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The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at noon. The Council would like all board chairpersons, officers and the Pastor to submit their reports to  Terri Conti by Sunday, January 12  so that an Annual Report packet can be copied, collated and distributed to the congregation prior to the meeting. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the meeting. A soup lunch will be served before the meeting.
We are embarking on a new year filled with promise and some possible changes which will reflect how we conduct the business of the Church. You will hear more about this at the Annual Meeting to be held on January 26th at 12 noon. I do hope you are planning on attending.
Our supply of Prayer Shawls is dwindling and if you have a knack for knitting or crocheting, would you please consider making a prayer shawl to help our Prayer Shawl Ministry. If you know of someone who may benefit from the comfort and reassurance of His love from a Prayer Shawl, please speak to me. If you have any questions, please see me at church or call me at 860-435-0883.
Our Thursday Night Bible Study and Movie nights will continue. Why not check them out and possibly join one or both to find fellowship and learn from the messages presented.
I pray for blessings and comfort for you and your family and friends.
Yours in Christ,
Judy Hardy, Moderator
Summer in the Forest will be shown here on January 12 at 6:30 pm. It is the story of Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick who were labeled 'idiots', locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release - the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born.
On December 19, Miriam, from Sharon Social Services, picked up the Christmas presents for 22 children in our community, beautifully wrapped by our confirmation class, the CE board and others in the congregation. Thank you to everyone for giving a contribution, or their time and talents in order to give the gift of hope to those in need. The spirit of this giving project also touched the hearts others:
Excerpts from Miriam’s thank you note says:
There are not enough words to express my gratitude for creating the Three Gifts Project. I felt the love of the Savior in every gift. Thank you for loving the innocent children as our savior does. This program allowed the children to receive something they selected, not something that they had to settle for, or something used. I believe that it makes them feel worthy of a better life, that circumstance does not define who they are or who they will become. You have given the gift of hope and better days to come.
Quotes from members of the confirmation class:
“It was so much fun and I’m super happy that I got to experience it. Also, it made me feel good to help kids of all ages”. -----MP
“I love helping local families in need around the holidays. I enjoyed picking out their gifts and I really hoped they enjoy them”!-----OP
The choir will meet and prepare for service on Sunday, January 19 at 9:50 a.m.
Pastor Bob will lead us in another 5-week session of bible study each Thursday evening beginning on January 16 at 6 p.m. A light supper will be served. We are happy to have volunteers help with meal set up and preparation at the church (usually around 5 pm on Thursday). If you are willing and able, let Bob Slagel know.
The committee for the church all-access project is seeking a capable, knowledgeable person to search and prepare grants for this project. If you are interested or know someone that qualifies for this paying job, please let Ray Conti, Janet Kelsey or Bob Slagel know.