Last week we enjoyed a great report short term missions from Dakota Doney,  his friend Heather and their team leader, Sue, from Second Baptist church in Suffield.    We could sense their excitement at being able to serve others in need.   We enjoyed their photos too, both projected and on the memory boards.   Dakota and Heather did a great job fielding questions too.   Thank you to Rhonda Doney for arranging for this good report.

This Sunday Sunday we are ready to start a new series.  It will be a three Sunday series covering the remaining Sundays in October and the first Sunday in November.    It has a dual purpose.  One is to take us back into the Old Testament to learn more about a key figure and a pivotal time in early Jewish history.    Another equally important purpose is to give us a greater understanding of who God is and what he is doing in our world and in our lives.   I’ve titled this series, “The God of Moses.”

The God of Moses
Date Message title Scripture passage Hymns & choruses
Oct 19 Following the God who Rescues Exodus 3:1-15 O For a Thousand Tongues #57

Amazing Grace #378

Oct 26
Dedicate flags
Discovering the God who has No Peer Exodus 5:1,2; 12:12,13 Holy, Holy, Holy   #64

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise #103

Nov. 2
Revering the God who Gives the Bread of Life Exodus 16:1-18; John 6 28-51 Break Thou the Bread of Life     #599

For the Bread Which You Have Broken #614






UMC Heritage site

Here is the link to a good reference site for basic United Methodist beliefs.  This particular page talks about Methodism distinctive take on grace, explaining the three terms used in Wesley’s doctrine — prevenient grace, justifying grace and sanctifying grace.   On the left of the page is a menu with links to other  helpful info about Methodism.

Fall Tag Sale and Bake Sale this Saturday

Loaded tables for the tag sale
Loaded tables for the tag sale


Who can resist the lure of table after table of items at tag sale prices!   This Saturday, September 27, from 9 AM – 2 PM will be the annual fall tag sale and bake sale at Copper Hill Church.   Items big and small have been coming in for weeks and more are still arriving. Weather permitting, we’ll have the bigger items displayed outside while the smaller things remain inside the fellowship hall.  A pair of skis, a decorative dish, a Christmas decoration, a used book, a piece of lightly used furniture, or just a new-to-you jigsaw puzzle illustrate the breath of choices. Half the fun is in browsing the collection. The other half is in finding a prize or two that work for you!   And if you are like me you don’t want to miss the bake sale either. The cooking is excellent!

Even some holiday goodies
Even some holiday goodies

New Beginnings is September Theme

It’s back-to-school time. That means new beginnings for most of our teachers and school children.   Programming at church somewhat follows the school year too.   So shortly after school begins, plans are laid for new Bible studies and other small groups.   Musical groups start practicing again.

New beginnings are important in our lives. During the month of September, the series of messages is entitled simply, New Beginnings.   I took the idea for the series from a book I recently read called No Little Places.   Here is the outline for the series as I see it now.

New Beginnings
Date Message title Scripture passage Hymns & choruses
Sept 7
A Spiritual New Beginning
(Philippian Jail Keeper)
Acts 16:11-34 And Can it Be UMH 363

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind   #358

Sept 14 Beginning Again After Failure

(Jesus Restores Peter)

John 21 Majesty UMH #176

What a Friend     UMH #526

Sept 21 Starting a New Vocation (Gideon) Judges 6:7-24 I Want Jesus to Walk with Me   UMH #521

How Firm a Foundation   IMH #529

Sept 28 New Beginnings in the Church


Rev. 3:1-13 The Church’s One Foundation UMH #545

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation UMH #559



Summer Send-Off for Children

Summer Send-off was a fun party!   The children at Copper Hill Church enjoyed a great time at church on Sunday, August 24.   Organizers JoAnne Jones and Lisa Griffin planned a series of activities bound to please.   It began with active outdoor games on our West lawn under Lisa’s direction on a perfect sunny day.   After various types of tag, relays and sack races, the children went inside for snacks appropriate for kids– sandwiches, veggies, and watermelon. They even had beach “cupcakes” prepared by Ruth Robison. These had ocean-colored gelatin with a topping that looked like sand on one side and a tiny beach umbrella jutting from the sand. JoAnne Jones led the children in singing some children’s songs.   Next there was a skit put on by adults and teen helper, Hunter Prevost.   Pastor Kelvin served as narrator and explainer as the children learned about the event in Jesus’ life when he fed 5000 people with just 5 loaves and 2 fish.   Finally, it was craft time. Parents helped supervise as the children decorated crosses in honor of Jesus.  The gallery of pictures is  thanks to Christian Robison and Pastor Kelvin Jones.

