Crawford Weekly Messenger: What's In This Issue


This Sunday brings us the intersection of a secular holiday (Thanksgiving) and a Christian Holy Day (Christ the King or the Reign of Christ). The first celebrates gratitude and the second the day when human power will give way to the rule of Christ in the realm of God.

Viewed separately, each has its pitfalls. Counting our blessings might make us think that they are an indication of God’s favor instead of tools for the work set before us. We might think ourselves more righteous—more deserving—than those who have less. And thinking of Christ’s ultimate reign of glory might leave us daydreaming about streets paved with gold and mansions on a hilltop instead of remembering that we are meant to build a world right now that is ready and willing to let justice reign.

But when we look at the two days together—the holiday and the Holy Day—the key to protecting ourselves from both errors comes into view. Join us Sunday to learn about the humble mind of Christ.

Pastor Anne Robertson

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Please keep in prayerThe following are people who are either in our community or whose names have been shared by people in our community.  Whether we know their need or not, God knows.  Please pray for each one as you are able.

Tom Murdock recovering from a broken femur
Brad Brewer who is free of malignant tumors and can be considered cancer free for the time being
Ann Jampel who is receiving chemotherapy for newly-diagnosed cancer; cards and prayers are appreciated
Sandy Lawson friends as they care for their 33-year-old son, Drew Smith, who is battling a rare and serious illness
Mercedes and Doug Samson, sister-in-law and brother of Marianne Samson, as Mercedes is facing open-heart surgery in early November
John and Anita Gerrein's friends battling cancer: Helen, Dan, Mary Kate, and Mary
Dot Pike
Sherry Pike
Barbara Simonson
Brian Rogers’ mother, Mary
Bernadette Higgins’ friends, Lucille Lyons, John and Rhonda Bennett, Leandra Ellis and Joan Irons
Tom McGee
Our nation’s leaders
Victims of the long and difficult hurricane season
Victims of racial bigotry and injustice of all kinds
Healthcare workers, first responders and all who are on the front lines
Bishop Devadhar
The Open Spirit Task Force
The United Methodist Church

All the men and women serving our country at home and abroad
If you would like to submit prayers or update the prayer list, please send to Sherry at 

The Upper Room: You may now access the Upper Room online! Click here to get your devotionals.

If you would like a hard copy the November copies are also available at the front of the church. 

Crawford Christmas Card-At this time of year many people send out Christmas cards with a picture of themselves in a festive setting to greet loved ones they may not have a chance to see in person. This year that list is greatly expanded and includes many in our church family that we typically would see at holiday services and events.

For those who aren’t able to attend any of our outdoor celebrations this year, we’re putting together a virtual Crawford Christmas Card. Send us either a photo or quick video with your Christmas greeting to the Crawford family and we’ll blend them together in a virtual Christmas card that we’ll post on YouTube and play at the end of our online worship service on December 20.

Don’t have the technology to do that? Once the outside of the church is decorated on Dec. 6, we’ll be setting up a day when you can come have your picture taken here. And if that’s still a problem, someone can come to you and take a photo or moment of video at your door or window. 

Send your photos/videos to Sherry at and be sure either to say your names in the video or send us the names of the people in the photo. Deadline to submit them is December 13. We’ll be announcing a picture-taking date at the church soon.
Save the Date-Upcoming Events!



On Sunday, December 6, you’ll have three opportunities to join us outdoors at the church to get in the Christmas spirit. We have a separate signup for each. Please let us know you’re coming.


Outdoor Worship – 10:00 am

Although we’ve taken down the tent, we’ll still gather out in front of the church for our first Sunday Blessing. In addition to Communion, this time we’ll be learning about the origins of some of the more popular Christmas decorations and blessing the particular candles, wreaths, greens, and lights we’ll be putting up around the church. As usual, bring food for the pantry, a chair, and wear your mask.


Hanging of the Greens – 2:00 pm

Instead of decorating the inside of the church, we’ll be decorating the outside to create a lovely spot for the whole community. Candles in the windows, wreaths on the doors, lights in the trees around the picnic tables, and more. The 26-ft. holly tree that was almost pulled out as a weed years ago will become our Christmas tree with a nativity in front of it. Join us to help get it all set up.


Vespers – 4:30 pm

Once the church is decorated and dusk begins to settle in, all are welcome to return for a brief service of vespers, surrounded by the lights and beauty of the church adorned for Christmas. Life is difficult and hectic. Put on a warm coat and take a moment to enjoy the peace. Invite a friend who might need a break from the chaos—with a chair and a mask.

Pastor Anne


Food Pantry for Blessing of the Greens: "The number of residents experiencing feed insecurity continues to rise due to the Covid-19 crisis. Feeding America identifies Massachusetts as the state with the largest percent increase in food insecurity rates between 2018 and 2020." Please consider bringing non-perishable food to the December 6 service. Some of it will be used to restock our micro pantry, which is being emptied almost every day.   Prime needs for the micro include canned tuna, boxes of pasta,rice pilaf and regular size boxes of cereal.-Brian Rogers
Liturgists Needed
Lots of people signed up to be liturgists for our online worship this fall, but we’re coming into a new season and need people from Nov. 29 and beyond. You only need to be able to record your voice. Video is not necessary. Sign up here for a Sunday if you can help!
Click Here to Sign Up
Thursday Morning Small Group!
Start your Thursdays with a cup of coffee with friends over Zoom at 8:00AM!

Use the following Zoom link to join us. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 252 333 2218
Passcode: pray
Advent Adult Study

There is NO Adult Class this week. However books can be picked up at the front porch!

The adult study for Advent will be four weeks beginning on November 29th and ending on December 20th. The class will begin at 9:00 a.m. over Zoom and be led by Laura Myers. We will discuss one chapter each week from the book, Incarnation, by Adam Hamilton.          


Learn the meaning behind the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas. His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, best-selling author Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. This Advent season church families will come together to remember what’s important. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. Now more than ever, we invite you to reflect upon the significance of the Christ child for our lives and world today! 

In this season of Advent,

Dear God,

For the sake of new life,

Let me look ahead with courage and love.

Let me act not from fear, but from faith.

And, dear God, out of my impatient nature,

May I do nothing to rush this birth,

But give it time for wholeness.

Grant me the patience to wait.


(prayer by Margaret D. McGee)

This Sunday, please join the Adult Bible Study group at 8:55AM this Sunday. Please see the website for Zoom details.

Click Here for Handouts and Zoom Links
Wreath Making at Crawford!
Children and families! Curriculum is sent each Friday by email from Jessica. Grandparents and caregivers are welcome to request addition to this list; please contact Jessica to be included.

Watch the weekly children's message whenever you want on the Crawford webpage or on our Youtube channel! Would you like to be in a children's message? Have a great idea to share for our online worship? Let Jessica know!
Music Meditation This Week
Give thanks because he's given Jesus Christ His son!

As we get prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday and take safe time with our family this week, let us remember that even when we are weak we can be strong. The Lord has done such good things for each and every one of us even when we sometimes cannot see it. For this we should be thankful. Stay safe and be well!
Music Minister-Leslie Tracey
The Dwelling Place
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You can help us flatten the curve by setting up your pledge as a recurring donation online. You can click this link to get set up, determine an amount, choose a payment method, and indicate how frequently it should recur. We’re still always grateful to receive a check, which you can bring to a First-Sunday service or mail to 34 Dix St., Winchester, MA 01890. Mail is checked daily.

Do You Feel Called To A Ministry of Prayer?
To volunteer to be part of the prayer chain or to submit a prayer request, you can email Sandy at or call the church office. You can also fill out the form on our website. Find out more about how it all works here.


November Birthdays!

November 10

Ashley Rogers

November 10

Ryan Anderson

November 11

Chris Rogers

November 11

Leslie Tracey

November 12

Fiona Reeve

November 15

Tom Donaldson

November 16

Allan Anderson

November 16

Beth Hamilton

November 20

Susan Blomquist

November 22

Mary Lou Cournoyer

November 24 

Janice McDonald

November 25

Lauren Gilstrap

November 26

Jeffrey Lawson, Jr

November 30

Linda Bissett


Call for Submissions
Thank you for all of your submissions! If you would like to brighten the lives of our community with snippets of joy from your week, or have any church announcements please send to Leslie at by Thursday 10AM!
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