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Walking the Labyrinth is an ancient form of meditation and prayer. In the midst of the business of the holiday season, join us for some Advent peace and calm! The Labyrinth will be set up with candlelight and meditation music. There will be materials for reflection for those who want them or you can do your own think. This is a gift to give yourself!
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation–all these can make people feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. The constant refrain on radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had.
For these reasons, we will offer a special “Longest Night” service on Friday, December 21 at 7:00 pm. The candle light service will focus on prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle–and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome. The service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship.
Flyers and invitations are available in the back of the sanctuary if you know someone who might be interested in this service.
Angel Tree cards will be available at worship on December 1 for those who would like to help people in need during the Christmas season. This year, there will be 3 types of cards:
-There will be cards for local families who need help with Christmas gifts.
- There will be gifts for the Friendly Hands Food Bank Christmas program – 40 kids and adults
- New this year, there will be “Angel Fund” cards. This is a newly established church fund to help people in the church who would like to participate in church activities like Mission Trips, family Retreat, youth retreats or activities, or summer camp at Silver Lake, but find the cost to be a hardship. Our policy has been “no one gets left behind because of money”, but we need help to make that happen! The Angel fund will be overseen by the CE Director and Pastor with reports to the Christian Education and Mission Committee and in the Annual Report. All requests and recipients will be confidential, however.
Give gifts that give twice!
Join us for our Living Gift Market on Sunday, December 1 from 11 – 1 pm. The Living Gift Market is an opportunity to make holiday gift giving more meaningful by offering gifts that “give twice” – once to the recipient and once to a poor person somewhere in the world. The gift market will support the work of mission organizations supported by the church: Heifer International, Serrv, Simply Smiles Coffee, the Torrington Soup Kitchen, Friendly Hands Food bank, Fish, the Boy Scouts, Goshen Community Care and Hospice and a Mission Trip to the Chyenne Sioux River Tribe.
At the Living Gift Market, shoppers will have the chance to purchase fair trade crafts and fair trade coffee. They will also have the chance to give a donation or an animal in honor of someone on their gift list.
This year, the Market has been expanded to include local mission organizations supported by the church. Youth and Sunday School Classes have made displays about a number of programs the church supports. Also, local organizations have been invited to host tables to raise money for their organizations. Some have items for sale and others will accept donations made in the name of individuals chosen by givers. Donations cards will be available.
There are lots of activities going on at church this month! Here are some of the articles from our November newsletter!Thanksgiving Pie Orders taken now! Youth Group Fundraiser!
Our Youth Group is planning their annual pie fundraiser! This year, we will offer unbaked Apple and Blueberry pies in both full sized and mini-pies! Pies will be $12 and $6. They will be available for pickup on Saturday, November 23! Reserve yours now by calling the office at 860-491-2791.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner & Worship Sunday, Nov 24 at 6 pm
Our church is hosting this year’s ecumenical Thanksgiving Service. There will be a potluck dinner in the parish hall at 6 pm followed by worship in the Sanctuary at 7 pm. The service is jointly sponsored by St Thomas of Villanova, the Church of Latter Day Saints, and our own congregation. Special music will be offered this year by the Goshen Festival Singers and our own choir!
Christmas Feast and Song December 6 & 7
Tickets are now on sale for our wonderful Christmas celebration: ”Christmas Feast & Song.” We have an exciting line-up of performers this year, including Wanda Houston, Michael Brown, the Goshen Festival Chorus soloists, Frank Fassano, the Yankee Chorale, and more!
Tickets for this gourmet meal and entertainment are available for $25/person; 4/ $100; or a table of 10 for $200! They make a great holiday gift! Call the office at 860-491-2793 for your reservations.
Ads are also on sale now for our program booklet and our 2014 placemat. Ad packets are available in the narthex or the office.
Faith Practices for Adults: Prayer & Ritual November Bible Study
The Christian Education Committee chose to use money from the Harmon Christian Education fund to buy some very special educational materials called “Faith Practices”. A multi-generational resource, Faith Practices has units on 12 Faith practices, including hospitality, prayer, encountering scripture, honoring the body, experiencing beauty, and more. In each unit, there are materials for different age groups as well as worship materials and “multi-generational events.” We hope to use these materials in a variety of events in the days ahead.
