SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES CONTINUE
There is no Sunday School scheduled today. We will resume the class rotations beginning Sunday, December 6,. Please check the Weekly Calendar below for the rotation. Please understand that the primary reason for creating different groupings is to help maintain appropriate spacing in church for services. This is our plan thru December. Like with public schools we may have to make modifications as time goes on so stay tuned!
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Parish Council elections are scheduled for Sunday, December 13, 2020.
ADOPT A CHILD/FAMILY PROGRAM
Your generosity in the past has made Christmas special for 75 children/family members. Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, Community Teamwork, Inc. has requested the giving be in the form of $25.00 gift cards to either Walmart, Target, or Amazon. Our goal is 75 gift cards.
Gift cards and/or monetary donations in any amount may be mailed or brought to church on Sundays on or before Sunday, December 6. Donations may be made payable to Ladies Philoptochos Society with Adopt a Child/ Family in the memo section.
For further information, please contact one of the chairpersons: Sandra Gulezian at email@example.com or Deb Sevigny at 603-860-0743 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAINTENANCE HELP WANTED
Recently Jimmy Demetri has retired as our church maintenance manager and we thank him for his time and talent in keeping our church building operating smoothly. Thank you Jimmy, and Congratulations! Please contact Marc Gulezian (978-649-3387) if you have interest in helping the church with its maintenance needs. We are looking to organize a group of people to be on the Maintenance Crew to coordinate service with vendors and would appreciate hearing from you! Thanks in advance!
PHILOPTOCHOS 67TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TEA FUNDRAISER
Though the uncertainty of the pandemic has interrupted our traditional event, we cordially invite you to participate in this year’s Philoptochos Christmas Tea Fundraiser with a donation of $50. All proceeds will benefit our annual ministries, as well as several additional charities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In the true spirit of giving, we can share our Christian values by helping others to pick up the pieces of their lives in the wake of this unprecedented pandemic. Thanks to the generosity of our loyal Raffle patrons, three cash gift cards in the amounts of $250, $300, and a grand prize of $500 will be awarded as part of this year’s Fundraiser. One complimentary raffle ticket is included for each $50 donation. The raffle will be drawn at noon on Sunday, December 6, 2020. We invite you to tune in to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/TransGOC to watch the drawing in real time!
Please contact Ellen Dobi, Philoptochos President, at 978-505-1764 or email@example.com for the form, or give online directly at philoptochos-tea.eventbrite.com.
There is an uptick in COVID-19 cases in our community. The Transfiguration parish having carefully prepared to receive her faithful for services continues to welcome you to participate in person. Even with the increase in cases we believe we are well prepared and have put into place protocols that will help keep all healthy. We continue to use social distancing protocols that keep seating limited. We ask that you follow the direction of the ushers. Everyone must wear a mask. These protocols have been established to help protect and keep safe all who gather for worship.
So far, everything has gone smoothly and we thank everyone for their continued cooperation. We caution those who have underlying conditions to exercise caution in making the decision to participate. If you are hesitant to attend in person on Sundays, maybe a weekday service when scheduled would be a good option.
If you would like more information or have any questions about attending services, do not hesitate to contact the parish office or Fr. Tom by phone or email. You can find the reopening protocol and information on our website. Please share this information with those you know who do not use email or are not on our contact list.
PARISH OFFICE IS REMOTE
Our parish office is currently open but is primarily remote Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. If you need to come to the office, please call and set up an appointment. It may take a little longer to provide you with some of the information, but we will strive to do so in a timely fashion.
We continue to live stream services of our parish. The services can be found on the internet by logging on to www.youtube.com/TransGOC or www.facebook.com/transchurch. A weekly list of services can be found on our website www.transchurch.org and on the calendar below. Recorded services from our parish can be found on www.YouTube.com/transGOC . If you are unable to watch live, you can watch the service at a later time. For those who do not have internet and are Comcast customers, you may be able to watch some services on local cable access television. Please consult your local listings for times.
Many still do not feel comfortable physically attending services, but would still like to light a candle or support the parish. Your continued generosity is greatly appreciated. We encourage your continued use of our secure online giving platform for single or repeating donations, https://transchurch.churchgiving.com. Of course, you are still welcome to mail in a check to make your donation. 1) To light a vigil candle, please contact Pat Mahoney (firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-436-0998) or the church office (email@example.com or 978-458-4321). Pat will make sure that your vigil candle is lit for you. Donation: $10. As with all donations, you can mail in a check or you can make a donation online.
2) You are able to make your stewardship, offering basket, candle, memorial, special event, or general donations by using our secure website. Your donations help support the ministries of the parish. Although you may not be in the church building, essential ministries of the parish continue.
3) The Parish Council is exploring a more permanent source for live streaming services. We hope to continue this ministry, but to do so will need to invest in some new technology. If you are interested in supporting this ministry financially or participating in the production aspect, please speak with Fr. Tom.
TRANSFIGURATION HOSTS BLOOD DRIVES
Since April, the Transfiguration parish has teamed up with the Red Cross and is hosting blood drives. During the pandemic, the Red Cross has had difficulty finding places to host blood drives because so many facilities are closed, but the need for blood is ongoing. If you are interested in donating go to redcrossblood.org and put in the church’s zip code, 01854, in the search bar. The next and last blood drive of the year at Transfiguration is Thursday, December 31st. Please sign up online to donate.
Lord Jesus Christ, our God, accept our offerings as You accepted the gifts of Your people throughout the ages. We offer these gifts to Your glory, for the support of the ministries of Your holy Church, for the alleviation of suffering and hunger, and for the proclamation of Your Gospel to the whole world.
Grant us Your blessing, Lord our Savior, that we may always be faithful stewards, continuing to share the gifts you have given us, by the power of Your grace, mercy and love. May Your name be glorified forever. Amen.
Trinity votive candles (To Sponsor a Candle please call the Church Office.)
†Vigil Light at the Side Altar (Icon of the Theotokos): Available
†Vigil Light at the Icon of Christ: In Loving Memory of Deborah Victoria Skrekas and George Skrekas
†Vigil Light at the Theotokos: In Loving Memory of Ioannis "John" Zaralidis from his family
†Vigil Light at the Icon of the Forerunner: Available
†Vigil Light at the Foot of the Holy Cross: Available