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Conway Village

Congregational Church

September 2021

The Good News!

Pastor’s Message

“The Up’s and Down’s of Epidemic”

Years ago, a secretary had placed a placecard on her desk because so many people were demanding immediate responses with no idea of the work schedule and the pressures with which she had to deal. The secretary’s sign read, “Be Patient … God hasn’t finished with me yet”. She received the desired effect – – people laughed and were less demanding – – realizing her schedule was often not under her control.

Last Monday, we were taking down signs at the Brown Church that read, “Facemasks Highly Recommended for those not Vaccinated ” and replacing them with signs that say, “Facemasks Required”. Facemasks were handed out to everyone who came for meals at the Dinner Bell. The only comments made when people were offered masks was, “I should have remembered to bring mine from the car – – next week I’ll remember.” Upon entering a store this week (masked), someone asked me, “What are the rules now? Does anyone know?

When I received my second dose of vaccine, I thought to myself,  ‘I’m finally home free!’ Now they want to mask up again and get a booster shot … I’m tired of all this!  When’s it going to end?” was a question posed to me by several people this week.   So many of us are feeling worn out, confused, frightened. It is as if we were promised a quick cure and now it seems the cure was not all what it was cracked up to be! The medical news coming to us from Israel is that ½ their hospitalizations are fully vaccinated patients – – the virus is spreading with increased effectiveness. Meanwhile in this country, the news is reporting, “the epidemic is largely an epidemic of unvaccinated people ”. Is it any wonder why people are confused ?!

 The truth of the matter is the Covid-19 virus is much like our influenza viruses. Each year we get a report of “how effective the vaccine was this year and what new variants were or were not covered”. What is also clear is that the Covid virus is much more virulent, causing more hospitalizations, longer-lasting symptoms, more respiratory failures, and deaths than influenza. We need to take it seriously and be prepared to address it into the future.

Please know that the Brown Church leadership meets regularly to address this issue and to make the most informed decision we can with the most updated information we have. Our priority is to keep everyone healthy and safe. When decisions are made, they may seem like reversals, but they are correctives made to respond to existing data.

“Be Patient … God is not finished with the Brown Church yet! ”,     

Rev. John Hughes
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Our Capital Campaign Journey

As many of you know, we have been in the process of developing plans to address the much- needed improvements to our church building. We have had many twists, turns and detours along our journey with this capital campaign project. However, structural and maintenance needs we can’t ignore, persistence and faith have helped us stay the course. We began this journey in 2015 with many discussions and meetings to determine the mission of the church, needed building improvements and additional equipment and furnishing needs.

We have been working with a construction manager, architect and engineers to determine the work that is required and to establish priorities and timelines. They have also helped us to de- velop plans based on input from committees, surveys, brain storming ideas and working through many interior and exterior modifications.

We have summarized ideas and developed information that focuses on our church as a place of worship and community service. This information has given us direction in developing the structural and architectural designs for the building.

We are now at the point with a great deal of time, effort and resources invested that we have preliminary plans to present. We invite the congregation and friends to view the plans in the Fellowship Hall, ask questions and give us feedback. Plans will be posted on September 5, 2021. Final approval for this project will be required from the church members to proceed. We anticipate a November/December meeting to vote to decide to continue with the project and proceed with fundraising efforts.

We appreciate all the time, resources and dedication many members have provided to get us to this point. The campaign will continue to need the support of church members and friends as well as community residents to assure we can reach our goals.

Your Capital Campaign Steering Committee:

Anne Getchell         Nancy Divine        Carl Vitters             Duddie Andrews

John Edgerton       Louise Saxby         Judy Workman      Paul Weld

Rev. John Hughes

From the Deacon’s Bench

It is hard to believe that we have been doing “hybrid” services for over 8 weeks. We have worked out some of the “kinks” and are still working on the rest. As we have said in the past, this is a huge work in progress and please be patient with us. Onward and upward as they say.

We have been averaging almost half on Zoom and half in church. For those of you who are reading this and participate on Zoom for worship service, when Steve mutes everyone at the beginning of the service we ask you kindly that you stay muted. This is because of all the microphones in church, your comments, sneezes, and coughs are heard throughout the church. Depends on when it is, it can give us a chuckle.

