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Sunday services are in-person, masks optional for singing, with Coffee Hour in Friendship Hall following worship. Zoom access for Sunday services available at this link. Meeting ID: 878 8863 1016 (**NEW ID)
Sunday, Sept. 17: Worship 10 am led by Rev. David Jones with Holly Wescott preaching. Coffee Hour to follow.
Tuesday, Sept. 19:
Sunday, Sept. 24: Worship 10 am led by Rev. David Jones. The potluck at the Food Pantry Garden on Bug Hill Rd. has been canceled.
Tuesday, Sept. 26: Fall Festival Mtg. In the Green Room, 4-6 pm.
Wednesday, Sept. 27: “On our Own”, 3 pm, Green Room
Thursday, Sept. 28: “Hidden Figures”, 6:30 pm in the Green Room. Free and open to all. Free popcorn, too!
Saturday, Sept. 30:
Sunday, Oct. 1: Choir 9 am. Worship 10 am led by Rev. David Jones, Communion Sunday. Coffee Hour following worship, Church Council Mtg. in Green Room.
Tuesday, Oct. 3:
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Topping Bee (making the crisp for the apple crisp), 1 pm, Friendship Hall.
Thursday, Oct. 5:
Friday, Oct. 6: Set up for Fall Festival, with help needed at 5 pm to set up the tents. Volunteers welcome starting at 3:30 pm to help with additional setup.
Saturday, Oct. 7: Fall Festival 10-5
Sunday, Oct. 8:
Rev. David's Office Hours
Rev. David is holding regular office hours. He is available most Thursday afternoons. To set up a meeting, call him at 904-868-964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - or just stop by.
2023 Franklin County CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 PM,
starting and ending at Orange United Methodist Church at 104 South Main St..
Registration begins at 1:00 PM.
Sign Up for the Food Pantry Garden Project!
We can always use more volunteers!
Tell us about your interest in volunteering for the Food Pantry Garden. The garden will get underway in April and will go through harvest season in the fall. We will contact you soon about the farmers' schedule and their needs. Thank you for volunteering.
Black Voices Film Series:
sponsored by the Adult Ed Committee
Our church will host a series of feature films this fall with FREE POPCORN! The first film will be on Thursday, September 28 with Hidden Figures (IMDb trailer), an award winning movie that follows the true story of three African American women who worked at NASA as human “computers” before the use of electronic computers. They processed aeronautic data during the space race. The 2016 film stars Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, and others. It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Spencer), and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie is rated PG and will begin at 6:30 pm.
On Thursday, October 26, also at 6:30 pm, we will view Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do The Right Thing. (IMDb trailer) The story explores a Brooklyn, NY, neighborhood where racial tensions between African American residents and Italian-American owners of a local pizzeria culminate in a violent confrontation on a hot summer day. The film has been selected by the National Film Registry for preservation, and the Library of Congress has deemed it “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.” It stars Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Danny Aiello, Richard Edson, Samuel L. Jackson, and others. It was nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Aiello). It is rated R.
On Thursday, November 30, we will view Fences (IMDb trailer), directed by Denzel Washington in 2016 with a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from his play by the same name. It is a story about a family in Pittsburgh in the 1950s that is dealing with feelings of being taken for granted, living with choices, facing death, and forgiveness. It stars Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and others. It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Davis), Best Actor (Washington), and Best Adapted Screenplay. Davis won an Oscar for her performance. It is rated PG13. It will begin at 6:30 pm.
We welcome everybody to join us for these feature films. For over a year we have been exploring Black Voices, listening to and learning more about African American history and culture. This series will inspire us to continue our journey of discovery and understanding. All of the movies and popcorn are free! Please join us.
Adult Ed Team: Rev. David, Annie Cheatham, Ann Gibson, Sherrill Hogen, Virginia Wiswell
In the meantime, you can find links to the videos we showed this spring on our Black Voices page. We look forward to seeing you all in the fall and thank you for your support.
Fall Festival is Just Around the Corner!
Sign up sheets (online signup form) will be available starting this Sunday, Sept. 3! We’re looking for about 100 people to fill all the slots! Times when help is needed: Thursday and Friday morning Oct. 5th and 6th as we prepare apple crisp. Friday late afternoon as we set up tents / tables, etc. (10/6). Help all day both days, Sat. Oct. 7th and Sun. Oct. 8th, starting at 9 am and going until 6pm. Most shifts will be 2 hr. And we really hope that people sign up to help at least a couple of shifts, preferably both days. (If not possible, there are plenty of opportunities to help ahead of time.)
Inside places that need staffing: Caroline’s Soup Cafe (dining room staff and cashiers), and the sanctuary where we invite people to write prayer cards.
Outside along the driveway and under tents will be Pumpkin Painting, the Farmer’s Market, Books, and Rada cutlery. We also need produce for the Farmer’s Market (What do you have to donate?), and will be selling dried flower bouquets as well. Bouquet making will take place Sat. Sept. 30, 10am, at Wendy Prée barn, 53 Williamsburg Rd., Ashfield.
Cashiers and staff are needed for all venues. Out front under the big tent will be the Sweet Shoppe - selling our apple crisp, lots of baked goods, and popcorn! Help needed for the weekend of Fall Festival, and LOTS OF BAKERS are needed ahead of time to make pies, cookies, breads, muffins, scones, whoopie pies, fudge, candy - whatever kind of treats you can make. Gluten free offerings are a big hit.
Please email email@example.com with questions or offers of help.
Minister's Office Hours
late afternoon - early evenings
Connect in person or by Zoom or phone.
Rev. David Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
904-868-9641 to set up a time.
429 Main Street * PO Box 519 * Ashfield MA 01330
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