Free Community Drumming Circle

Sunday, June 18

4PM

Avon Congregational Church

6 W. Main St

Avon, CT 06001

 

Looking for something fun to do on Father’s Day?  Come one and all to a FREE Community Drumming Circle held at Avon Congregational Church in the heart of Avon.  This event is appropriate for all ages, and instruments will be provided.  There will be activities for kids of all ages. You are welcome whether you have never held a drum before, or are a seasoned percussionist.. It will be held rain or shine, with cover available if the weather doesn’t co-operate.

The facilitator will be Alex Casimiro, Associate Director of Bands and a lecturer at the University of New Haven.   Alex is the writer and instructor for the Trash Tones percussion group at Six Flags New England, while also having been an original member of the group. He has taught numerous percussion clinics throughout the United States and Portugal.

No pre-registration necessary.  For questions, please call Dianne Rechel, Director of Music Ministries at 860-678-0488.

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The Rare Byrds Ensemble

posted Apr 20, 2017, 5:16 AM by Dianne R

May 7, 2017 4PM

Concerts at Avon Congregational Church presents The Rare Byrds Ensemble of Boston! This dynamic young ensemble will appear in a concert entitled “What Was Old is New Again”. Their performance will feature works for the 2-manual French harpsichord, viola da gamba, violone and Baroque violin. The ensemble performs with the Harvard University Baroque Chamber Orchestra and they look forward to sharing their talents with you in Avon.

 On the program are works by Francois Couperin, Heinrich Biber, Michel Blavet, William Byrd  and new works composed and performed  by ensemble member Albano Berberi.  The performance will feature works for the 2-manual harpsichord, viola da gamba, violone and Baroque violin.

The concert will take place in the sanctuary of Avon Congregational Church which is on the National  Registry of Historic Places, and handicap accessible.  The concert is open to the public free of charge and a free-will offering to benefit the musicians will be accepted.  All are welcome.  A meet-the-performers reception will take place afterward.

The Rare Byrds Ensemble members Benjamin Rechel, Albano Berberi, and Rebecca Nelson hail from the US, Albania and Germany.  Come be mesmerized by the playing of this exquisite, thoughtful ensemble!

Learn to Read Music- a free series for non-musicians

posted Apr 20, 2017, 5:10 AM by Dianne R   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 5:11 AM ]



Do you like to sing, but only in the shower?
Have you always wondered what it might be like to sing or play an instrument but didn't know where to begin?  The Music Director at ACC invites you to a free series of workshops that will help you strengthen your music-reading skills..  Four Wednesdays May 3,10,17,24 from 6-7 PM in the choir room.
Come one, come all! Please let the music director know to expect you by emailing her: musicdirector@avon-church.org

Holy Week 2017 activities

posted Feb 10, 2017, 8:45 PM by Dianne R   [ updated Mar 12, 2017, 5:54 AM by Gerry deSimas ]

Holy Week 2017 activities

Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, 10 a.m.

Annual Easter Egg hunt after the Palm Sunday service

Maundy Thursday service to Tenebrae, April 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday Service of Prayer and Music, April 14, 2017, noon

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, 10 a.m.

Upcoming events at ACC

posted Jan 20, 2017, 7:00 AM by Dianne R   [ updated Mar 12, 2017, 5:46 AM by Gerry deSimas ]

Bach Birthday Bash

Sunday, March 12, 3 p.m., Sanctuary
Admission: Free


In celebration of the birthday of the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach, the Music Ministries here at ACC invites you to a concert of Bach's music. Area musicians will perform works by this great Master. Please join us following the concert for a reception with a Bach Birthday Cake! The concert is free and open to the public although a free-will offering will be accepted.


Dixieland Stomp at our Shrove Service
Sunday February 26- 10 AM. Our joyous Shrove Sunday service with Dixieland Stomp. Come sing along and tap your feet to these favorite tunes as we celebrate Mardi Gras, Avon Style! Dixieland Stomp is a six-piece traditional band playing as part of our worship service. Meet the musicians afterward at our social reception.

Show Your Love with a Valentine

Saturday, February 11, Fellowship Hall

Show your appreciation for our local firefighters and police officers by making them valentines on Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in Fellowship Hall. Card making supplies will be provided along with refreshments. Visit with Avon police and firefighters. Sponsored by the Outreach Ministry of Avon Congregational Church. Bring a friend! 

Hymn Sing
Sunday, February 19, 4 p.m., Sanctuary
Admission: Free


Do you love to sing hymns? Come to a joyous Hymn Sing and raise your voice with all of us!. Members of the community as well as other congregations are invited. If you have favorite hymns you'd like to sing, please email the titles to musicdirector@avon-church.org. The church has ample copies of several hymnals (Pilgrim, Methodist, The Faith We Sing), but if you have others, bring them along. We will enjoy a social reception afterward.

