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MCC Hartford – OCTOBER Calendar of Events  (see attached)
 
Sunday October 1:  2 important things to know!
1.    We will be designating the second offering collection to GLAD, the legal advocates for and defenders of LGBTQI justice and equality.  Supporting GLAD couldn’t be more important than right now, with our civil/human rights under attack. It is GLAD that is currently suing the government on behalf of Transgender military service members.  This offering, along with a donation from the church outreach funds, will be presented at our anniversary dinner on November 4th ---when we will present this check to GLAD along with the “Spirit of Justice” Award.
2.    This is the deadline to submit an application for one of the 2 open positions on the Board of Directors and the open position for Alternate Lay Delegate.  Applications may be emailed to the church at mcchartford@aol.com or presented in hard copy to the church office, no later than this Sunday.
 
Sunday October 8:  New Member Reception and Birthday Celebration:  Hope you will join us as we celebrate the reception of our newest members---Colleen Kruger and J.T.Atkinson!  Following service, we have a reception in their honor and (of course, as is tradition!) also sing a birthday song for those born in October…extra excitement!
 
Friday October 13--Somewhere Coffee House from 7-9pm  Join us for some fun and fellowship.
 
Sunday October 15 – Annual Congregational Meeting  After worship service from 11:30-noon.  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 2018 budget, vote in 2 new Board Members, and set our vision for the coming year. 
We ask that all members attend.
 
Sunday October 29: Dinner Church:  Have you attended an MCC dinner church?  Rev. Mel Pace will be co-leading with a UCC pastor a dinner church experience at MCC Hartford starting at 6pm.  Churches from the Hartford area will also be invited.  Donations will be gratefully accepted.  Hope you can join us as we share this new experience---having worship around the table over dinner!  Come and taste how good God is!!
 
Monday October 30:   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: 11am-noon.  All are welcome as we explore the Bible in new and radical ways!
 
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.

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Pastor’s reflection: 
 
September has been quite a challenging month as hurricanes swept through a number of islands and the southeast mainland United States.  This year, the changing seasons has been costly and even deadly as waters rose and homes and property were lost.  And, then, above the roaring winds, torrential rain, and rising flood waters there arose different sounds…that of helicopters and motor boat rescues ----and the sound of neighbor helping neighbor.  And, we saw the very best of us -- during the very worst of times.
As these places of devastation begin to recover, we are mindful that places like Puerto Rico are still waiting for such rescue as millions continue to be without power, light, food, and clean water.  Prayer is essential.  Action is imperative.  Help is critical.  May we all do what we can to be God’s hands, feet, and heart in responding to this humanitarian crisis and our siblings in need.
As the seasons change, we must remember what never changes----God’s unconditional love and God’s calling upon us (the faithful) to respond in prayer and action to help others, regardless of our human-defined differences.  The truth is…we are all the same in God’s eyes; we are simply God’s beloved…ALL of us.  In these difficult and challenging times, may we see through God’s eyes and respond with God’s heart, faithfully.   Amen.  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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