Creating a Christian Foundation for Families
Learning More About Jesus
Living our Faith Beyond our Walls

Ladies’ Lunch – Friday, October 11
(Meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. to carpool)
Potluck Lunch at Edie Tompkins’ (401 Old Ayer Road, Groton)
Contacts: Janice Owen (978-925-9141), Brenda Semienko (978-448-3025), or Peg Lloyd (978-391-4115)

THIS Sunday, October 13, 10:00 a.m.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Preaching: Gary Gumuchian
Child Care for those under the age of 3
Sunday School in the Parish House (Prek-8th grade)  Ten Men Healed, Luke 17:11-19  (7th-8th grade have a different curriculum)

Interim Pastor Search Committee Update
The Interim Pastor Search Committee is excited to announce Reverend Corey Jason Sanderson as our interim Pastor. His first Sunday leading worship will be Sunday, December 1, the start of the Advent season. He will be available for meetings for a few days during the week before that Sunday. The Search Committee has been excited about Reverend Sanderson since the first time we read through his profile. We will also schedule a Meet and Greet prior to his start date – stay tuned for more information as that becomes available. For more information on Rev. Sanderson’s background and qualifications, please see the front page of the October newsletter available on the back tables in the Sanctuary at church.  You can also access it by clicking here. Interim Pastor Search Committee: Kim Burgess, Bill Gale Jr., Kelli Hnath, Charlene Legge, and Craig Smith

Accessibility Project Update
Every Sunday at Fellowship Hour, between now and our October 27 Congregational Meeting, members of the Accessibility Steering Team can show you the Schematic Design plans and give you detailed information about the project. On weekdays, the plans are also viewable in the Parish House during Carol’s regular office hours (Tues.-Fri., 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). For more details about the project, click here to see the article that is in the October Courier. Contact the Church Office ( or Bebe Goudey ( if you have questions. Thank you! 

Do You Feel Called to Give a Sermon?
The Deacons were wondering if someone in our Congregation might feel the calling to prepare and give a sermon during the month of November?  We have a couple of Sundays to choose from and wanted to reach out to everyone before all of the Sundays are filled with Guest Pastors. If you should have any questions or would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please contact Charlene Legge: 978-302-8903.

An Evening Under God’s Universe
Astronomy Lesson and Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)
Saturday, October 19,  at 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
All are invited!  We will start at Fellowship Hall for a lesson in basic astronomy and then travel to a nearby location (TBD) to view celestial objects through a telescope.  Bring a flashlight, bug spray, appropriate attire for the weather, and a portable chair (if you wish). 
Questions: Carl Prestia (

Annual Stated Meeting
Sunday, October 27, after Worship
This meeting is usually held in June, but was delayed due to Gail’s departure. One of the items on the agenda will be voting on whether to move forward with a capital campaign for the Accessibility Project. This is a very important meeting for our church, and we hope you will join us.

Important Note: The Accessibility Steering Team has heard from some church members that are unable to attend the Annual Stated Meeting on October 27. These people would like to have their voice heard about starting a capital campaign for the accessibility project. 

If you are unable to attend and would like to provide a written statement as to whether you are in favor or not in favor along with a short statement of why, please send this to Bebe Goudey at or provide to her in writing. Your statement will be read into the record by the Clerk, Anne Cahill, during the meeting. Please try to keep your reason to 2 to 3 sentences and we encourage families to provide one statement (if possible). 

Statements should be given to Bebe by Wednesday, October 23.