Weekly Newsletter
Gilead Congregational Church, UCC
Week of August 8th - August 15th        
Meetings and Services
this Week:





Wednesday, August 8th:
-6:00 p.m. Summer Potluck & Prayer

Thursday, August 9th:
-9:30 a.m. Hebron Clergy

Sunday, August 12th:
-9:00 a.m. Worship Service 
-Summer Sunday School 
-Coffee Hour

Monday, August 13th:
-11:00 a.m. Memorial Service for Jean Raymond
Tuesday, August 14th:
-7:30 p.m. AA Meeting  
About Us:

Reverend Dr. Denise M. Esslinger 
Minister of Mission and Faith Formation:
Stephanie Haines 
Minister of Music:
Bruce Gale
Administrative Assistant:
Sally Fritsche  

Worship: 8:30 AM
Worship w/Sunday School:  10:00 AM
Summer Worship: 
9:00 AM 

Gathered:  1748
Meeting House:  1838
Fellowship Hall:  2008


We are an Open & Affirming Church 

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Summer Potluck & Prayer Tonight! 
Please plan to join us tonight and on Wednesday evening August 22nd for our final summer Potluck and Prayer gathering of the season.  We'll meet on the Gathering Terrace at 6 p.m.  Our Deacons will grill up hamburgers and hot dogs and have lemonade and ice tea to share.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  After dinner, we'll close our evening with a brief time of worship and prayer.  All are welcome! 
Back to School Drive - Ends this Sunday, August 12th
Help to send children back to school with a healthy start!
The Children's Subcommittee of our Board of Missions is hoping to provide our local food bank, HIHS, as well as RHAM High School with much needed back to school supplies. Please consider donating any items below or making a donation. For a $25 donation you can sponsor a young person to go back to school with a fully stocked back pack!

