March 2, 2019

NGCC Update March 2, 2019

We are still working on the Love your Enemies message. Both love and enemies are such strong words. I would like to think I do not have enemies actively wishing me harm, but there are people who have hurt, betrayed, upset, or just plain ignored me. If I'm supposed to love my enemies, I guess I am supposed to love these people a little more. Getting there is requiring more prayer time to figure out how that is going to work. We pray that this season of Lent brings all of us new insights and gentler hearts.

This week we continue to pray for Jeff’s colleague’s son and Nancy’s student.

Rev Scott returns to the pulpit this week (bio below). The New Testament reading is from Matthew 27:1-14. It speaks of the betrayal of Jesus. The title of Rev Scott's sermon is "The Choice."

The Loves are so sorry to be missing RevScott and his dynamic delivery.

Our thanks to Jim Dugan who will be our lay worship leader this communion Sunday

All good blessings as we begin the special season of Lent.

Souper Lenten Book Study begins this Thursday March 7th at 7pm. The first book is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Easy read, but no need to read to join and enjoy the discussion.

Rev. Prof. John Henry Scott III, Esq. is Pastor of Jesus Stands for Love and Justice Ministries, Inc., New Haven, CT and is a tenured Full Professor of Business at Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT. Rev. Prof. Scott is a graduate of Suffolk County Community College, Long Island, N.Y., a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Harvard University School of Divinity, and Hofstra University School of Law.

He is a recipient of the prestigious United States Small Business Administration 2005 Minority Small Business Champion Award for the entire state of Connecticut and all of New England, recipient of 2007 Chancellor and the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical College Merit Recognition Award, recipient of the 2011 GCC Faculty of the Year Award, member of GCC Academic Standards Committee, GCC Business Pre-Law Advisor, member of Gateway to Excellence, board member of South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority Watershed Fund, member of New Haven Bar Association, member of

National Business Education Association, member of International Society for Business Education, former member of the State of Connecticut Racial and Ethnic Disparity Commission in the Criminal Justice System, former Lyndon B. Johnson Congressional Scholarship Intern, former United States Senate Intern, Eagle Scout, and etc.

Rev. Prof. Scott is President and CEO of Wellness and Living the American Dream, Inc. He is a sought after motivational lecturer whose focus is for the hearer to live the American Dream.

Rev. Prof. Scott has been married to Mrs. Dawn E. Scott, Esq. for over 35 years. His wife is the first African American President in the history of the Connecticut

Women United Church of Christ. They have two sons—John IV and Julian, and a grandson-Jaiden.

February 24, 2019

February 24th, 2019

We had a “cozy” service last week in the Knapp room as the sanctuary seemed a bit too chilly.  Reverend Rawls led us through the imagery of trees...planted near streams of water as we must be planted near God’s living water...yielding fruit in season and not withering.  We must “choose to be people of blessing.”

In our prayers this week, we will keep each of those we named last Sunday.   Last Sunday was also the anniversary of our son Jamie’s heaven date.  Both the Beatitudes and the hymn “Be now My Vision” of last week’s service were are part of his funeral six years ago.  Although sad reminders, they were also some of the many coincidences that remind us of God’s mercy. 

Reverend Carol Rawls will continue to lead us through this week’s new testament reading Luke 6:27-38 on “loving your enemies, doing good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.”  Jeff Junker will be our lay worship leader.

A Forest Benediction, a poem by Jess Wilson, can be found at the following link: http://www.stilljournal.net/jessd-wilson-poetry.php

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February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day❤️  

Love to all....no exceptions!

 

Last week, Reverend Rawls had us thinking about the call of the apostles Simon, James, and John.  First, the apostles were busy when Jesus called them.  They did not merit his calling.  It was just his grace.  She talked about the concept of process theology...where God meets us where we are...but we need to be in a place for Him to lead us...and takes us from there.  Such a mercy if we are busy, distracted, on a wrong path, confused, angry, or just plain tired.

 

Prayers this week continue for Claudia, her mom, and her family as her mom undergoes surgery and Claudia remains in Germany.  We also pray for the daughters of Rev Stevenson and Rev Rawls.  

 

We also remember Ed Broadbent...if my calendar is right, his birthday is Valentines Day... even if I’m wrong, it’s a good opportunity to thank God for the Broadbents!

 

Last week, we were blessed to sing “Amazing Grace” together....this week, “Be Thou my Vision” is is on the docket.  And Carlos always gives us a beautiful music for meditation.

 

We are pleased Reverend Carol Rawls will be our guest minister this Sunday.  Our Scripture reading  Luke 6:17-26 is the “beatitudes” but the reading does not just outline the blessings, but also the “woes.” 

 

Thanks to Carolyn and Ron Tyson as our worship leaders Sunday morning.  

From the Backcountry ...

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February 7, 2019

...just as a reminder that its still winter.   

Last Sunday, we received Diane Stevenson as our preacher.  She tackled the tough lesson of Jesus not performing very many miracles in his home town.  Reverend Stevenson outlined the concept that we too should not just focus on our own and presumably those like us. We need to find our strength in the closeness of one another and then GO OUT to do God’s work.  

Our very special prayers go out to Reverend Stevenson and her family.  She mentioned in her prayers that her daughter was in a Copenhagen hospital with a high risk pregnancy. 

This week we welcome the Rev. Carol Rawls. The New Testament Reading is Luke 5:1-11.  Her sermon is entitiled “Call to Commitment” reflecting on the story of Jesus calling his disciples, Simon Peter, James and John.  Jesus instructed them where to put their nets for an “amazing“ catch, and then....

”... they left everything and followed him.  ”

Our thanks to Sally Lou McDonald our worship leader this Sunday.

Rev. Rawls is a retired Minister in the Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ). She and her husband John live in Redding, Connecticut. They are blessed with 4 adult children and five grandchildren. Carol’s passions include family, Social Justice, Spirituality and Nature.