October Crossroads

World Communion Sunday
is October 4

Be sure to be part of the church family,
as we share in communion around the table
and celebrate our unity
with brothers and sisters around the world.

This is also the Sunday of our annual
Peacemaking Offering
to support programs
for peace education and advocacy
Locally and as part of the PCUSA’s efforts.

Deacons Corner
A family, which has been providing meals at the Dwelling Place when there was a fifth Wednesday in the month, is no longer able to supply the food although the parents will continue to help serve the meal. Our willing chef, Sally Morrison, will prepare a meal, but will need some help with side dishes. There is a fifth Wednesday once a quarter. The Deacons hope our congregation will be willing to take on this additional job. A sign-up sheet will be posted in Fellowship Hall when needed.

Easter Breakfast – Teacher Recognition Luncheon – Fall Soup and Salad Luncheon -Dwelling Place – and always there was Whitey in his apron. What better way is there to remember him than by organizing a community food drive? Deacon Peggy Houghton has volunteered to contact people and organizations who might be willing to help. Volunteers will probably be needed to be at the church at specified times to receive contributions for the Burlington Food Drive.

Whitey Graham Memorial Food Drive
For the Burlington Pantry
October 17, 9-12

Plans are being finalized for an ingathering in honor of Whitey in several weeks. This effort for a cause Whitey believed in will be a joint project of BPC and Masons (Simonds Lodge), two communities close to Whitey’s heart!

It looks like the “harvest” time will be Saturday, October 17, probably 9-12. Masons already have an event scheduled at the church during this time. BPC helpers should be needed to help receive and sort the donations.

Some items especially need by the Pantry:

  • Mayo
  • Catsup
  • Beans
  • Hot chocolate
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Canned fruit
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Tuna
  • Spaghetti Sauce

Need Assistance?

Beginning in September, I will be helping people with food stamps, fuel applications, and housing for free. Anyone who needs help can contact me at coffee hour through my email address, joannejstp@aol.com. Please let me know if you need help.
Joanne Stephen

People Helping People News
People Helping People has been busy and BPC folks have helped! Over the week of August 23 – 30 several successful fundraisers were held. On Tuesday the 25th Flatbread Pizza donated a percentage of their profits to PHP, we held a bake sale and sold cookbooks. In all, that raised $1,335. Thanks to BPC bakers, and to Ray Gibson, who helped to staff the bake sale table. On Thursday the 27th folks enjoyed “Chocolate and Jazz” which raised another $905. Several BPC folks contributed goodies and/or attended the event. Then on Sunday the 30th, Rod and Cathy MacDonald, Peggy and Avery Rose Houghton, and Shirley Thornton participated in the “Walk for the Pantry”, attended the dedication of the renovated pantry, and helped serve at the barbecue on the Town Common. The Walk raised $1,120 and the barbecue $1,155. Lee and Nick Horeanopoulos, Anne and Beth Denier, Sally Morrison, Art Roscoe and Marcia Gedick were great at serving and all-around helping. In all, these fundraising events contributed close to $9,000 to benefit the food pantry, holiday program and the emergency fund.

Those funds will soon be needed. Roberta Damelin, the Pantry Coordinator, estimates that she spends more than $2,000 each month on food for needy families in Burlington. Currently the pantry is serving 150 families, and it’s estimated that there will be 180 families by Christmas.

There are other critical needs besides money. On the first and third Tuesdays of each month baggers are needed from 9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. to do the prep work for the Wednesday food distribution. Shoppers are needed at any time, as are folks to pick up goods from the local sites. Right now, the PHP Board is considering obtaining a credit card to use for purchases, but needs someone to do the research as to which card will offer the most benefit. Is anyone interested??? If you are, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the pantry co-coordinator.

Linda Roscoe

45th Annual Choir Festival

“God’s Eternal Song of Love”, a Service of Ecumenical Song will be October 25, 2009 at 4 p.m., at Gordon College in Wenham. Members of Burlington Presbyterian Church will be participating. If you are interested in singing, please let Nancy Timmerman know, as music needs to be ordered. Alternatively, music will be available at the regional rehearsals: Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Brookline (Korean Presbyterian Church), Saturday, October 17 at 7 p.m. in West Acton (Baptist Church), Sunday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in Woburn (United Methodist Church) or Monday, October 19 at 7 pm in Beverly (Second Congregational). A final, “dress rehearsal” will occur at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 25 at Gordon College. The concert is free and open to the public. Please see Nancy Timmerman if you want to join the singers from our church.

A scene from our recent Fall Lunch
A scene from our recent Fall Lunch

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