Pastor’s Lenten Bible Study begins February 22
Each Wednesday through April 12, Church Library

Pastor Donna Cassity will host a Bible study during Lent each Wednesday called “Joy Restoration after Grief, Loss and Disappointment” beginning February 22. The free study will be held in the church library from noon to 1 p.m., through Wednesday, April 12. Pastor Donna will take participants through a biblical perspective of grief and the tools needed to restore joy back into your life. Time Magazine reports that 50 million people have suffered from grief at one time. It takes 5-to-8 years to overcome a major loss and be able to function again as one did prior to the loss. 


Finding Joy after Sexual Trauma for Women
Sunday, March 5, Church Library

Lindsay Gibson, interim Director of Children’s Ministry, will tell her story of forgiveness, courage and hope as she shares how finding joy through the darkness of grief and sorrow led her to receiving God’s Love. Lindsay’s talk will be Sunday, March 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the church library.

 
Sound Healings
Sunday, January 29, 3 p.m., Sanctuary

An interactive workshop on Sound Healing will be hosted by the Music Ministries at Avon Congregational Church. Come to this experiential workshop and learn about the history behind, and benefits of, Sound Healing. Dan Connors will play the didgeridoo to demonstrate sound healing as a therapeutic practice. It will put your body into a new rhythm. Edie Jemiola uses quartz crystal bowls and her voice to re-establish whole body well-being. Admission is free with a reception to follow.

Sound Healing is an ancient therapeutic practice that helps re-establish a peaceful connection between the mind, the body, and the soul by shifting energy in and around the body. Find out more at an introductory Sound Healing workshop with two experienced practitioners.


11 23 16 Weekly Event Update

posted Nov 23, 2016, 12:35 PM by Denise Beeney   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 5:47 PM by Dianne R ]

This update includes the following articles:

             Pastor’s Thanksgiving Message

             Worship Volunteers – November 27th

             Stewardship Sunday

             Women’s Circle – November 29th

             Christmas Pageant Sign-up

             Outreach Opportunities

                        The Gifts of Thanks Tree for Gifts of Love

                        Ring-a-ling

                        Gifts of Love

             First Friday Dinner – December 2nd

             Heifer Farm Holiday Open House – December 3rd & 4th

             ACC Presents – The Greenwoods Consort – December 9th

             Order Your Christmas Poinsettia by December 4th

Dear friends,

As we look toward another Thanksgiving Day in which we are thankful and remember our nation’s native residents who poured out kindness and generosity on a group of hungry, frightened and battered refugees who showed up on a leaky boat, without legal status or invitation, may we too be inspired today to be generous and kind to all who we meet on our journeys in this great land of ours.  God Bless America and God bless all of you.

Pastor Donna

             

Worship Volunteers – Sunday, November 27th

            Worship Support – Dick Lytle

            Ushers – Jennie Boswell & Nora Howard

            Lay Reader – Gail Alvord

            Hospitality – Charles & Virginia Condon

            Trustee – Beth Ferrari

 

Stewardship

You should have received a letter with a pledge card.  If you have not received the mailing and need a pledge card, forms are available in the church office or on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Place your pledge cards in the offering plate on Sunday. Thank you!

 Women’s Circle Resumes on November 29th

Women's Circle, formerly Tuesday Crafters, will meet in Fellowship Hall from 10 a.m. to noon on November 29th. BYO lunch. We work on our own projects or just enjoy fellowship and good conversation. Projects range from origami to knitting to adult coloring books to creating greeting cards to working on quilts, anything you want. All are welcome!

 

Christmas Pageant Sign-Up

If you would like your child(ren) to participate in the Christmas Pageant on December 18th this year, please notify Jenny Egan at jenny@alumni.nd.edu or 860-287-5946 no later than November 27th. We will need to have your child(ren) attend rehearsals on December 4th and 11th. Please note the date change from the Christian Education Booklet which had the pageant on the 11th.

 Outreach Opportunities

The Gift of Thanks Tree for Gifts of Love is in fellowship hall full of Christmas gift tags for you to select. Please return the gift (with the tag attached) to the church office by December 1st. No wrapping is needed.

 Ring-a Ling - Outreach Ministries will again be hosting a bell ringing day for Salvation Army at the Avon Walmart on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am-7 pm.  There are one hour slots available to cover this super easy job.  The funds raised help the Hartford Salvation Army and local town agencies.  Please consider giving up an hour of your day to help others.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the office.

