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.

December's Upcoming
Worship Schedule

December 3
First Sunday of Advent ~ Holy Communion
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Favored”
Luke 1:26-38 (John Grasso, reader)

December 10
Bluegrass Christmas
Joyful Blue Bluegrass Band
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Confession”
Mark 1:1-11 (Youth reader)

December 13
Wednesday EVENING at 7 p.m.
SERVICE of COMFORT AND JOY

The Care Team and Rev. MaryAnn Purtill invites you to a Comfort and Joy service in the church sanctuary December 13 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.

December 17
Cantata Sunday

December 24
Christmas Eve
10 a.m. – Christmas Pageant
10 p.m. – Candlelight Service
(Janet Bishop, reader)

December 31
Christmas Lovefeast Service 

Celebration of Pastor MaryAnn Purtill’s Ministry
Pastor MaryAnn has been called to serve a congregation of her own.
This will be her last Sunday with us and will preach.

  December Events

December 2
Breakfast With Santa

All children attending the breakfast
will receive a gift from Santa.
Seatings (arrive any time within the seating time)
First ~ 8-9:30 a.m. Second ~ 9:45 -11a.m.
Cost (pay at the door) $25 family maximum
$5 adults & children ~ Ages 1 and under--free

December 10
Christmas Pot Luck 
5 to 7 p.m. in the upstairs lounge
Join us in a Christmas themed pot luck 
dinner We’ll eat a little, sing a little, 
laugh a little, and get to know 
our “family” a little bit better.

December 10
We bake, we sell, we raise money for the
general fund (and you get to go home with an assortment
of scrumptious treats for Christmas). Cookies will be sold
before & after morning worship and in the
evening (if any are left)! Cookies will sell for $5/lb.

December 17
16th Annual
Christmas Music Festival
5 p.m., in the meetinghouse

Join us again this year for one of our most popular and well attended holiday programs!
The Christmas Music Festival is two solid hours of Christmas music performed by some of the area’s best talent.
Free-will donation at door
will be given to a music non-profit organization.

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. This simple Love Feast service comes from the tradition of the Moravian Church. Love Feasts are celebrated to affirm the unity of Christians as brothers and sisters in Christ. The Christmas Love Feast is the most special with the candles trimmed in red, as reminders of the light of Christ’s love and of his life given for us. The service will lift your spirits and strengthen your sense of fellowship. Almost every year since 2003 the Christmas Love Feast has been a popular tradition and celebration at our church.

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Pastor's Message...

 “Some gifts are difficult to give... others difficult to hold on to”

While I was down in Florida this Thanksgiving week, we celebrated my nephew’s first birthday under a pretty pavilion at Markham Park in the town of Sunrise. If you remember, it was this time last year that little T.J. was born weeks premature, and he spent almost a month in a hospital incubator. I hadn’t seen him since. So, this was a big celebration to acknowledge not only his first year of life, but also his strength and good health…of which he has both! The celebration was a little dicey at first, as there was a very active gun range behind the tree line on the edge of the park, and signs posted around the pavilion warning us NOT to fee the alligators made me wonder if Chucky Cheese wasn’t a safer choice, but the moon-bounces and music in the pavilions around us put me “somewhat” at ease. Worst case scenario, we could always have one of the gun “enthusiasts” take out a hungry alligator looking for a “kids meal.”
     Anyway…the party went perfectly. Everyone behaved themselves, and there was no family drama. When it was over, we were packing up everything (it took four cars to load it into) when I found myself standing alone next to a stack of still beautifully wrapped gifts for T.J., waiting for the next car to pull up for loading. Suddenly, a little boy who couldn’t have been more than two, came bounding across the lawn from another pavilion and wrapped his hands around one of the gifts I had been given to guard with my life. Things got awkward fast. One of us was sure the gifts were for him, and the other one (that would be me) had some doubts about that.
     I want to tell you that I defended the stack of still wrapped birthday presents with great courage, but I can’t do that. To tell the truth, I froze, as this little boy lifted the top box he’d embraced and started waddling away; grateful for a gift that wasn’t meant for him. But who am I to say. Thank goodness his mother ran up to us and interceded on my behalf.
     They tell me Christmas is a gift. And I believe it. But who is it for?
     I have a gift, beautifully wrapped for Christmas, sitting on top of a pile of books in my living room. I just recently noticed it sitting there, ready to be given. I just don’t know who I’m supposed to give it to! There’s no tag on it. I know it’s not a gift given TO me, because it’s the same paper I used to wrap gifts last Christmas. I still have half a roll left in my closet. I suspect that I purchased the gift for someone, wrapped it, then got distracted before I could put the tag on it. I know at one point, I ran out of tags, and had to go to a Dollar Store to find more of them. Probably by the time I got around to it, I’d forgotten who it was supposed to go to. And since I had everyone on my gift list checked off, I never got around to figuring out who this particular gift was supposed to go to. Sure, I could have torn it open to see what it was, but it was one of my nicer wrapping jobs. I could just stick anyone’s name on it this year and hand it over, but what if the gift is a poor match for the person I give it to?! Or worse yet, what if it’s a PERFECT match for someone who never receives it because I’m too cheap to re-wrap it or too afraid to share it on faith. I wonder now, if that’s the gift the little boy in the park was supposed to get.
     Christmas is a gift…but only if you claim it. If we spent half as much time WITH family and friends as we do shopping for them, we’d be far more blessed and a lot less anxious. Love came down on Christmas. Waddle on over and grab hold of it……before it’s too late.

In the Spirit,

Rev. Bob Faulhaber Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

www.marlcongchurch.org

An Open and Affirming Faith Community

Rev. Bob Faulhaber Jr Senior Pastor
Rev. MaryAnn Purtill Associate 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
   

 

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