If you don’t know Lola, you should. She sits mid-way in the pews on the left (organ) side of the church. Calling her a real “hoot” seems fitting. Spunky and feisty, the mischievous twinkle in her eye stretches back to the depression-era Virginia farmhouse she was born into as one of 13 siblings.
As a teen, Lola had a crush on Roy Rogers. During WWI, she took on the task of writing to a soldier in a program to give hope to the American men abroad. Her erstwhile “pen pal” eventually became her husband and she and Robert Sewall moved to New Hampshire where the two had five children. After the devastating loss of her first husband to cancer, Lola eventually married Edward Tourigney. He passed away in 2005. Today, she lives in The Pines Assisted Living Center in Newmarket.
She’s been a member of NCC for 54 years. “I love the church!” Lola exclaims. “I cry almost every time I come to service,” she says. When asked why, she said, “It’s because I’ve come home. And anyway, crying clears out the eyeballs.” Say Hi to Lola and ask her about her apple pie.
News from NCC
Pastor Patty and Jim are celebrating their 25th anniversary so they’ll be taking some time off. Patty’s friend, the Rev. Gayle Murphy will lead worship October 21st.
The deacons have decided to take a more devotional and spiritual direction in their journey.
Halloween marks the time when Rich Heidt sets up his famous Halloween Tunnel in the Fellowship Hall on October 27th. You don’t have to crawl through it, but you might want to see if Priscilla Schanda crawls through it again this year!
Music in the church is alive and well. It’s also broadened in scope and style. Join the fun with your musical gifts by joining the choir or playing an instrument.
Rich Heidt is all about Halloween and the tradition of tunnel building. You can blame Rich’s Father for his fixation with haunted tunnels. “My father used to build a haunted tunnel out of appliance boxes in our basement when I was a kid,” Rich said. “I continued the tradition in our basement with my own kids,” he said.
Last year, Rich decided to build a much larger haunted tunnel in the Fellowship Hall of the church, in order to expand the church’s role in the community during Halloween. You can help Rich build the tunnel by contacting him at Richard.Heidt@LibertyMutual.com, or you and your kids can take a crawl through it on October 27 from 4-6PM.
What’s happening at 10th North Main Street?
You may know about the NCC Thrift Store at this address. But, you may be wondering what’s happening at the house on the property which was donated to the church by Dr. and Mrs. Ross Tenant. It’s currently unoccupied and needs loads of work, but there’s good news. Members of the church met with the town administrator to talk about options for the property. The idea is to combine something that would extend our church ministry along with community outreach services that could make the property eligible for a development grant. We are beginning work with Southern NH Services to determine community outreach options that align with the church ministry. Stay tuned! If you would like to help with this project, please contact our moderator, Deb Grochmal.
New Member Gatherings
Are you interested in becoming a member of NCC? Becoming a member provides you with the opportunity to have a voice about the workings of the church in addition to enjoying all of the church programming on Sunday and other days. Pastor Patty is forming a new member group to begin on Sunday, November 4th immediately following worship. The group will meet 11/4 and 11/11 after worship (a luncheon will be included) and the group will be celebrated and brought into membership on November 18th during worship. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to volunteer for an hour or so at our Food Pantry & Thrift Shop to get a solid understanding of those church ministries. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the church, or even just interested in learning more about it, please let Pastor Patty know by writing to her at email@example.com or call 603-659-3892.
1,000 Gifts – Small Group Study with Pastor Patty
Mondays 6:30 – 8PM, November 5, 12, 19, and 26 in the NCC lounge
In this four-session, video-based study, you will be invited to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in expressing gratitude for the life you already have that you will discover the life you’ve always wanted. Through this study, we will be introduced to a way of seeing that opens our eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is fully alive! Please join us and RSVP to Pastor Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-659-3892.
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.
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