 Gifts of Love, First Sunday Collection – The Outreach Ministry is changing the way we collect food for the Gifts of Love food pantry.  On the first Sunday of each month, non-perishable items will be collected in the sanctuary in the marked baskets.  Please note that Gifts of Love is currently in need of hearty soups, chili and breakfast cereals.  Thank you!

 First Friday Dinner for December 2, 2016

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A festive Roast Pork served with rice pilaf, butternut squash, applesauce, plus a Dessert Buffet with lots of holiday treats and beverages kicks off the holiday season in a savory way! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on December 2, 2016 at Avon Congregational Church.

 A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to the Heifer International “Gift Ark” project. A Gift Ark donation goes around the world, from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas to help end hunger, poverty and hopelessness by providing animals, training and encouragement.

 Dine in or take out. The last few dinners have been sell outs! Come experience what everyone is talking about. “A great home cooked meal, warm ambiance, while supporting a good cause”.

 


 

  Avon Congregational Church Presents

The Greenwoods Consort - A Renaissance Christmas Concert

A multi-media presentation for the whole family

                  Friday, December 9th-7:00 p.m.

Avon Congregational Church, Avon CT

6 West Main Street (corner of Rte 44 & 10)

The Greenwoods Consort is a group of musicians dedicated to performing the great music of the Renaissance.  Dressed in period clothing, the musicians and singers perform madrigals by composers such as Thomas Tallis and Antoine Brumel.

Free-will donation.  Reception to follow. 

Please join us!

musicdirector@avon-church.org               www.avon-church.org

 

Order Your Christmas Poinsettias

Would you like to provide a plant (or plants) to grace our sanctuary for Christmas? It is a wonderful way to remember or honor someone special to you. Please fill out the order form below and return to the Church Office no later than noon on Sunday, December 4th.

Each plant costs $10; include check or cash for the full amount with the order form.  Make checks payable to:  Avon Congregational Church.

 The flowers you are ordering on this form may be taken home by donors following the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service or no later than Wednesday, December 28th.

            ————————  CUT HERE  ————————

 Name and short message (as you would like it in the program):

___________________________________________________________                         

Number of plants:                       Red  _____ White  _____

Amount enclosed:  $__________

Given by:                                ____________________________________________

The flowers you are ordering on this form may be taken home by donors following the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service and no later than Wednesday, December 28th.

 

11 16 16 Weekly Event Update

posted Nov 16, 2016, 11:35 AM by Denise Beeney

This update includes the following articles:

             Worship Volunteers – November 20th

             Stewardship Sunday – November 20th

             Parish Tidings Articles Due

             Christmas Pageant Sign-up

             Outreach Opportunities

                        Thanksgiving Baskets

                        The Gifts of Thanks Tree for Gifts of Love

                        Ring-a-ling

                        Gifts of Love

             First Friday Dinner – December 2nd

             ACC Presents a Christmas Concert – The Greenwoods Consort – December 9th

             Order Your Christmas Poinsettia by December 4th

             

Worship Volunteers – Sunday, November 20th

            Worship Support/Communion – Sue Crowther

            Ushers – Ed Bergman, Dave Will

            Lay Reader – Ellen Matos

            Hospitality – Gail Alvord

            Trustee – Dave Crowther

 

Stewardship Sunday – November 20th

You should have received a letter with a pledge card.  If you have not received the mailing and need a pledge card, forms are available in the church office or on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Place your pledge cards in the offering plate today. Thank you!

 

Parish Tidings Due ASAP

Articles for the Advent/January edition of the Parish Tidings newsletter must be submitted to Denise in the church office by Thursday afternoon, November 17th.

 

Women’s Circle Resumes on November 29th

Women's Circle, formerly Tuesday Crafters, will meet in Fellowship Hall from 10 a.m. to noon on November 29th. BYO lunch. We work on our own projects or just enjoy fellowship and good conversation. Projects range from origami to knitting to adult coloring books to creating greeting cards to working on quilts, anything you want. All are welcome!

 

Christmas Pageant Sign-Up

If you would like your child(ren) to participate in the Christmas Pageant on December 18th this year, please notify Jenny Egan at jenny@alumni.nd.edu or 860-287-5946 no later than November 27th. We will need to have your child(ren) attend rehearsals on December 4th and 11th. Please note the date change from the Christian Education Booklet which had the pageant on the 11th.

 

Outreach Opportunities

Avon Social Services Thanksgiving Baskets - Outreach Ministries will be supporting two families registered with Avon Social Services for Thanksgiving baskets.  A sign-up sheet is posted in Fellowship Hall.  The final drop-off date is Sunday, November 20th.

 

The Gift of Thanks Tree for Gifts of Love is in fellowship hall full of Christmas gift tags for you to select. Please return the gift (with the tag attached) to the church office by December 1st. No wrapping is needed.

