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Issue No. 14 Jan/Feb, 2010

In this issue: Page 2 Pastor‟s Corner Page 4 Outreach & Missions

“Home For The Holidays!” The concert was advertised as a benefit to raise funds to support Governor Rell’s “Home for the Holidays” initiative to bring nearly 700 of Connecticut’s National Guard troops preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan home for a 10 day leave to spend the holidays with their families. Just prior to intermission a free will offering was taken and thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, and the commit-

ment of South Church to at least match the amount col-

lected, we were able to present $6,000 to the National Guard Foundation to help them in their efforts to bring these troops home for a holiday visit. It was recently announced that the required funds have been raised and these families will all be able to celebrate the holidays together. Praise God!

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Annual Church Meeting

Page 9 Birthday‟s

The Annual Church Meeting of the Second Church of Christ in Hartford, South Congregational, will be held at the church at 277 Main Street, Hartford following the morning service on Sunday, January 31, 2010. The purpose of the meeting shall be to review and vote on the annual budget and the recommended changes to the By-Laws defining “Active Membership” and “Leadership Qualification” requirements. The meeting will be held in Gray Hall. Lunch will be provided prior to the annual church meeting.

Points of interest: 

SCC now has a Defibrillator

Second Ecclesiastical Society

Facility Update

The Bed Fund

Second Ecclesiastical Society of the South Congregational Church at Hartford is called for 9:30 am on January 31, 2010 in the Bryant Room of South Church. All members are urged to attend. Janet H. Wallace Clerk of the Society


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Pastor‟s Corner I Wonder as I Wander Someone recently said to me, “I have an old Bible that is falling apart. What is the proper way to throw it away? Just putting it in the garbage doesn’t feel right!” I wondered about that as I wandered throughout the rest of the day. I didn’t really know. What I discovered after some research was that there is no “biblical” way to dispose of an old, damaged, or ruined Bible, as the Bible itself

“...the Lord is come, let earth receive her King!” does not address this question. It is, therefore, a matter of personal conviction. It is important for us to understand that it is not the paper, binding, and ink that are “sacred” or “holy.” We should not allow the printed Bible to become an object of worship or an idol in itself. It is the Word of God

Submitted by: Pastor Adam Söderberg, Senior Minister

that is holy – not the material it is printed on. The purpose of the Bible is to teach us about Jesus the Savior and the salvation He provides and to point us to worship Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. The paper and ink of a Bible are merely the means through which God communicates His Word to us. It does seem, however, uncomfortable to simply throw away a Bible. I imagine that would have to be the absolute last resort. Some old Bibles, if rebound, would be “as good as new” and could then continue to be used or given to someone else to use. Sometimes even when an old, tattered Bible is given to someone who does not have a Bible it can be a tremendous blessing. Some people keep old Bibles as family heirlooms and pass them down to children, nieces or nephews to remind future generations of how committed to God’s Word their ancestors were.

There are many such options and all are worth prayerfully considering. Ultimately, however, if a Bible is genuinely damaged to the point of being unusable, it can be discarded. In no sense will discarding a Bible invite God’s displeasure. There are those who prefer to burn a Bible (as is done with the American flag) rather than placing it in the garbage but neither method is right or wrong. In fact, there is a story of a person who threw a Bible out with the trash. The next day a garbage collector saw the Bible and removed it from the trash, began to read it, and placed his faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. So, you see, God can use His powerful Word to testify of Him, even from the pages of a Bible that has been discarded. I would suggest that before you dispose of your Bible take a moment to thumb through it checking for notes or family history. If

that Bible had been handed down to you we should be aware that many people record significant family events, like births, marriages, and deaths in their family Bible. You may want to preserve this information. In the end, on one hand it is sad to see an old and tattered Bible barely being held together by string and glue. On the other hand, how wonderful it is that a Bible was so well-used that it couldn’t handle the frequency with which pages were turned and the binding was creased. I guess it should be a goal of us all – to use our Bibles so much that modern printing methods cannot withstand our interest in reading and studying God’s Word. How God would rejoice at that! In His Service,

The Triumph of Rafaela Rivera Being awarded custody of her five grandchildren was a blessing and an enormous responsibility that this grandmother accepted with determination. Hopeful that being close to family would make it easier, Ms. Rivera relocated to her son’s home in East Hartford. As the apartment quickly became overcrowded, trouble with the landlord was imminent.

