- Parent Category: Sunday Bulletins
TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
17 August 2014 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
*Please rise in body or in spirit.
PRELUDE: Cantabile -- C. Franck
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Rev. Bodden
CALL TO WORSHIP Barbara Bishop
One: How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity:
Many: How wonderful when sisters and brothers sit down to worship together;
One: How delightful when the voices of God’s children make harmony;
Many: How beautiful when those God blesses and chooses make common cause in serving their neighbors.
All: Behold, how truly wonderful it is when all live together in peace.
- Parent Category: Programs and Ministries
Upon hearing the news that Chris Solimene accepted a call to serve at Old Lyme Congregational Church, work began immediately to identify the best possible bridge staff to ensure uninterrupted, high quality Christian Education (CE) for children and families of First Church. To date we have successfully filled three bridge positions and expect the fourth position to be staffed and announced very soon. Please feel free to contact Dave Thomas (CE Chair) or Rev. Sarah Verasco with any questions.
MEET OUR BRIDGE STAFF FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
I am so pleased and excited to be a part of First Church Vacation Bible School this summer! As Director of the Pilgrim Fellowship program at First Church, I have grown to love being involved in the First Church community. My love of kids is not just for teenagers, I have taught Sunday School in my own church for many years. I also have many years of experience with Vacation Bible School and summer camps. I have been involved with VBS as a counselor and director for 16 years with First congregational Church, Branford. I can’t wait for VBS here in August! Thank you for this opportunity. -- Judi Wallace
ALL CHURCH EVENTS—Laurie Varley
God is at work at First Church! My name is Laurie Varley. I look forward to a wonderful variety of All Church Events this fall. My husband, Steven, daughter, Stevie, and I joined First Church in 2011. It's been a joy to serve on the CE Board, teach church school, be involved with Vacation Bible School and also help with the Mixed Age Summer Church School Program. It's also been a privilege for my family to enjoy the ministry of our All Church Events. I hope I can use my background as a Hospice Community Outreach Coordinator and event planner at two different NC universities, to make our All Church Events fun, meaningful and to share God's love in our community. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to give back in a small way and also to involve as many church members as possible. Best wishes for God's blessings! -- Laurie Varley
CHURCH SCHOOL—Kathleen Graham
As a long time, active member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church (AHCC) in Hartford, CT, I served in several lay leadership positions, the most recent as Chair of Adult Christian Education. A highlight of my professional career was serving as AHCC’s Director of Children and Family Ministry for nine years. During my leadership, the church school moved from a traditional Sunday school model to a rotational model. While on AHCC’s staff, I represented the church in an initiative to start a charter school for infants - pre-school children. We partnered with Saint Joseph University and Capital Region Education Council (CREC) and opened in 2006. The School grew from three classrooms housed at AHCC to today’s award winning CREC Museum Academy located in Bloomfield, CT. Throughout my professional life, I held a variety of teaching positions including pre-school, middle, and high school. I am retired and live in West Hartford. My grown son lives nearby. I am blessed with a large extended family and cherished friends. I am excited about this opportunity to serve as your Bridge Church School Director and look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks. -- In Christian Friendship, Kathleen Graham