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Older and Wiser League (OWL) Christmas Party Luncheon


The OWLs will gather on Thursday, December 8, 2015 for their regular monthly luncheon. However, this month it will be a little more special. It will begin with hors d’oeuvres and sparkling cider beginning at noon to be followed by a special holiday dinner with all the trimmings. We encourage all of our older members to join us and feel free to bring a friend for this special gathering. The one caveat is that we really do need RSVPs this month. So if you are planning to attend, please contact the church to reserve your place(s) for this special gathering 860-889-0150 by Tuesday, December 6, 2015. See you there!


Restorative Yoga Class, Meditative Service and Soup Supper: 

Tuesday, December 13 ~ Restorative Yoga 5:00-6:15 p.m. / Service 6:30-7:15 p.m. / Soup Supper 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.


            While the holidays are times of great joy and preparation for important time with friends and family, it can also be a time of stress that distracts us from the true meaning of the season. To provide a time to settle in and slow down in this busy season before Christmas, a special evening is planned for December 8. This evening is planned in conjunction Karen’ Clarke’s Yoga Heals Us Group. Make a whole evening of it: Restorative Yoga, quiet meditation, delicious soup and wonderful fellowship. The Yoga is specifically a “Restorative Yoga” class. Restorative Yoga involves relaxing either in a chair or on a mat on the floor using pillows and blankets to deeply relax. Karen recommends each person bring 2 square pillows (the kind you use for decorating your couch), one bed pillow, one warm blanket, and an exercise mat or yoga mat. She has extra mats if people don't have these. Dress in comfortable clothes. Chairs are available for people who need or want them. There will be a short guided meditation as well. Normally, there is a charge of $10-$12, however for this night Karen is asking for a goodwill donation of cash or food to benefit the Food Pantry at Preston City Cong. Church. Following Yoga we will proceed into the church to enjoy some beautiful soothing music some guided meditation a few brief prayers followed by a simple soup supper. For more information, please call Karen Clarke 860-204-0797.

Advent Adult Formation Programs Help Center Us

The season of Advent invites us to push on through our weariness. By gathering in hope, and celebrating our belief that Jesus will come again, we find comfort in God’s message:  What has happened, and will happen again, is also happening here and now.

All are welcome to join this Advent Series facilitated by Gail Rigney

Wednesdays, November 30 through December 21, 2016

Daytime: 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.  -  Evening:   6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Both sessions will include a light meal of bread and soup.

The Gospel according to Matthew will be our guide during this series, helping us to figure out how to live as we await the Son of Man’s return.  One thing Matthew is very clear about: be ready! 

Week One – November 30 - Be Ready for Messages - Scripture: Matthew 24:36-44

Keep awake, for you do not know when Jesus is coming back. This message is not intended to cause us to cower in fear. Fear provides a useful warning signal, but it can also have the potential to paralyze us. Instead, we are called to the opposite of fear; we are called to faith. 

Week Two - December 7 - I Will with God’s Help - Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12

The Prophet Isaiah could see the day when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of God.” John the Baptist saw clutter blocking the way to God. John pointed to the truth that through Baptism, we are called to seek knowledge of God, get rid of the clutter, and smooth the path on which we walk.

Week Three - December 14 - Are You the One? - Scripture: Matthew 11:2-11

John the Baptist has been calling people’s attention to their skewed priorities and baptizing them when they got the message. Now, confined to prison for his preaching that made the authorities uncomfortable, John sends this plaintive question to Jesus: “Are you the one?” How do we answer the question? How do we choose to live out our answer?

Week Four – December 21 – God is With Us - Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Isaiah knew this day would come: a young woman and a baby — Emmanuel — God With Us. God chooses to dwell in the womb of a woman. A messenger is sent to assure Mary’s fiancé that he should stay with her and help her raise their son. Could it be that this message, God With Us, is not just about what happened then or just what will happen in the future? Could we risk believing: God IS With Us – Now?