November Events

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Breakfast and FellowshipSaturday, Nov. 9th, 9 amYou are invited to join us for good food and good fellowship. Our sister church, The House of Praise and Worship CovenantChurch, will join us. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ. John Sundman will bring a devotion.Please remember the time change—9 am instead of 8 am! Thanksgiving ServiceSunday, November 24thWe will take our special Harvest offering during the service. We ask you to bring food for the West Hartford Pantry, a World Relief Offering, and your regular church offering. Please join us for this special … Read More

From Pastor Tom for November: “Water into Wine”

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“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” John 2:11 The first miracle of our Lord was performed in the country setting of Cana of Galilee. Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding He was attending withHis disciples. It’s really a pretty insignificant miracle (if any miracle can be insignificant). No one is healed or fed or raised from the dead. Jesus beginsHis public ministry by turning about 180 gallons of water into wine. Wouldn’t you think that Jesus would perform His first miracle in … Read More

Food Pantry Needs for November

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Items can be placed in the wicker basket near the back entrance or on the table in the narthex. The following are suggested for November though any donations are appreciated. Sun Nov 3 Cereal Sun Nov 10 Fruit Juice Sun Nov 17 Canned Fruit Sun Nov 24 Tea and Coffee

From Pastor Tom for October: “Will We Recognize Him When He Comes?”

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It’s fun when you recognize a famous person. We were in New York number of years ago, just walking down a street in midtown Manhattan, and we noticed a guy with a TV camera and another with a microphone and out of a black car emerged George Clooney. We watched him give a brief interview, and then he was gone. That was probably the closest I’ve been to a star. It was easy to recognize George because we have seen his face a hundred times, but in the days before mass media, famous people were harder to recognize. Carl Sandberg, … Read More

From Pastor Tom for September: “It’s Nice to be Nice to the Nice”

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Frank Burns from the TV series, “M.A.S.H.,” said a lot of funny and stupid things. But one of his more memorable lines was, “It’s nice to be nice to the nice” (for those of you who have no idea who Frank Burns is or what the show “M.A.S.H.” was all about, please catch some reruns—it’s one of the best TV series ever!). I think most of us would agree with Frank’s words. We have been taught from the earliest age to be nice. When we describe someone we will often say, “He’s a nice guy.” We want to be seen … Read More

Exciting Relationship With The House of Praise and Worship

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We have entered into an exciting relationship with another Covenant Church.  It is called, “The House of Praise and Worship.”  They are a large congregation of about 150 members and will be worshiping in our facility at 10:30 am each Sunday morning.  Their membership is largely Hispanic but they also have Blacks, Anglo’s and Brazilians in their congregation.  Their worship service is bilingual – everything is presented in both Spanish and English and the music is contemporary in style.  Our two congregations will partner in taking care of our facility, worshiping together occasionally, supporting each other’s ministries, and enjoying the … Read More

From Pastor Tom “New Vitality”

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Churches are struggling these days. Almost all mainline Protestant denominations are facing dramatic declines in membership and attendance. Our church has been no different. When I was called as the pastor of this church 30 years ago we faced an older and declining church. The Lord blessed us with growth. We soon had many young families and lots of young children. But as those children grew and went off to college we didn’t see most of them again. Many families moved out of town and some simply no longer attended services. And, of course, the Lord called many of our … Read More

Important Dates This Summer

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Tuesday Night Bible StudyWe will continue our Bible Studies on Tuesday nights. On the months that Pastor Tom is preaching, he will lead a study on Ephesians. On the months that Pastor Harold is preaching,he will lead a study on Romans. Family Promise June 23-July 6thWe will host homeless families for two weeks this summer as part of the Family Promise ministry. We need volunteers to help host the families in the evening and overnight, as well as people to cook dinner for them. We need lots of volunteers! Please see Dawn, Rose, or Mary if you are able to … Read More