Angel Tree

This year we will again have an angel tree in our sanctuary, a Christmas tree filled with tags of people who could use a special blessing from you this Christmas. In past years the names were only of children. This year we will be adopting entire families; there will be no names, just age and gender of each family member, and a suggestion of what they are wishing for this year. We ask that you try to keep your gift(s) to about $25.00 – $30, so they will be equal in value among family members. Children do notice if their sibling receives a bicycle and they get a pair of mittens. The tag MUST be returned with your gift, in order that they are delivered to the right person.

The tree will go up on, November 30 with the names ready for Sunday. Gifts will need to be brought to church on Sunday, December 8. This is a short window for shopping, just a week; we hope you will still want to participate in this opportunity to bless some less fortunate family in our community.

Community Thanksgiving Service

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2019
7:00 p.m.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

This year our Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held at First Congregational Church on Tuesday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Michael Langer, the new pastor of Hilltop Covenant Church. As has been our custom, we will be receiving a special collection of money and non-perishable food item to donate to the Cromwell Human Services food pantry. All of our choirs will be joining together to minister in song, and we will join with one another following the service for a time of fellowship and refreshments downstairs.

Mark your calendars now and come join with God’s people for a time of Thanksgiving as we give thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for His bountiful provision to us all.

Colonial Thanksgiving

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 AT 9:30 a.m.

Come dressed as in days of old when our forefathers gathered together to give thanks to the Lord. Following the service, a special coffee hour is provided by Sue Van Veldhuisen and volunteers.

This year Richard Donohue will be with us assisting Pastor Doug with the morning service.

Journey to the Potter’s House

On November 17th, during the 9:30 AM service, the Reverend Michael Ferris will use the art of making pottery to share the message that God uses the events in our lives to mold us into who He wants us to be.

Heard any good stories lately? When I was growing up, our local library had ‘Story Hour’, a time when children would gather around and listen to the librarian read from the picture books. Our librarian, Mrs. Barksdale, was a great story teller, and would have a crowd of children gathered around listening with rapt attention. I was listening too, working quietly at the circulation desk, as she made those stories come alive. This memory came back to me as I watched video excerpts of “Journey to the Potter’s House”. On November 17th, during the 9:30 AM service, the Reverend Michael Ferris will use the art of making pottery to share the message that God uses the events in our lives to mold us into who He wants us to be. This will be a very uplifting day for all, especially for those who are facing challenges in their lives.

After the 90-minute service, there will be a meet and greet with Pastor Ferris, and he will have some of his pottery available for purchase.