Fourth Sunday of Lent: Worship at 9:30 AM on FaceBook Live

posted Mar 20, 2020, 10:40 AM by Lee Church

Join us for the next two Sundays when we will be doing a virtual worship service at 9:30 AM using Facebook Live (you can access that with a URL even if you do not use Facebook). A recording of the service will be posted on our FB page for after viewing. There will be an opportunity to lift prayers during the live session on Sunday mornings.

Community Care Sign Up

posted Mar 19, 2020, 11:47 AM by Lee Church

Peace and love to each of you in this challenging time. 

To help begin to address some physical, emotional and spiritual needs in our church family and community, we have developed a sign up genius to organize our resources and response.  

Some of us are home bound; others need a kind word or two each day; and others need food or medicine delivered. Check this Lee Church Community Care Sign Up Link to see if there is some way you can reach out while physically distancing yourself.  

We hope this will be a short term issue, but we also hope it will help us develop stronger bonds within our church family and the community. Together we are stronger!  

May you be blessed this day and each day going forward, 

Georgia Kerns, Chair, Worship Ministry 

Larry Brickner-Wood, Interim Pastor

Building Use Curtailed Until April 3rd

posted Mar 17, 2020, 1:26 PM by Lee Church

Beloved community, 

Last night, the Governing Board made the difficult but important decision to cancel Sunday services for March 22 and March 29.  We will revisit the situation as we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week.  No decisions regarding Palm Sunday or Easter have been made at this time.  We are still going to distribute Easter boxes in any event, so be on the lookout for ways you can safely assist with that.

 We will also be closing the church building to outside groups and to church groups until April 3.  We also closed the Lee Hill Early Learning Center on Monday for the same time period that the Oyster River Cooperative School District has closed (April 3).  Employees and members may continue to access the building but should not plan on having any group meetings or activities.

 We know that connecting with your fellow parishioners and with your God is important to you during this time of terrific uncertainty.  Pastor Larry is working with other church leaders in the area (Durham, Madbury, Newmarket & Nottingham) to collaborate on ways to bring worshipers together electronically and to provide alternatives to Sunday service.  If you have any recording or broadcasting resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to help us bring the church to othersIf any of you who play music or sing, have storytelling talent or other artistic gifts and want to help with this, please let Pastor Larry know as he would like to incorporate that into what is being created! 

 We are also looking to ways to care for those in our congregation who need special care and support at this time.  Traffic at the Wilkinson Food Pantry has increased dramatically already.  It is out of paper products and meat.  We continue to need your support in dollars and in-kind donations to provide the vital food resources to those affected by the shutdowns. 

 We also need to be looking for ways to keep those who are isolated and vulnerable in our hearts and to provide them with companionship at this time.  We are going to develop some way for people to reach out to others to provide a friendly note or phone call.  Georgia Kerns is leading this effort and you will hear more about this soon.

 While suspension of use of the building will help save money, we will still rely upon you to continue to support our mission.  This is particularly true now that LHELC is unable to provide that additional income that we have come to rely upon. 

 We will get through this difficult period, learn many things and especially remember and reflect on how we can rise and shine even in the darkness.  You all, your families and beloveds, our neighbors, friends and strangers, are in our prayers, and we are here in the midst of the storm.  God bless you.

Kim Memmesheimer, Chair of the Governing Board 

Larry Brickner-Wood, Interim Pastor

Third Sunday of Lent: March 15 Worship at 9:30 AM

posted Mar 13, 2020, 11:45 AM by Lee Church   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 11:57 AM ]

March 15: The third Sunday of Lent: Rev Larry Brickner-Wood, our interim minister, will be holding worship service at 9:30 AM. His sermon title is: Living Water” and the Children’s message title is “Jesus the Healer”.
We will be making some changes in our worship service to practice social distancing, such as forgoing
the morning greeting at the opening of worship, curtailing the passing of items during service and we have cancelled coffee hours for the near future.  Still, there will be prayers and celebrations and we will sing and rejoice in each of us being together. We will hold Sunday school for our youth. Know that if you are unable to attend, you will be in our prayers. 

A message from Lee Church regarding COVID-19

posted Mar 13, 2020, 7:21 AM by Lee Church

Greetings dear ones.  In this time of trial and tribulation, anxiety and worry, we wanted to reach out and keep you up to date as to our response as an organization and a community of faith to the novel Coronavirus and the disease known as COVID-19.  It is a frequent topic of conversation and discussion these days, and on all our minds.

