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Milford Youth will Rock for Recess

MILFORD (02/02/2016) -- The Junior Pilgrim Fellowship youth group at the First United Church of Christ in Milford will be rocking in rocking chairs for 24 hours over Valentine's Day weekend, from 11:00 am on February 13th to 11:00 am on February 14th, in order to raise funds to buy recess equipment for the Beardsley School in Bridgeport.

The JPF group is a faith based fellowship which meets regularly. During the rockathon they will participate in several service projects to aid charities such as Cards for Hospitalized Kids, animal shelter toys, and Found a Quilted Heart. Funds raised from the rockathon will purchase recess equipment for Beardsley School and support further planned mission projects.

The group consists of middle school aged youth from Milford and surrounding towns, not all of whom attend the church.

Donations to support this project can be sent to First United Church of Christ of Milford, attn. JPF, 34 West Main St, Milford, CT 06460 or visit our website at the link below to access the online donation form.

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Roywayton Church Conducting Toiletries Drive

ROWAYTON (02/02/2016) -- The United Church of Rowayton is conducting a toiletries drive during February to help restock the pantry shelves of Person-to-Person in Norwalk.

The drive is conducted by the church's Board of Christian Outreach.

Says Sarah Ritchey, organizer for the church group, "Grooming items too often are overlooked in outreach programs, but they are essential to the health and well-being of the needy." Most-needed items are: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body and baby wipes, and deodorant.

"Everyone in the community is welcome to take part in the drive," says Ritchey. "You do not have to be a member of the church to participate."

Items should be double bagged and may be left in the United Church Meeting House, located right behind the church, at 210 Rowayton Ave., February 7 through February 28.

Direct questions to the church office, Kris Jenkins, 203.866.1415, kris@ucrowayton.org.

Missionary to Colombia Michael Joseph Visiting Connecticut in January and February

Michael Joseph
Michael Joseph

HARTFORD (12/22/2015) -- Common Global missionary Michael Joseph, who has served in Colombia for the last eight years, will be in Connecticut January 17 - February 14, 2016. Michael would be delighted to attend local church Outreach or Mission Committee meetings, join a congregation for a Pot Luck Supper, participate in a Bible Study, or speak at any other appropriate function in your church community. Perhaps a gathering of several local churches could be arranged to provide an opportunity to hear the story of his mission work in Colombia.

Missionary visits provide an opportunity to personalize Global Mission. They offer a chance to hear faith stories and to understand what it means to be a missionary in today's world. Their work in the wider world is made possible by your gifts to Our Church's Wider Mission basic support.

Your church would be responsible for hosting the missionary; housing, meals, and transportation to the next site may be necessary. It is suggested that you be in contact with the missionary to coordinate your event once your commitment is confirmed.

Click the link below for biographical information on Michael Joseph.

For more information, call or write Cecile Gilson at 860.761.7109 or cecileg@ctucc.org.

Click here for more information on hosting a missionary.

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Take a Sailing Retreat Next Summer

EAST WOODSTOCK (10/28/2015) -- Where do you go for quiet time? What do you do when you need to "recharge your batteries"? Where do you find God?

It's important to make time for yourself, to slow down the busy pace of your life, and take some time away from all the electronic distractions of our lives. During the last few summers, the Rev. Sue Foster has led retreats aboard the windjammer schooner Lewis R. French. "I would like to invite you to join me on July 10-14, 2016," she said. It is a unique way to follow the commandment to take a time of Sabbath. Sailing along the coast of Maine provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy good fellowship, delicious home cooked meals (including a lobster bake on the beach!), and the glory of God's creation.

"Each year I join with 20 other people to rejuvenate our spirits as we relax on board this beautifully restored 1871 schooner," said Rev. Foster. "We start each morning with worship and reflection as we gaze out on Penobscot Bay. We are well cared-for each day as we feast on home-cooked meals brought up on deck from the galley below."

The time slips by; days are filled with reading, knitting, chatting or simply watching the stunning scenery, catching glimpses of Maine wildlife. There is even the option of trying your hand on deck if you want to hoist the sails, furl the jib, or take a hand at the helm.

Each day includes optional "shore leave" when (depending on the setting) there might be a chance to shop, hike, or sit on the beach. In the quiet of the evening, you can lie back and be amazed at the spectacular array of stars as you enjoy the sound of waves splashing against the boat.

"I would love to share this experience with you," said Rev. Foster. "Please be in touch with me if you'd like more information." In the meantime, enjoy the changing seasons and be on the look-out for ways to feed your spirit and nourish your soul.

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Pilgrimage to Greece

EAST WOODSTOCK (09/17/2015) -- You've read Paul's letter and discussed his theology. How would you like to re-trace his footsteps?

On April 15-26, 2016, you are invited to join the Rev. Sue Foster on a pilgrimage to Greece. We will tour many of the places where Paul established churches, including Philippi, Thessaloniki, Corinth, and Athens. One of the highlights of the trip will be a three-night cruise of the Greek Islands that will bring us to Ephesus and Crete.

The trip, organized by Transformation Travel of Augusta, Maine, will help bring the stories of the early church to life. For more information, please contact tour host Sue Foster at econgregtnl@snet.net or 860.928.7449.

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The Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ
United Church Center
125 Sherman Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06105
Toll Free in CT: 866.367.2822
860.233.5564
www.ctucc.org