Weekly Newsletter
Gilead Congregational Church, UCC
Week of June 13th - June 19th        
Meetings and Services
this Week:

Thursday, June 14th:
-7:00 p.m. Trustees

Sunday, June 17th: 
-9:00 a.m. Worship Service 
-Summer Sunday School 
-Coffee Hour

Tuesday, June 19th:
-11:15 a.m. Bible Study
-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 Worship Service and Office Hours 
This Sunday, June 17th, we will gather for worship at 9:00 a.m.  This summer worship time will continue throughout the summer, through and including Sunday, September 9th.

Summer Sunday school is offered each week for children in 3rd grade and under.

During the summer, our Choir is off.  If you are willing to share a musical gift during one of our summer services, please contact Bruce Gale, our Minister of Music (bgale@snet.net).   
Also, Sally Fritsche, our Administrative Assistant, is in the Church Office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon during the summer.

Stephanie Haines, our Minister of Mission and Faith Formation, is off after Sunday, June 17th for the summer and will resume her regular schedule on Sunday, August 26th. 
Bible Study 
Bible Study, which currently meets on Tuesday mornings at 11:15 a.m. in the Parish House, will continue meeting through and including June 26th. The group will take a summer break and resume meeting on Tuesday mornings in August. Details to be announced.
The Karahja Family Needs Our Help
The Karahja family, the refugee family from Syria our congregation has been helping, is in the midst of some life challenges right now.  One of them we can help to resolve is financial. Since Ahmed is not able to work for the time being due to back issues, they expect to be short on their monthly bills. In order to prevent them from falling behind, we have offered our help, and remind them of the renewed importance of living within a budget. Accordingly, we are  asking our congregation (for the first time, believe it or not!) for some financial support. There is a basket out underneath the name tags in case you'd like to make a donation.  The  basket  will be there through June 17th. If you have any friends or family that don't go to the church but want to help, please ask people to make checks out to Gilead Church and put "refugees" on the memo line. They can mail it to the church (672 Gilead Street, Hebron, CT 06248) or give it to you to put it in the basket. Thank you!
Willing Weeders Needed!

Our Trustees are looking for folks who are willing to help weed around the church during the upcoming summer months to keep our church grounds looking great. 

There are a few weeks still available:
July 8th
August 26th
September 2nd
September 9th
September 23rd
September 30th

There is a sign up sheet underneath the name tags or you can sign up by calling the Church Office (860-228-3077).  Weeding takes about an hour.  Please consider signing up for a week or two.  If you have any questions, please speak with Steve Weir, chairperson of our Board of Trustees.  Thank you!    

Summer Potluck & Prayer Gatherings 
Please plan to join us on Wednesday evenings July 11th, July 25th, August 8th and August 22nd for our summer Potluck and Prayer gatherings.  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!     
Cards for Maggie Nolan-Thibault and Paul Miller 

Maggie Nolan-Thibault has moved to a new rehab and will be there for a while. If you could send a note or card to lift her spirits, we are sure she would appreciate it.  Here's her updated address:

Maggie Nolan-Thibault
c/o Glastonbury Health Care Center
1175 Hebron Avenue
Room 205
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Paul Miller is also currently in rehab and is anticipating being there until the end of June. If you could send a note or card to lift his spirits, we know he would appreciate it. Here's his address:

Paul Miller
c/o Glastonbury Health Care Center
1175 Hebron Avenue
Room 202
Glastonbury, CT 06033 

Summer Picnics at the Hebron Douglas Library 
Please join us for complimentary "Summer Picnics" at the Douglas Library in Hebron, 22 Main Street. Enjoy a delicious lunch at 12 pm in the library community room along with a surprise visit from a guest "Mystery Reader" for children of all ages. The dates are as follows: July 10th, picnic provided by FennAgain's Restaurant, July 17th, picnic provided by Gina Marie's Restaurant, July 24th, picnic provided by Georgia's Restaurant and July 31st, picnic provided by Something Simple CafĂ©.  All are welcome to enjoy!   
Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God 
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you!"  -Isaiah 43: 2
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is an ecumenical program sponsored by the churches of Hebron, and is open to all children entering kindergarten through fifth grade. This year VBS will be held Monday, July 23rd  hrough Friday, July 27th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Gilead Congregational Church.
This year our theme is "Rolling River Rampage."  At the Rolling River Rampage, children will meet our fantastic river guides and Romper, the river otter. After a high-energy opening assembly, children will experience an interactive Bible lesson followed by a variety of activities, crafts, music and recreation as well as a tasty treat in our snack zone.  Participants will also be able to contribute to our mission project.
Early Bird Special:  All registration forms/payments received by July 4, 2018 will be only $25 per child. All registration forms received after July 4, 2018 will be $30 per child. The fee covers class materials, daily snacks, crafts, and outdoor recreation. Scholarships are available.
Please make checks payable to Gilead Congregational Church with VBS in the memo line and include a completed registration form. Registration forms can be found underneath the name tags outside of the Sanctuary. Please mail checks and registration form to Gilead Congregational Church/VBS, 672 Gilead Street, Hebron, CT 06248 or give them to Stephanie Haines or Lydia Abu-Rahmeh. We hope you will join us!
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
Children's Sunday
This past Sunday, June 10th we celebrated our Sunday school and the many ways in which our children have loved their neighbors! The children led the worship service, shared their mission efforts, reflected on their past year at the Gilead Congregational Church as well as recognized their super Sunday school teachers. Young people wore their "Love Your Neighbor " shirts!
Our Church family expresses its deepest sympathy to Tara Milardo-Denler, Laura Lee Denler and Tyler Milardo-Denler on the recent death of Tara's father. 
Thank You 

Dear Stephanie Haines,

I would like to take a minute to formally thank you and this wonderful program for helping me with my car repairs. I have worked very hard to get where I am today and with this program I am now a reliable employee with reliable transportation. Tarcas was more than generous with the repairs and my car is running very well. If there is anything I can do to volunteer my time to any program in need please let me know. I truly can not express the gratitude I have. I do not have a lot of extra funds as I do work paycheck to paycheck, but I have saved $50 to give back to this program. Please accept the enclosed $50 to put back into the car repair program.  Thank you again and God Bless!



Upcoming Sunday Worship Servers 
Ushers for this Sunday: Gayle Sylvester and Harvey Desruisseaux
Ushers for next week: Judi Brandi and Alice Marien
Deacon of the Day for this Sunday: Katie McClaine  
Deacon of the Day for next week: Jim Ledbetter
Liturgist: Margot Sheehan                        
Coffee Hour Host for this Sunday: Renee Ellis
Coffee Hour Host for next week: Potluck
Greeter for this Sunday: Berry Honore
Greeters for next week: Diane Dixon and Ginny Grabowski
Summer Sunday School Teachers for this Sunday: PreK/K: Karen & Sarah Cohen
                                                                           Grades 1-3: Jodi Peterson
Summer Sunday School Teachers for next Sunday: PreK/K: Jackie Lage
                                                                           Grades 1-3: Cheryl Lage


Scripture Reading and Prayer for the Week
Mark 4: 26-34

O God, Creator of all that is, Jesus gave us the seeds of your justice and peace.  Touch us, teach us, inspire us, we pray, to sow those seeds through our ministries so that all may share in Creation's abundance through Jesus Christ.  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)