Weekly Newsletter
Gilead Congregational Church, UCC
Week of February 7th - February 13th        
Meetings and Services
this Week:

Wednesday, February 7th:
-9:30 a.m. Book Discussion Group
-7:00 p.m. Choir

Thursday, February 8th:
-7:00 p.m. Trustees

Sunday, February 11th: 
-8:45 a.m. All Church Mardi Gras Breakfast
-10:00 a.m. Worship Service with Modern Riffs 
-Sunday School 
-Coffee Hour
-11:30 a.m. Youth Choir
-11:30 a.m. Board of Missions

Tuesday, February 13th:
-11:15 a.m. Bible Study
-2:20 p.m. Youth Group to Colchester for Eldercare Visit
-7:00 p.m. Finding God in Contemporary Issues Discussion in Parish House
-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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Mardi Gras Breakfast with Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday, February 11th!
The Youth Group will be preparing and serving an all Church Mardi Gras breakfast this Sunday, February 11th. This is the last Sunday before the beginning of Lent, so we invite you to come and eat and enjoy before the Lenten journey (which sometimes includes fasting or the giving up of something) begins.  The breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m.  A free will offering will be received.  All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Youth Group's upcoming Mission Trip to Philadelphia. Also, there will be one worship service at 10:00 a.m. this day so all can attend the breakfast. The Modern Riffs will be with us at this service. All are welcome! Please join us! 
Lenten Devotionals

Copies of a Lenten Devotional, Practicing Lovewill be available this Sunday. Also, the Deacons would like share that there are two on-line devotionals you might like to consider.  One is a daily devotional which spans the entire year and an ilent devotional which is available during Lent. The site for the daily devotional can be found at:  www.ucc.org/daily_devotional  and the ilent devotional can be found at:  www.ilent.org.   You can sign up for these on-line devotionals and have a message delivered to your inbox each day. 
Finding God in Contemporary Issues Discussion - Tuesday, February 13th
We invite you to join us this Tuesday, February 13th at 7 p.m. in the Parish House for a time to talk about contemporary issues and where we see God's movement in them.  At this gathering we will be discussing climate changes.  Articles to read as food for thought are available on the table underneath the name tags.  If you have any questions about this group, please speak with Margot Sheehan or Mark Hand who co-facilitate it.         
Ash Wednesday Service - Wednesday, February 14th  
On Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m. we will have a service of worship in our Sanctuary.  The service will include a time for reflecting on our intentions for this season along with the imposition of ashes and the sharing of Communion.  Also, from noon to 1:00 p.m. on this day, Hebron Clergy, including Rev. Esslinger, will be at the pavilion at Veteran's Memorial Park distributing ashes to the community.   
Lenten House Gatherings 
Lenten House Gatherings begin next week. The theme is "40 Days of Compassion" and together we will be reading "12 Steps to a Compassionate Life" by Karen Armstrong, exploring God's compassion and presence in our lives and world. If you would like to become a part of a small group please contact Stephanie Haines at (860) 228-3077 or at stephanie.haines@hotmail.com indicating which group you would like to attend. Lenten House Gatherings are being offered on the following days, times and locations:
Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.
2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19
Jack & Sandy Hooker
7 West Street, Hebron
Adults & Teens
Dessert & Coffee/Tea
Tuesdays, 10 - 11 a.m.
2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27
Becky Cook & Stephanie Haines
99 Jennifer Drive, Hebron
Children Welcome
Snacks & Coffee/Tea
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28
Margot & Joe Sheehan
98 Northern Boulevard, Colchester
Dessert & Coffee/Tea
Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22
The Fredette Family
50 West Branch, Hebron
Children Welcome
Dessert & Coffee/Tea
Lenten Challenge
Pastor Denise was inspired by an article written by the author, Ann Patchett, about her year of no shopping.  The article can be found at www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/opinion/sunday/shopping-consumerism.html  .  During the Season of Lent, Pastor Denise is going to take on the challenge as Ann Patchett found it created more time, space and resources to care for others.  If you'd like to join Denise (you define your own rules about what "no shopping" will include for you), please let her know.  She would love to gather together, after Lent is over, to discuss the experience.  
Sunday Morning Greeters 
We are in need of Greeters to greet everyone as they come to worship on Sunday mornings before our 10:00 a.m. service.  Simply arrive at 9:45 a.m., stand at the end of the hallway as you enter from the parking lot, and welcome everyone as they arrive. If you would like to be a greeter, please sign up on the sheet under the name tags.  Thank you!
Valentine's Day Cards
T he Women's Fellowship would like to invite you to celebrate Valentine's Day by sending a card to one or all of our members and friends listed below:
Jean Derby                              Ann Pate
564 East Street                        Brookdale Buckingham
Hebron, CT 06248                    1824 Manchester Road
                                              Glastonbury, CT 06033       
John Hibbard                            Ruth Rathbun                 
1072 Gilead Street                    Marlborough Health Care Center
Hebron, CT 06248                     85 Stage Harbor Road
                                               Marlborough, CT 06447      
The Karahja Family                    Jean Raymond
24 Church Street Center             Marlborough Health Care   
Manchester, CT 06040                85 Stage Harbor Road
                                                Marlborough, CT 06447
Ed Meincke                                Lynn Sansone
274 Burrows Hill Road                436 Burrows Hill Road    
Amston, CT 06231                     Hebron, CT 06248
Glen Hadley                               Dottie Taggart
665  Horizon  Lane                            P. O. Box 63
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951         Hebron, CT 06248
Nancy Thomas                            Dave Bland
40 Colchester Commons              124 Slocum Road    
Colchester, CT 06415                  Hebron, CT 06248
New Members Gatherings 
Our Deacons will be hosting two gatherings for persons who are interested in exploring membership with the Gilead Church. The first will be an informal gathering following both worship services on Sunday, February 25th in the Music Room. The second gathering, which will be an informational time to learn more about our church, will be on Saturday, March 10th from 10 a.m. to noon in the Music Room.  New members will be joining during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 25th. If you have any questions, please speak with one of our Deacons or with Rev. Esslinger.    
Free Narcan Training at AHM Youth & Family Services - Tuesday, February 13th 
Save A Life! Free Narcan Training will be offered on February 13th at AHM Youth & Family Services (25 Pendleton Drive) from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Narcan (naloxone) is an opiate antidote. It is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. Training will include:
  • Overdose Prevention Strategies
  • Signs and Symptoms of Overdose
  • How to Administer Naloxone
  • Good Samaritan Law
  • Support Information and Resources

