Weekly Newsletter
Gilead Congregational Church, UCC
Week of September 12th - September 18 th        
Meetings and Services
this Week:

Wednesday, September 12th:
-8:30 a.m. Hunger Action Team 
-9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning Book Discussion Group

Thursday, September 13th:
-9:00 a.m. Hebron Clergy
-7:00 p.m. Trustees
Sunday, September 16th:
-10:00 a.m. Worship with Sunday School Kick Off  
-Sunday School 
-All Church Brunch!
-6:30 p.m. Youth Group Kick Off Meeting

Monday, September 17th:
-7:30 p.m. Board of Christian Education
Tuesday, September 18th:
-9:30 a.m. Knitting Circle
-11:00 a.m. Mobile Foodshare Van at Church of Hope
-11:15 a.m. Bible Study in the Music Room
-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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"Precious in God's Sight!"
Sunday School Kick Off Celebration
Please join this Sunday, September 16th as we celebrate the beginning of our new Sunday School year! Enjoy a delicious brunch after the 10:00 a.m. worship service in the Fellowship Hall by our own chef, Glen Hadley, and team. A donation basket will be at the door to help defray the costs of the brunch. 
Children will have the opportunity to meet their new and enthusiastic Sunday School teachers who are looking forward to teaching them more about God's great love for them. Sunday School registration forms will be available for parents.
"Precious in God's Sight" is our theme for the year and young people will discover how they are a precious child of God, dearly loved and wonderfully made with gifts and talents God has blessed them with. What's more, in 2019, children will be invited to develop their own personal service projects using their special gifts and talents to be an expression of God's love and hope to our community and beyond. The children's good works will be shared during our end of the year Children's Sunday on June 9, 2019.
We can't wait to see where God calls us and are looking forward to a wonderful start to our Sunday School year! We hope to see you soon! 
The Lord's Prayer 
Over the months of April, May and June, we tried using some different words in The Lord's Prayer during worship.  The Deacons hope in doing this was to draw our attention to the words we say so often and to help us think about what they mean.  During the month of September, we will be revisiting the various words and then in the month of October, the Deacons will be including a brief survey in the bulletin to get your input and thoughts on the words and experience. 

September 16th
"sins and sinners"

September 23rd
"debts and debtors"

September 30th
"forgive and forgiven"
Youth Group Kick-Off Meeting - Sunday, September 16th 
All youth in the 7th grade and higher, their friends, and parents are invited to join us for our Youth Group Kick-Off Meeting on Sunday, September 16th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Come to hear about the exciting plans for the year ahead!  Ice cream sundaes will be made and parents will also have the opportunity to complete permission forms.  Please join us!  Please speak with Karen Cohen (860-228-5188) or Heidi Byrne (860-228-8397) if you have any questions.    
Knitting Circle Resumes - Tuesday, September 18th 
Our Knitting Circle will resume meeting on Tuesday, September 18th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Parish House. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month to knit shawls for others to celebrate life, to comfort, to heal, and to bless. No knitting experience is required and yarn can be provided. Please speak with Doris Links (860-228-9015) if you have any questions.
The Grief Journey
Bereavement Support Group
The loss of a loved one is not well understood or always supported by our society. Deep emotional wounds often caused by the death of a loved one are not unlike physical injuries. Losing a loved one is a real injury that deserves equally prompt attention. Many individuals have benefited from some guidance through the process of grief. Bereavement Support Group meetings provide a safe place to share stories of our loved ones as well as learn about the process of grief with others.
The Grief Journey: Bereavement Support Group will meet on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., beginning on September 19th, 2018 at the Church of the Holy Family Parish House, 185 Church Street, Hebron, CT. The group is facilitated by grief educators Michael Glazier and Stephanie Haines. All grieving adults are welcome whether your loss is recent or past and you may come to one session or as many as you would like. This support group is non-denominational and brought to you by a collaborative effort of the Hebron Faith Communities. You may call Stephanie Haines at (860) 228-3077 for more information.
Two Services Resume Sunday, September 23rd 
On Sunday, September 23rd, we resume our two worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.  Our 10 a.m. worship service includes our Choir and Sunday school.
4th Annual Gilead Golf Open - Wednesday, September 26th
We are just two weeks away from this year's Gilead Open golf outing taking place at Blackledge Country Club on Wednesday, September 26th.  All proceeds from the tournament go to support the missions and ministries of our Church. There is still opportunity to register as a golfer or support the event with a donation.

The Gilead Open committee would like to thank everyone that is supporting the event through Corporate, Tee or Individual sponsorships or through donations for the silent auction or raffle.  For those that are still interested in supporting the event please contact a member of the committee. The deadline for new Corporate or Tee sponsors is Monday, September 17th in order to provide enough time to have signs made.  We are also in need of silent auction or raffle prizes.  Themed gift baskets, gift certificates to local business or golf accessories or apparel are great items for the raffle.

Those participating in the event can look forward to a day of fun and great fellowship. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Golfers 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 a committee member.

If you haven't already, please consider being a part of this "fun" and "fund" raising event for our church.

