NEWS and UPDATES from our CHURCH

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 FROM THE PASTOR           

          

I suppose this should read “a farewell word from the Pastor”.  But I have no single word to express my joy, my blessings, my deep love for all of you as I retire from ministry and leave this dear congregation.   These past six and a half years have been a time of learning, sharing, worshipping, crying, laughing, struggling, celebrating for all of us.  I will miss you all, but know that you are in God’s hands as He leads you forward.

          Before I go, however, we have LOTS to do together.  Advent worship begins the first Sunday of December.  We will begin our four Sundays of lighting the Advent candles, singing hymns of anticipation and joy, and worshiping the coming of the Messiah.  On that Sunday we will also have the hanging of the greens, decorating our Chrismon tree and preparing our worship space for the coming weeks.  AND we will have a pot luck coffee hour after worship.  AND our Interim Minister Nancy Lois will be coming to meet everyone as well.  What a way to begin! 

          This year the fourth Sunday of Advent falls on December 24th.  So in our morning worship we will be celebrating Advent with our Advent candle lighting.  That evening at 6:00, it will all be changed from purple to white, and we will celebrate the coming of Jesus.   Glory to God in the Highest!

          New Year’s Eve morning will be my last worship service with you.  I hear rumors that there will be a celebration following the service….I really thought Martin and I could just quietly slip out.  Not. 

          As we prepare our hearts and our spirits for the coming of the Christ Child once again, may we be filled with the joy and the love He brings. 


 
All blessings to each of you, 

                                                    Rae

 

 

 


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, Bethsaida Group, Montville High School Safe Grad Fund, Montville Youth Bureau and Social Services, Raymond Library, Veterans Fund in Montville, St. Vincent de Paul in Norwich, One Great Hour of Sharing Disaster Relief, and Toys for Tots.  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

·         Tabs from cans (soda, cat food, etc) for Shriners – Russell Scott


READING AND WATCHING – FROM OUR LIBRARY 

         We have books and DVDs in our library box in the back of the church.  There are books and more for children down in the Sunday School room.  Borrow and enjoy.

                          

 

 


 



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A word from Martin Churchmouse 

       

It is hard to believe that at the end of December, I will become a house mouse again.  I have had SO much fun being your churchmouse.  Who knows?  Maybe I will leave a friend for you.                                                                 Love,

                                                                                                                                   ~ Martin


       


 

 


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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

 Mohegan Congregational Church  ·  27 Church Lane, Uncasville, CT 06382  ·  860-848-2029

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