Upcoming Events and General Announcements

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Township Food Pantry: The food pantry has asked for the following items: sugar, oil, flour, juice, peanut butter/jelly, spaghetti sauce, rice, dried beans, canned fruit, crackers, oatmeal, cereal, household cleaners, laundry detergent, bleach, personal hygiene items. This list includes suggestions, but any canned or nonperishable item is gratefully received.
 
Children and Youth Gathering: On Sunday, September 27th, children and youth are invited to participate in an outdoor, socially-distanced gathering on the church grounds to experience “listening for God’s voice” in person. Children’s Ministry students will meet from 1-2 PM, and Youth Group will meet from 3-5 PM. Participants should wear a mask, comfortable clothing, and close-toed shoes. Please bring a beach towel and portable chair.
 
Men of Holy Family: The men of Holy Family are invited at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 29th to the Holy Family outdoor picnic pavilion for a socially distanced, masked-up elbow-bumping good time! In addition to a quick opening prayer and scripture reflection, a couple of timely topics will be introduced for discussion. Following the meeting, you are invited to retire to Chatham Tap for some additional socially distanced fellowship (for those who are comfortable doing so). The gathering will follow Holy Family’s small group safety guidelines including no sharing materials, masks required, and staying at least six-feet apart. If you have had any recent symptoms of any illness or simply are not ready to venture out for in-person group meetings, feel free to participate virtually via Zoom (Meeting ID: 890 0257 2449 Password: 557466).

Book Club: In September/October, the book club will continue reading The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. If you’ve been thinking about joining, new participants are always welcome to discuss this fascinating read. The next virtual gathering will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, October 13th at 2 PM. ID: 82532953961 Password: 988099 The November book will be H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Questions regarding the book club can be directed to the church office. admin@hfec.org
 
Pet Blessing: On Sunday, October 4th at 11:30 AM, Holy Family will hold its annual Pet Blessing. The service will be held outdoors adjacent to the parking lot and last under fifteen minutes so no seating will be needed. All human participants are asked to wear a mask and remain socially-distanced from other households. If you prefer, you may remain in your car and have your pet blessed there by Father Bruce. All pets are asked to be escorted on a leash or in a carrier. In the event of rain, the pet blessing will be cancelled. For more information, please contact Father Bruce. bgray@hfec.org 
 
Halloween Blood Drive: Holy Family will host its annual Halloween blood drive in the parish hall on Saturday, October 31st from 8 AM – 12 PM. Please sign up to donate blood by clicking HERE. Contact Jolene Johnston if you have additional questions. jjohnston@hfec.org