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March 2016 Newsletter

    In Memoriam: Helen Lansberg, 1926-2016 Words are not adequate to convey how much  Helen Lansberg meant to our congregation and community. She came to Flagg Road United Church of Christ upon the invitation of Ken and Debbie Kaynor and joined Flagg Road in March of 1983. Initially she served on Christian Service and the Board of Deacons. In 1985 she became our church’s delegate to the Christian Activities Council in Hartford, later becoming a Lifetime Member. In 1990 she became the Clerk of the church and ...

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February 2016 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain “From dust you have come and to dust you will return…” Prayer, Contemplation and Reflection The Christian Liturgical Year is offset from our usual calendar. The beginning of the year is the first Sunday in Advent, which depending upon the year is one or two Sundays after Thanksgiving. While the four weeks of Advent engage us in some contemplation and spiritual exercise, much of it is overshadowed culturally by our anticipation of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and ...

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January 2016 Newsletter

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE FLAGG ROAD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST   By vote of the Church Council, the 59th Annual Meeting of The Flagg Road United Church of Christ Is hereby called for Sunday, January 31, 2016 11:15 am, in the Meetinghouse To receive and discuss reports from the officers , boards, and committees of the church To elect officers and board members for 2015 To consider and act on the proposed budget , and To present any other business suitable to come before              such ...

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December Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain Christmas Joy “T’was the night before Christmas and all through the manger, the animals were stirring expecting a stranger. Calves, lambs and chicks nestled all snug in their straw, awed and amazed at the bright star they saw. A man and woman exhausted from the day… tried to relax…a baby on the way. When what to their wondering eyes should appear? But angels and shepherds and oxen and steer. The Angels up high, they sang and they towered and the shepherds, below, they quaked and they cowered… (some ...

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November 2015 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain November: Gratitude Sunday November 22, 2015 Gratitude First Greetings ! The Apostle Paul’s letters begin in a most formal fashion following the norms of his time. He began with a ‘salutation’ or greeting, proclaiming the Gospel message and naming the recipients as well as himself as sender. Then he would, as custom demanded, offer his gratitude for those he was addressing. “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the ...

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October 2015 Newsletter

Notes from the couch at West Mountain Greetings Just prior to surgery in the pre-op, a nurse whirled into my curtained off cubicle and snapped an extra button onto my ID bracelet. Fall risk…FALL RISK! Me? ME? Are you kidding me? She said that they had just read the surgeon’s notes which said my injury occurred from an awkward fall. Hence…fall risk. Mercy, I was vexed… John’s last record of being with the resurrected Jesus, on the beach after Jesus and some ...

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September 2015 Newsletter

NOTES FROM WEST MOUNTAIN… Shrimp Boil!!! Our worship service on September 13th will highlight the United Church of Christ’s Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. We will follow the service up with our second Back Bay Mission Shrimp Boil held to benefit the mission’s efforts. (Details below) This month Back Bay is the focus of our Board of Christian Concern’s Second Mile offering. The Back Bay Mission began serving needs in Biloxi Mississippi in 1922, and has hosted youth and adults doing mission ...

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Summer 2015 Newsletter

To One and All! Summer is upon us. In the weeks ahead, I am looking forward to some time away for a bit of R & R! But much is “doing” at Flagg Road. At Hartmeadow, cottage ‘I’ and cottage ‘J’ are still undergoing their refurbishments. And other summer maintenance in the village is underway. In the church building, we will be replacing our eighteen-year-old wall-to-wall carpeting. Colleen and I have been spending a good deal of time sorting through and boxing up ...

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June 2015 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain… Full Table Communion leading into summer! In Rome, in the earliest days of Christian formation, Communion was a unifying meal in more ways than one. On the Sabbath, all came together for a full meal of sharing, fellowship, and of course worship. And for reasons of safety, they did so in small communities where they could gather privately out of the eyes of others. Yet for a certain period, to show our connectedness, the bread served for the ...

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May 2015 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain… Early in the book of Ecclesiastes the leader of the assembly writes: “A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.” We know that relatively speaking this is so true. In recent months Hartmeadow Village has experienced a “generation going and a generation coming”. For most of us who attend our Flagg Road United Church of Christ, the changes likely have gone unnoticed. But since last August, four cottages have ‘turned over’.  And by the ...