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A group of youth, college students, and adults will be returning to the Village Mountain Mission in the Dominican Republic!  Travel dates at June 30- July 8.  The trip is open to volunteers from other churches in the area.  Those interested should contact Sara at 860-491-2793.  Information about the program can be found at www.villagemountainmission.org   Forms, budget, and flyers are here.2015 Mission Trip flyer DR IndividualParticipantForms2014-08-14

Souper Bowl 2015 PosterOn Sunday, Feb 1, the Church of Christ in Goshen will be having a special lunch to raise money for “FISH” in Torrington.  Beginning at 11:15 am, the church will be offering a variety of soups, breads, and desert.  Ticket cost will be donor’s choice.  Proceeds will go to the social service agency in Torrington and people will get home in plenty of time for the Superbowl football game.

When the doors opened in 1972, FISH was a volunteer program providing transportation and neighborly assistance to people in the community.  In the decades following, FISH launched emergency food, shelter and related programs.  Today FISH is one of the largest independent social service agencies, providing a full array of in-house or associated services to needy citizens of Litchfield County and surrounding areas.

The Soup-er Bowl of Caring is a movement that was started by a church youth group a number of years ago.  The youth were considering the amount spent on Superbowl tv ads (up to $3 million for 30 seconds of air time) and thinking about that money relative to the hunger needs of so many American.  They began to stand in the back of the church sanctuaries each year on Superbowl Sunday with pots and bowls for donations to local food programs.  The movement has grown and now involves groups all over the country and the NFL.  It has raised over $90 million for local organizations.

This spring the congregation voted to sponsor a refugee family.  Other churches in the area are interested in helping with this project. eg. Cornwall Congregational Church, Cornwall Lutheran Church, St. Thomas etc.  Our immediate goal is to find housing.  Several rentals in Torrington are being considered.  Any ideas or suggestions can be sent to the Refugee committee through the church office.  Second goal is to raise funds to support this family during the first  months after arrival.  We are collecting donations and plan to have a fund raiser concert on Friday, November 7th. Our goal is to raise $3-5,000.  We have $1,100 so far. When the family arrives, we will need support is finding them employment, help with rides and signing them up for schooling and health services etc. If you would like to be on our email or phone list please let the church office know. Many thanks, Mary Tracy

Bible Study

After summer vacation, Adult Bible Study is back on Thursdays from 7-8:30 pm in the Fellowship room!  Although we do work in short units, each lesson stands alone and all are welcome to join us – whether they can come every week or only occasionally!  No former Bible Study experience required!  Come with your questions and your doubts!  Bible Study resumes Thursday, September 12!

 

Skeptics Club

Skeptics Club is back on the First Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm in the Fellowship Room.

Having questions and doubts doesn’t make you a bad Christian!  Bring your questions and join us for conversation and refreshment each month.  We will be using a program called “Living the Questions” to start our discussions and to explore the range of Christian perspectives on important issues of faith.  Our topic for September is “Lives of Jesus” and explores the different visions of Christ we have in Scripture and beyond.  Come join us as we discuss the big picture issues of our faith!

At the request of Goshen Community Care and Hospice, the Mission Committee has decided to set up a food closet at the church for those approaching the church in need of food resources. With a growing number of families and individuals struggling with food insecurity (1 in 6 in CT!) we are having more need for resources to share. Particularly needed foods include: cereal, juice, canned ready to eat meals like stew or soup, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and sauce, canned meat like tuna, canned fruit, apple sauce, coffee, and breakfast bars. Food is being collected in the narthex under the Deacon’s table and is divided between needs in our closet and our partners in Torrington as FISH, Friendly Hands, and the Soup Kitchen. On Spring cleaning day, we set up the closet and stocked the shelves. Food is available to those who ask with no restrictions on means or where they live. Access to the food closet is available during church office hours or by request to Pastor Paige or Deb Dipietro at the Goshen Community Care and Hospice.

Did you know that the church has a number of email newsletters that you can sign up to receive?  There are weekly activity updates, youth news, sermons, Sunday school news, Mission Events, a prayer network, and more!  If you want to receive any of these emails, all you have to do is go to the church webpage and click the button for “join our mailing list”.  There, you will be able to sign yourself up!  You can also change your email list or which newsletters you receive!

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