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.
Let Us Worship Together...
Worship in April will most likely remain as a "live stream" offering at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Please check here [marlcongchurch.org], wait for your weekly Phone Tree update, or call the church office for a pre-recorded message by Saturday of that week for more information.
If you are NOT listed in our Phone Tree System or have stopped using a land line, please contact the church office [860.295.9050] with your most current phone number so that we can add it to the system.
We’re hoping to have a drive thru Palm Sunday after the April 5th live-stream and will put together palm packets and a to-go sealed, disposable communion cup and wafer. Details will be sent via the Phone Tree and on the April 5th live-stream.
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!
The shop will be closed in April and we hope to
re-open in early May BUT, in the meantime…
we’re continuing selling “special” items on our
EBay Charity account
When we reopen, we’ve restocked with lots of new items for spring and continue throughout the summer!
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.
Then, follow the link below to go directly to our Thrift Shop storefront to see what we’re selling there too!!
Can you help? We are looking for more volunteers. We are also looking for quality items for this season.
Pastor's Special Message...
If you need assistance during this time, please give Pastor Bob a call. Check this site often for updates...
Lent is a great time to play “hide and seek”…..
Easter was a VIRAL infection…..
Imagine that very first Easter and what began to spread from an empty tomb into a broken world. It seems to me that EVERYTHING changed that Holy Week, though few knew it WAS a “holy” week. Certainly the religious leaders who arrested Jesus didn’t know. Pontius Pilot didn’t know. And let’s not forget how clueless the disciples themselves were about what they thought was the death of a movement that would eventually change the world.
Viruses are remarkable things. Sometimes terrifyingly remarkable. The naked eye can’t see them, but the body knows when you’ve been infected by them.
And it spiked from there when the Apostle Paul began to spread it throughout the Mediterranean basin to places like Corinth, Ephesus, Damascus, Antioch, Athens and Thessaloniki. And once it reached Rome, the entire known world was in imminent danger of catching the fever and passing it on….mostly to the poor, the sick and the marginalized.
And thank God it did!!
Don’t be fooled. Christianity is STILL spreading. It’s the fastest growing faith in places like South Korea, Africa, South America, and Iran [yes….that’s not a misprint]. Interestingly enough, it appears to be burning out in places where people are well fed and comfortably housed. But in places where people are hungry, sick, socially outcast, oppressed and living in darkness, Christianity is still very much infecting the population. Like most viruses, it seems to impact the vulnerable most easily.
Seth Godin, author and marketing guru, says this about things that go viral, “Only those ideas that are REMARKABLE can spread. In other words, they need to stand out from whatever has come before.” Consider how Easter stood out from what had come before it. “A new commandment I give to you…” said Christ at the Last Supper. “…that you love one another as I have loved you.” This contradicted the “thou shalt nots” of the Ten Commandments. Consider how Easter challenged the belief that nothing was more powerful and permanent than death itself. And yet, the message that Easter made viral was that love [especially God’s love] was stronger than even death. Usually, viruses have the power to cause a death. Easter however, caused death to have no power at all…if one chooses to no longer fear it.
I know some of you have become immune to some of the effects of the “Christian virus.” You no longer put others first. You can’t forgive some of what others have done to you. You believe peace is ONLY possible through power, and that truth is relative to what it is that benefits you and yours. But you’d be wrong. Those are just the symptoms of an “affluenza” that has spread across a nation of people who have become blind to the reality that they have made God in THEIR image, and not the other way around. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.
Easter is a virus, and the seal on the tomb has been broken.
The world will never be the same again.
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|
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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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