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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!
Many of you will say that I am strange because I really enjoy stewardship and the season of Generosity! Most people think that what stewardship is about is getting people to give money to the church – and that is a small part of it. We will again, in October, ask for pledge cards as that helps us with our budget process so we can make good decisions for the coming year. And, of course, that is all about money, which is a complicated issue for many of us! It is complicated even without the faith dimension. Maybe that is why Jesus talked so much about it.
Stewardship is about money, but it is about more: it is about the decisions about how we use our time, our talents, our very selves. For many of us who feel stretched so very thin, this is a critical issue day by day, so to reflect together on the wisdom of the scriptures is very relevant to our lives. So perhaps I enjoy stewardship because it feels so very close to home – at the intersection of our faith and our lives. Believe it or not, pastors like to be relevant and meaningful!
But I think the reason I like the Season of Generosity the most is that it turns into a celebration of who we are together and what God does with us and through us! This time every year, we pause and think about what the church means to us and where we would be without it. We celebrate the things we have done together and our hopes and visions for the future. We reconnect with our mission as God’s people – to live our faith and love our community! I think about people asked to give “stewardship moments” in worship each years and find I remember so very many of them who touched me deeply as they spoke in some small way about what the church means to them and why they support it. The Spirit turned lose in our midst as we bear witness to these things is very powerful! When we try to name and claim the ways that our lives and our community are better because of the way Christ has drawn us together in this time and place, we find celebration!
So I hope you will look at the materials coming your way in the month – including a very special invitation card! I hope you will come to worship on Oct 20 and join us for Consecration Sunday and brunch – which is really a fancy way of saying: Come to the Party! And celebrate what we are doing together with God!
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 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!
What is it that holds a church together? Although there are probably many good answers to this question, at the heart of our Congregational tradition is that what holds a congregation together are promises that we make before God and one another.
Through the scriptures, we have examples of “covenants” – agreements among people or between God and people. A covenant is different from a contract because it invites God to be witness and partner to bless the promises. The most common covenants we make are wedding vows, but there are also covenant promises in baptisms, confirmations, church membership, ordinations, and more.
In our church tradition, though, covenant promises are also at the heart of church membership. Very simply, we promise to walk together in the ways of Jesus Christ – made known or to be made known to us. Our church covenant is in the front cover of our hymnal and we are going to begin reading it in worship more often.
Just as married couples find it meaningful from time to time to renew their wedding vows, the Deacons have decided it would be good for us to renew our church covenant with one another – to remind ourselves of our hope and commitment to walk together in joys and struggles as we seek to live in God’s ways. For that reason, we have decided to hold a Covenant Renewal celebration on Sunday, October 6 – along with World Communion Sunday. We will be printing up our Covenant and asking our members to sign it together as part of that celebration.
We will also be receiving new members on that Sunday as part of our celebration, so if you haven’t joined the church, but would like to learn more about what it means, please speak to Pastor Paige.
This renewal of our church covenant is an invitation to consider what it means to be part of the church – participating in its life, being part of its supportive network, being challenged and nurtured in faith. Our prayer is that this will strengthen our church and our relationships with one another.
We hope you will join the celebration!
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.
Pastor Paige’s Page: “Still Revolutionary”
The Connecticut Office of Tourism has a new campaign to attract people to visit our state: “Connecticut: Still Revolutionary”. It is an engaging slogan that points us both to our history, but also to our present and future all at the same time.
The Rev Kent Siladi, our new conference minister, wants to appropriate the slogan for the church in the 21st century! While there are many who think about religion as old-fashioned, out of date, up tight, and judgmental, we know that the path Christ set before us was anything but! As we try to live our faith and love our community, we seek to be relevant – a resource for the challenges facing us as individuals and as community in an ever changing culture. The core values that Christ taught us still make us revolutionary 21 centuries later – concern for justice, for creation, compassion, forgiveness, peace making, loving people considered disposable by society, focusing on giving instead of getting, building community instead of trying to get ahead as individuals, and living as people of grace in a world quick to pass judgment.
For many of us, the church is a blessing – a place of care and challenge, of opportunity and inspiration. How can we share that blessing with others and open their eyes to the church as a force that is not antique by revolutionary?
Church fully Accessible!It took an amazing amount of work and even more patience, but at last our Elevator is working again! This will make it possible for people who are challenged in mobility can come to worship, coffee hour and even use the restroom! With the Elevator, handicapped accessible bathroom, the hearing assist units and the large-print bulletins, we are vastly more accessible for those with disabilities! Spread the word! The elevator repair would not have been possible without the hard work of Ray and Heather Turri and Chuck Karnolt and a significant amount of Trustee time. Be sure to add your voice to the chorus of thanks going their way! Now that the elevator is working, lets try to make sure that our handicapped parking places by the Fellowship room door are left clear for those needing the elevator!
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!