Please contact AHM Youth & Family Services at 860-228-9488 to register.  

Silver Lake Summer Camp 
Silver Lake has announced its offerings for the summer 2018 conference season. 
The Silver Lake summer brochure is available online. There is also a brochure hanging on the bulletin board at the church and copies on the table below the name tags.  Details and registration are available at www.silverlakect.org along with downloads of the forms needed for registration. Also, our Women's Fellowship has once again agreed to pay the $150 deposit for any young person from our congregation who would like to attend Silver Lake. Please speak with Karen Voghel (860-508-3326) if you would like to take our Women's Fellowship up on their offer. 
Hebron's Got Talent a Huge Success!
The 5th Annual Hebron's Got Talent Show was a great success! The house was packed and together we raised $7,011 dollars for the children's  scholarship programs of AHM Youth & Family Services and Hebron Parks & Recreation Program. Above all, there was a compassionate, community spirit felt and a strong presence of love and hope. Thank you to all those who supported this important mission effort!  
AHM Youth & Family Services Offering Recovery Group for Families  
Do you have a loved one who has a problem with alcohol, drugs or compulsive behavior?  Attend a family & friends meeting to learn how you can develop skills to help you cope and help your loved one choose recovery. This free ongoing program will begin on Tuesday, February 20th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at AHM Youth & Family Services (25 Pendleton Drive).  Shane Scott, LCSW will facilitate the program. For more information or to register, please contact AHM Youth & Family Services at 860-228-9488. 
3rd Annual Soup Tasting/Recipe Swap - Sunday, February 25th 
The Fellowship Committee invites the congregation to share their favorite crock of soup on Sunday, February 25th, following the 10:00am service.   Please include a recipe when dropping off soup so copies can be made.  A light coffee hour will also be provided.  All are welcome! Sign up under the name tags if you can bring soup.  See Annette Langevin with any questions. 
Run for Refugees
In support of IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services), a team from Gilead Church walked or ran the Run for Refugees 5K in New Haven this past Sunday, February 4th. We won the cosponsorship challenge - $1,120 contributed by 49 people!  
Thank you to everyone who made this possible. Also, Joe Sheehan came in second in his division!!  Way to show up Joe!
Sunday School Cancellation Policy 
If inclement weather should happen and forces cancellation of Sunday School, our Sunday School Superintendents will contact Sunday School teachers. Parents please check web sites: www.wtic.com , www.956tic.com , or www.wrch.com for cancellation information.  If Gilead Church is not listed there will be Sunday School.  Worship will never be cancelled as Pastor Denise lives so close to the church.  Please, however, use your discretion and always stay safe!  
Crafters Needed for Maplefest Craft Fair - Saturday, March 17th 
Once again, as part of the Hebron Maple Festival, we will be having a Craft Fair in our Church building on Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  If you are a crafter and interested in displaying your work, please contact  Becky Cook at 860-228-2029.
Ushers Needed for 2018
Ushers are needed for Sunday Worship services.  Please sign up on the Signups.com link at  http://signup.com/go/ezSYDT or by contacting Phyllis Kurz at plkurz@comcast.net. Thank you!

