Announcements

Read some of our most recent announcements and activities below! 


Annual Collection for NIN Thanksgiving Dinners: Due Nov 20

 

The Men's Group will be collecting gift cards (and some food items if you would prefer) for the Greater Lawrence Neighbors in Need Thanksgiving meals. You can purchase $25 gift cards from Market Basket and drop them at the church anytime until Sunday, November 20.   Please read the detailed weekly announcements for requested food items.  Thank you for remembering those in need at this festive time of the year! Blessings! 

 

 

Advent Series: Dec 7, 14, and 21

 

Christmas is coming! In the weeks before Christmas, our own Rev. Joseph (Joe) Alfred will lead a study of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ coming to save humanity. In December (Wednesday 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 at 7:00 pm), we'll look at the sources of the stories of Jesus' birth – at least those in the Bible. Look for them in Matthew 1-2 and in Luke 1-2. Sign up- or contact the church office, especially if you are interested but this time does not work for you

 

Pray for Ukraine

 

The images from Ukraine continue to be heart-breaking.  The destruction and suffering and violence make our hearts hurt. If you wish to support the Ukrainian people, there are many organizations working to get food, clothing and medical supplies to both refugees and those in the country. You can donate through the United Church or Christ, or read about recommended organizations

 

UCC: Pakistan Emergency Appeal

 

The United Church of Christ is issuing an appeal to support immediate needs in Pakistan and the long-term recovery of those devastated by floods.This summer’s monsoon season has dropped nearly triple the average annual rainfall. At its peak, 73% of Pakistan’s districts were impacted by flooding with more than half of its districts having been declared “calamity hit” by the government. Priority needs of the people are for emergency shelter, food, safe drinking water, sanitation, and health care. Please consider donating to this immediate cause.  Learn more and donate

Open Position - Building and Grounds Caretaker

 

West Parish is currently accepting applications for a new Building and Grounds Caretaker.  If you know anyone who may be interested in this job, please ask that they email their resume to westparishchurch@verizon.net with the subject 'Building Caretaker' in the subject line.   Please note, to maintain appropriate roles and boundaries, members and active participants at West Parish are not eligible for open positions.

 

Preaching School

 

Embark on an epic 6-month journey that will take you through biblical exegesis, research, personal reflection, prayer, writing and worship. Join Katrina for "Preaching School"! We will meet monthly and explore: What makes an effective sermon? How do we research a biblical passage? How do we connect the passage to our own struggles and joys, or the needs of the world? How do we write a sermon? How do we deliver a sermon? There will be "homework" between each monthly meeting. Those that wish to do so, can preach their sermon in May or June. (Not required!) If you are interested, contact Katrina; the group will determine the best day/time and format.

 

New Community Pantry & Fridge

 

Ballard Vale United Church now hosts a 24-hour freestanding self-serve pantry and fridge! The community is invited to leave what they can and take what they need. Donations can be dropped off directly in the pantry at 23 Clark Rd. Currently accepting the following items (please no expired items):

 

High need: low-sodium canned protein (tuna, chicken, beans, etc), eggs, milk, cheese sticks, and yogurt.

 

Also needed: canned goods, dry beans, shelf stable milks, pastas, rice, sauces, cereal, fresh vegetables, lunchables, juice, and juice boxes, diapers and wipes.

 

Financial donations online or by mail to BVUC at 23 Clark Rd, Andover.