Worship Services – Sunday, April 22, 2018

 Join us in the Sanctuary for worship services at 9:30 AM (traditional worship) or at 11:00 AM for the worship band service, for those who prefer great local music, casual clothing, and family-relevant programs.  On Sunday, April 22nd, Rev. Dr. Anne Coffman will be preaching.   Click here for a short sample of music from the worship band service.  Choose your time and join us for coffee hour in between, from 10:30-11:00 each week.  For more information regarding new service times, click here.

 

Rev. Anne’s Biblical Reflection:

After almost 30 years as an ordained minister, I learned this week that the Fourth Sunday of Easter is always Good Shepherd Sunday.  How could I have missed this?  The metaphor of Jesus as Good Shepherd teaches us many things:  how to lead, how to follow, how to trust and so much more.  This week let us prepare our hearts and minds to be open to where the Good Shepherd is leading us.

 

Parking Greeters Needed!

We now have two church services each Sunday! 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM.  We want to help newcomers and those with assisted mobility find parking as close to the church as possible.  Join our new team of Parking Greeters forming right now – we are accepting teenagers on up.  Contact Rev. AnnePeter Shouvlin or Mike Cella.

 

 

 

Adult Bible Study

Adult Bible Study Tuesdays

Join us to study the oldest book in the New Testament!   Starting April 10th, our Tuesday morning Bible Study will be doing a four-week study of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.  We will be using the Yale Bible Study Curriculum with Professors Harold Attridge and David Bartlett.  We meet from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Colonial Room.  If you have any questions, please email Rev. Anne.

 

 

Bonfire at Hillside!

Bonfire at Hillside Cemetery!

Come roast hot dogs and s’mores around a bonfire at Hillside Cemetery on Saturday, April 21st, 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  The storms in March knocked down quite a few limbs and branches; this will be a fun, social way to do a clean-up!  All are welcome so bring your friends and something to roast.  Questions, please contact Pam Brown.  

 

April Umbrella Drive

During the month of April, we will be having a ‘Spring Showers Umbrella Drive’ to benefit the Keystone House. Many of the clients from these organizations walk to their destinations, so an umbrella on a rainy day can be an essential item!  We will accept new and gently used umbrellas – just in time for April showers! Thank you!

 

Open and Affirming Task Force

Open and Affirming Task Force

As you know, the Board of Deacons and Executive Board have unanimously approved the formation of an Open and Affirming task force.  The Open and Affirming process is a time of education and exploration as a church examines the possibility of making a public covenant proclaiming that people of all sexual orientations are welcome in the full life and ministry of our congregation (membership, leadership and employment).  The first information session hosted by the Task Force will be Sunday, April 29th after the 11:00 AM service in the Colonial Room.  The Task Force looks forward to hearing your candid views and answering your questions, and if you are interested in joining the ONA Task force, please contact Rob Eason (917.445.9200).

 

Register NOW for the 2018 Youth Mission Trip

Sign up for the Mission Trip today! The trip is open to all current eighth graders through high school seniors, and promises to be a meaningful and exciting experience.  Details, dates and forms can be found on the WCC website by clicking here.  Contact Lydia Gajdel if you have any questions.

Safe Church at WCC

At Wilton Congregational Church, we take the care and safety of our children and youth seriously. Starting in February, all Youth Ministry events will have two adults present at all times as a way to protect both children and adults. Click here to learn more and to volunteer an hour of your time!

 

Children’s Church Volunteers Needed

 In this new year of possibility, give back to this community that has
given you so much by volunteering with our littlest members. Children’s Church is in need of volunteers to help teach during our 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM services.  All teachers are paired with another volunteer to co-teach a lesson that will be provided to you ahead of time.  We ask volunteers to commit to teaching during one Sunday service on a monthly basis.  Interested?  Contact Lydia Gajdel.

 

Adopt-A-Spot

Adopt-A-Spot for Sharp Hill Cemetery

Our Sharp Hill Cemetery, with its adjacent church-sponsored adopt-a-spot, is a beautiful and tranquil patch of town history on busy Rt 7.  The Building and Grounds Committee is searching for volunteers to form an informal sub-committee to maintain this hallowed ground.  This would entail pruning and general sprucing-up, perhaps 2-3 times a year…or whenever you are able.  If interested, please contact Sarah Strader.

 

Realm Connect is Here!

Bring your Smart Phone to church this Sunday!  As we introduce Realm Connect to our church, it is important that we all join.  Deepening our faith and strengthening our church is all about connecting.  Realm helps us to do this, but only if we all participate.  So bring your smart phone and we can upload our selfies, download the app, and get started in this great way to connect with each other.

Youth Groups at WCC

High School Youth Group meets every Sunday from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the Youth Room.  Middle School Youth Group (6th – 8th graders) meet every Sunday from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  Join us for community building, spiritual growth, and (most importantly) fun!

 

Earth Ministry

baystateWCC now has a recycling bin for used textiles in the parking lot behind Pilgrim Hall.  Please support the church and the community by placing your unwanted textiles in the box.  This is not like Goodwill, as we will take them in any condition.  These are collected and recycled by Bay States Textiles.  They are either mended and sold to third world countries, turned into wiping cloths, or made into filler material.  This reduces the amount of waste going into our landfills.  They need to be put in plastic bags before putting them in the box.  Click here for a list of acceptable items.

 

Altar Flowers

Weekly Altar Flowers

Each week of the year, our Flowers Committee arranges flowers for the altar.  If you would like to donate flowers in memory of someone, to honor someone or in celebration of something, look for the 2018 flower chart and write your name next to the date.  Then, take an order form and give us the details (order forms are where the flower chart is hung, in the hallway outside the Sanctuary leading to Pilgrim Hall, or you can download a form.  A date is guaranteed when the form is submitted to the office with payment.

 

Toiletries Collection

travel-size-toiletriesDo you have travel-size toiletries that you’re willing to donate? Please drop them off in the basket in the lobby by the church office. These items will help clients at Norwalk’s Keystone House.

 

 

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