The First Church in Hartland
June, 2018
The First Word
Celebrating 250 Years!
In this issue:
 250th Anniversary Celebration
Children's Sunday
Fellowship Luncheon
Coffee Hour Fellowship
Altar Flowers
Community Events
June Birthdays
Calendar Link
Sundays at 10:00 am
Communion is offered on the
first Sunday of the month.
Mailing Address
The First Church in Hartland
P.O. Box 155
East Hartland, CT  06027
Street Address
Church -
2 Hartland Boulevard, E. Hartland, CT
Parish Hall -
5 Hartland Boulevard, E. Hartland, CT
Phone:  860-653-6495

Pewter Ornaments are available now, they are $15 each.
 250th Anniversary Celebration

On May 1, 1768, seven men and four women signed a covenant establishing the First Church in Hartland. On Sunday, May 20 we had a wonderful day of celebration for the 250th anniversary.  We were called to the morning service by the ringing of our bell by Mia Crunden. Members of the church read the original covenant rededicating ourselves to the church.  We also sang the Dedication Hymn that was written by Rev. Lemuel Foster in about 1840.  It was sung throughout the years for special services. It was last sung at the 200th anniversary. This year the last two lines, and an additional stanza, were found which had been missing at the 200.
     The Hartland Historical Society was very involved in our celebration.  Much thanks to Joanne Groth for all her help. She put together a slide show of photos – old and new.  A beautiful display was put together in the church of old letters and artifacts.  Also, a bulletin featuring photos of the church and bell.  The historical Society has a quilt that was made by the ladies of the church and presented to Rev. Warner and his wife when they left the church in 1876. Remarkably, it was found by a woman interested in  quilts when on a trip to the Netherlands.  She researched the names on the quilt and eventually it was returned to Hartland.  The Abby Ward quilters made a beautiful replica in 2004.  Together they hung in our sanctuary for the day!
     We all enjoyed a lovely picnic (inside due to the weather).  Bill & Siobhan Murphy, Amy Goodovsky, Dararith and Ben Ly and Janine Baryza-Ly entertained us with some great music.  It was a wonderful time of fellowship.  We were so pleased to have Merilyn Stocklen and Liz Taylor here to celebrate with us.
     At 1:00 we returned to the Sanctuary for a presentation by Nancy Huber.  It was a look back at our rich history and our beginnings and our present place in our community.  We are reminded of all that has been done to keep our church and the parsonage and the Parish Hall maintained and purposeful in our community.  We continue our mission work locally and abroad.  With God’s blessing the church will continue to be a beacon of God’s love for another 250 years!! The afternoon ended with the Hartland Historical Society’s annual May meeting.
     Many thanks to all who made it a special day.  Thanks to Rev. Zappulla and all those who did the music.  Thanks to the committee:  Susan LeClerc, Chairman, Lisa Sheehan, Megan Lindgren, Nancy Huber and Bill Murphy.  There are so many to thank who helped with food and set-up. Thanks to  Kerensa and Jonathan Sawn, Brett Watson, Tom LeClerc, Karen Hill, Rob Henselder, Keith Huber, Cindy Willis, Dawn & Mia Crunden, Tara Nielsen, Carole Vincent, Heather Leeman, Jen Gomez.
Children's Sunday
All children are invited to celebrate the end of the Sunday School Year on Sunday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Fellowship Luncheon
Monday, June 4 - at 12 noon
First Church will host our monthly Luncheon.  We are switching from soup to sandwiches and salads for the summer.
Everyone is invited, this is a free community event!
Coffee Hour Fellowship
3 - Trustees
10 - Missions
17 - Music
24 - Deacons (last fellowship until September)

The Committees will continue to set up and clean up weekly coffee hour fellowship.  
Your contributions are always welcome!  If you would like to bring a snack please let Nancy Huber know or call the Church Office.  

Altar Flowers
Holidays, memorials, birthdays, or anniversaries are a great time to consider placing a flower arrangement or plant on the altar.  Flowers in honor or remembrance of a loved one are always welcome!  Please call the church if you can help!

Community Events
Yoga for All
Community Yoga Classes
Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm - 7:45pm.
All levels and ages are welcome!  Your first class is free (for either night)
Mondays - Ann Brieck for information 740-590-9752 or email Building community, connection and compassion through yoga.
Tuesdays - Call Kristal Fiorentino at 702-523-0274 for more information.  (Meeting together at First Church since 2011!)

  • NEW Yoga Class on Thursdays with Ann Brieck, at 6:30.
Hartland Library Hours
Monday nights - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturdays - 9:00 am to 12 noon

Senior Potluck Luncheon
On the third Monday of the month the Town of Hartland Sponsors the Senior Potluck Luncheon in the Parish Hall.  Beginning at 12:00 noon. After the luncheon, there may be a program.  Also, blood pressure checks are done.  (If there is a Monday holiday, luncheon will be on Tuesday.)
Please call Bea Isabelle, Municipal Agent, at Town Hall 860-653-6800.  (Check monthly calendar for exact date.)  No Luncheon at Parish Hall during July and August.

June Birthdays
4 - Keith Huber
8 - Devan Nielsen
9 - Sam Usko
10 - Travis Thrall
12 - Caleb Battistoni
16 - Karen Bignelli
16 - Hannah Murphy
16 - Liam Murphy
23 - Mia Crunden
Calendar Link
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First Church in Hartland  •  PO Box 155  •  East Hartland, CT 06027

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