This Week
Wednesday, January 9
  • 7:15pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, January 10
  • 4:30pm Women's Bible Study in Parish Hall Library
  • 7:00pm Housatonics

Friday, January 11
  • 7:45pm Men's Bible Study

Sunday, January 13
  • 9:00am Mindfulness Meditation at the Scoville Memorial Library
  • 10:00am Worship with Choir, Sunday School, Nursery Care, Youth Discussion Group
  • Potluck luncheon immediately following Worship to Celebrate Pastor Diane's last service with us

Monday, January 14
  • 11:30am Duplicate Bridge Club
Honoring Pastor Diane
1. Bring a lunch or brunch dish to share at a pot-luck meal immediately following worship this Sunday, January 13th. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are welcome. Please label ingredients. Dessert, bread and beverages will be provided. Someone will be in the kitchen to receive your dishes before church on Sunday morning. Please contact Cynthia LaPier with any questions:  
2. Let’s fill a Tribute Box with fond memories, thanks and good wishes for Pastor Diane. 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. 

3. As we all know, Silver Lake is near and dear to Pastor Diane’s heart. A monetary gift will be presented to Silver Lake in her name. 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.
Transition News
From Betsy Beck, Church Moderator
For the Transition Team

Following Sunday's announcement in church, our team did not anticipate having much new to report today. We had met with two extremely interesting and qualified candidates, each of whom brought a different perspective and a different set of skills. It was our expectation that we had seen all that we would be able to, and so we decided we should take a deep breath and focus on celebrating Pastor Diane at the end of her time with us. 

But a dear friend reminded me that if you want to make God laugh, tell God your plans. Now, the transition team will be meeting with Rev. Tamara Moreland tomorrow (Thursday), and we have another candidate's profile to consider. So stay tuned! While we all would like this to be resolved quickly, we truly believe we are close. In the meantime, Karin Noyes and Mary O'Neill have been working with Pastor Diane to identify pulpit supply for the coming weeks. Mary's plea in church for people to consider offering a sermon was heartfelt, and we hope that some of you will respond and get in touch with them.

We are all looking forward to our Comfort Food Potluck Lunch right after church on Sunday (January 13) as a chance to honor Pastor Diane and spend time together as a community. Please bring whatever makes you feel good and plan on staying for a time of celebration. And take a moment if you can to write a card or note for Pastor Diane to add to the collection of wishes / gratitude / memories. 

Also, Barbara Collins announced on Sunday that we will be collecting funds to donate to Silver Lake in Pastor Diane's honor. Every gift, large and small, is welcome and very much appreciated. Checks should be made out to the Congregational Church of Salisbury with 'Silver Lake Diane' in the note. 

See you on Sunday - and keep those prayers coming!

UCC Transition Protocol:
A Note from Pastor Diane
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, January 13, will be Pastor Diane's final Sunday with us. Her sermon will be "God Be With You".

Psalm 29
Isaiah 43:1-7
Philippians 1:3-10
From Barbara Collins, Director of Religious Education
Let’s fill a Tribute Box with fond memories, thanks and good wishes for Pastor Diane. If your children are not yet writing, they can draw a picture. Place your cards and written messages in the Box which sits on the marble-top table on the Fellowship Hall stage.

Youth Discussion Group
Erin Swett, LCSW, and Jen 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 this Sunday, January 13.
From the Deacon's
On Dec. 30 th the Deacons led the worship service. The service was based upon the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service that Pastor Diane put together this past November, giving thanks to and recognizing the natural world. It was a beautiful service and the Deacons thought well worth the reprise. And I, well, the natural world IS my world and where my faith is imbedded. Below is my reflection delivered in the service leading into the Native American Haudenosaunee Address. And if any of you are wondering about my 300 hikes up Lion’s Head in 2018 - # 300 was completed on the 29 th of December. Mission accomplished.

Click to continue reading... From the Deacons
Food Donations for The Corner Food Pantry

Shopping bags will be distributed during Worship on January 20 to be filled for The Corner Food Pantry. They will then be collected during Worship on January 27. 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
From the Corner Food Pantry:

In December, the Corner Food Pantry provided Holiday turkeys and meals to 53 Households comprising 213 people in December.

For the full 2018 Year, the Pantry served 50 Households per week on average
and provided over 91,000 meals and almost 110,000 pounds of food!
Bible Study
Men's Ecumenical Bible Study meets on   Fridays 7:45am. All men are welcome.

Women's Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 4:30pm in the Parish Hall Library. All women are welcome, no previous experience necessary.
Church Office Hours
Pastor Diane's office hours are Monday -Thursday 9:00-5:00 or by appointment. Pastor Diane's last day in the office will be Tuesday, January 15.

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

Melissa Adam, Financial and Communications Assistant, is in the office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00-2:00.
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 website:
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
Sunday, January 27 11:30am at 
The Millerton Movie House in Millerton, NY
Co-sponsored by The Salisbury Forum
The Congregational Church of Salisbury, United Church of Christ
125 Main Street, PO Box 392, Salisbury, CT 06068
 Phone (860) 435-2442