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posted Oct 26, 2016, 11:09 AM by Kathy Smith

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.


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.