Dear CCC Community, There are several all church updates and Coordinating Council news for my…

We extend our loving thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to Nae Pearson. Nae’s mother, Virginia, passed…

CCC offers deep sympathy to Rev. Julia Jarvis, spiritual director of the Interfaith Families Project and member…

We learned of the death on Sunday November 26 of long time CCC member Erv Boettner, aged 100…

Gratitude in Times of Fear Part of the life of faith is realizing that in…

We learned this week of the death of long-time CCC member Jean Caswell on Friday,…

Dear CCC Community, The Coordinating Council met this week and we have several updates to…

Join us for fellowship, food, and a chance to give thanks as a church family….

A Word about CCC Security   After the church shooting in Texas, we are again…

From Pastor Matt This Sunday at our 10:30 worship service, we will celebrate the sacrament…

Church School: Students, join us November 5, as we create a memorial garden in honor of…

Dear CCC Community: Two pieces of Good News and we now need your help! First,…

Dear members and friends of Christ Congregational Church, As we approach Sunday’s meeting and vote…

Dear CCC Community, We are almost there and I appreciate so much how many of…

 Dear CCC Community, This communique continues capacity building for our Retreat House Vote on October…

Dear CCC Community, The next three From Your Moderator (FYM) will focus on our preparations…

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December 1, 2017

DON’T FORGET — Intergenerational Orchestra rehearsal immediately after church this Sunday.  We will be rehearsing for Christmas Music Sunday 9:00am service on December 17th and Christmas Eve 5:00pm service.  Please meet in the sanctuary and bring your instruments.  All ages and instruments welcome!     –Sam Wack
Annual Mitten Tree and Coat Collection 
New or gently used mittens, gloves, hats, scarves,
coats, snow pants, and boots
will be collected from Sunday, November 26th
until Sunday, December 17th
for the children of JoAnn Leleck Elementary School at Broad Acres
The school community greatly appreciates any winter outerwear
for ages pre-school through size youth XL for boys and girls.
Thank you for your generous donation
Advent Wreath Workshop

On Sunday, December 3 the Member Care and Fellowship Engagement Area Advent Wreath Workshop team is holding an activity to make advent wreaths for the holidays. The workshop will be held in the Social Hall following the morning worship service. The team will supply, straw forms, candle holders, candles and pins to tie down the greens. We need your help to make this activity a success. For those of you with access to evergreens, please bring clippings/greens we can use for the wreaths and leave them in bags on the stage in the social hall before the service. Also needed are clippers and work gloves.  There is a sign-up sheet by the church office.  Please bring a potluck soup or dessert to share!  Childcare will be provided if needed. (Questions, please contact Lauren Jones or Bud Dennie.

Children’s Costumes for 5:00 Christmas Eve Nativity Service

No rehearsal needed! Children of all ages, visiting children, neighbors are welcome to borrow nativity costumes for our Family Worship on Christmas Eve at 5:00.
Costumes for animals, shepherds, angels, magi will be ready to pick up in ROOM 207 after the 9:00 and 11:00 services on 12/17 and anytime on Christmas Eve.
Come choose from the collection or the children may wear what they have at home and be a part of the Christmas story!

