Pastor’s Message

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Pastor’s Message October, 2015

by Lisa

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes… The tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.  How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!  And […]

Pastor’s Message September, 2015

by Lisa

What Are You Looking For? During my week of spiritual renewal I attended Sunday worship at a nearby congregation. There was much about the experience that I appreciated: someone greeted me at the door and held it for me as I entered.  The narthex was clean and had a display of materials that visitors might […]

Pastor’s Message June, 2015

by Lisa

In her book, Real Good Church, Molly Phinney Baskette offers a top ten list of reasons you should be going to church.  My favorite is number 2: “Taking a break from our hectic lives to come to church is accepting the gift of Sabbath.  Wayne Mueller says, ‘[Sabbath] dissolves the artificial urgency of our days, […]

Pastor’s Message April, 2015

by Pastor Tim

“Among her research subjects, those who were most in touch with the fact that they could be hurt – could lose, could get it wrong – but went ahead seeking connection anyway were more likely to be happier, to have more satisfying relationships and a higher sense of self-worth.” (Ayanna Johnson Watkins quoting the research […]

Pastor’s Message

by trumbullcc

“For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.” – 1 Cor. 15:3-4 That one phrase: “Christ died […]

The Storm that’s Coming

by trumbullcc

Do the signs of the times alarm you? I was stuck in a long line of traffic that stretched from the Throg’s Neck Bridge up I95 all the way to Route 8, which gave me almost 3 hours to listen to NPR. The dominant story was President Obama’s impending decision about immigration reform. The Republican […]

Giving Gladly

by trumbullcc

“You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly.” 2 Cor. 9:7 These words are on the reverse side of a new “Offering Card” that we’ve placed in the pew pockets at church. Seeing the card at another […]

What’s a Church For?

by trumbullcc

The UCC continues to fascinate me. Or, maybe the fascination has more to do with the readings that I’m attempting to keep up with for the UCC History, Theology, and Polity course that I’m taking. The theme that keeps emerging is the denomination’s serious wrestling with questions of ecclesiology: How is The Church defined? What […]

The Leftovers

by trumbullcc

I hear that there tend to be two fairly defined groups of viewers of the new HBO series, The Leftovers.  There are those who have no interest in the drama or in the characters.  And there are those who find the series’ theme with all its mysteries and accompanying storylines of the confused and coping […]

Be Gentle

by Pastor Tim

Be gentle. Those two words make up one of the most important life lessons that I am still learning to live by. Be gentle. It is good practical advice simply for the sake of maintaining happy working relationships with people. I have, on many occasions, felt deeply annoyed at another person’s mistake only to find […]