With nowhere else to turn, Ms. Rivera arrived at South Park Inn in August of 2008. Quickly the children were enrolled in school and Ms. Rivera worked closely with South Park Inn staff to begin to find somewhere to live. Pushing together beds in one of the dorms, the family used their time at South Park Inn as constructively

as possible. Ms. Rivera bought only essentials, and put as much money into savings as she could afford each month. She arranged necessary medical care for her nine year old granddaughter, who suffers from a heart condition. The kids worked hard in school, learning English and teaching their grandmother words each night. It took

ten months but the Rivera family has their own place. It took longer than expected but Rafaela’s sheer will for a better life for her grandchildren made the wait worthwhile. The children have adjusted well to their new school and the family is happy and healthy.


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Submitted by: Jonathan Parker, Youth Ministry Leader

The B.L.A.S.T. youth group is gearing up for another exciting year. Though this year is coming to a close, the past couple month have been a time of new beginnings for the group and for myself. We have been meeting each Friday night for the past two months and have had a great start.

That great start includes the first marking of my fist trip with the group which took place on November 20 th . The group left for Providence, RI from the church that afternoon at four o’ clock and returned

Totally Jazzed On November 27th the deacons sponsored and evening of pizza and jazz. All those who came out were treated to an evening great fellowship and first rate entertainment from the Keaon Brown Quartet. The Keaon Brown quartet features the talents of our own Keaon and Lomar Brown. The evening opened with a wonderful dinner put on by the

at 7 o’ clock… the next morning. The event was the Word of Life Super Bowl. Though it was an over night event there was no time for sleep. The night began with a hockey and a youth rally which was followed by hours bowling and

crazy gym games, with a little pizza here or there. The group certainly had a B.L.A.S.T. We will be closing out the year with a Christmas party on Dec. 18th and look forward to many more new beginnings in 2010!

Submitted by: Jonathan Parker, Youth Ministry Leader

deacons and the guys closed out the evening with a superb show. I think I can speak for all who attended by thanking the deacons for their hard work and the Browns for sharing their talents.

Submitted by: Leslie Watkins, Church Administrator

South Church has purchased an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) with installation and training scheduled in January 2010. The American Red Cross, a leading trainer in AED’s nationally, is actively involved in increasing public knowledge of AEDs and helping individuals and organizations implement an AED program. They will

YOUTH MINISTRY

Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

be working with us to build our program. In addition to several church members and staff volunteering for AED training, they will also be trained in First Aid and CPR.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered for this program. Once training in completed and the volunteers are certified, a list of names will be posted.

There are still a few openings so if you are interested in volunteering contact the Church Administrator @ 860-249-8627.


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MANNA Assistance & Advocacy Well, winter is here and with it the holidays, a special time for sharing with family and friends. Here at Manna we like to share some of that special time with our clients; welcoming them with warmth & kindness and offering along with our smile a gift pair of gloves or socks, a coat or a hat, or even a gift card. I have always believed that “giving is receiving’’ and the good

feelings that come with helping poor working families stays with you all year!

lives of some of our neediest neighbors. Again & always, Thank You!

For Thanksgiving, we were able to distribute 172 turkey baskets. We wouldn’t have been able to reach that number without the kind donation of turkeys and other meal items from South Church. Working together, we were able to make a real difference in the

With the Thanksgiving holiday and basket distribution, the food pantry was in operation for just 3 weeks during November…but we still managed to serve 196 households - 230 adults, 175 children, and 50 seniors for a total of 651 individuals. Thanks to friends like you,

Submitted by: Susan Elphick

Saturday, December 5th was a very special evening at South Church. The Taubl family performed a benefit holiday concert in our meeting house, but the event was really much more than an evening of beautiful music. During the course of the evening the Taubls beautifully wove into their program many of the various mission and outreach programs we support. Representatives from many of the agencies were present at the concert and were both recognized for their good works and available to answer questions about their programs during intermission. Among those attending were representatives of Artists Collective, FaithCare, FoodShare, Habitat for Humanity, Hands on Hartford, Salvation Army, and South Park Inn. Each year radio station WTIC 1080 partners with the Salvation Army in a fund raising campaign called the Holiday Store which runs for about two weeks before Christmas. This year Pastor Adam appeared on

