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 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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Sunday, - May 5 10:00 AM Sundae Sunday - Bring a friend to church to to share Sunday worship followed by make your own ice cream sundae in Charrier Hall afterwards. There will also be an Open House for those interested in touring our children's space and learning more about our Sunday morning programming.

Saturday, - May 11 6:00 PM Pasta Dinner - Manga! Join us for a pasta dinner sponsored by the Diaconate. Tickets may be purchased in advance in the Crossroads and will also be available at the door.

Saturday, - May 18 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Mens Retreat - All the men of the church are invited to attend a Men's retreat lead by Wayne Smith based on the book "Quiet Strength" by NFL coach Tony Dungy. The retreat will be held off-site at South Congregational Church in South Glastonbury at 949 Main Street. There is no cost and a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register you can sign-up in the crossroads.

Sunday, May 19 11:00 AM Strawberry Fair - The last planning meeting for the Strawberry Fair will be held in the library.

Saturday, June 8 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Strawberry Fair - Join in the fun and excitement and get to taste a delectable delight, strawberry shortcake, to kick off your summer. Grandma's Attic is back by popular demand.


LATEST CHURCH NEWS
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UCC CT Conference Board of Directors
Reverend Fredd Ward is serving a one year term as Moderator of the United Church of Christ, Connecticut Conference Board of Directors.....

Sundae Sunday - Bring a Friend to Church
Please consider bringing a friend to share in worship on Sunday, May 5th. The Growth Team will be hosting a build your own Sundae after worship in Charrier Hall. The Christian Education and Faith Enrichment Board will host an Open House so members of the community can tour the Children’s space and learn more about our Sunday morning programming.....

East Hartford Habitat Build
South Church can financially support the construction of the Habitat home in East Hartford. To facilitate donations a link has been placed on the South Church website under the Connect section. Click on the Connect tab and then “Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity – East Hartford Build”. If you are so moved, please consider a contribution to support this worthy cause.....

Pasta Dinner
Manga! Join us on Saturday, May 11th at 6PM for a pasta dinner sponsored by the Diaconate. Tickets may be purchased in advance in the Crossroads and will also be available at the door......

Men's Retreat
You asked for a Men's retreat and we listened and have responded. Plan on attending what is sure to be an inspirational day at at the South Glastonbury Congregational Church on May 18th from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.....

Strawberry Fair
The Strawberry Fair will be here shortly on June 8th and the excitement is building! Don't miss out on all the fun and the taste of the first strawberry shortcake of the season.......

New York City Bus Trip
Join us on september 21st for a bus trip to NYC, featuring 3 stops: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center and Little Italy. Church friends and neighbors are welcome. See the news article for more details.....

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed
South Church has a long tradition of hosting a coffee hour after Sunday worship ... Please sign up....

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