We have an innate sense of fairness. One of the thoughts even the youngest of children are able to verbalize is: “That’s not fair!” What we usually mean is: “That isn’t what I wanted to happen—that isn’t good for me.” In our mind, life is supposed to be good and comfortable— we get what we want— we don’t have to work too hard—most everybody likes us and treats us well—we don’t get too sick, too often—and we live comfortably to a ripe old age (with great health). I have been dealing with the question of fairness in my own life. … Read More
Danielle Parrotte graduates from Newington High School and will attend Central Conn. State University in criminal justice. Jami VanDerMeid graduated with highest honors from Middlesex Community College School of Radiography with an associates degree in Radiologic Technology. The college awarded her the Highest Academic Achievement of the Radiography Program. She is also part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and is on the Dean’s List. She has been accepted into the Echo Cardiography program at the Hoffman Heart Institute at St. Francis Hospital. Tricia Sundman graduated from UConn on May 6th with a major in anthropology and a minor … Read More
Cynthia Bentzion will begin a new Bible study on Tuesday nights on the book of James. This is her summary of the study: Here God’s word will lead us on the path to maturity, showing us how God shapes us, both individually and as a congregation, into the people He wants us to become and prepares us for fruitful ministry. We begin at 7 pm with a half hour for fellowship. Coffee or tea and dessert are provided. Then from 7:30 to 8:30 we dive into scripture to discover what God wants to teach us today. Everyone is welcome!
John Blanchard was in Grand Central Station looking for a girl that he had never met but whom he had grown to love. He didn’t know what she looked like, but he knew that she would be carrying a red rose. His interest in Miss Hollis Maynell had begun thirteen months before in a Florida library. He took a book off the shelf and became enthralled, not with the book but with the words written in the margin. They reflected a thoughtful soul and an insightful mind. He decided to track down the owner of the book: Hollis Maynell. It … Read More
I would like to share some thoughts with you from a book by Tish Harrison Warren called Liturgy of the Ordinary. She writes: I have a plan for my morning—run by the store to pick up a side for dinner and some dish soap, then head to a meeting. So after I brush my teeth and get dressed quickly and eat breakfast, I throw on my favorite corduroy coat, hoist my computer bag over my shoulder, and head toward the door. I go to grab the car keys on the entry table that we bought (and painted robin’s egg blue) … Read More
Isn’t it true that men used to treat women with respect and gentleness? Maybe I am just imagining this, but it seems to me that there were more gentle men in days gone by. Where have all the gentlemen gone? Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Bill Cosby, Louis C.K., Roy Moore, Donald Trump, Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor, and the list goes on and on. All these men and many more have been accused of sexual harassment and abuse. A recent Quinnipiac Poll found 60 percent of women say they’ve experienced sexual harassment, and it happens most often in the … Read More
The sign read: Put Christ into Christmas this year. A young lady glanced at it momentarily, then turned to her friend and said: “Hmm! Now the Church is trying to poke her nose into Christmas” From The Merriest Christmas Book by Mark Link. Santa Claus has become the center of Christmas. It is a wonderful myth that has grown over time— but it is just a myth. Yet it is the heart and soul of Christmas for most Americans. The church originally took Christmas away from the pagans. December 25th was, in Roman days, the “Feast of Saturnalia,” a celebration … Read More