June 13, 2021

(names in red are new additions)
To view the live-streamed 10:00 AM service, please use one of the links below.
Worship Schedule Update

Through June 30, there will be one service at 10 am in the Sanctuary.  This 10:00 am service will continue to be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook. 

From July 4 through September 5, worship moves to the air-conditioned Parish Hall and begins at 9 AM, we will switch to a typical summer program. This service will also be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook. 

**Because of the presence of unvaccinated children and others, all worshippers must be masked while inside the building.**

Redesigned nametags...

Nametags are available in the Parlor going into the Sanctuary. If for some reason, there isn't a name tag for you, please request one at the hospitality desk in the Cross Roads (near the back entrance).
The “Garden Of Hope” has been planted. A Special thanks goes to Ann and Ken Neumann for their annual donation of vegetable plants, the dedicated garden action team/crew who worked so hard in the scorching heat and the Sunday school children who planted marigolds. The garden crew and children will maintain the garden throughout the summer, and vegetables will be donated to the Cheshire Community Food Pantry. 
Men’s Bible Study: 
Every other Thursday at 8:00 AM,
 beginning June 17

This group focuses on studying the Word of God and providing fellowship. Bible Study groups are a great place to take time to deepen their relationship with God while taking a break from their busy lives. 

For more information, email Roy Pritchard or by calling the church office at (203) 272-5323x8.
Action Team Volunteers Needed...

1. Faith Formation is looking for a team of individuals that are excited to help plan and host mutigenerational family fun events. Examples of past events, include: Oh the Places We'll Glow Summer Kickoff Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, Minute to Win it Game Night, Harvest Party Costume Party, etc. If you are interested in being part of this team, please email dawnm@firstcheshire.org

2. Volunteers needed for action team to call prospective donors for weekly flowers (starting in September) for the altar. Contact Terry Hamley, if you’re able to assist
Sunday flowers for Sanctuary and Parish Hall during summer months.

Please feel free to bring flowers from home to grace the Sanctuary for the rest of this month and the Parish Hall in July and August. If you would like to provide your own flowers, please contact Terry Hamley.
Bible Study Passage for June 16: Mark 4:35-41
Children's Faith Formation
Weekly News and Information Newsletter
(Click on picture to the left for link to the
 Faith Formation Newsletter)
Balloon Pollution Can Be Curbed:  June is full of party events – for dads, grads, birthdays, wedding anniversaries. For many people, that means balloons which, if they are not used properly, can cause great environmental damage. It’s unlikely that people will entirely stop celebrating with balloons, but there are some steps to minimize the damage they do. The most important rule is: No matter how festive it looks, don’t release balloons into the open air! (A 2009 law made open-air release illegal in Connecticut.) What goes up eventually comes down, often in the ocean, harming birds, reptiles, fish, and other creatures. Turtles, for example, mistake them for food and die of starvation. Keep all balloons either inside or securely tied down outside, and as with any other trash, make sure you dispose of them properly, which means deflating them so they don’t accidentally float away.  Celebrate! – but responsibly. If you need to release something, consider bubbles.

To learn more about our church’s Environmental Justice Team, email Anne McNulty or Karen Schnitzer.  
First Congregational Church School children recently made these “Turtle Crossing” signs. They are now along roadsides in Cheshire where native turtles are known to cross to lay their eggs in the month of June. We are proud of the fact that young people from our church appreciate and support efforts to protect God’s vulnerable creatures from human drivers. Please watch out for turtles when you drive and consider making your own signs if you know of places where they frequently cross. (Above pictures of signs are on Cornwall Ave.)
Other Important Information

A reminder that the Prayer Net Prayer Ministry Team stands ready to pray for any requests. Simply email Alison the prayer request and she will send it on to our prayers in complete confidence unless otherwise noted. Let us support one another with the power of prayer.