Sunday, June 19, 2022

Please join us for in-person worship service on Sunday.

Reminder that the service begins at 9 AM
(June 19 - September 4)

(new names added will be in red)
To view the live-streamed 9 AM service, please use one of the links below.

The Children's Faith Formation News and Information
(updated weekly)
Host Gardens Needed: Tending God's Garden
Do you have a patch of sunshine in your yard? An extra spot in your garden? Here's a unique opportunity to grow some veggies to help feed our neighbors. This summer plants for our church's vegetable garden are offered for your home gardens. You can choose tomatoes, peppers or both. Simply plant and tend, then bring in any produce on a Sunday morning, where they will be blessed then sent on their way to the Cheshire Food Pantry. We give thanks to Ken and Ann Neumann and their grandsons, who grew these plants from seeds. Plants are available in the parlor this Sunday.
Communion on the Road: July 3
We are delighted to be able to resume bringing Communion to those unable to be with us at table in the Sanctuary. On the first Sunday of each month, Communion elements consecrated in worship will then be brought to our members in homes, assisted living, and rehab centers. Please let Pastor Alison know if you wish to take part; no experience needed, just a willing heart. Alisonm@FirstCheshire.org.
Fellowship
Coffee hour is a great way to connect, catch up and build our church community. Caring Ministry invites all members of the congregation and their families to join together and host an after service coffee hour in the coming months. Guidelines and assistance will be provided to all hosts. Let’s enjoy the upcoming summer months reconnecting with our church community. To schedule a coffee hour please contact Jane Brown at goldilocksathome@gmail.com or 203-535-9193.
Sound & Video Appeal
For the past three years, the audio and video functions during worship have been run by three people, with the help of two substitutes. We will lose one of those substitutes in six months and the other in a year, so it is past time to form an action team to cover this important aspect of our worship services. We are hoping to find six to eight members of our congregation who will join us in this ministry. If we have a team of that size, it should amount to a commitment of just once a month, on a planned rotating schedule. The actual work is easy to learn, providing you are comfortable working with a laptop or tablet. Please come join us, and help those who are not able to worship in person continue to participate each Sunday. If you are interested or would like more information, please see (or email) James Leathem, Andy Irish or Mark Hall.
Visitation Ministry
We are a congregation that cares for one another, and now as COVID eases, we can add another layer of care and connection. We are now forming an Action Team of friendly visitors to extend our care to those who would welcome a visit and a chat. Please share your interest with Pastor Alison. Members of the Caring Ministry Group will offer orientation and guidance.
Sunday Flower signup
Would you like to donate flowers for Sunday worship service in memory or in honor of someone? There is a signup sheet in the Parlor for you to fill in your name and contact info. Any questions, please contact Jane Brown

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the 2022 Festival a great success! Click on the logo for pictures from the event.
Week of June 19

Sunday, June 19
9:00 a.m.  Worship in Sanctuary with in-person Church School
10:00 a.m. Fellowship, Parish Hall, hosted by Facilities Ministry

Monday, June 20
7:00 p.m.  Finance Ministry, Chapel
7:30 p.m.  Facilities Ministry, Parish Hall

Tuesday, June 21
2:00 p.m.  Parish Care, Library
7:00 p.m.  Membership Ministry, Zoom

Sunday, June 26
9:00 a.m.  Worship in Sanctuary with in-person Church School
10:00 a.m. Fellowship, Parish Hall
Dealing with Mosquitos:  This is the time of year when pest-control services advertise heavily that they can rid your yard of mosquitos. Plenty of research has shown, however, that the sprays used by companies such as Mosquito Joe harm birds and beneficial insects – including those that eat mosquitos – while providing only temporary protection against mosquitos. According to the National Wildlife Federation, the sprays are highly toxic to native pollinators such as bees and butterflies, fish and other aquatic organisms, and they can even pose a risk to pets and people. There is no way for companies to spray these broad-spectrum insecticides – even “all-natural” ones – without also killing other insects they come in contact with, including bees, butterflies, caterpillars, ladybugs, dragonflies and other beneficial insects. No spray targets simply mosquitos. To reduce mosquitos in your yard, the most effective action is not to spray but to remove any standing water, which is where they lay their eggs. Gutters, empty flowerpots, kids’ playsets, ditches, old tires, and potted plant saucers are favorite breeding grounds. For hard-to-drain places, the tabs called “mosquito dumps” (widely available online) kill only mosquitos. To protect yourself and your family, if you’re out after dark, wear long sleeves. But don’t spray! 
To learn more about our church’s Environmental Justice Team, email Anne McNulty or Karen Schnitzer
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.