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The “Christ”mas baby

  Dear Members and Friends:   We’ve seen the pictures of God of  “God the Creator” painted by Michelangelo showing God reaching out to Adam—touching but not quite. There God is portrayed as an elderly man with a full head of white hair and an equally bushy beard.  Sometimes this elderly God is shown as…

Entering into God’s Miracle – You are a part of it!

Miracles!  Gifts from God.  Signs of the Holy Spirit.  For some, the “proof” that God exists.  Being a Part of the Miracle that Is our Church is the theme of our annual stewardship program which begins on October 14, culminating in Consecration Sunday on November 11.  In these coming weeks, we will be exploring different…

Neighbors in Need

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety…

Breath in, Breathe Out

  Dear Members and Friends:   Several times over the past few days when I was giving Gracie (the Princess of the Congregational Manor House on New Estate Road) her morning brushing, I watched a monarch butterfly (or maybe it was the Viceroy, the monarch lookalike).  It reminded me of the day I found myself…

“Our call as a congregation is to turn outward”

Dear Members and Friends: When we speak about spirituality a lot of attention gets given to the “inner life.”  We will speak of meditation, personal beliefs, getting right with the self.  The religious tradition that most clearly emphasizes this thought process is Buddhism.  In Christianity spirituality builds on Moses spending time on a mountain top,…

We Always Have the Right to Change our Mind

  Dear Members and Friends: “No” or “I will not” are two clear, concise, definitive statements.  Often they end conversations or communicate that an obstacle has appeared that may well be insurmountable.  Sadly, once uttered, many people do dig in their heels and become immovable. People around here are pretty good about not uttering either…

The Littleton Day of Caring

We are looking for helpers of all ages from the church to assist Littleton seniors in need of a friend or two with yard clean up.  On May 5 (rain date of May 19) we will be working with the other faith communities of this town.  Homes to be served are referred by the Littleton…

We Are An Easter People

Dear Members and Friends, When Western Europeans began to settle in Massachusetts, the region became known for its farming.  As time passed, mills and other manufacturing facilities, powered by rivers and streams, were built.  When the transition from farming to manufacturing and mills took place, farmland that no longer was needed either turned into housing…

2018 Women’s Retreat

  On March 23-25, more than 35 women celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Retreat Weekend at the retreat center in Groton.  The mid-winter retreat was launched by CCoL’s Associate Pastor Rev. Sally Calhoun in 1998, asking Connie Turner to be the registrar. “Sally did all the rest,” said Connie. CCoL women, including friends…