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Spring Craft & Vendor Fair Sunday

Spring Craft & Vendor Fair
Sunday, May 7, 2016
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come join the crafters, vendors & contractors while you shop for your  Mother’s Day gifts and mingle!
There will be RAFFLES, CRAFTS for the Kids & FOOD!
Proceeds of this fundraiser are to go to the First Congregational Church and its community.


Food Pantry Donations Needed

We are critically low in food for our food pantry. A well-stocked pantry is very important this month because the Billerica Food Pantry is closed while they transition to a new location. What we need is tuna, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned ravioli and cereal. Please drop food off in the office during the week or on Sunday. Thank you so much.


Time to check in … Cottage Meetings

The Congregational Relations Committee in conjunction with the Church Council want to know how YOU feel about your church.
We will be holding a series of cottage style meetings where you will get a chance to share your thoughts. Hosted and led by a diverse group of facilitators, we offer you a wide range of times and places to come and talk in a small group with others about the direction of our church. Consider it a check in or a check up! 
Surveys have been done in the past and have only had limited response. Our goal is to hear from as many of you as possible.
Choose a date and time, sign up and show up. That’s it! We promise to take no more than 90 minutes of your time. Snacks
provided! You can sign up by calling the church office (978-663-8433), on the bulletin board in Dale Hall or electronically with Sign up Genius.
Sign up Genius for Cottage Meetings
Date Time Place Facilitators
Sun Jan 10 11:30 a.m. Church Bob Slack & Pat Rogers
Fri Jan 22 9:30 a.m. Church Phyllis Jennings &
Lynne Hildreth
Fri Jan 22 7 p.m. Jean Button’s House Jean Button
Etta Rd, Billerica & Susan McLay
Sun Jan 31 11:30 a.m. Church Jenny Carmichael
& Cheryl Cook
Tue Feb 16 9:30 a.m. Church Playgroup
Questions? Email jeanbutton@comcast.net or call Jean Button 978-663-7807, Lynne Hildreth 978-663-4727, or Phyllis Jennings 978-


Conversations on Race

Such conversations are not easy for those of who grew up in Massachusetts. Conversations on race are intertwined with class, justice, and politics, all issues that we often avoid. Our education in our history does not take time to cover in depth the role of slavery in Massachusetts.
Although we take pride in in the role that our Church took in the Amistad case and in the abolition movement, we ignore the less admirable side of our Massachusetts history as exemplified by the school busing riots. Yes, conversations on race are difficult. Fortunately we have been able to arrange for two experts to help us.
Reverend Cheryl Harris, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Attleboro, MA, will preach on Sunday, November 8 and following the service, will lead us in a workshop The Difference That Difference Makes. Reverend Harris, classmate and dear friend of Rev Katherine, has a Masters of Divinity Degree from Boston University School of Theology and a BA from Emmanuel College. She has extensive experience in the private sector in diversity and inclusion training, and is passionate about equity and justice.
Jason Sokol, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire will be the principal speaker at a Martin Luther King Day brunch we are planning for Monday, January 18. Dr. Sokol’s 2014 book, All Eyes are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn documents the post-World War II history of race relations in the Northeast, both the positive and negative aspects.
In addition to these two major events, we will have some Friday night dinners/small group conversations on race that will be scheduled at a later date. If you are interested in helping out in preparing for the conversations on race, please contact Andrew Jennings (978-663-8193 or aajennings@aol.com) We can use a lot of different talents, including planning, publicity, historical research, poster making, and food preparation.


Billerica Schools Food Market

A farmer’s market style distribution of assorted foods at no cost for residents of Billerica.
Marshall Middle School 15 Floyd Street, Billerica
Specific Thursdays from 3 – 5 pm
October 29
November 19
December 10
January 28
February 25
March 24
April 28
May 26
June 16
Who can attend the Billerica Food Market?
All residents of Billerica are invited to attend.
Do I need to register for the Billerica Food Market?
All participants should register for the Billerica Food Market at bpsfoodmarket@billericak12.com. If you have any questions, please call (978) 528-8782.
What type of food will be available at the Billerica Food Market?
There will be a selection of 15-20 fresh, frozen and non-perishable items with 30-40% being fresh fruits & vegetables. Examples are potatoes, apples, onions, carrots, frozen prepared soups, peanut butter, jelly, bread & canned tomatoes. The Billerica Food Market will be Farmer’s Market style allowing participants to choose what they would like. Limits are set on each item, e.g. one 5 lb. bag of potatoes. Approximately 40 – 42 lbs. of food will be available for each household.
Do I need to bring anything to the Billerica Food Market?
Please bring reusable shopping bags and/or a shopping cart.


Fall Craft & Vendor Fair, 11/7

Come support local crafters and vendors while shopping for the holidays. 
Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vendors include: Origami Owl, Jamberry Nails, Thirty-one, Ava Anderson, Arbonne, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware and more.
There will be raffles, crafts for the kids and food.
There will also be a consignment room if you have any gently used kids (and adult) clothing or gently used children’s goods you would like to donate there will be a drop box at the church. Volunteers are needed to organize, and price the donations, run and get volunteers to help with the room the day of the fair, help with vendor set up, traffic flow, children’s crafts, raffles and prep and serve food.
If you are able to help in anyway please contact Rachel Daughenbaugh at 978-888-1021 rach.daugh@gmail.com or Katie Verrocchio at 603-305-6290 kjverrocchio@yahoo.com
Proceeds to benefit the First Congregational Church of Billerica and its community.


Rally Day, 9/20

Rally Day
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Rally Day will soon be here! Come celebrate with us as the new school year begins. As Billerica celebrates its homecoming weekend with Yankee Doodle Weekend, we, too, want to welcome you back from your vacations and summer activities with a special Rally Day worship service and BBQ. The High School class of our Sunday School will present a report of their Summer 2013 Mission Project and the choir will be back to sing.

Following the service there will be a cookout, music,and activities for the children ! You and your family will not want to miss it.

Those who are able are encouraged to park in either the O’Connor Hardware parking lot or in the lot next to the professional building on Andover Road during the worship service in order to leave space in our parking lot for the picnic. Carpooling to church is also suggested.
If you have trouble walking, please know that you are certainly welcome to use our own lot, as there will be quite a few spaces available.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn and watermelon will be provided but please bring a salad of any kind for the buffet table.

Want to help us? Please see sign-up sheets by the doors to Dale Hall and the downstairs parlor or contact one of the organizers:
Donna Ricarte – 978-663-4043
Jenny Carmichael – 978-262-0251
Jackie Phippen – 978-663-6264
Please invite your neighbors and friends to join us for this joyful Homecoming Sunday!



Lowell Spinners Game, 8/30

Sunday, August 30, 2015
4:05 p.m.
Tickets are only $6!  
What a great way to celebrate together at the end of summer. There are about 20 tickets left (40 have already been sold) and we can order more if we know soon. Let Rev. Katherine know if you would like tickets.