SEPTEMBER 2020
In the spirit of connection and collaboration -- Starting this month the newsletter is returning to a monthly publication. In the beginning of COVID-19 it was important to get up-to-date info and resources out quickly from the diocese and the state. The pace of information has slowed slightly, so we are going to try returning to a monthly format with a Quarterly newsletter to share stories. This is YOUR space. If you have opportunities to connect or collaborate please email me, your Region Missionary, so your announcement may be shared in the next Snapshot.  
Your North Central Region Leadership Team continues to meet Monthly on Zoom. We meet the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6 PM - 8 PM. Guests are always welcome. We start each meeting with Dwelling in the Word, and then invite a guest to share what is happening in their community or ministry network. If you would like to join us as a guest please reach out to our Convener, Stephen Karwowski at skar3186@gmail.com.
The Rev. Erin Flinn
  NC Region Missionary
Mobile: 860-966-3742
North Central Region Fall Convocation
Online, October 4th from 3-5 PM
Opportunities to Connect & Collaborate
NC Clergy Coffee Hour is Back! 3-4 PM on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. This is an informal, no stress, come as you are invitation to gather as a region clergy group. There is no agenda, we can co-create the space that we need together to share, connect, and pray. If you have a specific need or offering, please email me, Erin Flinn, in advance and I am happy to incorporate those ideas. 
First gathering is on Sept 22
09/30 - Join the NW and NC Regions as we explore the need to address growing food insecurity from 5:30 - 6:30 Both Regions have been involved in excellent ministries and we are looking forward to sharing and learning about such work. We will hear from state social workers tasked with building capacity to address food insecurity, as well as a leader from the CT Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. During this time of pandemic, groups are building capabilities together and we hope to further explore these connections. Hope to see you there!
09/22 NC Region Wardens Gathering from 6-7 PM. This upcoming program year will be like no other. Join with other wardens from the region to share best practices, lean on each other's learning, share opportunities for connection and collaboration, and wonder together what God is up to in our world today.

• Looking to connect sooner? Join the ECCT Wardens Facebook Group here. All active wardens welcome.
10/01 - St James, Farmington & the Spiritual Life Center present a year on Christian Spiritual Practices. Part of walking the way of Jesus and truly living the Christian life means drawing forever closer to the Divine presence. In our busy lives, however, finding new, creative, AND practical ways to live the Christian life and engage in our spiritual journey (we are all on one, by the way) can be very challenging indeed. Our first workshop on Christian Spiritual practices on October 1 and focuses on Contemplative prayer. Members from the region are invited to join in via Zoom. Registration is requested.
Racial Healing, Justice & Reconciliation
Are you are engaging in the work of Racial Healing, Justice & Reconciliation in your parish? Hosting a book study or film series; inviting a guest speaker or engaging in community action? Are you willing to open those opportunities to others in the Region? Please email our Region Missionary so we can share opportunities to engage in healing work together. Not engaging in this work yet, but looking to collaborate? Let's get you connected with another parish. Not sure where to get started? Ask. It will take all of us working together to end racism.
Building your Racial Justice library? In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, ECCT has partnered with the Connecticut based Key Book Store as our main provider for print and digital educational text. The Key Bookstore is a fully interactive bookstore experience. Their focus is to lead readers on a path to Self Mastery and the cultivation of connection on and offline with respect to the mission, “Divine liberation one page at a time.”
Solitary Garden at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford through Oct 2020. "The solitary garden installed at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford is the size of a solitary confinement cell, and is planted with plants that were often found at Southern plantations. In honor of the book "Solitary" by Albert Woodfox, which won the Stowe prize this year for social-justice writing, artist Jackie Sumell created the art piece to symbolize the oppression of Black men." Photo & quote from the Hartford Courant (08/09).

For info about how the Episcopal Church in CT engages in prison ministry through the Faith Behind Bars and Beyond Ministry Network, click here.
Restoring History: Through research, education, and civic engagement, the WITNESS STONES PROJECT, Inc. seeks to restore the history and to honor the humanity and contributions of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities. Inspired by the Stolpersteine project in Germany (and with their blessing), the project bears witness by installing a marker which recalls an enslaved individual at a site of significance, such as where they lived, worked, or prayed. This past summer stones were placed in the West Hartford & Madison communities. There are opportunities for parishes to be involved with the Witness Stone Project, and to comb through our church history. For more info reach out to Erin Flinn or Rachel Thomas.
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Resources for Families
Parenting in the Wilderness: moves to monthly! A Sacred Space for Connection & Fun on the 2nd Thursday of the month | 9:00 am. ECCT invites you into a sacred space of compassion, grace, and fun, hoping to provide some support and fellowship to those of us struggling to make it all work, as we care for children. Gather with clergy and lay facilitators to hold one another up. Join the Zoom conversations here! Please be sure your name in your Zoom “square” displays your name & your parish affiliation, so that we can safely be in conversation. Upcoming leaders: • Margie Baker on Sept. 10 • Tracy Johnson Russell on Oct. 8 • Rebekah Hatch on Nov. 12.
Collaborating for Kids - Are you offering Sunday School or youth formation online this fall? Would you be willing to let a few kids from other parishes join you? Are you interested in maybe combining efforts with another parish? If any of those ideas resonate with you and your community, please reach out to our Region Missionary. Some folks in the region have been looking for opportunities to collaborate and it would be great if we could come together in some way.
Caring for Creation & Getting Outdoors
Celebrate the Season of Creation September 1 – October 4, 2020 Episcopalians are invited to join churches around the world in celebrating the Season of Creation; a time for people of faith to renew their relationship with God and all creation through celebration, prayer, and action. The Season’s roots rise from the Orthodox Christian tradition; the World Council of Churches was instrumental in making the special time a season, extending the celebration from September 1 until St. Francis Day, October 4. Learn more here.
Come save some trees and/or pick up litter at one of our favorite state parks. Our fall invasive plant cleanups will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 9:00-12:00 noon (raindate October 3 ) and Saturday, Oct. 10 (raindate 17) at Haddam Meadows State Park. The September event will be held in conjunction with the CT River Conservancy’s Source to Sea annual cleanup. Social distancing practices will be upheld and registration is required. For more info and to sign up, email Cherry Czuba at cherylczuba@comcast.net
Region Resource Reminders
  • Looking for a place to try online worship? For an ongoing list of ECCT Parishes hosting livestream services click here

