Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This Week June 20, 2017

Dear Folks,

Happy first day of Summer!!

Vacation Bible School "Hero Central", begins on Wednesday, June 21 at 5:30.  Come in and say "hi"!  We will run through Friday, June 23.

This Sunday is the third Sunday in Pentecost, June 25.  The scripture is Matthew 10:40-42.  The sermon is "Extravagant Hospitality".

Following worship, we will be taking a Prayer Walk down Church/Huntington Street.  After the walk, we will have lunch at Sassafras.  Everyone is invited!  In case of rain or really hot weather, we will just have lunch at Sassafras.

Don't forget to pick up your new HCCUCC T-shirt!  $10, what a bargain!!

It's that time of year!  The Concerts on the Green will begin Wednesday, June 28th. The Men’s Group will sell hot dogs in our parking lot. All men are encouraged to come and help out. Our Vitality Team will continue to hand out free water and hold a free gift card give away during this time. If anyone would like to help out, you are more than welcome to come. We are also asking people to donate a case of water and/or a $25 gift card to a local store or eating place. Please consider it!  Thank you!

My Sister’s Place bin is back in Fellowship Hall for you to make your tax deductible donations by filling out the donation form, take your copy and attach or enclose their copy in with your items.

O Holy One, as a new season begins, help us to give up anything that does not bring love, joy, and peace into our lives.  Help us to embrace new challenges and blessings that strengthen our hearts and reinvigorate our faith.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This Week, June 13, 2017

Dear Folks,

What a wonderful Sunday we had!  We celebrated our Sunday School, Diary Farmers, and welcomed 6 young people into full membership through the Rite of Confirmation!    Oh, and we had cake and ice cream!  Good times!

This Sunday, June 18, we honor our fathers and those who are like fathers to us as well as our graduates.  Four students will be presented with scholarships.  The scripture reading is Genesis 18:1-15.  The sermon is "No Laughing Matter".

We got them, the new HCCUCC T-Shirts!  Get yours for $10!!! 

Vacation Bible School is June 21, 22, and 23.  Stop by and say hi!

Following worship on June 25, we will be taking a "Prayer Walk".  We will stroll down the sidewalk along Huntington Street, starting and finishing with prayer.  After the walk, we will have lunch at Sassafras.  If it's raining or too hot, we will just have lunch!  Come join us!

O God of all, thank you for your constant love and care.  Even when we don't feel you, you are still there.  Help us to trust.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Friday, June 9, 2017

June 11 A Special Sunday

Hi Folks,

Just a reminder that this Sunday, June 11, is a very special day!  It's Children's Sunday, Robert Wilson Sunday (a celebration for Dairy Month), and Confirmation!  Following worship will be having cake and ice cream.  Come celebrate!!

We will also be taking our UCC offering, "Strengthen the Church".  Envelopes will be in the pews.  "Strengthen the Church" (STC) is a special mission offering to reimagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard.  As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.  Please be generous!

I hope you will all be there Sunday morning with a heart full of love and a song of praise on your lips!

Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

This Week, June 6, 2017

Dear Folks,

May the Spirit of Pentecost still be stirring our souls and setting fire to our faith!

My prayer day is this Thursday, June 8.  If you have a joy or concern you would like me to raise up, please let me know.

This Sunday, June 11, is an exciting Sunday! We will be celebrating Children's and Robert Wilson Sunday and Confirmation. I have been planning very hard to keep this service as close to one hour as possible, but, if it does get later and you do need to be somewhere else, please feel free to leave if needed.  

The 2017 confirmands are:  Sam  Bracchi, Samantha Chase, Cathleen Higgins, Spencer Keith, Megan McCarthy, and Jenna Melanson. Congratulations and blessing to these amazing youth!

We will have two special music offerings: for the Prelude, Nancy Williams will be playing a movement from Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". Nancy is a hearing health advocate who delivers keynotes and workshops on living with and making music despite hearing loss. She has spoken to thousands across the United States, often playing the piano during her appearances. She is also founder and president of Auditory Insight, a strategy and marketing consulting firm to companies solving hearing loss. She has a moderate to severe hearing loss and in 2012 debuted in Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall for a masterclass performance wearing her hearing aids.

Our Postlude will feature our own Aaron Corcino!  

The scripture for Sunday is Matthew 28:16-20. The sermon is "Confirming our Faith".

Following worship, please be sure to join us in Fellowship for a cake honoring our confirmands and ice cream provided by Gertrude Wilson celebrating Robert Wilson Sunday and Dairy Month!

Sunday, June 18 is Graduate Sunday. If you or your child has graduated from an institution of learning, please let Karen Boroski, the office manager, know so we can include their names in the bulletin and Belfry.

Let us pray. O God, be with the people of Orlando, of Kabul, of London, of anywhere that violence rears its ugly head. Help us, O God, not to react with hate and violence ourselves, by rather to work how and where we can for peace, justice, and equality.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille