Copper Hill Church, P. O. Box 422, East Granby, CT 06026 pastor@copperhillchurch.us

Excitement building as “A Place to Belong” Sunday approaches

Church is a place to feel at home

It's a great time to come back to worship!

Attendance at our church last Sunday was up indicating a new level of interest as we head into a very special Sunday.   Volunteer groundskeepers have been busy too.  There is anticipation in the air. 

Copper Hill Church is cooperating with the National Back to Church Sunday movement to encourage friends, neighbors and loved ones to come back to worship on September 17 at 9:30 AM.  Pastor Kelvin Jones says, “The theme for Sept. 17, “A Place to Belong” really resonates with us.  We believe God wants each person to feel a part of his family and we aspire to be a hospitable church every week.  As a country church, our atmosphere is proving especially comfortable for families with young children.”

The service this Sunday will be oriented to help those who don’t know what goes on in a church feel clued in. We are hoping to meet brand new friends and to welcome back some old ones.   At our booth at Suffield on the Green, the outreach team distributed nearly 500 invitation cards for “A Place to Belong” Sunday and conversed with many people about it. 

Our multi-generational choir has been practicing and is ready for their anthem.  We will also hear from our harpist, JoAnne Jones.  After the service, we are planning to serve refreshments outside on our front walk. 

Our New Carpet

Vision for new carpet realized!

At Copper Hill Church, we are rejoicing  because the new carpet has been installed.   Robert Loomis had reported that the old carpet dated to the 1980s. We are thankful that it lasted so well, but it was time to replace it.  

      Our United Methodist Women’s group had been saving money for new carpet for some time.   But the project suffered many delays. As a church, we waited patiently as new sanctuary doors were installed to block out the weather, for a flooding utility pipe to be fixed, and for the soffit leak (which discolored the wall) to be repaired, and the area painted. A couple more projects leapfrogged over the carpet project due to their pressing safety concerns— the new railing for the sanctuary balcony and new lighting for the fellowship hall. 

     At last, the way was clear. Pastor Kelvin announced that the leadership hoped to raise additional funds.  Several ladies working together did the legwork to investigate sources, prices, patterns and types of carpet. They brought some samples to a service for suggestions and made recommendations to the Church Council, who chose the final carpet. The willingness of the congregation to help was evident in the additional $2000 in funds that were quickly raised. It is a joyful occasion when we complete a project together!

     Judy Holcomb, chair of the effort, reports that the new carpet has special backing to help deal with the uneven colonial-era plank floor of our historic sanctuary. This will help to make it more durable.  The padding also makes it very soft to walk on.  The new carpet has many rich tones as you can see and we notice nuances of color depending on the lighting.  We invite you to come and see  it for yourself this Sunday!   

 

We’re changing carpet!

The process is underway

Our church has been working and raising funds for new carpeting in our sanctuary.   This week, the installers are busy making it happen.   As of today, the old carpet which dates from the 80's has been removed.    Things look a little empty without it.   Notice the old plank flooring in the sanctuary.  We are preserving this look by not carpeting where the pews are except for the back corners.     The new carpet has a padding to handle the unevenness of the planks in the aisles.    Notice that the vestibule already had a plywood layer.    

Thank you to all who helped us move furniture to prepare for this after service last Sunday.   The installation of the new carpet is to be finished before this Sunday.   However, we do not expect to have our keyboard and sound system fully operational until the following week.   JoAnne will play piano this Sunday.    Watch this spot for our finished project announcement very soon.  

“A Place to Belong” Day

September 17 9:30 AM

Copper Hill Church is planning a special Sunday in cooperation with the National Back to Church Movement.   On September 17, the theme for the morning for the 9:30 AM service is “A Place to Belong.”   All of us want to be a part of an authentic community.  Here at Copper Hill Church, we believe that each person’s story matters, and that each one can find a place to fit in and make a difference right here in their own local church.  

This emphasis comes at a great time.  Everyone has so many places to go during summer and it is easy to get in the habit of missing out on honoring Jesus, spending time in prayer and receiving encouragement from others.  Now is a great time to get back to church and the genuine warmth of its community.   In our country these days, with its ruder and cruder attitudes, the lack of gentleness and kindness in public discourse impels us all back to the source of our values—our faith.  Now is a great time to look to Jesus for a more loving and joyful perspective.

Plans for this day include several unique features: excellent music—choir and harp, children’s moment and Sunday School time for the children, and a message by Pastor Kelvin Jones on the theme, “A Place to Belong.”    Afterwards, everyone is invited to enjoy a unique fellowship and refreshment time outdoors in front of our church.    

“Back to Church” Sunday is part of a national movement across America.  Participating churches believe that there has never been a better time than now for people to come back and get plugged in to a church that offers a place to belong, opportunities to serve the community around, and the chance to grow spiritually through a journey of personal faith.  “Back to Church Sunday” began in 2009 and has been gaining momentum ever since.  Over 30,000 churches have been involved nationwide.

 

What you never know you miss by skipping Sunday morning

Here is a very thoughtful and insightful piece written by a young Mom.   It is definitely worth reading!

