Sunday, May 8, 2022
*Mask optional

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

Please join us as we say farewell to
Oliver Mesmer, our student intern

The service will also be live-streamed.

(names in red are newly added)
To view the live-streamed 10 AM service, please use one of the links below.

The Children's Faith Formation News and Information
(updated weekly)
Creating Care Interfaith Sunday School Project
on May 1 at Temple Beth David
Last Sunday, May 1, more than 50 children from our church, Temple Beth David, & St. Peter's Episcopal Church participated in a Creation Care Interfaith Sunday School Project
The kids made Turtle Crossing Signs, talked about why taking care of God's creation is important, and recognized friends in the other groups. It was a wonderful, hopeful, experience!
Spring Cleanup scheduled for May 7 from 9 -12

Please use your best judgement with the rain that is forecasted tomorrow.
If it is a light rain, we will still meet.
300th Anniversary Blue Sky Dreaming
An important part of celebrating our 300th Anniversary is the planning of a Capital Campaign to equip ourselves for our 4th century of serving Jesus. We are at the very beginning stages of discerning what that looks like. In the next few weeks, we especially seek your ideas in seven areas. Here are a few examples of some ideas already gathered; what ideas do you have? 

Please submit your ideas in the Blue Sky Box in the Parlor by June 12.

Sanctuary Renovations:
·        Restoration of Sanctuary windows
·        New wood floors and/or carpeting
·        Move Nursery space closer to the Sanctuary

Handicapped Accessibility:
·        Elevator to the Basement Level
·        Handicapped accessible improvements, entrances/exits
·        Create an accessible and user-friendly Archive Space

Outdoor Campus Area:
·        Parking lot repaving & stripping
·        Restore the Church Barn for much needed storage
·        Create an Outdoor Worship Pavilion/Gazebo with Fire Pit 
·        Design & install a Labyrinth Walk or an outdoor Spirit and Meditation garden space
·        Plant a Tree in honor of 300th Anniversary

Technology Upgrades:
·        Install Solar Panels or create small Solar Farm on campus
·        Create an endowment for technology as an ongoing operational expense

Program and Fellowship Enhancements
·        Enhance recreation/fellowship areas indoors and outdoors
·        Create an afterschool homework help program. High Schoolers might earn community service hours.
·        Offer special music concerts and/or events.  Create a Jazz Sunday, Spirituals Sunday,

Endowment Fund enhancement to support the Congregation’s essential physical plant, program and staffing needs
·        Wills & bequests
·        Planned giving
·        Outright gifts

And a dedicated Mission Project funded by 10% of Campaign Amount
Communion on the Road
is on the Road Again
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.
Visitation Ministry Now Organizing

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.
Butterfly Take Down Action Team Needed
Over the next few weeks, our Eastertide butterflies will begin their outward "migration" from the Sanctuary. Please join Pastor Alison on Thursday, May 12 from 9:30 am- 12 noon to help them find their way. Other dates to follow in the next few weeks.  
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
Prayers Shawls and Pocket Prayer Crosses
Caring Crafts Ministry has made available both Prayer Shawls and Pocket Prayer Crosses for you or someone you know, who might be blessed by receiving them. They are located on the table in the right front side of the sanctuary, by the door to the library. We thank these Knitters and Crocheters for creating these expressions of God's love and care. Please spread God's love!
Event Pictures
May 5 &6, 2022, Killam's Point Branford, CT

  • Body and Land. Held at St. Peter’s on May 1. A dance and dialogue for eco-justice.

  • Cheshire Creation Care Weekend: Vernal Pool walk led by Dennis Quinn. April 30.

  •  “Gardening for Good “ presentation by Judy Preston and “Toys’n’Tools “ free give or take.
Week of May 8

Sunday, May 8 – Oliver’s last Sunday with us
10:00 a.m. Worship in Sanctuary with in-person Church School
11:00 a.m. Fellowship, Parish Hall (hosted by Caring Ministry)

Monday, May 9
7:00 p.m.  Finance & Administration Ministry, Chapel

Tuesday, May 10
10:00 a.m. Staff Meeting, Chapel
2:00 p.m.  Parish Care, Library
7:00 p.m.  Church Council, Chapel

Wednesday, May 11
12:45 p.m. Caring Crafts, Parlor
6:30 p.m.  New Haven Association Spring Meeting, Sanctuary and Parish Hall
7:00 p.m.  Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, May 12
6:30 p.m.  Worship Ministry, Chapel
7:00 p.m.  Generosity Team (formerly Stewardship), Room 11

Sunday, May 15
10:00 a.m. Worship in Sanctuary with in-person Church School
11:00 a.m. Fellowship (hosted by Finance & Administration), Parlor and Parish Hall
Finance and Administration Ministry group is holding an informational program about charitable giving in parish hall after service. They will also be hosting coffee hour, with set up in the parlor. Those who wish to attend the program can grab a snack and head to parish hall. Those who do not can have social hour in the parlor. (See flier above)

5:00 p.m.  Middle School & High School Youth Groups
Going Natural This Month:  May is the time when many homeowners fire up the lawnmower and get to work trimming the yard.  Unfortunately, it’s also the time when many bee species need “lawn flowers,” such as dandelions, clover, and violets, because other bee food is scarce. Mowing gets rid of these important sources of nutrition for our vital pollinators.  The answer? “No-Mow May,” an initiative that started in Britain and is taking hold in the United States.  Letting a lawn “go natural” this month helps bees, which pollinate 35 percent of our global food supply and many of the wild plants our ecosystems depend on.  If holding back on mowing your entire yard in May seems like too big a step, consider letting a part of it –– the back yard, for example, less visible from the street –– grow until the end of the month.  You’re going to see more flowers, which translates to increases in abundance and biodiversity of bees.  We’ve been conditioned to hate dandelions, but letting them grow until June in even part of your property is an ecological step forward.  Of course, to let lawn flowers grow you can’t apply herbicides (weed killers) this month. More information on No-Mow May is available here: 

To learn more about our church’s Environmental Justice Team, email Anne McNulty or Karen Schnitzer
SUNDAY, JUNE 5th - 4:00 P.M.
Prospect United Methodist Church
99 Summer Street, Bristol, CT
Good Will Offering Appreciated

Experience a fabulous array of music, from Bach to Beatles to beautiful compositions written specifically for handbells. Shoreline Ringers Inc. is a community handbell ensemble formed as a Connecticut non-profit corporation in September 2006. Their goals are to support the continued development of the art of handbell ringing and promote the ringing of handbells as a legitimate musical art form while educating audiences and increasing their knowledge and appreciation of handbell music through concert performances. You will enjoy a variety of techniques and rhythms and this concert will be fun for all. This concert is free and open to the public, a good will offering is appreciated to help fund the group and maintenance of the bells.
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.