NEWS and UPDATES from our CHURCH

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   FROM THE PASTOR      

        

          “What is so rare as a day in June?”  Ah, the poet got that right.  June brings warm days and cool nights, beautiful deep blue skies and fully-leafed trees.  It is the beginning of summer and the impetus for dreams of vacations and days at the beach. 

          The month of June also brings a lot to our church life.  We begin the month with the celebration of Pentecost when the disciples became filled with the Holy Spirit, which moved them from hiding behind locked doors to boldly proclaiming Jesus as Lord.

          The following Sunday is observed as Trinity Sunday, a time for us to focus on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who are the three persons of God.  Then comes Father’s Day – the day to honor our fathers and those men who have served as father figures for us in our lives.  We also commission Ray Grady and his wife Judy off to Piedmont College in Georgia to represent our church at the NACCC Annual Meeting and Conference held the final weekend of June.

          As we travel “Along the Way” through the lovely month of June, may we be filled with the Spirit as we celebrate and worship together.     

Blessings,

           Rae

 

 

FELLOWSHIP SPRING MEETING     

        Deb Kowalewski, Ray Grady and Rev. Rae attended the spring meeting of the Fellowship at United Congregational Church in Norwich, holding worship and our business meeting in their beautiful historic church designed by (and with windows by) Louis Comfort Tiffany.  New officers were elected and our new Executive Secretary was officially voted in.  Rev. Dr. Irven Gammon is well known to the Fellowship after years of serving in multitudes of ways.  We are excited about his vision for the future of the Fellowship.  Sadly, that meant saying good-bye to our friend and former Executive Secretary Barbara Erlendson.  She was presented with yellow tulips, a gift bag and a standing ovation.  Thankfully, Barbara is not leaving the area and will continue to be a great resource for the Fellowship.

 

 

NEW WOMEN’S GROUP PROJECT  

     Church women met on May 25th to make sundresses from pillowcases and ribbon.  These sundresses will be sent to our sister church in Ghana where Pastor Charles has an orphanage for many little ones.  The work and the fellowship were both a joy!

 

 

ON LINE STUDIES AVAILABLE

     Our church subscribes to RightNow Training.  This is an on line source of over a hundred studies, lectures, documentaries, and children’s programs designed to deepen and develop our personal faith life.  It is easy to sign up – just give Rev. Rae your e-mail address and she will add it to the roster for our church.  An invitation will arrive in your e-mail; follow the easy steps and you have access to programs by some great Christian teachers.  This is a wonderful alternative to those who cannot make our Bible Study classes here at church.


DONATIONS FROM MOHEGAN CHURCH 

          Did you know that every month our church donates $1000 to a local group or organization as part of our outreach?  The recipients so far in 2017 include Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, Montville High School Safe Grad Fund, Montville Youth Bureau and Social Services.  June’s donation is going to Raymond Library and July’s to St. Vincent de Paul in Norwich.  Because you give, others can receive.

 

 

WAYS TO HELP OTHERS

Church members have offered to help out in various ways.  Here is a list of ways to help and the members who will facilitate that for us:

 

·         Eyeglasses and hearing aids – Lion’s Club – Phyllis Eichelberg

·         Clothing and toiletries -St. Vincent de Paul  - Jim and Donna Gilman

·         Pet toys, old pillows, blankets, towels – Humane Society - Sandy Eichelberg or Heather Pettengill

·         Non-perishable foods, papers goods – Social Services of Montville - Will collect at church; deacons deliver periodically

·         Box Tops for Education – in Box in Narthex – Donna Osborne or Liz Kukich

·         Old Cell Phones for Women’s Shelter– Kevin Roberts

·         Pill Bottles – Matthew 25 Ministries - Sally Rogers

 

SUMMER READING AND WATCHING – FROM OUR LIBRARY 

          DVD – Soul Surfer

            The true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.        

Book Series – Nantucket Dreams

       A three book series about the Marris sisters reopening Misty Harbor Inn in hopes of reconnecting to one another after their mother’s death.  Set on Nantucket Island published by Guideposts Books. 



WEB SITES TO CHECK OUT

          Two web sites that have prayer as their focus.

·         HowJesusPrayed.wordpress.com

·         OurDailyBread.org/PrayerChangesThings



                            






 

 ONGOING STUDIES:

BELIEVE:  Living the Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus

        

         Class meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00. (June's meeting is June 7th)


RAY VANDER LAAN SERIES

            The fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 we will be using these DVDs as focus. 

We are currently in the Sinai desert, learning how God has called and covenanted with His people.

 Perfect for both history buffs and Bible study friends.  (June's meeting is June 21)

 


 



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A word from Martin Churchmouse 

         Father’s Day is this month.  How will you celebrate your Dad?  Every Sunday we celebrate our heavenly Father by our worship.  I guess every Sunday is Father’s Day here at church!                                                                 


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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. - John 3:16

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