 

Ring-a Ling - Outreach Ministries will again be hosting a bell ringing day for Salvation Army at the Avon Walmart on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am-7 pm.  There are one hour slots available to cover this super easy job.  The funds raised help the Hartford Salvation Army and local town agencies.  Please consider giving up an hour of your day to help others.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the office.

 

Gifts of Love, First Sunday Collection – The Outreach Ministry is changing the way we collect food for the Gifts of Love food pantry.  On the first Sunday of each month, non-perishable items will be collected in the sanctuary in the marked baskets.  Please note that Gifts of Love is currently in need of hearty soups, chili and breakfast cereals.  Thank you!

 

 

First Friday Dinner for December 2, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A festive Roast Pork served with rice pilaf, butternut squash, applesauce, plus a Dessert Buffet with lots of holiday treats and beverages kicks off the holiday season in a savory way! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on December 2, 2016 at Avon Congregational Church.

 

A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to the Heifer International “Gift Ark” project. A Gift Ark donation goes around the world, from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas to help end hunger, poverty and hopelessness by providing animals, training and encouragement.

 

Dine in or take out. The last few dinners have been sell outs! Come experience what everyone is talking about. “A great home cooked meal, warm ambiance, while supporting a good cause”. 

 

Avon Congregational Church Presents

The Greenwoods Consort - A Renaissance Christmas Concert

A multi-media presentation for the whole family

                 

Friday, December 9th-7:00 p.m.

Avon Congregational Church, Avon CT

6 West Main Street (corner of Rte 44 & 10)

The Greenwoods Consort is a group of musicians dedicated to performing the great music of the Renaissance.  Dressed in period clothing, the musicians and singers perform madrigals by composers such as Thomas Tallis and Antoine Brumel.

 

Free-will donation.  Reception to follow. 

 

Please join us!

       

musicdirector@avon-church.org                         www.avon-church.org

 

 

 

Order Your Christmas Poinsettias

Would you like to provide a plant (or plants) to grace our sanctuary for Christmas? It is a wonderful way to remember or honor someone special to you. Please fill out the order form below and return to the Church Office no later than noon on Sunday, December 4th.

Each plant costs $10; include check or cash for the full amount with the order form.  Make checks payable to:  Avon Congregational Church.

 The flowers you are ordering on this form may be taken home by donors following the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service or no later than Wednesday, December 28th.

            ————————  CUT HERE  ————————

 Name and short message (as you would like it in the program):

___________________________________________________________                         

Number of plants:                       Red  _____  White  _____

Amount enclosed:  $__________

Given by:                                 ____________________________________________

The flowers you are ordering on this form may be taken home by donors following the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service and no later than Wednesday, December 28th.

 

 

 

11 09 16 Weekly Events Update

posted Nov 10, 2016, 8:41 AM by Denise Beeney

This update includes the following articles:

             Worship Volunteers – November 13th

             Meet Our New Director of Music Ministries

             The Greenwoods Consort – A Renaissance

                        Christmas Concert – Friday, December 9th

             Stewardship Drive Continues

             Christmas Pageant Sign-up

             Parish Tidings Deadline – Wednesday, November 16th

             Order Your Christmas Poinsettia by Sunday, December 4th

             Outreach Opportunities

                        Stone Soup

                        Thanksgiving Baskets

                        The Gifts of Thanks Tree for Gifts of Love

                        Ring-a-ling

                        Gifts of Love

                        Simply Smiles Benefit Concert

             

Worship Volunteers – Sunday, November 13th

            Worship Support – Margaret Bratton

            Ushers – Kathy Hine, Bill George

            Lay Reader – Sally Albrecht

            Hospitality – Ellen Matos

            Trustee – Gerry deSimas

            Flowers – Pat Kiser

 

Dianne Rechel, Director of Music Ministries

Let us introduce you to our new Director of Music Ministries, Dianne Rechel (pronounced Rayshell).  She lives nearby in West Hartford and has had a variety of experiences, mostly of an interim nature with piano and organ.  Dianne attended Hartt School of Music as a Piano Performance/Music History major.  At the time we were looking for a new director, three churches had approached her.  She evaluated all three and is excited to join our church where she likes the people and thinks we have a lot of potential. She is bubbling over with new ideas to share about how we might broaden the musical experience for all of us and invite the surrounding community to share it with our congregation.  She asked some interesting questions about what we had done in the past and feels she has a good support system of people with whom she has worked and felt some may follow her here.  Dianne wants to continue to grow and help develop the talent in the church.  Please help her feel welcome when she joins us November 16th.  Her first Sunday will be November 20th.

