Weekly news & updates
January 20, 2022
Our Deacon's Meeting is January 24th at 6:45 PM


Our Special Congregational Meeting is February 20
After Sunday Worship -- ~ 11:00 AM

This will be an important meeting, addressing the future of the Church.
Please plan on attending either in person or on zoom.

Coming up:
Snow Or Inclement Weather

During the winter months, not only heavy snow, but also icy conditions or a power failure can cause a cancellation. If the weather is at all doubtful, please check your Sunday Morning 8am prEview prior to traveling. Thanks!

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Karen Ziel

Karen Ziel is the Assistant Director of the Center for Transformational Leadership (CTL) at the Southern New England Conference. She can help congregations and their leaders with tools and resources for assessment and discernment. As a member of the CTL team, she can assist with resources for all aspects of leadership development. Karen coordinates Clergy Communities of Practice through the Center for Transformational Leadership. See the Staff Teams page for more information about how Karen can assist you.

Karen brings training and experience in adult formation and leadership development to her role at the CTL. Prior to the Southern New England Conference, Karen served in 4 local congregations and served for 12 years in the historic CT Conference UCC.  Karen is a Commissioned Minister in the United Church of Christ. She is the recipient of the 2021 Association of United Church Educators (AUCE) Founders Award and has participated in wider church teams, boards, and ministry in many ways including as a Dean for Silver Lake Conference Center for over 20 years.

January Parent Newsletter

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Local Retreats, Summer Programs and Events:
We're excited to see 2022 retreat offerings at Mercy by the Sea!

167 Neck Road
Madison, CT 06443-0191
Tel: (203) 245-0401
Fax: (203) 245-8718

A New Way to Register

This year, they are implementing a new online registration process. Here are some helpful hints so you know exactly what to expect and what you need on Thursday.

  • Registrations will open on Thursday, January 20 at 9 a.m.
  • Go to the retreats page on their website and choose your retreat date.
  • Click on the name of your requested retreat director. Each name is its own link and will take you to that director's specific page.
  • If the retreat director is full, a waitlist form will appear. Fill in your name and contact info to be added to the waitlist. If there are openings for the director, a "register" button will appear in the lower right corner. Click and follow the instructions.
  • Have your credit card available to process your $250.00 deposit or full payment.
  • Mercy For All funds provide financial assistance for those who cannot afford the full fee, thanks to contributions from generous donors and the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. To inquire about assistance, we invite you to contact Sister Ann McGovern.
  • If you are unable to register online, please call (203) 245 0401 where staff will assist you. Or email Sister Ann McGovern. Note: these requests will be processed after all the online registrations are fully processed.

Registration for Silver Lake summer camp is now open!
Save $50 off all summer registrations made in the month of January using code EARLY22.
Learn more about summer camp at Silver Lake, view the 2022 summer brochure, and look through the upcoming sessions at https://www.silverlakect.org/summercamp

223 Low Road | Sharon, CT 06069 | 860.364.5526 | Fax: 860.364.1000


You are invited to State of CityFest. You will not want to miss this, so bring your whole staff along for this opportunity to learn more about CityFest. This month, on January 27, we will dive deeper into the vision of CT CityFest. You'll be the first to hear about all the key CityFest events and dates coming your way in 2022, starting with RE:NEW and the Pastors and Leaders Conference.

You'll also have the opportunity to hear from committee leadership. They'll share their progress as well as the committee's needs. As these committees form, you might be exactly what a committee needs to move forward!

Now more than ever the church needs opportunities to come together... to work together... to pray together. During our meeting, there will be time to pray for one another and for our region. So far, close to a hundred churches have already partnered together in this movement.

We want to ensure that State of CityFest is a place where unity grows as we foster it. These meetings are a perfect opportunity to invite your staff, volunteers, and church members to learn about and be a part of this growing movement.

Here's all you need to know to attend State of CityFest:

DATE: January 27
TIME: 10:00 am
LOCATION: New Vision International Ministries | 35 Benham Avenue; Bridgeport


Hundreds of churches are coming together to launch a unified region-wide movement called CT CityFest.

This Gospel movement is dependent on the Holy Spirit, but also dependent on you. And it starts with us right now. Getting our hearts and our minds rightly focused... spiritually invigorated. 

This launch for the festival is called RE:NEW. This is a special night to gather the church together to worship as one body, preparing our hearts for this powerful season of outreach. 

We're excited to announce that Grammy award-winning artist Israel Houghton will be leading us in worship and will be joined by Adam Durso (President | LEAD.NYC) and Andrew Palau who will be challenging our hearts toward sharing the Good News.

Encourage your congregation to plan to attend. It's free. RE:NEW is an event for the whole church.

The RE:NEW Gathering
March 17 | 7 p.m.
Kingdom Life Christian Church in Milford


Join church leaders from across the region at the CityFest Pastors and Leaders Conference. This time is designed to be a blessing and refreshment to all of the amazing leaders in Southwestern Connecticut.

Mark your calendars now for March 17 at Black Rock Church and plan to join pastors and leaders from all over Southwestern Connecticut in a time of worship, fellowship, and teaching. 

Pastor, teacher, and author AR Bernard will be bringing the keynote address, as well as encouragement to every pastor in their daily walk as shepherds to their local congregations.

You won't want to miss this exciting time!