WORSHIP time - 10 AM every Sunday

 

         

 

MARCH/APRIL 2019 UP-COMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES   

Sunday worship........................................................... every Sunday at 10:00 am

Choir rehearsal................................................................. every Sunday, 9:00 am

Bible Study.................................... every Wednesday, 10:00 am, coffee at 9:30 am

Communion Sunday.................................................................. 10 am, March 3rd 

Ash Wednesday (LENT begins).............................................................. March 6th

CHANGE CLOCKS (spring ahead).............................................. Sunday, March 10th

MISSION SUNDAY with guest speakers.................................. March 17th, 10:00 am

Soup-a-Thon & Live Auction(replacing March’s Pot-Luck)..March 17th following worship

St. Patrick’s Day..................................................................... Sunday, March 17th

Interior Annual Church Clean-Up Day................ Saturday, March 23rd, 9 am-12 noon

April Fool’s Day.......................................................................... Monday, April 1st

Rev. Norm’s Installation Service & Celebration............... Saturday, April 6th, 2:00 pm

Communion Sunday............................................................................... April 7th   

Palm Sunday....................................................................................... April 14th

Maundy Thursday Service......................................................... April 18th 7:00 pm

Good Friday........................................................................................ April 19th   

EASTER SUNDAY.................................................................................. April 21st

Church Grounds Spring Clean-Up Day................. Saturday, April 27th, 9 am-12 noon 

Pot-Luck Sunday .......................................................April 28th following worship

 

       Pastor Norm & Barbara Erlendson 

                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    860-759-6720

 

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Road Folks!

On  behalf of the Pastoral Relations Committee (Ada Elmer, Agnes Hall, Judy Fales, Sally Salancy, Dawn Robinson, Carolyn Burdick and Nick Stahl) many thanks to all for your warm send-off for Ron and the warm welcome to Norm and Barbara Erlendson.  A reminder that the Pastoral Relations Committee is a standing committee, and that while we have completed our work as a Search Committee, we will continue in our role as a resource to the congregation and to Norm, providing an avenue of two-way communication.  Norm has expressed great openness to getting to know each and all of us and to receiving feedback and input as he assumes the role as our pastor.  Please share with any member of the Pastoral Relations Committee any thoughts or suggestions as we move forward into the new year and to the latest chapter in the life of the Road Church. Regards and thanks, Nick Stahl  

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To All Our Road Church Folks!

Transition Letter from Bob Elmer:  

As we were scheduling the Executive Committee meeting for November, I realized it would be Pastor Ron’s last. He has served us well. There are many still in the congregation that went through that "much too long" transition period after Mer and Lois Bilhorn returned to Wisconsin, who truly appreciate all that he brought to our beloved Church. As fate would have it, Pastor Ron was facing some personal challenges in his own life at that time and it appeared that he needed us as much as we needed him.  Dare I say, it was a relationship made in heaven? Pastor Ron loves Road Church and its Congregation. And we love him. We will always be grateful for his leadership, initiative, inspiration, guidance, candor, humor and his love of Pot Luck Suppers. As you’d expect, during his tenure, we experienced some highs and some lows but his level headed approach always seemed to keep things on an even keel. 
 
Out of our respect for Ron and his wishes The Executive Committee and The Search Committee worked with him towards a retirement date. A time when he could close The Road Church Chapter of his life as its Pastor and begin a new one, going in a direction that has yet to be determined.  During the search process, once again he agreed to serve his Church and its Congregation by staying on until we could find the next heir to The Road Church Pulpit. It bears repeating that having Ron continue in the Pulpit as an “interim” was invaluable to the Church in ways that only those that have lived through the weekly “Mystery Minister Days” can only understand. 
 
So here we are, on the eve of welcoming Norm and Barbara Erlendson to our Road Church family and I’m very excited for what is ahead for our Church. You see, I am one of the “old guard.” Ada and I first came to Road Church 40 years ago, in the Mer and Lois Bilhorn “heydays.” They lived across the street from the Parish House which is a special story in itself, but like Mer and Lois, Norm and Barbara now live in Stonington. I called those days the Mer and Lois “heydays” because back then we had a Youth Group, we had a Mens’ Group, we had a regular Saturday Morning Prayer Breakfast, we had Childrens' programs that included Christmas Plays, we had an active Sunday School and when you visit the Parish House you’ll see the remarkable painting on the wall by former parishioner Sue Stafford that was once our Nursery. Like so many of you, I look forward to some of those programs returning to The Road Church and I’m confident that the team of Norm and Barbara can get us back on that road. I know that because of his interest in doing Outreach, Pastor Norm has already been asked to fill the Clergy position on The Stonington Commission on Aging. And if any of you have met and talked with the lovely and supportive Barbara, you know that she will be blazing her own trail as well. 
 