Submitted by: Rosa Santiago, MANNA Program coordinator

air with Ray Dunaway to announce that South Church would be making a $5,000 donation to this year’s campaign and issued a challenge to other houses of worship and faith communities to match our donation. During their on-air exchange Pastor and Ray made it clear to the listening audience that South Church is alive and well on Main Street. Thanks to the generosity of

“…our mission‟s work should be much more than just „cutting checks‟...” South Church members and friends, we were able to send 42 shoe boxes to Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas child. A special thank you to the South Church Women who helped with the final assembly of the boxes and to Renee for delivering them to the drop-off location in Bloomfield. For next year,

we will continue, in 2010, to put food on their table, dress properly for the winter season, and hopefully to be able to give their children the attention and gifts they deserve every day and, especially on the holidays. On behalf of MANNA Assistance & Advocacy we wish South Church a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

Outreach & Missions we are thinking of trying something a little different for this project. People can still take boxes to fill themselves if they wish, but we are thinking of putting together a list of items to be collected each month and having an “assembly party” in November to put the boxes together. More to come on this in the next issue. On January 23, 2010 South Church has the opportunity to provide a snack to the workers on a Habitat for Humanity project in Hartford. We are looking for volunteers to bake or assist in the delivery of food that day as well as financial contributions to offset the cost of coffee and beverages. Thanks to June Hodges for volunteering to oversee this very worthwhile event. Please see June if you can help with this project. We hope to be able to do more of these events in 2010. Looking ahead to 2010, we hope to be able to do more hands-on outreach but in order to do this we need to have a group of volunteers

ready, willing, and able to jump in to assist. A box had been placed on the table in Robinson Lobby for your input to our future mission and outreach programs. If there is a specific program you would like us to consider or if you would like to sign up to volunteer, please drop a note in the box or contact me directly if you wish. Writing checks is important to enable us to do the things that need to be done, but it takes “handson” efforts as well. So please consider signing up to help do the Lord’s work. Remember the Mission Train we introduced a few years ago? We need more passengers on board to keep the train rolling on. My sincere thanks to all who have helped in our efforts during 2009. May you all experience the hope, joy, and love of this blessed holiday season. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.


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FaithCare Breakfast

Submitted by: Sherry-Ann Brown, Student Director

On Saturday, October 24th at 9:30am, the FaithCare Wellness Center held an Outreach and Fellowship Breakfast, hosted by South Congregational Church. The goals of the program were to increase awareness about FaithCare and the Wellness Center. We also hoped to recruit support and partnerships (monetary, supplies, resources, manpower, etc…) for the ministry. It was also a time for fellowship among our volunteers and supporters. Over 20 individuals were in attendance, comprised of present volunteers, future volunteers, church and organization leaders, nurses, medical, dental, and college students, a singer, and a performer (John Taubl), among others! After an opening prayer, a scrumptious breakfast prepared by Renée Söderberg and George Flonnes was served in the Gray Hall. A take home packet was distributed to each attendee, which included: a Wellness

Center flyer, the Wellness Center introductory document, a flyer for a benefit concert by the Taubl family, a FaithCare letter from Dr. Schnatz about current transitions and the cancellation of the banquet this year, a Wish List letter, and a survey that allowed us to obtain contact/church/ organizational information as well as allowed attendees to sign up to participate in the vision and ministry of

“…heart disease is the number one killer in America and the world...” FaithCare in various ways. During breakfast, a standalone slideshow ran with images from the Wellness Center and from Community Health Fairs, and inviting attendees to reach out to the community with us. This was accompanied by worship piano music by the late Kim Riley. To start off the program,

Marcia Nahounou, a singer and Research Assistant at the University of Connecticut Health Center blessed us with an amazing song. Sherry-Ann Brown and Aisha Castater introduced everyone to FaithCare and to the FaithCare Wellness Center and current needs, using a slideshow presentation, the Wish List letter in the take home packet, and testimonials from the outreach on 10.10.2009 at the First Cathedral Wellness Fair. We shared with everyone that $10 pays for a single cholesterol screen for a needy individual in Hartford, and heart disease is the number one killer in America/the world. All attendees were asked to consider donating their time, their resources, their money, or supplies, or all of the above to further the cause of Christ, and the vision for the Wellness Center as it reaches out to the community. This was followed by a Q & A section, during which everyone asked questions,

made comments, and had a healthy discussion about ways we can all work together to serve. The morning ended with a tour of the Wellness Center. Attendees were excited and impressed with what God is doing, and are very interested in partnering with us in several ways. Some even gave donations on the spot! Thank you and God bless, Sherry-Ann Brown 860-961-2014 [cell] Student Director of the FaithCare Wellness Center FaithCare Hartford Chapter Community Outreach C o o r d i n a t o r http://www.faithcare.net/ Wellness_Center.htm “God calls us to live in ways that will make a difference and be an inspiration.” Z a c h H u n t e r “The real danger for professing Christians is not the more glaring sins but a slow death of vision, daring, and courage.” - J.B. Phillips

