How wide is a saving faith? Wide enough to invite the whole world into God's household - a household with a new way of life! This Sunday, Pastor John Blossom continues his "Fire Up a Saving Faith" sermon series with a look at how early Christians invited into Christ a world of people who were told they weren't God's people. We have always belonged to God's household: are we ready to join it?
We will start our worship as usual at 10AM, and after the passing of the peace we will move into our fellowship hall, where worship will include our quarterly "Holy Conferencing" - a time when we can reflect on our discipleship and hear about the life of the church. We will be done by about 11.40, and we hope that you can stay for the whole time, and enjoy the fun. See you on Sunday!
.While we are sorry that Sarah Bourdon is moving on to a new full-time position in a local school system, it is with great pleasure that we are welcoming in her replacement today. William A. Mariano comes to us as the current Office Administrator at Cheshire United Methodist Church, and is now our new part-time Office Administrator. William has several years of experience in church office administration, as well as an enthusiasm for faith and growing churches that is a wonderful match for our own growing church.
William will be receiving training from Sarah and Mary Barker in the weeks ahead on the deeper "ins and outs" of our operations, but already he has gone through his initial orientation, and begins this first day in the office today, ready to "hit the ground running!" His regular office hours will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1.30PM-4.30PM.
Please welcome William warmly in the days and weeks ahead, and please wish Sarah and her family our very best as she transitions into her new role. We have been blessed, coming and going!
What would it be like to have a saving faith - a faith that gives us a rich, deep, broad, strong, loving, joyful and safe sense of God's presence in our lives, always? Early Christians had this saving faith, and rejoiced in its power in their lives. Methodism is rooted in the idea of practicing a saving faith, and bringing its fruits to the world!
This Sunday, Pastor John Blossom will invite us on a journey into saving faith, as he kicks off a new sermon series: "Fire Up a Saving Faith" begins. The series will focus on the New Testament letter to the Ephesians, which celebrates how the early church in the generation after Jesus' resurrection discovered saving faith.
There is a study, reflection, and prayer guide that will be available in your bulletins at the first service, and available throughout the series in the church, as well has online here. We encourage you to pick up a copy of the guide, and study and reflect on it on your own and with others, and pray its prayers, to help you to come to a better place in your faith life.
Sunday's sermon, "How Rich?," Will focus on the opening to Ephesians, where the riches of a saving faith are being realized by early Christians with assurance, and hope. Enjoy that Christian hope growing in you this Summer! See you Sunday.
Does your faith help you to stand up, stand out, or does it hang in the closet, waiting to be put on for a good occasion? This Sunday, Pastor John's sermon "Sore Thumbs" will remind us that the world that needs exceptional faith to endure in our hearts - and faith can help us to trust in the exceptional example of Jesus for how to stand up when the world needs us to stand out. Come at 10AM for worship that will touch your heart, stay for warm fellowship, and leave with faith that will move you in new directions. See you then!
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!
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!
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