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Sunday July 29, 2018

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Service 9:00 a.m., Meetinghouse

Rev. Suzanne Personette Preaching

Scripture Lesson: The Gospel of John 6:1-14


Summer Worshiip is each Sunday at 9am in the Meetinghouse through September 9.

On September 16 we return to two services, at 8am and 10am


Food for Fifty: Lentil-Sausage Soup

Brown in a large kettle 5 ½ lbs. of pork sausage, broken into chunks.

Remove meat and pour off all but 1 cup of drippings.

Add: 10 medium onions, chopped; 5 cloves garlic, minced;

and 20 medium parsnips, cut in chunks (optional).

Cook 5 minutes until onions and garlic are tender.

Then add: 4-4 ½ lbs. lentils;

5 Tbsp. salt; 1 Tbsp. marjoram;

6 qt. Cooked tomatoes or juice;

7 qt. water; and browned sausage.

Simmer about 30 minutes. Makes about 4 gallons.

- Doris Janzen Longacre, Living More with Less

Life Among the Believers

Our cup….er soup runneth over this Sunday! In honor of The Gospel of John’s telling of Jesus Feeding the 5000 I will be attempting to make the above soup on Saturday and to serve it on Sunday! If we have no soup, just know that something went wrong! The message is titled “Food for All.” The disciples were worried about having enough, but when Jesus gave thanks, lo and behold, there was enough, enough for you, enough for me, enough for our neighbor. We’ll be singing the hymn, “They Asked, “Who’s My Neighbor?” It’s anyone who has a need. A few weeks ago I came upon a 4 minute video on privilege that I thought was very good and very important. I’ve asked Neil Titcomb to show it this Sunday as part of the message. As I’ve been told, First Congregational has a history of social justice and compassion, so I thought we could wade into those waters a bit. If you don’t like the video, remember, there’s still soup!

And, since our soup runneth over, we also have a heaping amount of special music! Frank and Barb Shaw will delight us with the Prelude and Postlude, with “Turn Your Radio On,” and "Give Me Your Hand" and Vicki Blake will sing "Jesus Calls Us". Phil will be at the piano, and Rev. Theresa is our liturgist!

Few notes: I’m offering a Men’s Group organizing meeting for men 17 years old and above on Saturday September 15 at 9am to brainstorm ideas for what the group might be. There’ll be coffee and donuts! Second, I do want you to know that we pray during our weekly staff meetings for the church, and we name each name on our ongoing prayer list. You are all loved and cared for, held in the hand of God, and Jesus Christ. Third, I’d just like to encourage the congregation to lift up joys and concerns during worship. This is your time to speak to the need(s) in your own life, someone else’s, or to something going on in the world. Use your voice. Use your life.

Food for all. Something for everyone this Sunday! We’ll even sing, “Let Us Break Bread Together,” and “‘Tis the Gift to Be Simple,” with additional verses.

May you enjoy loving-kindness.
May all beings enjoy loving-kindness.
May we dwell together free from aggression, and prejudice.

Making Christ’s Love Known in Word and Action,
Rev. Suz, Interim Senior Minister
Office Hours: T-Th 9am-3pm (or 1p-3p visits) if evening mtg., 3pm-9pm; church (203) 488-7201, ext. 107; cell (860) 304-1054

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We will begin our next confirmation class this fall. There will be an informational meeting on September 16th at 4:00pm.  If you are not sure about joining the class, I would recommend coming to the meeting in order to receive information about the program.    I would also be happy to answer any questions you might have or meet with you individually.

I truly am excited about what this year’s class will offer. I only wish every child chose to go through confirmation. It is a great place to help our youth with their faith development, and to provide a safe atmosphere for them to share and become critical thinkers. In other words I highly recommend participating in this program even if they ultimately decide not to be confirmed.

The Rev. Theresa Borchetta

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Camp Totokett

Food Donation Request

It’s that time again – sign up sheets for Camp Totokett are posted on the Youth Bulletin Board in Pilgrim Hall (to the right as you enter from the Sanctuary). As most of you know, this camp is a mission outreach of our church, serving both refugee children and children whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS in their families. Because funds are limited, we ask your help in providing some of the food products and supplies we need to feed 100 people daily.

We are very appreciative of your generosity. Please clearly mark all items “Camp Totokett” and leave in the church kitchen by Sunday, July 29th.
Sample Items Needed: Frozen 12 oz. apple juice concentrate, packages of string cheese snacks, Ranch and Italian salad dressings, 8 oz. cream cheese tubs, watermelons, bags of 6 bagels, cans of real whipped cream. If you can’t get to the church to sign up, please call Mindy Baker for details: 203-500-8096.

