Category: Health

January 9, 2018

Join us after a stressful day at work (or home)

We’ll explore simple practices for very busy lives that generate an appreciation for life’s small moments. Recognition of God’s presence in those moments, insight into their possible meanings and cultivation of the peace that passes human understanding are intended to bring active renewal into your month in 60 calming, but enlightening minutes. Come early or stay later to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere – but the 60 minutes will be the focus.

Third Tuesdays from 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.


July 23, 2016 1 comment

If you missed the last train (in June for the Shepherd Family) here’s a chance to catch the next train.

What is a Meal Train?

For those who need a refresher…..There are times in our lives when friends and family ask, “What can I do to help out?” The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a Meal Train. is a free meal calendar tool that makes planning meals among a wide group easy and less stressful.

Both Randy and Lucy are healing from ailments and could use our help. Please consider bringing the Bremers a meal.

Check out the calendar and notice the green days – they are the open slots that still need to be filled!

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Sign-up to prepare and deliver a meal on the requested dates for Randy and Lucy by clicking here.

July 17, 2016 No comments exist

Orders are due by Wednesday morning 5:00 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to participate in Granby Food Co-op’s local farm produce ordering.  Our next pickup date is July 21 between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills in the Fellowship Hall.

All the Produce is Organic

Holcomb Farm  (Granby)

Lettuces, mixed varieties $2.50/head

Peppermint, Common Mint, Korean Mint  $2.00/bunch

Flat or curly parsley  $2.00/bunch

Sage $1.50/bunch

Basil:  Italian, lemon, lime, Thai, tulsi, or red  $2.50/bunch (specify which you want)

Zucchini:  green, yellow, striped  $2.00/lb  (specify which)

Cucumbers:  green or white picklers, and green or white slicers  $2.00/lb (specify which)

Squash blossoms  $0.35 each

Beets, red  $3.00/lb

Walla walla onions  $3.00/lb

Daikon radish  $1.50/lb

Eggplant:  Asian or black Italian  $3.75/lb

crushed tomatoes, 32 oz jars  $6.00 each

George Hall Farm (Simsbury)

Shallots, whole plant including flowerhead  $1.50 each

yellow squash and zucchini  $1.50/lb

Siberian kale, red russian kale, red curly kale, multi color swiss chard  $3.00/bunch (specify which)

Red beets  $3.00/lb

Herbs:  sage, thyme, mint, tarragon  $3.00/bunch

Bill Walsh Farm (Simsbury)

Green curly kale  $2.50/lb

Red beets  $2.50/lb

Eddy Farm (Newington)

Green zucchini $2.00/lb

Salad cukes  $1.50/lb

Pickling cukes  $2.00/lb

Kale  $3.00/bunch

Chard  $3.00/bunch

Fresh potatoes, mixed varieties, 2 lb. bags  $5.00/bag

Please email Kris McCue at with your orders.  You can pay by cash or check when you pick up on July 21.  If you can drop off a grocery sack or paper grocery sack labeled with your name before Thursday would be great.  Leave on counter in the kitchen.

To your good health!

Kris McCue

July 10, 2016 No comments exist

Come join the newly formed NW CT Food Buying Club!

Posting from Facebook Area BioNutrient Food Discussion Group

If you regularly shop for organic- and all-natural foods and household- and personal-care goods but you would like to find better prices, and you enjoy working with a group of like-minded people, this group is for you. The NW CT food club will use Associated Buyers as their primary source for grocery and other items, and they will also get wholesale produce from some area organic farms such as the George Hall Farm in Simsbury and Holcomb Farm in Granby and Sub Edge Farm in Farmington. Other farms may be added to the list as determined by the buying club participants. If you’d like to learn more or would like to come try it out we are meeting tomorrow night to fine tune some more details of how the club will work and start ordering.

Come to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7 Wescott Street, Simsbury.
Monday, July 11 at 6:30 PM

Questions? email

June 11, 2016 2 comments

What is a Meal Train?

There are times in our lives when friends and family ask, “What can I do to help out?” The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a Meal Train. is a free meal calendar tool that makes planning meals among a wide group easy and less stressful.

Sharon Shepherd recently was involved in a bicycle accident that left her with two broken arms. Click here if you would like to get onboard the meal train to help Sharon and her family while she recovers.



