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.
Sunday, October 7, 10 a.m.
World Communion Sunday
Holy Communion is open to all who seek God and are drawn to Christ, regardless of denomination.
The bread used is gluten-free.
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Come Together, Right Now, Over Me”
Sunday, October 14
Rev. Ted Mosbach preaching
Before retiring Rev. Mosbach had served a long pastorate
at First Congregational Church of East Hartford.
Sunday, October 23
Flying Pig Sunday
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Pulled Pork and Peace of Mind”
Sunday, October 30
Bob Faulhaber preaching
“The Kind Leading the Blind”
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
Tell your neighbors, friends, relatives!
GRAND FALL RE-OPENING
Friday, Sept. 7
New fall and winter items
Collection and shopping
Fridays, noon to 3 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sundays, 11:15 to 12:30 p.m.
Where do you sit?
I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but most people in church tend to sit in the same place from week to week. I certainly do, but I have no choice. Given my “dithers” [not that I know what a “dither” is] I’d love to sit in something other than those “cane” chairs I’ve been sitting in for the past 16+ years. Besides making all sorts of noises when I plop down into one, after all these years, I now look like I’ve been sitting on a waffle iron. It’s not terribly comfortable, but for what it’s worth, I don’t get to sit for very long most Sundays anyway. But those of you attending worship do.
Did you know that the pews in the balcony are more comfortable than the one’s down below? They were made specifically for the balcony, and people like Dave Arnold had the common sense to make those pews a bit deeper. Apparently, he realized that 21st century Christians have larger “tushies” than 19th century Christians and adapted them accordingly. The same is true of the choir pews up front. If we’re going to ask choir members to spend so much time in those pews, they might as well be a bit more comfortable for them.
It seems foreign to us to discuss “comfort” as a consideration for worship. Our forefathers and mothers never gave it a second thought. If the meetinghouse was warm enough, and had enough light, how comfortable people were in their pews was secondary at best, and not even on their radar screens at worse [not that they knew what radar screens were]. If you came to church [which you’d be fined for missing it by the way…we should bring THAT one back!!] you sat in a pew. The very same pews we have on the main floor today…minus the cushions.
Our spiritual forebearers didn’t believe that worship was meant to be comfortable. In fact, it was the pastor’s job to make the people in the pews uncomfortable in more ways than one. Squirming in your seat was brought about by hard pews and guilt inducing sermons. I’ve avoided using guilt to fertilize spiritual growth during my 25 years of ministry. I’ve decided, with the approval of the church council, to address uncomfortable seating.
First, we’re going to provide special seating for people who have special needs, such as replaced hips, bad backs, and boney bottoms [okay..that last one might be a stretch]. But the point is, we are hearing that there are those in our midst who can no longer sit in our pews [even with paper thin cushions] without being in constant pain. And they are also telling us that the cushioned chairs in the rear of the church are not cushioned enough to solve the problem. So, we are removing the last pew on both wings to open up more space for 12 new EXTRA PLUSH chairs. We will call those sections…
SPECIAL NEEDS SEATING.
We know that there are those who usually sit in those pews that will be removed, but we’re certain that they will appreciate the need to provide better options for those with those special needs and adjust accordingly [as in move up one pew]. Or better yet, come join me up front. Nobody wants to sit there anyway. That said, we need a few handy people to help us remove the old pews and possibly install them in the chancel area, rather than store them away somewhere. And, we’d like to see if there are a few generous and loving people who will help us with the cost of these chairs. We estimate the cost to be about $50 per chair (X 12 = $600 or so).
Why should worship be any more painful than it already is? We can do better.
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|
|David Mulligan||Music Director|
Christian Education Director
|Scott Reid||Senior High Youth Director|
|Senior Pastor’s Office||860.295.0432|
Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m.
Upstairs in the Thienes Lounge
Come out and sing along!
(invite your friends and neighbors too. We have music and words to over 100 well-known songs.) You are welcome to bring a healthy snack to share. Carolyn Brodginski hosts this monthly, fun-filled no cost event. Carolyn will play the guitar and invites other musicians to join her. She’s even added kazoos for everyone to play!
Dorcas Women’s Fellowship
Fri., October 12 at noon
All Women Invited
upstairs in the lounge
Bring a lunch – dessert provided
Short business meeting
Prepare lollipop mugs and decorations
Please call Evelyn at 860.267.4642
CALLING ALL 5th, 6th, 7th GRADERS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
4:30-6:00 Great Hall - Pumpkin Carving
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Time determined based on schedules
FAIR WEATHER ACRES in Cromwell
Rain date-Sunday, October 28
Any questions, please contact Miss Gwen
(860)759-3899 text is best
Bring yourself, bring a friend!
We are celebrating autumn
the best way we know how with
Pumpkin Carving ~ Pumpkin Picking