Church Service Schedule

Church services begin each Sunday at 10:00 AM to thank God for His helping us move creatively through the week just ended and to ask His continued guidance in the upcoming week.  Coffee hour follows the service in the room to the rear of the Church sanctuary.

Sunday School 

Sunday School classes for Nursery through 5th grade take place on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM. Child care for infants and toddlers is also available.

2018 Summer
Worship Schedule

July 1
Holy Communion
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching

July 8
Guest Preacher

July 15
Scott Reid preaching
Scott is a member of our church and is the Senior High Youth Group Director as well as serving on the Board of Trustees.
He has served as a deacon, CAST (missions) and as a Council Member at Large.
He and wife Terri and family live in Marlborough.

July 22
Ben Moreland preaching
Sermon: “Where Do You Find God”
Luke 17:1-6

July 29
Gwen Lawson preaching
Gwen is our Director of Christian Education and Junior Youth Group and also directs our puppet troupe, Puppets With Purpose. She lives in East Hampton.

August 5
Holy Communion
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching

August 12
Scott Reid preaching

August 19
Baptism
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching

August 26
Gwen Lawson preaching

September 2
Holy Communion
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching

 

 

 


Partnership Sunday

Interested in joining our church or
want more information?
Give Pastor Bob a call at 860.295.0432 or
call the church office at 860.295.9050

 

Second Blessings Thrift Shop

THE STORE IS NOW OPEN!
Tell your neighbors, friends, relatives!
Fridays, noon to 3 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sundays, 11:15 to 12:30 p.m.
We collect donations every Sunday
(after worship) from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Pastor's Message...

Summer 2018

At the end of our days, should we be measured by our faith… or by our humanity?

My brother Billy was many things; irreverent and irascible, crass and crude, sly and snarky, contrite controlling and lovable. But “religious” was not one of them. Once his lung cancer was diagnosed in February, it took less than six months for it to strip him of his dignity and his zest for life.
     Lost to those of us who were blessed enough to have known and loved him, was a wildly inappropriate sense of humor, a lightening quick wit, an unapologetic honesty, a disarming humility, a fiery temper with a very short fuse, a love for animals, a soft spot for those who had fallen on hard times, a devotion to family, and a loyalty to friends. He was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, and not ashamed to have been either…though he did have deep regrets over it. He loved to cook and was exceptional at it. But more than that, he loved to cook FOR you. You were never allowed in his kitchen to heat something up for yourself. That was his job.  It was his way of nurturing others; though he’d never admit to it.  For all his bluster, his hard shell could never fully hide his soft side.
     My brother Billy was all those things and more, but he was not a person of faith; at least not in practice. Billy, like me and our two sisters, grew up in church. But it never stuck for him. He was hyper-active in the pews and hyper-aware of hypocrisy in the parishioners. And he had little use for either. We all should have known he wasn’t long for church life when we realized he was ripping the corners off the offering envelop my mother gave use each week and slid the quarter out to buy candy on the way home. You could get a lot of candy for a quarter back then. At least he shared the candy with us, but I suspect he did so in order to buy our silence. He got confirmed, like all four of us had to, but given the choice afterwards, he never went back. He preferred talking with God over a couple of cold beers, while fishing on the Eastchester Bay most Sunday mornings. Over the years, he left the religious stuff to me.
     He fished with neighborhood drunks, gave leftovers to the local crack addict, bought and delivered groceries for a young neighbor who had a social anxiety disorder, and eventually sat at his bedside while he was dying. He was my “go to guy” when anyone in the church had a drinking problem and needed someone to talk a little sense into them. He fed peanuts every day to dozens of squirrels outside of his 2nd floor apartment by tapping his wedding ring on the railing and watching them run to him from every corner of the complex. He flew up north for almost three weeks in the dead of winter to nurse our baby sister Patti back to health after she had a cancerous kidney removed and her disintegrating spine fused. And he stayed with me for nine days once I returned home from my bypass surgery to chauffer, shop, cook, clean and keep a long line of curious church members at bay. And he was planning to come back again when my sister Debbie finally got around to having knee replacement surgery.
     Jesus was very clear about what it took to get into heaven. And it had nothing to do with going to church. “For I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you visited me. And whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me. Come and inherit the Kingdom that has been waiting for you….”
     I used to jokingly say that I went into ministry in order to get Billy into heaven. Now I’m not so sure he ever really needed my help. Well done thou good and faithful servant. And welcome home…
 

With love and pride,

your brother Bobby

Contact Us

Congregational Church of Marlborough
United Church of Christ
35 South Main Street – PO Box 57
Marlborough, CT 06447

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An Open and Affirming
Faith Community

   
Rev. Bob Faulhaber Jr Senior Pastor
David Mulligan Music Director
Gwen Lawson

Christian Education Director
and Junior Youth Group

Alice Rowley

Church Administrator
and “Echoes” Editor

Scott Reid Senior High Youth Director
   

Coming Up...

July and August

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
The Nursery WILL BE OPEN each week.
“Activity Bags” for children
are available for use during worship.

Sunday, September 8
Teacher Prep and Party!

Sunday, September 9th, 10 a.m.
RALLY DAY
Rev. Bob Faulhaber Jr. preaching
Worship at 10 a.m.
Joyful Blue 
Bluegrass Band
Sunday School at 10 a.m.
Picnic on the front lawn MoonBounce for children

Sunday, September 16th
9th Grade Confirmation Orientation

 

 

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