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 classes for Nursery through 5th grade take place on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM. Child care for infants and toddlers is also available.
Confirmation ~ Holy Communion
Holy Communion is open to all who seek God and are drawn to Christ, regardless of denomination.
The bread used is gluten-free.
Bob Faulhaber preaching
Music Appreciation Sunday
Dedication of Leaves
Dave Mulligan and Carolyn Brodginski
“What Is Progressive Christian Music?”
Senior Recognition Sunday
Reverend Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Plans and Blueprints”
Children’s Sunday Lakeside Worship
Puppets With Purpose
Pastor Bob’s Extended Children’s Message “Fishers of Men”
BBQ after worship...
enjoy a pot luck picnic
If you’d like, bring something to share…we’ll
even cook up some hot dogs!
Reverend Bob Faulhaber preaching
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.
There are some things you simply can’t put a price to…
A few weeks ago, I backed out of the parsonage driveway, and saw something that I had not seen in the 16+ years I’ve been living here….there was a “FOR SALE” sign posted on the grounds of the church. My first thought was, “The pastor is always the last to know!” This was followed by, “Can I sub-lease my office rather than try to move all that stuff?!” and finally, “Does the asking price include
the Board of Trustees and the Church Gardeners, or do you have to recruit your own?”
It was a mistake. The realtor misunderstood where her signpost was supposed to go up, and her dutiful husband never questioned the sanity of dropping a heavy post 3 feet into one of our parking lots. And for a few confusing hours, people on their way to work or play must have wondered why a church would be up for sale; especially after planting a half dozen Thrift Shop lawn signs around the grounds. I called the realtor’s number listed on the sign, hoping I was in some new sequel of the “Oh God” movies, and that George Burns answered. He didn’t, and it wasn’t. But I did speak to a nice woman who apologized for her husband’s stupidity [he got no credit for dutiful…but who does?] and promised to have the sign removed by the end of the day.
History will tell you that there was a time when the greater church was for sale. There are those who will try to profit off of almost anything. I read recently that there’s a pastor who is telling his congregation that Jesus wants them to buy him a 54 million dollar personal jet. His FOURTH one! He says that flying commercial is like being in a long metal tube surrounded by demons. I guess I can understand that. The screaming babies, yapping dogs and that kid kicking the back of my seat over and over again can certainly make a pastor lose his religion fast…especially on a long flight. But still, 54 million dollars could buy a lot of fish and loaves of bread to feed people hungry for more than just the Word of God.
A number of years ago, the leader of a prominent radio ministry in the South announced that he knew the date the world would end and Jesus would return in order to save those who deserved it. It’s called the “Rapture.” He spent a lot of money getting the word out. So I did what any mainstream Protestant Pastor would do….I emailed him and pointed out that if he was correct, he wouldn’t need any of the many millions he and his church had in the bank. And then I appealed to his sense of charity to see if he could toss a few million in our direction. Not me personally…but our little church here in Marlborough, which was doing such good work on a shoestring budget. And if he couldn’t liquidate that fast, might he consider giving us access to his church’s credit cards so we could continue the good work here on earth after Jesus had taken up to heaven all of the “chosen.” I don’t mind being left behind, but I hate being left without. Interestingly enough, I never heard back from him. And that was probably a good thing, since the date he announced [along with a few more guesses afterwards] was all wrong. He’s since passed on [I wish I was a fly on the gates of heaven for that conversation], so I guess his ministry [which is still raking in tons of money] will put it to good use. Maybe they can help out that poor pastor who needs a few million for his fourth jet. They both seem to be on the same page in terms of money and ministry. Just not a page I’d include in MY book.
There’s no price tag that can be placed on real ministry that changes lives. Forgiveness is free, grace is free, comfort and peace are free, and so is strength, inspiration and love. But none of them are cheap. They require YOU to make an investment in each. But the returns are great. Just don’t expect to get a new personal jet out of it.
In the spirit,
Rev. Bob Faulhaber Jr.
Congregational Church of Marlborough
United Church of Christ
35 South Main Street – PO Box 57
Marlborough, CT 06447
An Open and Affirming
|Rev. Bob Faulhaber Jr||Senior Pastor|
|David Mulligan||Music Director|
Christian Education Director
|Scott Reid||Senior High Youth Director|
|Senior Pastor’s Office||860.295.0432|
Friday, June 15
Junior Youth Group
All students in grades 5 to 8 are invited!
at the Church
Games, Pizza and Ice Cream Cake!!!!
If the weather is nice, we will take it outside, so be on the lookout for a water balloon or two!!
Thank you for a great year
And have a fabulous summer!
Sunday, June 24
Children's Sunday Lakeside Service
Friday, June 29th, 7 p.m.
The 3rd Marlborough Community Sing
Upstairs in the Thienes Lounge,
The first Community Sing was such a success, that we’re doing another one! Come out and sing along to some of your
favorite songs. Studies show that singing is good for your health and well-being! Words are provided for 100 well known songs (chords too…we would love to have many musicians as well).
All are welcome. Guaranteed to make you feel a whole lot better!!!
Carolyn Brodginski will host this no cost event. She will play the guitar and hopes other musicians will join her.