Nov 09, 2014 Announcements

Sermon: “Waiting”
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13
This scripture, oddly enough, is trying to get at a basic anxiety that I suspect all of us have about waiting. Waiting is related to hope often enough, and hope is (as psychologist Erik Erikson once said) the “basic attribute of being alive.” What is it that we are waiting for in our lives? What is it that is missing from our lives? Is it a relationship? Is it a meaningful career? Have some hopes been dashed that we wish would be resurrected somehow? Can God be present in the midst of this waiting (for whatever is absent from our lives)?No easy answers for these questions, but let’s explore them this week through this passage.
New Members
We will welcome with joy Christopher and Claire Roll as members of the church, by reaffirmation of faith during our service. We are glad that they are joining us as we all continue our journeys of faith and service.

Join us for worship on Sunday, October 12th at 10:30 a.m., and for coffee and fellowship after the service.

The Men’s Bible study
Meeting at Panera Bread in Porter Square on Wednesday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Kevin, Josh, Solimar or Pierre.

Make-a-Wish Gift Basket
(Deadline Sunday, Nov. 9th) This year Clarendon Hill will help support Make-a-Wish by contributing a gift basket to be raffled-off at the Make-a-Wish benefit concert. The theme for our basket is “dinner and a movie”. If you would like to participate, you can donate money and/or items for the basket. To participate, please check your email for the sign-up sheet or contact Jenny Herzig. All items/money must be delivered to Jenny Herzig by November 9th in order to be included.

Potluck and Program: “Grief and Loss: A Spiritual Challenge”
Sunday, November 16th – We’ll have a potluck meal after the service and then a presentation from Melissa Kelley. Melissa M. Kelley is associate professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and the faculty director of the Professional Ministry Practicum at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Mark your calendars!

Prayer Meeting
Sunday, November 16th: We will meet in the Green Room after our potluck and program. Jesus said, ‘When two or three are gathered in my name, I am there.” Bring your prayers about whatever joys or concerns you may have on your mind and in your heart. All are welcome to attend.

Make-a-Wish Benefit Concert featuring The Cambridge String Quartet!
Sunday Nov. 16th, 2pm – Come see CHPC’s own violinist Jenny Herzig perform with her quartet and support Make-a-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island! The event will take place right here at Clarendon Hill! Tickets are $14 for adults and $4 for kids. There will also be a raffle and reception afterward. 80% of net ticket sales and 100% of raffle sales will all go to Make-a-Wish. The quartet will perform a Beethoven string quartet and some tango, samba, and mambo music! For more information and to purchase tickets please visit or contact Jenny Herzig.

What a blanket can do!
CHPC’s annual support to Church World Service, November 23rd
For the third year in a row, CHPC is raising funds to support the work of Church World Service through their “Blankets and Tools” initiative. Contributions mean Church World Service will be ready to help families here in the U.S. and around the world recover from disasters and displacement by providing blankets, as well as the tools and training to rebuild sustainable communities. CHPC joins over 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. in holding “Blankets and Tools” events and we can’t do it without your support. Please join us during worship on Sunday, November 23rd in giving generously to this important mission. For more information, visit Have questions or can’t be there on November 23rd, but want to contribute? Please talk with Ruth or email Thank you!



Wrap Around Sale: A sale of handmade knitted, crocheted, and sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition.
Dessert Reception: Kick off our annual sale on a sweet note! Live music by Amy Kucharik, on Sunday, November 16th, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sale Dates: November 15-December 14, 2014, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving weekend
Midnight Madness at Davis Square:
Thursday, December 4, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
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