What You Never Know You Miss By Skipping Sunday Morning

Flower Arranging event was a big success

Our flower arranging class was sold out days before it happened.  Young and old had a great time.  Thanks to Sarah Oliver and Sheri Mandirola of Oxen hill Farm Flowers who lead the class and to JoAnne Jones who organized it and Judy Holcomb who organized refreshments.  

 

 

Lenten Bible Studies series to start

 

Bible Study Series on 1 John Announced

Pastor Kelvin will be leading Bible studies during the Lenten/Easter season on the Letters of the Apostle John.   This is a great series to announce during our February Valentine’s sermon series as the book of 1 John is noted for its emphasis on practical love.   Studying 1 John is sure to deepen your faith and inspire you.  
Topics covered by John in his letter include:  how we know the truth; the importance of confessing our sins; the impossibility of loving God while hating some people;  the definition of love;  the practice of love; the definition of sin; and what happens to us when Jesus returns.   

Offered at two times

You can take part in the study either at 7 PM on Monday evenings at Copper Hill Fellowship Hall, or at 1 PM on Tuesdays at Higley Village Clubhouse in East Granby beginning February 27 and 28.   Studies are conducted in such a way that those who have no prior experience in Bible study can be comfortable and enjoy the study too. 

Coffee Hour this week; Valentines series continues

 

 

One of the quiet joys each month at Copper Hill church is coffee hour, that time usually on the second Sunday of the month when we bring in light refreshments and stay after service to chat and get to know each other better.  The weather caused cancellation of coffee hour last Sunday so it has been rescheduled for this week, Feb. 19.

In service (9:30 am) this week, Pastor Kelvin will be continuing his Valentines series of messages called “Values that Build Relationships.”       The practical topic will be a discussion of the love languages that we can use to communicate our love to others in our family, community and friendship circles.  The message will use Gary Chapman’s book “The Five Love Languages” as a resource.

Last week, Pastor Kelvin suggested that this time in our nation’s history is an opportunity for the church to speak prophetically to our culture in word and action.  The values of love have no party affiliation or agenda but call us as God’s people past divisions to the agenda of loving words and service.  This week, Pastor Kelvin will speak more about practical ways that the people of God can make a difference.   

 

East Granby Firemen’s Dinner 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017, Copper Hill Church hosted its annual dinner for the East Granby Firemen. The tradition of serving the firemen in this way has been going on annually since sometime in the 1950’s. Pastor Kelvin Jones opened the meal with a prayer for the safety of the firemen as they go about their unselfish service to our community. Some present this year were reminiscing about some of the early dinners in the upstairs of the old fire hall. Louise Holcomb remembered one time in particular carrying food upstairs in the old fire hall on a bitter cold night. 

First Selectman Jim Hayden was present and briefed the firemen concerning his efforts to aid the department during their meeting following the supper.  The volunteer cooking and serving crew was directed by Judy Holcomb and everyone enjoyed the roast beef dinner. 

This past Sunday, during morning service at Copper Hill Church, the congregation again remembered the firemen in prayer in their service to our community.  We gave thanks to God for their dedicated service and prayed for their safety.  

Training for lay ministry is available

Did you know that the UMC is offering free webinars to help you grow in the position to which you have been elected for service?  Here is the latest listing of free webinars taken form the CT district news.  

Free Leadership Development Webinars

Register at www.umcdiscipleship.org/webinars Contact: Jacqui King – Director, Leadership for Congregational Vitality jking@umcdiscipleship.org 615.340.7295

Tues., January 17 @ 7:00 PM CST– Leadership Overview: Leading Congregations Effectively in a Global World

The world is dynamic. Technology creates new avenues for leaders from around the world to meet, pray, study, connect, and serve God together in a global context. This webinar will help leaders discover tools for reaching new people, praying for healing community, focusing on increasing spiritual practices, engaging in relevant outreach, and celebrating a culture of discipleship.

Tues., January 24 @ 7:00 PM CST – Church Council: What’s My Role?

Begin the year for new and continuing leaders by connecting your leadership with an overview of the year ahead. The church council or leadership team will discover important support resources for building and overseeing a comprehensive plan for ministry and discipleship. Additional resources for discerning the feasibility of using a single-board leadership model, conducting community assessments, and evaluating decision-making practices are included.

Tues., January 31 @ 7:00 PM CST – SPRC: What’s My Role?

Understanding the roles and ongoing responsibilities of staff parish relations committee (SPRC) is crucial for creating a healthy work place for all staff. Since building effective and vital ministries is our focus, this webinar explores strategies for goal setting, practices for increasing staff accountability to your congregation’s goals, benefit recommendations, and ideas on promoting positive relationship development.

Tues., February 7 @ 7:00 PM CST – Trustees – What’s My Role?

The trustees committee is elected by the congregation to lead in the stewardship of property. Participating in this webinar will help provide trustees with key tools for managing current and future property. This administrative leadership role involves implementing new ideas for effective property utilization, and managing property and assets. Whether you are a new trustee or a continuing trustee, consider this time of the year a good time to look at the big picture of your responsibility.

Archived Webinars:

Maybe you missed the webinar for your leadership area or you want to share it with the team. Webinars are archived for future use. Identify the webinar, click the link, enter the requested information, and the webinar will be immediately available for you to view or to share during your meeting, program, or training event. Access the archived webinars at: http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/leadership-resources/archived-webinars