward to a wonderful Advent Season,
Rev. John Hughes December 2022
Christmas is Coming
Ah yes . . . Christmas is almost upon us and now, for many of us, begins the panic! What gifts should I buy for certain individuals, be it family or friends. Every year it seems to become more hectic. With the soaring prices, this Christmas will be a test of our imagination and most of our budgets. How can we survive the coming days? Oh dear me!!
If you’re like me, this probably is how you feel every Christmas. How dreadful is it that we approach this glorious Holiday Season in this way. Shouldn’t Christmas be a time of peace and good will? How shameful it is that amid all the hustle and bustle we tend to forget the true meaning of Christmas – the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ who was born to give us grace and salvation.
Truly, the birth of Jesus, so many years ago, should be front and foremost in our minds. Just think how awesome it must have been for those three wise- men to follow a super-bright star and finally arrive at the birthplace of the Christ child. Wouldn’t we all feel so sanctified and amazed to have witnessed such a memorable and sacred event? I certainly would.
Sure Christmas should be a time of giving. Still, it should not be the primary aspect of our Holiday Season. What has happened to the Christmas’ of yore when good people concentrated on inviting friends and neighbors (especially the poor) to come in and enjoy a lovely dinner, then gather around the fireplace and simply sing carols? What is more beautiful than that?
Remembering my own Christmas’ as a child I’m aware that Christmas is really a very significant aspect of a child’s life. Firstly, children come to realize how good it feels to give. Secondly, how good it feels to receive. I recall how spe- cial I felt when Santa came on Christmas eve and left the toy I had asked for and bet of all, how our mother always managed to fill our stockings (7 or 8) with candy, cookies and school supplies topped by a big, juicy orange. I recall how my heart filled with pride and thankfulness. I remember feeling valued and loved – something I didn’t experience everyday growing up with seven older siblings.
Aside from all of the above, the high-points of my early Christmas’ was when mom read “The Story of Christmas” as we all huddled around the “parlor” wood- stove. That part of our Christmas never got old. Isn’t simplicity delightful?
Christmas should be a day when a child can feel thankfulness, pride and a sense of belonging . . . . . . a day when a child gets to know Jesus and why He died on that cross so many years ago.
For adults a little gift on Christmas Day is always a nice gesture and one that is always appreciated. But, very often, most of us allow our shipping sprees to su- persede the glory of the Holiday Season. Do any of us really need more clothes and stuff? Now that I don’t have small grandchildren the part of Christmas for me is attending service at church, a glass of wine, lots of food and simply sitting around the table chatting and laughing with friends and family. Who needs more than that?
Here at the Conway Valley Brown Church we see the Christmas Spirit prevail throughout the entire year ~ the Food Pantry, the Dinner Bell, Outreach and so on ~ all made possible by dedicated volunteers and faithful churchgoers.
So this Holiday Season let’s try to ignore all the hype and commercialization and fill our hearts with love and goodwill.
A Blessed and Joyful Christmas to all!
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
TO: All Members and Friends of the Conway Village Congregational Church
The Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Conway Village Congregational Church will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at approximately 11:00 am in the Sanctuary of the Conway Village Congregational Church after worship. The meeting will be held in person and via Zoom platform. Voting will be done via roll call method. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call the office for the phone in information. The purpose of this Annual Meeting will be:
- To hear reports of the officers, board and standing committees for the preceding
- To approve a Budget for
- To elect officers, board and standing committee members for
- To conduct any other business that may come to the floor of the Dated at: Conway, New Hampshire, on the 22nd of November 2022
Dawn Vitters, Clerk
Advent is a time of expectation and hope filled with rich traditions. This year Advent starts on the 27th of November and ends on December 18, 22. We will be celebrating Advent each week in church and our season will end on Christmas Eve with the lighting of the 4 candles and then the Christ candle. This candle is sometimes called the “Bethlehem Candle” as a reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Third candle is Joy, which is pink because rose is a liturgical color for joy. It is sometimes called the “Shepherd’s Candle”. This Sunday in Advent is also called “Gaudete candle. The 4 candles are Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. The Hope candle is first, which is purple and symbolizes hope. Sometime this candle is called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold of Christ birth. The Peace Candle, also purple, represents faith Sunday” and is meant to remind us of the joy in the world. The fourth candle is the final week in Advent, it too is purple and is the Love candle. The final candle is the “Angel’s Candle” which symbolizes peace that the angels said. “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men”. Let us all remember this Advent season to be hopeful for the coming year, share peace among friends and family, spread the joy to our fellow man, and lastly love one another.
A note from the Diaconate, Webteam, and the Music Committee: As we proceed through the process of getting new equipment, setting it up,
and getting ready to use it, please understand that this is a major work in progress. We are all working to find the right balance for those of us worshipping in church and for those wor- shipping on Zoom. We ask that you are patient with the teams. Please give us feedback if something isn’t working right.
Let the team know through our email at email@example.com or talk to Steve, Nancy I, Judy, or Dawn. Thank you! Have a Blessed Advent Season and Christmas.
Diaconate: Dawn Vitters and Judy Workman Co-Chairs,
Beth Campbell, Suzanne Rancourt and Louise Saxby
QR Codes, what are they and why are we using them?
You will soon see Quick Response (QR) codes on church print materials including our bulletins, pew cards, newsletters, and event flyers. QR codes are a type of barcode that is typically linked to a website or an application. A QR code provides easy access to our website when scanned with a mobile device (phone) camera. The two QR codes below are different they both have a small image of our church in the center. The QR code on the left when scanned takes the user to our donation page. The QR code on the right goes to the home page of our website. There are many potential designs and uses for QR codes but these are two that we will be using for now.
The primary reason we have decided to begin using these QR codes is to provide an easy way for people to make donations and to learn more about our church. A lot of people no longer carry much cash with them. This has been evident in our plate donations when we have visitors who would have gladly made a donation, or perhaps given a larger donation but were not carrying cash.
In the future we will likely use QR codes for the Capital Campaign or other specifically targeted donations such as to the Food Pantry.
Donation Link CVCC Website Link
Food Pantry Wish List
Ramen Noodles-Chicken and or Beef
Rice-A-Roni-Chicken or Beef
Ketchup – 20 oz.
Mustard – 20 oz
Mayo – small jar
Stable Milk box – 20 oz.
Juice – Orange or Apple – 64 oz.
Small Soup – Chicken Noodle or Tomato
Jelly – Grape or Strawberry – 16 oz.
Small canned Chicken or Tuna – 5 oz.
Baked Beans – 15 oz.
Tomato Sauce – 15 oz.
Beef Stew – Canned – 15 oz.
Boxed Crackers – 1 lb.
Boxed Spaghetti – 1 lb.
Canned Veggies – Peas, Carrots – 15 oz.
Instant Oatmeal – 1 lb.
Toilet paper – individually wrapped
Shampoo – White Rain or Suave – 24 oz.
Dawn Dish detergent – small size
Tide Laundry Detergent – small size
Large Laundry Detergent
Hand Soap – Dial 2 or 3 pk bars