Weekly Newsletter
Gilead Congregational Church, UCC
Week of August 9th - August 15th        

Meetings and Services
this Week:

Wednesday, August 9th:
-6:00 p.m. Potluck & Prayer on the Gathering Terrace

Thursday, August 10th:
-9:30 a.m. Hebron Clergy   

Sunday, August 13th: 
-9:00 a.m. Worship Service with Communion  
-Summer Sunday School
-Coffee Hour

Monday, August 14th:
-3rd Annual Gilead Golf Tournament at Blackledge Country Club

Tuesday, August 15th:   
-7:30 p.m. Board of Christian Education
-7:30 p.m. AA Meeting    
About Us:

Reverend Dr. Denise M. Esslinger 
Minister of Mission and Faith Formation:
Stephanie Haines 
Minister of Music:
Bruce Gale
Administrative Assistant:
Sally Fritsche  

Worship: 8:30 AM
Worship w/Sunday School:  10:00 AM
Summer Worship: 
9:00 AM 

Gathered:  1748
Meeting House:  1838
Fellowship Hall:  2008


We are an Open & Affirming Church 

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Summer Potluck & Prayer Gatherings
Please plan to join us this evening and on Wednesday, August  23rd for our summer Potluck and Prayer gatherings.  We'll meet on the Gathering Terrace at 6 p.m.  Our Deacons will grill up hamburgers and hot dogs and have lemonade and ice tea to share.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  After dinner, we'll close our evening with a brief time of worship and prayer.  All are welcome!    

3rd Annual Gilead Golf Open - Monday, August 14th 
Our Church's 3rd Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, August 14th at Blackledge Country Club. There are still openings for players. For an entry fee of only $100.00, you will be entitled to 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, a bag lunch and dinner. For more information or to sign up, please speak with Harvey Desruisseaux at 860-643-9679.     
"Slice of Talent": Pie & Talent Auction  
Do you bake a mean dessert? Are you an artist in hiding? Are you handy at home-improvement projects? Have a passionate hobby you would be willing to share? EVERYONE has a talent and we need you!
Once again, we will be auctioning off "people" and their talents on Friday, October 13th. This year, all proceeds will be going to support our local Community Mental Health Fund initiated by the Gilead Congregational Church, Board of Missions after the tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012.
We would like to get a head start this year getting our auction items together. If you have a talent, trade or handmade item that you would be willing to donate and put up to auction for this worthy cause, please sign-up on the sheet provided below the name tags or drop off your item(s) to Sally Fritsche at the Parish House, Tuesday - Thursday anytime between 8 am and noon. Thank you for your support!
Steeple Chase Bike Tour - Saturday, August 19th 
On Saturday, August 19th, Jeff Brown and Carol Geyer will be riding in the 26th Annual Steeple Chase Bike Tour, which raises money for Perception Programs, Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, and the Windham Region No Freeze Project.  If you would like to support Jeff or Carol, please contact them.  If you would like to participate in this event, you can find more info at www.steeplechasebiketour.org.  
Bible Study Resumes - Tuesday, August 22nd 
Bible Study will resume meeting on Tuesday, August 22nd. The group meets on Tuesday mornings from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Music Room. Rev. Bob Woodward will once again facilitate the study. The group will continue exploring the Book of Acts. Please bring your own Bible.  All are welcome!  
Back to School Drive - July 15th to August 13th
Help to send children back to school with a healthy start! 
The Children's Subcommittee of our Board of Missions is hoping to provide our local food bank, HIHS, as well as RHAM High School with much needed back to school supplies. Please consider donating any items below or making a donation. For a $25 donation you can sponsor a young person to go back to school with a fully stocked back pack!

