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November 22, 2020
Thanksgiving Sunday

 
For quiet reflection ... read  Maya Angelou & President John F. Kennedy

"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” 
                                                             
Scripture Lesson    Matthew 25:31-46

 
Preaching    Rev. Larissa Forsythe
Virtual Worship Link to Facebook for 10:30 a.m.
 

We pray for all those effected by the COVID-19 virus.

We  prayers of healing to all those who are suffering from sickness and disease. 

We pray for the parents, teachers, staff and children that are back in school.

We give may thanks to all that have contributed to this past weekends book drive and pet food drive. 

 
 
                

 

2021 Stewardship Campaign Update
 

Thank you to all who joined our Celebratory Grab & Go last Sunday.
 
As of 11/18/20 our Congregation has responded with gratitude to our annual Stewardship Campaign submitting 156 pledges totaling $451,932 or 79% of our 2021 goal of $570,000! 
 
Now, the focus of the stewardship team will move to following up on all outstanding pledges in order to close the gap between our current results and our target of $570,000.  We hope that those who have yet to pledge will do so this week, enabling us to achieve our goal. Pledge cards are available in pews or in the church office, or you may call or email Lynne David directly (LynneDavid@southchurch2.org). 
 
We would like to thank all who have joined us in pledging. Pledging is an expression of gratitude for the blessings in our life, but it also supports a very practical need to enable the Church Council to plan wisely for the use of our resources in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us. In a typical year, nearly all (90%) of the work of the church is supported through the generosity of the Congregation. This generosity enables us to fulfill our purpose which is to study Scripture and to translate that Living Word into deeds of compassion for the sake of the earth, the human community, and all of God’s creation.
 
We encourage all who are able to pledge.
 
Faithfully,  
 
The Stewardship Ministry Team: Sheryl Adkins, Carl Bristol, Jane DeMaio, Jill Grieveson, Laura Hecker, Ross Siddell, Emily Weil

New Member Exploration - What Are You Looking for in a Faith Community?

 Do you want to be part of a community that works for social justice, empowers youth to   make a difference and supports one another to be a light in God's world? We are a congregation committed to living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in deed and word.
 
Join us for a conversation about South Church.
Sunday November 22, 11:30 a.m. 
join via Zoom
Click here to register
 
For more information about
South Church go to 

www.southcongregational.org
 


              


SIMPLIFY YOUR THANKSGIVING PREP WHILE SUPPORTING YOUTH IN MISSION!
 
South Church youth are baking Apple Crumb Pies for Thanksgiving this year!  This is a great way to simplify your holiday preparations while supporting the Youth Mission program at South Church. 

 
Pie Cost: $13 each or 2 for $25 
Pie Orders: Pies may be ordered by emailing the information below to Cindy Cole at Cindy.cole@cox.net or placing your order at the Youth Mission table before or after the November 8 and 15 worship services. Orders must be received by November 15. 
Please include in your email:
Name
Address (if delivery is required)
Phone
Number of Apple Pies

Pie Pick up: November 11/22   between the hours of 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. If you are unable to pick up your order, contactless delivery will be available.
 
Please have checks ready and made payable to: CCSG (Memo: Youth Mission)
 
# Pies Cost
1 $13
2 $25
3 $38
4 $50
 
Annual Turkey Drive to Benefit
the Horace Bushnell Children's Food Pantry
 
 
Our annual Turkey Drive is a long standing tradition of nearly 30 years. Covid-19 makes this need greater than ever. We have ordered 120 turkeys to be delivered to the Horace Bushnell Children's Food Pantry in Hartford. If you would like to “sponsor” a turkey donation, your contributions of $25 will be greatly appreciated. Your donations may be made by writing a check and mailing to the church office (CCSG, memo: turkey) or using the  donate link on our website.
 
As Rev. Allen would say “in the greatest of hope”,
Mark Colebrook

Wanted: Actors of All Ages!
Whether you are 1 or 100, we'd like you to be involved in this year's virtual Christmas Pageant! Email Megan for more information discipleship@southchurch2.org  


South Church Animal Ministry

P E T F O O D D R I V E !!
THANK YOU


Thanks to all who supported the Animal Ministry pet food drive. It was monumentally successful!!

T H A N K Y O U !