  • Governor Lamont issued a press release stating FREE infrared thermometers for houses of worship. CLICK HERE to read the release and apply for yours! 

  • 2-1-1 is a one-stop connection to the local services folks in your community may need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. For more info click here. 

  • 3-1-1 It is similar to 2-1-1 but region specific to the city of Hartford. More info here. If you need a ride to get tested for Covid-19 and you live in Hartford, you can call 3-1-1 for a free ride to your testing appt. For ride info in English & Spanish. ** Please note, you can’t reach 311 by dialing that number on a mobile phone. You need to dial 860-757-9311**

  • Foodshare - (Serving Hartford & Tolland Counties) visit www.foodshare.org/coronavirus to learn more about locations or to donate. People who are in need of food can text FOODSHARE to 85511 to identify locations where food is being distributed near them. 

  • CT Food Bank - (Serving Middlesex County and 5 others) visit ctfoodbank.org to learn more about locations or to donate. 
ECCT Annual Convention - 4 Ways to Participate
You are invited to the 236th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut! Non-voting participants still have voice and will be able to participate fully in the “world café” sessions as well as the deliberation during the legislative session on Saturday. This is an excellent opportunity to expand the body of Convention to include more youth and young adults, as well as other voices not generally heard at Convention. I hope that you will join us in helping to grow our Convention. More info here.
Lend your voice in song! You can take part in the virtual Convention choir as a part of this year's Convention worship service! The virtual choir will be singing the anthem at worship, and is being organized by Marianne Vogel at Christ Church Cathedral. Please contact her at directorofmusic@cccathedral.org if you are interested in participating. We are particularly looking for tenor and bass singers to fill out the choir.
High School-Age Youth from Across The Episcopal Church In Connecticut, We Want to Hear Your Voice! Come participate in the work of ECCT and spend time with other high school students from churches all over the state. We will kick off our time together with a virtual youth gathering on Tuesday, October 13 from 7–8:30 PM. Wednesday through Friday you are encouraged to attend the “World Café” conversations. Hear the Bishop's address on Saturday, and worship with all of ECCT on Sunday. More info at https://ecctconvention.org/youth.
Help Build our Mosaic - Our art project is a reflection on how this time of pandemic and racial and economic reckoning draws attention to the essence of who we are and what we do... Together we are Christ’s presence and no pandemic, no amount of social turmoil, no economic distress can affect that if we are faithful to our Savior. All members of the Body of Christ that is the ECCT are invited to be a part of our digital art project for Convention 2020 by submitting a photo. The mosaic is being prepared by Stephen Hard of St. Mark’s Church in New Britain. More info here.
ECCT Resources
SAFE CHURCH TRAINING, FALL 2020
All ECCT Safe Church Training (SCT) includes an online course followed by a 3-hour live session on Zoom... This training is grounded in our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the dignity of every human being. It offers an opportunity to increase and enhance our ability to live out our Baptismal Covenant within our communities of faith and in the world beyond. For more information and to register click here.
ONLINE SAFE CHURCH TRAINING DATES:

• Thurs. afternoon, Sept. 17, 12 PM - 3 PM

• Sat. morning, Sept.19, 9 AM - 12 PM

• Wed. evening, Sept. 23, 6 PM - 9 PM

• Sun. afternoon, Sept. 27, 12 PM - 3 PM

• Thurs. evening, Oct. 1, 6 PM - 9 PM
Fall workshops in Graphic Design and Social Media for Churches! Thanks to our friends at Caffeinated Church for offering these three workshops throughout the fall. More information on the workshop descriptions on their website here.
ECCT Resource for COVID-19 are continually being updated, including:
  • Messages from our Bishops
  • Financial Resources
  • Self-Care Resources
  • Digital Communications Resources
  • Worship Opportunities
  • And More...
Camp Washington Opportunities
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