Thanksgiving & Christmas Outreach We were able to reach out to twenty-four individuals and/or families this year with our Thanksgiving Basket ministry. Thank you to all who donated the foodstuffs and to the Deacons who coordinated the effort - especially

Barbara Bradley Carolyn Ford.

and

Thank you to Deb Robertson for heading up our Christmas Giving Tree Ministry again this year. Sixty-five children will receive something under the tree this Christmas because of your generosity. More importantly they will know

that someone loves them.


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The Spire Will Be Lighted In Loving Memory Of... January 1 Dorothey F. Meyerhardt by her family on the anniversary of her birth --In gratitude for all that South Church has meant by one of its members January 2 Mary E. Archibald January 3 Anna Zacharevitz by her family January 4 Margaret Higgins by her family January 5 Lillian Brancieri by the late Pasquale (Pat) Brancieri on the anniversary of her death January 6 Dr. Peyton H. Hoge January 7 Raymond Derick by his family on the anniversary of his birth --Edward Niver, my brother-in-law Joan Zito --Richard Charles Jarvis by his father, James H., sister Wendy And brother CDR James V., retired on the anniversary of his death January 8 Mrs. Francis Atwood --Hans F. Meyen by the Gianopoulos Family January 9 Roy D. Bassette

January 10 Arnold Dunphy by his late wife and children on the anniversary of his birth --Arnold Dunphy by the Leonard Diamond Family January 11 Agnes and Valentine E. Burr by their daughters, Ruth Stannard and the late Mildred Jarvis January 13 Ellen Hill on the anniversary of her birth January 15 James W. Maxwell by his family on the anniversary of his birth January 18 Dr. Henry David Gray by his family on the anniversary of his birth --Norma Sloan Heineman by her family January 19 Emelia M. Kilby by her family and The Sewing Ladies January 20 Mildred S. Goodrich by the Merris Family on the anniversary of her birth --Mildred S. Goodrich by her family, Ronald and Jean Goodrich on the anniversary of her birth --January 20 Dorothy Leet Perkins Johnson by her children on the anniversary of her birth January 21 Kenneth L. Howland by his family on the anniversary of his death

January 24 Richard Charles Jarvis by his father James H., his sister Wendy, and his brother James V. on the anniversary of his birth January 30 Herman F. Robertson by his family --Mr. & Mrs. Melvin E. Thomas by the Thomas Family

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ February 1 H. Clifford Forbes by Helen Hurlburt February 2 Ruth Donelson Warner by her nieces, Dorothy Fisher Flagg and Eunice Fisher Trevitt on the anniversary of her birth February 3 Mary Stuart Hoge --Antoinette Clark by her sons; Steve, Gene, Jon & Brian and their families on the anniversary of her birth February 4 Jane Nellis Case by her late sons, Dr. Jarvis D. and Carroll Buron Case --John A. Taylor, Jr. by his family on the anniversary of his birth February 5 Helen Lindberg Tracy by her friends February 8 Chesleigh Bittner by his wife and family


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The Spire Will Be Lighted In Loving Memory Of... February 9 Marion Livingston Johnson by her daughters and son-in-law; Beverly and Frank Diamond Elaine Johnson & Shirley Johnson on the anniversary of her birth February 12 Carmela and Nunzio Rottino by their children February 14 SarahGrace “Jaye” Jarvis by her husband, James H. Jarvis on the anniversary of their engagement --John and Virginia Derohanian Happy Valentine’s Day Mom & Dad Love, Mark, Suzie, Barry & family February 15 Leslie Bingham by Rena Bingham --Richard Gorman by his children on the anniversary of his birth February 17 Anna and Anton Erickson by their granddaughter, Mrs. Vincent Santangelo --Lori Niver, my sweet little niece by Aunt Joanie and Uncle Joe on the anniversary of her death February 18 Virginia Derohanian on the anniversary of her death Love, Mark, Suzie, Barry & family --Dr. George N. P. Mead February 19 Anna B. Judd by her late husband, Edwin B. Judd