Church School Superintendent Updates
It’s now time for transition.  It’s time to THANK Chris Braddock for her ministry as our Interim Superintendent and WELCOME Lindsay Vogelsang as our new Superintendent.
THANK YOU, Chris, for sharing your professional skills to help us establish the role of Church School Superintendent. Thank you for your welcoming smile, superb organization and mindful dedication to the children, families, teachers and shepherds of the Church School.  Chris will conclude her time as superintendent the end of December and Lindsay will begin the first week of January.
Lindsay’s UCC roots go back 8 generations to ancestors who founded an Evangelical church in St Louis, Missouri.  Lindsay and her husband, Danny, have 3 daughters in the CCC church school.
Join me in welcoming and supporting Lindsay as our new Superintendent.   Kristen Brown, Spiritual Formation Coordinator
What’s happening with CommunUNITY Sundays?
On Communion Sundays, children aged K-5 grade participate as a group in a project that benefits our community.  The next three months projects are detailed below, and as always we appreciate your support!On December 3, this Sunday the children will have a short lesson on the Season of Advent and then transition into thinking of others who are in need, rather than wanting gifts. The Children’s Offering is traditionally distributed according to vote by the children. This year there will be a wealth of options for the kids to consider from Hurricane Relief, Wildfire Relief, Uganda ministry supported by Lois Stovall (a member at CCC), Gandhi Brigade, Shepherd’s Table, and many many others.    Please remember to bring gently used or new mittens, scarfs, coats, and boots for our annual mitten tree.On January 7, the children will be wrapping diapers for Greater DC Diaper Bank.  We will be collecting diapers for the project in the bin in the vestibule, size 3 and 4 are the most needed sizes, but any diapers, even in open packages can be accepted.  In addition, DCDB takes donations of unexpired formula, personal care products (soap, shampoo, etc), feminine hygiene products, and baby gear (single & double strollers, baby carriers, and pack n plays). 

Between now and February 4, we are collecting gently used kids backpacks, gently used-athletic shoes, regular pencils, colored pencils, protractor sets, solar scientific calculators, and small handheld pencil sharpeners for Krma-USPartners, a 44-acre women’s cooperative farm in Uganda. Supplies can be purchased off the Krma-uspartners Amazon list or from any store, and deposited in a bin outside of the church office.   As part of the February 3, commUNITY project held during service on Communion Sundays, kids will learn more about Krma and prepared the supplies for the team over in 2018.

Pass a Clean Dream Act and Continue Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Join CCC members and other people of faith December 6 for a rally on Capitol Hill showing our support for the immigrant community. On DACA and Temporary Protected Status.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): DACA was terminated by the administration in September, but Congress has six months to pass legislation to protect from deportation almost 800,000 youth brought to the U.S. as children by their parents. We want Congress to pass the DREAM Act of 2017 (S. 1615 / H.R. 3440) as currently drafted, protecting these young people without increasing harassment against other immigrants.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS): About 350,000 TPS holders from Central America, Haiti, Syria and other countries have been able to live and work in the U.S. after displacement. The administration has begun to terminate TPS protections, recently placing a 14-month deadline on those from Nicaragua. This is raising fears among all of these people who fled crises such as natural disasters, war and civil disorder, and are therefore unable to safely return to their country of origin.
The UCC General Synod has declared the UCC to be an “Immigrant Welcoming Church.” We can put that welcome into action by calling on members of Congress to be true to the core values of our nation.

Transportation arrangements are being made, and we expect to have a great CCC contingent at this rally. Please contact Anna DeNicolo, CCC Immigration Circle.

Recent mass shootings remind us again that we must act to preserve the safety and security of our Sanctuary and Sunday school.  Montgomery County recently awarded CCC a $7,000 grant to make several security improvements to our building and grounds.  The grant terms require us to provide matching funds, and we are calling for contributions to help us meet that match.

You may make a donation toward the Security Grant match by placing a check in the Sunday offering, with the notation “Security Grant” written on the check.  Electronic donations may be made through Vanco, located on our website, and directed to “Security Grant.”

Funds received that exceed the $7000 match will be used for additional planned security improvements that are not funded by the grant.

Evaluation of Our Senior Minister

CCC’s Personnel Committee is conducting an evaluation process to provide Pastor Matt with candid feedback from those to whom he ministers.  Although a sample of staff and members have been specifically asked to participate, the process is open to any member of CCC’s staff or congregation who would like to participate.  If you are interested, please make your request of Susan Gray in the office, and she will email you the evaluation instrument.  All responses will be confidential.  If you have any questions, please call me.  Mary Pence, Chair, Personnel Committee.

