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  This Weeks Happenings for October 6, 2017

Rev. Timothy Gilbert

Good Morning Congregational Church of Union, UCC,

The Scripture Reading for Sunday is Matthew 21: 33-46.  The sermon title is "Wisdom For All".

The Saint Edward Ladies Guild is having their Polish Dinner Night on Saturday, October 21, 5:30PM.  The cost is $14 a person, and it is at the Saint Edward Hall on 27 Church Street in Stafford Springs.  Buy your tickets in advance, because no tickets will be sold at the door!  Call Pat (860) 306-9419 or the parish office at (860) 684-2705, before Monday, October 16, 2017.

Wesley's Warriors are hosting a fundraising Dinner Dance and Auction at Sun Valley Resort in Stafford, CT on Saturday, November 4th.  This event is to help offset the medical costs and finance the family through this trying time.  As many people know, Wesley Woronecki is a 14 year old boy from Union, who has been battling Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of pediatric bone cancer, for many years.  We all thought he was cancer free at the end of 2016, but the cancer came back in a matter of months.  Wesley is currently undergoing chemo treatment, had radiation again and continues to fight.  If you wish to donate to the auction, you can contact Jennifer Woronecki-Morin at (860) 508-9028, or email her at  

That is all I have for now.  This past week, we have seen the shooting in Las Vegas, and I leave you with this prayer from one of my favorite people, Maren Tirabassi.

For the Via Dolorosa that is Las Vegas today
we pray, God who knows sorrow.

For those who mourn the fifty-eight who died,
we pray, God who comforts.

For those who care for five hundred injured,
and those who wait by their beds,
we pray, God our companion.

For those who were making music,
Jason Aldean and others,
and for those who went to the
Route 91 Harvest Festival for a good time,
and now have memories
playing chords of fear,
we pray, God of joyful noise and sad songs.

And for all of us-
those who did not want this 
in their Monday morning news,
those who grow more frightened
of going into any crowd,
those who knew or loved this shooter, 
those who fight for gun control,

also emergency responders,
police officers,
triage nurses, surgeons, therapists,
planners of large events,
and many this morning
who may never
have been taught how to pray,
we pray, God who listens
not to words but to hearts.

God Bless You All,
Rev. Tim