Collection bins to place your donations will be available outside the Sanctuary. If you are making a monetary donation please make checks payable to Gilead Congregational Church with "Blessing of the Backpacks" in the memo. Your specifically labeled check can be placed in the offering plate during worship service.
School Supplies Needed:
  • heavy duty, zip-up, 3-Ring Binders (large)
  • sturdy backpacks for teens
  • earbuds
  • flash drives
  • scientific calculators (with sin, cos, tan buttons)
  • graphing calculators (TI-84 Plus CE)
  • 24 pack crayons
  • 12 pack colored pencils
  • 12 pack colored markers - fine tip
  • pens (red, black, blue)
  • dry erase markers
  • pencil cap erasers
  • pack of glue sticks
  • high lighters (varied colors)
  • sturdy plastic folders with pockets
  • 3 ring binder (one inch)
  • 3 ring binder (D-ring 3 inches)
  • dividers for 3-ring binders
  • zipper pouches to hold pens, pencils, etc.
  • spiral, single subject notebooks
  • wide ruled composition books
  • lined notebook paper
  • graph paper
  • contained pencil sharpeners
  • 3 X 5 index cards
  • ruler
  • agenda books 
Healthy Non-Perishable Snacks needed:   
  • snack-size fruit cups  
  • raisins 
  • pretzels  
  • microwave popcorn
  • trail mix 
  • granola bars
  • whole grain crackers
Items can be placed in the designated bins outside the Sanctuary through August 13th. Thank you so much for your support!
On August 27th we'll be having our annual "Blessing of the Backpacks". We will be offering our prayers as we send off our young people, teachers and school professionals for the new school year ahead. We hope you will join us!

7th Annual Gina Marie's Restaurant Summer Breeze Dinner 
Monday, August 21st from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The AHM Board of Directors is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Gina Marie's Restaurant Summer Breeze Dinner.  Troy & Gina Kelsey, owners of Gina Marie's Restaurant in Hebron, continue to extend their amazing generosity each year by hosting this dinner for AHM Youth and Family Services, Inc. The evening will feature an opening reception with entertainment, followed by dinner and dessert.  We hope you can join us for what has become a wonderful local annual tradition! Tickets are $50 per person and available at AHM youth & Family Services (25 Pendelton Drive). All proceeds benefit AHM Youth & Family Services Programs.   

Garden Swap 
Our Annual Garden Swap is in full swing!  Please bring in any extra produce from your gardens to the Fellowship Hall on Sunday to share. Any leftovers will be taken to Hebron Interfaith Human Services for their distribution.  Questions can go to Paul Miller and Bruce Langevin. 
Coffee Hour Sign Up
Members of the Fellowship Committee are asking members and friends to sign up for co-hosting coffee hour on Sunday mornings. Please consider serving as a host.  You can sign up to host a coffee hour on the sign up underneath the name tags.  If you can serve as a host or have any questions, please contact Leslie Brand at 860-742-5555.  Thank you!   

Thanks to Goodwin College Crew 
We would like to thank Ray Maselek and his crew, including Ahmed Karahja, for cleaning and waxing our church floors last Thursday and Friday. This was a very generous gift to Gilead Church in appreciation of our support to the Karahja family. 

Upcoming Sunday Worship Servers 
Ushers for this Sunday: Leslie and Greg Brand
Ushers for next week: Katie and Kyle McClaine
Deacon of the Day for this Sunday: Doug Stewart
Deacon of the Day for next week: To be determined
Liturgist: Margot Sheehan          
Coffee Hour Hosts for this Sunday: Gayle Sylvester and Sandy Waldo
Coffee Hour Host for next week: Jan Andrews
Greeter for this Sunday: Joe Sheehan
Greeter for next week: Tim Fellman
Summer Sunday School Teachers for Sunday: PreK/K: Eliza Byrne
                                                                   Grades 1 - 3: Karen Risley
Summer Sunday School Teachers for next week: PreK/K: Melinda Lunderville
                                                                       Grades 1 - 3: Kim Hills


Scripture Reading and Prayer for the Week
Matthew 14: 22-33                         

Caring God, as you walked upon the water to meet the disciples, meet us this day  In the midst of the storms in our lives, we pray that you would direct us and work out your purpose in and through our lives.  As you lifted Peter from the water, lift us from despair to hope, from distraction to focus, from death to life.  In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen.  

Contact Info
Sally Fritsche
Administrative Assistant
672 Gilead St
Hebron, Ct   06248
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until noon (Parish House)