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
“When Happiness Isn’t Enough”
Janet Bishop, reader
Dorothy Hunt’s 100th birthday celebration
Rev. Bob Faulhaber Jr. preaching
“Light, Salt and the Law”
Sixth Sunday After Epiphany
Val Seaver preaching
“Where is the Kingdom of God?”
John Grasso, reader
Boy Scout Sunday
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“The Uphill Climb”
Bernie Odoy, reader
7 p.m. in the sanctuary
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 the new year!
Open for collection and shopping:
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.
We recently set up an EBay Charity account
(thank you Stephanie Bunting) for our church and already have over $200 in sales!
Follow the link below to go directly to our
store front to see what’s for sale. Feel free to buy!!
Then, follow the link below to go directly to our Thrift Shop storefront to see what we’re selling too!!
Can you help? We are looking for more volunteers. We are also looking for quality items for this season.
It’s the #1 show on TV now. For some reason, Americans are fascinated with “big reveals”. I can’t understand it, but I like cooking shows where people get yelled at a lot, so who am I to complain. I guess who we are behind our masks and our many disguises matters to people.
A few weeks ago, I was invited by our CE Director Gwen to join her and our Jr. High Youth Group for their trip to see a movie in Colchester. I’m a big fan of movie theaters, and an even a bigger fan of kids. I figured I’d surprise all of them by not RSVPing and just showing up. Surprising them was a lot harder than I thought it would be.
When I got to the theater as close to the starting time of the movie [Dr. Doolittle by the way] I hadn’t factored in two things. First, the guy selling the tickets was no help in letting me know whether a group of church middle school kids were actually there. Apparently middle school kids look pretty much like any other group of kids going to the movies. Secondly, I hadn’t anticipated [once the lights went down] that it’s a little hard to see in there, and calling out Gwen’s name in the middle of a preview wouldn’t be appreciated. And boy was it dark in there. I doesn’t help that at my age, seeing in the dark isn’t as easy as it used to be. It takes a little while before your eyes get acclimated. It didn’t help that on my first attempt, I came down the wrong aisle on my first try, and adding insult to injury, I sat on the aisle seat, tapped the hand of some woman I thought was Gwen and said, “Surprise!!” Turns out it wasn’t Gwen at all, and I think she was reaching for her pepper spray when I said something about being sorry and that it was my mistake. So I got up, walked out into the hallway and came back in through the other door. Once again, going from a bright hallway into a dark theater didn’t help.
Fortunately for me, I only stood in THAT aisle for about 5-7 minutes longer, scanning the dark cinematic landscape and getting distracted by the previews [I love previews!!] before Gwen [who has much younger eyes spotted me standing right next to her aisle seat. Word spread fast down the aisle that a surprise guest was there. And the excitement grew…especially when I started tossing popcorn at the kids. The problem was, that I was wearing a flannel shirt, jeans and a baseball cap. The kids thought a stranger at the end of the aisle was throwing popcorn at them. Luckily, none of the kids had pepper spray or I would have been a dead peppered duck! After the movie, we all filed out into the hallway and one of the kids said to me, “I didn’t know it was you Pastor Bob. You were in disguise!!” And she was right I guess. The kids seldom if ever get to see me dressed in street clothes, and never get to see me in my Batman pajamas. So I was very much out of “character” for them.
To be honest, it’s not easy for a pastor to be “in character” all the time. Clergy all recognize that we represent our church in the community, but no one can play that role 24/7 without eventually having an identity crisis. And though I’m not always a pastor [especially on the golf course] I’m still always a “follower of Jesus”, and so are you. Christians don’t just “punch in” and then “punch out” on a Sunday morning. More is required of our faith than that. And to be honest, our actions [as people of faith] should speak louder than our words.
So, I guess the question is, “What disguise do YOU wear between Sundays?” And do others know that you are a follower of a long haired radical socialist Jew? Lent is coming….take off the mask.
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|
Wednesday, February 12
Evening Women’s Group, 6:30 p.m.
All women are invited to join Pastoral Intern Val Seaver upstairs in the lounge.
Friday, February 14
All Women Invited, at noon upstairs in the lounge
Please bring a “brown bag” lunch. Dessert, coffee and tea provided.
(No reservation needed)
Tapestry of Lies a new book by guest author Tracy Popolizio
More Information - Call Evelyn at 860.267.4642
Friday, February 14
Community Sing, at 7 p.m. Upstairs in the Thienes Lounge
Bring your sweetheart and sing along to a night of love 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.
Wednesday, February 26
Ash Wednesday Service, 7 p.m.
Holy Communion and distribution of ashes
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, March 28
Preview from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
Dinner at 6 p.m.; Auction at 7 p.m.
Let’s go to the movies!!!
We will find a date and a good show to see at the Gallery Cinemas in Colchester.
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