We Proclaim our Faith without Hesitation
A group spent the day at Enfield Loaves & Fishes this past Monday as part of the ELCA Day of Service.
Enfield Loaves and Fishes is a Local Area Soup Kitchen providing hospitality to all those in need by offering meals, aid, and companionship at no charge.
The goal was to beautify the yard by trimming & pruning bushes, cutting and edging the lawn, removing bittersweet from the fence and trees, and planting some flowers.
The regular Enfield Loaves & Fishes volunteers graciously provided lunch for the SHELC crew.
“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Mark 10:14
During the Children’s Message or Fellowship Time most Sundays, children are given a treasure chest with a lock and a colored tie on it. Someone in the congregation has the key on a matching colored bracelet. When the child finds the person with their matching colored key, they exchange names, maybe a fun fact for the day and the child then opens their chest and keeps the treasure. The chest with its lock is then returned to Pastor Chris.
Why do we do this?
- It provides an opportunity for adults to get to know and interact with the children that are part of our congregation or with children that are visiting
- Adults can model hospitality and demonstrate an active interest in the future generation of the church and help fulfill their promises made when children are baptized
- Children practice social skills in meeting others and become more familiar with the sea of faces in the congregation
- Relationships form
- Most often the treasure somehow reinforces the Children’s Message
- Adults are “key” to unlocking the mystery of grace for children
- Children experience grace – free gifts of love – in the smiles and friendly comments of the people they meet, as well as in the treasure
- People of all ages discover that each person is a treasure to be appreciated
Pastor Chris approaches folks randomly before the service asking if they would like to be a key bearer for the day. Feel free to approach her. It’s ok to build familiarity with any child, if you volunteer regularly and feel free to follow-up and remind the child of your name other Sundays. Pastor Chris would also appreciate a volunteer to distribute keys.
“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me. Mark. 9:37
ASCENTRIA CARE ALLIANCE is requesting donations at this year’s New England Synod Assembly on June 9 & 10.
Please consider bringing donations for the individuals and families Ascentria serves. Your thoughtful donations will be shared with: refugees, including unaccompanied minors, older adults and the elderly, children, youth and families, persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness and deafness, those who are economically disadvantaged.
Items requested include:
twin or full size new blankets
twin or full size new sheets
gift cards: Wal-Mart,Target or grocery store.
Toiletry items (full size preferred)
Bar soap or body wash
Feminine hygiene products
Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
This golfing trio from Avon gave up their tee time Saturday morning for the gun time that started My Best Friend’s 5k Road Race at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Why would they make such a sacrifice? To help those who sacrificed for us while serving in the military or as first responders. The second annual 5k event was an event to raise awareness for Veterans Base Camp, a new 501‘(c) 3 organization in Chaplin, CT with the goal to support wellness, education, training, and employment needs for Veterans and First Responders.
Veterans Base Camp was founded in 2013 by area businessmen and veterans, Darrell Chaloult and Bruce Maneeley. The partners collaborate with volunteers and private, government and community organizations to offer assistance to veterans who wish to gain competitive career skills and employment opportunities in fields such as agriculture, food services, renewable energy, fiber optics, IT, and other essential skills. Bi-weekly meetings are held to establish relationships among the veterans and plan opportunities, access and secure benefits necessary to achieve their wellness and economic goals.
Where was their fourth player? Golfers typically go out in foursomes….Their fourth player was Jeff Brighenti, owner of Avon Plumbing and Heating. Although Jeff didn’t run, he showed his support as a Silver Level sponsor for the second year in a row.
The Gold Sponsor for the race was Freedom Boat Clubs of Connecticut. Peter DeVilbiss, CEO of the Connecticut and New York locations included a two-hour sunset cruise as a raffle prize. A young volunteer firefighter walked away the winner. Other raffle prizes included one-month memberships to Healthtrax of Avon, Glastonbury and Enfield, three-month memberships to Anytime Fitness in Granby, gift certificates to Table570, @The Barn, and Han Asian, New Balance of Of Avon, and Grassroots Ice Cream in Granby.
The first to cross the finish line was young Zachary Stoddard of Pomfret with a time of 22:32:99 followed closely by Olivia Rustic of Burlington fifteen seconds later. Most returning runners that ran last year for the first time, improved their times. The day was a cool 50 degrees and the rain held off until after the race was over – perfect running weather! For complete race results see RunSignUp.com.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church would like to thank all the sponsors and participants in supporting this event. For more information on Veterans Base Camp and their programs go to www.veteransbasecamp.org or check them out on Facebook.