Salisbury UCC at the 2019 CROP Walk
Dear Friends,

Thank you to all the Salisbury UCC folk who participated in the CROP Walk last Sunday. More than a dozen walked with our church or with schools and other community groups who came out to defeat hunger, one step at a time.

We were blessed with a glorious early fall afternoon, and with donations from many church participants - and blessed even more with the exceptional organizing and attention to detail handled by area churches and generous community-minded citizens. Thank you for a spirited, encouraging effort.

This weekend I will miss you, as Angela and I will be in Brooklyn for our daughter's wedding. You'll be in for a treat as the Rev. Abby Gackenheimer will preach and preside over our Worldwide Communion service. What an abundance of blessing we experience: from sharing the food of earth to rejoicing in the food of heaven!

Pastor John
Sunday, October 6
  • 9am Mindfulness Meditation at the Scoville Memorial Library
  • 10am Communion Worship with Guest Preacher Abby Gackenheimer, Sunday School, Special collection for "Neighbors in Need"
  • 11am Fellowship in the Parish Hall

Tuesday, October 8
  • 5:15pm-6:30pm Church Council
  • 5:15-6:30pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, October 9
  • 9am Staff Meeting
  • 11a-12pm Noble Horizons Worship
  • 5:30-7pm Board of Deacons
  • 7:15-9pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, October 10
  • 4:30-5:30pm Women's Bible Study

Friday, October 11
  • 7:45am Men's Bible Study

October 11-13 Fall Festival
Sermon & Readings

This Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 6, we will welcome The Rev. Abby Gackenheimer to the pulpit. Her sermon will be "A 'big' Enough Table." Readings: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 37:1- 9;Luke 17:5-10
From Barbara Collins,
Director of Religious Education
 Many hands make light work. How will you and/or members of your family help at the  FALL FESTIVAL , October 11th and 12th?  You'll have opportunities to sign up during Coffee Hour and on a worship bulletin.
Neighbors in Need
Special Collection on Sunday, October 6
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. We will be collecting this special offering on Sunday, October 6, during our Worship service. Click here to learn more.
Silver Lake Golf Tournament 2019
Fall Festival Events
October 10, 11, and 12

We're looking forward to another great Fall Festival! It's a wonderful opportunity to welcome visitors to our church and raise money for our outreach program. It's not too late to volunteer—please contact Kathy Mera ( or Jeanette Weber (

Set-Up – Strong arms are needed on Saturday morning from 8:30 am to help Lee Collins set out signs, tables, hay wagon steps, and trash cans. Then at 4 pm all items must be carried back inside. 

Quilt Show – Many visitors enter our Meeting House to admire the colorful display of quilts draped over the pews and hanging from the balcony. Thanks to Sarah Zarbach for again organizing the show. 
Please bring your quilts to display before Thursday.  
Treasure Trove – This Sunday is the last day to bring your donations to be recycled by Barbara Collins to eager buyers. Special thanks to Roseanne Lamson who has cleaned and polished the many donations of unwanted “treasures.”
Country Kitchen – Linda Estabrook will be displaying home-made jams, pickles, granola, and Irene Light’s fresh bread (but no baked goods.) All Saints of America Church will join us again with their baked goods, Greek specialties, cheeses, and olives.
Greeters and Sellers – Volunteers are still needed to welcome visitors to our Meeting House and Parish Hall during the festival. Others can take orders in the Hot Dog Tent or wrap purchases in the Treasure Trove.  Smiling faces and helping hands are welcome!
Calling All Quilt Owners!
This year celebrates the Eighth Annual Quilt Exhibit. Each year’s exhibit has been a huge success and wonderful to behold, with quilts of all sizes and designs, draped over the pews throughout the church. There will be examples of different quilt block designs, a step-by-step demonstration of how the Jacob’s Ladder quilt block is cut and assembled, and an in-the-making rainbow quilt being specially made for the church. All quilts are welcome in the exhibit – whether made by you, given to you by your favorite aunt, purchased – or received -- as an anniversary or wedding gift and that special “who-knows-where-it-came-from?” group. Please bring your quilt(s) to the church and drape over a pew any time during the week of October 7 th (although some rearranging may be necessary). Cards will be available for you to provide your name and contact information as well as anything that you know about your quilt’s “story” – for example, its design, its quilter, and how it was acquired. (Don’t worry if you don’t have any of this information; we want to see your quilting treasures anyway!) For questions or further information, please contact Kathy Mera at 860-605-0729. 
Women's Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 4:30pm in the Parish Hall Library.

Men's Bible Study meets on Fridays at 7:45am in the Parish Hall.

All are welcome! If you are interested in participating in either Bible Study, please contact Pastor John.
Our Church's 275th Anniversary
On Sunday, November 24, we will have an all-church Celebration to commemorate the Church's 275th Anniversary. Mark your calendar an exuberant worship service and a boisterous birthday party!

For that day, we are collecting stories of service to our neighbors, near and far. Can you share how you have put your faith in action? Please contact Pastor John ( click here) or the church office.
Church Office Update
We have implemented a security measure for the Church House: If any of the staff is in the building alone, the Library Street door will remain locked. If you stop by during office hours and find the door is locked, please press the intercom button to the left of the door. The staff person will come down and open the door for you!
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 (
 The Coffee Hour sign up is in the Parish Hall. If you have never served at Coffee Hour and would like to “learn the ropes,” please sign your name in the column marked “helper” and you will be paired with an experienced Coffee Hour server.

Click above to access our secure site
Church Office Hours
Pastor John Nelson keeps office hours on Tuesday - Friday. He can be reached at (860) 435-2442 ext. 101, by email (, or by mobile phone (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:
SVNA Hospice Offers Community Ceremony to Honor & Remember Loved Ones
There will be a community Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, November 1, 4:00 p.m. at The Town Grove. All are welcome. Click here to learn more.

Many of our choir members are singing in HMS Pinafore being presented this Saturday and Sunday at the Sharon Playhouse with wonderful leads, a community chorus of 40 members and the Salisbury Sinfonietta. Christiane Morel is singing the lead role of Josephine. Tickets are available on the Sharon Playhouse website. Come have fun with our wonderful singers and orchestral musicians.
The Congregational Church of Salisbury, United Church of Christ
125 Main Street, PO Box 392, Salisbury, CT 06068
 Phone (860) 435-2442