We have been informed that a church attendee from last Sunday, March 8, 2020, has been advised by their employer that all of their employees are to work from home as two of the organization’s employees attended a conference where one person tested positive for COVID-19.  As a precaution, the organization (which is in Massachusetts) took the precaution of having all its employees work from home at this time.   Neither the two employees who attended the conference nor the person who attended our service have indicated any symptoms, but the organization is following protocols recommended by the CDC and others.  

Here at Lee Church, we are constantly monitoring changes and updates and instituting protocols and procedures as we need them.  First, we have increased our cleaning and disinfecting efforts and will continue that as we go forward.  Second, we are keeping abreast several times a day of changing conditions, guidelines and resources, and will continue to do so.  Third, we are all practicing our own personal health and hygiene guidelines. 

One of the best links to personal steps that each of us can take is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the several pieces of good information are these simple precautions:  First, stay home if you are sick, for your sake and for the sake of others.  Even a mild cold can be contagious and can have more severe impacts on those from vulnerable populations and/or compromised immune systems.  Second, wash your hands, at least for twenty seconds with soap and water, as often as you can and more often than that.  This is the preferred method of sanitizing, and more effective than hand sanitizer.  When washing of your hands is not readily available, use hand sanitizer, and as a supplement for washing your hands.   Third, use social distancing and avoid large gatherings, non-essential functions/meetings and do as much electronically and digitally as you can.  

We are looking at the modifications and steps we need to take within the church to keep our community safe and be responsible and caring stewards of our health and well-being.  We have cancelled the Corned Beef Supper for this Saturday night, we will not do the morning greeting at the opening of worship, have cancelled coffee hours and we are looking at other temporary changes that we will discuss at the Governing Board this Monday evening. Of course, if things change more before then, we will address the issues presented by these changes.  We will always err on the side of caution and the care and well-being of our community members and wider community, while being mindful and thoughtful not to over-react or create even more worry, anxiety and concern.  This is a journey, and we are on it together.

Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss these issues further, offer any ideas, express concerns, and let us know how you and others are doing.  We are exploring ways to be even more creative electronically and expand and enhance ways we can keep in contact and in touch.  Each of you matter, each of you are a valuable part of our whole community, and we love you.  Even in what may feel like isolation and despair, you are never alone, and we are always here for you.  God is great, all the time, and all the time God is great, and the ways that we express kindness, compassion and love for each other illuminates that greatness.  God bless you all, and peace be always with you.

Kim Memmesheimer, Chair of the Governing Board

Larry Brickner-Wood, Interim Pastor


March 8 Worship 9:30 AM - The Second Sunday of Lent

posted Mar 6, 2020, 11:04 AM by Lee Church

March 8: The second Sunday of Lent: Join us for worship at 9:30 AM. Rev Larry Brickner-Wood is our interim minister; his sermon title is: “Born Again: A New Heart”. There will be prayers and celebrations; we will sing and rejoice in each of us being together. Sunday School begins in the sanctuary at 9:30 AM. It’s a good Sunday to be at Church. All are welcome.

March 2020 Newsletter

posted Feb 28, 2020, 10:40 AM by Lee Church   [ updated Feb 28, 2020, 10:45 AM ]

We've posted our March Open Door Newsletter to this website. Click on the Open Door tab on the left.  

Communion Sunday March 1 at 9:30 AM followed by a Pot-luck

posted Feb 28, 2020, 10:35 AM by Lee Church   [ updated Feb 28, 2020, 10:35 AM ]

March 1: Join us for worship at 9:30 AM. Communion will be served. Rev Larry Brickner-Wood will be joining us as our interim minister. It is the first Sunday of Lent as well as the start of Women’s Week in the United Church of Christ. There will be prayers and celebrations; we will sing and rejoice in each of us being together. Following worship we will be hosting a pot-luck to welcome Rev Brickner-Wood to Lee Church. It’s a good Sunday to be at Church. All are welcome.

Ash Wednesday Service Feb 26 at 7 PM

posted Feb 24, 2020, 9:24 AM by Lee Church

Remember that you are God’s beloved dust,

and to God’s beloved dust you shall return. 

Rev. Larry Brickner-Wood will lead our worship service on Ash Wednesday. Join us for a service of reflective meditation as we enter the season of Lent.

Feb 23 Cafe Church Worship at 9:30 AM with Rev Paul Cullity

posted Feb 19, 2020, 12:45 PM by Lee Church

Café Church this Sunday! We meet at 9:30 AM in Fellowship Hall, seated around tables. Breakfast food and beverages are available while we pray, sing and worship together in a casual setting. Rev Paul Cullity is joining us and his message is on the transfiguration.  All are welcome, hope you can join us. 

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