Wednesday, October 1, Noon - 2 • Ruth Dudley Resource Center, 125 Sherman Street, Hartford • Lunch Book Club • Starting October 1 every first Wednesday of each month there will be a lunch bunch book club. For the first two sessions, the focus will be The Godbearing Life… The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry, by Kenda Creasy Deand and Ron Foster. Bring your lunch and book. This is a chance to read and discuss books that will help in our ministries, create an opportunity for learning and to explore the books that are on our shelf.
Thursday, October 2, 5:30 to 8:30 PM • St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield • “From Ecumenism to Interfaith and Back” • Dr. Krister Stendahl, 2003 Archbishop John F. Whealon Memorial Lecturer, will speak at the Twenty-Third Annual Christian Conference of Connecticut Ecumenical Forum. Dr. Stendahl is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Divinity Emeritus at Harvard University and Bishop Emeritus of Stockholm, Sweden. Dinner hors d’oeuvres and beverages served at the reception between 5:15 and 6:30 PM. • Cost: $18 per person, students and seniors $12; $10 per person at the door for lecture only, which begins at 6:45 • Contact: Christian Conference of CT, 860-236-4281.
Thursday, October 2 • First Congregational Church of Lebanon • Peer Supervision Group for Experienced Pastors • Beginning October 2, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Ledbetter will facilitate a peer supervision group for Pastors who have been in the parish for more than three years. The focus of the group will be to supervise each other in finding solutions to problems arising in parish ministry. The group is limited to eight members and will meet the first Thursday of every month from 10 to noon. • Contact: 860-228-5238.
Friday, October 3, 9:15 - Noon • Asylum Hill Congregational Church • “God’s Gift of Human Sexuality” • Rev. Dr. James B. Nelson, Emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics at United Theological Seminary will be the guest speaker for an event for clergy and lay leaders. Dr. Nelson is one of the premier ethicists in the UCC. • Cost: $10 per person or $25 for staff/church leaders from one congregation • Contact: Sue Furness at firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-233-5564.
Sunday, October 5, 4 PM • The Congregational Church in Killingworth • “Afraid! The Gospel of Mark” • TV star Frank Runyeon appears in “Afraid! The Gospel of Mark,” a one-person play, stage with simple lighting and entertaining audience interaction. Its text is the Gospel of Mark, translated into contemporary American speech. • Cost: Adults $10, children under 12 $5. • Contact: The Church office at 860-663-1789
Sunday, October 5, 4 PM • South Church, 90 Main Street, New Britain • The Art of the Piano • The top winners of the Connecticut State Music Teachers’ Piano Competition perform in recital. These talented collegiate pianists keep the grand tradition and the art of the piano alive. • Cost: Free will donation received. • Contact: Richard Coffey, 860-223-7555; www.music- series.org
Tuesday, October 7, 9 AM-4:30 PM • Westfield Congregational Church in Danielson • Clergy Misconduct Prevention Workshop • Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. • Cost: $50 includes lunch, materials and a workbook from The Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence • Contact: Sue Furness at email@example.com; 860-233-5564.
Wednesday, October 8, 9 AM-4:30 PM • First Church of Christ, Congregational in West Hartford • Clergy
Misconduct Prevention Workshop • Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. • Cost: $50 includes lunch, materials and a workbook from The Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence • Contact: Sue Furness at firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-233-5564
Wednesday, October 29, 9 AM-4:30 PM • First Congregational Church in Ridgefield • Clergy Misconduct Prevention Workshop • Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. • Cost: $50 includes lunch, materials and a workbook from The Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence • Contact: Sue Furness email@example.com; 860-233-5564.
Friday, October 24 – Sunday, October 26 • Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon • Fall Action Weekend • Actions weekends are a time to see old friends, make new friends, and work together to prepare Silver Lake for the winter. The weekend involves raking, closing cabins, painting, hauling wood, cleaning cabins, wash- ing windows, and other outdoor work. Put on work boots and gloves and enjoy a weekend of work, fellow- ship and community. • Cost: $25 per person, 2003 Summer Staff attend free. • Contact: Silver Lake Conference Center at 860-364-5526.
Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26 • First Church of Christ, Wethersfield, CT • “Awakening Hearts and Minds to God,” Jonathan Edwards Tercentennial Conference • Celebrating Jonathan Edwards and his message for our time. Speakers include Chuck Colson, Dr. Os Guinness, Dr. Richard Lovelace, Dr. Stephen Macchia, Donald W. Morgan, Maggie Wallem Rowe, Dr. Harry Stout, Dr. Glenn Sunshine. • Cost: $60 per per- son includes both days and Saturday lunch; Chuck Colson session alone is $20. • Contact: 860-721-7670; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 26, 4 PM • South Church, 90 Main Street, New Britain • Olivier Latry, Organist • The vir- tuoso is the titular organist at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris. His playing has been called “brilliant,” “buoyant,” “superior,” and “splendidly clear.” Presented in collaboration with the American Guild of Organists, Hartford Chapter. • Cost: Free will donation received. • Contact: Richard Coffey, 860-223-7555; www.music- series.org
Tuesday, October 28 • Spring Glen Church in Hamden
Profile Preparation and Interviewing Skills • This
four-week workshop with Career Counselor Lindsey Huddleston will begin October 28 and has limited space. • Contact: Carole Carlson at email@example.com; 860-233-5564
Friday, October 31, 10 - Noon • John P. Webster Library, First Church of Christ, West Hartford • “Children and Communion: The Importance of Education” • Facilitator Rev. Kathy Peters, Associate Conference Minister for Local Church Ministry will lead a search for some answers to questions such as... When should children take part in communion? What preparation should children have? An informal lunch will follow the discussion. • Please make lunch reserva- tions at 860-232-3893 or firstname.lastname@example.org • Contact: Ruth Dudley Resource Center and John P Webster Library
Friday, October 31-November 2 • First Congregational Church of Guilford • Dr. Marcus Borg. “Seeing Jesus Again: The Heart of the Matter” • Marcus Borg, author of the best selling book “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” among others will be speaking at the fol- lowing events: Friday, 7:30 -9 PM, Saturday 9-3 and Sunday worship at 10. All events are open to the pub- lic. • Cost: Friday, $10, Saturday $25, Sunday Free •
Contact: For information or to register please call the church office at 203-453-5249.
Saturday, November 1, 9 AM – 3 PM • First Congregational Church UCC in Southington • CAUCE Fall Harvest • The Connecticut Association of United Church Educators presents Fall Harvest for all CE directors, Church school teachers, committee mem- bers, youth leaders and pastors. There will be morning and afternoon sessions, workshop, bookstore, discus- sion groups, networking and more! • Cost: $15 per per- son, $6 box lunch, Free lunch for all current CAUCE members. • Please register in advance by contacting Marji Hughes at 203-729-3037.
Saturday, November 15 • Ingraham House in Bristol • A Quiet Day Apart for Clergy Spouses and Partners • Amy Beveridge, Director of the Ruth Dudley Resource Center and a clergy spouse for over 38 years is the facil- itator on this quiet day apart. Share some of the stress- es facing partners of clergy and strategies developed for coping. Spend time in quiet reflection, seeking the strength and wisdom of the One who has named us “beloved children” and who has called us into our own ministries. • Cost: $16 includes lunch • Contact: Amy Beveridge at email@example.com; 860-233-5564
Wednesday, November 19, 9 AM - 1 PM • Spring Glen Church in Hamden • “Spirituality and Alzheimer’s Disease: Putting Hands and Heart Together” • Spirituality Conference with keynote speaker Sister Collette Hanlon, head of Pastoral Care at Hospital of St. Raphael’s. Sponsored by the CT Alzheimer’s Association. • Cost: $15 includes lunch • Contact: South Central Region, CT Alzheimer’s Association at 203-230-1777, ext. 14
Saturday, November 22, 9 AM–3 PM • Ingraham House, Bristol • “Advent Day Away: Renewed and Refreshed.” Come to renew and refresh your spirit in a time that is often so busy it is easy to forget the reasons for Christmas pageants, the special music, the extra bulletins, the mission projects, the visitation of the lonely and all the other “church” tasks that are a part of the season. Give yourself permission to tend to your spiritual life in the midst of caring for others. • Cost: $35 includes lunch • Contact: Sarah Annis at firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-233-5564.
December 4, 9:15 AM -1 PM • First Congregational Church in East Hartford • “Worship as a Way of Life” • Dr. Matthew Boulton, Assistant Professor of Worship & Preaching at Andover Newton Theological School, will explore the primary gestures of Christian worship, including praise, prayer, thanksgiving, lament and con- fession, as gestures that together make up an entire “way of life”: the way of being genuinely and fully human. • Cost: $10 includes lunch • Contact: Sue Furness at email@example.com; 860-233-5564
February 12-20, 2004 • Puerto Rico • Connecticut Conference UCC Puerto Rico Youth Trip • Looking for something worth doing during February break? Join other high school juniors and seniors from UCC churches for a life-changing trip to experience mission and culture in Puerto Rico. Application deadline is December 10, 2003. Limit of 10 students. • Cost: $975 • Contact: Sarah Annis at firstname.lastname@example.org; 866-367- 2822
July 22-26, 2004 • University of Tennessee • National Youth Event • It’s not too early to start planning... Watch the UCC youth and young adult web page for updates: www.ucc.org/youth • Cost: TBD • Contact: June Boutwell at email@example.com
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