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Congregational Church of North Stonington

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Special update on HELO Haiti enclosed

Elijah listens for God

Sunday, June 23, 2019 
Second Sunday of Pentecost


With Children  Julie Evans offers time for children who are then invited to attend church school.  

In Word:  1 Kings 19:1-15a and Galatians 3:23-29
As summer begins, so we begin looking at some scriptures we don't often get the chance too.  This Sunday, we find the prophet Elijah running for his life. 
The passage from Galatians tells us that God sees people not race, gender or class. 

"Quiet Voice of Power"    Elijah's long escape makes us think of the thousands today who run, and have been running for their lives. 
Paul's instruction is that there is no "Jew nor Greek, slave nor free."  
Are we the angels in the story? 

In Music:
Prelude   "Prelude in Baroque Style"  - Mansfield
Offertory:     "Cantilena"  - Broughton
Postlude:     “Trumpet Voluntary"  - Stanley

Hymns: There is a Balm in Gilead; Won't You Let Me Be Your Servant?; and O God of Earth and Altar.

Serving in Worship:    Evelyn Bamford, deacon; Paul Ames, Arthur Dobley, Ron Robbins, ushers; David McCord, lay reader; Julie Evans, time for children.

“As an Open and Affirming church:

      We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family
regardless of race, age, marital standing, gender, economic status, mental or physical challenges,
nationality or sexual identity.  We promise to support one another in our personal struggles,
to understand and accept differences in one another, and pray to strengthen our love and acceptance.”

Fellowship of Concern   Please keep in your prayers: those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; for all working to bear the burdens of others.  For the healing of Shirley Millar; Sharon Coates;  Bill LaBrosse; Frank Lane; Antoinette Apessos; Jim Hoffman; Bob Janda and his family; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Thurlow Coats; Brian Boldt, Seya Bishop, Harriet; Janet Allen; Earl Bond; Kay Lautzenheiser; Wayne Sander; Lois Turrell; Pam; Patricia Thompson; Joyce Cook and family; Jon Wilska; the Broach-Ronfeld family; the Ames family; Mary Wassung; and Carol Donovan.     

Sunday after church
    11:30 am Deacons' Meeting

June 30th, 3 pm:  Free Handbell Festival featuring over 500 Ringers at The University of Hartford.
July 15th – 18th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm:  Vacation Bible School!



The next “Chimes” edition will be a combined issue for July and August.  Please have items for both months submitted by THIS SATURDAY! June 22 (your editor will be away on vacation the week of June 17). Thanks and enjoy your summer!

Mission of the Month for June: 

Church World Service Tools   - and -

Strengthen the Church
A 5 for 5 Offering of the UCC

This special offering collected every year during Pentecost celebrates the birthday of the Church!  This year our collection days will be June 23 and June 30.
Supports:  3 Connecticut ministries of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ:
            Silver Lake Conference Center
            Youth & Young Adults
            Faith Formation
90% of these offerings will go to work in Connecticut
10% will support national ministries of the UCC

Please use the CWS Envelopes, Strengthen the Church or a GREEN Monthly Mission offering envelope.  Thank yu!



On June 7, all of our students marched through the village of Laborde led by the marching band and gathered with teachers and administrators to celebrate another successful school year.  It was a joyous occasion with lots of singing and laughter.  It is always moving to see the students all gathered in one place, which is difficult to portray in photos.  We hope these photos give you an idea, but I can tell you that over 300 students gathered together celebrating their school and their accomplishments is awesome and inspiring. 


None of this is possible without your support, and I take this opportunity to thank you so much.  These children are the future, which is so much brighter because of the support of wonderful people like you.  We cannot break the cycle of poverty without education.  Thank you so much for changing the lives of these hard working students!    - Elisabeth Kennedy

Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359