In November, our adult Bible study will be exploring scriptures from the “Prayer and Ritual” unit to give us all a taste for the materials. Join us Thursday evenings at 7 pm for this continuing conversation.
Pledge cards, please! Special thanks to all those who worked hard to make Consecration Sunday such a special day! Particular thanks go to our Children’s Choir, Gospel Glee and Drum Circle for sharing special music in worship. And special thanks to Ginny Davidson and friends for offering such a special brunch and the the Stewardship committee for their hard work to make such a nice celebration.
And especially, thanks to all of you have had a chance to get your pledge cards in! We are off to a great start! If you haven’t had a chance to make your pledge for 2014, it isn’t too late! Pledge cards can be placed in the offering plate in worship, mailed to the church, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our annual budget meeting is coming on November 17 and church leaders are finalizing the budget. As you might expect, decisions need to be made about how much money to give in mission, whether staff positions need to be cut back or if they can be expanded or even given raises for good work, and what projects we can take on around our buildings in the year to come. We need a good sense of our pledge income to make these important decisions in our life together.
Whether you have made a pledge or not, we hope you will pray for the church in this time!
Earth Film: ”A Sea Change” Imagine a world without fish.
It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now. A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. After reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Darkening Sea,” Sven becomes obsessed with the rising acidity of the oceans and what this “sea change” bodes for mankind. His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington, and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis that most people are unaware of. Speaking with oceanographers, marine biologists, climatologists, and artists, Sven discovers that global warming is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their source of protein.
Join us on Wednesday, Nov 20 at 6:30 pm for a light supper and film in the Fellowship room.
Hygiene Kits for Church World Service Why am I buying a toothbrush for the church and other wonderings…
One way the church helps people dealing with disasters and poverty is through donations to Church World Service. Church World Service also collects “kits” – special packages with particular lists of items that are all the same. Churches and other organizations put together these kits and ship them to the CWS warehouse so they are ready to go immediately when there is a need like a disaster. Because these kits are all the same, they are easy for first responders in a disaster to distribute and organize.
The Mission Committee is gathering supplies for 15 health kits. If you didn’t get a slip of paper with an assignment, you can get them from the basket in the narthex or speak to Deb Valentine. Perhaps you would like to put together a complete kit. Here is what you need:
- One hand towel measuring approximately 16″ x 28″ (no fingertip or bath towels)
- One washcloth
- One wide-tooth comb
- One nail clipper
- One bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
- One toothbrush (in original packaging)
- Six standard size Band-Aids®
For more information about Church World Service kits, click here:
On July 19-26, 2013 a group from our church will travel to South Dakota to volunteer at the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation with Simply Smiles. The Simply Smiles program is working on the reservation to provide quality shelter for families struggling with poverty and to provide summer camp for reservation kids. You can learn more about the work Simply Smiles is doing here: www.simplysmiles.org and watch a video of work volunteers group did this past summer.
Details about the trip can be downloaded here:
This trip will be open to anyone over 15 on July 19, 2013 – youth, college students, and adults. Information about the trip including costs, fundraising, and more, is available from Pastor Paige. Registration is now open for those active in the life of the church. On Jan 1, 2014, the trip will be opened to those in the community and neighboring churches who are interested. Registration information for the trip is available by clicking this link: 20131113122341,
October 5 – Volunteers go to Torrington Soup Kitchen
October 6 – 2 pm – Generosity project for the Little Guild of St Francis
October 27 at 4 pm – Pumpkin Carving Workshop – BYOP (bring your own pumpkin!)
November 17 at 5 pm – Game Night & Living Gift Market Prep
November 22 & 23 – Apple Pie Sale
December 1 – Living Gift Market
December 6 & 7 – Christmas Feast & Song – youth help serve!
December 7 – Volunteers go to the Torrington Soup Kitchen
December 8 – Christmas Caroling Party
Youth Christmas Party – Dec 15 or 22 – we need your input to decide!