This Week
Wednesday, April 10
  • 8:30 a.m. Staff Meeting
  • 10:00 a.m. Music Committee
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Final Lenten Dinner in the Parish Hall
  • 7:15 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, April 11
  • 4:30 p.m. Women's Bible Study
  • 5:30 p.m. Deacons
  • 7:00 p.m. HousaTonics

Friday, April 12
  • 7:45 a.m. Men's Bible Study
  • Deadline for Easter Lily Dedications

Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion
  • 9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation at the Scoville Memorial Library
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship, Sunday School, Nursery Care, Youth Discussion Group

Monday, April 15
  • 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Duplicate Bridge Club

Tuesday, April 16
  • 5:30 p.m. Bell Choir
Call to the Annual Meeting 
The 274th Annual Meeting, Part II, of the Congregational Church of Salisbury will be held following the worship service on Sunday, April 28th for the purpose of:  
1. Presentation of Reports from Boards and Committees
2. The Nominating Committee’s Report
3. The Election of Officers and Committees
4. Other Business that may appropriately come before the Church

From Pastor John
I will revere the Holy One at all times; 
With words of acclaim continually in my mouth.
I rejoice in the Most High; 
Let the humble hear and be glad.
Join with me, 
And let us exalt the Holy One together. (Ps. 34:1-3) 
Dear Friends,

It was a joy to worship with you on Sunday! At last! My heartfelt thanks to all who made the worship splendid and the morning a delight: Jack and the choir; the deacons who guided me through the sacrament of communion, the ushers who graciously welcomed all comers, the kind hospitality of the Christian Action and Hospitality Committees (including the thoughtful cake-cutter who made sure I got a piece with part of my initials on it!), the church members and friends whose faithful contributions I never learned of, and each of you who gave me and my family such a warm welcome.
Thanks also to the thoughtful church member who arranged for a splendid bouquet of flowers, and urged Angela and me to take them home — where, as you can see, they are bringing color and light to our kitchen.

The wisdom of Christian tradition teaches that every Sunday is a "little Easter," including the ones during Lent. And clearly, the Congregational church of Salisbury got the message with a day of rejoicing.

Praise God, for a good beginning to our shared journey — and thank you!

Pastor John
For those who haven't read it... Pastor John's Bio
You Are Invited ~ Deacon's Dinners
There is one Lenten Dinner remaining: please join us for good food and hearty company!

The Deacons' Lenten Dinners are a gift for all--a gift of a meal prepared with love; a gift of coming together to talk, share, and laugh; a gift of time out of our everyday routines so we can reflect on all that we have in common.
Please come! Take a break! Enjoy Community!

All are welcome--congregation members, their families and friends. We will be serving a simple meal of hearty soup, salad, bread, and dessert made and served by the Deacons and other volunteers. All you need to do is show up with your appetite.

Please indicate the names of all attendees, any dietary restrictions and ages of children you are bringing. Dinners are limited to 25 attendees per week.

Learn more & sign up here: Sign Up for Lenten Dinner
Palm/Passion Sunday Sermon & Readings

This Sunday, April 14, Pastor John's Palm/Passion Sunday Sermon will be "Is it I?"

From Barbara Collins,
Director of Religious Education
Holy Week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter - from Jesus’ joyous arrival into Jerusalem, to the temple, to the Passover feast, to the garden, to betrayal, to arrest and sentencing, to death on a cross. On Palm Sunday, April 14th, Landon Good, Tony Good and Cynthia LaPier will help retell this story during Sunday School. The Youth Discussion Group will join us.
Youth Discussion Group
Erin Swett, LCSW, and Jenn Surdam lead our Youth Discussion Group on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. All youth grades 6-12 are invited to participate! They will meet this Sunday, April 14.
Music Ministry Minute
From Jack Bowman, Minister of Music
This Sunday we celebrate Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem with people waiving and throwing palm branches. All children and youth are invited to participate in our traditional procession. Meet Pastor John in the Narthex of the church where you will receive your palms. Follow Pastor John down the aisle; waive and throw your palms. The choir will follow singing Jean Faure’s most famous piece, The Palms.
Easter Lily Dedications
You are invited to contribute a Easter lily in memory of a loved one and take the plant home with you after the Easter service. Donations are $15 for each plant. You may send a check, along with the form, to the church office, or pay online.  The deadline for purchasing Easter lilies is this Friday, April 12.

