What is the Bottom Line for Coronavirus Safety?

Deborah Ringen, Minister of Health and Wellness, reviews the latest coronavirus guidelines writing:

How can we decide the best way to move forward? How do we balance caution and caring for others with our desire to return to “normal?” ... These are difficult decisions affecting health and overall well-being for individuals, and communities. I hope this discussion gives some insight.  We have reached a point where it is hard to be specific.  Our faith tells us to take care of all, to make sure all are welcome, that our services are accessible and safe for all.   

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Holy Joe's Cafe: 15 Years and Growing

While supply chain disruptions have impacted many during the pandemic, coffee is still flowing for military chaplains thanks to Holy Joe's Café. Holy Joe's, which began as a mission of the First Church of Wallingford (CT), is celebrating 15 years of bringing "a little bit of home to those who serve our country."

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SPOTLIGHT: Creation and Community

On Earth Day, Saturday April 24, the Green Team of Rocky Hill Congregational Church (CT) hosted an Earth Day Expo, an event the planners hope will be an annual event. Following guidelines for masking and distancing, the event included local political leaders, environmental groups, and entertainers to encourage people to protect God's creation.

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New Covenant Partnerships: Prayer Shawl Ministry

In this video, Executive Conference Minister Rev. Darrell Goodwin and Rev. Shawn Fisher, senior Pastor of Bloomfield Congregational Church, UCC in CT present Bloomfield Mayor Suzette DeBeatham-Brown with a prayer shawl. Rev. Goodwin writes: "In the Southern New England Conference we are committed to a faithful presence in our communities. This presence is rooted, grounded and curated in prayer." Rev. Goodwin invites pastors to connect with him to arrange a time to deliver prayer shawls to mayors, town managers or Police Chiefs in their communities.

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Upcoming Events

Join Silver Lake Summer Staff Now!

It's not too late to serve as summer staff at Silver Lake! Program Director Jenn Kronholm Clark writes: "We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 2021 to make an impact on campers that will stay with them their entire lives. As we emerge from pandemic lockdowns, we find ourselves hungry for connection and meaning. We feel a need now more than ever to make a positive difference in the world."

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Boundary Awareness Training - 101
June 3, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM and
June 10 and 17, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This training, including pre-training assignments, satisfies Committee on Ministry requirements.

Designing Hybrid Faith Formation for the Post-Pandemic World
June 10, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Featuring the Rev. Kathy Pittenger, as Children’s Initiatives Coordinator for the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Pausing to Replenish
June 12, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

A workshop with Rev. Chontell Washington, aimed at helping participants get centered using a variety of tools for spiritual replenishment.

Installation of the Rev. Darrell Goodwin as SNEUCC's first Executive Conference Minister
June 19, 1:00 PM

The Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister for Justice and Local Church Ministries for the UCC, will preach at this installation. 

Events by our Partners:

FREE Webinar - Copyrights and the Church with CCLI and CCS
June 2, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Practical Resources for Churches

FREE Webinar - Both / And : Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences for Online and In-Person Audiences
June 8, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Practical Resources for Churches

PRC Webinar - The Online Church Conference with Convergence
June 9, 11:00 AM to June 10, 5:00 PM

Practical Resource for Churches; $149 fee.

36th Karl Barth Seminar with MCCM
June 14 & 15

Massachusetts Convention of Congregational Ministers hosts Dr. Ian McFarland from Emory University

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