The Princeton Spire, November, 2019

from the pastor

"The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9: 6-8

Welcome to November,

You know what happens in November---almost everything!!!! We turn back the clocks on November 4, but the darkness does not overwhelm us. We are a blessed community of faith and the brightness that surrounds us will sustain us throughout the darkest seasons. Let us remember that first and foremost. We are blessed in many ways and even though things are about to get busy and chilly, maybe snowy, we are God's people. We are safe in God's care.

Now as I was saying, the month of November brings about a little of everything. It is when we put our gardens to bed,and the trees finally let go of their brilliance. This is the time when we start breaking out the winter woollies and making sure the wood box is well stocked. That is unless you are one of those super organized people who did their winter preparedness weeks ago. (Sadly, I am not one of those) And let us not forget that November begins that Holiday madness. Did I say Madness??? Well,yes, yes I did, but it is only as mad as we choose it to be.

Get your gobble gobble on!

Seriously, November can be a crazy month. The Holiday rush begins with Thanksgiving and then, (do I dare write the words), Black Friday. Before we know it, we are up to our eyeballs in wrapping paper and tinsel and blow up Santa's. Ho!, Ho!, Ho! Its hard to think beyond the Holidays at this time of the year, what with family, traveling, gathering and feasting.... there is a lot to contend with.

But I must point out that there is something else that happens at this time of the year that is vitally important-----Stewardship. Please don't recoil in horror, most pastors hate talking about money and I am one of them. But there is a reality that we must face, churches depend on the generosity of people like you in order to live. Yes! Live is the word that I must use to describe this living place. Not survive, not keep running, not stay open-----LIVE. This church is a living, pulsing, serving, shining light in this community. We are the founding church of Princeton, The First Church. WE welcome everyone! We are here to serve the people of this community and beyond. And we serve the community by opening our doors and saying; " no matter who you are, you are welcome here." We are not exclusive, we are inclusive. We serve this community by lending our space, nourishing the spirit, offering food and and caring, thus we must continue to live and we can only do that if we all lend our generosity, our support, our commitment to this wonderful, spirit-filled place.

November is Stewardship and we are God's stewards. Let us give to the church, so the church may give to us. Come and BE part of the Spirit, for the Spirit is here.

November Blessings

Rev. Janet

Mark your calendars for Monday, November 4 for Not-Your-Average-Taco Night!  Tacos, along with vegetarian dishes and sides such as rice ‘n beans and sweet plantains will be served.  After dinner, Diane Parker will lead a time of craft making.  The festivities start at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall.  Bring a friend!
Join Our Family of Faith
It is a wonderful thing to belong to a community of faith. It is even better belonging to this ONE. First Congregational Church welcomes you! If you are interested in learning more about our faith community or if you are interested in seeking membership, please contact either the church office at 978-464-2837 or Rev Janet Skagerlind at 978-350-3463. Come and be part of the Spirit!
Sunday School News
The First Congregational Church is committed to its Sunday School. Please tell your family, friends and neighbors about our Christian Ed. program and our upcoming events here at First Church, Princeton. Coming up we have Arts & Crafts, the Blessings of the Animals and a fun curriculum. Growing our Sunday School is a priority and we want you to be part of the Spirit. 

We have classes for children 3 - 12 years of age and a nursery for younger children. The classes are at the same time as worship.

For more information about our Sunday School, please call Rev. Janet at 978-350-3463

Wednesday night supper and worship
October 16, 2019, 5:30 - 7pm
Getting to church on Sunday mornings can be difficult for some families. And for some people, having a mid-week time of worship and fellowship is just what is needed to uplift us as we travel life's road. We understand!  We will be offering a time to get together, share good food and enjoy a shortened worship service. We will gather in Fellowship Hall around 5:30 pm for a potluck dinner.  Following the meal we will gather in the Sanctuary for a 30 minute worship service beginning at 7:00 pm.
We will be offering this time of worship and fellowship the 3rd Wednesday of every month. We hope to see you there. Come and be a part of the Spirit! 
Bible Study
Tuesdays, 4-5pm

Please join us every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm in the church parlor for Bible Study. During our time together we enjoy lively discussion and very interesting topics. Also, we strive to apply Scripture to the times we live in today. Everyone is welcome and afternoon tea is always served. Come and be part of the Spirit.

All are welcome! 
Questions? Contact Rev. Janet at 978-350-3463.

If you might be interested in some new jewelry that sparkles for yourself or for Christmas presents, please plan to attend our Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski party on Thursday November 21st at 6:30 at the church. This is a fundraiser for the First Congregational Church. There will be a short presentation by the consultant, many samples of jewelry to view and refreshments will be served. Hope you can make it.
For questions, contact Judy Breen 978-464-2662.

