100 Hear About Impact of RICUCC Ministries

Nearly 100 people from across the Rhode Island Conference and beyond gathered together in community on Saturday for the 212th Autumnal Meeting, where they worshiped, conducted business and heard about the impact of Conference ministries.

A large part of the meeting, held at the First Congregational Church in Bristol, focused on hearing about the impact of ongoing Conference ministries.

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Irons Homestead Goes Solar

Irons Homestead began generating solar power on Tuesday as part of a vision of "lightening our footprint on earth and living in harmony with all."

The 29 solar panels were put in place in October on the Lodge, which in June had new lifetime roof shingles installed. The cost for the new roof and solar system was $46,800, which was paid for through invested funds designated for Irons Homestead.

It is estimated that the panels will produce $2,500 annually in revenue by selling the clean energy back to National Grid.

Irons Homestead is gratefully accepting donations toward the installation cost.  For a donation of $1600, donors can have their name placed on a solar panel and recorded in the Irons Homestead Book of Gratitude.  Donations of all sizes for this project are welcome and will also be recorded in the Book of Gratitude.  

Donations can be made here.

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Rhode Island church uses solar to promote environmental stewardship

The two-century-old Newman Congregational Church looks like a piece of history, standing on a grassy lawn in the Rumford neighborhood of East Providence. The white, wood-framed structure has a modern accent, though: an array of solar panels on its rooftop.

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Registration Open for RI Ministers' Association Winter Retreat

Join us for the 2019 Winter Retreat, enjoying the beauty of the beach and the peace of Craigville Retreat Center, as we explore “Soul Talk: How to Have the Most Im-portant Conversation of All” with the Rev. Dr. Kirk Bryon Jones.

Jan. 14 - 15, 2019
Craigville Retreat Center
Centerville, MA

To prepare for the retreat, all registrants will receive a FREE copy of his book.  Registration includes the program, book, accommodations and three meals: dinner, breakfast and lunch.  The cost is $150 for a single room or $125 for a shared room. There are 5 single rooms available on a first come first serve basis.
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Many Voices One Mission: Exciting Stewardship

By Charlie Kuchenbrod, Executive Associate Conference Minister for the CT Conference, UCC

I love leading stewardship workshops.  Really, I do.  Part of it is that I’m not ordained, so I don’t preach often, and at workshops I get to preach.  Part of it is I get positive feedback and who doesn’t love that.  Mostly, I feel like I’m possibly, just maybe, having a positive impact.  Here are some of the things I love to say:
The job of the stewardship committee is not to get people to give more money; it is to get people be more faithful givers.
The stewardship committee often is placed in the church trustee/finance & budget constellation of people.  It belongs in the deacon/faith formation constellation of people.
What would Jesus drive? Jesus wouldn’t drive; he would take the bus.

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Many Voices, One Mission is a regular series highlighting the ministries of the CT, MA, and RI Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Conference Events

Fall Work Days at Irons Homestead
Nov. 10 and 17, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

Help transition the Irons Homestead property so we can continue to offer a great retreat space during the winter months.
If you pre-register we will provide you with lunch.


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Other Events Of Interest

CTUCC Fall Boundary Training
Nov. 13, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Church of Christ, Congregational in Newington, CT

Boundary Training for clergy.

Growing Deeper Roots: Learning & Preserving the Story of American Congregationalism
Nov. 15, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, Wellesley, MA

Explore the history of the Congregational tradition and learn how to keep old church records safe and organized, all in one day at this Congregational Library event.

How Does a Christian Manage a Bully?
Nov. 17, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham, MA

Claire Bamberg will present case studies throughout the presentation, and participants are welcome to come with their own in mind, ready to offer for discussion.

Faith Formation Summit
Dec. 1, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham, MA

Struggling to keep your Sunday School program alive?  Wondering how to address the needs of today’s youth? Join other faith leaders to share ideas!


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