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This Sunday, June 25, 2017, we will be celebrating Pride as we end the month of June. There are 3 ways to join us in celebrating...

1. Wear something that celebrates Pride (i....e. rainbow clothing or accessories) to the Sunday worship service (photo op!)
2. Bring a story---why celebrating Pride is important to you (there will be a time of sharing during the service)
3. Then join us as we continue the celebration...at our first summer church picnic at Sharron and Brianna's home in Middletown (if you need directions, please email the church at mcchartford@aol.com). All are welcome as are side dishes and desserts!

So, let's celebrate (!!) for ourselves and our community ---in recognition of the progress we have made to live authentically and our ongoing work to achieve full equality and justice.

All the while knowing that in God's eyes we are delightfully created and already equal...as God's beloved.


Sunday June 25 – first Church Summer Picnic!  Will be held at Sharron and Brianna’s house in Middletown -- after church.  All are invited!!  Details will be made available, with directions as we get closer to the event.

Monday June 26   McKinney Shelter Dinner, a time each month we help feed the homeless as God’s ‘hands and feet’ in our community and for our hungry neighbors.

Wednesdays Radical Bible Study: 11am-noon.  All are welcome as we explore the Bible in new and radical ways!

Earth Day Corner  Check out the credenza as you enter the church--for ways to make Earth Day every day.  And, if you have information, action tips or ways to get involved and make a difference…please add to the ‘corner’ because we are in this together!!

Food for the body, love for the soul: We are collecting CANNED MEAT during June--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. 

 

MCC Hartford – JULY Calendar of Events
Tuesday July 4:  Independence Day Holiday!
Sunday July 9 – Birthday Pot luck  Bring a dish to share (if you can) as we celebrate the July birthdays.
Friday July 14: Somewhere Coffee House from 7-9pm  Join us for some fun and fellowship.
Sunday July 16 – Board Meeting  All are welcome at the Board Meeting, held from noon-1pm.
Friday July 28 – Movie Night!  We will be showing the film “The Shack” that starts at 7pm with discussion to follow.   Movie plot:  After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips has a crisis of faith that causes him to question his innermost beliefs.
Monday July 31   McKinney Shelter Dinner, a time each month we help feed the homeless as God’s ‘hands and feet’ in our community as we serve our hungry neighbors.
Wednesdays Radical Bible Study: On summer break.
Earth Day Corner  Check out the credenza as you enter the church--for ways to make Earth Day every day.  And, if you have information, action tips or ways to get involved and make a difference…please add to the ‘corner’ because we are in this together!!
Food for the body, love for the soul: We are collecting MACARONI & CHEESE during the month of July--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 summer officially begins and we near the end of the June Pride celebration, we round the corner toward the July 4th Independence Day holiday.  It is interesting that Pride and Independence Day are juxtaposition and perhaps it calls our attention to see beyond independence---to full liberation and true freedom.  
          As we know, Independence Day began as a celebration of our official independence from England.  We settled this country to be free from political and religious oppression and it now begs the question – after nearly 300 years---with independence, are we truly free?  Given the current climate, once again rife with political and religious oppression, I would posit the answer is…not yet. 
         The month of Pride is a welcome opportunity to recognize the progress made by the LGBTQ community and to celebrate who we are, liberated from religious/political gender and sexuality norms, constructs, roles,
and demands.  More than independence, Pride celebrates liberation as we live with authenticity and into who God so magnificently and intentionally created us to become.  This liberation offers the prospect of true freedom.
        My prayer is that every day we strive to become more liberated and more glorious.  That’s what God’s love can do…it can truly set us free. So, dear friends, happy liberation day and days----well beyond this July 4th holiday. 
 
May it be so, amen!  Pastor Aaron 
~ Pastor Aaron 

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Please email your prayer requests to the office or to the pastor (mcchartford@aol.com or rev.aaronmiller@yahoo.com). If you wish to speak with the pastor directly, please call 203-209-1504.
  

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