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On June 17, 2017, the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, at a joint Annual Meeting with delegates from the three conferences of CT, MA, and RI, voted to endorse a resolution to authorize the development of a detailed proposal for a new Conference uniting all 3 conferences and to come back to the annual meetings for approval in 2018. The resolution passed in all 3 conferences.
The children of our church led worship last Sunday. In word and song, we celebrated our children's and youth ministry. Their message: "I have changed." (Hymn, "I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing / Swing Low," led by Liz Reed-Swale, vocals and guitar) [photo]
THANK YOU! Team "Rocky Hill Congregational Church" raised over $6,055 for Foodshare, compared to our goal of $3,000, and last year's $5,140. This includes contributions from church members and friends, plus matching gifts from The Chase Family Foundations, Bank of America, and others. Foodshare is the heart of Greater Hartford's hunger-fighting network, distributing enough food for 11.5 million meals in 2016. Hunger is big, but our community is bigger. At Rocky Hill Congregational Church UCC, we're changing lives! [photos]
April 30, 2017: vocal ensemble, directed by Mary DeLibero, Minister of Music, organ; "Steal Away" arrangement by Don McKeever. [recording]
In advance of the Tri-Conference annual meeting in Hartford on June 16-17, there will be five webinars offered which will be opportunities to learn more about the proposed merger of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences. If you have any questions, please take a look at Pastor Craig's article in the May issue of the Church Mouse, and you will find more information on the Connecticut Conference website. Here is the link to the information page on the CT Conference website: [link]
On April 24, 2017 - the Board for Missions led the congregation in assembling 10 Emergency Cleanup Buckets. The buckets are collected by Church World Service, and used to provide assistance to families and communities affected by flooding, tornadoes and other disasters. Each bucket contains approximately $75 worth of supplies: sponges, scrub brushes, laundry detergent and clothesline, dust masks, work gloves, insect repellent, and more. Thanks for helping us change lives...here, near, and far! [photo]
Craig's Trip to the Holy Land [9 photos]
On March 3, 2017 - this group of women led our community of churches in a "World Day of Prayer" service. Mabuhay! Blessings to all who celebrated and prayed with us. The service was written by the women of World Day of Prayer in the Philippines. [photo]
Here's a nice blast from the past. Ed Chiucarello found this old photo in the Historical Society archives. It shows the back of the church, and Academy Hall to the left. This is a very old photo, probably ca. 1850-60. I would venture a guess that this is the oldest known photo of the church. [photo]
There is a display in the display case across from the office on Pastor Craig's trip to the Holy Land in 2011. Come and enjoy it! [photo]
The Middle School Youth Group volunteered to help prepare, cook and serve a community meal at Center Church in Hartford. If you're interested in learning more about the mission and ministry of our church programs for youth, please contact Georgette Huie, Minister for Children and Youth.[link to photos]
Pastor Craig has been keeping a blog for over a year. You can read his latest postings at ccowing.blogspot.com/