Service opportunities in the wider church

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The Bay Association (the closest United Church of Christ regional body we’re part of) has two opportunities for you to serve the wider church. Serving the wider church benefits all of the congregations in the Association and Conference and is very rewarding.

There is an immediate opening for someone to serve on the Executive Board of the Bay Association in an “At Large” term that ends in December 2018. It is our hope that the person filling this role will also be excited to be our recording secretary and take the minutes of the meetings. In the spirit of technology, we have begun using ZOOM for the majority of the meetings, so you don’t have to travel every month. Meetings are on the second Monday of the month.

The Bay Association is approaching the annual business meeting (the morning of November 4, 2017 at Berkeley Chinese Community Church – more details coming as we get closer to that date). The agenda at that meeting will include the election of new Board of Directors members for the 2018 year. There are several positions available and maybe you’d like to fill one of them. Terms are for three years.

If you would like to fill one of these positions or if you would like to learn more, speak to one of our pastors.

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Heifer International is receipient of September’s Special Offering

heifer-international-logoThe September Special Offering is for Heifer International. Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but their approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. You can learn more at www.heifer.org.

The offering will be formally received on Sunday, September 10. As with all our special offerings, you are welcome to give at any time (always make checks payable to Niles Discovery Church). You can also give online: go to our church webpage, click the “donate” button at the top of the page, and select the appropriate special offering.

Niles Discovery Church receives a special offering each month. With that many possibilities for special giving, you may need to choose which ones are most important to you. You can see the schedule of special offerings at http://bit.ly/speoff2017 or call the church office and we will mail you one.

5988282787_4fedd11dba_b[1]Thanks to your generosity, the giving of both supplies and money for additional purchases, an SUV filled with school supplies was delivered to the Family Resource Center in time for distribution to families who needed them as their children prepared for the new school year. We’re sorry we didn’t get a picture of the stuffed SUV.

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Women’s Fellowship Report:

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Lab Robe Tying Group

The lap robe tying group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 10:00 to 2:00, to share in fellowship and lunch as they tie off lap robes that have been stitched together during the month. The lap robes are then given to people who might enjoy them and to remind them that they are always wrapped in God’s love. If you know of someone who would like a lap robe, contact Alison Kieft or Judy Molander. If you plan to join in the fellowship and fun this month, please let Judy Molander know (since lunch is provided, it’s nice to get a head-count).

Evening Women’s Fellowship

After a summer hiatus, the Evening Women’s Fellowship group resumes meeting on the second Wednesdays of the month – this month, September 13 – at 7:00 in one of the members’ homes. As of the press deadline, the editors didn’t know where the meeting will be held this month, but if you contact Judy Molander, she will let you know. Join in the support through life’s journey and some study of scripture with this group.

Daytime Women’s Fellowship

Also returning after a summer hiatus, the Daytime Women’s Fellowship group resumes meetings on the third Monday of the month – this month, September 18 – at 11:30 a.m. One of our pastors will lead us in Bible study (typically looking at a scripture for the coming Sunday’s worship service) and we will visit with one another as we eat our brown bag lunches and a provided dessert. Sometimes there is a little bit of business that needs to be taken care of. The meeting typically ends by 1:00.

Women’s Fall Retreat

The Women’s Fall Retreat will be held at Mission Springs Conference grounds, Scotts Valley, September 22-24! Rev. Dr. Christal Williams is the “fiery” keynote speaker – you will be revived and renewed at this retreat with time for quiet contemplation, too. Register now! It is a joy to partner with the UCC women for this event. Please contact Katy Valentine with any questions at katy@ccncn.org. Learn more at http://bit.ly/wofallretreat2017.

 

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Change of Address

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Niles Discovery Church is now receiving mail at the church building. Thanks to the work of our Ministry of Property Team, we have a mailbox installed by the east doors and the USPS is delivering mail there.

If you have your bank automatically send a check to the church, please update the address they use to 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont 94536. Thank you.

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Chancel Choir resumes rehearsals, worship leadership

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Chancel Choir has resumed their Thursday evening rehearsals. Friends from church and outside of church are warmly invited to join the singing and become full or part-time choir members.

Choir director, Ofer del Lal says, “We strongly hope that our exciting anthems, fun rehearsals, and accepting spirit will attract more members.” If you want to be part of a warm group of singers, to share experiences, and to learn more about music, join the choir on Thursday, 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

If you have any questions, feel free contacting Ofer dal Lal at oferdallal@gmail.com.

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Niles Discovery Church to Celebrate Anniversary

Diane WeibleHopefully this is old news, but just in case you missed it, on September 9, Niles Discovery Church will be five years old – and we will be celebrating on Sunday, September 10. Our worship theme for the day is “Planted by the water…for the healing of the nations,” a reference to Revelation 22:1-6. We are pleased to welcome our UCC Northern California-Nevada Conference Minister, the Rev. Diane Weible to the pulpit as our guest preacher. The choir will be back on the chancel, and worship will include voices raised in song and celebratory music.

After worship, the celebration will continue with lunch provided by a taco truck, live music in the fellowship hall, outdoor games for the kids, and art projects for all ages. This is a perfect day to invite friends and family to church – the more people who come, the more people who can experience our warm welcome and generous hospitality.

2739722993_2db4eb2471_z[1]A special fund was established to receive donations so there will be no costs for the lunch. You can still contribute to that fund; make your check out to Niles Discovery Church, with “Anniversary Celebration” in the memo line. The Anniversary Committee is also asking for the bakers in the church to create cupcakes for our dessert table at the party; if you are able to provide cupcakes, please see Melissa Palleschi right away to confirm your commitment. Thank you for your generosity, and happy anniversary, church!

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Special Offering for August

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The August Special Offering is for school supplies that will be distributed through the Family Resource Center. We are collecting backpacks, lunch boxes, general school supplies – and money (to do additional school supplies shopping). Please bring in school supplies by August 13.

While school supplies have been coming in since mid-July, the monetary offering will be formally received on Sunday, August 13. As with all our special offerings, you are welcome to give at any time (always make checks payable to Niles Discovery Church). You can also give online: go to our church webpage and click the “donate” button at the top of the page.

Niles Discovery Church receives a special offering each month. With that many possibilities for special giving, you may need to choose which ones are most important to you. You can see the schedule of special offerings at http://bit.ly/speoff2017 or call the church office and we will mail you one.

Thanks to your generosity, $2,970 was contributed to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund in July.

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