February 21 Edward B. Ames by his son, Edward B. Ames, Jr. on the anniversary of his birth February 22 Rev. John Whiting, first pastor of South Church --Sandra Bailey Igielski, a dear friend by Shirley Johnson & Elaine Johnson on the anniversary of her birth February 24 Kathleen Elizabeth Dobbin by her parents, Sylvia and Owen Dobbin --Tom Stewart by the Stewart Family on the anniversary of his birth February 25 Florence Arnold Gager by her family February 26 Sadie B. Saich by Mrs. Richard B. Saich --Virginia Sexton Hanks by her husband, the late Stedman Hanks, and daughters, Beverly Beckwith & Elizabeth Hanks February 27 Jack P. Nelson by his late wife , Elena February 28 George M. Hotra by his daughter --Louise Daniels by her late daughter, Cynthia Anderson and family --Gertrude Morton Hurlburt by her late daughters, Mrs. Barbara H. Brooks & Helen H. Hurlburt ---

February 28 Mrs. George A. Ray by her family on the anniversary of her birth --Ted Tolman by his wife, Ann --Florence Bryant by South Church Women In observance of… February 22 340th Anniversary of the founding of South Church by the late In observance of… February 22 340th Anniversary of the founding of South Church by the late Dr. Henry David Gray


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Al-Anon / Alateen Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups is a fellowship of people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, usually a family member or close friend. There are numerous groups all around the world. Here in Connecticut there are approximately 260 groups. These groups meet in different towns, on different days, and at different times, so it is fairly easy to find at least one meeting that is reasonably convenient. Most meetings are only open to those who are being or have been affected by another person’s abuse of

Submitted by: Sue Guilford

alcohol. This allows us to share our experiences, our hope and our strength openly and honestly with each other. The LDC/Office here in the church is Al-

“…holidays are often a very difficult time for families dealing with an alcoholic.” Anon/Alateen’s official location for business and legal purposes. While our primary task is to sell confer-

ence approved literature to our members and interested outside parties, we also answer phone and mail inquiries about meeting locations, speak with people who want to learn more about our program, and store our collected memorabilia and items used for various events such as our convention and area assemblies. We enjoy visitors and are hope people will stop and say hello and learn more about us. When our fellowship voted to establish the LDC/Office here it was for a 3 year trial. On Saturday, November 7,

the Al-Anon/Alateen Assembly, consisting of all the meeting groups in CT, met in Gray Hall and voted to continue this office indefinitely. The holidays are often a very difficult time for families dealing with an alcoholic. Our web site: www.ct-al-anon.org lists meetings throughout the state as well as some basic information about Al-Anon and Alateen. We also have a 24/7 answering service that can supply callers with meeting times and locations. That number is 1-888-8252666.

2010 Holidays (Church Office Closed) Friday, January 1 New Year’s

Monday, May 31 Memorial Day

Monday, October 11 Columbus Day

Friday, November 26 Day after Thanksgiving

Monday, January 18 ML King Birthday

Monday, July 5 Independence Day

Thursday, November 11 Veteran’s Day

Friday, December Christmas Eve Day

Monday, September 6 Labor Day

Thursday, November 25 Thanksgiving

Monday, December 27 Christmas Day

schools are closed or delayed, the church will be closed or delayed as well. Listen for closings and delays on radio station WTIC

1080 am or WFSB, Channel 3 TV. These stations also post the information on their websites: w w w . w t i c . c o m ,

www.965tic.com www.wrch.com.

Monday, February President’s Day

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Church Closings The church office follows the Hartford Public School Board of Education for closing and delays in inclement weather. If the

or

Special Services Funerals Ruth Peterson 11/12/09 (Karl Hahn’s sister) Thomas Higgins 12/22/09

Weddings Emily Merris & Adam Bryers 12/12/09


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January/February Birthdays January 4 Elaine Johnson

January 15 Tony Marzano, Sr.

February 20 Nora Dunphy

January 5 Gerald Hancock

January 24 Phyllis Arnold

February 22 Elfriede Zitani

January 6 Chris Savery

January 27 Juanita Irvine

February 26 Marj Weidlich

January 7 Carol Lockard

February 1 Barbara Bradley

February 27 John Magnee

January 9 Shelly Casiano Carl Williams

February 5 Jean Doll

January 10 Rena Bingham Arline Rich January 14 Barbara Stebbins

February 8 Jackie Wyman

“I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.”