I was honored to have had the opportunity to step into The Moderators shoes, at the pleasure of the Nominating Committee and congregation, on the passing of our beloved “Uncle Chet Perkins.” I am no Chet Perkins, but the one thing we did have in common is our love of The Road Church. I’m confident that he would have welcomed Norm and Barbara as I did, with open arms. Someone once said, you never want to be the guy that follows the guy, you want to be the guy that follows the guy that follows the guy.  Pastor Norm doesn’t have that luxury as he is the guy that is following one marvelous guy in Pastor Ron. Pastor Ron has indeed made his mark on "The Road" and it's one he should be very proud of. I hope you all join me in looking forward to giving Pastor Norm the same opportunity. As for Ron, I’m looking forward to sharing my pew with him on the occasional Sunday, when he is so inclined.
 
Yours in Service to The Road Church, I am,
 
Robert E.P. Elmer III, Moderator

 

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Treasurer’s Message:

Someone once told his pastor, “Give, give, give! That’s all I ever hear from you!” The preacher smiled and said, “Thank you for the best three-word description of the Christian life ever!”

Thank you for your continued financial support to the Road Church. Without your support we wouldn’t be able to live out God’s love daily by worshipping together, celebrating together, regularly lifting up one another in prayer and supporting local outreach ministries in our community.

When we give freely and with a cheerful heart, we’re saying to God that we trust in Him more than the wealth of the world. If God is to be the Lord of our lives, we have to let Him be the Lord of our money as well.

Yours in Christ,

Charles

 

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BIBLE STUDY CLASS: Every Wednesday at 10 am in the parish parlor Rev. Norm is conducting a Bible Study Class. There will be coffee and donuts in the kitchen at 9:30 am.

 

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: The Executive Committee has approved giving opportunities to contribute to the Deacons’ Fund beginning the first Sunday in Jan., Feb. and March. Envelopes will be placed in the Sunday Program on the 1st Sunday of each month. The Deacons’ Fund is used to provide financial support to members for emergencies, medical expenses, food, utilities, and other expenses.  If you would like to make a donation, please use the envelope and place it in the offering plate.  If by check, please write it out to “The Road Church,” with “Deacons’ Fund” on the memo line.  If you have any questions, please contact Charles Jones. AND Thank you in advance for your donations!

 

CHURCH DIRECTORY PICTURES: We need your picture for our 2019 directory to help Rev. Norm learn our names! Send Marjie Wheeler your picture at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  She can also take one for you on any upcoming Sunday.

 

MISSIONS SUNDAY: Our church Missions Ministry needs donations for the Live Auction for Missions Sunday, March 17th! What are we looking for--interesting, high quality items that you would want to bid on, or special services that you could provide. Thank you for your help! 

 

 

ROAD PASTORAL SEARCH COMMITTEE: Wishes to welcome Rev. Norm Erlendson and his wife, Barbara, to our church community. Rev. Norm begins his ministry at Road Chruch as our Pastor on Sunday, January 1, 2019! We also wish to extend to Rev. Ron Lake a most gracious “Thank You & God Bless” for all his devoted years of service to Road Church! Feel free at any time to reach out to the members of the Committee:  Ada Elmer, Judy Fales, Agnes Hall, Dawn Robinson, Sally Salancy, Nick Stahl, chairman.

