Simon’s Says

I’ve been indulging in some of our wider United Church of Christ connections this week.    On Wednesday I drove up to a delightful coffee shop nestled in Middletown’s RJ Julia bookstore - it’s called Story and Soil (if you want to learn a bit about them you can read here http://wesleyanargus.com/2021/09/13/story-and-soil-brings-coffee-and-community-to-rj-julia-bookstore/).  The occasion was to share coffee and conversation with the Middlesex Association’s new Area Conference Minister, The Rev. Isaac Lawson (Rev. Mary Nelson was our previous ACM).  Isaac was formerly Associate Minister at Hartford’s Immanuel UCC as well as staff member at Center for Leadership and Justice, also in Hartford.  Isaac has served in this role since early October, but due to our Southern New England Conference’s distancing policy, it is only of late that he is making in-person appointments.  Prior to our Wednesday coffee, I had only known Isaac through a small square box on Zoom at our Association’s Committee on Ministry/Executive Committee meetings!  So it was a delight to spend some time with him, to learn about his journey and his ministry and to talk shop.  I’m eager for all of you to meet him, and will be inviting him to share the pulpit with me at our own UCC in the not-too-distance future.

This Sunday we will be celebrating the installation of the Rev. Hilary McLellan as the newly called minister at the Haddam and Higganum churches; her service is at 3 in the afternoon - and you are all cordially invited to share our sister churches’ celebration.  Hilary comes to the Middlesex Association from the First Congregational Church UCC in Bristol, RI, just a stone’s throw from where I attended college.  As I mentioned a short while ago, the Haddam and Higganum churches voted earlier this year to merge their congregations, and while many of the details are still being worked out regarding buildings and shared leadership, Hilary’s service will be held at the Higganum church.  With so many of our area congregations in the throes of pastoral transition, it is very nice to have another settled pastor nearby.

(Speaking of nearby settled pastors, if you see Deep River’s Rev. Tim Haut, wish him happy days - he just passed a milestone birthday earlier this week, making the turn at the 3/4 century mark!)

This Sunday we’re going to be taking a look at a book of the Old Testament I haven’t opened with you yet, the book of Lamentations.  I’ll also be dipping into The Long Haul, the UCC’s devotional for this season of Lent. The links for the bulletin and service are below.  Blessings, everyone!

Also! Daylight Savings Time begins this Saturday night. Remember to spring forward and turn your clocks ahead one hour.

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