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!"Ā

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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Summer Office Hours The church office will be closed on Mondays during July and August.

July Selected Saturdays CEFE Summer Programming - The church is offering four Saturdays of fun and learning for children ages 4 and up!

Dates will be the following Saturdays, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 10 am -12 pm at South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes Street, East Hartford.

The day will include stories of Heroes from the Bible, games, crafts, outdoor play, activities and snack time. Parents can drop children off or stay and play!

Sunday, July 28 1:00 PM Yard Goats Outing - We will be leaving from Church so plan on car pooling or driving over on your own. Parking is available for $5.00 in designated lots and you can purchase an advance parking ticket by stopping by the box offoce any day prior to the game. Limited to those who bought tickets during the pre-sale. $4.00 per ticket directly supports our Faith Challenge.

Saturday, - September 14 6:00 PM Chicken BBQ - Join us for a night of fun and fellowship and a finger lickin good chicken dinner. This event is a big draw from the neighborhood so get your tickets early.

Saturday, - September 21 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM NYC Bus Trip - The Growth Team is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City featuring three stops: 1) Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2) Rockefeller Center 3) Little Italy.

You can plan your own day in the city. There will be one pickup location at the New York Public Library at 6PM.


LATEST CHURCH NEWS
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UCC General Synod
Rev. Fredd is attending the UCC General Synod in Milwaukee, WI from June 21-26. The synod is held every two years and sets the guidance and general direction of our denominationís mission......

Parking Lot Repaving Fund
This is a reminder to member who pledged monthly amounts toward the parking lot repaving. This commitment is scheduled to be completed by August 31, 2019 so please make every effort to fulfill your pledge by then.....

Church Merchandise
If you missed the opportunity to purchase merchandise during our pre-sale we are offering you a second chance.

The Growth Team will be taking orders for a second run but time is limited, so see us in the Crossroads no later than July 14.....

CEFE Summer Play Groups
The church is offering four Saturdays of fun and learning for children ages 4 and up!

Dates will be the following Saturdays, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 10 am -12 pm at South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes Street, East Hartford.

The day will include stories of Heroes from the Bible, games, crafts, outdoor play, activities and snack time. Parents can drop children off or stay and play!

Pre-registration is required. Please call Kelly 860-205-3578 / Patricia 860-839-0124 or email CEFE@southucc.org by July 1st.......

New York City Bus Trip - Final Call
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.....

Habitat - We Made It Happen!
On June 15th a contingent of South Church volunteers participated in the first build day at the Habitat site on Woodbridge Avenue in East Hartford. We made significant progress framing interior and exterior walls and sheathing the back wall which we hoisted into place. What an exhilarating feeling and sense of accomplishment it was to raise that back wall.

It was a fun experience! We all left hot and tired but proud of the difference we made that day. Thanks to all who volunteered to particpate in making dreams come true and the world a better place. South Church appreciates your committment and hard work.

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