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Welcome autumn….with events and celebration!
 
MCC Hartford – SEPTEMBER Calendar of Events
Friday September 8--Somewhere Coffee House from 7-9pm  Join us for some fun and fellowship.
Saturday September 9 – Hartford Capitol City PRIDE!  12-6pm on Prattt Street.  Check out the Pride week events at http://www.hartfordpride.com/
Sunday September 10:  HOMECOMING SUNDAY and Birthday celebration  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… If you would like to help in any way (food donation, set up, or cleanup) please contact Jerrett Wyatt, Hospitality Ministry, via email at: jjwyant@gmail.com or after worship service to help make this a grand event!  During the reception, we will also invite a song to celebrate the September birthdays…extra excitement!
Friday September 15: “War Room” movie showing:  7pm we will show the movie; followed by discussion.  A love offering will be welcomed!
Sunday September 17: Board Meeting  All are welcome at the Board Meeting that follows fellowship, from noon-1pm.
Sunday September 24 – 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 15).  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 any questions or to schedule a different date for this class, please contact the pastor.
Monday September 25   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.
Saturday September 30   MCC Northeast Network Gathering in Worcester MA.  Join us as we gather with sister churches from several states and welcome our Interim Moderator.  Registration forms are available on the credenza at the entrance to the church.
Wednesdays Radical Bible Study: RESUMES on September 13!. 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 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 15 – 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 2018 budget, vote in 2 new 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 we change seasons, moving from summer to autumn, it is a great time to take a breath and to welcome the change in creation and in all that surrounds us.  
Having just experienced the solar eclipse, it reminds us that darkness can come upon us and, in that moment, it seems to extinguish warmth and light.  This proved to be fleeting, for quickly God’s goodness and grace prevailed and warmth and light were restored.  Perhaps in that moment, we gained greater appreciation for the sun; something we often take for granted.  And, maybe we remembered who created the sun and shines it upon all the earth – the giver of life.
With the events that have happened (and planned) by White Supremicist organizations, it can also feel like an eclipse -- one that blocks love and social justice.  Yet, just like the solar eclipse, the rally of hate was fleeting as 40,000+ took to the streets in Boston --- for love and justice.  We found that standing together we had the power to eclipse the hate rally that was scheduled.  There was nothing to see and no hate to hear for love filled the streets and the air --- in peace, song, and community.
I believe the message was clear…the lasting eclipse is love.  Whenever hate rises, watch----for love will show up and show out…every time.  May we bring our spirit and our full selves to join this eclipse---sharing the warmth and light of God’s love. 
And, by the way, more good news---we don’t need special glasses.  We can look directly to the SON, who leads us with the heart of God.  May it be so, I pray. 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?
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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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