Friday Email

January 20, 2023
From The Desk of Rev. Emily J. Kellar

Dear Beloved Community,

This Sunday in the gospel of Matthew, we will discover Jesus moved a lot. We will hear Jesus’ familiar words “Repent the kingdom of heaven is near.” A lot of times in the United Church of Christ, we are accused of avoiding the hard scriptures. Folks say we don’t talk about sin and repentance a lot. I disagree. I think we talk a fair amount about messing up, not living in love, making mistakes, falling short of the way of love, and living imperfectly. These are all different ways to talk about sin or imperfection. We see the scripture as living and breathing. We don’t believe God spoke 2,000 years ago and then shut up; never to speak again. We in the United Church of Christ see the scriptures as holding new meaning. Language has advanced and so has theology. Hope you will come and hear more on Sunday!

We had a nice Council meeting this week. It is always great to spend time with our ministry chairs and church officers. Council also voted to pass the budget which will go before the congregation on Sunday January 29th. We are grateful for the stewardship pledges turned in this year that help us finalize the budget. This Saturday, we will have our monthly food pantry. Hope this finds all well with each of you and those you love! Blessings always! 

Peace, Rev. Emily J. Kellar

Sunday School News

This weeks Sunday School lesson comes from John 8:1-11. In this passage: Trying to trap Jesus, religious leaders bring him a woman who was caught in sin. The law says she should be stoned to death. Jesus handles the situation with gentleness, not condoning the sin but sending her accusers away and treating her gently. Bible Point: Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit. Summary Verse: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23). Jesus showed a great example of gentleness. He could have gone along with the religious leaders. He could’ve said how bad the woman’s sin was. But instead, he pointed out that everyone had sinned. This woman was no different from anyone else. Through an exciting game, scripture reading and a gentle sand garden, we will discover that we can apply this lesson in our every day lives as we learn to be gentle with ourselves and others!

The rest of our Sunday School Year at a glance:

January 15th: Adopt-A-Grandparent “A New Year, A New Me”

January 22nd: Confirmation class at 11:00. 

January 28th: Paint Night A Winter Theme 6:00-8:00 All are welcome!

February 5th: Confirmation at 9:00

February 12th: Cupcakes for Clara/ Valentines to our college students

February 14th: Adopt-A-Grandparents Valentines Party 5:00-7:00 (Parents Night Out)

March 6th: Confirmation at 9:00

March 12th: Adopt-A-Grandparent “Minute to Win It!” after church in Hay Hall

March 18th & 19th Gifts to Give drive in church parking lot.

March 26th: March Madness basketball bouncing after church. All balls and funds collected will go to the Boys & Girls Club in New Bedford

April (Date TBA) Adopt-A-Grandparents Sharing the harvest

April 2nd: Confirmation at 9:00

May 7th: Confirmation Class at 9:00

May 21st: Adopt-A-Grandparent Celebration Breakfast at 9:00 in Hay Hall

May Children’s Sunday

June 4th Baccalaureate Sunday

The Congregational Church of South Dartmouth, UCC

No matter who you are or where you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here. 

We are an open and affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.

College Freshman

Our college freshman are adjusting to their new lives! Let’s help them feel our love and support! Notes of encouragement and gift cards will be collected for the month of October. Here is a list of the amazing college students: Delancey Fitzpatrick, Sam Stone, Brendan Costa, Patrick Crane, Hannah Sullivan, Meredith Sylvia, Ellie Cote, Pablo Medeiros, Will Paradise & Charlie Fairfax.


Have you made your pledge yet?

The finance ministry is finalizing the budget for the January 29th budget meeting.

If you have not turned in your pledge, please do so as soon as possible. This will help us plan our church budget for 2023 and all the exciting things we are doing in our Church. 

Interested in Joining our Church?

We will hold our next New Member Sunday on Sunday, April 16th. A New Member breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. on the same day! If you are interested in joining the church, please let Rev. Emily know by emailing her at

Seeking a Crib Room Provider

We will offer the crib room this year! Please share this info with anyone who is wonderful with children and meets the criteria!

Seeking a Crib Room Childcare Provider

The Congregational Church of South Dartmouth is looking for an experienced childcare provider for Sunday mornings. Are you a responsible 21 years old or over individual with plenty of interest in caring for children? 1.5 hours of childcare at $30/hour each week. Applicants will be CORI checked and must be vaccinated/boostered. Fun opportunity. References required. Feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who is wonderful with children. Grandparents, college students and local babysitters encouraged to apply. Contact Beth Neto at

Mobile Ministries is in need of some groceries to be handed out on Wednesdays at the truck.

There will be a box outside Rev. Emily’s office labeled “Mobile Ministries” so as to not confuse this food with food for our own food pantry.

  • Tuna
  • Brown rice
  • Canned black beans 
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned fruit

Many thanks in advance for your generosity as we seek to live out the Gospel of Love.

~ Rev. Emily 

Guild Drop Off For Christmas Decorations Coming Soon

Now that Epiphany has come and gone and you’re putting your decorations away, consider the guild for any that you’re not interested in keeping for next year. We will have a drop off date towards the end of January and will store them for her next sale. Thanks.

Food Pantry Saturday January 21st

The CCSD will continue to provide a drive-through/pick up food pantry on the third Saturday of every month from 12 to 2 PM.

