November 2009 Crossroads

The Fall Lunch
The BPC Fall Lunch

Whitey Graham Food Drive – a great success!

In a good collaboration between BPC and Simonds Lodge (Masons), October 17 saw a fine ingathering of food for the Burlington Pantry, with plenty of volunteers (of all ages!) to receive and sort. Let’s do it again next year!

New cabinets – thanks to Lynda Graham-Meho memorial funds

Stop in and see the new cabinets in our front classroom/meeting room at BPC. What a great difference! Thanks to funds given in memory of Lynda, and the efforts of Jim, Judy and Todd Brunner. Also in the works with remaining funds is a renovation of our youth room (back classroom).

Deacons Corner
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Whitey Graham Memorial Food Drive in any way. A special thanks to Deacon Peggy Houghton who suggested that tribute to Whitey and worked with the Masons in the planning.
As we near the Thanksgiving and Advent seasons, there will be many ways to express our thanks for all God’s blessings by helping those in need. These include:

  • The Emergency Fund which is used to assist members and friends in immediate need of help. Envelopes for contributions will be available in the pews.
  • Food for the People Helping People Thanksgiving Baskets will be received on November 22 as part of our stewardship offering. A list of foods requested will be found elsewhere in this issue. Checks, payable to the Burlington Food Pantry, are also welcome.
  • Pajama and Underwear Drive: Betty Doubek will coordinate the drive for our congregation. Cards describing the items needed should be available in early November.
  • Wish Tree: The Wish Tree will run from November 27 to December 16. Volunteers are needed to staff the Wish Tree at the Burlington Mall. Our assigned days are December 3, 8, and 12. Please contact Linda Roscoe if you are able to help.
  • Explorers Group
    November 1 and 8

    New to BPC and wondering who we are? Want to understand better what the Presbyterian Church (USA) believes and does? And what being a member means? Or would you just like to get to know some other folks, whether new or settled members?

    Our Explorers Group is for you! You are invited to meet on Sundays, November 1 and November 8, after worship (12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., with a light lunch). We’ll consider these questions, and reflect on our own faith. The group is led by Rev. MacDonald and hosted by the Hospitality Committee. For those who choose to join our church, this is also preparation for membership.

    Call the office at 781-272-9190 or email for more information, or to sign up.

    Advent Workshop for the Church Family
    Tentative Time:
    Sunday, November 22 after worship
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Plan to stay for a light lunch or snack…
    Enjoy a story and song…
    Make an Advent wreath for your family…take home simple prayers which you may use with your wreath during Advent…

    Watch for confirmation of time and sign up!

    Thank you!

    Dear Rod and The congregation,

    I would first like to tell you how much I appreciate this scholarship you have given me. I am honored you have chosen me. I know my mom is thankful also. But I am sorry I could not be in church to receive it in person. My father told me he would go and accept it for me and he enjoyed seeing everyone there.

    College is finally here for me! The first few weeks here at UMass Amherst have been such a whirlwind of both hard work and fun! I have continued swimming here on their Division 1 swim team. It’s a lot of hard practices both in the morning and at night but it will definitely be worth it in the long run. The swim meets start in October and I will let all of you know how they go! Thank you again for all the support you have given me and I can’t wait to see you all soon!!

    Love, Amina

    Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
    Monday, November 23, 7:00 p.m.

    Join with neighbors of different faiths in common expression of thanksgiving at the annual Burlington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Monday, November 23, 2009, 7:00 p.m. at St Margaret’s Church (109 Winn Street, Burlington). Leaders and worshipers will represent Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu traditions. The preacher will be Father John Capuci from St. Malachy’s Church. As in past years, the offering will be for the Burlington Covenant for Basic Needs (emergency fund of People Helping People, administered by the Burlington Community Life Center). This a wonderful opportunity to be joined with others being grateful for the community we have, and the gifts of our Creator, even in these troubled times.

    Burlington Food Pantry
    2009 Thanksgiving Food Baskets

    The Burlington Pantry will be giving all the food for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to over 130 families, including elderly shut-ins and veterans, on Sunday, November 22nd. We hope you will participate in the food collection for this project.

    Again this year, the collection and distribution will be at the United Church of Christ, Congregational, on the corner of Bedford and Lexington Streets. Please bring the food you have collected to the UCC church between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22nd. If you have questions about the collection or the delivery, please call Rev. Peggy Derick at 781-272-4547.

    We are requesting the following specific list of foods for a Thanksgiving dinner. Please Only New Purchases, No Expired Dates!!!

  • Stuffing (bags or boxes)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Gravy
  • Chicken Broth
  • Corn
  • Apple Juice Concentrate (canned, not frozen)
  • Cornbread Mix
  • Mayonnaise

    This is a relatively short list – but we need many of each item. Fresh vegetables (potatoes, carrots, green beans, squash, etc.) will be purchased, so if any of your members would like to contribute money instead of food items, such donations would be welcome. Checks should be made payable to People Helping People. Rotary will be providing the turkeys again this year. Cub Scout families will be providing pies.

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