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First Church of Christ

“ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN LOVE.” . . .  Ephesians 3:17



The 2nd Annual Fall Family Festival is coming up on October 29th, from 1 – 4 p.m.  Volunteers are needed!  Cars are also needed for our trunk-or-treat.  Trunk-or-treating is like trick-or-treating, but instead of going house to house, the children go from decorated car to decorated car.

There will be something for everyone – crafts to make, food and beverages to purchase from local vendors, games, face painting, pumpkins to decorate, Trunk or Treat, and more!  The New Britain Fire Dept will bring a fire truck and the “smoke house”!  Come in your Halloween costumes and bring a friend!  We look forward to seeing you there!

At this event we will also collect new and gently worn winter coats for those less fortunate.  You have 2 weeks to clean out your closets!


Mary and I will be in Scotland (my first time there) in early October.  Mary, who is a free-lance editor, has been hired by National Geographic to update their Guidebook to Scotland.  I’m glad to tag along as her helper and also to have the opportunity to explore the early religions, pre-historic sites, and churches of Scotland.  Please keep us in your prayers for a safe and productive trip.  The Rev. Carolyn Johns and the Rev. James Silver will be filling in.

Our prayer shawl ministry is thriving.  Knitters are knitting, the congregation is praying over them and scores of them have been given to church members, friends of church members, and others who are friends of friends.  Below are two of the most recent thank you notes I have received.

Thank you so much for the beautiful prayer shawl and for your kindness and support during this challenging time.  The prayer shawl has already brought me comfort during several trying moments—reminding me that there are many people who care for me and a greater power at work in my life who will see me through.  Please extend my gratitude to your extended church circle whose loving hands truly do bring joy and comfort during difficult times.

Thanks you so much for the beautiful prayer shawl and for all you prayers and good wishes.  We are happy to say that our Zane is now 2 lbs 10oz!  While we do not know what the future holds, we will put it in God’s hands and continue to pray.  Thank you for joining us!

You can see how our prayer shawls have a powerful impact, comforting, supporting and reminding the recipients of God’s love.  Please do not be shy in requesting a prayer shawl for anyone who you think would find it helpful. This is a ministry for members and also those outside our doors. Feel free to take one from my office at any time if you would like to deliver it in person, or I am very glad to do so.

Last year we began a tradition of a member of the church preaching in the fall. On Sunday, October 23rd, Mike Gorzoch will enthusiastically take up the challenge.  Not only is Mike a long-time dedicated member of First Church, but for years he has been involved in larger church, inter-faith, and community issues.  He brings much religious experience and even more wisdom.

One final word: Stewardship.  Please prayerfully consider your pledge—knowing that First Church is a wonderful church home that open-handedly supports God’s work and depends on your generosity—and then do your best to move the saddle bags to their next appointed home.  If you have received a letter instead, again we ask that you prayerfully consider to what extent you can underwrite the potent ministries of First Church and return your pledge as soon as possible. Gifts to God always benefit the giver and the receiver!   Many blessings to you.

In Christ’s love, Kendrick



We have created a Program Booklet, which lists information about the church, worship, education, missions, programs and events.  It also contains a calendar of events from September 2015 – June 2016.  As well as offering information to our members about new and upcoming events, we will be able to show perspective pastors and visitors that we are an active, thriving church.  The booklets have name labels, are in alphabetical order and will be in a basket in Fellowship Hall.  Please take yours to review for the upcoming year; the fewer we have to mail, the more we’ll save on postage.  If you do not see one with your name, please take a blank one and leave a note in my mailbox.  Thank you! ~ Kristine

Over the summer Kendrick preached about how doing some pre-planning for your death is an act of love for your family.  Your family will want to get the final arrangements just right, just the way you want them.  However, if there is nothing written down even in the midst of their disorientation and grief they will have a significant worry. They will be anxious figuring out what you would have preferred for the funeral, for the interment, for the disposition of your body.  We have updated our Funeral Booklet and you will find many ideas about what decisions you should make, suggestions for your funeral service and other helpful information.  You will find this booklet in the rack with the published sermons in the hall wall by the office entrance.  We can send one out to you and are glad to file it for you.  Kendrick



Our Chapel is open for a private moment before Sunday’s service or during the week.  You are invited to come early and take a moment to thank God for a good week or for help with a challenge.


830 Corbin Avenue
New Britain, CT 06052

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