Weekly Newsletter
Gilead Congregational Church, UCC
Week of January 9th - January 15th         
Meetings and Services
this Week:

Wednesday, January 9th:
-8:30 a.m. Hunger Action Team Breakfast
-9:30 a.m. Wednesday Morning Book Discussion
-11:30 a.m. Women's Fellowship Work Day and Meeting 
-7:00 p.m. Choir

Thursday, January 10th:
-7:00 p.m. Trustees

Sunday, January 13th:
-8:30 a.m. Worship Service
-10:00 a.m. Worship Service
-Sunday School 
-Coffee Hour
-11:30 a.m. Youth Choir
-11:30 a.m. Board of Missions
-6:30 p.m. Youth Group Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, January 15th:    
-9:30 a.m. Knitting Circle in the Parish House
-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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Women's Fellowship Work Day and Meeting 
The Women's Fellowship will be holding a workday this Wednesday, January 9th starting at 11:30 a.m. We will break for lunch and a business meeting around noon. The main goal of this workday is to take down Christmas decorations. Bring a sandwich for lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Renee Ellis (228-3363) or Jean Dormer (228-9009). 
Offering a Word 
It's been our tradition at the Gilead Church to sing the response "Go in Peace" following our Benediction.  This response offers up the prayer that the peace of God be with us always.  In an effort to be a welcoming and hospitable congregation, our Deacons are inviting everyone to share a word with someone near you following the singing of this response.  It could be a simple "Go in peace" or "God be with you".  We hope this time might allow you to meet someone new or to connect with a well known friend.  If you have any questions or any feedback, please speak with any one of our Deacons or with Pastor Denise.  
Upcoming Youth Group Events 
Youth Group Monthly Meeting:  Sunday, January 13th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  All youth in 7th grade and higher and their friends are invited to attend.  
Covenant Soup Kitchen: The Youth Group will be serving the noon meal on Saturday, January 19th. They will meet at the Church at 9:30 p.m. The group is asking the congregation for vegetable side dishes and homemade desserts. Please sign up on the sheet under the name tags.  If you have any questions, please speak with Pastor Denise.
Youth Group Rock Climbing: Our Youth Group will go rock climbing on Sunday, January 27th at Stone Age Rock Gym in Manchester.  The cost will be $18 per person. Parents will need to complete a waiver online ahead of time, which can be downloaded at:  
https://app.rockgympro.com/waiver/esign/stoneagerock/70d4f0a2-05bc-4cd9-8b11-ddb95d4b3670. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi and Brian Byrne (860-228-8397).
Cheerful Giving!
2 Corinthians 9: 7

Thanks to everyone who has cheerfully made a pledge for 2019! We currently have 133 who have made pledges totaling $261,538. Thank you!  However, we still have $17,861 to go to meet our  pledge  goal for 2019.  

If you have not yet made a 2019 pledge, we hope you will. Pledge cards can be found in each pew as well as in the front and back of the Sanctuary or by calling our Church Office (860-228-3077). Cards can be placed in the offering plate on any Sunday or returned to the Church (672 Gilead St, Hebron, CT 06248) to the attention of our Assistant Treasurer, Joan Cordier.  

Thank you for your consideration, commitment and support!

Your Stewardship Committee,
Lisa Cox (Co-Chair), Charles Daniels, Lauren Henry (Co-Chair), Bruce Langevin, and Duane Sauer      
Sunday School Cancellation Policy 
If inclement weather should happen and forces cancellation of Sunday School, our Sunday School Superintendents will contact Sunday School teachers. Parents please check web sites: www.wtic.com , www.956tic.com , or www.wrch.com for cancellation information.  If Gilead Church is not listed there will be Sunday School.  Worship will never be cancelled as Pastor Denise lives so close to the church.  Please, however, use your discretion and always stay safe!      

Bible Study Resumes 
Bible Study will resume on Tuesday, January 15th from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Music Room. The Rev. Bob Woodward is leading this study. Please bring your own Bible.  All are welcome!       
Wednesday Morning Book Discussion Group 
The Wednesday Morning Book Discussion Group is  discussing "Unsheltered" by Barbara Kingsolver. It is the latest novel by this author with a story woven "between past and present which explores the human capacity for resiliency and compassion." The group meets on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the home of Judy Brown and Deena Watson (130 Charles Lane). If you have any questions about this group, please contact Sandy Hooker (860-228-9856).  All are welcome!

Please Join Us for Hebron's Got Talent 2019! 

