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Celebrate Music at the Mary Bradley Clarke Benefit Concert!

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

The community is invited to a gala benefit concert at 7:00pm on Saturday, May 20 at the church. A festive reception in Smith Hall, hosted by the Music Ministry Team, will follow after the concert. There is no admission charge and childcare is provided.

The program will include a variety of music that will entertain all ages and musical tastes. Broadway, opera, jazz, and popular repertoire will be presented by the Chancel Choir, its professional section leaders, and the Spirit Singers, Joyful Noise, and Sonshine Singers choirs. The benefit is now in its eleventh year and is organized by our Director of Music Ministries Dr. Jo Deen Blaine Davis, who recently remarked, “This is a fun and entertaining hour for the entire family. What a great way to enjoy fellowship and musical favorites.”

Solos will be performed by the church’s professional section leaders, Diana Benton, Anne Maguire, Antonio Abate, Aram Tchobanian, Stephen Clark, and LaMarcus Miller, some of whom have sung solo and title roles at The Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera, as well as oratorio and solo work with orchestras and theater companies throughout the United States and Europe. Miller was the lead in the 2016 world premiere of Fallujah, which was featured at New York City Opera. Also included is Director of Children’s Music Noëlle Francis.

A free-will offering will be taken, with proceeds benefiting the church’s Mary Bradley Clarke music fund, which was established in 1973 by the wife of former minister Rev. Merrill Fowler Clarke to provide singers and instrumentalists for special musical programs held at the church throughout the year. For more information please contact Dr. Davis at music@godsacre.org or (203)966-2651, x4.

Parenting in the Pew Discussion

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Parents! Save the date, Sunday June 4 at 9:00am in the library. Eric will lead a discussion on the book Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman. This lively discussion will help parents better handle those uncomfortable Sunday morning moments and will encourage families to worship together!  Pick up your copy in the church office or at Elm Street books today.

Spring All Youth Worship

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Calling all youth from 3rd-12th grade for our final Youth Worship service of the year!

Join us for a special outdoor Youth Worship in the garden on Wednesday, May 17 led by our YG Senior Leaders.

Dinner will be served at 6:30pm in Smith Hall and our service will conclude by 8:00pm. Can’t wait to see our fish there!

May is Faith Formation Month!

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

In May, the Sunday morning Lifelong Learning events will focus on opportunities for Christian Formation here on God’s Acre.

  • Sunday, May 7: Come learn what the Bible says about caring and visitation and hear about the Stephen Ministry program.  Going through the Stephen Ministry training is a great way to deepen one’s faith.  “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galations 6:2)
  • Sunday, May 14: Come and learn about the place of mission in the Christian faith.  You will hear from participants of the OG Mission trip to Nicaragua and learn about other mission opportunities here on God’s Acre.  If you’ve thought about putting your faith into action and wanted to learn more, this is your chance.
  • Sunday, May 21: Come and learn about spiritual gifts and our unique programs to assist in discovering and using those gifts. In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, Paul wrote, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all people.” Members of the Gifts and Talents ministry will provide information on discovering spiritual gifts and spiritual discernment.

These learning events will each take place in the Library at 9:00am.

Also, be mindful of the following Bible studies in May. All Bible studies are open to everyone and always welcome new members. Just show up!

Lifelong Learning: May Bible Studies
Mondays, 6:30-7:30am, Library: “James, 1 Peter and 1 John”
Tuesday Women’s Group, 9:30-11:00am, Parlor, “James, 1 Peter and 1 John”
Wednesdays (ongoing), 9:30-11:00am, Parlor, Chapin’s class

Beacon of Light Dinner 2017

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The 2017 Beacon of Light Dinner is Sunday, June 4 at 5:00-7:30pm at the Church.

