The First Word
February 2019
The First Church in Hartland
In this issue:
Pastor's Pen
Pastor's Hours
Christian Education
Coffee Hour Fellowship
Community Events at First Church
Mentoring Opportunity
Altar Flowers
First Church Calendar
Community Craft Night
Birthdays this Month
Council and Committee Info.
Bible Study
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
“Wintry mix of snow and sleet…” will eventually lead to SPRING!  Yes, friends, welcome to February, a mere 28 days bringing us deeper into winter. But there’s hope!  Spring will come.  We have proof in the lengthening of the days and the extra rays of sunshine.  We are fortunate here in New England because we have a great deal of “solar value”. We enjoy bright sunshine – even on snowy days.  I recall working in Indianapolis where it seemed the sun never shone. It was dark and dreary so often. I longed for our crisp, sunny days in Connecticut.
So whatever you must do to ward off the potential doldrums of February… do it! Take advantage of sunny days to take a walk and get some extra Vitamin D. Sit for a few extra minutes in your car and let the sun warm you. Follow the example of so many of our lovable pets who seek out the sun throughout the course of a day… moving from window to door to window to soak up the rays.  Soon, many of us will no longer leave for work and drive home in the dark. So be encouraged!
You might also be encouraged by the coming and goings of our loving community of faith here at First Church. Our worship will be lively this month as we learn from the prophet, Jeremiah, hear from the sons of Korah, and look closely at the “Be-attitudes”.
Because February is a short month, I want to give you a glimpse into our March services for Lent.  Ash Wednesday is March 6. Please plan to join us at 7 PM for a special service as we enter this time of preparation. For the weeks of Lent, we will offer an evening gathering in the Parish Hall.  Join us for 40 minutes (modeled after the 40 days of Lent) on some important Lenten topics – and enjoy a “fasting feast”.  The full schedule will be published in the March Newsletter. Our Sunday services will also reflect these topics. Come and fellowship with others and deepen your faith. Bring a friend!
Be blessed as we journey together,
Pastor Marilyn
Pastor's Hours
Pastor Marilyn will be in her office on Mondays and Thursdays.  Please call the church office to make an appointment. Her confidential email address is:
Christian Education
February Sunday School Schedule
Feb 3 - Sunday School
Feb 10 - Sunday School
Feb 17 - NO Sunday School
Feb 24 - NO Sunday School 
During January, our Sunday school children focused on our new theme of Service. They were introduced to John 13:14 “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet”, as they brainstormed the needs of our community.  As we reflected on our own individual needs and wants, they discussed what they feel are the top 3 needs for our community (community meaning the many communities we belong to- First Church, Hartland, CT, United States, Earth) .
In February, we will take our next step.  Our children will take what they feel is our top 3 needs in our community and develop an action plan to start serving in the Lord’s name.  Our scripture focus is Matthew 5:42 “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
Stay tuned as our children unfold their plans and begin God’s work!
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

Coffee Hour Fellowship
3 - Missions
10 - Music
17 - Deacons
24 - 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.  

Community Events at First Church
Soup Lunch
Monday, February 4
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Please join us for a variety of soups, breads, desserts and beverages.  ALL are welcome!!  Donations of soups and/or desserts are welcome.
Next Luncheon is Tuesday, Feb. 19
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.

Mentoring Opportunity
Mentoring Opportunity - Students benefit from additional positive adult relationships. The Granby Public School District is offering a mentoring program, Generations, for Primary, Intermediate, Middle and High School students. More mentors are needed. If you'd like to change a student's life for the better, please consider this opportunity. It involves one hour per week, during the school day and requires a two-hour training session in advance. Contact Pastor Marilyn or visit the District website see link below for more details.   Thank you!
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!

First Church Calendar
Please use the following link for all updates and changes to the monthly church calendar:
Community Craft Night
Making hARTland
What is it – Monthly classes led by local artisans and crafters.  An opportunity to get together and be creative, learn something new, make new friends and/or spend time with old friends, and just have a good time. 
When – 2nd Saturday of each month
Time - will be determined monthly
Where – Parish Hall, First Church in Hartland, 5 Hartland Boulevard (Route 20), East Hartland
Cost – Each artisan sets their own price based on the materials and time involved in the project (all materials will be provided).  Cash payments will be collected on the day of the event.
How to Register – Contact Susan LeClerc (, call or text 860-463-1591) to register.  Pre-registration is important so the instructor has an accurate headcount for class materials.
Scheduled classes
Sat., February 9 – 6:30-8:30p.m. – Serendipity cards led by Susan LeClerc.  In this class, you’ll have the opportunity to make several Serendipity greeting cards using mixed media including papers, fabrics, fibers, rubber stamps, and embossing powder.  The cards can also easily be framed as a nice wall hanging.  This project is applicable for all skill levels ages 12 and over.  Cost is $15 per person. Pre-register by Thurs., February 7.
Sat., March 9 – 6:00-8:00p.m. – Beeswax wraps led by April Thrall.  In this class, you’ll make several eco-friendly reusable food wraps that will save you money and help the planet.  This project is applicable for all skill levels ages 12 and over.  Cost is $15 per person.  Pre-register by Monday, March 4.
If you are an artisan/crafter who is interested in leading an upcoming class, send an email to with a description, picture(s) and cost.  Thanks!
Birthdays this Month
2 - Greg Wilcox
5 - Sam Crunden
10 - Lily Henselder
10 - Caroline Watson
13 - Megan Lindgren
23 - Jen Abalan Kershaw
24 - Ed Ransom
24 - Oliver Leeman - Happy 1st Birthday!
26 - Brady Nielsen
Council and Committee Info.
The next Council meeting will be Sunday, February 24.
Deacon's meeting on Feb 12th at 6 PM
Bible Study
Bible Study - We are completing the discussion and study of M. Scott Peck's book, "In Heaven As On Earth" and will meet on Tuesday Feb., 5th and Feb 12th at 6:30 PM at the home Cindy Willis. Please feel free to join us!  Bible Study will resume after Easter. Check the upcoming "First Word" newsletters for updates. All are welcome!
Hartland Library Hours
Monday nights - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturdays - 9:00 am to 12 noon

Saturday, February 23 (also March 23)
9:30 am - 11:00 am
No registration needed and FREE to attend.
Play activities are geared towards 2 - 5 years of age, but siblings are welcome to join us!  Movie and popcorn provided for older siblings.
Volunteer opportunity for teens in need of community service.
Questions:  860-653-6495 or
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First Church in Hartland  •  PO Box 155  •  East Hartland, CT 06027

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