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The Candle A Word from the Pastor This summer’s joint worship services with Grace Union (UCC), Wilbraham, and First Church (UCC) Ludlow were a great success. Many people from each of the churches attended and commented how great it was to see so many people in worship. We hope to keep the cooperation going throughout the year to the benefit of each church. We continue to share information about upcoming fundraisers, as well as other activities that we do separately and might do together. The first is a Thanksgiving Service to be held at First Church Ludlow on November 21st at 3:00 p.m. The service will also include joint choirs with our own Josie Holdsworth as choir director. Everyone is invited. So, mark your calendars. In December Grace Union in Wilbraham will host a Blue Christmas Service. Blue Christmas services acknowledge that some people have a difficult time for a variety of reasons that particular time of year. Rev. David Hurst will lead the service. Day and time TBA.

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Other activities we hope to do jointly are a book study on “Three Cups of Tea” led by Rev. Frank Groggett at First Church; a Youth Group for Grade 6 and up to begin October 24 led by a member of First Church (help needed from our church as well); a musical play at Grace Union on February 20th, 2011; a Shrove Tuesday Meat Pie Supper here at Union Church on March 8th at 6:00 p.m., and perhaps a combined Lenten Group. All this is in addition to our own separate activities, some of which are mentioned elsewhere in this issue of the “Candle.”

Rev. Jeff Erb Interim Pastor

Cooperation among some of our nearby UCC parishes will go a long way to boost spirit and morale, as well as support and aid one another in certain fund raising efforts. Plus, it’s a good way to meet other UCC members.

Even more importantly, the church is in the early stages of forming a Search Committee. If you are interested in serving or want to nominate someone, talk to Moderator, Dick MacGregor.

News on another front: as I write this article, the church office computer and monitor is being upgraded, something that was sorely needed. We will now

51 Center St. Po Box 445 Ludlow, Ma. 01056 413-583-5717 Church officers  Moderator Richard MacGregor

have wireless capability throughout the church building, Windows Office Home and Student 2010 to replace Millennium 2000 on the office computer, and the ability to print from that computer to both office printers.

Things are moving along nicely at the church. Peace, Rev. Jeff

 Administrative Assistant Robert MacGregor  Chair of Trustees Ann Sands & Bob Macgregor  Chair of Deacons Rae Teed  Chair of Council Dick MacGregor

Inside this issue: Holly Fair & Deacon’s News


Search Committee Update


Music Ministry & Christian Ed.


What’s Happening? What’s going on?


Stuff You Gotta Know!


Grace Union & First Church Harvest Suppers


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Holly Fair and Turkey Luncheon Nov 6th Bee There! Please join us for this year’s annual Holly Fair and plan to stay for our Turkey Luncheon . This year’s fair will start at 8:00 and end at 3:00 with the drawing of the raffle prizes. Of course we will have all of our usual offerings: Baked goods including many yummy pies and cakes. Homemade candy, Ladies Aid Christ-

Can You Help? If you can help out in any way with the Holly Fair this year please call Diane Wright 413-5833584. Help is needed to sell at the tables and help out with the luncheon during serving and cleanup. Men are encouraged

mas table, attic treasures, cards, hand crafted items, pillow and blanket table, jewelry, raffles, and auctions. Look for some very exciting handmade quilts and afghans to bid on or win.

Take out is available as well. Please call Jo Condon (413-589-1765) to make reservations. Of course tickets are available at the door. Ticket price is $9:00 for adults and $6.00 for children under 12.

The turkey luncheon will be a continuous serve buffet and you may come in any time from 11:00 - 1:30. Deadline for the next Candle is Nov. 28th. This candle will have all of the information regarding Christmas Services. You should email info to by that date.

to help out too. Everyone is needed to make this our largest fundraiser of the year. Can you help us out?

Fall Clean-up:

Volunteers are not paid...Not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

Come on down and help the deacons decorate the church for advent. Nov. 27 from 9-11. Call Rae Teed for more info 596-4451

Join Us Oct 16th at 9:00 am to spruce up the church for the upcoming Holly Fair and Holiday services. Coffee and donuts will be served.

