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New Ideas, Opportunities for Outreach

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Written by Ken Burger

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Exciting ideas have been on the rise regarding improvements to the church facilities to support outreach to our community.  The process started last summer when small groups gathered in patio discussions.  Many suggestions poured forth on how we might use our buildings to take better advantage of the rising spirit within our congregation.  

The enthusiasm increased as our membership voted to "Feed the Hungry" by offering free pancake breakfasts and by refitting our Rainbow House as the Ledyard food pantry!  The free breakfasts are happening now, and the town food pantry (currently located at the Town Hall) will be here as soon as the Rainbow House can be properly fitted to accommodate shelving, regrigerators and freezers.  That work is in progress now.

At the Annual Meeting in January, we listened to ideas from our Task Forces on ways to refurbish the LCC buildings to achieve the outreach ideas brought forth at the Patio Discussions. The premise of the discussion was that we wanted to do whatever we could to improve our missions and programs, while embracing our core Christian values.  Since the Annual meeting, teams have been gathering cost estimates and refining the proposals for improvements.

  • The Fellowship Hall kitchen and bathrooms may be reconfigured and modernized to comfortably support large gatherings for dinners and other events.
  • The Cy Anderson Hall could get a makeover to enable more community uses such as wedding receptions, lectures, seminars and large group meetings.
  • Energy use throughout our facilities could be made much more efficient, protecting the environment and saving money spent on heat and electricity.  
  • The Lester Room could be spiffed up for our youth and community small-group programs in health, counseling or support.  
  • Improvements to our parking lot, lighting, signs and sanctuary could make us more visible, welcoming and accessible to attract guests to our worship services.

The Spirit is indeed moving among us!  Thanks be to God!

(slightly modified from the April 2015 Chatter article by Ken Burger, Moderator)

 

Pancake Breakfast at Ledyard Congregational Church

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Written by Administrator

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On the first Saturday of every month, our church volunteers are ready to serve you a fresh, hot breakfast of your choice.  Pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausages are one choice, another is creamed, chipped beef on toast.  It's always delicious!

  • Date:  First Saturday of every month
  • Time:  7-10am
  • Place:  Ledyard Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall (the newer section)

Donations are accepted, although not necessary.  Any profits are used for a worthy cause, sometimes within the church, sometimes for local charities, sometimes for international efforts.  Please join us, you'll feel very good inside!

 

Ledyard Food Pantry Volunteers

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Written by Administrator

Ledyard-Food-Locker2Terrific response!  

More than 50 volunteers came forward to assist with the new Ledyard Food Pantry!  It is wonderful to be part of such a caring community, both within our church and in the broader Ledyard area.

Thank you for your interest in helping with this exciting new initiative!

 

Worship as Celebration

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Written by March Deacon of the Month

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Christ LIVES! 

Alleluia! 

Some of our worship celebrations...


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Strawberry Supper Coming Soon!

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strawberry-supper-shortcake~~~ It's Coming, Hope You're Hungry! ~~~

strawberriesJune 16, 5 - 7 pm - Homemade ham, baked beans, salad, drinks, and ... (drumroll) strawberry shortcake!

This is a very popular event in Ledyard and our surrounding communities.  It's a great time to relax with your friends and enjoy a marvelous, fresh, homemade dinner.  How fresh?  Well, let's just say the unsuspecting strawberries will be resting happily in their field until a few days before!

Takeout available, too.

We hope to see you there.

   

St. Patrick's Breastplate

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jesus-with-childChrist be with me, Christ be within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ above me, Christ beneath me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.  Amen.
- "Deer's Cry", St. Patrick's Breastplate, 5th century
   

A One-Minute Spiritual Exercise

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Written by CB

branch-and-the-blue-blue-sk"Sit as comfortably as you can, letting your legs and arms relax. Place one hand on your abdomen...breathe slowly, your hand rising and falling, for one minute. ...Attempt to focus on the presence of God as you relax.  Survey your surroundings as you breathe, and know that Christ is present with you in this very place; you do not need to look anywhere else to find him."

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- excerpt from Right Here, Right Now:  Spiritual Exercises for Busy Christians, by Dr. Carstens and Rev. Mahedy"

The exercise above is the first one-minute exercise described in this book, and it is my favorite.  When I do this, I feel great awe at the fact that God is right there! And hand-in hand with that comes tremendous peace, knowing that I can lean on God if I need to.  No matter how busy we are, we can spare 1 minute.  This is a very good book, and it's in our church library.  I hope you'll try this exercise, and may the peace of God be with you.