June 6, 2021
Communion Sunday
(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

Starting Sunday and 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, we will switch to a typical summer program with a single 9:00 am service, to be held in the air-conditioned Parish Hall. This 9:00 am 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).
If you have been on Route 10 passing the church anytime this week, you were able to see the massive crane used to repair some damage and paint the steeple. The steeple, measuring 50 feet high (not including the original weathervane), looks great!
Thank you to Peter Webster Painters for making our steeple look beautiful once again.
Photo credit: Joe D'Eugenio.
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 for the altar. Call Terry Hamley at (203) 238-1934, if you’re able to assist
Bible Study Passage for June 9: Mark 4:26-34
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)
Our Young People Act for Turtles: 
Under the direction of Dawn Marchand, First Congregational Church School students recently made these “Turtle Crossing” signs. They’ll be placed in known Cheshire road crossings used by native turtles heading out to lay their eggs. 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. If you know of places where turtles regularly need to cross the street, please watch out for them and consider making and placing signs of your own. Meanwhile, be aware of the dedication of our Church School students to protecting the environment; will you join them?  

To learn more about our church’s Environmental Justice Team, email Anne McNulty or Karen Schnitzer.  
Pollinator Plants from Your Garden
 
A subgroup of the Environmental Justice Team has been getting the plot behind the Whiting House ready for planting. We are looking for donations of native perennial pollinator plants from your gardens. If you have any of the following that you are willing to dig out and share with us, let Karen Schnitzer or Anne McNulty know. Please, no non-native species. 
·        butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
·        blue wild indigo (Baptista australis)
·        sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
·        mountain mint (Pycnantheum virginianum)
·        bee balm (Monarda)
·        black or brown-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia)
·        native aster (symphotrichium)
·        golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)
·        coreopsis
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.