This Week
Wednesday, March 27
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Lenten Dinner in the Parish Hal
  • 7:15 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 28
  • 4:30 p.m. Women's Bible Study
  • 7:00 p.m. HousaTonics

Sunday, March 31
  • 9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation at the Scoville Memorial Library
  • Fourth Sunday of Lent
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship with the Rev. Dr. Jason Larson, Sunday School, Nursery Care

Monday, April 1
  • 11:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Duplicate Bridge Club

Tuesday, April 2
  • 5:30 p.m. Bell Choir
You Are Invited ~ Deacon's Dinners Begin This Week
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 will be limited to 25 attendees per week.

Learn more & sign up here: Sign Up for Lenten Dinner
Transitional News
Welcoming John A. Nelson - the next couple of weeks:

March 31 - Dr. Jason Larson preaches. Pastor John and his wife Angela will join us for worship. Come say hello during Coffee Hour.

April 7 - We will welcome Pastor John in his first Sunday service with us. Please plan to stay for a celebratory Coffee Hour. 

For those who haven't read it... Pastor John's Bio

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Betsy Beck, Moderator,
For the Transition Team

The passage of time continues to confound me. It seems like just yesterday when we were considering how to say goodbye to Pastor Diane and talking about (and fretting a bit) how we were going to navigate the "bridge time" between January 13 and April 1. Now we see exactly how much life continues to buzz around us in our church community. The Nominating Committee has been busy at work; the Music Committee has hosted their Student Recital and helped with the Bach & Friends concert; the Deacons' all-star lineup of guest pulpit supply preachers - not to mention their own contributions to the services! - has been exciting and inspiring; the Board of Christian Action collected an astonishing amount of food for the Corner Pantry with a new approach and shared with all of us the joys of the gifts that we give to area organizations; the Hospitality Committee has stepped up for collations and the weekly coffee hour (any and all helpers are welcome!); the Church School hosted an exceptional "Unbirthday Party" for us; and (especially when the weather cooperates) attendance has been terrific! Quite likely I have overlooked somebody or something - but I trust you all get the message! 

Rev. Kirk Hall's quote from Kierkegaard rings true and resonates especially deeply for me when I consider all of this:  "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."  For me, this is where faith comes in - to reassure me that even when I am anxious about how things will go, I can know that there is a strong team of people around me who will help in any way they can. And then comes the avalanche of gratitude.

Mostly I feel grateful for each person in the congregation. You all bring our church to life! My gratitude also extends to the leadership group, the church staff who have continued to work positively and professionally, and for the efforts of the Transition Team that bring Pastor John Nelson to our church family in just a couple of weeks. 

If you have been able to join us on Sunday mornings and have witnessed the energy, you know what I am talking about! But if you have been elsewhere on Sunday mornings for whatever reason, please know we miss you and are eager to welcome you back. Remember to mark your calendars for April 7 - Pastor John's first Sunday service with us and a time to celebrate a new beginning! 
WORSHIP NOTES
Sermon & Readings

This Sunday, March 31, we welcome the Rev. Dr. Jason Larson to the pulpit.

Readings:
Psalm 32
Joshua 5:9-12
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
A Joyous Community Partnership Worship Service
was Celebrated on March 24
Thank you to the Christian Action Committee and all who contributed to make this such a special service and celebration!
From Barbara Collins,
Director of Religious Education

Last week's family faith talk opportunity : Pretend you’re God and you just finished creating the world. What’s the favorite thing you made?

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, April 14.
On March 24 th we welcomed Rev. James deBoer, son of Sophia and Lee deBoer of Salisbury to lead worship. It was an exciting day as the Christian Action Committee had arranged for the public distribution of donation checks to fourteen entities that our church (that means YOU) supports in our efforts to help locally, and further afield. The many representatives filled the front pews and each gave a short description of how our donations help their organization. It was very impressive to see.

Rev. DeBoer gave a very thought provoking sermon. As an ordained minister he has chosen to go back to school to study law in hope to be better equipped to pursue issues that kept cropping up in his ministries.
Read his sermon here: The Capacity to be Called
 
March 31 – Rev. Dr. Jason Larson – Chaplain, The Hotchkiss School
 
And – finally:

April 7 th – Rev. John Nelson

Thank you for sticking with us all this way.
Karin and Mary for the Deacons
Music Ministry Minute
From Jack Bowman, Minister of Music
This Sunday, as we continue our journey through Lent, the choir anthem will be "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked" by Geoffrey O'Hara. This favorite anthem helps us focus on the journey before us.
OPPORTUNITIES & NEWS
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:
March 2019 Deacon's Message
Submitted by Jennifer Oberto
Late winter can feel like a slog. We’re all tired of the cold and dark, and our patience with each other may be wearing thin. At the same time, there are signs that spring is already on its way. It’s still light out when I leave work, I can hear birdsong that was noticeably absent during December and January, and for the Christian church, we are entering the season of Lent.

Click to continue reading... The Deacon's Message
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
If a pastoral emergency arises, the lead Deacons through April 1 are Clare Rashkoff (860-435-0585) & Cynthia Lapier (413-229-0180).

The Deacons have pastoral support resources for times of need.
Bible Study
Men's Ecumenical Bible Study meets on Friday at 7:45 a.m. All men are welcome.

Women's Bible Study will meet 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. 
In Case of Inclement Weather
In the case inclement weather, if a decision to cancel Worship is made, it will be posted:
1. On our website
2. On our Facebook Page
3. Channel 3 WFSB - TV and Website
4. via Email sent to E-blast recipients 
STAYING IN TOUCH
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: sccmelissa@gmail.com

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


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: kwigginsscc@gmail.com.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Berkshire Conversation Project
Community Dialogues
The Berkshire Conversation Project grew out of a response to the loss of life at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, FL), in February 2018. Their focus is to consider safety in our schools and public places as it relates to firearms.
Their Mission is to create a safe space for listening deeply to the stories and concerns of fellow community members by engaging one another in respectful dialogue. They strive to gain a greater understanding of the issues involved and to explore a path toward a stronger sense of community and freedom from fear.
We will be holding three community dialogues lasting ninety minutes each: Click here to learn more
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 
 email: salisburyucc@gmail.com