As it was stated in the service on August 8th in John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Our bodies require “soul” food to survive, what better way to get that “soul” food than to attend church if you are able. It has been so nice to see smiling faces, hear the voices raised in song, and to be able to pray with one another in person. For those of you on Zoom we will continue to work to im- prove your ability to get that “soul” food as well. We know one of the issues is the singing in the church and that it is really hard to hear us singing. Unfortunately, we would have the same issues re- versed with the mics being on, which would be you would hear every sneeze, cough, and whisper in church. This is also a work in progress. To end, please let us know your concerns at or let one of the Deacons know and we will pass it on to the right people.



Diaconate:  Louise Saxby, Mitzi Fitch, Judy Workman, Dawn Vitters, Suzanne Rancourt, Beth Campbell

From the Trustees

Labor Day is here. For the Brown Church, September is the time to begin orders for the fair and line up volunteers for making the apple crisp and working in the fair booth. This is the church’s biggest fundraiser and we need your help. Preparing the apple crisp will begin the week of September 28th. The Fair booth dates are October 3rd through the 10th. Please contact the office and Melody can sign you up.

We have had to go back to Zoom services only for a short time. We will let all know when we will re-open on Sundays. Thanks to the Zoom team for all their hard work to make this available to all of us.

The Capital Campaign Committee recently met with the architect and Bergeron Technical Services. We are getting closer to having a set of plans to share with you all. There will be a new column in the newsletter with monthly updates.

The Trustees meet at least twice a month. Many also sit on the Capital Campaign Commit- tee which can mean four meetings per month; sometimes two on the same day.

This past year has been challenging and we have put in a lot of hours taking care of the building and managing the budget. This is a dedicated group.

Chair: Anne Getchell
Duddie Andrews,  John Edgerton,  Nancy Irving,  Paul Weld, Tom Workman
Ex-officio member Carl Vitters – Church Treasurer

We Give Thanks

For the blessings of our life,
For our freedom and our rights,
For busy days and restful nights
We give thanks.

For a stroll along the beach,
For the goals we strive to reach,
For people who aspire to teach,
We give thanks.

For the beauty of a butterfly,
For a baby’s wistful sigh,
For memories of days gone by,
We give thanks.

For an eagle’s plaintive call,
For all creatures big and small,
For summer, winter,
spring and fall,
We give thanks.

For the greatness of our land,
For all things made by God’s own hand,
For the lion and the lamb,
We give thanks.

So let’s be thankful – as well we should
God made our world and deemed it good!

Mary Russo

 ~ Food Pantry Needs List  ~

Food Pantry Wish List 1

Ramen Noodles-Chicken and or Beef Rice-A-Roni-Chicken or Beef
Ketchup – 20 oz.
Mustard – 20 oz
Mayo – small jar
Stable Milk 32 oz.
Juice – orange or apple 64 oz.
Chicken Broth
Soup (small) – Chicken Noodle or Tomato
Canned Fruit -15 oz – any kind
Jelly – 16 oz. grape or strawberry
Canned Chicken and Tuna 5 oz.

Food Pantry Wish List 2

Canned Chicken and Tuna 5 oz.
Baked Beans – 15 oz. – any kind
Canned Pasta – 15 oz., any kind
Diced Tomatoes – 15 oz.
Tomato Sauce – 15 oz.
Pasta Sauce – (can) 15 oz.
Pasta Sauce – (jar) 32 oz.
Beef Stew – Can or Pouch
Boxed Spaghetti – 1lb.
Boxed macaroni – elbow 1lb.
Crackers – 1lb.

Food Pantry Wish List 3

Canned-Peas, Carrots, Green Beans, and corn – 15 oz.
Cold Cereal – 10.8 oz any kind
Instant Oatmeal – 1lb.
Paper Towels
Toilet paper – individually wrapped
Shampoo – White Rain or Suave – 24 oz.
Dawn Dish Detergent- small size
Laundry Detergent – Tide-small size
Lg. Laundry Detergent – Dollar Tree brand in green container
Hand Soap – Dial 2 or 3 pk bars