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                         MCC Hartford Announcements – September 2018 Events                             
 
Sunday September 2: Second offering for ‘Global Missions’ - ICM Colombia: The first Sunday in each month we receive a second offering that helps to support our sister church in Bogotá, Colombia.  Together, we are bringing the Good News and God’s unconditional love into the world!
 
Saturday September 8 – Hartford Capitol City PRIDE!  12-6pm on Prattt Street.  Check out the Pride week events at http://www.hartfordpride.com/  Pastor Aaron will be providing the opening prayer at noon!
 
Sunday September 9—3 things 
1.    Birthday Potluck – bring a dish (if you can) and help us celebrate those who were born in September and, during this time of fellowship, we will also be
2.    Celebrating our Clergy Intern G. V. Basbas – join us as we celebrate the ending of the internship as well as G.V.’s time with us (altogether 4 years!) as he prepares to leave for California the next day.  This will be followed by the monthly
3.    Board Meeting -- and all are welcome to attend
 
Friday September 14 at 6:30pm:  Movie night  We will be featuring the last 3 segments from the documentary “Belief” by Oprah Winfrey.  Come and witness some of the world’s most fascinating religious and spiritual journeys through the eyes of believers.  We will travel to the far reaches of the world to hear stories that lead us to ask “what do you believe?”  You need not have attended any of the previous showings---as these segments stand alone.  Discussion will follow.  A love offering is welcome. 
 
Sunday September 16:  HOMECOMING SUNDAY  Each year we plan a BIG celebration in welcoming folks back from summer vacations and ushering in the autumn season.  Invite family and friends to join us!  A reception follows… so, if you would like to help in any way (food donation, set up, or cleanup) please contact Norma or Jerrett (you can meet with them after worship service also).  Also contact through email Jerrett at jjwyant@gmail.com or the church office at mcchartford@aol.com.  Help us make this a grand event!! 
 
Wednesdays Radical Bible StudyRESUMES on September 19!. 11am-noon.  All are welcome as we explore the Bible in new and radical ways!

Sunday September 23---2 things
1.    Membership Class – Have you thought about becoming a member?  Church membership is an important step in commitment to the work and ministry of our church.  Membership has ‘voice and vote’ – all congregants have a voice in church matters, members also have the ability to vote on key matters at official church meetings, including our annual congregational meeting (scheduled for October 14).  The class lasts no longer than an hour (12-1pm) and provides insight into MCC and MCC Hartford, its history, values, and calling.  So, join us for the class if you are curious and want to know more or ready to make a commitment to our church and its ministry.  For questions or to schedule a different date for this class, please contact the pastor.
2.    Last Summer Church Picnic at Sallie & Mary’s: after worship service, join us as we celebrate the end of summer and enjoy some wonderful food and fellowship!
 
Food for the body, love for the soul:  We are collecting Oatmeal during the month of September --to support the Hands on Hartford Food Pantry. Remember, all non-perishable food is welcome!  Thank you for helping to feed those who are hungry and extending our communion table to the homes of those in need.
 
SAVE THE DATE!
·         Sunday October 14 – Annual Congregational Meeting  This is the day each year we set aside to do the business of the Church.  We will hear reports from the various ministries, approve our 2019 budget, vote in 3 Board Members, and set our vision for the coming year.  We ask that all members plan to attend.

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Pastor’s reflection: 
 
As the seasons change, summer becomes cherished memories and hope abounds as we turn toward fall and begin a new season.
We are mindful that everything has a season.  Just as Jesus began and ended his public ministry with Baptism and then Transfiguration, we know that God starts new seasons in our lives, too.  What will the autumn bring?  God only knows (smile)! 
As we celebrate Labor Day and the ‘official’ kickoff to fall, may we take a moment to REST from our labor (especially those who are weary) so that we are renewed, refreshed, and ready for this glorious new season. 
May our autumn be blessed and may we continue to take moments of rest as we see what God is doing with, in, and through us in this new season.  And, may hope, joy, and love abound in it all!!  Blessings to you all, in every season… Pastor Aaron

 

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CONTACT THE PASTOR!
 
Do you want to schedule an appointment to speak face-to-face?
Would you like to speak by phone?
Do you need prayer?
The pastor is available by call or text…at (203)209-1504
All conversations and prayer are kept strictly confidential.
  

 Suggestions/Comments Box  Do you have a suggestion or a comment—about the church, worship service, etc?  We welcome your feedback!  All notes can be placed in the red lockbox (found on the credenza as you enter the church) and each submission will be reviewed by the Board of Directors.  Thank you!

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