Friday, December 8,
Senior Adult Bag Lunch and Movie
 

The Senior Adults will meet on Friday, December 8 for a bag lunch and the movie “5 Flights Up” with Morgan Freeman

Sunday, December 10,
Cooperative Youth Ministry Cookie Sale
 

Our youth group is having its third annual Christmas cookie sale after church on December 10th!  Funds raised will support their 2018 Mission Trip.  Please consider volunteering to bake a few dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies to donate to the sale!  The more volunteer bakers we get, the yummier the selection!  (just drop them off the morning of the event, before service)

Then come buy a whole lot of cookies that everyone else has baked, too ($5/dozen).  There will be decorations, holiday music, and ornament painting, and just a good time overall to enjoy the Advent season!   Feel free to contact Holly Massett if you have any questions!

Sunday, December 10, 3:00 p.m., Voices 21 Christmas Concert

Start your holiday celebration on a high note by joining Voices 21 at their festive annual Christmas program. The concert will feature favorite carols of the season with arrangements of Silent Night by Eric Nelson, The First Noel by John Paul Hayward and Angels We Have Heard on High by Donald McCullough. The performance will open with the exquisite, sensitive setting of Veni, Veni Emmanuel by Zoltán Kodály, and include Claudio Monteverdi’s brilliant Cantate Domino for six voices, John Rutter’s delightful arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy and gorgeous new compositions by Bob Chilcott. Join us for this annual concert — a highlight of the holiday season! Admission is free.  Donations will be accepted at the door. Make Voices 21 a part of your annual holiday celebration! For more information, visit our web site at www.voicesxxi.org, call us at 240-643-6563, or write to us at voicesxxi@aol.com.

Sunday, December 10, CCC Book Group
The CCC Book Group will next meet on December 10th, 7 pm.  We are reading “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson (2012). This is a novel of North Korea, a “riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from us….Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korean state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself ‘a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,’ Jun Do rises in the ranks.” The book is set during the regime of the current North Korean leader’s father. Glenda Neal is hosting the meeting in the Music Room, of Village Square at Riderwood.
Winter Waiting
December 13, 2017
Noon & 7:30 PM 

There is rarely enough stillness in our lives. Perhaps we are too busy to be still, or maybe we are afraid of what we might discover.  In this season of waiting, we approach holy silence a­­nd commit ourselves to learning, changing, practicing our faith, and daring to imagine what it means to be human, to be a neighbor, to love, to include, to laugh, and to be free.

Join Pastor Matt as we take time to find stillness, inspiration, and wisdom in the middle of the Advent Season. The same program will be offered at Noon or 7:30 PM. Refreshments will be served.

“Silence will illuminate you in God… and deliver you from phantoms of ignorance. Silence will unite you to God … In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent. But then from our very silence is born something that draws us into deeper silence. May God give you an experience of this ‘something’ that is born of silence”
― Isaac of Nenevah

Saturday, December 16, Shaw Community Center Holiday Party

You are invited to the Shaw Community Center Annual Holiday Party at noon on Saturday December 16 at Lincoln Temple UCC, 1701 11th Street, Washington, DC. There will be arts and crafts for kids and a community Meal. It is a great way to learn more about Shaw Community, and meet and welcome Rev Barbara Breland, the new Pastor of Lincoln Temple. You can also meet our Shaw children and their families. Hope to see there. Marjorie Hoffman

Do you like to sing Christmas carols and bring the Christmas spirit to others?  Join us at the church on Sunday, December 17th at 5:00 pm as we travel to Springvale Terrace to spread Christmas joy to the residents at this retirement community.  All we need is your voice.  Sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex so that we can know who to expect.  Thanks for considering this opportunity to share Christ’s love with others.  If you have questions, please contact Pastor Gloria.
Tuesday, December 19, Annual Men’s Christmas Toast
7:00 PM – Limerick Pub
11301 Elkin Street, Wheaton, Maryland
All men are welcome!
Success with Hurricane Clean-up Kits!