The Congregational Church of South Dartmouth’s food pantry has begun to thrive and we are feeding more families. This is great news! In order to continue this service to our community, we will need to keep up our stock of food items. We are seeking donations from the congregation to help with this goal. Here are the ways you can help:

  1. Donate money to the food bank: One of our Outreach members will use these funds to restock any necessary items. Just be sure to note that it is for the Food Pantry when you do.
  2. Donate food items from the list of non-perishables we offer: The complete list is printed on the backside of this sheet. You can drop them off at the church on Sunday or during office hours at the church. 
  3. Subscribe to an item: This is a commitment to any one particular item in which you would be responsible to keep the stock at 40. Whenever the item dips below that number, you would be notified as to how many you would need to provide that month to bring it back to 40. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Social Hall for anyone who is interested in subscribing to an item. A complete list of the foods up for subscription is also listed. You can choose how many months you would like to subscribe to any item.

Any of these contributions would be greatly appreciated!

These are the food items we are collecting to offer:

  • Peanut Butter 16 oz
  • Grape Jelly 18 oz
  • Cheerios Cereal (box) 10-18 oz
  • Canned Tuna (in water) 5-12 oz
  • Canned Chicken (in water) 5-12 oz
  • Canned Corn 15 oz
  • Canned Peas 15 oz
  • Canned Kidney Beans 15 oz
  • Canned Beef Ravioli 15 oz
  • Canned Chicken Noodle Soup 10-16 oz
  • Canned Peaches 15 oz
  • Applesauce Cups (6 pack cups)
  • White Rice 1 lb bag
  • Instant Mashed potatoes 14-16 oz box
  • Pasta (boxed) 1 lb
  • Spaghetti Sauce (jar) 24 oz
  • Macaroni & Cheese 7 oz box
  • Granola Bars (6-8 pack)
  • Apple Juice (bottle) 64 oz

Sign-up sheets for volunteers are in Schoening Hall or feel free to email Linda Mackler( Questions regarding Donations can be sent to: Mike Gouveia or Linda Gouveia

This Congregation has always worked well as a team to serve the community. Let’s keep up the good work and continue to bless those in need! 

Potluck Dinner February 1, 6 -7 pm

On the first Wednesday of each month, we will gather and simply eat together! You are welcome to bring something homemade, something store bought or come with empty handed! We hope to have you join us! 

At our February potluck, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early.

Adult Mission Trip 2023

Adult Mission Trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi – September 10-16, 2023

If you are interested in going on our Adult Mission Trip next September, please contact Rev. Emily at

Here is a link to Back Bay Mission website to learn more about what we will be doing while there!

Children’s Circle Nursery School

Children’s Circle Nursery School has a Facebook Page! Follow the link below. Like and follow our page for updates about our classroom and our upcoming registration details for the 2023-2024 school year!

Children’s Circle Nursery School | South Dartmouth MA | Facebook

Half Days and Full Days offered!

Contact Samantha Barrett at or call (508) 993-6531 for more information on how to get registered! 

Sabbatical Corner

On April 26th, David, Deacon and I will begin a 33-hour drive to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is 2,181 miles from the parsonage to where I will be staying in Santa Fe. David is hoping to work remote part of the time from New Mexico. I will be studying Native American spirituality.

I plan on volunteering with various agencies in the Santa Fe area. I am most looking forward to my time with Tewa Women United in Espanola, New Mexico.

On Friday, November 25th Native American Heritage Day I will begin reading Richard Wagamese’s book, Embers daily. It has roughly 150 pages and November 25th marks 150 days until my sabbatical begins. If you would like to join me, please do! I also have Embers downloaded as an audio book as Richard himself reads his writing. I enjoy listening to him read a page while I follow along in the book. His voice is soothing. Some pages may only have one sentence on them – that will still be one day of reading. Please feel free to let me know by email ( if you are following along in Embers! In the months to come, I will also provide a list of books that I am taking with me on sabbatical – should you choose to read them as well! 

Choir Notes
Join the Choir and Meet our Interim Music Directors

Adult and Children’s Choir have started!

Each choir meets every other week before church at 9:00am, and we will be singing once a month at service. If anyone is interested in joining either choir, please email Tara at

Fellowship Craft Group

Anyone interested in any type of crafting/handiwork please join us on Thursday’s from 12-3 pm in the church lower social hall. For information, please call or email Beth Sjogren Miller at 413-695-1138 or

Come join us in making quilts for the women’s shelter. No quilt making experience necessary we will teach you.

Join Us for in Person Worship

Even though worship will now be in person, we will still be live-streaming our services.

Clink Link Below to View the Service Sunday

Congo Church YouTube Link

Please note that if you are not watching it live at the time of the service you will need to click on the tab LIVE that is on the page.

Grief Group

Next Meeting January 25th from 6-6:45

Last year we started a Grief Group at the Congo Church. We meet the last Wednesday of the month in the church library. If you have had a death and would like to join us, please contact me at to talk about joining the group.

Rev. Emily 

Donate Old Eyeglasses

Any unused prescription eyewear or reading glasses taking up space in your home because you don’t know where to donate them? Outreach ministry is collecting gently used prescription\reading glasses for donations in underserved areas.Donation boxes in the lower social hall and will remain there until September 12, 2022.Please donate in old glass case if possible or wrap and provided paper towel and place in plastic bag. Thank you! 

Dr. Fogg is Collecting Men’s and Women’s Shoes for the Foot Clinic There is also a need for backpacks, sweatshirts, coats, sweaters (new or gently used). Please drop off in the labeled bin on the handicap accessible ramp at the church.

Many thanks! 

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