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.
All Saint’s Sunday
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Attitude of Gratitude: For All the Saints”
Psalm 92:1-4 and II Timothy 1:1-7
Bernie Odoy, reader
Veteran’s Recognition Sunday
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Attitude of Gratitude: For Faithful Service”
II Timothy 2:1-13
Bernie Trafford, reader
Pastoral Intern, Val Seaver preaching
“Attitude of Gratitude: For the Richness of Life”
Rev. Bob Faulhaber preaching
“Attitude of Gratitude: For Generosity”
Jeremiah 29:11-13&II Corinthians 9:6-12
Ben Moreland, reader
We will celebrate in colonial style in the Meetinghouse. See, hear, learn, and participate in a typical Service of Publik Worship as was done at our church and many other New England Congregational churches in colonial times. Colonial dress is optional, but feel free to “dress for the occasion.”
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 Fall and Winter!
Open for collection and shopping November
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.
Has anyone seen my pizza cutter?
I’m a creature of habit, believe it or not. Despite my tendency to “shake things up” around this life we live together called “church”, I’m really a big fan of knowing with some certainty, when things are and especially where things are. Which is why finally deciding to hire someone to clean the parsonage every two weeks was such a complicated decision for me. I like things clean, but God knows I’m not very good at keeping things clean. I’m your typical bachelor. I leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight, junk mail on the counter for days, and laundry that needs to be done piling up in my bedroom until I can’t take it anymore (and conversely, in the dryer until they’re so wrinkled that I need to wash them all over again).
But at least I know where all these things are! Not so much my pizza cutter.
After the delightful woman who cleans the parsonage is done, I have to play a game of “hide and seek” with regards to utensils [like my pizza cutter], pots and pans, my favorite coffee mug of the week, or anything else that I forgot to put away before she arrives. And yes…I clean and put things away the night BEFORE she comes to clean and put things away. Doesn’t everyone?! Anyway, it doesn’t happen right away, but within a few days, I’m desperately trying to figure out where something that’s not where it’s supposed to be has been moved to I’m thinking to myself, “Now where would I have put that if I were Mary?” Do you know what it feels it’s like to have a bubbling hot frozen pizza come out of the oven and then spend 20 minutes trying to find the pizza cutter! It feels COLD!!
A number of family members came over to the parsonage recently…just a few days after Mary had cleaned and organized the place I call home. By the time they were gone, not only could I not find half of my kitchenware in the places Mary and I agreed they belonged, but my refrigerator had been reorganized and someone had taken it upon themselves to incorrectly change the position of the toilet paper in the holder for me. It goes over the top Sis…..over the top!!!
I think God moves things around in our lives just to keep us on our toes. I’m not talking about big ticket items, just little things that cause us to become uncomfortable and a bit disoriented. I’m not sure why though. Jesus often did the same thing intentionally. He’d tell parables where the hero of the story was someone the listener identified as a villain. He’d often embrace and include someone who didn’t fit in with the social norms of his society. He continually shuffled the deck on his disciples so that it was difficult for them to figure out who was his favorite and who needed an attitude adjustment. And let’s not give a free pass to the Holy Spirit here either. I can’t tell you HOW many times a phone call will come in that completely changes the day I had already neatly laid out for myself! I’m not complaining. I’d much rather do “important” work than “busy” work any day of the week. But it still throws me off a bit.
One of our church members told me recently that she’s has been feeling led by God to step away from what she’s been involved in and look for something else to do around here. But she’s not really sure what that new thing is yet. I understand her completely. I want to cut that bubbly hot pizza up and eat it, but I’m not really sure where Mary put the pizza cutter!! But I do know that it’s somewhere in the kitchen. That’s part of the advice I gave to this member in discernment. You may not know yet where God would like you to be, but assume it’s somewhere close to your heart and somewhere good. It just might take a little patience and a little searching before you find it.
If any of you come across my pizza cutter, please let me know. There’s only so much change any one man can endure. And I’d prefer to have it happen in my faith…
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|
Sunday, November 10th
Regular Meeting, 4:30-6:00 Youth Room
Let’s try out some games…bring some board games, card games, maybe a little Wax Museum or Full Church Hide & Go Seek
Wednesday, November 13th
Evening Women's Group, 6:30 p.m.
All women are invited to join Pastoral Intern Val Seaver in the lounge
Sunday, November 24th
Friendsgiving Meal, 4:30-6:00 Great Hall
Bring your favorite dish to share with the group. It doesn’t have to be “holiday”-- it can be pizza, mashed potatoes or even cereal!
I will bring drinks and dessert.
Sunday, December 1st
Community Carol Sing in the sanctuary!
I will be there to sing along with you!
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.
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.
Let’s go to the movies!!!
We will find a date and a good show to see at the Gallery Cinemas in Colchester.