Our CYM youth group would like to extend a very big THANK YOU! to all who donated funds toward the Hurricane Relief Clean-up Kits!  We received over $1,800 in donations and the youth were able to purchase enough materials for 24 kits and 20 hygiene kits (a bonus!).  They had a lot of fun coordinating the assembly and it definitely tested their organizational skills!!  We really appreciate all your help with this wonderful effort!!

Pastoral Care: If you wish to contact the church about a pastoral care need or concern and are unable to reach the church office, please call Pastor Gloria.
Publication Deadlines 

For the December 15 Issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday,December 12

For the next two issues of the Sunday Bulletin

  • Noon on Tuesday, December 5
  • Noon on Tuesday, December 12

For the January 1 issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Wednesday, December 27
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November 17, 2017

Sunday, November 19, Gratitude BreakfastAll are welcome to the Thanksgiving “Gratitude Breakfast”
on Sunday, November 19th, at 8:30 am,
in the Fellowship Hall.
Join members and friends as we enjoy breakfast and take some time to offer thanks for our blessings.
Please bring a breakfast item to share.
Coffee, tea and juice will be provided.

The CCC lighting upgrade is moving ahead!

CCC signed the contract with Wattz LED for their primary work on lighting upgrade a couple of weeks ago.  Work may have already begun when you read this; if not, it should start in the next few days and be completed within a week to ten days thereafter.  This contract includes everything except the 9601 parking lot because that upgrade is complicated by the possibility of getting one or two poles replaced with taller ones and involves no incentives.  We’re anticipating a subsequent contract proposal from Wattz LED for that.
We are also finalizing decisions about the bulbs that volunteers will install.  We are hoping for an installation party in December to install those bulbs.  Watch this space for the date and more information!  Consider joining the party!

The Fair Trade Program Needs You!

The Fair Trade Program at CCC has been in continuous operation for over 15 years. It is consistently ranked in the top 1% to 2% in sales volume of the 8,500 + faith groups participating in Equal Exchange’s coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil, etc. product sales.

For those of you unfamiliar with “Fair Trade”, it is an economic concept where products are purchased directly from growers cooperatives (usually in underdeveloped countries) at a fair price as opposed to whatever the market will bear. At CCC, we “mark-up” the wholesale price at which we receive the goods from Equal Exchange by about 20%. But, if you compare our price with organic, fairly-traded Equal Exchange goods sold by supermarkets and specialty stores, the CCC price is significantly less expensive. Our 30% “mark-up” provides free coffee and tea for CCC activities, coffee hours, and also for Shepherd’s Table. It also supports environmental projects at CCC such as the bike rack, LED lights, this year’s energy audit, and more.

But we need you! You have all been wonderful and faithful consumers of our products; but we need more “person-power” to help run the program. The CCC members who have started and run the program have retired, moved, started to travel extensively, and we need more help. We need help once a month, on second Sundays from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Please contact Winifred Roberts if you are interested. I check my phone daily and email once or twice a week. Thanks to all!

Immigration Circle Updates

The Immigration Circle is dedicated to supporting the immigrant community in Montgomery County, with a special emphasis now on TPS and DACA holders due to imminent threats to their status.

1.  Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  TPS  is a temporary, renewable program that provides relief from deportation and access to a work permit for certain migrants in a small number of countries who may not meet the legal definition of refugee but who cannot safely return to their country of origin. There are approximately 350,000 TPS holders, from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Syria and other countries.  In Central America, they were granted TPS status due to hurricanes and earthquakes, and have had their status renewed since it was granted in 1999 and 2001.    The current administration terminated TPS status for Nicaragua on November 6, giving TPS holders 14 months to leave the US after having lived here for 18 years.

2.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status (DACA).  For the past five years, almost 800,000 immigrant youth brought to the US as children by their parents have been protected from deportation and receive a two-year renewable work permit under DACA.  On September 5, the administration ended the DACA program and gave a ‘6-month’ period for Congress to pass a replacement within 6 months.

