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Pastor’s eLetters:

  • Candidating Weekend May 2-4 April 14, 2014 Dear Members and Friends, After nearly a year of careful deliberation and discernment we are pleased to bring the Reverend Emily C. Heath before the congregation as our chosen candidate to be our settled pastor.  Many of you have asked about the process.  Here is a brief overview.  We followed the search and call process of the United Church of Christ denomination.  Along with these guidelines we regularly consulted our conference minister, The Reverend Gary Schulte.  As a flagship church of the Conference we received numerous ministerial profiles from interested candidates across the nation.  (All profiles were 18 – 23 pages in length and were received on an ongoing basis through February of this year).  Each member of the committee spent considerable hours reading every profile, all of which included personal references. The committee then gathered for several hours each Sunday evening throughout the process to discuss and evaluate ...
  • Easter Schedule Sunday, April 13 is Palm Sunday, eco-palms will be distributed at church. Children’s Choir sings. Thursday, March 17 is Maundy Thursday. Please join us in the sanctuary at 7 pm for a simple service. Friday, April 18 is the annual Youth Easter Lock-In. Youth and leaders will hold an Easter vigil and sleep over in the church. Saturday, April 19 is Holy Saturday. Youth will have breakfast in the church, while continuing their Easter vigil.  The women of the Flower committee will spend the afternoon decorating for the Easter Sunday celebration. Sunday, April 20 is Easter. Our annual Sunrise Service will be held on Swasey Parkway at 6:30 am, led by Rev. Christine Boardman. Our 10 am service in the church will feature special music and potted spring flowers. We will have special trumpet music by Adam Gallant, and the Senior Handbells will play.                    
  • FREE FILM: Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.: We the People presents a free, public screening of Inequality for All, a fascinating (and often funny) documentary that examines the causes and implications of income inequality in America. The film is also a portrait of economist Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labor during the Clinton administration and has since become a crusader for America’s middle class. LOCATION: Phillips Exeter Academy, in the Academy Building’s Assembly Hall, located on Front Street in Exeter.
  • Pastor eLetter: Greetings to you for Lent, Spring has arrived and somewhat reluctantly. There are many signs of the changing seasons. Snow is melting.  The sun grows stronger. Sugaring has begun. Grass is beginning to green-up. We hope for warmer temperatures.  We hope for new birth.  So pleased to report that Tom and Sally Oxnard welcomed a new grandson this morning. Rachel and son are doing fine.  We also want to offer prayers of consolation to the Charles Kellogg family. His sister, Mel Bourgault is church member. Corky died on March 19 and we will host the funeral this Monday at 11:00 a.m. March 23 at 10 you are invited to participate in worship and Kid’s Church.  We have Kathy James and Rich Aaronian playing the parts of the Samaritan Woman at the Well and Jesus.  Our sermon title is DOUBLE THE TROUBLE.  Our choir and bells will share their gifts and we will continue to celebrate ...
  • LENT March 2014 brings us into to the 19th month of our intentional interim time together. A year ago we were preparing for the neighborhood meetings, voting on the sanctuary renovation project, hosting a Coffee House, holding a Leaders’ Retreat and offering an intergenerational series on Wednesday evenings during Lent. Now we labor on as the Search Committee moves closer in their discernment process and the potential call to a new settled pastor. New birth and SPRING is just around the corner! Is it any wonder that I have felt like a midwife as your intentional interim? The metaphor of a midwife is one of the metaphors that I use to guide what I do as a pastor. I coach, observe, take vital signs, encourage, invite and hope for new birth as an outsider. I will assist in the birthing. I will leave and move on. This metaphor was suggested by the ...
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