Norm Keeney & Peruse Khachoyan

Worship Ministry Co-leaders

 

Avon Congregational Church presents…

The Greenwoods Consort

A Renaissance Christmas

A multi-media presentation for the whole family

Avon Congregational Church, Avon CT

6 West Main Street (corner of Rte 44 & 10)

Friday, December 9th, 7:00 p.m.

Free-will donation.  Reception to follow.

musicdirector@avon-church.org                         www.avon-church.org


Stewardship Drive Continues

Our stewardship drive has begun!  You should have received a letter with a pledge card in the last week.  If you have not received the mailing and need a pledge card, forms are available in the church office.  Stewardship Sunday is next Sunday -  November 20th.

 Christmas Pageant Sign-Up

If you would like your child(ren) to participate in the Christmas Pageant on December 18th this year, please notify Jenny Egan at jenny@alumni.nd.edu or 860-287-5946 no later than November 27th. We will need to have your child(ren) attend rehearsals on December 4th and 11th. Please note the date change from the Christian Education Booklet which had the pageant on the 11th.

 Parish Tidings Deadline – Wednesday, November 16th

Articles for the Thanksgiving/Advent edition of the Parish Tidings newsletter must be submitted to Denise in the church office no later than Wednesday, November 16th.

 Outreach Opportunities

Stone Soup - Calling all cooks for Stone Soup!  We will be making sausage soup and cornbread on Monday, November 14th at 6 pm in the church kitchen.  An ingredients list has been posted by the nursery.

 Avon Social Services Thanksgiving Baskets - Outreach Ministries will be supporting two families registered with Avon Social Services for Thanksgiving baskets.  A sign-up sheet is posted in Fellowship Hall.  The final drop-off date is Sunday, November 20th.

 The Gift of Thanks Tree for Gifts of Love is in fellowship hall full of Christmas gift tags for you to select. Please return the gift (with the tag attached) to the church office by December 1st. No wrapping is needed.

Ring-a Ling - Outreach Ministries will again be hosting a bell ringing day for Salvation Army at the Avon Walmart on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am-7 pm.  There are one hour slots available to cover this super easy job.  The funds raised help the Hartford Salvation Army and local town agencies.  Please consider giving up an hour of your day to help others.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the office.

 Gifts of Love, First Sunday Collection – The Outreach Ministry is changing the way we collect food for the Gifts of Love food pantry.  On the first Sunday of each month, non-perishable items will be collected in the sanctuary in the marked baskets.  Please note that Gifts of Love is currently in need of hearty soups, chili and breakfast cereals.  Thank you!

 Order Your Christmas Poinsettias

 

Would you like to provide a plant (or plants) to grace our sanctuary for Christmas? It is a wonderful way to remember or honor someone special to you. Please fill out the order form below and return to the Church Office no later than noon on Sunday, December 4th.

 Each plant costs $10; include check or cash for the full amount with the order form.  Make checks payable to:  Avon Congregational Church.

  The flowers you are ordering on this form may be taken home by donors following the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service or no later than Wednesday, December 28th.

                            ———————————  CUT HERE  ———————————

  Name and short message (as you would like it in the program):

 ____________________________________________________________                                   

 Number of plants:                       Red  _____  White  _____

 The flowers you are ordering on this form may be taken home by donors following the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service and no later than Wednesday, December 28th.

 Amount enclosed:  $__________

 Given by:                                             ____________________________________________


There is an AlterNATIVE Benefit Concert hosted by Simply Smiles will feature Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary; Lakota activity and artist Frank Waln; and folk artist & activist, Kristen Graves.  The concert will be held on Sunday, November 13th at 4 pm at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.  These three inspirational artists will use their music to raise support for the Lakota community that Simply Smiles supports on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.  It’s an evening you will not want to miss.  For more information, go to SimplySmiles.org.

 

 

11/3/16 Weekly Event Update

posted Nov 3, 2016, 7:16 AM by Denise Beeney

This update includes the following articles:

             Worship Volunteers – November 6th

             Meet Our New Director of Music Ministries

             First Friday Dinner – November 4th

             First Friday Dinner Volunteers Needed

             Stewardship Drive Continues

             Outreach Opportunities -

                        Stone Soup

                        Thanksgiving Baskets

                        Ring-a-ling

                        Gifts of Love

             Simply Smiles Benefit Concert

 

Worship Volunteers – Sunday, November 6th

            Worship Support/Communion – Sue Crowther

            Communion – Jane Keeney, Astrid Tury, Norm Keeney

            Ushers – Jane Keeney, Astrid Tury

            Lay Reader – Jennie Boswell

            Hospitality – Beth Ferrari

            Trustee – Jennie Boswell

 

Dianne Rechel, Director of Music Ministries

 

