Celebrate the joy of Jesus entering Jerusalem as their saving king this Palm Sunday at 10AM, to prepare for the real return of the King on Easter Sunday! There will be joyful music, warm fellowship, and rejoicing in our Lenten journey of Christian discipleship. Hosanna! Save us, saving God!
In our United Methodist Church traditions, ALL Christian believers are called by God to be ministers of God in Christ, through God's Holy Spirit. Our Connecticut District of the UMC New York Annual Conference supports your training in ministries actively! These training programs are a great way to grow in ministry through your spiritual gifts, which you can bring into the church and God's world.
There are THREE great programs being offered this April (printable flyers below):
BASIC LAY SERVANT COURSE - April 14th and 28th, at Plainville UMC - Learn the basics of what it means to be in ministry as a lay (non-clergy) member of the United Methodist church. You will gain insights into how God works through us in ministries, basic biblical and theological knowledge, and a sense of how we work together in Christ through ministry leadership.
PREACHING COURSE - April 7 and 21 at Southington UMC - Get very practical and encouraging guidance on how to prepare and deliver a sermon that reflects the message of God living in you through Christ in the United Methodist tradition.
ACTIVE AGGRESSOR TRAINING PROGRAM - Sunday, April 8th, 5.30-8PM, New Life United Methodist Church - A Connecticut State Police training program developed specifically for houses of worship. Learn how to respond to active aggressors in a worship and church service environment.
Please consult with Pastor John to see which programs might be best for you, but consider them all - we can ALL grow in God's love through these gifts of ministry! Consider signing up soon!
,God sticks with us. Do we stick with God? A hopeful message from Pastor John's sermon "Covenant," music and prayers celebrate our completely trustworthy God. See you then!
What would it be like to wake up to a heart that was not your own giving you life every day? Pastor John Blossom's sermon "Awaken" this Sunday asked this question, and told us how amazing it is when a life of practicing faith leads to God awakening in our hearts like never before. You'll find the sermon podcast with audio and slides below, and text for the sermon here and below the podcast.
Our special thanks go out this week to everyone who put together our Corned Beef Dinner Saturday night, and to Jesse Desjardins, our new audio/visual leader for worship. Bless you all for your service to God!
What if you woke up to the beat of a new heart in your chest? What would life be like then? In our worship this Sunday at 10AM, Pastor John Blossom's Lenten sermon series focuses on the next step to faith - "Awaken." Come for joyful music, uplifting and healing prayers, and leave with the hope of faith in your heart!
Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday, March 11th, at 2AM. Please be sure to reset your clocks ahead of time, and we'll see you at 10AM Daylight Savings Time for worship this Sunday!
What does it take to grow our commitment to Christ and our community in faith? Practice, practice, practice - practice that leads to God's joyful victory in our hearts, and in the world! As we enter a new phase of mission and growth in our church, This Sunday at 10AM, come hear Pastor John Blossom's continuing series of Lent sermons on the 40 days that we get to practice life-changing faith. Faith conversations beforehand at 9.15, warm fellowship afterwards, and our faith group at 5PM. See you then!
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