Is it change that we fear most, or trusting God in the middle of change? Pastor John Blossom's message on Sunday, July 1st, will remind us to "Keep Trusting" - for our sake, for our nation's sake, and for the world's sake. See you at 10AM, and stay with us for fellowship to celebrate a summer when we have the freedom to trust in God!
This week, Unity House adult volunteers led a team of teen volunteers and outreach coordinators from Choate Rosemary Hall in a day of outdoor renovations and gardening. It was a wonderful team effort, and we are so grateful for everyone's participation and support! Unity House volunteers also continued to drop off generous donations of furniture and toys for guests and residents of Unity House. Our thanks to everyone for helping to pave the way for Unity House's long term success in mission! Photos from the day below.
Helping Other Boats! June 24th Sermon, Prayers and More at South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church
Our worship today lifted up the "other boats" who our mission work touches here, in Merdien, in Nicaragua, and beyond, as well as the mission of Christian education for young families. We are a church that can do much, when we reach out to others in faith, and drive away the "convenient Christianity" that blinds us to our real faith journey that God calls us towards. Pastor John Blossom's sermon "Other Boats" and our worship prayers and offertory are on the podcast below, sermon texts is here and in scrolling form below the podcast. Let's work together to let Jesus calm our storms this week - may you be blessed!
Our ,multi-church "paint party" at Meriden's Women and Families Center in March kicked off a relationship with WFC's Transition-Aged Youth (TAY) program that has born fruit in a new partnership with Unity House. A hard-working ,ulti-church UMC team of volunteers prepared Unity House this week for the arrival of a young family with a working single parent this Friday. The family was referred to Unity House by WFC for safe housing during a time of transition to a new support program. They are expected to stay at Unity House for a week. We ask that you respect the family's privacy and confidentiality needs during this important period of transition for them.
Unity House has been preparing for the arrival this Fall of a refugee family, and so a lot had to be done to get Unity House "family ready" on very short notice. New flooring was ready in the kitchen, and much has been done over the past several months by volunteers from local United Methodist churches, and by student volunteers from from Choate Rosemary Hall. Finishing touches on painting, cleaning, caulking, installing screen windows, and generous donations of housewares, furniture, food, toiletries, linens, bedding, children'books and toys, wifi networking, and cleaning supplies, have turned Unity House from a project back into a live mission site! What a feat of grace in action!
Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who worked so hard to help this family needing safe housing - including StarCubs Childcare, who helped to arrange for care for the family's children while their parent is hard at work. Our prayers of gratitude and blessings are with you all, and lifted up to the God who inspires us to serve others as our God serves us - with radical hospitality, and everlasting love.
How can you find a faith that gets you through life's storms? Step one: get in the boat with Jesus that's headed towards the storms! Our worship this Sunday lifts up the power of Jesus who calmed the wind and waters of a storm for all of the boats in it. We will also lift up with thanks our Sunday school servants who have helped to make our Christian education program for children a success for our families. What a mighty God we serve! Come celebrate, and stay for warm fellowship. See you soon!
Can you imagine what it would be like to be a seed that turns into a plant? That's what the new creation is like in Jesus - it's hard to imagine that we were really alive before it! This Sunday, Pastor John Blossom's sermon "Part of the Plan" will help us to explore how the family of God transforms us in ways that we can hardly imagine before we commit to a life of faith. Come at 10AM this Sunday for joyful worship, warm fellowship, and to be sent into God's world as part of the new Creation in Christ!
When you now dial our church telephone number (203.235.6002), it no longer rings a typical telephone. Instead, it connects you to RingCentral, a powerful Internet-based phone and conferencing service.
If you come into our office, you'll see on the desk a phone that looks pretty much like any other phone. That phone is just the tip of the iceberg - you can use RingCentral like you would any other phone, but you can do so much more, for about the same price of a normal land line phone!
Our new RingCentral phone service already can do these things, and more:
Who are our parents, sisters, and brothers? Through faith in Jesus Christ, everyone can be our family! We thank Paul Pilecki for offering us a wonderful message on Sunday that led us into how to live the story of Jesus' faith family. And we thank Sally Dow for contributing her prayers and leadership in worship also. How wonderful it is to have a family of faith who can lead worship together! Pastor John Blossom has returned from our New York Annual Conference session, along with our Lay Delegate Jeanne King, as they report back on our greater family of faith - The United Methodist Church around the world. Worship podcast is below. Have a blessed week!
TIs your heart at war, even if you try to act like you're at peace?
Do you find yourself at odds with other people in hurtful relationships, hoping for something better?
South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church is inviting people who cannot find peace to learn how to use important tools that can help you to act with more peace in your heart - even if you're not always liking the people who you have to make peace with. We believe that it is God's way, and, hopefully, our way.
We invite local residents, business and civic leaders, and educators, to the first of a series of free peace-making workshops, on Saturday, September 29th, in the Cook Room at the Meriden Public Library, from 9AM to 3PM. A registration form is here and below. We encourage you to invite not just friends, but your enemies who are hard to find peace with.
The core of this peace-making workshop is based on the book "The Anatomy of Peace," a book by the Arbinger Institute, a non-religious research firm. A free study guide based on the book is available here online. Workshops based on this book have helped thousands of people around the world to take a new perspective on how they view and manage potentially hurtful conflicts - in their own lives, in their workplace, and in their church and public lives. There will be light refreshments throughout the day, and a light lunch at noon, with opportunities for guided prayer during breaks.
Peace doesn't just happen. Peace is what we make of the wars that we must confront. We hope and pray that this workshop, and other workshops like it in the future, will help you to become a peacemaker in your own life, for your own sake, and for the sake of everyone who you meet. Please register for the workship below!
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