June News

Dear Church,


It is summer! Or at least it is today as I write this and I am rejoicing along with you for each summer like day! I wanted to share the email below with all of you so we can all know what a great summer it will be for our kids who can attend Grotonwood! Please do three Good things if you also are inspired by what you read as I was: 1.) pray for the camp and all that it will offer all who attend, including those from our own church who are going. 2.) Support fund raising efforts of our kids so that the costs (which are significant but realistic in camp costs for our time) can be reduced for the kids. Thank You and the third request: Be Ye Glad for all that all attendees will experience at Grotonwood!  Blessed by serving with you, Pastor Dee



Welcome letter from Our New Directors




I hope this email finds you very well. Before the summer kicks off and things get hectic, I’d like to introduce myself; my name is Breeze Everitt and I am transitioning into the role of Program Director at Grotonwood.  My husband Daniel and I have just skipped across the pond from England and are settling in very well.


We were fortunate enough to work at Grotonwood as Day Camp and Chapel Directors during the summers of 2013 and 2014. God has never let us forget that experience and recently made our path very clear! Where the good way is; we have walked in it, and found rest for our souls here in Groton.


I cannot tell you how excited I am about our summer program. I can assure you it’s going to be life changing for our campers! We have been busy recruiting an amazingly gifted and passionate team from all around the world to share in the awesome experience that is camp at Grotonwood.


We have an incredibly gifted dancer coming all the way from South Africa who with his dance troop, have just got through to the next round of South Africa’s Got Talent! The cherry on the top for me is always chapel, it’s promising to be excellent as I know Jesus is going to show up EVERYDAY.


Registering for camp has never been easier.  We recently launched our brand new online registration process. It’s very quick and super easy, simply visit our website www.grotonwood.org and click on the Sign Up for Camp button at the top of the page! We are so serious about the life transforming power of camp that we think everyone deserves the chance to experience it at least once. It is our policy to try to help any camper that may require financial assistance in order to attend. So, if you’re unsure about your budget, please take a moment to visit our website and download the Campership Request Form.


Lastly, I just wanted to let you know about our brand new Prescott Lodge! This beautiful and spacious facility replaced Memorial Lodge that burned down in October 2015. Prescott is a state of the art lodge that offers 18 adult friendly bedrooms with private bathrooms and a spacious lounge area. I’d love to show you around, please contact the office if you would like to take a tour of the building.


I hope to see you this summer as we get immersed in God’s creation and more importantly, immersed in God’s love. Until then, may grace and blessing be in your path.



Yours sincerely

Breeze Everitt, Director of Program

PANTRY OF HOPE:  Open Tuesdays 3 – 5 p.m.

Time to Start Collecting Items for the Church Fair!  This is the time of year that I like to pack up any unneeded items in my house for the church fair.  If you are doing the same, please remember to save things for this wonderful annual event!   We may be able to find storage for the summer for some of your donations, but we would need to arrange this with you,   We can take boxes of smaller items that you want to get out of the house during the summer.  The women will be meeting to go through your donations to separate and pack them for the appropriate areas of the fair.  

Items needed:   Jewelry, scarves, handbags, Christmas or other holiday items, new gifts (please pack in a box if possible ), new or gently used gift bags, craft items,  china, flatware, dishes,  knick knacks, curtains, spreads and blankets in good condition, toys, and any other items that you think we can use.   Just think, you're cleaning out and the church will benefit from your donations.   Thanks so much for your help!  The more donations we receive, the more successful the fair will be!  Pat Fish.  For information, please call Pat at 617-827-9222, pesce2@comcast.net or Beverly at 781-665-4067, bev06@verizon.net.  

THE PANTRY OF HOPE will be focusing on specific needs for our clients in the coming months.  While we will always accept monetary donations, please note that the month of June will be cereal month.  There will be an area in the Coffer Hour room to bring your donations.  Thank you for supporting our clients!  

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL NEWS  This year’s theme is ““Maker Fun Factory: Created by God; Built for a Purpose”.  V.B.S. will be held on August 14 – 18 from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM.  Please join us for the V.B.S. Dessert Social being held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 6:30 PM in the Youth Group Room.  We will preview this year’s V.B.S., come up with ideas for creating decorations and open the registration website.  Please bring a dessert to share.  Thank you!

Campership Scholarship Money Offered by Women's Ministry  We are so fortunate to have wonderful Christian Camps and Conference Centers not too far away from Melrose that provide a wide array of programs for children and adults for our church family.  We learned a lot about Oceanwood from people who work at the camp at the recent Judson Women Annual Meeting.  They talked about the importance of Christian camp experiences for our youth and how meaningful it can be to each child who attends. As a result of this meeting and in hearing other success stories from campers, the Women's Ministry Board has decided that we would like to offer $300 to be used by our church youth towards the expenses of summer camp at either Grotonwood or Oceanwood.  There is a simple application process and the forms are in the Coffee Hour Room.  The applications are due by Sunday, June 25th. The amount that each person who applies receives will be determined.    Please give them to Pat Fish or Beverly Schluntz.  You may also mail them to Pat Fish, 57 Hammersmith Drive, Saugus, MA 01906.  Money is also available from Oceanwood for summer camp expenses.  Please check the Oceanwood website for this information.  Call Pat at 617-827-9222 for more information for the Women's Ministry campership scholarships.

WORSHIP SERVICE TIME CHANGE  Please note that our summer service time is changing to 10:00 AM starting on Sunday, June 18th, on Father’s Day.

STURDY REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS NEEDED FOR PANTRY OF HOPE CLIENTS  Many of our Pantry of Hope clients bring shopping bags but some do not.  If you have extra reusable bags that you are willing to donate, please leave them in the Coffee Hour Room. 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH will be held during the summer, and it will be for PreK through the 5th grade.  We are looking for volunteers, and an activitiy and possible a craft will be provided.  If we have enough volunteers, then we wouldn’t need anyone to help more than twice the whole summer.  If you are interested, please speak with Karen Rivera.

Attention All Women!  Instead of the usual craft workshops that Women's Ministry and Friendship Circle sponsors each summer, we will have various workshops during the summer.  Some will focus on crafts, some on organizing donations to the fair, and we will work on a new service project of making dresses and other items that will be sent to the Dominican Republic to be used by children in need.

The first workshop will be held on Monday, June 26th in Social Hall at 7 p.m. We will be making the dresses for the Dominican Republic, and they will be made from pillowcases.  These require some cutting and sewing, but we are told that they can be made in a short time. We will look at other items that we can also make.   We will need either new or gently used printed or colored pillowcases of any size for this project.  These can be given to Linda Buttimer, Sandy Hamilton or Pat Fish.  They can also be left in the Coffee Hour Room in a bag marked "pillow cases".  If you have a good source for purchasing pillowcases at a reasonable price, please let us know. 

If you have a portable sewing machine that you would like to lend or donate for this project, that would be helpful.  This is open to anyone that's interested in participating.  Please bring along a friend if you would like.  Come for an evening of fellowship and preparing clothing for the needy. For more information, please call Linda Buttimer at 781-665-0575, lbuttimer@yahoo.com  or Pat Fish, 617-827-9222, pesce2@comcast.net. 

BIBLE STUDIES will be held on Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM located at 212 Grove Street, Melrose.  The Wednesday morning group will be meeting in the church parlor at 10:00 AM.

COFFEE HOUR  Members of the congregation are responsible for Coffee Hour during the month of June.