Copper Hill Church Participates in No More Malaria Campaign


Skeeter Walk Volunteers ready to go
Skeeter Walk Volunteers ready to go










On Sunday, August 17, volunteers from Copper Hill United Methodist Church spent part of the afternoon on the local rail trail walking to raise funds for the fight against malaria. The annual Skeeter Walk as it is called brought out a baker’s dozen volunteers to hike in the pleasant afternoon sunshine.   Each one had asked for sponsors to support them on their walk. All together the group raised $700 toward the United Methodist Church’s campaign called Imagine No Malaria.  Currently, the biggest goal of the campaign is to distribute sleeping nets in Africa that prevent children from getting malaria. It is a practical way of being a part of today’s expression of the healing ministry of Jesus.

Many in the group wore T shirts for the occasion and carried fly-swatters so people on the trail would recognize the walkers who were part of the effort, giving additional publicity to the cause. The biggest fund-raisers were Susan Madry, Judy Holcomb and Robert Loomis. Any slackers on the walk itself were put to shame by Louise Holcomb’s brisk pace despite her walker.   JoAnne Jones probably set the fastest pace as she nearly walked the circuit twice, first accompanying Nancy out and back, then catching up again and finishing the course with Susan. Jan was the bravest as her direction was determined by those who pushed her chair, Hunter, Robert, and Ron.   One walker not shown in the picture is Pastor Jones.


Kid's Party - Summer Send-off at Copper Hill Church
Kid’s Party – Summer Send-off at Copper Hill Church

Summer Send-Off  Kids’ Party

Sun. Aug. 24

11 AM – 1:30 PM

Copper Hill United Methodist Church

27 Copper Hill Road, East Granby

Lunch included         no charge

Games,  Bible story drama, and crafts for children

Craft cross for children to make at Kid's Summer Send-off Party
Craft cross for children to make at Kid’s Summer Send-off Party

Bring a friend!

For more info:
Pastor Kelvin & JoAnne Jones

@ 860-653-2891




“True Love” is the title for August message series

Have you ever wondered about the origins of Christian teaching about love?  We take it for granted without thinking about it.  Our new August message series called “True Love” promises to be an interesting one filled with human interest as well as basic Christian teaching.    Your life will be richer for taking time to interact with this topic in God’s house.

True Love
Date Message title Scripture passage Hymns & choruses
Aug 10 Communion God’s Love Makes the First Move 1 John 1:1-4; 3:1-3 Love Divine UMH #384

O Love, How Deep UMH #267

What Wondrous Love is This UMH #292

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Aug 17 Loving God in Return 1 John 4:7-18 Jesus, Thine All Victorious Love UMH #422

You are My King

Aug 24 Loving Others Because of God’s Love 1 John 3:7-24 When Love is Found UMH #643

The Gospel In a Word is Love

Aug 31 Love in Action 1 John 2:1-6, 15-17 Where Charity and Love Prevail UMH #549

Where Cross the Crowded Ways  UMH #427

Show a Little Bit of Love and Kindness

Bishops’ letter on our response to the influx of immigrant children

Many have had differing responses to the immigration crisis on the southern border of the United States.   Sometimes the responses have not reflected an understanding of the teaching of Scripture.  Here is an excellent letter from the United Methodist bishops of the Texas area who are close to the problem urging the people of the UMC toward a positive and Christ-like response.


Summer picnic a big success

Another fun and  intergenerational  activity
Another fun and intergenerational activity

The weather was great; the food was better;  and the company was the best.   Sunday afternoon, July 13,at Sunrise Park,  children, young adults and grandparents from Copper Hill Church gathered for a fun-filled afternoon.   Swimming was the main activity for most of the children and a few older folks as well.    JoAnne intrigued the crowd by swimming the length of the lake and back.    Several sat and chatted, enjoying the  spacious, well-kept pavilion overlooking the lake.    It was a perfect for the occasion.   Thanks to Judy’s good planning, we had a scrumptious picnic supper at 5 pm with cake, cookies and watermelon for dessert too.     After the meal, Pastor Kelvin led in a short vesper service which included lots of active participation by the children.   JoAnne played accordion to provide the music.

The swimming beach is to the right, the picnic pavilion is to the left.
The swimming beach is to the right, the picnic pavilion is to the left.