The Immigration Circle hope to engage CCC and the wider community on policy advocacy; communications; offering and participating in trainings in accompaniment to ICE check-ins, ICE emergency response, and visits to those in ICE detention; and in education and awareness of immigration issues.

To learn more, and to get involved, please join us at our table on November 19 or at the meeting on November 20!

For more information, please contact Anna DeNicolo.

Sunday, November 19, Sisters for Sisters
Take a breather before Thanksgiving and bring your lunch and come join us in fellowship after church on November 19, Room #106. At this gathering, we’ll pick the date and plan the details for our annual Christmas pot-luck lunch and white elephant gift exchange.
Monday, November 20, Monday morning coffee at Kaldi’s
Monday Morning Coffee with Pastor Matt  –   Join us for informal conversation and caffeine at Kaldi’s on Silver Spring Avenue on Mondays between 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 10, CCC Book Group
The CCC Book Group will next meet on December 10th, 7 pm.  We are reading “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson (2012). This is a novel of North Korea, a “riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from us….Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korean state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself ‘a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,’ Jun Do rises in the ranks.” The book is set during the regime of the current North Korean leader’s father. Glenda Neal is hosting the meeting in the Music Room, of Village Square at Riderwood.
SHAW COMMUNITY CENTER (SCC) NEWS

I want to thank everyone who has contributed to SCC since my mission moment on October 1. I am incredibly moved by your support. So far, SCC has received $2,900 in individual CCC contributions, and $1,000 in CCC mission funds, totaling $3,900. One of the individual contributions was a recurring contribution of $50 a month. I counted that as a $600 contribution (the amount contributed over 12 months). I also contributed $3,900, putting the total CCC contributions at $7,800. I decided to up my match limit to $5,000 so there is still time to make a contribution and have it be matched. Any amount that you can give will help us meet this $5,000 challenge. You can donate (including a recurring amount) at http://www.shawcommunity.org/index.php/donate. Alternatively, send a check made out to Shaw Community Center to Shaw Community Center, 1701 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.  To make sure I match your contribution, please email Marjorie Hoffman letting me know you contributed, or make a CCC donation notation on your check.

Gratitude
Many thanks for all the lovely cards and notes that I have received over the past month with regard to the loss of my husband, Ernie, in early October.   Although his health had been declining over the preceding months, the actual cause of his death was not on my radar screen as a possibility and thus came as a shock.  Your thoughts and promised prayers have offset much of that shock by providing me and our daughter, Elizabeth, with comfort and support.  I’m so glad that Ernie and I elected to stay in Silver Spring when we downsized almost two years ago, especially because I can continue to be part of the CCC community.
Anne Weissenborn 
Pastoral Care: If you wish to contact the church about a pastoral care need or concern and are unable to reach the church office, please call Pastor Gloria directly on her cell phone at 202-550-7546.
Publication Deadlines 

For the December 1 Issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, November 28

For the next two issues of the Sunday Bulletin

  • Noon on Monday,November 20
  • Noon on Tuesday, November 28

For the December 1 issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, November 28
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November 1, 2017

Quarterly statements for July through September are now available near the office.  Please pick up your statement and consider the convenience of receiving your statement by email.  Contact Greg Muncill or Dave Main to receive emails of future statements via pdf files.
Angel Wings?
In preparation for our Christmas Eve Family service, the CCC Church School is looking for angel wings/angel costumes of any size to add to our collection.  If you’re cleaning out your dress up clothes or ready to donate after Halloween, angel and animal costumes of any kind will be put to use at CCC.  Please leave in the church office under the table.   Thank you- Kristen Brown
Attention Singers!
If you are interested in joining the choir for the Christmas season, please plan to join us at a special music rehearsal on Friday, November 3rd at 6:00pm.  We will start the evening with fellowship and a Chinese food dinner.  There is a sign-up sheet on the piano in the choir room.  Please join us!!          –Sam Wack (sam@cccsilverspring.org)
Saturday, November 4, Violin Recital by Will Joseloff
Will Joseloff will be presenting a solo violin recital accompanied by Lynne Joseloff on piano.   They’ll be performing works by Fritz Kreisler, Antonin Dvorak, Ludwig van Beethoven and more.   The recital will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 2pm in the CCC sanctuary and all are welcome!
Monday, November 6, Monday morning coffee at Kaldi’s
Monday Morning Coffee with Pastor Matt  –   Join us for informal conversation and caffeine at Kaldi’s on Silver Spring Avenue on Mondays between 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 8
“I Am Not Your Negro” 