Easter Flower Order - Deadline Sunday, March 4th 
Easter Memorial / Flower Order Form

_____ In lieu of plants, I would like to make a donation to the Church            
          Memorial Fund (suggested donation is $10).            

______ I would like to order a 4" pot Mini Daffodils at $5.25                     
______ I would like to order a 6" Spring Pot at $9.75

______ I would like to order a 6" pot Easter Lily at $10.75            
______ I would like to order a 6" pot Pink Oriental Lily at $10.75

 TOTAL NUMBER OF PLANTS - ________        TOTAL $ AMOUNT -________    
Please "X" one of the following:            
  Plant(s) will be picked up:  ______            
  Plant(s) are being donated:  ______            
(Please note: Dedications made in memory or honor of loved ones will be            
listed the same whether flowers are ordered or a donation is made to the            
Memorial Fund.)            
Given in Honor Of: ___________________________________            
Given in Memory Of: __________________________________  

Purchased by: __________________________________            

Please give order form w/payment of cash/check to Katie McClaine             
or send order/payment to: Katie McClaine, 860 Gilead Street, Hebron, CT 06248  

***(Checks payable to:  Gilead Congregational Church)            
***Please provide separate payments if you are ordering both flowers            
   and making a donation to the Memorial Fund.  Thank you!          
Thank You  
Dear Gilead Church,
On behalf of my family I would like to thank everyone for the cards, prayers, kind words, and those that came to my dad's service for their thoughtfulness. It is truly a blessing to be part of such a wonderful, caring congregation!
God Bless,
The Huhn and Field families 
Our Church Family expresses its deepest sympathies to Janet and David Kline in the recent death of Janet's mother, Teresa Morin.

Our Church Family also extends our deepest sympathies to Jason, Shelley, Katie and Caleb Yerke on the recent death of Jason's mother.


Upcoming Sunday Worship Servers 
Ushers for this Sunday: Phyllis and Les Kurz
Ushers for next week: Gayle Franchere and Janet Leary
Deacon of the Day for this Sunday: Jan Andrews        
Deacon of the Day for next week: Doug Stewart
Liturgist: Skylar Haines         Acolyte: To be determined
Call to Worship: Haley Saltonstall
Coffee Hour Host for this Sunday: Leslie Brand
Coffee Hour Hosts for next week: Ashley and Jeanne Littlefield
Greeter for this Sunday: Joe Sheehan
Greeter for next week: Bonnie Tarbox


Scripture Reading and Prayer for the Week
Mark 9: 2-10 

Loving God, shine your light in our hearts.  Help us to see others as Jesus did - with eyes of compassion.  May we listen as Jesus did - to the cries of broken hearts and a broken world.  May we reach out to others as Jesus did - with healing and hope.  May we celebrate with others as Jesus did - sharing your abundant provisions.  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)