Sunday, June 26, 2022

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

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

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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)
Fellowship/Coffee Hour for the Summer Months
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 sign up on Board in the parlor or email Jane Brown or by phone at 203-535-9193.


The Church Staff gathered at The Farms Country Club on Tuesday, June 14 for their Annual Planning Day. 
Summer Music!
Do you sing? Do you play an instrument? Do you like to make music with others? If you are interested in learning how you can share your musical gifts this summer as part of our music program, please contact music director, Joe D’Eugenio. Everyone has music and a song in their hearts to share. Please be in touch to learn how the music inside you can be expressed to inspire others.
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.


On June 19, 2022, the church celebrated the baptism of Henry Gene Barna. Henry is the grandson of Grace & Jay Knipe and son of Jesse and Emily Barna.
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
Week of June 26

Sunday, June 26
9:00 a.m.  Worship in Sanctuary with in-person Church School
10:00 a.m. Fellowship, Parish Hall
2:00 p.m.  Celebration of Life for Joe Madden, Nelson Hall, Elim Park

Monday, June 27
7:00 p.m.  300th Anniversary Committee, Zoom

Tuesday, June 28
2:00 p.m.  Parish Care, Library
7:00 p.m.  Outreach Ministry, Chapel

Sunday, July 3
9:00 a.m.  Worship in Sanctuary with in-person Church School
10:00 a.m. Fellowship, Parish Hall

Monday, July 4 - Happy Fourth of July!
Office Closed

Tuesday, July 5
7:00 p.m.  Environmental Justice Team, Chapel
The Hazards of Fishing Line:  Now that fishing season is well underway, it’s time for a reminder about the environmental impact of discarded fishing line. The thin line, known as monofilament, is extremely strong, lasts for decades, and can injure or kill animals that get tangled in it, including birds, turtles, and fish. Plenty of line is thrown away every year, especially when cutting loose snagged lures. For anglers, the message is simple: Discard broken fishing line in many of the specially placed receptacles at popular fishing spots. If fishing in the wild, don’t leave monofilament on the ground or in the water, but take it with you and properly dispose of it – hopefully, in one of the line-collecting containers. Those who don’t fish can also help reduce fishing-line problems by picking it up wherever you find it and disposing of it. If you see a bird or other animal snagged by discarded line, report it as soon as you can to the state DEEP at 860-424-3333. Leaving behind fishing line in Connecticut can bring fines of up to $319, but that’s not the best reason to be environmentally responsible: Helping wildlife survive is the real goal.
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.