Covenant Baptist UCC (3845 South Capital Street, Washington, DC) invites us to a special showing of this documentary.  Wednesday, November 8th;  Dinner for $8.00 from 5:30pm-6:15pm;  View Film: 6:30pm-8:00pm;  Discussion:  8:00pm-8:30pm“I Am Not Your Negro” is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.
Friday, November 10, Senior Adults Bag Lunch and Movie
Bring a bag lunch and join the Senior Adults on Friday, November 10 at noon in the Conference Room for lunch and a movie.
Saturday, November 11
“13th” Screening & DiscussionJoin First Congregational UCC, SURJ-DC and SURJ chapters from around the country for a screening and discussion of Ava DuVernay’s documentary, “13TH.”
When:  Saturday, 11 Nov, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: First Congregational UCC DC, 945 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001 

“13TH” has the precision of a foolproof argument underscored by decades of frustration. The movie tracks the criminalization of African Americans from the end of the Civil War to the present day, assailing a broken prison system and other examples of institutionalized racial bias with a measured gaze. It combines the rage of Black Lives Matter and the cool intelligence of a focused dissertation. 

The panel discussion will include: Matt McGorry, star of “Orange Is The New Black” and “How To Get Away With Murder” and other organizers
RSVPs are appreciated via https://actionnetwork.org/events/13th-screening-discussion

Sunday, November 12, End-of-Life Planning Workshop
Sponsored by the Health Ministry Team
On Sunday, November 12, after the service, a workshop on end-of-life planning will be held in the Sanctuary.  This workshop is open to all.  Tools to help family members and clergy plan your memorial service will be provided and discussed.  This information will also help family members write your obituary by providing accurate data from your life.  It’s never too soon to plan ahead so that your wishes are carried out.
Wednesday, November 15, Joey’s Restaurant Review
For our November Joey’s Restaurant Review the Seniors will be going to the Greek Village Restaurant (13476 New Hampshire Avenue). The time is 12:30 PM on Wednesday, November 15.
Sunday, November 19, Gratitude Breakfast

All are welcome to the Thanksgiving “Gratitude Breakfast”
on Sunday, November 19th, at 8:30 am,
in the Fellowship Hall.
Please bring a breakfast item to share.
Coffee, tea and juice will be provided.

Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth of Montgomery County.
Our Open and Affirming (ONA) committee has a new subcommittee to address the need to provide housing, food and life needs for the homeless LGBTQ+ youth of Montgomery County.  Should you have an interest to remain informed and work with this subcommittee, please contact L J Ingram.
From the Deacons:
You are invited to take part in the Sunday morning worship service by signing up to be a lay reader.  The lay reader leads the congregation in prayers printed in the bulletin and reads the morning scripture.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the office.  We encourage you to participate.
HELP – VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for Coffee/Fellowship Time
The Coffee Hour/Fellowship Time team needs more volunteers to support each of the Sundays in a month.  Currently we have volunteers to serve the first three weeks of each month and one volunteer to serve the fourth Sunday of each month. In addition, we need a volunteer to help on the fourth Sunday, two volunteers or a couple to help serve on the fifth Sunday in a month, and finally we would like to have two volunteers to help as subs if the regular volunteers need help on a Sunday.  Please think about helping.  If you have any questions or would like to help please contact Bud Dennie.  Again, thanks for thinking about helping we need your support.  May God Bless You.   Bud
SHAW COMMUNITY CENTER (SCC) URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP

