This Week
Wednesday, May 8
  • 9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting
  • 10:00 a.m. Music Committee Meeting
  • 7:15 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, May 9
  • 4:00 p.m. Bell Choir at Noble Horizons
  • 7:00 p.m. Bell Choir at Geer Village
  • 7:00 p.m. HousaTonics

Friday, May 10
  • 7:45 a.m. Men's Bible Study

Sunday, May 12
  • 8:30 a.m. Christian Action in the Parish Hall Library
  • 9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation at the Scoville Memorial Library
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship with Bell Choir, Sunday School, Nursery Care, Youth Discussion Group

Monday, May 13
  • 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Duplicate Bridge Club

Tuesday, May 14
  • 6:00-7:00 Parish Hall piano in use for private lesson
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,

This morning I noticed that overnight, our crab-apple tree decided to join the festivity of spring. The lace of branches and twigs now is adorned in magenta. The drive from our house to the Church house takes me along Route 41 — surely one of the loveliest commutes possible — where weeping cherries and redbuds set off the riot of green hues, from chartreuse to lemon-lime to fern to English green. 

The church is a bit like that, as well: imagine not merely a splendid diversity of human skin tones made in God’s image, but the rich variety of ministries that can show God’s beauty. Last Sunday’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah brought splendid “colors” into our Meetinghouse, thanks to many of you who sang and participated and gave support. Our Christian Action Committee added a brief history in the concert program book — sharing another hue of ministry with our guests. In the meantime, the Christian Education program is preparing to bring a dramatic version of the story of Daniel to worship on May 19th: yet another sacred shade! So many complexions, tinctures, pigments....

Scripture describes the glory of God as a light of fabulous brightness: a light that is complete only when it contains possible colors, from deepest brown to alabaster. Which is to say, we can’t encounter the fullness of God, but can keep on traveling towards that goal. “I am verily persuaded the Lord hath more truth yet to break forth out of His Holy Word,” said John Robinson to the Pilgrims in 1620. I daresay that God has more “colors” that are awakening our senses today. Which is yours?

Pastor John
Bell Choir Performances
On Thursday, May 9, the Bell Choir will perform at 4:00 p.m. at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, and at 7:00 p.m. at Geer Village in Canaan.
Both performances are free and open to the public.
Sermon & Readings

This Sunday, May 12, Pastor John's sermon will be "Do You Hear What I Hear".
From Barbara Collins,
Director of Religious Education

Coming Soon! “Rescue in the Night: The Story of Daniel in the Lions’ Den”
The children of the Sunday School will tell the story of Daniel in the lions’ den in their annual musical during morning worship on Sunday, May 19 th . It’s a dramatic story with a king, some nasty villains and a hero who always remained faithful to his God, even under the threat of death. Don’t miss this one! 
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, May 12.
Music Ministry Minute
From Jack Bowman, Minister of Music
My gratitude to the many members of our congregation, community, and region who participated in or attended our performance of Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah last Sunday afternoon. The 80 people who participated in this concert prepared for four months and were very appreciative of the large, enthusiastic audience. Thank you for supporting this important outreach ministry of our church and the Norfolk UCC church. We attracted new audience members and performers from across Connecticut, the Berkshire region of Massachusetts and Eastern New York.

Next Sunday is Mothers’ Day and the Bell Choir is playing the service prelude. The Senior Choir and Bell choir join together for one anthem.

Planning is in progress for special music for the Summer worship services. The Summer choir sings on the first Sunday of each month with no mid-week rehearsal. Come join us for some exciting anthems. If you would like to sing a solo or sing in an ensemble with friends, please let me know and I will find you a Sunday that fits your schedule.

Hope to see you Sunday.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Welcome Spring!
The Church grounds are ready for spring, due to many years of volunteer care, most recently by Linda Estabrook and Tom Key. Thanks to a parishioner's generosity, Noreen Driscoll of Sweethaven Farm is back for her 17 th (!) year doing the lovely planters out front.   In a new development, we welcome Denise Ralph of Precision Lawn & Maintenance, to maintain our Fellowship Hall garden. Enjoy!
Deacon’s Message: “Staying in the Question”
Lorna Duphiney Edmundson, Deacon
                                                                                                                             With the wonder of Easter still very fresh and warm weather likely on the way, I find myself shaking off the sluggishness of winter and leaning into new possibilities. I’m enjoying asking more questions than arriving at definitive answers.

“Stay in the question”, one of my favorite mentors always said. Hold open the possibility that there is more to learn, more to explore, more to ponder. I watched her put this to practice on many occasions in conversations with others, gently leaning in, posing questions, searching for nuance. And then she would listen – listen deeply – listen with appreciation – conveying interest and respect. As you might imagine, she, in turn, was dearly loved and respected and taught me much about keeping an open heart and open mind, especially when all around you are losing theirs!  

A Note of Thanks
From the Center Congregational Church of Torrington
2019 Silver Lake Benefit Golf Tournament
Four members of our congregation will join eight other UCC churches to again participate in this year's Annual Silver Lake Benefit Golf Tournament. The event has numerous
sponsors and donors, and all funds raised support the special ministry of Silver Lake.
For Pastoral Emergencies
For pastoral emergencies, Pastor John 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 resume in the Fall.
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. 
The Corner Food Pantry
We are continuing to collect nonperishable food donation for The Corner Food Pantry. Donations can be placed in the baskets by the Library Street entrance.

How your donations helped support The Corner Food Pantry last month:

During April :
Number of Households Served: 191
Number of Individuals Served: 724
Number of Meals provided: 6516
Pounds of Food (Estimate): 7819

Weekly Averages:
48 households per week
161 individuals per week
1629 meals per week
1955 pounds of food
Weekend Retreat for Youth in Grades 8-12
May 17-19, 2019

Click to read here to learn more.... Environmental Justice Retreat
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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8-3 and Thursday from 8-2.
Her email is:

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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 Congregational Church of Salisbury, United Church of Christ
125 Main Street, PO Box 392, Salisbury, CT 06068
 Phone (860) 435-2442