Our church is so blessed to be in a community that tries so hard to be a real community. The information kiosk at the corner of Main Street and Camp Street, just a few hundred feet from our church, has helped people to advertise and celebrate community events - including may of our events!
In gratitude for being a part of our great community, we plan to lead the refurbishment of this kiosk as a part of the Mayor's Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 4th. Volunteers are invited to join other city-wide volunteers at noon for a free lunch at City Hall.
Please come to the kiosk at 9AM, ready to scrape, paint, and replace damaged wood. Donations of materials and lending of proper tools appreciated - please bring your own work gloves! For more information, please contact Pastor John.
We invited our sisters and brothers of faith from our local mosques and synagogue to join us in a time of reflection and prayer to honor the innocents slain as they worshiped in the mosques of Christchurch, New Zealand - the latest in a string of global assaults on people of faith worshiping peacefully. An attack on any people of faith is an attack on all people of faith, and we stand in solidarity with all people of faith with love in our hearts for all who seek the peace and blessings of a loving LORD. A podcast recording of our service with interfaith prayers and scripture readings are below. Please continue in times of prayer and reflection to help the world to surrender to the living shield of faith, not to the hard and lifeless shield of warring hearts.
At our church, we take our faith seriously, and the love of a saving God seriously. We offer it to everyone in our community. And so, at the time of this tragic murder of 49 worshipers at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, we invite all people, and all faith leaders, to a short but important time of prayer and reflection this Sunday, March 19th, in our church sanctuary. There will be no sermons, only prayers, some visual and sound reflections, and some words of scripture that can offer us unity, healing, and hope at this time. May we all pray for the healing of the world that God have given to us in love, and for the healing of all hearts and bodies and souls who have been wounded so deeply by this tragedy.
Our church distributed ashes to the Christian faithful across Meriden, and at our 7PM Ash Wednesday service. We touched young and old across from Hanover Elementary School on a bitterly cold morning, then on West Main Street in front of Meriden's police station, then at Tom's Place on Main Street, and all afternoon in our sanctuary. We touched many new friends in Christ, and we pray for them all to be touched by the living God in this season of Lent. Our 7PM service included a moving message by Pastor John, and beautiful music from Laurie Brandl, our Music Director. Service podcast with sermon and prayer below, and sermon text here and below the podcast. Have a blessed journey in Lent towards Easter sunlight!
Recently, a tragic fire has made a South Meriden home uninhabitable, as a son of the home's residents died nearby. Our church is supporting the collection of donations being organized by Holly Wills on behalf of the Meriden Council of Neighborhoods this Saturday in our fellowship hall, 9AM-12PM Noon. We appreciate the further help of the South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department to help raise funds and awareness of this important need in our community.
Donations being accepted are household items such as dishes, small kitchen appliances, glasses, silverware, bath towels, blankets, pillows, sheets, and toiletry items Gift Cards and monetary donations will be gladly accepted also (checks payable to: Council of Neighborhoods). For more information on volunteering and donations, please email Holly Wills at:
firstname.lastname@example.org Please pray for this family recovery from their tragic losses.
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