Tickets are on sale now for Hebron's Got Talent! Our 6th annual showcase will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the RHAM High School Auditorium. Ten acts, ranging from singing to dancing, will perform to compete for the $250 grand prize! Local celebrity judges including last year's winner, Olivia Siracusa, a dancer and student at RHAM, as well as local celebrity, Miss Connecticut, Bridget Oei, will provide their comments on each act but ultimately, the winner is selected by your audience vote! Tickets are $8 each or $25 for a family of four and can be purchased at Ted's IGA Supermarket, Hebron Parks & Recreation, AHM Youth and Family Services, the Gilead Congregational Church or at the door. All proceeds benefit the children's scholarship programs of Hebron Parks & Recreation and AHM Youth & Family Services because every child should have the opportunity to explore and grow their talents and abilities! Snow date is Friday, March 8th. We hope to see you there! This event is sponsored by the Gilead Congregational Church Board of Missions
Volunteers are needed for concessions, ushering, souvenir and ticket sales. Baked goods are also needed to sell during intermission. If you would be willing to share your time or bake some treats, please sign up outside the Sanctuary. It is a lot of fun for a great cause!


Coffee Hour Sign Up 
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 Annette Langevin at 860-228-1313. 
Coffee Hour Instructions
Coffee Hour is held after the 10:00 service during the school year and after the 9:00 service in the summer. There are two hosts during the school year and one during the summer. Coffee, tea, sugar and paper goods are provided by the Church.
Coffee Hour Host Responsibilities are as follows:
  • Make two carafes of coffee - 1 decaf and the other hi test. Fill insulated pitcher with hot water for tea from the machine. Instructions for making coffee are posted by the machine.
  • Set up kids table and another table with a few chairs when setting up ( helpful hint - don't put all of the food out at once, let the first wave of starving children come through before putting everything out).
  • Bring cream for coffee, juice for kids and goodies. Coordinate with the other host family on who is bringing which items.
  • Clean up, wipe down tables, and leave the kitchen as you found it. Make sure the coffee pot is turned off and pots rinsed out. Also please sweep the Fellowship Hall   floor.
  • Recycle items in the appropriate containers.
Suggestions for food: We invite you to be mindful of medical issues such as diabetes, dairy, nut and gluten allergies by providing a mix of baked goods, tortilla chips, rice cakes, fruit and cheese and crackers. If you bring something with nuts, please label it.
Coffee Hour Survey 
Our Fellowship Committee is taking a look at coffee hour and thinking of ways we can make it better and easier for people to host.  We would appreciate your input to the questions below.  Please feel free to put this completed insert in the offering plate as it is passed, place it in the designated box in the front of the Sanctuary, or email it back to the Church Office (gcc@gileadchurch.net). 
Do you feel coffee hour is an important part of our Church life?
___ Yes   ___ No

Do you attend coffee hour?
___  Yes    ___  No
Why or why not?
Have you ever hosted coffee hour?
___ Yes   ____ No
Why or why not?
It has been getting more challenging to find people to host coffee hour.  Why do you think this is?  
Any thoughts on what we could do to make it easier for people to host ?
Would you ever consider hosting coffee hour?  
___  Yes    ____  No
If yes, please share your email/phone so we can follow up with you: ______________
Name: ___________________________
(Please be sure to include your name.)
Get Well Wishes
If you would like to send a note or a card to Lorraine Kreeger while she is recovering from recent surgery at Manchester Manor, her address is:

Lorraine Kreeger 
c/o Manchester Manor 
385 West Center Street 
Room 2025W 
Manchester, CT 06040
2019 Usher Sign Up 
We are in need of ushers for our 10 a.m. service in 2019.  To sign up, please contact Phyllis Kurz (860-228-2469) or you can signup online:
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 (860-228-2469) and she can sign you up manually.

New Members' Dinner
Sunday, January 27th 
On Sunday, January 27th, the Welcoming Committee will be hosting our Annual New Members' Dinner. Everyone who joined the Gilead Church in 2018 is invited to come from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for a potluck dinner and a time to meet others, and to share with the Welcoming Committee your hopes and dreams for our Church. Significant others and children are welcome!   
Sunday School Teachers Meeting
Sunday, January 27th 
All Sunday School Teachers are invited to attend our meeting on Sunday, January 27th at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Franzese at 860-228-5276.
Sunday School Class Made Stars for Epiphany
This past Sunday, January 6th one of our Sunday School classes made stars for Epiphany.
Upcoming Sunday Worship Servers 
Ushers for this Sunday:  Sandy and Jack Hooker
Ushers for next week: Sandy Waldo and Deborah Scarpa
Deacon of the Day for this morning: Gary Sarra
Deacon of the Day for next week: Bill Cox
Liturgist: Ciara Franzese      Acolyte: Tucker Haines
Call to Worship: Rachel Cook
Coffee Hour Host for this morning: Karen Risley and Heidi Nilsson
Coffee Hour Host for next week: Jessica Peltier and Nathalie Peltier-Horton
Greeter for this morning: Joe Sheehan
Greeter for next week: Bonnie Tarbox
Scripture Readings and Prayer for the Week
Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22

Loving God, you call us by name and claim us as your people.  By the waters of our baptisms, claim us anew through the mighty power of your great Spirit.  May your love and promise shine brightly over all the world and bring us and all the nations into a family of peace and compassion.  Amen.


Contact Info
Sally Fritsche
Administrative Assistant
672 Gilead St
Hebron, Ct   06248
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until noon (Parish House)