Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad
May we not forget
The dead, disfigured and maimed
From gun violence.
The Right Reverend James E. Curry Will be our guest Preacher on Peace Sunday, September 24th. He retired as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut in the fall of 2014. During his ordained ministry, he has been especially interested in being a companion and mentor with people engaged in mission., a spiritual director for clergy and laypersons, and a coach for new bishops and a supervisor for clergy of other denominations. He was convener of Bishops Working for a Just World, a network of bishops from across the Episcopal Church, from 2004 to 2014, a founding member of Bishops Against Gun Violence, a national network of bishops of the Episcopal Church dedicated to gun violence prevention, treasurer of Mothers United Against Violence, a Hartford based grassroots organization that seeks to be a faith-based voice of hope bringing families of victims spiritual support and advocating for justice. In retirement, he has been working with faith communities and secular organizations in Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven to create public witness to challenge violence through liturgy, the arts, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.
Our New Bi-lingual Progressively Pentecostal Charismatic Musical Worship
Our new 2nd worship service continues to be a big hit! Many new people are attending and a dozen or so are potential new members. The 12:30pm service has been designed for those within the community who may appreciate a different Christian experience. It is a special bi-lingual, inclusive and progressively Pentecostal/ Charismatic musical worship service. The worship is entitled, "Feel the Spirit! +¡Siente El Espiritu!" and is being led by Deacons Edwin Perez and Carlos Sanchez. Pastor Bonnie joins them with the goal of providing love, welcoming and inclusion, with lively music and singing. Please join us to experience this new form of UCG's extravagant welcome!
New Lights Needs Volunteers
Fellowship after Worship is such an important part of United Church's "extravagant welcome". Our Congregation is growing and our New Lights Volunteers need some new members to help with our Coffee Hours and Potluck Dinners. Please consider donating your time, food, supplies to this important ministry. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Meeting House Bradley Room. If you'd like to help, please contact Pastor Bonnie Scott (203-787-4195 x104) for more information.
Annual Leadership Dinner
On Tuesday September 19th, at 5:30pm in our Parish House Great Hall, we will host our Annual Leadership Dinner for our officers, committee members, choir members and our staff. If you are an officer or member of one of our committees, you are cordially invited to attend. Please join us to receive a warm thank you for all of your hard work and to hear about our plans for the coming year. Please RSVP to Pastor Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 203-787-4195 x104.