February 12 Linda Conner February 14 Ginna Miller

~ Ecclesiastes 8:15

FACILITY Wondering what’s happening to our building? During 2009 your Church Council approved the repair of the Westside sidewalk and curb; the clean-up of the Memorial Garden (Phase 1 and 2); replacement of pneumatic controls

Submitted by: Robert Jones, Church Council

with digital controls for the air-conditioning and heating systems; repair/replacement of broken heating pipes in the MANNA portion of the church; repair of a crack in the boiler under the Meeting House; purchase of

shelving for the Archive Room (former Bride’s Room); energy audit for the entire church replacement of lights, installation of sensors in various areas, reduction in cost per kilowatt hour.

The cooling tower replacement unit work will begin early 2010 and should be completed by spring just in time for summer services in the Chapel. Another 2010 project, to be discussed, is replacing the brownstone in front of the Meeting House.

C H U RC H C O U NC I L ME E T I N G S Your Church Council meets every 4th Thursday of each month @ 7:00 pm, however, the January meeting will be held on the third

Tuesday, January 19. The meetings are held in the Bryant Room and all church members are invited to attend.

Note: Meeting changes will be noted in the Sunday worship bulletin prior to each meeting with proper notification.


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Where in the World is Pastor Adam? Were you aware that on October 5, 2009 severe floods hit Messina in northeastern Sicily? Twenty three people lost their lives, thirty -five are missing and five hundred twenty lost their homes. South Church is proud to recognize Tina Marzano for organizing a successful fund raiser Pastor Adam attended on November 21st at the Casa Mia Restaurant in Hartford which raised significant funds to help those most in need. Well done Tina! The Artist’s Collective held an Open House on November 22nd where Pastor Adam was able to present to Ms. Dollie McLean, the Board of Directors and gathered guests, with our $5,000 gift for 2009. On November 25th Pastor Adam and Leslie Watkins presented Gloria McAdam (President of FoodShare) with our $10,000 donation and got a tour of their new warehouse. What an operation! The literally “tons” of

food that they distribute to the hungry in Connecticut is absolutely astounding!

Mr. J. Ronald Terwillger, Chairman and CEO of Trammell Crow Residential – who recently made a $5 million gift to establish the ULI Terwillger Center for Workforce Housing; a similar $5 million gift to the Enterprise Foundation; and a $100 million gift to Habitat for Humanity – was the featured speaker at the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity held a 20th Anniversary Celebration held at the Town and Country Club on December 2nd which Pastor Adam attended. South Church has supported Habitat for Humanity for years giving $5,000 in 2008 and another $5,000 in

2009 toward the building of the House of Abraham as well as hosting refreshments and prayer at worksites throughout Hartford. Captain Jeff Bache and Pastor Adam appeared on WFSB TV 3’s Better Connecticut morning show with Scott Haney on December 4th to promote the Christmas concert featuring the Taubl family. You can see the clip at: http:// www.wfsb.com/ video/21825772/index.html At the December 5th Christmas concert Pastor Adam welcomed our emcee for the evening Jerry Kristafer and presented gifts to Doug Sudell, CEO of Hands of Hartford; John Ferucci, Executive Director South Park Inn; and the Rev. Rob Swanson Executive Director of FaithCare. Gloria McAdam, Dollie McLean, and Major R. Douglas Hart joined us as well. On Monday December 14th at the WTIC 1080 AM Sal-

vation Army Holiday Store in Avon, Ray Dunaway interviewed Pastor Adam live on the radio as he presented the South Church donation of $10,000 to the Salvation Army and challenged other churches to match it. On December 18th Pastor Adam appeared with Brad Davis on WDRC at Augie & Ray’s in East Hartford where he was able to present him with a check for $2,000 in support of the U.S. Marines “Toys for Tot’s” campaign. South Church put him over the $15,000 mark! And, finally, on December 29th Pastor Adam delivered a gift of $2,000 to the Open Hearth in Hartford. Where will he be next? “Wherever He wants!” Pastor Adam says, “Here I am Lord, send me!”