Attention All Bakers

The children love your homemade cookies! There is a sign-up sheet in Pilgrim Hall (see above). Please leave all cookies in the church kitchen on Sunday, July 29th before 3:00.
If you can’t get to the church to sign up, please call Mindy Baker for details: 203-500-8096.
Heartfelt Thanks,
The Camp Totokett Kitchen Staff


Attention musicians!

If you are able and willing to volunteer to perform a solo, duet, or as a small ensemble as a Sunday anthem this summer, we would love to hear you. We need musicians on the following dates:

August 12
August 19
September 2

If you can bless us with your talents, please contact either Philip Rinehart, Music Director, or Julia Novaco in the church office. Many thanks.

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We have heard from Jolie and John Semahoro and their family! They were refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo, via Uganda, who settled briefly in Branford, and participated in the life of FCCB. They moved on to Amarillo, TX where John is assistant pastor at a church for African refugees. They have also bought land in Uganda for a new church building!

The family has a new baby, Emma, whom they refer to as their "American Girl." He said they love and miss us and thank us for our hearts of love.

We miss you , we love you always you are in our heart.
Our love to Congregation church and Refugee committee .
God bless you so much.


The Connecticut Hospice, Inc.

The Connecticut Hospice is recruiting transportation volunteers to drive homecare patients to and from doctor’s appointments or to take families without cars to visit their loved ones at the inpatient hospice in Branford.
Please call Volunteer Services at 203-315-7510 for more information.


Can you help the Hospitality Committee?

Even if you don’t serve coffee/tea on Sunday or bake the cookies, you can greatly help – buy a $25 Shop Rite gift card to donate to the Committee. This money would buy milk, drinks for the kids, and possibly snacks. Here’s another win-win situation. You are not only giving needed support to Hospitality but buying the gift card helps support the church. Just ask Julia or the members who sell on Sunday to give to the appropriate people. Thank you for your support.


We give thanks for......
The comfort and reassurance of others
Those helping family and friends with childcare needs this summer

We pray for.....
Safe and meaningful experiences for all those involved in Camp Totokett
Our earth and waters as weather patterns become more extreme

We grieve with.....
The St. Pierre Family over the loss of Robert’s sister-in-law July 21st

Ongoing prayers for…
Judy Whittaker, Cory Martens (Kelly Marten’s brother), Anna Maria (Luca Montanaro’s great grandmother), Rick Barker, Jeff Buggee, Walter Woods (John’s brother), Jim Bolan, Betsy & Peter Boynton, Rick Buggee, Daria Carlson, Edward DeFrancesco, John Paul Dineen, Dormer Family, Robert & Margaret Gehm (parents of Nancy Gehm), Mary Gundersen (Lynda Barker’s mother), Martha Hickman (Lil Sakai’s mom), Alison Hobbie (Betsy Gay’s daughter), John D. Kelly (Mindy Yester’s brother), Frank Malinconico, Ethel Marchesseault (Linda’s mother), The Family of Sharon Reynolds, Sylvia O’Brien, Debbie Pearl (friend of Lil Sakai), George Spear, Lou Wells, and Janet Young.


Life Among the Believers

Sunday, July 29 – Fresh Salad Collection
9:00 am Worship Service Meetinghouse

Monday, July 30
9:00 am Camp Totokett Killam’s Point

Tuesday, July 31
9:00 am Camp Totokett Killam’s Point
10:00 am Staff Meeting Russel Room

Wednesday, August 1
9:00 am Camp Totokett Killam’s Point

Thursday, August 2
9:00 am Camp Totokett Killam’s Point
10:30 am CDC – Happy Feet Pilgrim Hall
6:30 pm Summer Jazz Series Town Green

Friday, August 3
9:00 am Camp Totokett Killam’s Point

Saturday, August 4

Sunday, August 5 – Communion
9:00 am Worship Service Meetinghouse
10:00 am Christian Education Board Meeting Russel Room

Monday, August 6
9:00 am Killam’s Point Day Camp Killam’s Point

Tuesday, August 7
9:00 am Killam’s Point Day Camp Killam’s Point
10:00 am Staff Meeting APR Patio
7:00 pm Land & Building Meeting Room 25

Wednesday, August 8
9:00 am Killam’s Point Day Camp Killam’s Point

Thursday, August 9
9:00 am Killam’s Point Day Camp Killam’s Point
10:30 am CDC – Happy Feet Pilgrim Hall
6:30 pm Summer Jazz Series Town Green

Friday, August 10
9:00 am Killam’s Point Day Camp Killam’s Point

Saturday, August 11

Sunday, August 12
9:00 am Worship Service Meetinghouse
10:15 am Music Board Meeting Room 25

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Sanctuary Flowers

The 2018 Sanctuary Flower chart has now been placed on the bulletin board where the board minutes used to be located, outside of the Russel Room.

Please come and fill in the dates!

A $35 donation to the flower fund is suggested.




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