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.
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
“Lightening Strike ”
reader, Gail Johnston
First Sunday in Lent
Rev. Bob Faulhaber Jr. preaching
“Hunger Games ”
reader, Bernie Trafford
Second Sunday in Lent
Val Seaver preaching
“Friends or Pharisees ”
reader, Shellie Mulligan
Third Sunday of Lent
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
Fourth Sunday of Lent
“We Are the Light: Mission Trip 2019”
Scott Reid and the Senior High Youth Group
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!
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.
It’s a bit inconvenient being the “singer” in the family….
Some of you know this, but most of you don’t. Whenever one of my family members has a birthday, it’s my responsibility to call them up and sing to them. I can admit that now, since the rights to “Happy Birthday” have expired and I can sing it to anyone I please without the threat of being sued. So can you, along with every other restaurant staff in the nation. But not only that, I’m required [because I did it this way ONCE many years ago] to sing it in as grand an operatic style as I can, holding the note where the person’s name is inserted for as long as I can do so. I’ve almost passed out a few times trying to show off. My church calendar is loaded with little red balloons with names next to them reminding me to continue this tradition. People are counting on me, and there are hard feelings when I forget. Not even quadruple bypass surgery gave me a free pass while I was recovering. It’s a LOT of pressure!
Did I mention that there’s a morbid chapter to this tradition, and that I did it to myself?
After singing the song, and waiting a moment for applause, I then say to the family recipient, “You are on the clock!!” Usually, the family member in question says, “Huh?”. And I repeat, “You’re ON the clock…” Most of them are so enamored by the song, that they forget the contest I put in place a few years ago. You see, my will stipulates that whoever I sing the song to LAST, will receive $1000 from my estate [if I don’t spend it all on cruises, green fees and White Castle hamburgers]. At this point, the birthday boy or girl realizes that in order to claim this modest prize, I will have passed on into the great Yankee locker room in the sky! And that makes them uncomfortable. I, for one, think this is a wonderful challenge! Do you want the $1000 or do you want me around another year to sing the song again? Such a dilemma, especially for the younger members of the family. $1000 is a LOT of money for a teenager. There was a time that I had to look over my shoulder for a few weeks to see if my nephew James had put a “hit” on me. Now as a senior in High School, he seems to love me more than the video game bonanza he was going to potentially inherit.
Lent begins with a similar sentiment. “Dust to dust, and ashes to ashes” we say as the sign of the cross is smudged onto the recipient’s forehead. It’s a reminder that we are mortal…all of us. And because of that, we need to respect and honor the life we do have. Enjoy it, yes. But understand that we only get to do this once. And that there’s already not enough time to do all the good we should be doing. Lent reminds as that there’s no time to waste. Love is precious, and the spending of it sweet.
Someone’s gonna get that $1000, but they shouldn’t feel guilty about it. I’ve spent my life as fully and lovingly as I can. And I know how fleeting it can be. Do you?
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|
|Val Seaver||Pastoral Intern|
|David Mulligan||Music Director|
Christian Education Director
|Scott Reid||Senior High Youth Director|
|Senior Pastor’s Office||860.295.0432|
Ash Wednesday Service
Church Sanctuary, at 7 p.m.
Holy Communion will be served and ashes given to those who wish to receive them
Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
Upstairs in the Thienes Lounge
Come join us! All are welcome!
Wednesdays in Lent
March 13, 20. 27
April 3, 10
6 to 8 p.m.
March 13 – Youth Enrichment Team
March 20 – CAST – Charity and Service Team (Missions)
March 27 – Worship Team (Deacons)
April 3 - Christian Education Team
April 10 - Trustees
- Enjoy a hearty meal of tasty homemade gourmet soups and fresh breads
- Have a few precious moments of inspiration to renew and refresh your spirit with old gospel hymns and Communion.
- Lenten program after worship
- There is only a simple free-will donation to cover costs.
Join us for any or all of the Lenten Bread and Soup Suppers upstairs in the lounge, Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.