Salvation Army Food Pantry and Good Samaritan Fund:
Every Sunday please bring canned foods which will be taken to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Also on the first Sunday of each month, donations may be made to our church's Good Samaritan Fund, which is used to help people in the congregation and surrounding community who have fallen on hard times.
Torch Deadline: This is just a friendly reminder that the deadline for the November issue of the Torch newsletter is on Saturday, October 19. Please submit any articles and photos you may have to the church office by this date. E-mails may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Social Justice Fellowship will meet on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 pm. Carmen Monico, assistant professor of Human Service Studies at Elon University, will speak with us about the connection between immigration and climate change. Please sign up on the insert if you plan to attend. Anyone interested is welcome!
Farmers’ Market ORDER AND PICKUP! You can now call an order in for the products at the Farmers’ Market! Read the e-mail that comes out on
Wednesday each week of the vendors and the products they are bringing. An order will not be guaranteed, but our volunteer shoppers will do their best to purchase the best products you order as they are available. Then, you can drive in during the market to pick them up (and pay then) or we will hold your products till Sunday for you to pick up at church. This is an experimental program that we hope will allow you to use fresh vegetables, fruit, and prepared items from our local vendors. The number to call is 336-214-1304 and either talk to Randy or leave a detailed message of a product and the needed amount. We also need volunteer shoppers! Sign up on the insert or contact RoseAnn McLelland at email@example.com!
The Active Aging Group is planning a “Dinner and Theater” Evening on Friday, November 8. We have reserved a group of seats for Elon University’s production of “Damn Yankees” at 7:30 pm. While on Broadway, this show won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. Step back in time and join us as we enjoy a blast from the past with “Damn Yankees”. Deadline to reserve your seat is Monday, October 14. Tickets are $15.00. Prior to the show, we will meet at the church at 6:00 and walk over the Mediterranean Deli for dinner together. Reserve your seat today by checking the box on the insert in the bulletin. To pay for your ticket, make the check out to the church and put Active Aging on the subject line. If you have questions, please contact Ted Henson, Jean Toms, Patty Welborn or Howard Welborn.
Bread for the World: At the quarterly Veggie Potluck, Sharon was able to talk briefly about an area group that that she has become involved in this past year. Bread for the World is a non-partisan organization that focuses on hunger in our world and promotes efforts to end hunger. This year’s initiative focuses on global nutrition. Did you realize that the first 1,000 days from conception to 2 years old are the most critical time for a child to be fed well in order for the brain to grow and develop which is critical to a child’s well-being. One in four children in the world are affected by stunting. Almost half of all child deaths worldwide are linked to malnutrition (bread.org). There are letters available to sign in Sharon’s office that will go to Senator Tillis, Senator Burr, and Representative Walker with concerns on this issue. If you would like to sign one of these letters, please stop by, sign your name and provide your address. If you would like to write your own letter, that is welcome too! On Sunday, October 20, Sharon will be preaching and we will designate it as Bread for the World Sunday. Questions? See Sharon Wheeler.
Thanksgiving Choir: This year’s Community Thanksgiving Service is at First Baptist Church of Elon on Haggard Ave on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 pm. Our congregation is invited to join the choir in singing two anthems during the service. They are both easy songs to learn that you are likely familiar with. If interested, please let Stephen Futrell know. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween Trunk or Treat with Games and Hot Dog Supper: Our annual Trunk or Treat, hot dog supper and party will be held Sunday, October 27 from 5 until 7 pm. What is a trunk or treat? This is an opportunity for the children of the church and community to Trick or Treat out of the trunk of your car. What can you do to help with this event? You may decorate it to the max or just put a bucket of candy in the trunk, it is up to you. We do need trunks...lots of them. Sign up on the other side of the insert that you will have a trunk or let the church office know. If you cannot be there with your trunk, we do need candy. Last year we had lot of children and not much candy. If you are willing to donate a bag of candy, there will be a box outside of Sharon Wheeler’s door to drop it in. We also need help with serving or in the kitchen. If you are willing to help with cooking of hotdogs or serving them, let us know on the other side of this insert. Look forward to seeing you at this event. It is also a way to share our church with folks in our community, so be sure to invite your neighbors, family and friends!
Chat and Chow will meet next at Kimbers Restaurant in Gibsonville on Friday, October 18 at 5:30 pm. Please sign up on the insert. If you make a reservation and find you cannot attend, please let the church office know.
TELLING OUR FAMILY IMMIGRATION STORIES: SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 27. It is time to share our story of family history. It may take research for some or be a presentation of what you have known for years: How did you and your family get to North Carolina? This is a project that will be a part of our fall series of learning more about migration and the human need to move. We hope to tell it with our own stories and see how and why our families found their way here. We are hoping to go way back, at least as far as you need to tell your story! What is your family’s country of origin? When did they migrate? How many times have you moved? This and more will bring us the incredible story of our journeys. We hope you will take part. This project is sponsored by our Justice and Witness committee.
Please Remember! You cannot block the sprinkler pipes in the closet on the stage when dropping off donations for our annual Secondhand Santa Sale. Thank you for being mindful of this.
Join The Walking Group at ECC: If you would be interested in walking, please come join us at 9 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Some days we may move outside! Questions? See Sharon!
Have you Noticed? The walls in the Community Life Center were recently painted and they look spectacular. To keep the room looking fresh, please remember that tape, command strips, or any type of adhesive is not allowed on the painted sheetrock walls. Also, gum and glitter are not permitted in the CLC. Thank you for your cooperation!
ONLINE GIVING IS AVAILABLE! Click or scan the QR Code on the top right of our website, eloncommunitychurch.org. Or look for the QR Code in the bulletin, Torch and other various church publications! From here you can use a credit card to fulfill pledge obligations or donate to various other funds.
Music Ministry Endowment Fund: Every week ECC is richly blessed with music as an important aspect of our worship. To augment the budgeted funds for these efforts your Music Committee has newly established a Music Ministry Endowment Fund. Your support of this fund may be to: General Needs, Guest Musicians, Choir Soloists, Music Camp, Hand Bell Maintenance, Organ Maintenance, Piano Maintenance, Other ___________. This Endowment Fund is an excellent channel for your expression of love at a time of memorial giving or to honor someone. It provides for beauty long after flowers will have faded. If your heart sings a melody after worship services may it inspire you to remember this newly created way for gift giving and sharing in the splendor of our music.