Let us introduce you to our new Director of Music Ministries, Dianne Rechel (pronounced Rayshell).  She lives nearby in West Hartford and has had a variety of experiences, mostly of an interim nature with piano and organ.  Dianne attended Hartt School of Music as a Piano Performance/Music History major.  At the time we were looking for a new director, three churches had approached her.  She evaluated all three and is excited to join our church where she likes the people and thinks we have a lot of potential. She is bubbling over with new ideas to share about how we might broaden the musical experience for all of us and invite the surrounding community to share it with our congregation.  She asked some interesting questions about what we had done in the past and feels she has a good support system of people with whom she has worked and felt some may follow her here.  Dianne wants to continue to grow and help develop the talent in the church.  Please help her feel welcome when she joins us November 16th.  Her first Sunday will be November 20th.

Norm Keeney & Peruse Khachoyan, Worship Ministry Co-leaders

 

     First Friday Dinner for November 4, 2016 
            5:30 pm. to 7:30 p.m.

 The November First Friday dinner will feature chicken pot pie, served with salad, beverages and a dessert bar.  A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to the Heifer International “Gift Ark” project.  Tithing has already helped us raise over $1000 towards the purchase of pairs of goats, sheep, llamas and pigs.  A Gift Ark donation goes around the world, from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas to help end hunger, poverty and hopelessness by providing animals, training and encouragement.

 

1st Friday Dinner is this FRIDAY – We are still in need of about 6-8 desserts for the dinner as well as volunteers to help bus dishes and wash dishes.  If interested in helping out, please contact Beth Ferrari at BethFerrari@comcast.net   Thank you!

 

Stewardship Drive Continues

 

Our stewardship drive has begun!  You should have received a letter with a pledge card in the last week.  If you have not received the mailing and need a pledge card, forms are available in the church office.

 

Outreach Opportunities

 

Stone Soup - Calling all cooks for Stone Soup!  We will be making sausage soup and cornbread on Monday, November 14th at 6 pm in the church kitchen.  An ingredients list has been posted by the nursery.

 

Avon Social Services Thanksgiving Baskets - Outreach Ministries will be supporting two families registered with Avon Social Services for Thanksgiving baskets.  A sign-up sheet is posted in Fellowship Hall.  The final drop-off date is Sunday, November 20th

 

Ring-a Ling - Outreach Ministries will again be hosting a bell ringing day for Salvation Army at the Avon Walmart on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am-7 pm.  There are one hour slots available to cover this super easy job.  The funds raised help the Hartford Salvation Army and local town agencies.  Please consider giving up an hour of your day to help others.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the office.

 

Gifts of Love, First Sunday Collection – The Outreach Ministry is changing the way we collect food for the Gifts of Love food pantry.  Starting this coming Sunday, 11/6, non-perishable items will be collected in the sanctuary in the marked baskets on the first Sunday of each month.  Please note that Gifts of Love is currently in need of hearty soups, chili and breakfast cereals.  Thank you!

 

Simply Smiles Benefit Concert

 

There is an AlterNATIVE Benefit Concert hosted by Simply Smiles will feature Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary; Lakota activity and artist Frank Waln; and folk artist & activist, Kristen Graves.  The concert will be held on Sunday, November 13th at 4 pm at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.  These three inspirational artists will use their music to raise support for the Lakota community that Simply Smiles supports on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.  It’s an evening you will not want to miss.  Tickets are available from Beth Ferrari in the church office or during coffee hour on Sunday.  Prices are $45 for upper level seats and $65 for lower level seats.  Checks are payable to Simply Smiles.  For more information, go to SimplySmiles.org.

 

 

10 26 16 WEEKLY EVENT UPDATE

posted Oct 26, 2016, 11:09 AM by Denise Beeney

This update includes the following articles:

             Worship Volunteers – October 30th

             Sew-In for Quilts of Valor – October 29th

             Quarterly Big Meeting Brunch – October 30th

             Big Meeting Brunch Volunteers

             Trick or Treat for Heifer – October 30th  

             First Friday Dinner – November 4th

             Gifts of Love Donations Needed

             Coffee Hour Hosts Needed

             Called to Care Opportunity

             Word Processing Volunteer Needed

             Simply Smiles Benefit Concert

 Worship Volunteers – Sunday, October 30th

            Worship Support – Bob DiRusso

            Flowers – Barbara & Otto Ruppert

            Ushers – Barbara & Otto Ruppert

            Lay Reader – Nora Howard

            Hospitality – Quarterly Big Meeting Brunch

            Trustee – Otto Ruppert

 

Sew-In This Saturday, October 29th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sew Inspired Quilt Shop, Wilcox Street, Simsbury

 

The shop will host a sew-In in their classroom for Sew Thankful Quilters/Quilts of Valor.  This event is open to the public for anyone at any level to come for a short time or all day and work on Quilts of Valor tops. There will be all sorts of jobs. Fabric, patterns, and guidance will be provided. We would love to have some church members come and support our ministry.