 

FLOWER CALENDAR: The new flower calendar is on the board in the narthex. If you'd like to donate flowers for the altar, please sign up on the date or dates you want. Please also call or e-mail Cindy Cline and let her know when you're giving flowers so your information can be printed in the bulletin. Thanks. Sally Salancy, for Martie's Flower Ministry

 

ROAD CHURCH DIRECTORY: Check out our Church Directory on-line!!!! http://members.instantchurchdirectory.com/signup/confirmation/53347e93-d5f1-4606-ac5b-4dfcc742c45a   We can also access it on our website,  (see box on the right of this page) but you will need the PASSWORD in order to open the PDF named 74022534-churchdirectory.pdf    You can also download our app on your phone or computer. If you have an e-mail address listed in our directory you can create an app to access the directory. Go to: https://www.instantchurchdirectory.com/app/ You will be issued a password via e-mail. Hard copies are also available at church. Contacts: Marjie Wheeler and Susan Schneider

 

The 1st Congegragational Church of Stonington, also known as "Road Church", is located at 903 Pequot Trail, in Stonington, CT, 06378.

Our phone numbers are 860-535-0655 and 800-535-0655 (toll free).

You may email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and you may reach Pastor Norm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To get to the church from the north via I-95, going southbound take exit 91. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Rt. 234/Taugwonk Road. Taugwonk Road becomes Pequot Trail (still Rt. 234). The church will be on your left.

To get to the church from the south via I-95, going northbound take exit 91. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Rt. 234/Pequot Trail. The church will be on your left.

 

Our Pastor

                                                                        2019-Rev-Norm

 

      Our Pastor, Rev. Norm Erlendson   

     Our pastor, Rev. Norm Erlendson began his ministry at Road Church on January 1, 2019. 

     Please feel free to contact him at our church website or by calling 860-759-6720. Email address nThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

     Rev. Norm Erlendson has been a pastor of Congregational Churches since 1990. He holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Washington, and a Master of Arts in Christian Theology and Ethics from New College, Berkeley, California. He has a special interest in the history of American Congregationalism and the Social Gospel Movement. Norm is the President of the Washington Gladden Society which seeks to serve as a forum for the discussion of issues related to the church and social justice. He has been the Historian for the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and was part of the team that wrote the online History and Polity classroom clergy and laity.

 

 

    

  

 

 

 

 

Times of Service

Our regular Sunday services are every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM. We welcome visitors of all ages. 

Coffee Hour/Potluck

A Coffee Hour or Potluck is held in the Church parlor the last Sunday of each month following the service - unless otherwise stated on our schedule. All are welcome. Are you interested in helping?

Communion

We celebrate Communion, or the Lord’s Supper as it is sometimes called, on the first Sunday of each month, Maundy Thursday, and World Wide Communion Sunday.

Communion is the most revered of the sacraments at our church. We invite all who profess Jesus as their Lord and Savoir to join us at the table. We believe that Jesus is present at our table and we accept His invitation with great humility and love. The table is for us a time of remembrance and thanksgiving for the sacrifice our Savoir made and continues to make for us.

Bible Study

Bible Study is held every Tuesday morning in the Parish House. Bible Study focuses on one book at a time, and discussions range from the details of the book itself to how the Bible teachings relate to today's world. We follow a relaxed format, sometimes including video to help with the discussions. The group gathers for coffee and donuts at 9:30 AM for about half an hour, then sits for discussion at 10:00 AM and is typically done by 11:00 AM. Please join us even if you can only make it once in awhile.         

Children

The 1st Congregational Church of Stontington welcomes children of all ages. If you want to participate in the service without your baby, please tell a Greeter and a caring volunteer will take your infant to our Sunday School. Otherwise, please make yourself comfortable in the bench with your child. Pastor Ron says that even a fussy baby's sounds are music in the church. Soon you will notice that parishioners all around you are waving, smiling, and cooing at your baby. If you become uncomfortable with a baby's fussiness, or need to change a diaper, or otherwise need some privacy, there is a cozy space in the Parish Hall for you. You can sit in the rocking chair there, with your infant, and watch the Sunday School children in their lesson, or sit in the parlor for more peace and quiet. A kitchen and a bathroom are nearby. We hope to have the service piped in on speakers by early spring, so that you will not miss the the service.

 

Church: 860-535-0655

Rev. Norm: 860-759-6720

Note: Pastor, Norm Erlendson's office hours are as needed (give him a call) or by appointment. Please call and leave a message on the church phone (860) 535-0655 or contact Pastor Norm on his cell phone (860) 759-6720 or e-mail him at normerlendson@gmail.com

Calendar

Note: Be sure to check out our calendar so you know what's going on.

Calendar

Monthly Newsletter

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     March/April

Road Church Directory

Instant Church Directory