91st Spring Gathering of Connecticut Women of the UCC
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

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Huntington Congregational Church
19 Church Street
Shelton, CT 06484

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Pam DiDio

3 Great Loves, a two-year mission*….

Women Caring for God’s Creation

The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it  ~ Psalm 24

Morning Program:  There will be (3) 30 minute workshops before lunch,so all have a chance to attend each session. Workshops are open to clergy and lay women.
1. Interracial Eco Justice: Ways to Promote Understanding 
Led by Sharon Lewis, Executive Director for the CT Coalition for Interracial Eco Justice. Sharon will speak on how communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution, toxic chemicals, and climate change – and what that means.
2. Keeping the Earth Green: Things to Know About Recycling
Led by Jennifer A. Heaton-JonesExecutive Director, Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority
3. Creative Worship: visual aspects of worship; accent the church season with altarscapes/other displays; special rituals to incorporate for Lent or Advent; relevant scripture for Year C and brainstorming.
Led by the Rev. Sue Latourette, pastor of the Congregational Church of North Stonington and an associate member of the Iona Community.  She enjoys exploring different and more poetic ways of expressing faith through ritual, prayer, and music.
Offering:  The offering for the next two years will be a dual mission:  We are collaborating with Church World Service to raise $5,000 for a Haitian House. The second mission is to raise $5,000 for campership scholarships to Silver Lake Conference Center. Help children who may not otherwise be able to experience a week of fun, learning and new friendships at summer camp.
Lunch:  soups, salad, dessert and beverages provided by the women of the Huntington Congregational Church:  veggie and gluten free options will be available.
Afternoon Program:  Brief business meeting; Recognized Women Awards,* Amy Ogden Welcher Scholarship Award; closing worship and communion.
*Deadline for Recognized Women Award nominations:  March 28th is the deadline for submission of nominations from each church (no more than 2 per church, please).  To nominate a woman for this award, please send in a short essay on why your candidate should be recognized (no more than 150 words).   How has she made a difference in her community, her church, and her family.  Does she go above and beyond?  Please do not submit names of women who have received this award in the past five years.  Include the following information about your candidate:  name, full address, telephone number, email (if applicable) and the church (and town of church).  Also include the name and phone number of the person submitting the nomination in case there are any questions.  Send nominations to:  Pam DiDio at: pamd@ctucc.org or c/o CT Conference Center, 125 Sherman St., Hartford, CT  06105.
Cost:  $20.00 before 4/14/19; $25.00 after 4/14/19.  Seating limited to 100. There is plenty of parking and the church is handicap accessible. For more info, contact Pam at: pamd@ctucc.org, or by phone 860-761-7123, and leave a message.
 NOTE: Help the environment and a local Boy Scout troop  – bring recyclable cans & bottles (ones that qualify for refunds -- usually 5 or 10 cents) and drop them off at the front door.                  

*“The United Church of Christ's "3 Great Loves" campaign was introduced at General Synod 31 in July 2017. This initiative is the denomination's opportunity to express how our Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation work together to address inequities in our current world.”