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January 24, 2019




Dear Members and Friends of The Church of Christ at Dartmouth College, 


One of the richest aspects of our blessed community is our proximity to Dartmouth College. It means that we have easy access to a stunning array of opportunities, that we have graduate and undergraduate students join us for worship, service, and activities, and that we are enriched by our proximity to such a vibrant and diverse community. This is never more obvious than during the week-long observances honoring the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. For the last three years, the MLK Multi-Faith celebration that takes place in Rollins chapel has been capped by a reception held in our very own Batchelder lounge. It is truly wonderful when we can work together with the college to enrich our larger community. 


This Sunday will be a very full day. We’ll gather at 10: 00 am to worship, and then I hope that EVERYONE will come downstairs to Batchelder Lounge for our Winter Meeting. This is an important time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we are going. It is one of two church wide annual meetings, the second occurs in June. This meeting focuses upon our budget, but our budget guides our programing, our outreach, and our direction. Please plan on attending and being a part of our discernment. 


At 3:00 pm, I hope that many of us, youth and adults alike, will attend the 2019 MLK Multi-Faith Celebration in Rollins Chapel featuring the Dartmouth Gospel Choir directed by Walt Cunningham. The speaker is Dr. Kevin Young, poet and author. His talk is entitled: The Poetry of Struggle and Song. Following the service, a catered reception will take place at our church. 


By 6:00 pm, most of our guests will have gone home, the caterers will be packing up, and several of our young people will gather, with a few adults, for this week’s OWL class. We’ll be busy learning and laughing until 8:00 pm. 


Throughout the day, we will be seeking God’s presence, offering our service, and hoping to create a more just, joyful, merciful, and awoken world. 


Please join us for all the this Sunday will hold. 

See you at Church, 


Occasional Choir begins again on Feb 3 after coffee.  C’mon and join us...we had fun at Christmas time! Everyone is welcome....easy to learn music.  We’ll sing again some time in Lent, and in Eastertide.

Sunday, January 27, 2019
11:15am (immediately after worship)
Batchelder Lounge
Purpose of Meeting: 
        To present the treasurer's report for the 2018 fiscal year
        To act on a budget for the 2019 fiscal year
        To ratify the filling of vacancies on Boards of Deacons by Elders
        To consider other business that may be presented by Members

Materials for the meeting can be found HERE
Printed copies will be available at the meeting.
Happening This Week at CCDC
Sunday, Jan. 27:       Chancel Choir - 9:00 AM
                                  Worship - Mandy Lape-Freeberg, preaching - 10:00
                                  Congregational Meeting - after worship
                                  MLK Multi-Faith Celebration - 3:00 PM - Rollins Chapel*
                                  Our Whole Lives - 6:00 PM        
Monday, Jan. 28:         Board of Deacons for Stewardship - 7:00 PM 
Wednesday, Jan. 30:   Staff Meeting - 10:30 AM - Hamilton Library
                                    Community Bible Study - 6:15 PM - CCDC
Thursday, Jan. 31:       Meditation Group - 4:00 PM - Masland Chapel
                                    Handbell Choir - 5:15 PM
                                    Chancel Choir - 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 3:    Chancel Choir - 9:00 AM
                                    Worship - Mandy Lape-Freeberg, preaching - 10:00
                                    Blood Pressure Clinic - after worship


Wednesday Evening Community Bible Study

Continues Wed. Jan. 30 here at CCDC - 6:15 PM

Studying the Bible is a great way to grow in the Spirit. With St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Our Savior Lutheran, we will be offering an eight week Community Bible Study. We’ll be using the book, The Unfolding Drama of the Bible, written by Bernhard Anderson.  This week's theme is:  "A New Exodus" and covers pages 47-55.  If you do not have a book, there are some still available in the church office or Kendra can email you the scanned pages.

Dear holiday basket sponsors, donors & volunteers,
The gratitude and awe at your support this year was astounding. As I said at the beginning of the season, we really couldn’t do this work without you. Because of your support – whether you purchased gifts, donated funds, spread the word that we needed sponsors, or volunteered for assembly & pick-up days – we were able to provide holiday gifts to 230 families. That’s over 480 children & seniors in the Upper Valley! Here are just some of the kind words from the parents of families and seniors who participated this year:
“I am a single mother of two beautiful girls. Today I picked up their holiday baskets. I literally felt like a kid on Christmas as I looked through everything. I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to you all, and all the donors. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, because you have given me the chance to ensure my kids have a great day. Each item was wonderful, and I appreciate the thought, effort and generosity that was put into these gifts! I actually cried, it was pretty emotional, and I'm not sure I can find the right words. Let's just say blessed, thankful, grateful, appreciative, joyful, warm I feel very lucky to live in a community that is so caring and supportive. I pray that organizations such as Listen, can continue to provide all the amazing services they do. So many people would struggle much more if it wasn’t for you all! Merry Christmas and God Bless!”
“I wanted to write to you to let you know I really appreciate the holiday gift baskets. It helped me and my husband out a lot. I can't thank you all enough. God bless. Have a great weekend. And a wonderful holiday. Xo.”
“I wanted to say thank you for our holiday basket to whomever bought the goodies for the girls...and for you folks putting it all together! Please would you say we are grateful for all they did and for making our holidays so wonderful!  I hope they have a wonderful holiday and Thank You for being so generous!  I will remember them in my prayers.”
We hope you enjoyed the experience as well and welcome any feedback as we close this holiday basket season and take note for next year:
Sponsor Feedback Form:
Many thanks and happy holidays to all of you!

Useful Tools for Aging with Dignity

Tuesdays, April 23 to May 7 (three sessions),
1 to 3 pm

Jan Lord and Jodi Austin, Certified Trainers

LOCATION: ARC ANNEX AT UPPER VALLEY SENIOR CENTER Come learn how to give your loved ones the gift of a carefully and thoroughly prepared advanced directive and a comprehensive checklist of important information. You will also receive a fun tool designed to help keep seniors active and connected to their community as they age. Appropriate for adults of all ages.

This course was created by the United Valley Interfaith Project’s Aging with Dignity Team.  A five week course was taught at CCDC last year at Lent, and a three session version of the course will be offered in April.  Register early if you are interested.  To register, please call the Aging Resource Center at 653-3460.


January 27 -                Winter Congregational Meeting
                                     Martin Luther King, Jr Multi-Faith Celebration - Rollins Chapel
February 15-23 -          Dominican Republic Mission Trip
February 16-23 -          Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip

March 6 -                      Ash Wednesday
March 24 -                    Ives Organ Recital - Adrian Houeck - 4:00 PM

April 21 -                       Easter Sunday - worship at 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
May 19 -                        Ives Organ Recital - Christa Rakich - 4:00 PM

Click HERE for our Google calendar.
Please contact Kendra in the church office if you would like
to submit a CCDC-related event for our online calendar.

Mandy Lape-Freeberg - Senior Pastor (

Rob Grabill - Associate Pastor (

Ernie Drown - Director of Music (

Rita Severinghaus – Parish Nurse (

 Kendra Olson-Dow - Church Administrator (

Ken Gagnon - Custodian (

Finance Office – (

If you are experiencing a pastoral emergency, please contact one of our pastors:

Mandy Lape-Freeberg (603-748-1431) or Rob Grabill (603-443-0218)

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