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September 2013 Flagg Road Newsletter

~  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  ~ Thoughts from Reverend Diters: Thoughts from West Mountain. It is almost September already? School starts when? You’ve got to be kidding me! For Susan and me, it has been a few years since school schedules ruled in our home. And for the most part not having school schedules has seemed to prolong the summer season. When ...

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Water Resource Support Wrap-Up with a Special Guest Speaker

How many of us are looking forward to spending time this summer in or around water?  Whether it's the ocean, a lake, the Farmington River, a neighbor's pool, or a backyard sprinkler, water for us is relaxing, peaceful, refreshing and fun.  For many of our neighbors around the world, just the process of getting potable water can be a day's journey, dangerous, or simply impossible. Your Second Mile donations for July and August will support two organizations that assist with getting ...

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Get Ready for the 2013 Blessing of the Animals Service

On Sunday, September 29th, 2013, 10AM, we will be holding our annual Blessing of the Animals Service. Bring your pets (or stuffies) for one of our favorite special worships of the year. In the past our Ministers have blessed cats, dogs, fish, hamsters, turtles, sheep, goats, roosters, rabbits, and even a few llamas. All are welcome! Here are a few photos from last years events (for more images of the 2012 Blessing of the Animals Service, click here).         ...

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Summer 2013 Flagg Road Newsletter

~  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  ~ Thoughts from Reverend Diters: Summer Pickings In The July Heat Wave. Last year the blueberries and raspberries in our yard left a lot to be desired. The October storm the fall before had left many of the plants damaged and broken. We had to further trim them back just to keep them alive. However, after ...

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Restore the Shore / Thoughts from the Participants

In late June of 2013, the Flagg Road Senior Youth Group and a handful of adults traveled to New Jersey on a Mission Trip to help repair some of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. On the way back home from the Garden State's South Shore, our minister presented the idea that the participants of the work group might share their thoughts and experiences with our congregation. 8 of the participants were in church on the 7th of June—the following ...

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Restore the Shore: Our 2013 Mission Trip Highlights

From June 30 - July 5, 2013, seven of our Youth Group teens along with 6 adults from our congregation traveled to the South Shore of New Jersey for a mission project. Our goal was to do what we could in the service of the folks in New Jersey who were profoundly affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy 8 months prior—many of whom continue to live outside of their homes while waiting for assistance that, over time, seems less ...

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Children’s Sunday, 2013

This is one of the hallmark services at Flagg Road—Children's Sunday—when the adults get to sit back and let the Sunday School students run the show. They prepared for months under the spirited direction of Mrs. Mitchell, our Sunday School Director, and a handful of of the congregation adults who spend time with the kids rehearsing songs, skits, preparing artwork—you name it!            Not coincidentally, Children's Sunday also coincides with Mother's Day—the celebration of each, the child and ...

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Our New Web Site is Here!

The new version of the Flagg Road web site launched today and—Boy!—are we excited. We now have a place where we can easily share our community with our congregation, our neighbors and the world at large. We'll be keeping an easy-to-access calendar, updates of images, and a first ever Flagg Road blog with the latest thoughts and activities stemming from 134 Flagg Road in West Hartford. Of special and proud note: the text throughout the web site was developed from thoughts ...