Difficult Decisions:
Bunker Hill Congregational Church
Bunker Hill Congregational Church of Waterbury took nine years to discern what direction the church needed to take.

"People began to realize the building itself was not the church," said Rev. Jack Zappulla. "It was something that the church used."

Local Churches in the News:
Community Meals
HARTFORD Columbia Congregational Community Breakfasts Provide Fellowship, As Well As Food

The Columbia Congregational Church is going into its fifth year of offering community breakfasts at its parish hall, located near the center of town. Breakfasts are held year-round, on the second Saturday of every month.

HARTFORD COURANT: Food, Fellowship At Community Kitchens Luncheons In Northeastern CT

The basement of the First Congregational Church of Woodstock was filled with guests on Jan. 30.They started showing up at 9:30 a.m. for the weekly Community Kitchen lunch, served at noon.

Spirit Calendar: Mountain Tops

Rev. Day McCallister writes: "In each [mountain top] experience, something that had been right in front of me was revealed anew."

Spirited Wednesday: The Work of Waiting

The Rev. Jonathan Chapman writes: "There's work to do, even while we wait."

Upcoming Conference Events
March 3 - 5
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
Join us for a three-day interview and training session and become one of the future leaders of Silver Lake!  
March 7, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
First Congregational Church of Bloomfield
The Hartford Association invites the churches in the Farmington Valley, Hartford East, Windham, Litchfield North and Central Associations to participate in a workshop on Stewardship led by Charlie Kuchenbrod, Executive Associate Conference Minister of the CT Conference.
Registration Now Open!
Super Saturday!
March 18, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Minnechaug Regional High School,  Wilbraham, MA
A full day of workshops, networking and a keynote address by author, storyteller, and theologian  Brian McLaren.
March 23, March 30, and April 6
2:00 - 3:00 PM
An online book study of Eboo Patel's   Sacred Ground . For pastors, youth leaders, and lay leaders who wish to explore new models for Interfaith dialogue. Try on this unique Lenten practice as a way to grow in understanding of Muslim neighbors.  
March 24 - 26
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
Whether you’re a yoga devotee or a novice, a seasoned singer or shy about your voice, we have a special place for you in our circle! A weekend of exploration and restoration, rather than performance and perfectionism.
March 24 - 26
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
For youth in grades 6 - 8, experience nature’s renewal and its sweet gifts.
April 30, 3:00 - 5:30 PM
First Church of Christ Congregational, West Hartford
A dynamic worship service that will renew your spirit. All youth in grades 5 and up and their pastors, parents, or adult leaders are invited.
May 5 - 7
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
From chopping wood to repairing buildings, moving picnic tables to raking leaves, there’s a project for everyone, high schoolers through adult. 
May 19 - 21
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
Environmental justice and leadership training for youth in grades 9-12 who care about the health of their communities
June 30 - July 5
Baltimore, MD
This event is for young leaders ages 13 to 18 who want to experience the vibrant diversity of the wider church.   Participation is limited to 18 from the Connecticut Conference - registration now open.

Find a complete list of Conference events at: www.ctucc.org/events
Other Events of Interest

Activism Teach-In
March 4, 11:30 AM
Hadlyme Public Hall, Hadlyme, CT
CTUCC Legislative Advocate Michele Mudrick will be one of the speakers at this event, sponsored by Together We Rise CT.

Embracing Stewardship: 2017 Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council Conference
March 24 - 25

Holiday Inn, Boxborough

How to Put Stewardship at the Heart of Your Congregation's Life. An Ecumenical Conference for Churches.  Keynote Presenters at this two-day conference are Charles R. (Chick) Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy. Chick and Grace provide two distinct but complementary voices, each supporting their shared conviction that stewardship belongs at the heart of each individual and congregation.

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