This Week
Wednesday, March 6
  • 9:00 a.m. Music Committee Meeting
  • 7:15 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 7
  • 7:00 p.m. HousaTonics

Friday, March 8
  • 7:45 a.m. Men's Bible Study

Saturday, March 9
  • 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Building in use

Sunday, March 10
  • Daylight Savings Time Begins - set clocks AHEAD one hour
  • 9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation at the Scoville Memorial Library
  • First Sunday of Lent
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship with Robert Kuhn and the Deacons, Sunday School, Nursery Care,Youth Discussion Group
  • 3:00 p.m. Building in use

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

Tuesday, March 12
  • 5:15 p.m. Bell Choir
Transitional News
Form Betsy Beck, Moderator
For the Transition Team
We are all eagerly anticipating the arrival of Pastor John Nelson, who will be moving into his office on Monday, April 1. There are a lot of conversations going on about the ways that we can offer him a hearty and heartfelt welcome, so be thinking of ideas to pass along (feel free to put them into the Transition Box that is still on the marble top table by the stage) and stay tuned for more plans about that! His first service with us will be April 7. He will also be attending the Lenten Dinners on April 3 and 10.

In the meantime, please mark your calendar for March 31. Dr. Jason Larson (Chaplain, The Hotchkiss School) will be preaching. Pastor John and his wife Angela will also be joining us for worship that day. Although he will not be participating in the service, he is eager to greet people and begin to get to know us through our worship and during Coffee Hour afterward. 

With gratitude for all of your contributions during this transition time,
Sermon & Readings

This Sunday, March 10, we welcome Robert Kuhn and the Deacons to the pulpit. Robert's sermon will be "Unsung Heroes".

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Luke 4:1-13
From Barbara Collins,
Director of Religious Education

This, Sunday, March 10th:  There will be Nursery Care (birth-age 4) and Sunday School (age 4 - Grade 5). The Youth Discussion Group will meet. Thanks to Stephanie Tierney for helping in the Sunday School last week. Daylight Savings Time begins. Set your clocks AHEAD one hour.

Music Ministry Minute
This Sunday the choir is singing the old favorite hymn Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross written by Fanny Crosby. Blind from birth, Fanny wrote 8,000 hymns. This is one of her most famous.

Click to read... Music Ministry Minute
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, March 10.
This past Sunday worship was lead by Rev. Kirk Hall, the Chaplain at Salisbury School. His sermon, “Thin Places,” spoke to those times and places where heaven meets us here on earth, where we feel the awe. We had hoped to have a link to the sermon here – but last Saturday, Kirk’s computer lost A LOT of his files – this sermon, among them. Thank goodness (and the Holy Spirit) that he had printed out a hard copy the day before!!!!! Pray that the computer gods can find these files for Kirk. We will try to post this sermon on the website when we can get an electronic copy. And thank you Kirk for leading such a beautiful service!

Below are listed upcoming worship leaders:

March 10th – Robert Kuhn with Deacons

March 17th – Bryan Nurnberger, President and founder, Simply Smiles, with the Deacons

March 24th – Rev. James deBoer –NYU Law student; son of Sophia and Lee deBoer of Salisbury

March 31 – Jason Larson – Chaplain, The Hotchkiss School

Karin and Mary – for the Deacons
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
You Are Invited
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
From the Board of Christian Action:
Mark Your Calendar!
We will celebrate our Community Partnerships during morning Worship on Sunday, March 24. Don't miss this opportunity to honor our community connections!
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!
The Corner Food Pantry
The Corner Food Pantry during the month of February:
Number of Households Served: 214
Number of Individuals Served: 853
Number of Meals provided: 7677
Pounds of Food (estimated): 9212

Weekly Averages:
54 households per week
214 individuals per week
1919 meals per week
2303 pounds of food

We continue to collect nonperishable food items for The Corner Food Pantry in the bins in the Library Street entryway. Thanks you for your support!
For Pastoral Emergencies
If a pastoral emergency arises, the lead Deacons through March 10 are Sheryl Kennedy (860-435-2882) & Jennifer Oberto (860-550-5962).

The lead Deacons from March 11-March 17 are John and Linda Estabrook (860-824-5896).

The Deacons have pastoral support resources for times of need.
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 
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
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
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:
Salisbury Sinfonietta Concert
The Salisbury Sinfonietta will present "Bach & Friends" on Sunday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m. Click here for ticket information: Bach & Friends
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. Our focus is to consider safety in our schools and public places as it relates to firearms.
Our Mission is to create a safe space for listening deeply to the stories and concerns of our fellow community members by engaging one another in respectful dialogue. We 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
Opportunity for Youth to Participate in Service Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico
Silver Lake is participating in a Simply Smiles Service Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico during the week of April 13-20. This trip is for young people ages 16-19. There are spaces available if anyone is interested in this opportunity for a rewarding, warm, fun-filled week!
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