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Crawford Christmas Card

Crawford Christmas Card

At this time of year many people send out Christmas cards with a picture of themselves in a festive setting to greet loved ones they may not have a chance to see in person. This year that list is greatly expanded and includes many in our church family that we typically would see at holiday services and events.

For those who aren’t able to attend any of our outdoor celebrations this year, we’re putting together a virtual Crawford Christmas Card. Send us either a photo or quick video with your Christmas greeting to the Crawford family and we’ll blend them together in a virtual Christmas card that we’ll post on YouTube and play at the end of our online worship service on December 20.

Please contact the church office (781) 729-5056 for more details.

Wreaths Were Made

Wreaths Were Made

On November 22 the Christian Education committee hosted a Wreath Making Activity outside at the church.  All the materials were provided. Some folks made their wreaths at the church; others took home what they chose to use for their wreath.

Adult Advent Study

Adult Advent Study

The adult study for Advent will be four weeks: November 29 through December 20. We will discuss one chapter each week from the book, Incarnation, by Adam Hamilton.

Learn the meaning behind the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas. His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, best-selling author Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. This Advent season church families will come together to remember what’s important. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. Now more than ever, we invite you to reflect upon the significance of the Christ child for our lives and world today!

The books will be available on the front porch of the church starting Monday, November 16.  The class will begin at 9:00 a.m. over Zoom and be led by Laura Myers.  Even if you don’t use a computer, you can call into the class by telephone.   Contact the church office for details.

In this season of Advent,
Dear God,
For the sake of new life,
Let me look ahead with courage and love.
Let me act not from fear, but from faith.
And, dear God, out of my impatient nature,
May I do nothing to rush this birth,
But give it time for wholeness.
Grant me the patience to wait.
Amen.

(prayer by Margaret D. McGee)

Wreath Making!

Wreath Making!

Christian Education will be hosting a Wreath Making Activity outside at the church on Sunday, November 22, at 1:00 p.m.  You can get all the materials from us at that time, make your wreath there, or pick up and take home what you choose to use for your wreath.  Please help us plan by letting us know how many wreaths your family would like! Email Jessica at jessica@crawfordumc.org  to rsvp for your wreaths!

Cancelled Holiday Faire

Cancelled Holiday Faire

After many conversations with the Town of Winchester Health Department, it has become clear that we sadly will have to cancel our 2020 Holiday Faire due to COVID‑19. We feel that the faire cannot be held both successfully and safely.  Many thanks to the Crawford team who worked so hard to find a way to make this happen.

Rebuilding our Garden

Rebuilding our Garden

On Sunday, October 11 at 1:00 pm, we will gather near the old garden to build a new one and to decorate for Halloween. Two separate activities so double the fun, but you can do both so no need to choose.

  • Please come with your friends and family.
  • Bring any decorations you’d like to lend us that are spooky or not so  spooky. When you arrive you’ll see what our terrifying plan is 🙂
  • If you would like to help build the new larger garden, please bring gloves. We are going to be building with cinder blocks so you’ll want to protect your paws.
  • Take home a pumpkin or two complements of the Christian Education Committee!

Please wear a mask and maintain 6-foot distance as best you can, even though we are outdoors. We want everyone to stay healthy.

We will be out there for at least 2 hours so if 1:00 doesn’t work for you, come on by later.

Look forward to seeing everyone at 1:00 pm this Sunday!

Thanksgiving Baskets

Thanksgiving Baskets

We are not filling Thanksgiving baskets this year…Covid!!  Instead, Crawford will be collecting gift cards. Our goal is 100 gift cards of $10 each from Market Basket or Stop & Shop. These will be donated to the Council’s Food Pantry which will distribute them instead of baskets. Please consider helping to reach Crawford’s goal…bring them to the outdoor service on November 1…or put them in the church mailbox if you can’t get to the service…or contact the church office at office@crawfordumc.org with questions or other ideas.

Socks, socks, socks

Socks, socks, socks

Crawford has received 2,500 pairs of socks from Bombas to distribute to charitable agencies and directly to street people whenever we can start to connect again. We need your help in deciding where to donate them. We are open to all suggestions. If you have a donation destination you would like added to the list of potential landing places, please let us know by calling the Crawford office @ 781.729.5056. Thank you.

Playground Update

Playground Update

Reed Solomon, a senior Boy Scout in Troop 507, which is sponsored by and meets at Crawford, is planning an Eagle Scout project to rehab and improve the Crawford playground.  This project will be a benefit to Crawford, and a very worthwhile effort on the part of the Scout troop to give back to Crawford.

As part of the project, Reed has established a GoFundMe account to accept donations to help cover the cost of the materials for the project (mulch, benches, plants, etc.).  He is soliciting support from his troop, family, friends, and the community in general.  If you wish to make a donation, please visit the link.  Any excess funds will revert to Crawford as the beneficiary of the project.

We look forward to this project and to the improved playground that can be used by the children and families of Crawford.