Advent Decorating:

Altar Paraments and Communion Cloth Replacements Are Needed Some of our communion service cloths and our altar paraments are showing the effects of years of service. The Board of Deacons has voted to start a replacement fund for these worn items. If you would like to contribute to the replacement cloths or altar paraments fund, please give your check made payable to Union Church of Christ and include “ Altar Cloth Fund” on the memo line. The deacons will seek some Memorial Fund money as well, but we hope members will be able to donate part of the cost. These items are expensive so we will endeavor to replace one set per year as needed beginning with the white set for Easter and Christmas. Thank you for your generous donations.

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Important Search Committee News Union Church will be following the UCC guidelines as we assemble our search committee to prepare to call a new permanent minister for our congregation. Participation on the search committee is a serious commitment of time and energy for the next twelve to eighteen months. It will involve numerous meetings and visits to other congregations. Our Union Church bylaws clearly indicate the process for the formation of a search committee of seven to nine members. The Council will make the final decision as to which members will comprise the committee. If you wish to nominate a member to be considered for the search committee, please consider the following criteria as you guide your thinking. Search committee members should possess particular talents, skills, and gifts that are needed by the group. Please see the bulletin board labeled UP TO THE MINUTE for more details and nomination forms. A good search committee participant should be a member in good standing of Union Church who possesses several specific qualities as follows: the ability to devote time and patience to the committee and time frames indicated a person who is regularly in attendance at church and an active supporter of the church throughout the entire year a person who will be able to maintain strict confidentiality and trust a person who represents the best interests of the entire congregation over personal agendas a person who will respect the needs of the church, the members of the committee, and the process guidelines as outlined in the handbook for the call process a person with a positive attitude, no grudges a sense of integrity and respect for others a capacity to listen, to participate in a group, and come to consensus a person who is willing and able to make this responsibility a very high priority Check out the Up to the Minute bulletin board for nomination forms for the Union Church Search Committee. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this important work in the life of our church.

Nomination Form for Union Church of Christ Search Committee Member After having read the qualifications and descriptors for search committee members in the Candle Newsletter, I would like to nominate the following member in good standing. I list my reasons and have signed my name to show support for this member's consideration. The Council will make the final decision about the composition of the search committee. Nominations are due to the church office and Dick MacGregor by November 14, 2010.

I nominate the following member ____________________________________________________________________________ to participate in the Search Committee. My reasons for this nomination are as follows:_________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Signed ( your name)


Sunday School Sunday School is now in session and all children are welcome to join us. We are looking for kids from nursery school to 8th grade. Diane Wright could use some assistance with the nursery. Could you volunteer to help out for one month? Please call Diane if you have a child who would like to attend or you are able to assist. 583-3584

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Union Church Pounds out Hunger Members and friends of Union Church will be asked to donate two items of food per month for the Community Survival Center. There will be a Pound Out Hunger Pledge Poster on display at church for folks to sign up with specific nonperishable food items or donations. You may deliver your food to the Survival Center grocery cart at church any Sunday morning. Please see the Survival Center Newsletter posted for additional needed household items that are being requested. Many thanks to our two deacons, Bob Marchese and Bill Nowak, who will deliver the goods on a regular basis to the center. In addition, the Board of Deacons will sponsor two special food drives with grocery lists during Thanksgiving and Lenten weeks. Please see Rae Teed if you have questions. We are grateful for your support! Last year we donated 373 pounds of food. Could we double that this year? Yes We Can! (get it?? yes we CAN )

