The First Word
January 2019
The First Church in Hartland
In this issue:
Church Information:
* Welcome New Subscribers *
Pastor's Pen
Pastor's Hours
Christian Education
Church Events
Important Council Updates
Coffee Hour Fellowship
Altar Flowers
Local Events
Calendar Link
Birthdays this Month
NEW Playgroup!
Missions Update
Bible Study
Committee Information
Community Events
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

* Welcome New Subscribers *
Many new email addresses have been added to the subscribers list for 2019.  (You may have already received this newsletter if you already were getting it).  If you are an NEW subscriber, please let me know that you received this newsletter.  Thanks!  Megan 
860-653-6495 or firstchurchinhartland
Pastor's Pen
Dear friends, welcome to 2019!
Come and join us for worship on Sunday mornings on January.  On January 6th, we’ll celebrate Three Kings Day, when the wise men brought gifts to the baby Jesus.  Their offerings were a foreshadowing of the future that Jesus would live out. Come and hear about it.
Throughout the rest of January, we’ll look at the life of Jesus thorough the lens of service. Whether you are in the church for worship service or with the children in Sunday School in the Parish Hall, everyone will learn and experience what it was like to be Jesus!
On January 20th, we will welcome ChildVoice. You can learn more about this amazing outreach of our Missions Committee at  Here is a quote from one of their graduates.
“Many years have passed since I escaped life as a child soldier. Though I will carry that part of my life always, it no longer defines me. I am a proud Ugandan woman, wife, mother, friend, entrepreneur, counselor, survivor and child of God.”
- Grace, Graduate of ChildVoice’s Lukome Center
On January 27th we’ll gather as a congregation after worship for our ANNUAL MEETING followed by fellowship.  Please come so that we can hear every voice.  Your thoughts and feedback are so important for the life of our church.  There are a great many things taking place this month, so read on!
Everyone can access all the events and locations on our “living” calendar at
Let’s celebrate this month together. Call or stop by the church office to say hello.  I offer you every blessing in this new year and I pray for each one to know more fully the love of God that binds us together,
Pastor Marilyn
Pastor's Hours
Pastor Marilyn is in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call the church to make an appointment.
Christian Education
January Sunday School Schedule
6 Sunday school at 10:00am
13 Sunday school at 10:00am
20 Sunday school at 10:00am
27 No Sunday school
  Our children are amazing! They shared the good news of Jesus's birth in a new and exciting way.  Watching and listening to our children during our Christmas Pageant was a great way to end 2018.  We hope that everyone enjoyed creating their Christmas Nativity Bracelet as we shared the good news! 
  As we move forward in the new year, our Sunday school will begin focusing on service.  They will brainstorm where there is a need, then create a plan to provide the support.  Our goal is to teach our children how to identify a need, how to serve others by using their talents, and how to continue encouraging and teaching others how to help.  We will study how Jesus taught his disciples how to serve.
"Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet."  John 13:14 NIV
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

Church Events
Community Luncheon
Soups, breads, desserts and beverages
Monday, January 7
12:00 noon to 1:30pm
Everyone is invited to this Free event!
A nurse from the F.V. Visiting Nurses will be here to check blood pressures.
Child Voice Guest Speaker
Sunday, January 20 we will have a special guest speaker from Child Voice during our worship service.  More information in Missions update.
Important Council Updates
Committee reports for 2018 are due by January 15. Review and approve meeting is scheduled for January 16 at 6:30.  Send copies of reports to Moderator and Office Administrator (via email).
  • Budget copies will be available to all members by Jan. 20 in the Narthex or by email.
  • All church members:  Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27 after the worship service to present proposed budget and vote.
  • Volunteer opportunities - The Council is seeking a clerk, treasurer and CE committee members.  If your gifts and talents lie elsewhere, there are opportunities available on other committees. Please see any council member.
Coffee Hour Fellowship

January Schedule
6 - Deacons

13 - Music
20 - Missions

27 - Trustees

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!

Local Events
The Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series
South Congregational Church
242 Salmon Brook Street
Granby, CT
Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Jason Roberts, organist
A solo recital by our favorite improvisational wizard playing masterworks by Saint-Saens, Widor, and Bach, and improvising on themes provided by the audience.
Calendar Link
Please check this on-line calendar for all updates.
Birthdays this Month

2 - Bill Murphy
2 - Evan Thrall
10 - Dylan Wilcox
17 - Devon Gomez
18 - Maureen Watson
25 - Jen Gomez
29 - Cindy Willis
NEW Playgroup!
Missions Update
The Missions Committee wants to report that the Third Annual Cookie Sale was a HUGE success! We raised over $1200 for First Church!  Thank You to all bakers, purchasers and consumers!
As noted in the Pastor's Pen, Kristin Barlow, Director of Programs from ChildVoice will be speaking at the pulpit on January 20th.   On behalf of First Church, this will be our second year offering monetary support for this amazing organization. Their efforts assisting women and children effected by human trafficking in areas like Uganda are outstanding.  I hope you will all join us in learning more about their cause. 
Bible Study
Bible Study Resumes Monday, January 7th. Have you ever wondered what heaven might be like? Come and find out!  We will read and discuss the book, "In Heaven As On Earth" by M. Scott Peck.  This is an interesting insight into heaven. It promises to be provocative and compelling. Join us at 6:30 PM Monday evenings in January at the home of Cindy Willis for this study.  Check the library for copies of this book, which may also be downloaded or hard copy purchased from Amazon.
We are taking suggestions for a study topic for February and then we will begin a new study during Lent, beginning in March after Ash Wednesday.  Join us!
Committee Information
Deacons meeting - Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall.
Community Events
Hartland Library Hours
Monday nights - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturdays - 9:00 am to 12 noon

(January luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22 due to Monday holiday)
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.

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First Church in Hartland  •  PO Box 155  •  East Hartland, CT 06027

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