QUARTERLY BIG MEETING BRUNCH

Sunday, October 30th, 11:15 – 12:45, Fellowship Hall

Childcare provided

The purpose of this meeting is to bring the church ministry teams together in one regular, fun-filled meeting that is open to all people, including our visitors who may be interested in knowing more about us.  The meetings are designed to:

  • Enhance communication
  • Nurture community
  • Include ideas from all people, members and non-members
  • Inspire passion and focus in the mission Christ sends us to
  • To increase our energy by One Big Meeting and DOING more of the work of Christ

All are Welcome ~ Please Join Us!!!

 

 BIG Meeting Breakfast Brunch

 

We need a few more breakfast casseroles or quiches and 60 donut holes for our BIG Meeting on Sunday, October 30th.  Contact Beth Ferrari at BethFerrari@comcast.net if you can help out.

Trick or Treat for Heifer – Sunday, October 30th

The Outreach Ministry and the youth will be taking a collection during Fellowship Hour on Sunday, October 30th to benefit our on-going Heifer project. Please bring in your loose change to help the cause. We are trying to raise money for water buffalos now till the end of the year. Of course we will accept $ bills as well or checks made out to ACC with Heifer in the memo.

First Friday Dinner for November 4, 2016 

5:30 pm. to 7:30 p.m.

 The November First Friday dinner will feature chicken pot pie, served with salad, beverages and a dessert bar.  A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to the Heifer International “Gift Ark” project.  Tithing has already helped us raise over $1000 towards the purchase of pairs of goats, sheep, llamas and pigs.  A Gift Ark donation goes around the world, from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas to help end hunger, poverty and hopelessness by providing animals, training and encouragement.

 The Gifts of Love food pantry shelves are bare!

Please bring in non-perishables such as peanut butter, pasta, rice, and vegetables. Cereal and hearty canned soup/chili are in highest demand. Stock up on grocery store specials and donate generously!  A food collection basket is in fellowship hall or drop it off directly to Gifts of Love.  Thank you!

Coffee Hour Hosts – Thank you to all of the coffee hour hosts who have signed up for this upcoming year.  There are a few remaining dates if you would still like an opportunity to help with this Welcoming Ministry to visitors and guests.  The dates still open are:  April 2 & 16 (Easter), May 14 & 21, June 11 & 25, and August 6, 13, 20 & 27.  If interested, please contact Astrid Tury or Beth Ferrari. 

                                                                                   Become a Called to Care Lay Care Giver

Visitation Team is providing training to become a Called to Care lay Care Giver.  Called to Care is the UCC program designed to train and support church members who want to make short or long term visits to those in need care within our church family.  The training will be 12 to 16 hours. If you are interested please call or email Betsy Van Loon at 860-604-4046; ecvanloon@aol.com.  Betsy will not be in church often during October but is available to answer questions.  There will also be a packet of introductory materials available in the church office.

 Word Processing Volunteer Needed - If you know how to use a word processor, you can add content to our websites. If you know how to upload and download pictures, you can do these things on our website. Volunteers are needed to do these things for our church website and at ACC(plugged-in) before November. Please contact the church office and let us know you are willing to do this, or contact Bob Burke directly – 860-264-5829 or by email – rbt.burke@gmail.com.

 There is an AlterNATIVE Benefit Concert hosted by Simply Smiles will feature Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary; Lakota activity and artist Frank Waln; and folk artist & activist, Kristen Graves.  The concert will be held on Sunday, November 13th at 4 pm at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.  These three inspirational artists will use their music to raise support for the Lakota community that Simply Smiles supports on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.  It’s an evening you will not want to miss.  Tickets are available from Beth Ferrari in the church office or during coffee hour on Sunday.  Prices are $45 for upper level seats and $65 for lower level seats.  Checks are payable to Simply Smiles.  For more information, go to SimplySmiles.org.

