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.
Joyful Blue Bluegrass Band
“The Long and Winding Road”
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8
Tuesday, December 17
Service of Comfort and Joy
Pastoral Intern Val Seaver preaching
4 p.m. – Family Worship
10 p.m. – Candlelight Service
Gwen Lawson, 4 p.m. reader
Janet Bishop, 10 p.m. reader
Christmas Love Feast Service
Pastoral Intern Val Seaver preaching
Shellie Mulligan, reader
We invite you to join us for a very special worship service as we celebrate the Christmas season one last time with a traditional Moravian Love Feast that comes from the tradition of the Moravian Church and is celebrated to affirm the unity of Christians as brothers and sisters in Christ.
2019 Annual Report
The annual meeting was Sunday, June 2, 2019.
Click here to read the Report.
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
Remember us! Tell your neighbors, friends, relatives!
We’ve restocked with lots of new items for Winter
and just in time for Christmas!
Open for collection and shopping in December
Fridays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Follow the link below to go directly to our storefront to see what we’re selling. Feel free to buy!!
Can you help? We are looking for more volunteers. We are also looking for quality items for this season.
My Church Administrator Alice and I love Christmas music!
Usually, the day after Thanksgiving, when we’re both in the office for a little while, I fire up the Christmas CDs and we listen to nothing but holiday music through Epiphany Sunday [which is January 6th for you heathens!] Generally speaking, the atmosphere in the church office is bright and friendly, but it’s especially so once the Christmas music begins playing. I’ve got 120 or so Christmas CDs, so we seldom have to repeat one….unless it’s a favorite of mine or I’m too busy to change the three CDs already loaded up in my stereo system. Until recently, one speaker went into Alice’s office and one stayed in mine. Needless to say, each of us heard some portion of each song, since stereo recordings split what’s on each speaker. We could care less. We each had a portion of Christmas music pumping into our respective offices. However, there’s one unusual piece that, for the past few years, has always been the first song played to mark the beginning of the Christmas Music frenzy season…..
Vid Erum Ravdir
It’s Polish for….I haven’t the foggiest idea what it stands for. Not a clue. It’s from an album of Polish Christmas songs Alice and John bought for me a few years back, knowing that I had most every other Christmas CD on the market. So, every year, I start our season by playing that particular song from that particular album. It makes us laugh hearing Santa say something in Polish and then “Ho ho HOing!!” like every other Santa we’ve known. Beyond the unfamiliar words being sung, the spirit is familiar.
That’s the thing about Christmas……it’s the spirit of the season that captures us.
I’m sure most of you are not terribly excited to drag all the decorations from up in the attic or down in the basement, untangle the lights, assemble the tree and get all of your Christmas cards ready for mailing. And I suspect you dread those trips to the mall nearly as much as I do…only to have to undo it about a month later. My sister Patti leaves her smallish tabletop Christmas tree out all year now. Sounds like a plan to me. One less chore which leaves a little extra time to enjoy what’s important about Christmas. You do know what’s important about Christmas don’t you?
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given….”
That’s not something we should pull out from the dusty corners of the basements or attics of our hearts once a year and then pack it back up after the carolers have all gone home. Those are words of hope and peace, words of abiding love and great joy. I’d even suggest that one year we do something daring and playful like leave the beautiful Christmas decorations up in church for a full 365 days! The deacons would probably welcome not having to take them all down and packing them away, and they’d already be up for the following Christmas season.
A few years ago, after the deacons had decorated the church for Christmas, a few people came up to me and mentioned that there seemed to be something missing, but they couldn’t put their finger on what it was. It didn’t dawn on me at first what it was, but I knew what they felt. It wasn’t until it was time to pack it all up for another year that it dawned on me. The large Christmas Angel banner that hangs behind where I sit was never pulled out. Her gentle beauty was tucked away where no one could see it.
Don’t let that be what becomes of Christmas for you. Remember what matters about Christmas this year.
in the spirit,
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|
|Senior Pastor’s Office||860.295.0432|
|Val Seaver||Pastoral Intern|
|Alice Rowley||Church Administrator
and "Echoes" Editor
|David Mulligan||Music Director|
Christian Education Director
|Scott Reid||Senior High Youth Director|
Friday, December 6th
Help set up for Santa’s Breakfast, 6:00 PM Great Hall. We help the SrYG with this great fundraiser and get pizza too!
Saturday, December 7th
Breakfast With Santa, 7:30-11:00AM
Help for the whole time or just a shift.
Tuesday EVENING, December 17th
at 7 p.m.
SERVICE of COMFORT AND JOY
The Care Team, Pastor Bob and Val Seaver invites you to a Comfort and Joy service in the church sanctuary Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. This service will be a chance to sit and relax and reflect on the year past as well as on the blessings to come. Listen to the Christmas story, sing a few carols, light a candle in memory or in honor of a loved one. Come and say, “Thank you” for all that we have. Let’s put Christmas in perspective and have a little comfort and joy together.
Sunday, December 22nd
Christmas Pageant Coffee Hour, 9:30-11:30 the Lounge…SrYG runs the pageant during the service. JrYG provides the goodies for Coffee Hour.
Tuesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve Family Worship
This Christmas Eve service is especially suited for families and children and for those who prefer an earlier hour for their Christmas worship.
Tuesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve CANDLELIGHT Service
With the Christmas tree glowing in white lights, the Chancel choir with candles, the poinsettias, and the candelabras aglow around the communion table, our Church will be a visual inspiration.
Holy Communion will be served.
Let’s go to the movies!!!
We will find a date and a good show to see at the Gallery Cinemas in Colchester.