May 26, 2016 No comments exist

Bicycle into health with friends from church on Rails To Trails for month of June. Friends will meet on Monday mornings 9:30 am and Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm.  The ride will initially last for an hour and will increase as we build endurance.

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Meeting locations and times are listed below:

Monday            Wednesday               Location

June 6                June 8                        Church

June 13              June 15                      Church

June 20              June 22                      Rt 189 lot East Granby

June 27              June 29                      Rt 315/Hopmeadow St lot Simsbury

If you have questions contact Shari or Russ Rourke or post a message in the Contact Us page.

May 26, 2016 No comments exist

Granby Co-Op Opportunity

Granby Food Co-Op would like to invite you to take part in our local farm produce orders again this year. We get wholesale pricing on many items from the following local farms:

  • George Hall Farm in Simsbury
  • Holcomb Farm in Granby
  • Bill Walsh Farm in Simsbury
  • Garlic Farm in West Granby
  • Eddy Farm in Newington
  • Sub Edge Farm in Farmington
  • Bristol’s Farm in Canton

All of these farms are either certified or practicing organic. They are all working to improve their soil health, which translates to healthier produce, by adding back the natural minerals that are lost each time a filed is harvested. It’s very important to return the nutrition to our food via amending the minerals and the biology in the soil.

The produce orders will be every two weeks on a Thursday with pick-ups at the church between 5:30 and 6:30p.m. The first delivery is Thursday, May 26. Please be prepared to pay by cash or check when you pick-up your order.

A listing of available produce will be sent by e-mail a week prior to the order due date. If interested, please contact Kris McCue at


May 26, 2016 No comments exist

Three states, eleven towns, thirty-eight individuals.

That describes the participants in My Best Friend’s 5k Road Race and Walk on May 14, 2016 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Simsbury.Race Start  It was the first annual 5k event to support SHELC youth group activities and to promote the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF), a local organization with the goal to prevent suicide in the high school, college and college entry student population.


Most were from local towns in Connecticut from Avon to Vernon. A few came from just over the state line from Southwick, Massachusetts and one flew all the way from Georgia (okay, full disclosure, she was the daughter of the race organizer!) For some it was their first 5k race and for others it was a way to heal from loss or to add hope for others. 5k MBF BannerPastor Chris Dion began the event with a blessing for the health of the runners and for the mission of the Jordan Porco Foundation.

Tucker, a physical trainer from Healthtrax of Avon, led the group in warms-ups before they hit the trail – the Rails to Trails in Simsbury. The trail entrance is only half a mile from the church – down Wolcott  Road and through the church’s quiet Wescott Road neighborhood.

The first to cross the finish line was James Guidice 1st Placeof Simsbury and the first female was the runner from Georgia, Meagan Riordan. 1st FemaleTwo walkers missed the mile and a quarter turn and ended up completing the entire 5k with their aunt, becoming the youngest runners at the ages of three and four years old!

So why did someone walk away with a turkey fryer?

The Holloway’s sponsor was the reason. Holloway’s Appliance Center contributed the turkey fryer as a prize and the winner was determined from a drawing from the listing of participants. Other contributors were Central Rock Gym of Glastonbury, M.E.L.T.30 of Simsbury, New Balance of Avon, Antonio’s Restaurant of Simsbury and RoadID.

Participants left with the satisfaction of a race well run and the knowledge that a local organization is working to save lives. JPF CheckThey learned that one in ten college students contemplate suicide. The foundation’s Nine out of Ten is a peer run program that teaches “Nine out of Ten students have an opportunity to help each one who is struggling. They teach about the warning signs of suicide, available resources, and action steps to take if a friend is thinking about suicide. With this knowledge, students are empowered to be gatekeepers for their peers and get them help if they’re struggling with their mental health.”

For more information on the Jordan Porco Foundation and their programs go to

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church would like to thank prize contributors as well as their Gold Sponsor, Healthtrax of Avon and the Silver sponsors Avon Plumbing and Heating, Maher’s Paint and Wallpaper of Avon and Simsbury, and Poochie Pets LLC.

March 19, 2016 No comments exist

The Enfield Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen is seeking monetary donations from March 1 – April 30. This soup kitchen continues the fight against hunger in our community with the help from wonderful donors like you. We are extremely grateful for any and all support.

Please mail your gift to:

Soup Kitchen

P.O. BOx 544

Enfield, CT 06083-0544


Contribute on-line:

“When I was hungry, you fed me”

Donations are tax-deductible