Donate online here:  Secure Donation

Click her for out printable form:
Ecumenical Good Friday Service at Trinity Lime Rock
There will be an ecumenical Good Friday service at Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal church at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19. Trinity Lime Rock is located at 484 Lime Rock Road in Lakeville. Including Pastor John, area clergy will offer five reflections as part of this service. Crescendo will provide music for the service. All are welcome!
April 2019 Deacon's Message, submitted by John Estabrook
As I stared at a blank screen, trying frantically to compose something apt, the French word “rejouissance” popped into my head. It didn’t appear in our Seven Language Dictionary so I had to Google it. It’s a noun meaning “rejoicing” or “festivities” or “merry-making”. The brief description also came with a reference to YouTube videos of performances of Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music.
It’s probably not by accident that I had spent several hours in recent weeks listening to recordings of live performances (via YouTube) and CDs of the Royal Fireworks Music. How can anyone not be uplifted (rejoice) listening to Handel? Period woodwind and brass instruments, timpani and strings, fanfares.
Joy and excitement are also emotions caused by the appearance of spring’s first flowers after a long winter. Even a black-thumb gardener rejoices in the sight of early Johnny Jump-ups (violas). All those petite flowers, with friendly little faces, in dark and light purple and yellow and white on a background of green. 
Let us all rejoice in the new life of the spring season as we welcome the arrival of our transitional pastor, the Rev. Dr. John A. Nelson. 

Thanks be to God.
John Estabrook, for the Deacons
What Is God Calling You To Do?
In this time of transition in the life of Salisbury Congregational Church, we invite you to get involved! Please share with the Nominating Committee your talents, interests, and availability. Please take a moment to respond to this short survey so that we can get in touch with you. You may also fill out the paper form that is available at the church office or at the service on Sunday.
If you are willing to serve on a Board or Committee, great! If you are willing to provide food, work with children, contribute flowers, provide a ride to a neighbor in need, thank you! 
If you are not sure what you can provide, but would like to help, a member of the Nominating Committee would be happy to chat with you about the needs of the church to find the right fit for you.
Thank you for your stewardship of our congregation!

For Pastoral Emergencies
Praise God for the faithful and heart-ful ministry of the Deacons, who have provided pastoral care over the past 2+ months!

As of April 1st, we may call on Pastor John as needs arise. He can be reached in the church office (860-435-2442, ext. 101), on his mobile (508-479-0724), or by email (
Bible Study
Men's Ecumenical Bible Study meets on Fridays at 7:45 a.m. All men are welcome.

Women's Bible Study will meet this Thursday, April 11. at 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall Library. Rev. Rich Reifsnyder is facilitating the group.
Silver Lake Summer Camp
Registration for the 2019 Summer Camp Session at Silver Lake Conference Center is open! Click to view the Summer Camp brochure, and pick your week today!
Our church’s annual budget allocates money to pay for our young people to attend Silver Lake Conferences free of charge . Contact Barbara Collins for more information. 
Church Office Hours
Pastor John Nelson will have office hours on Tuesday - Friday. He can be reached at (860) 435-2442 ext. 101, by email (, or by cell for pastoral emergencies during non-office hours: 508-479-0724.

Melissa Adam, Financial and Communications Assistant, is in the office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00-2:00. Her email is:

Kathy Wiggins, Administrative Assistant, is in the office Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30-3:30. Her email is:

Please take a moment to visit our w ebs ite:
Conference Calling for Committee Meetings
We have conference calling available for those who are unable to attend a committee meeting. It is wireless and connects though your smartphone so you can "attend' from another location.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact the office or email Kathy at:
The public performance of ...

The 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

is this Sunday, April 14 th at 1:00 p.m. in the Seifert Theater at Salisbury School.
Congregation member Caleb May is playing Leaf Coneybear.
Performance is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Save the Date ~ Simply Smiles Keep Hope Alive 2019
Join Simply Smiles to support their programming on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota and our children's home in Oaxaca, Mexico! Click here for Details
The Congregational Church of Salisbury, United Church of Christ
125 Main Street, PO Box 392, Salisbury, CT 06068
 Phone (860) 435-2442