We Have a New Sign!
Thank you so much to Marge Anderson for donating the funds to purchase our new church sign. Marge was a long-time, very involved member of our church. She has since moved to South Dakota but continues to support our mission here in Kent. We send her our appreciation and best wishes!
As we move towards the season of Advent we come together to show our support of our Church and community. Please keep an eye on your mailboxes for the mailings.
Opportunities within the congregation
Monthly Book Club
This month the book club will be reading Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. The group is always looking for new members and meets virtually to discuss. Meeting virtually gives everyone anywhere the opportunity to participate. The scheduled discussion for this month is November 11 at 2pm. Please email Pastor John at FCCkentminister@gmail.com so you can be added to the zoom invite.
From Amazon.com A hilarious and moving memoir—in the spirit of Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron—about a woman who returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis
Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her brilliant husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her with serious injuries. What was a gal to do? Rhoda packed her bags and went home. This wasn’t just any home, though. This was a Mennonite home. While Rhoda had long ventured out on her own spiritual path, the conservative community welcomed her back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Rhoda’s good-natured mother suggested she date her first cousin—he owned a tractor, see.) It is in this safe place that Rhoda can come to terms with her failed marriage; her desire, as a young woman, to leave her sheltered world behind; and the choices that both freed and entrapped her.
Written with wry humor and huge personality—and tackling faith, love, family, and aging—Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.
Keeping in Touch With the Church
If you need to contact Pastor John for pastoral concerns, or for any reason, there are two ways you can do so: by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the church at 860-927-3335. Pastor John will be checking the voice mail twice a day, every day, until the church reopens. Give him a call or send him an email, and he’ll get back to you!
Online Worship Prayer Requests
We want to provide a way for you to share prayer requests during our online services. All you will need to do is email Pastor John at email@example.com or call him at church at 860-927-3335 and let him know about your prayer request. Also, please let him know if you want your prayer request shared during worship, or if you would simply like the name of the person for whom you’re making the request shared, or if you want the entire request kept confidential. Prayer requests received before noon on Saturday will be shared at that week’s service. So Keep on praying for each other!
THESE DAYS for October-December are available on the Lecture Room table. If you would like a copy but don’t have a key, please contact the church office.
Opportunities within the community
WHERE SHOULD I DONATE?
Before giving to any organization at this time of great need, the best course of action is to check out the charity with one of the major charity watchdogs, including the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Navigator. From their website you will get information and a link to the group that you are most interested in funding.
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR GIVING
Can be found here: Community non-profits
ASSISTED LIVING OPTIONS FOR LOW-INCOME ELDERS
Assisted living facilities are an excellent option for elderly adults who are no longer able to live alone in their home, but don’t require the around-the-clock care provided in a nursing home. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly challenging for elders and their families to find affordable assisted living. The high cost associated with many assisted living communities can cause a huge financial strain for many people, but especially for those individuals with lower incomes. Fortunately, various forms of financial assistance to help cover the cost of assisted living are available for those who qualify. But for many individuals, the process of determining which forms of assistance they’re eligible for and exactly what it covers can be a long and confusing process.
While the costs of assisted living and the financial assistance available for low-income elders vary from state to state, there are resources available for seniors across the country. Learn more at: Assisted Living
HELP FOR SENIORS THROUGHOUT CONNECTICUT Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. Many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help them maintain their independence and quality of life. So we created a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and care options that are available in their area. Yu can read more about our work here:
Carol Wells (800) 204-7132 Community Outreach and Senior Advocate
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