This Week
Wednesday, January 30
  • 7:15 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, January 31
  • 7:00 p.m. HousaTonics

Friday, February 1
  • 7:45 a.m. Men's Bible Study

Sunday, February 3
9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation at the Scoville Memorial Library
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship with guest preacher The Rev. Dr. Betsey Mauro, Communion, Sunday School, Nursery Care
  • 11:30 a.m. Trustees

Monday, February 4
  • 11:30 a.m. Duplicate Bridge Club
Transition News
Joyful News From the
Transition Team

Dear Congregation,
It is with enormous enthusiasm and heartfelt joy that we announce the appointment of Rev. Dr. John A. Nelson as our Transitional Pastor. Attached you will find his bio with a picture of him and his wife, Angela.
As you may remember, Pastor John's was one of four names that came to us through the CT Conference and Rev. Tamara Moreland. From the very start of our interactions with him, Pastor John proved to be a thoughtful listener, a clear-sighted leader, and a person of great faith and wisdom. With 21 years in ministry, Pastor John brings a wide variety of talents, sensitivities, and experience to our church community. 
We will be convening a Search Committee for the Settled Pastor after a period of at least six months, in which time we can all "exhale" and let the choppy waters of change settle a bit. Our agreement with Pastor John is a three-year term with the possibility that he could be a candidate to be the Settled Pastor. 
Because of his existing agreement with his church in Lenox, MA, Pastor John will join our community at the beginning of April. In the meantime, we will continue to enjoy the spiritual guidance of a variety of fine pastors. 
The Transition Team would like to thank the Congregation for your support, your input, your patience, and your prayers. We look forward to the Extravagant Welcome we know our community will offer!
With enormous gratitude,
Betsy, Ryan, Karin, Mary, Jennifer, and Sarah
Click to read Pastor John's Bio.. .. Rev. Dr. John A. Nelson
Who's In the Pulpit Now?
This past week we were treated to Ryan Gackenheimer’s joy-filled and Silver Lake oriented Sunday worship. And though we missed hearing Jason Larson the previous Sunday due to the weather, we have plugged him into the schedule at the end of this bridge time – on March 31 st.

Here is the schedule as it stands:

Feb. 3 rd – Rev. Betsey Mauro – Ordained Minister and presently head of Woman’s Support Services

Feb. 10 th – Rev. Betsey Mauro

Feb. 17 th – Lorna Edmundson with Deacons

Feb. 24 – Rev. Sarah Smith – UCC Bridgeport

March 3 rd. – Kirk Hall – from Salisbury School

March 10 th – Robert Kuhn with Deacons

We have two more Sunday’s to fill – and still have a couple of leads we are following. Hopefully by next week we will be all scheduled! Because on April 7 th we will be hearing our new Pastor John Nelson!

In the meantime – keep on coming to our Sunday Worship Service and hear these different voices. And please, as always, keep the prayers coming!

Karin Noyes – for the Deacons
For Pastoral Emergencies
If a pastoral emergency arises, the lead Deacons through Sunday, February 3rd are John Estabrook and Lorna Edmundson.
The lead Deacons from Monday, February 4 through Sunday, February 10 are Karin Noyes and Clare Rashkoff.
The Deacons have pastoral support resources for times of need.
Cards for Pastor Diane
We are still collecting cards for the Tribute Box with fond memories, thanks and good wishes for Pastor Diane. Perhaps you have not yet found the words to write down, but there's still time!
Place your cards and written messages in the Box which sits on the marble-top table on the Fellowship Hall stage. These messages are for Pastor Diane to read at her leisure in the coming days and months and are for her eyes only, so be sure to use an envelope. If you will be away, you can send your cards c/o Melissa Adam, Tributes, Salisbury Congregational Church, PO Box 392, Salisbury, CT 06068. 
Still Accepting Donations
In Honor of Pastor Diane
As Silver Lake is near and dear to Pastor Diane’s heart, a monetary gift will be presented to Silver Lake in her name. We are still collection donations! If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to the Congregational Church of Salisbury (with “Diane-Silver Lake” in the memo line) and send to the church office.
Pastor Diane has been Released from her Ministry with Our Church.
What Happens Next?
Ordained ministers serving in the United Church of Christ follow the “Ordained Minister’s Code.” This code of ethics outlines the responsibilities of ministers while serving, as well as leaving, a church. Here is a link to the full code: Ordained Ministers Code.

These are the statements that govern leaving a church: Click to Read.
Sermon & Readings
This Sunday, February 3, The Rev. Dr. D. Elizabeth Mauro will be our guest preacher. Her sermon will be "A Trip to the Wilderness".

Psalm 107:1-9
Exodus 3:1-12
Matthew 3:13-17
From Barbara Collins, Director of Religious Education
This Sunday, February, 3rd, is Communion Sunday.
There will be Nursery Care (birth-age 4), Sunday School (age 4- Grade 5). The Youth Discussion Group will not meet. Thanks to Andrea Bargabos for helping in the Nursery and Linda Estabrook for helping in the Sunday School last week.   

Click to read... Sunday School News
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 next on Sunday, F ebr uary 10.
From Jack Bowman, Minister of Music
Sunday our guest Betsey Mauro has chosen familiar hymns for our Communion service. The Choir anthem is the Kyrie from the Mass in G Major by Franz Schubert. The organ prelude is Passacaglia by Andre Raison and the postlude is Toccata in A Minor by Benedetto Marcello.

Click to read... Music Ministry Minute
Giv2 Youth Group Event
Jenn Surdam, our Youth Group Intern and Giv2 Coordinator, has arranged a Giv2 event to be held on Saturday, February 16 at Noble Horizons. The youth will participate in a craft with the residents, after a time of introduction and prayer.
The residents always enjoy spending time with our youth and these events prove to be a meaningful experience for the young people as well. 
Please contact Jenn with any questions and to RSVP:
Food Donations for The Corner Food Pantry
Shopping bags were distributed during Worship on Sunday, January 27 for The Corner Food Pantry. If you didn't get one, please pick one up this Sunday! Please fill your bag and bring to church on Sunday, February 10 . The bags will placed in the Parish Hall Entryway before Worship.
The shelves are low! Below are a few suggestions of what they are in need of. Your donations will go to local families in need. Thank you for your support!
  • Soups (hearty, like Progresso)
  • Sugar: 1lb or 5 lb
  • Flour: 1lb or 5lb
  • Ground Coffee
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned or Dried Beans
  • Boxed Milk (like Dairy Pure)
  • Fruit Juices (Bottled)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Cake Mixes
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Jam or Jelly (including Sugar Free)
  • Crackers
  • Snacks
Bible Study
Men's Ecumenical Bible Study meets on   Fridays 7:45 a.m. All men are welcome.

Women's Bible Study will resume in the Spring.
Silver Lake Summer Camp
Register by the end of
Pick your week(s) today! Registration for the 2019 Summer Camp Session at Silver Lake Conference Center opens January 15, and those registering by Jan. 31st can receive a $50 discount on their registration.
Church Office Hours
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 contact the office if you would like to add a name to the prayer list. Names may be added at any time by calling the office 860-435-2442 or emailing . Please make sure you have permission from someone to add their name to this public list.

Please take a moment to visit our w ebs ite:
Conference Calling for Committee Meetings
We now 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:
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