God Bless The Parents Who Drugged Us After reading in the newspaper about a Meth-lab found in the adjoining county a friend asked me a rhetorical question. “Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?” I replied, “I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to fam-

ily reunions and community socials no matter the weather. I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me. I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my

mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockle burrs out of dad’s fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood; and, if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kind-

ness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed. Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if some of today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.” God bless the parents who drugged us.


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Submitted by: Leslie Watkins, Church Administrator

When you are admitted to Hartford Hospital, or are attended to in the Hospital’s Emergency Department or in a Hospital clinic, you will be subject to a number of different charges. Some are covered by Free Bed Funds; others are not. The Free

Bed Funds do not cover all costs associated with your care at the Hospital.

THE FREE BED FUND WILL COVER THE F O L L O W I N G CHARGES OR COSTS: Hospital Costs All costs of the hospital related to your hospital stay, including your room, use of specialized medical equipment, the costs of radiology and pathology tests, including the costs of technicians, nursing and other care givers, but not including the charges of the radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists and any other attending or consulting physicians. Most physicians at the Hospital are private attending

physicians who are not employees of the Hospital, and their charges are not covered by Free Bed Funds. Occasionally, a Hospitalemployed physician may be brought in to consult with a patient, and his or her charges will be covered by Free Bed Funds. Emergency Room Costs The Emergency Room staff physicians are employees of the Hospital, and the costs of their care are eligible for coverage by the Free Bed Funds. (Services provided by private attending physicians, including those consulting with Emergency Room physicians, usually are not employees of the Hospital, and their charges are not covered by Free Bed Funds.) Clinic Charges All charges for care in a Hartford Hospital clinic, including use of specialized medical equipment, the costs of radiology and pathology tests (including the costs of technicians), nursing and other caregivers are

Hartford Hospital Free Bed Funds covered. Attending physicians are private practitioners and their charges are not covered. Other Outpatient Service The cost of outpatient surgery at Hartford Hospital, including use of specialized medical equipment, prescription drugs (only if dispensed from the Hospital pharmacy). All non-physician outpatient services, including those at the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, including the costs of chemotherapy and radiation therapy Air ambulance (Life Star) costs. THE FREE BED FUND WILL NOT COVER THE FOLLOWING CHARGES OR COSTS: Ambulance charges (other than Life Star). The ambulance company will bill you separately for these. All physician charges, except the charges of Hospital employed physicians (Emergency Room, some

consultants). The physicians at Hartford Hospital are private practitioners, and charge for their services separate and apart from the bill for Hospital costs. Physicians include among others: • Attending physicians (whether at the Hospital or in their offices) • Surgeons • Anesthesiologists • Radiologists • Consulting physicians Physical, occupational or vocational therapy charges, unless rendered while you are in the Hospital. Nursing Home and home health care following inpatient or outpatient care at the Hospital or a Hospital clinic. Note: To apply for Free Bed Funds please forward your Hartford Hospital bill to the Church Administrator for submission to Patient Accounts at Hartford Hospital for payment.

Tidbits We are trying something different at our Church Meeting in January. After worship there will be a luncheon in Gray Hall to be followed by the business meeting also in Gray Hall. Please join us!

As this newsletter was going to print we received news that our Moderator Andy Higgins and his wife Lois lost their son Tom Higgins to cancer on December 17th. We all offer the Higgins family our deepest condolences and keep them in prayer.

Keaon Brown was recently accepted to Temple University! He’s not completely sure as to whether he will attend or not yet but it is quite an accomplishment to even be accepted by such a great school! Congratulations Keaon!

Congratulations to Sam Nash (Danielle WymanNash‟s husband) on his promotion to the rank of Sergeant. Danielle is the granddaughter of Mo and Jackie Wyman, daughter of Maury and Laurie Wyman and was married here at South Church June 28, 2008.


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THE TORCHBEARER

New Year‟s Resolutions? The practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a New Year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. In reality, there is no difference between December 31st and January 1st. Nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31st. The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. However, if a Christian determines to make a New

Year’s resolution, the question is what kind of resolution should he or she make?

Common New Year’s resolutions are: to quit smoking, to stop drinking, to manage money better, and spend more time with family. Many Christians make New

Year’s resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are fantastic goals, however, in the end these New Year’s resolutions fail just as often as the nonspiritual resolutions, because there is no power in a New Year’s resolution itself. So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions: (1) Pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) Rely on God’s strength to help you; (4) Find an ac-

countability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) Don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead allow them to motivate you further; (6) Don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5-6; NLT) Happy New Year!

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