For thanksgiving this year BOWM is collecting grocery gift cards to distribute to families in need in Princeton. Gift cards to grocery stores in the area can be given to Karen Grzyb, or dropped off in the office. We will be collecting up until Sunday November 17th.
Thank you!
Our congregation will once again be providing Christmas presents to the children currently residing in The Interfaith Hospitality Network home in Worcester.  Towards the end of November, a tree will be up on a bulletin board in Fellowship Hall with tags with children’s names and ages on the front and a wish list on the back.  Please take one of the tags and write your name and telephone number next to the child’s name on the sign-up sheet.  Then you purchase TWO presents from the wish list, totaling as close to $50 as possible.  We have numerous children from the same families and we want the presents to be equitable in number and value as much as possible.  No need to wrap the presents.  Just put the presents in a bag, with the child’s tag attached and bring to church by December 15th.  Check off on the sign-up sheet that the present has been provided.   The presents will be delivered to the IHN residence for the children to open on Christmas morning.  Please keep a look-out for the tree and help share God’s love and celebrate Jesus’ birth with others. Also, if you can help during coffee hour on December 15, by collecting presents, verifying all have arrived and loading them into my car, that would be much appreciated! Contact Annette Markel at 508-662-7473 with any questions and/or to offer to help.  Thank you!
October 2019
Dear John Mims, and Everyone at First Congregational Church of Princeton, UUC,
Thank you for your gracious invitation to come and perform a concert at your church. It was a joy singing in that beautiful, peaceful setting and acoustically live sanctuary.
Everything was done to perfection. Each concert detail was so thoughtfully attended to, helping make everything flow with grace and ease.
We especially thank you for the delicious meal you served us and for hosting a lovely reception following the concert, with time visiting together before and after the concert.
The turnout was wonderful, and the enthusiastic responses shared after the concert were so touching. You are a wonderful community!
Thank you so very much for everything you did for us. Ed and 1 are so grateful to you all for your generous support of our music.
Wishing you many new blessings.
Gratefully Yours,
Elisabeth and Ed

December 7
The annual Christmas Craft Fair, Luncheon, Cookie Table, and Silent Auction will be held in Fellowship Hall from 10-3.
Come see and shop for amazing and tasty items.  We still need help - bakers, workers, silent auction items, cookies, cookies, cookies!
Let me know if you can help.  See you in December.
Princeton Community Preschool
The Princeton Community Preschool was founded in 1990 and has operated continuously ever since. We are conveniently located in the center of town in the First Congregational Church. Because of the proximity to the town center, we are able to take walking field trips to the Princeton library, the Common, police station, and fire station.

Our preschool provides our children with a safe, nurturing and stimulating physical and personal environment that fosters individual development. We welcome all children and families, regardless of their race, religion, national origin, political beliefs, sex, cultural heritage, marital status, abilities or sexual orientation.

Co-Directors: ​Hilary Doyle and Kathy Johnson
14 Mountain Rd
Princeton, MA 01541
​Phone / Fax: (978) 464-5960
Email: pcpkids1 @

November 2019

November 3 - Board of Christian Education 11:30 am
November 4 - Hospitality Dinner
November 11, 18, 25 - Youth Choir 6:15 - 7:30 pm
November 5, 12, 19, 26 - Bible Study 4:00 pm
November 3, 10, 24, 31 - Line Dancing 5:00 pm
November 10 - Diaconate 11:30 am
November 20 - Pot Luck and Worship 5:30 pm
November  17 - Council Meeting 11:30 am
November 24 - Stewardship Committee 11:30 am
For the most up-to-date church calendar go to
                                                                                                  October 2019 Calendar
November Birthdays
November 1   John Mollica
November 2   Theodore Lindberg
November 2    Marjorie Ollila

November 2    Frannie Rice 
November 2     Matthew Sheehy   

November 7  Lukas Tobin
November 8    Edmond Charette
November 10   Rose Lahti
November 10   Beverly Vanasse
November 27   Larry Sigler
November Anniversaries
November 1  Ron & Deb Milenski
November 17   Gene & Priscilla Genest
Do we have your birthday and anniversary information?
Let the office know of your special dates so that they will appear in the Spire!
The First Congregational Church of Princeton, United Church of Christ, is a Welcoming, Open and Affirming church. We believe that all people are precious children of God, equal and loved by God. Here you will find acceptance of all people of all races, ages, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, previous religious affiliations, professions, nationalities, mental conditions and physical capabilities. You will be warmly welcomed and you will find the freedom to worship with caring people who take joy in both our shared commonalities and our differences.
a just world for all
The First Congregational Church of Princeton
United Church of Christ

Organized 1764, present building erected 1838
Reverend Janet Sandquist-Skagerlind
Music Director: Faith Pistrang
Office Administrator: John Mims

Office Hours: 9AM-1PM, Tuesday - Friday
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14 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA 01541

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