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MCC Hartford – JANUARY Calendar of Events  (see attached)
 
Sunday January 7:  Second collection for ‘Global Missions-ICM Colombia’  The first Sunday in each month we receive a second offering that helps to support our sister church in Colombia.  Together we are bringing the Good News into the world!
 
Friday January 12 - Somewhere Coffee House from 7-9pm  Join us for some games, fun, and fellowship!
 
Sunday January 14—Birthday Potluck and then Board Meeting  Join us as we celebrate those born in January. Board meeting follows fellowship and all are welcome to attend.
 
Friday January 19—Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner: Join us for a delicious meal and a time of fellowship. Dinner starts at 6:30pm and recommended donation is $10.  Singing “O Sole Mio” is optional!  Invite your family and friends -- all are welcome!!
 
Saturday January 27 – Vernon Manor at 10am  join us as we bring church, worship, and fellowship to this long term residential facility (the home of one of our members) located at 180 Regan Road in Vernon.  All are invited and welcome!
 
Monday January 29 -- McKinney Shelter Dinner at 5:30pm.  Join us as we help feed our hungry and homeless neighbors -- as God’s ‘hands and feet’ in our local community. 
 
Wednesdays Radical Bible Study RESUMES JANUARY 10: 11am-noon.  All are welcome as we explore the Bible in new and radical ways!   ry 10.
 
Food for the body, love for the soul:  We are collecting SOUP AND CRACKERS during the month of January --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 prepare to welcome in the New Year, we are mindful it is necessary to make room for what is to come.  What will we leave behind in 2017?  What is it that weighs us down, what have we struggled with, and with what do we need closure? 
 
This is a perfect time for some ‘spiritual house cleaning!’ 
 
As we explore and  prayerfully consider this, it is important to remember that it is faith that gives us the courage to let go and step out into the unknown -- trusting that God will love us with an everlasting love and is faithful to us (Jeremiah 31:3-4).  Yes, we can trust in God, God’s presence, God’s love, and trust in God’s promises.
With this certainty, we can have the courage to let go and let in the good things that God has planned for us.  Hope was born anew with the Christ Child—what hope is being born right now for you and for me?  Hope is not just a Christmas phenomenon, it is an ongoing anticipation – that God is doing (or about to do) something new and something good with great love.
My prayer is that our preparation to welcome the New Year begins with faith – that provides the courage to let go and to step out.  Otherwise, we just might miss what God is doing ---- if we stay in 2017!!   
Happy New Year dear friends!.  May this be a year of spiritual growth, abundant blessings, and realized justice.  And, may we carry the awe, joy, and hope of Bethlehem with us…all the year through.
 
Many blessings on the New Year and beyond,
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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