SCC’s urgently needs your help. In these turbulent times, the political reality for funding out-of-school time (OST) programs like ours has changed. SCC can no longer rely on DC and federal pass-through funding, as we have for a decade. This change has caused at least one OST program in the Shaw neighborhood to close, resulting a greater need than ever. We are not only staying open but are opening a new site, in addition to our current site at Lincoln Temple UCC, and expanding our programing.   We hope to raise $50,000 this Fall to give SCC time to find new diversified sources of funds. With your help, we can continue to provide these valuable programs on which our Shaw families have come to rely.

Programs.  SCC signature programs are the After-school Enrichment program, and the summer camp, serving nearly 100 elementary school children over the course of the year.  These programs provide safe-structured childcare throughout the year, and empower parents to work or enroll in continuing education, trusting that their children are in good hands.  Among other program, recently we have responded to the crisis of ‘disconnected youth’ with a Workforce Development Program that includes vocational training in technology, interpersonal skills and customer service.  At our new site, we hope to start a programing for tweens and teens.

Donations. As indicated in my mission moment on October 1, I am not asking you to contribute any amount to SCC that I am not willing to also contribute, so I pledge to match CCC contributions, up to $4,000.  I want to thank everyone who has donated so far to this campaign. Any amount that you can give will help us meet this $4,000 challenge (and I might increase the amount I will match). You can donate (including a recurring amount) at http://www.shawcommunity.org/index.php/donate. Alternatively, send a check made out to Shaw Community Center to Shaw Community Center, 1701 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.  To make sure I match your contribution, please send me an email letting me know you contributed, or make a CCC donation notation on your check.  –Marjorie Hoffman

Feeling the weight of hard decisions?  feeling alone as you deal with difficult circumstances?  feeling vulnerable but wanting to keep your situation private?
Consider the confidential support of a Because We Care visitor.Compassionate, nonjudgmental listening is what Because We Care visitors offer.
They don’t offer advice or try to “fix” challenges in others’ lives.
They do listen and offer encouragement and support as persons explore and find ways to deal with their own challenges.
They also can provide assistance finding other resources. 

Trained to strictly observe confidentiality, visitors meet care receivers in their homes or other convenient locations. They meet in the evenings or during the day.  Interested?  To learn more or request support for yourself or someone else, fill out a green pew card, speak to one of the pastors, contact a Because We Care member, or call Susan Gray in the church office.

Autumn Seasonal Health Boosters from your Health Ministry Team
Yaaaah!  It’s Fall and cooler temperatures are here.  Did you know temperature can make or break a sound night of sleep, one that leaves you fatigued or energetic the following day? Research shows that the ideal sleep zone is between 60-68 degrees Fahrenheit.  Along with more quality sleep, Autumn is also the time of year for catching up on more sleep.  The longer you sleep, the lower your risk is for a heart attack. In fact, some studies show that rates of heart attacks are at their lowest just following daylight savings time clock adjustments in the fall (and they increase in the spring!).  Autumn is also the perfect time to take advantage of a scenic walk outside to boost brain function.  And finally, take advantage of Fall’s bounty of health – squash, pumpkin, and apples – seasonal super foods!  Seasonal squashes are rich in beta-carotene (an antioxidant that can help fight cancer, hypertension, and heart disease) and apples which are a juicy source of vitamins C and A!
Pastoral Care: If you wish to contact the church about a pastoral care need or concern and are unable to reach the church office, please contact Pastor Gloria.
Publication Deadlines 

For the November 17 Issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, November 14

For the next two issues of the Sunday Bulletin

  • Noon on Tuesday,November 7
  • Noon on Tuesday, November 14

For the December 1 issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, November 28