Youth in Mission News

Our South Church Youth collected hundreds of books to benefit Hartford area schools as well as Read to Grow, an organization whose mission is to promote language skills and literacy for children. Thank you to all who donated to make this event a success!

     
South Church Gleaning Ministry
 
The Book of Ruth in the Bible dramatizes how the Hebrew community showed compassion for the poor. Those who owned farmland, always left some of the crop in their fields at harvest time so the landless poor could come and glean the grain. Ruth gleaned in the field belonging to Boaz. They ended up getting married, and their son, Obed, became the father of Jesse who was the father of King David who is an ancestor of Joseph who married Mary! So, gleaning plays a significant role in our faith history for more than one reason. 

Most recently, Rich and Cosby Gutt opened their fields to South Church gleaners.  We were able to harvest 259 pounds of eggplant and peppers for the benefit of our Hartford neighbors.  To participate in our gleaning ministry is to demonstrate the power of a compassionate heart. If you are interested in being added to the list of South Church gleaners, please email sal1.marano@gmail.com.

  

 


Sunday
8:30a   Pie Pick up and Drop off  - Either in Parking lot or hallway

10:30a   Worship Service - via Live stream Facebook
11:30a   New Member Exploration  - via Zoom 


 
Monday
7:00p - HuRAC meeting - via Zoom


Tuesday
10:00a - Adult Bible Study - via Zoom
7:00p - Council meeting - via Zoom


 

Wednesday
7:00a - Woman's Breakfast via Zoom  

 

Thursday
Happy Thanksgiving 

 (Church office closed for the holiday) 

 

Friday
10:30a Friday Morning Prayer Group via Zoom

(Church office closed for the holiday)



Saturday
9:00a Gleaning @ Beckett Farms 


 Office Hours  

Business office hours Monday - Friday 9a-3p
By appointment only 

Here is a link to the Calendar on the Church Website.


Men's Breakfast via Zoom

Grab your coffee; we'll hold a spot for you!
Topic: Men's Fellowship Breakfast via Zoom
When: Thursday mornings at 8am!

Click on the link to join    

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87382753405


Meeting ID: 873 8275 3405

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A Note from the Treasurer
  
How do I pledge or make a financial contribution to South Church?
 
Pledge packets were mailed to those that were unable to pick one up at church on September 27, 2020. Your pledge packet includes a pledge card to be surrendered during the special drive by event on Gratitude Sunday, October 25. Once you have made your pledge, there are several ways to make a financial contribution to South Church:

 
  • Use pledge envelopes—check the box on your pledge card—put your check or cash into the envelope each week and place your envelope in the collection plate during the offertory. If we are not in church, simply mail your envelope to the church office.
  • Sign up for electronic giving—an authorization form is available in the church office or can be emailed to you (contact LynneDavid@southchurch2.org)—this ensures that your gift is automatically deducted from your account and transferred to the church.
  • Download the    app from the app store or GooglePlay      and set up a recurring gift using your credit card or bank account.
  • Text your gift to 860-606-3910.
  • Set up an automatic check payment from your bank account to South Church.
  • Go to the church website https://southcongregational.org and click on the  button to set up a recurring payment on your credit card.
  • Give appreciated stock. Contact the Finance Manager, Lynne David in the church office to find out how (contact LynneDavid@southchurch2.org).
If you have not received your pledge packet or if you have any questions on the giving options, please call or email Lynne David at 860-633-4651, x202 or at LynneDavid@southchurch2.org.
 
Thank you for your current and past support of the church. We have always been a church that cares for one another. If there is anything that the church can do for you right now, please reach out to our ministers or staff.

 
 
November 22, 2020
Reign of Christ
Reigning Compassion
Matthew 25:31-46 (I was hungry, and you fed me)
Thanksgiving Sunday
United Black Christians Anniversary
 
We gather together to ask for God’s blessing,
To live in community, seeking God’s will…*
 
So begins a hymn that many of us will sing during the Thanksgiving season, whether we worship on Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Eve or a Sunday before or after. We Gather Together, as the name suggests, is a hymn beloved by those of us who call ourselves congregational because it’s all about, well, congregating. Written in the 16th century in the Netherlands as a hymn of celebration of freedom from Spanish rule, it is perhaps surprising that we so often sing this in thanksgiving when it is intended as an anthem to national pride.
 
To read the full passage CLICK HERE.

 
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