Announcements

Read some of our most recent announcements and activities below! 


Worship:  Outside and Zoom 

 

Starting in May, we will have TWO services each Sunday: one outside in-person, and one on Zoom. Is it ideal to split ourselves into two groups? No, it is not! But this is a way that everyone can participate in a meaningful, connected worship during this in-between time.  Services outside at 9:30 am and via Zoom at 10:30




Summer Schedules

 

Katrina will be on vacation June 28- July 19. UCC pastors from Andover and North Andover will be providing pastoral coverage during this time, so if you experience a pastoral emergency (death in the family, hospitalization, crisis, etc.) call or email Larisa in the church office. Larisa will be monitoring messages every day throughout the summer.

 

Domenik- Our CE Director works 10 months of the year, so Domenik will be out of the office until August 1. 

 

Larisa will be in and out throughout the summer, and monitoring messages and emails 7 days a week. (Thank you, Larisa!!) If you need to come by the church, just call or email her to arrange a time.

 

Amazing Staff!  


We really do have the best staff!  BOTH our CE Director, Domenik Ackermann, and our Co-Music Director, Mila Filatova, were recently awarded excellence in teaching awards!


In May, Domenik was awarded Boston College’s Donald J. White Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes teaching assistants and teaching fellows for their overall excellence in teaching courses and communicating with students at the university. 


And last month Mila was awarded the "2020 Top Music Teacher" Award from Steinway & Sons. This is an annual award given to teachers for outstanding instruction and leadership in music education at the piano who demonstrate an unceasing commitment to their students and helping them to fulfill their highest potential as musicians and pianists.  Congratulations, Domenik and Mila!


Caring Circles

 

Our Caring Circles are small groups that will help us all look out for one another and stay connected! You are ALL in a Circle!  John, Fellowship Chair, is our Circle Coordinator. Circle Leaders are: Heather, Pat, Bink, Lisa, Cindy, Judy, Barbara, Sarah, Kim, Linda  and John. If you have any questions, just be in touch with John or Katrina.

CoVid Team and Outdoor Worship Guidelines 

 

The Governing Board has appointed a Covid Team to develop guidelines for summer worship and gatherings, which will be re-evaluated for September.  The Covid Team is Barbara, Tiffany, Tara  and Jon. Guidelines will be sent to the Board for approval, and then implemented by the appropriate ministries: Worship, Operations, CE, Fellowship, etc.


The Team has updated our protocols for Outdoor Worship: masks and keeping 6' distance are now optional. This decision is based on the changes in CDC and MA guidelines, that outdoor transmission is exceedingly rare, and that schools no longer require masks for outdoor activities.  That said, we all have different comfort levels and situations, so each one of us is encouraged to do what is right for ourselves and our family.  We will continue to respect the decisions of all when we gather. More protocol updates coming!




Puzzle Exchange and and Little Library

 

Have you finished a good book, and want to share it?  Looking for new books?  Then come by the church alcove and check out our "Little Library"!  Leave a couple of books, and take a few to enjoy! P lease only leave books in like-new condition, and only if there is space on the shelves.  A puzzle exchange has also been added-- the ladies of Knit Night have started this exchange to share puzzles between church members who enjoy the pastime.