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THURSDAY April 12 – DIFFERENT NIGHT for the Somewhere Coffee House from 7-9pm:  Join us for games, fun, and fellowship! 
Sunday April 8—2 things!
1.    Birthday Potluck – help us celebrate those who were born in April
2.    Board Meeting -- follows fellowship and all are welcome to attend
Sunday April 15 from 12-1pm: Internship Committee meeting follows fellowship.
Friday April 20—Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Competition from 6-9pm:  You won’t want to miss the 6TH annual competition.  All who attend vote for the winners after ‘sampling’ the entries; then prizes will be awarded!  This is an ‘all you can eat’ event and the recommended donation is $8.  Contact the Pastor (lead cowboy) or email the church office (mcchartford@aol.com)—to register your chili entry.  Make sure you name your chili as all entries are anonymous to the voters!  Good luck to the competitors and may the best chili win.  Cowboy hats and western attire encouraged!
Sunday April 22—Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Planned Parenthood Presentation from 12-1pm:  RCRC and Planned Parenthood are teaming up to talk to people of faith about the unique power of their voices at this crucial moment for reproductive rights and freedom. They are going to spend some time introducing the two organizations, letting folks know what's at stake for our communities in the current legislative fight, and give concrete ways that folks of faith can take action and make their voice heard in the fight for justice.  All are welcome.
Sunday April 28—Transgender Lives Conference:  The 12th annual conference is being held at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington CT from 8-5pm.  MCC Hartford will host a table and is presenting the workshop “The Vital Role of Religion, Faith, and Spirituality in the Health and Well-being of Trans People.” For more information and to register please visit the website: http://www.transadvocacy.org/transgender-lives-conference
Sunday April 29—GLAD Annual Fundraiser from 1-3pm:  This year, GLAD is honoring Connecticut’s Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman a long time champion and staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community.  And, as you know,, GLAD is doing amazing (and critically necessary) work to protect the LGBTQ community.  So, come and honor the Lt. Governor and show support for GLAD.  Tickets are $75ea and may be ordered on the website, by following this link: https://donate.glad.org/hartford/events/2018-connecticut-event/e161473  Mention MCC Hartford as we are on the Host Committee.
Wednesdays Radical Bible Study: 11am-noon.  All are welcome as we explore the Bible in new and radical ways!  All are welcome…
Food for the body, love for the soul:  We are collecting PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY during the month of April --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.

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Pastor’s reflection: 
As we enter Holy Week and head toward the Easter Celebration, we enter a time when we imagine and experience, in part, what brings us to that moment of discovery…the tomb is empty.  We will gather on Thursday night and share a meal as Jesus did with the first followers—those he loved and who loved him.  Then, we will solemnly experience Good Friday with scripture, song, and prayer.  Finally, we will celebrate the Good News of Easter during 2 services.  We gather, we remember, we lament, we wait (Saturday), and then, with great joy, welcome in Easter. 
Three simple words “He is Risen!” are said often (and with great joy) on Easter morning.  What does this mean and how do these 3 words affect us personally?  The cross fades from view with the startling discovery the tomb is empty.  Even those that run to witness this miracle find it incredulous.  Do we?  How does this affect our faith and even our lives to know that Jesus could not be kept in that tomb, that death does not have the last word, and Good Friday(s) are followed by resurrection? 
As we move from the Lenten wilderness, through this week, on our way to re-discover the empty tomb may we reflect on this Good News and how this might change our lives.  We just might discover that resurrection is not just a belief…it is that in which we can find hope and it can even become a way of life.
 HE IS RISEN dear friends, just as he said.  May we remember that our Good Fridays are never the last word either…for we will rise, too.  That is Good News, indeed!
 Many blessings on this Holy Week and may Easter be a celebration all year long,
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?
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The pastor is available by call or text…at (203)209-1504
All conversations and prayer are kept strictly confidential.
  

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