Gilead Open Committee: Ken Cook, Tim Fellman, Harvey Desruisseaux, Steve Petro, Glen Hadley, Jack Hooker, and Doug Stewart

Wednesday Morning Book Discussion Group 
Our Wednesday Morning Book Discussion Group resumes meeting this morning at the home of Judy Brown and Deena Watson (130 Charles Lane).  The group meets on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. They are reading "Waking Up White" by Debby Irving. It is a nonfiction book about how white Americans are socialized and how that affects views on racial issues.  All are welcome!

CROP Walk - Sunday, September 30th 
Please plan on joining us for our annual three mile "walk to end hunger". The walk route follows the Hop River State Park Trail with easy grades and a smooth walking surface. The walk will begin and end at the Andover Congregational Church, 359 Rt. 6, Andover. Check in/registration starts at 2:30 p.m. and the walk will begin at 3 p.m.  A pot luck dinner will be served afterward.  A signup is in the hallway for dishes to contribute to the potluck. All money raised by the walkers will go to Church World Service's international hunger relief programs and to our local food bank and soup kitchen.  You can donate and register for the walk online by looking up the Gilead team at www.crophungerwalk.org. 
You can also speak  with Phyllis Kurz ( 860-228-2469 ) or Bob Owens ( 860-228-9541 ) to get more info or for a donation envelope. 
Indonesia is the world's largest island country, with over 13,000 islands. About 28 million Indonesians live in poverty. Where CWS works, 87 percent of households are food insecure.  Through the CWS Timor Zero Hunger program, families are raising chickens and starting or expanding vegetable gardens. Both mean better nutrition and a more diverse diet. Within weeks the families will have eggs and vegetables to eat or sell.  
Help CWS bring Hope to Timor families  - Join our CROP walk or donate to a walker!

Mission Trip 2019 Informational Meeting - Sunday, September 30th
Please join us after worship at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, September 30th to learn more about our upcoming mission trip to Puerto Rico, April 14 - 20, 2019. Cristina Schoeck will share the details of the mission trip and answer any questions you may have. A $200 deposit will be due at the meeting and all participants will be confirmed to finalize our mission team for the spring. Scholarships are available if needed. Please come to learn more or contact Cristina Schoeck at  cbschoeck@gmail.com  or Stephanie Haines at  stephanie.haines@hotmail.com
Relay for Life - Saturday, October 13th 
Its time to join the Gilead Congregational Church Relay for Life Team!  The Relay for Life event of Greater Windham is being held on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at the Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) Sports Center in Mansfield.  Gayle Sylvester and Dawn Salan are our Gilead Church co-captains for this year.  
This year Relay will be a 12-hour event running from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and we hope you will join the team to support this very important fund raiser to fight cancer.   We look forward to your participation on our team.   Whether you walk, donate or help with preparation, your help is greatly needed and it will make a difference!   The first step is to sign-up and become a member of the team. 

You can sign up at:
Search for the Gilead Congregational Church team and join the team or make a donation. 

If you have any questions about Relay for Life, please speak with Gayle Sylvester or Dawn Salan. Thank you!
Harvest Party - Sunday, October 14th
The Fellowship Committee invites the congregation to our 4th Annual Harvest Party following the 10:00 a.m. worship service on October 14th. Enjoy a time of fellowship, fall crafts for children and adults, games, and light refreshments. Youth helpers needed. Please contact Annette Langevin (860-228-1313) with questions or ideas!
Cards for Maggie 
Maggie Nolan-Thibault continues in rehab. If you could send a note or card to lift her spirits or drop by for a visit, we know she would appreciate it.  Here's her address: 

Maggie Nolan-Thibault
c/o Glastonbury Health Care Center
1175 Hebron Avenue
Room 215
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Thank You
Thanks to everyone who helped with parking at the Hebron Harvest Fair last Saturday.  A special thank you to Barry MacLachlan who was there all day to guide and support us.  This is a great fundraiser for our church and we will be receiving $2,700 from the Hebron Lions for our efforts.    

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 after our 10 a.m. service. 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!           

Ushers Needed
Please contact Phyllis Kurz  (860-228-2469) or signup online using the info below.

1) Click this link on  SignUp.com http://signup.com/go/ezSYDT
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on  SignUp.com .

Note:  SignUp.com  does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Phyllis and she will sign you up manually.

Upcoming Sunday Worship Servers 
Ushers for this Sunday: Margot and Joe Sheehan
Ushers for next Sunday: Jack and Sandy Hooker

Deacon of the Day for this Sunday: Amy Huhn
Deacon of the Day for next Sunday: Gary Sarra

Liturgist for this Sunday: Ginny Miller
Liturgist for next Sunday: Glen Hadley

Greeter for this Sunday: Sharon McKenna
Greeter for next Sunday: To be determined

Coffee Hour for this Sunday: All Church Brunch
Coffee Hour for next Sunday: Debbie Pearson and Karen Cohen

Call to Worship for this Sunday: Ella Cabrera


Scripture Readings and Prayer for the Week
Psalm 139: 1-14a and Mark 9: 30-37 

O God, you speak to us in so many ways: through the voices of children, in the stirrings of our hearts, in acts of tenderness and love.  Be with us, we pray, and speak to us so that we may hear your Word and heed your call.  Teach us, as Jesus taught the disciples, that we may not so much aspire to greatness as to faithfulness.   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)