October 27, 2023


Join us for worship Sunday at 10 am…all are welcome!  

The Weekly Word
by Pastor Donna

Business as Usual? No! Stop and Pray NOW! 

I have been sitting in my office all morning trying to write  something for the weekly word.   To be honest I feel overwhelmed by what has taken place in Lewiston, Maine. This, on the heels of all that is happening in Israel and Gaza.  In a matter of minutes,  18 dead and 13 wounded. Furthermore, at the time of this writing, the shooter is still at large and could be heading anywhere, leaving me with a sense of foreboding that will be there until he is found. 

With the shooter still at large, I feel anxiety and fear that others may die. Much like I felt when the Tsarnaev brothers were on the run after the marathon bombing.  I knew Sean Collier,  the MIT security guard who was gunned down.   He used to come to my Karaoke gig. Today, the sadness and grief is revisiting me.      

I am  reminded what Mr. Rogers said, “…Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”    So many helpers have converged on Lewiston, Maine.  Those there to comfort and council, those searching for the suspect. And those prayering, and supporting and feeding.    Like many others, I wonder where God is?  Then I imagine God saying, “I am here but you have to understand everyone has a free will and I have given you the power of prayer. 

So, let’s pray: 

Dear Heavenly Father,

We gather before you today with heavy hearts, as another mass shooting has shattered lives and caused pain. We lift up to you all those who are filled with fear, embrace them tightly with your love, and grant them a sense of peace that surpasses understanding.

For the families whose loved ones will not come home, wrap them in tender arms of comfort, ease their grief through your unwavering presence, give them strength to face each new day without their beloved.

To the wounded physically and those wounded souls seeking healing, pour out your miraculous touch upon their bodies and minds. Grant them physical strength as they navigate this difficult journey.

For the people of Maine directly impacted by this tragedy, May they find solace within their communities united. Grant resilience amidst adversity And guide them towards healing from this collective pain.

Lord, we also bring before you all those retraumatized each time such violence occurs. Unlock doors within their hearts where fear resides. Replace it with hope and determination to create change. Help us embrace one another as allies on this path toward healing.

We pray for those searching that you would protect them and give them the wisdom and foresight to apprehend the shooter. 

We ask that you touch the hearts of our leaders, ignite within them an urgency to address gun violence in America. Guide their decisions as they navigate these complex issues, grant them wisdom and courage to take meaningful action.

Finally, Lord, in your infinite grace, we pray for comfort and peace for all those affected. May the broken hearted find solace in your loving embrace. Guide us towards a safer tomorrow, free from this sickening epidemic.  Where love triumphs over hate, and peace prevails.


See you Sunday at 5 o’clock!!
Who will get the FIRST Pumpkin Spice Challenge Trophy??

If you can help out on the 29th, please sign up in Fellowship Hall.  There’s a signup sheet on the bulletin board. 
Many Hands Make Light Work!!  The Worship Team is looking for some assistance wiping down the sanctuary pews on October 29th from 12-2 PM. Bring your lunch and join the fun!
Trunk or Treat
Halloween Night

We need more decorated cars to make this event fun for the community!!! 
It’s a great event with families from the neighborhood coming to the church parking lot and trick or treating at each car.  
Reach out to Jen in the church office to sign up or ask any questions. 

Snowflake Fair…TWO WEEK countdown!! 

The volunteer signups are on the board in Fellowship Hall…plenty of opportunities to work at your favorite table!  We also need folks to help move furniture and set up tables on Monday the 5th.  

The Yard Signs are available to pick up.  If you’ve taken a sign in the past and posted it in a high traffic spot, we’d appreciate it if you could do so again!! 

Prize Drawing tickets are any time during the week in the church office. We’ve got lots of great prizes this year!! 

Fair Meals: Be sure to go online and signup to donate ingredients for the Friday night and Saturday meals.  

THE COUNTRY STORE table at the Snowflake Fair will be looking for donations of breads, jams, jellies, pickled items, relishes, seasoned rubs, etc. Pies, cakes, fudge and candies are also very popular. These donated items are crucial for the success of our Country Store! If you want to get ahead of the game, you can bake your items and freeze them now to use for the fair later in November. Please contact Susan Tilden at 978-241-2995 or susantilden@comcast.net with any questions you might have. So get ready to put on your apron and get out your favorite recipes (or try something new!) and please  consider baking something for the Country Store, your donations of yummy baked goods are essential!

Cookie Table is looking for volunteers to help sell cookies on
Friday Nov 10th and Saturday Nov 11th.  If interested, please let Nancy know
at njtravel2@comcast.net or 978-821-3790.  Please start thinking of what type of cookies you would like to bake! The cookie table will not be a success without your donations.  Thanks!

Jewelry Table:  There is a donation box in hallway for your jewelry donations. 

Please consider donation a couple Mass Lottery scratch tickets to the church office to go on the Scratch Ticket Prize Drawing board. It was a huge hit last year at the fair!!


Groveland Life Scout Anthony Delocono has worked hard to help improve the GCC grounds out back as his Eagle Project.  He is rebuilding a rock wall, reinstating the path, mulching the garden and cleaning up the area.  Any funds you can donate to help him complete this project would be greatly appreciated!! 

Remember to pray for one another…
Bob and Sandy Daniels
Don Powell (Barb’s brother)
Ron Mertens
John Herlihy
Thomas Petty (the Feeney’s relative)
Dennis Hall (friend of Sue Tilden’s)
Patrick McGuire
Ed Hartshorn
Harry Takesian
Therese LaPorte
Cirio Lapha (Keo Spaulding’s sister)
Bette Neumyer
Roger Powell (Barb Harrold’s cousin)
Phyllis (Donna’s family)
Tracy Gilford
Mark Gilford
Cliff Bohanen (friend of Joan Parah)
Brandon (Mark Szarek’s co worker)
Jeff Kuchelkmeister (the Harrold’s son in law)
Linda Feeney
Carol Hurn
Jane Holden
Brian Lay
Rose Sanford
Jean Fairbanks
Sonny Clow
Carroll “Gus” Gustafson
Mildred Frost (Gilford cousin)

If you would like to add a loved one to the prayer list, please reach out to the church office at 978-372-3463 or email gccucc@gmail.com
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