Due to safety protocols regarding the coronavirus, South Church has suspended all activities through May 31st. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time.




   

  GREETINGS! YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!
 
  LIVING IN FAITH * LIVING IN FELLOWSHIP * LIVING TO SERVE
 
We believe God has called us to follow Christ: sharing our gifts by supporting the growth of the church family, thus empowering us to serve all God's people.

We are an open and affirming congregation that visitors find to be friendly and caring. Newcomers and long-time members alike are warmly greeted with a smile and "we're glad you're here!"

If you're looking for a place to feel wanted, appreciated, and at home, give us a try any Sunday morning at 10:00AM. Know that whoever you are, and wherever you are in life's journey, you are welcome here!


  Senior Pastor's Greeting
  Dear friend:

Before accepting the call to serve South Church as senior pastor, I was a guest who returned multiple times over a period of months to preach and break bread and share fellowship. So, I can describe this church from the vantage of visitor and "insider". From either perspective, I offer the following observations that I hope may beckon you to join us:

1. We are wonderfully human. I think that people seek belonging in communities of faith because they sense that personal progress (not perfection) is possible where the divine is present. Yes, we can help you with that! Meanwhile, you can also feel free to be exactly who you are and where you are on life's journey because that's what we're doing too. We are a down-to-earth people seeking glimpses of heaven as we walk and work and worship together.

2. We are exceptionally hospitable. We don't take ourselves too seriously. Yet, we are serious about extending the right hand of fellowship on Sunday morning at the front door, of course; and on any given weekday in the various circles where we gather to socialize or serve; and on special community events occurring all throughout the calendar year. We are always glad to make room at the inn, no matter the season. Hospitality is not an abstract idea at South Church. It is an authentic aspect of the character of this congregation.

3. We are guided by the Holy Spirit. I mean, we actually spell it out in our By-Laws: "We believe the Holy Spirit will create within us the strength to carry out God's mission as we receive it from [scripture and faithful prayer]." AND ... we live it out loud! We aren't afraid to rely on the breath of God to blow through and inform and inspire our plans and decisions and discussions concerning every aspect of church life. We trust that God can do for us what we couldn't possibly do for ourselves.

I could write more; but I will end this message by saying to you what Jesus said to the first disciples: "Come and see."

I pray that your reading online may result in our meeting in person.

Yours in faith,
Reverend Fredd



UPCOMING EVENTS
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Cancelled - Meal in the Upper Room - Funds collected will be refunded based on payment method. Checks will be returned in the mail while cash refunds will be available once we are able to gather again.

Virtual Meeting - Sunday, April 19 11:15 AM Strawberry Fair planning meeting - Please attend to find out how you can help at this annual church event.

Tentative - Sunday, May 3 11:30 AM Spring Cleanup - Please bring your rakes, tarps, wheelbarrows, leaf blowers, pruners, rags, cleaner, etc. to assist with the cleanup. Lunch will be provided. Please bring a dessert to share.


LATEST CHURCH NEWS
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Stay Connected - Pastoral Missives
As many of you know, Rev. Fredd has been reaching out to the congregation via pastoral missives.

These missives are currently being sent out via e-mail to members and friends who have shared their e-mail address with the church. These messages are also available on the South Church website (southucc.org) and on Facebook (facebook.com/SouthUCC /).....

Meal In The Upper Room
In light of the continuing need for social distancing, our 2020 Meal in the Upper Room is cancelled. Funds collected will be returned depending on the payment method: checks by mail; cash once we are able to gather again......

Take Me Out to the Ballgame - Hartford Yard Goats
The Growth Team is organizing an outing to the Hartford Yard Goats Stadium on Saturday, June 6th at 6:00 PM.

Opening Day for the baseball season has been delayed so we'll have to see how the situation develops and when government health restrictions are eased......

Annual Spring Cleanup
Our annual Spring Cleanup has been rescheduled for May 3rd after the worship service. Many hands are needed to keep South Church looking beautiful.

The landscape teams can decide if they want to work solo or in pairs to rake out our garden beds on or before that date........

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of the South Church grounds, showing entrances and building sections.