Collection bins to place your donations will be available outside the Sanctuary. If you are making a monetary donation please make checks payable to Gilead Congregational Church with "Blessing of the Backpacks" in the memo. Your specifically labeled check can be placed in the offering plate during worship service.
School Supplies Needed: 
  • heavy duty, zip-up, 3-Ring Binders (large)
  • sturdy backpacks for teens
  • earbuds
  • flash drives
  • scientific calculators (with sin, cos, tan buttons)
  • graphing calculators (TI-84 Plus CE)
  • 24 pack crayons
  • 12 pack colored pencils
  • 12 pack colored markers - fine tip
  • pencils/pens 
  • dry erase markers
  • pencil cap erasers
  • pack of glue sticks
  • high lighters (varied colors)
  • sturdy plastic folders with pockets
  • 3 ring binder (one inch)
  • 3 ring binder (D-ring 3 inches)
  • dividers for 3-ring binders
  • zipper pouches to hold pens, pencils, etc.
  • spiral, single subject notebooks
  • wide ruled composition books
  • lined notebook paper
  • graph paper
  • contained pencil sharpeners
  • 3 X 5 index cards
  • ruler
  • agenda books
  • combination locks for PE lockers
  • compasses/protractors 
Healthy Non-Perishable Snacks needed:   
  • snack-size fruit cups  
  • raisins 
  • pretzels  
  • microwave popcorn
  • trail mix 
  • granola bars
  • whole grain crackers
Items can be placed in the designated bins outside the Sanctuary through August 12th. Thank you so much for your support!
On August 26th we'll be having our annual "Blessing of the Backpacks". We will be offering our prayers as we send off our young people, teachers and school professionals for the new school year ahead. We hope you will join us!
Organ Update 
Above is a picture of Bruce Gale, our Minister of Music, with our new Allen Organ at the factory in Pennsylvania!  Work on removing our current organ will begin next week.  Our new organ is currently scheduled to be installed on October 23rd.  Until then, we will be using our piano for worship.  Thanks to everyone who made commitments to make this new organ a reality.  Additional payments to Allen Organ are coming due over the next months, so we invite you to fulfill any outstanding pledge commitments as soon as possible.  Our hope is to feature the new organ at Christmas and then to have a celebratory concert in the new year.  If you have any questions about the organ, please feel free to speak with Bruce Gale or Carolyn Bennett, who chaired our Organ Committee. Questions about pledge commitments can be directed to Joan Cordier our Assistant Treasurer.  
Steeple Chase Bike Tour - Saturday, August 18th 
On Saturday, August 18th, Jeff Brown, Mark Hand and Les Fredette will be riding in the 27th Annual Steeple Chase Bike Tour, which raises money for Perception Programs, Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, and the Windham Region No Freeze Project.  If you would like to support Jeff, Mark and/or Les, please speak with them.  If you would like to participate in this event, you can find more info at www.steeplechasebiketour.org.   
Bible Study Resumes Meeting on Tuesday, August 21st 
Bible Study will resume meeting on Tuesday, August 21st. The group meets on Tuesday mornings from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Music Room. Rev. Bob Woodward will once again facilitate the study. The group will explore the Book of Psalms. Please bring your own Bible.  All are welcome!  
"Speaking Through Stories - Who Are Refugees?"
I am pleased to announce the release of my mini-documentary sharing the story of refugees and our own Karahja family.  I hope you will watch my show "Speaking Through Stories" and this special segment "Who Are Refugees?"! I am so grateful  to the Karahja's for their vulnerability, openness, and compassion throughout this whole process... they have allowed me to share difficult parts of their journey and huge parts of who they are in order to hopefully touch people in some way and highlight our shared humanity above all. I hope that this does their story justice and is a true testament to their resiliency and kindness, which I have known for myself to be extremely powerful.
You can watch the segment on the Community Voice Channel at the following times:
Speaking Through Stories: Who Are Refugees
August 8th: 4:30pm
August 12th: 8:00pm
August 14th: 12:30pm
August 21st: 3:00pm
August 24th: 6:30pm
August 30th: 11:30am
You can also access the story "ON DEMAND" by visiting http://www.cvcct.org/on-demand.html and typing in "Speaking Through Stories" on the search bar.
Please note this is a personal opinion piece. As you all know I believe in bipartisan, fair information that contains both sides, and this piece does present all verified facts that I researched. Yet, it also emphasizes the Karahja's perspective and I couldn't help but get emotional throughout the process due to my close relationship with the family and knowing firsthand about who they are.
Thank you for all your support,
Skylar Haines  
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed 
Members of the Fellowship Committee are asking members and friends to sign up for co-hosting coffee hour on Sunday mornings. Please consider serving as a host.  You can sign up to host a coffee hour on the sign up underneath the name tags.  If you can serve as a host or have any questions, please contact Gloria Kimball (860-228-3817) or Lorraine Kreeger (860-643-4082).  Thank you!         
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
This past Friday, August 3rd young people ages 8 - 14 from the programs of the Gilead Congregational Church in Hebron and Mothers United Against Violence in Hartford enjoyed an evening game of baseball at the Hartford Yard Goats, developed friendships and had fun!
4th Annual Gilead Golf Open - September 26th 
This year's golf tournament will take place at Blackledge Country Club on Wednesday, September 26th.   All proceeds from the tournament go to support the missions and ministries of our Church.  Here are the various ways in which you can be involved:
Golfer: NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED, just a willingness to have a good time.  For a nominal fee of $100 per golfer you will enjoy a continental breakfast, bag lunch, eighteen holes of golf with a cart and an all you can eat buffet dinner featuring prime rib and chicken marsala. Entry forms are available at the sign-up table in the hall or from any committee member.
Corporate Sponsor: Levels of $425 (includes two golfers) and $200 are available.  Each include a banner to be displayed at registration and dinner along with media recognition.
Tee Sponsor: Show your support by making a $100 donation. This level includes a sign placed at one of the tee boxes on the course indicating your support along with media recognition  
Individual Sponsor:  For a $50 donation you can support the event and receive media recognition. Other monetary amounts will graciously be accepted.
Silent Auction Item:  Donate an item of significant value to be auctioned off at the event.  For reference past items have included tickets to a college or professional sporting event, one week time share vacation, afternoon of sailing.
Raffle Item:  Donate an item to be raffled off at the event.  Popular items include gift certificates, gift baskets and golf accessories or apparel.
Please consider being a part of this "fun" and "fund" raising event for our church.  Contact a member of the committee to register as a golfer or discuss a donation. 
Gilead Open Committee: Ken Cook, Tim Fellman, Harvey Desruisseaux, Steve Petro, Glen Hadley, Jack Hooker, and Doug Stewart
Congratulations to Doug and Susan Stewart on the birth of grandson Douglas James Munroe born to Alison (Stewart) and Brian Munroe.  DJ was born on Sunday, August 5th weighing 8 pounds 14 ounces and is 21 inches long.



Upcoming Sunday Worship Servers 
Ushers for this Sunday: Carol and Dave Geyer
Ushers for next week: Sharon and Jim Ledbetter
Deacon of the Day for this Sunday: Amy Huhn
Deacon of the Day for next week: Bill Cox
Liturgist: Brenda Houghton
Coffee Hour Host for this Sunday: Gayle Sylvester
Coffee Hour Hosts for next week: Denise Esslinger and Phil Parizeau
Greeter for this Sunday: Joe Sheehan
Greeter for next week: Steve Petro
Summer Sunday School Teachers for this Sunday: PreK/K: Karen Risley
                                                                         Grades 1-3: Lynn Lukach
Summer Sunday School Teachers for next Sunday: PreK/K: Donna Wertenbach
                                                                          Grades 1-3: Carolyn Bennett


Scripture Reading and Prayer for the Week
Ephesians 4: 25-5:2

Loving God, we trust in your love that has no end.  Give us your assurance and peace. We are your people, called by you to live and serve and love. Amen
Contact Info
Sally Fritsche
Administrative Assistant
672 Gilead St
Hebron, Ct   06248
Summer Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until noon (Parish House)

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until noon (Parish House)