We hope everyone will join us to celebrate our year in Youth Ministry at the Beacon of Light Dinner! We will start with a worship service including photos, videos, and music from the Worship Team band. A fellowship dinner will follow with food catered from several area food trucks.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $75 for a family of four, or $10 for additional family members and children 10 and under. Please contact Tracy duPont with any questions or to RSVP at tdupont@optonline.net. Please RSVP by May 23 if you will join us for dinner.

MSYG Car Wash is May 13!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Car-Wash-CouponsIn further preparation for the Mission Trip to Mountainside MSYG is hosting a Car Wash as a fundraiser for their experience. It is a great chance to get all the pollen cleaned off your car and support a great mission.

Pull up these coupons and you can easily get all of your family’s cars cleaned as well as a sweet treat while you wait! Make sure you stop by on your way to the May Fair, here at the Church on Saturday, May 13 from 9:00am-1:30pm.

The HomeFront Project is Saturday, May 6

Monday, April 24th, 2017

On May 6, 8:00am-4:00pm, we will repair the home of a veteran in our greater community. For 25+ years we’ve worked local projects preventing neighbors-in-need from having to decide between groceries and a leaky roof or faulty wiring. Join us this year!

Sign-up (ages 14 and older) in Smith Hall or contact Marianna Kilbride at marianna@godsacre.org.

Godspell, Jr.

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Our Children’s Choirs are proud to present: Godspell Jr. as their spring 2017 Musical. This version of the 1970 Broadway classic has been revised especially for kids and will surely have you smiling!

All five children’s choirs have come together to bring the Word of God alive in this fun production. Come and enjoy the story of faith as told through parables and song!

Preview Show, Wednesday April 19 at 5:00pm and in the Worship Service on Sunday, April 30 at 10:00am. All ages welcome!

Holy Week and Easter @ God’s Acre

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Holy Week and Easter @ God’s Acre

Palm Sunday, April 9
Worship Services at 8:00 and 10:00am
Blessing of the Palms

Wednesday, April 12
Lenten Meditation, 9:00am and 8:00pm, Chapel
Prayer, music, Scripture, and reflection; communion will be served.

Thursday, April 13, Maundy Thursday
Tenebrae, 8:00pm, Meeting House
Join us for a dramatic candlelight service with Scripture readings and music by the Chancel Choir. Communion will be served

Friday, April 14, Good Friday
Chapel open for prayer; Church Office Closed
Pivot Good Friday Prayer Breakfast at Woodway Country Club, 7:00am
In support of our Pivot Ministries brothers in Christ, The Congregational Church and Men’s Fellowship Group (MG) are reserving tables at Pivot’s annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast. $50/person, payable at the breakfast. The breakfast is open to all so please bring the family! This event will feature special guest speaker: Distance Runner & 2016 Rio Olympian Abbey D’Agostino who is the most decorated Ivy League athlete. Abbey will share her story of faith and her experience in the Rio Olympics where her selfless actions and sportsmanship, during the 5,000 meter qualifier, gained worldwide attention!  Please RSVP for this event by clicking here.

Sunday, April 16, Easter Sunday
Contemporary Sunrise Worship Service, 6:00am, Church Steps
Run by our YG Fish and YG Worship Team. A light breakfast follows in the Parlor.
Traditional Worship Services, 9:00 and 11:00am, Meeting House Please note the worship time change!
Preludes will begin at 8:45 and 10:45am. Childcare will be provided.

Pivot Good Friday Prayer Breakfast

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Pivot Good Friday Prayer Breakfast at Woodway Country Club, 7:00am

In support of our Pivot Ministries brothers in Christ, The Congregational Church and Men’s Fellowship Group (MG) are reserving tables at Pivot’s annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast. $50/person, payable at the breakfast. The breakfast is open to all so please bring the family! This event will feature special guest speaker: Distance Runner & 2016 Rio Olympian Abbey D’Agostino who is the most decorated Ivy League athlete. Abbey will share her story of faith and her experience in the Rio Olympics where her selfless actions and sportsmanship, during the 5,000 meter qualifier, gained worldwide attention!  Please RSVP for this event by clicking here.

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