The First Church in Hartland
October 2018
The First Word
In this issue:
Church Information
Pastor's Pen
Pastor's Hours
Christian Education
Coffee Hour Schedule
Altar Flowers
Church Events
Calendar Link
Committee Updates
Local Events
Operation Shoe Box
Neighbors in Need UCC's Annual Offering
Birthdays this Month
Church Information
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

Pastor's Pen
Fall Greetings to Each of You!
Welcome to the warmth of this church in the midst of chilly weather. Yes, our church is warm with activity and events this month. Be sure to check out the calendar which everyone can access. Our “living” calendar is at  where you can find all the events and locations.
We are continuing the Bible study on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  The neat thing about this study is that you can pick it up at any time.  The 14 lessons in the study don’t have to be done in order. So please come for one night or morning or make a habit of it! This month, if you join us on October 18th, you’ll enjoy an intimate lunch prepared for us. Check it out. Call me to confirm your attendance (unless you’re one of the “regulars”).
Another event you’ll want to make note of are the Halloween Pot Luck Dinner on Wednesday, October 24th. This is a popular evening at our church and promises to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait.
We have a special opportunity this month to worship with the Destiny Africa Children’s Choir on Sunday, October 28th. This 10:00 AM worship service takes place at the South Granby Church and we will meet at our church at 9:00 am for a light breakfast and fellowship and then car pool over to South Church for the service there.
The best part of that weekend will be our own Saturday evening worship (Oct. 27) at 6:00 PM. I have something special planned, so please join us for evening worship.  (There will be no worship at First Church on Sunday).

  • The Children’s messages have been lively, so be part of the fun on Sunday mornings. Our own Kyle Girard, Christian Education Director, welcomes your children to join in the fun curriculum.
  • During the month of October, we’ll look closely at our neighbors… who are they and what are their needs. We’ll receive a special offering on October 7th that supports these neighbors. So please be prayerful about giving to Neighbors in Need.
  • Some of our “neighbors” are children across the globe and to support them we will join with many other churches and individuals to fill shoe boxes which are shipped to remote places. We partner with Samaritan’s Purse on this effort, called Operation Christmas Child. Need help or ideas for filling?  Call me.  I’ve done this for many years – and so have many of you!     
Let’s celebrate this month together. Consider this your personal invitation to Sunday worship.  Stop by the church office to say hello.  I’m here on Tuesday and Thursday, and other times by appointment.  I’d surely like to meet you!
With Autumn Blessings,
Pastor Marilyn
Pastor's Hours
Tuesdays -10:00am to 2:00pm
Thursdays - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Other days and times by appointment.  Please call the church office to confirm.
Christian Education
First Church in Hartland's Sunday School program is for children aged 4+.  We Welcome everyone and you can join at any time during the school year (Sept. - May).
  •  NO Sunday School program is scheduled for the last Sunday of every month, and some holiday weekends.  Please check the CE Calendar or the Calendar link (listed below in the newsletter) for all dates.
All children will attend worship with their parents at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.  After the Children's Sermon they will be brought across the street to the Parish Hall by the teachers and have a Sunday school lesson.  Please note that for some special events we meet at 9:00am.
A Nursery Room is available, in the back of the Sanctuary, for infants through kindergarten ages.  This room has a monitor so parents can watch the service and also take care of their children whom they feel are unable to sit through the worship service.
In the unlikely event of inclement weather when church is cancelled, please check "Closings and Delays". 
Heather Leeman, CE Director

Sunday School Schedule
October 7
October 14
October 21
October 28 - No Sunday School/no worship

Coffee Hour Schedule
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.  

7 - Missions     14 - Music
21 - Deacons

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!

Church Events
Bible Study
Tuesdays 7:00pm to 8:00pm and Thursdays 10:30am to 11:30am.
  • On the third Thursday (October 18) a Luncheon will follow Bible Study at 11:45am
Family Potluck
Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00pm. Halloween craft project for children and/or adults.  Bring a plain glass jar (jam/jelly sized, remove the label and smooth glass will work best.) if you would like to participate.

Community Luncheon
Monday, October 1 from 12 noon to 1:30pm.  Everyone is invited to come for soup, bread, desserts and beverages.  Visiting Nurse will be there to monitor Blood pressure.
Upcoming on Tues., November 13 at 6:00pm - FVA Meeting: First Church in Hartland is hosting this event.  We will be providing dinner for the delegates.
Calendar Link
Updated calendar is available, please click on this link:
Committee Updates
Missions Meeting - Wed., Oct. 10 at 6:30 pm
Council Meeting - Sunday, October 21 after worship

Local Events
Potluck Senior Luncheon
Sponsored by the Town of Hartland
Monday, October 15 in the Parish Hall.
Visiting Nurse will be there to monitor Blood pressure.
Hartland Library Hours
Monday nights - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturdays - 9:00 am to 12 noon

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!)

Operation Shoe Box
During the month of October First Church in Hartland will be collecting items for "Operation Christmas Child", better known to us as the Shoebox Collection.
The Samaritan's Purse organization, run by Franklin Graham, oversees this endeavor.
2018 is the 25th anniversary of this outreach project, which the people of our Church have been involved in for many years.
Just fill up a shoebox, which we will provide, with items a child may enjoy for Christmas. These millions of boxes will be distributed world wide.
  • Ideas for filling a box: small toys, school supplies, non-liquid hygiene products.
  • DO NOT include: any candy, food, toothpaste, gum.used items, war-related items, ANY liquids, breakable items or glass.
These gifts from GOD will be collected and blessed on Sunday, November 4 at First Church.  (you may bring your boxes to Church anytime in October.)
Any questions please call Lisa Sheehan at 860-803-1459.
More information may be found at:
Neighbors in Need
UCC's Annual Offering
The Neighbors in need offering, which we will receive on Sunday, October 7, supports the UCC's ministries of justice and compassion throughout the US.  Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. 
Through, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues.  Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.  Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC. 
One-third of the offering supports the UCC's Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM).  Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska.
Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM.  CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the US.  
Neighbors in Need helps make a just world for all possible.  For this to occur, it needs your support.  Please give generously.  And remember, contributions to Neighbors in Need can be made online at anytime:
Birthdays this Month

13 - Lisa Sheehan
14 - Alaina Johnson
16 - Benjamin Ly
23 - Erin Stoetzner
26 - Ethan Krauland
31 - Heather Leeman
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First Church in Hartland  •  PO Box 155  •  East Hartland, CT 06027

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