 

10 19 16 Weekly Event Update

posted Oct 19, 2016, 9:52 AM by Denise Beeney

This update includes the following articles:

             Worship Volunteers – October 23rd

             Sew-In for Quilts of Valor – October 29th

             Quarterly Big Meeting Brunch – October 30th

              Big Meeting Brunch Volunteers

             Yahweh & Yoga

             First Friday Dinner – November 4th

             Gifts of Love Donations Needed

             Coffee Hour Hosts Needed

             Called to Care Opportunity

             Word Processing Volunteer Needed

             Simply Smiles Benefit Concert

 

Worship Volunteers – Sunday, October 23rd

            Worship Support – Peruse Khachoyan

            Flowers – Sue & Dave Crowther

            Ushers – Ellen Matos, Dave Crowther

            Lay Reader – Judy Barton

            Hospitality – Sue Crowther

            Trustee – Beth Ferrari

 

Sew-In on Saturday, October 29th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sew Inspired Quilt Shop

Wilcox Street, Simsbury

The shop will host a sew-In in their classroom for our group Sew Thankful Quilters/Quilts of Valor.  This event is open to the public for anyone at any level to come for a short time or all day and work on Quilts of Valor tops. There will be all sorts of jobs. Sew Thankful Quilters will be providing all the fabric, patterns, and guidance. We would love to have some church members come and support our ministry.

 

QUARTERLY BIG MEETING BRUNCH

Sunday, October 30th, 11:15 – 12:45, Fellowship Hall

Childcare provided

The purpose of this meeting is to bring the church ministry teams together in one regular, fun-filled meeting that is open to all people, including our visitors who may be interested in knowing more about us.  The meetings are designed to:

  • Enhance communication
  • Nurture community
  • Include ideas from all people, members and non-members
  • Inspire passion and focus in the mission Christ sends us to
  • To increase our energy by One Big Meeting and DOING more of the work of Christ

All are Welcome ~ Please Join Us!!!

 

 

BIG Meeting Breakfast Brunch

 

We are looking for a few people to prepare breakfast casseroles or quiches for our BIG Meeting on Sunday, October 30th.  A sign-up sheet is posted on the “BIG” bulletin board next to the office or contact Beth Ferrari or Jennie Boswell.  Thank you!

 

 

Yahweh and Yoga

Classes will be held on Monday October24th.  No class on Halloween.  Meet at 6:15 for meditation and 6:30 to 7:30 for class.

 

First Friday Dinner for November 4, 2016 
5:30 pm. to 7:30 p.m.

 The November First Friday dinner will feature another classic comfort food, chicken pot pie, served with salad, beverages and a dessert bar.  A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to the Heifer International “Gift Ark” project.  Tithing has already helped us raise over $1000 towards the purchase of pairs of goats, sheep, llamas and pigs.  Two more months are dedicated to this meaningful project.  A Gift Ark donation goes around the world, from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas to help end hunger, poverty and hopelessness by providing animals, training and encouragement.

 

Dinners are $13 (adult) and $7 (child 10 and under). Diners may purchase tickets at the church office, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., or at the door.  Dine in or take out.

 

The Gifts of Love food pantry shelves are bare!

Please bring in non-perishables such as peanut butter, pasta, rice, and vegetables. Cereal and hearty canned soup/chili are in highest demand. Stock up on grocery store specials and donate generously!  A food collection basket is in fellowship hall or drop it off directly to Gifts of Love.  Thank you!

 

Coffee Hour Hosts – Dates to host coffee hour for the 2016-2017 year are being scheduled now.   We would like to expand our volunteer list so that the work is spread around and no one gets overburdened.  Please consider signing up with your family or a friend to host a date or two this year.  Please see Astrid Tury or Beth Ferrari about hosting.

                                                                                   

Become a Called to Care Lay Care Giver

Visitation Team is providing training to become a Called to Care lay Care Giver.  Called to Care is the UCC program designed to train and support church members who want to make short or long term visits to those in need care within our church family.  The training will be 12 to 16 hours. The group of trainees will decide if we do this over a series of week nights or dedicate one weekend to the program.  If you are interested please call or email Betsy Van Loon at 860-604-4046; ecvanloon@aol.com.  Betsy will not be in church often during October but is available to answer questions.  There will also be a packet of introductory materials available in the church office.

 

Word Processing Volunteer Needed - If you know how to use a word processor, you can add content to our websites. If you know how to upload and download pictures, you can do these things on our website. Volunteers are needed to do these things for our church website and at ACC(plugged-in) before November. Please contact the church office and let us know you are willing to do this, or contact Bob Burke directly – 860-264-5829 or by email – rbt.burke@gmail.com.

 

There is an AlterNATIVE Benefit Concert hosted by Simply Smiles will feature Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary; Lakota activity and artist Frank Waln; and folk artist & activist, Kristen Graves.  The concert will be held on Sunday, November 13th at 4 pm at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.  These three inspirational artists will use their music to raise support for the Lakota community that Simply Smiles supports on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.  It’s an evening you will not want to miss.  Tickets are available from Beth Ferrari in the church office or during coffee hour on Sunday.  Prices are $45 for upper level seats and $65 for lower level seats.  Checks are payable to Simply Smiles.  For more information, go to SimplySmiles.org.

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