From the Backcountry

North Greenwich Congregational Church

Pastor’s Weekly Update

October 19, 2017

  Winter Wren stops by the Pollinator Garden

Winter Wren stops by the Pollinator Garden

 From the Backcountry …

“Consider the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap, or store away in barns ….”  Matthew 6:26

A winter wren stopped by the garden this week.  These tiny little guys are quite resourceful and adaptable.  When most songbirds migrate south, winter wrens will endure the frigid conditions by retreating to low-lying holes in masonry and wood.  They will approach their daily tasks with vibrancy, alertness and efficiency – never resting on their laurels.  In fact, they will often move around, never staying too long in one place.  It’s said that winter wrens inspired the bard to write, “home is where the heart is.”  Our forbearers keenly observed the behavior of their furry and feathery neighbors.  They believed if a winter wren builds a nest in your garden, it’s time to ask yourself some important questions:  Are you using all the resources available to you?  Are you displaying enough confidence?  Are you not seeing the forest for the trees?  Are you approaching life with enough gusto?  Are you staying grounded?  Are you so wrapped up in daily worries that you are forgetting to sing?  And most importantly … are you going beyond the realm of the known in order to access the adventure waiting for you?

Sunday,  October 22   Morning Worship10:30 a.m.

Lectionary Readings:   Psalm 96,  1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10

Text:  “We always give thanks to God for all of you.”    1 Thessalonians 1:2

Sermon:  “Gratitude Attitude”

Tease:  As we prepare to enter the Thanksgivng Season,  the Apostle Paul reminds us how nurturing an attitude of gratitude,  is always the first step in restoring the balance and harmony that we all anxiously seek in our daily lives.

Our Church’s Wider Mission

Northern California Wildfires

“This is one of the greatest, if not the greatest tragedy that California has ever faced.  The devastation is just unbelievable.  It is a horror that no one could have ever imagined.”

Governor Jerry Brown


The United Church of Christ recently sent out the following statistics:

15 major wildfires are still raging

41 individuals are confirmed dead

200 people are still missing

40,000 are currently displaced.

3,000 community shelters are operating to house nearly 100,000 evacuees

217,000 acres have been burned

5,700 homes and businesses are reported destroyed

$3 billion dollars is the estimated cost of damages

9,102 FEMA assistance registrations have been filed.

With the help of our OCWM partners, 430 disaster workers are on the scene, serving more than 29,400 meals and providing more than 2,700 mental and health services.

Word has been received that the First Congregational Church of Santa Rosa was not destroyed.  Pastor Bill Gibson writes, “It’s still smoky here, but the church is OK.  The major fire damage is only two or three blocks from us.  Unfortunately, 6 families have lost their homes.”  Others in the congregation describe the area as feeling very much like a “war zone.” 

Pray for Northern California,


Road Rules:  Don’t complain beneath the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.”

Bjornstone Bjornson