A Note From our Organist and Choir Director I'm always excited at the start of a new music season. I've had the summer to scour the church files for fitting anthems; also, this year a friend of mine who teaches music in the South Hadley schools gave me carte blanche to ransack her file cabinets, so I'm looking forward to working with the choir on some new music as well as revisiting some of our familiar favorites. As director, I'm thankful for our fun loving, small, but mighty group of singers which may not fill all the chairs in the choir loft but certainly fills the sanctuary with heartfelt music Sunday after Sunday. I'm also very proud of the bell choir members who continue to make real progress in tackling increasingly complex music. We have just begun work on a new bell piece which we

are planning to perform in November. Hymns are another aspect of music during the church service. Some of you may have noticed that we are expanding our repertoire and including hymns from our hymnal that may be unfamiliar to you. When Reverend Erb first arrived at Union Church he and I spent several hours playing through every single hymn from cover to cover, making notes about which hymns might be more singable than others and which ones would be enjoyable to learn. Because learning new music can be a little daunting, I will use the organ prelude time (9:55 or so) as a good opportunity to quietly play through any new or unfamiliar hymns that may be listed in the bulletin for that Sunday morning. If you have

any concerns about singing a new hymn, keep one ear open during the organ prelude and hopefully those melody lines will begin to feel a bit more familiar by the time we sing them as a congregation. Being involved in the Union Church music program lifts my spirits from one week to the next and I'm happy to begin again this fall season! Josie

Can you Sing and Can you Ring? If you like what you hear and would like to join either the bell choir or the chancel choir, why don't you get in touch with Josie and join up. We can make a spot for you!


What’s Happening? What’s New? What am I missing? Stuff you gotta know! Greeters and Floral Offerings Are Always Welcome

Advent Readers Please speak with Carol Palmer if you and and your family or friends would like to serve as Advent readers. Usually three or four people participate per Sunday. We also need readers for our traditional Christmas Eve service. Thank you for helping lead the worship service as readers.

Please see Debbie Savoie or Bob MacGregor if you are able to greet our members on Sunday mornings. We need greeters to welcome new members and friends with the hand of fellowship. Fresh flowers or silk flower arrangements are welcome for the altar each Sunday as well. Sign up with Bob indicating your wishes for the bulletin.

We Gather Together Thanksgiving Special Service

Stewardship Committee

A shared service of Thanksgiving will be held at We are looking for volunteers to serve on the First Church. We will be joined by Grace Union Stewardship Committee. The Stewardship com- Church of Wilbraham for a joint service at our sister mittee is in charge of drafting a letter to the con- church up the road. We will have a combined choir gregation seeking pledges for the upcoming year from all three churches led by Josie Holdsworth, and following up with the numbers for the Budget who will provide all the music for this service. committee. Please let Bob MacGregor know if Please bring donations for the Survival Center and you are interested in helping out. praise God with Thanksgiving for our many blessings. The service is on Nov 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm By-Law Committee At First Church 859 Center St. in Ludlow. We are in the process of forming a committee to reevaluate and update the church by-laws. If you would like to be on the committee let Bob, know.

What can I do? The Ladies Aid still collects pennies for the Penny Fund? You can drop your pennies in the jar each Sunday or call Jo Condon for a pick up if unable drop them off at church. 589-1765 We still collect bottles and cans that have a .05 cent return. You can drop them off in the kitchen and Ruth Moorhouse will turn them in for cash. There are still coin cans available for you to fill. Every little bit counts. Why not take a can and put it in your car and collect your spare change for Union Church. Turn them in to Jo Condon or Bob MacGregor.

Harvest Dinners at Grace Union and First Church Grace Union Church Mountain Road & Chapel St. Wilbraham, Ma.

Harvest Supper Family Style All you can eat. Baked Ham, Baked Potatoes and Yams, Green Beans Almandine, Tossed Salad, Homemade Apple Crisp ala Mode, Coffee/Tea/Cider Take out available Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 Two Seatings: 6:00 & 7:30 Adults $12.00 Children 6-12 $6.00 Children under 6 Free For Reservations call Gayle White 413-596-3936

First Church in Ludlow 859 Center St.

Pork Roast Dinner SAT. 10/23 5:00 & 6:30

Garlic mashed potatoes Green Beans, applesauce, Squash, rolls, gravy Homemade Pies for Dessert Adults $10

Children $5.00

For reservations please call Judy Snyder @ 413-583-8102 or Etta Brockney @ 413-583-2913 Please support these fundraiser dinners and they will support ours. Quid Pro Quo.

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Newsletter October 2010

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