Many Voices, One Mission: Sequined and Ready To Serve

By Emily McKenna, Office Manager for the CT Conference, UCC

There is always someone waiting for you to do something.  Whether a family member is holding out for you to finish that chore they despise doing themselves, or your accountant is waiting for you to submit those last tax papers, there is someone out there waiting for you to make a move and get it done. 

It’s easy for me to feel like I’m leaving people waiting with what I do at work.  I’m fortunate to be woven into each department, providing support for the office in various ways. If I am updating a registration page for our faith formation team, I’m not working on updating the calendar for the building.  If I am inputting data for our financial team, I am not accounting for the inventory of supplies we need.  I truly enjoy wearing many hats, so much so that my ministry with youth is my second job away from the buzz of my full-time job at the office.  At times, I struggle with which hat to put on when.  Occasionally, I let people down who are waiting for me to finish something.

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

Shine- Youth at Synod 2019

The UCC General Synod will take place in Milwaukee, WI, June 21 - 25, 2019 and the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut Conferences are collaborating to sponsor a trip there.

Youth at Synod is for young leaders ages 13 to 18 who want to experience the vibrant diversity of the wider church.

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New! Tri-Conference Justice Newsletter

Ever Flowing Streams, a Justice & Witness E-Newsletter that has been produced for many years by the Massachusetts Conference, is being expanded to cover the Rhode Island and Connecticut conferences as well.

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Peer-To-Peer Recovery Course Supports Success

NAMI-RI is offering a Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course eight Tuesday afternoons in February and March for people experiencing a mental health challenge who would like some assistance.
This course is designed to encourage personal growth, encourage healing and further one’s recovery by setting personal goals and successfully following through with those goals that are set.  

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Upcoming Events

Millennial Ministries: BFF ( Bowling Fellowship and Fun!)
Feb. 1, 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
East Providence Lanes, East Providence, RI

Join us for a fun night of connecting with 20 and 30 year olds! This is the 3rd Millennial Ministries meeting! PRICE IS $20 includes shoes, lane and slice of pizza. RSVP ASAP.

Faith Formation Summit
Feb. 2, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Niantic Community Church, Niantic, CT

For Formation Leaders, Christian Education Board Members, Pastors and anyone dedicated to the work of forming disciples!  Join the faith formation staff of the three southern New England Conferences for a time of learning, sharing, strategizing, and conversation designed to enrich our work in forming disciples.

Sliding with Faith! (6th-12th grade)
Feb. 10, 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Peace Dale Congregational Church, South Kingston, RI

Join in the faith and fun, gathering FIRST at Peace Dale Church for a faith filled program and then traveling over to Yawgoo Valley for tubing. Limited tickets. Register by Feb. 3.

Super Saturday
March 16, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA

Registration now open!  A full day of worship, workshops and networking. Keynote speaker is Rebehak Anderson, who has spoken widely on disability theology.

Sugar Eat - a Maple Sugar on Snow party
March 17, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

A sweet fundraiser to benefit Outdoor Ministry at Irons Homestead. Delicious hot maple syrup is poured over snow to create an instant candy. Served with dill pickles, plain doughnuts, deviled eggs and a variety of drinks. $5 adults; $3 children under 12.

April 30 - May 2
Pilgrim Pines Retreat Center, Swanzey, NH

The New England Association Of United Church Educators (NEAUCE) is inviting all Christian Educators and pastors to a 3 day retreat with workshops to relax and renew. 

Save the Date: The third joint Annual Meeting of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences will be Nov. 1 - 2, 2019, in Worcester, MA


Conference Staff Position: Program Coordinator
The Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ, in cooperation with the Rhode Island Conference, seeks a talented, entrepreneurial and experienced authorized minister to join our team as we implement Together We Thrive: Nurturing Pastoral Leadership projects funded through a five year grant received from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  


Other Events of Interest

Speak Peace Symposium
Feb. 2, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Beneficent Congregational Church, Providence, RI

Dynamic community speakers unite to reflect and discuss the current state of affairs, and how we can contribute to establishing long-term peace and justice in our world.


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