Bulletin Notices for September 9, 2018

Hands of Grace…is in need of cereal, soup, juice bottles and toothpaste.  Also, we need plastic bags!   

Photos will be taken…for the photo wall after the 8 & 10:45 services Sept. 16, 23, 30.

Today is Rally Day! 

All are invited to be a part of the excitement this morning as we kick off the education year. Our service today will include the installation of our Education leaders. At the end of worship we will have coffee fellowship, a meet and greet with Sunday school class leaders for children and youth, a Bible treasure hunt for all ages, and ice cream sundaes! 

Changes to Sunday Mornings – Beginning Next Sunday, September 16th  Next Sunday, we will begin our fall worship and education schedule on Sept 16th.  Worship at 8:00 am and 10:45 am will continue to be more traditional in format with a Children’s Message and Holy Communion at every service, every Sunday.

At 9:45 am, there will be a third worship opportunity in the sanctuary that is more contemporary in nature. It will include a different style of music than our other two worship opportunities, and will include Holy Communion.

At the 10:45 am worship service, we will be implementing a Staffed Nursery Room. While children are always welcome in worship, this option will be available for infants and toddlers to be cared for during the sermon portion of the service if parents so desire. Volunteers are needed to serve in the nursery. Please let Pastor Manor or an elder know if you are willing to be on a rotating schedule.

At 9:30 am each Sunday, we will have an all-church-family opening to our Education Hour in the Lower Fellowship Room. All are invited to grab your coffee and treats, then join together for celebration in Christ and an introduction to the studies for the day.

At 9:45 am the children and youth from PreK – high school will gather for the Bible study and activities portion of the morning, and the adults will remain for Bible study.

Sunday School Leaders Needed  As we strive to support parents in their ministry to their children, the Board of Education is looking for volunteers to serve as leaders in our Sunday school this year. All the resources are provided for you to share God’s Word with the kids and youth. Our goal is to have multiple leaders for each age group, so no one has to commit to leading every Sunday. Whether you’ve led Sunday school in the past, or you’ve never done it but are interested, we’d love to talk to you about leading. Please contact Pastor Manor, Greg Kuhr, or Natalie Jury if you have any questions or to express your interest in leading this year.

Sewing Circle…will meet on September 20th at 7:00 pm.  If you have any questions, or if you plan on attending, please RSVP to Tami Weeks at 860-693-4227.

Wednesday Night Worship and Prayer Ministry…Worship on Wednesday evenings will be taking a break for a while in order to focus our resources on the three Sunday morning worship services and our Christian Education Hour with Bible study and Sunday school. Prayer Ministry will continue to meet at 6:30 pm on Wednesday nights with Bible study to follow at 7:00 pm.

Midweek Bible Study is on the Move…from Monday nights to Wednesday nights, beginning this Wednesday, September 12th. Whether a new Bible study student or a seasoned studier of God’s Word, all are welcome on Wednesdays from 7 pm – 8 pm to explore the truths of Scripture together. Our first topic will be the book of Romans!    

 Where is Pastor Manor? How do I get a hold of him?…Those are good questions! I’m sure many of you already know the answers, but if not, here you go!

Typically you will find me on campus in the church building from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday through Thursday mornings. Obviously there are times when it is necessary for me to be away during those hours, but I strive to be available for anyone who drops in on those days, during those times. You may find me here before and after those hours some days, but often I am out visiting in the afternoons or evenings, or here at church for afternoon or evening events.

You call always get a hold of me on my cell phone with a call or text to 860-491-0086. I also receive email on my computer and on my phone, so you can reach me there as well at pastor.manor@gmail.com. On my Family Day on Friday, I typically do not check my email. If you have an immediate need of pastoral care on a Friday, please call or text and I will respond to you as quickly as I am able. Saturdays I am typically in and out of the church throughout the day.

I pray that you know that “my door is always open”. Whether you drop in or make an appointment, it gives me great joy to talk over a cup of coffee – to share in your challenges and to rejoice in your blessings. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!  In Christ, Pastor Manor

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