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April 2019

FREE Webinar: Small Church Checkup: Assessing Your Church's Health and Creating a Treatment Plan

Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online
T Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern Leader: Kay Kotan There are three kinds of small churches: not yet big, stable, and smaller. This learning source will walk you through an assessment to help you determine what type of small church you...

FREE Webinar: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Thursday, April 25, 2019 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Online
Thursday April 25 from 1:00-2:30. Sexual Harassment can more easily be prevented when everyone, employers and employees, is aware of what constitutes unlawful sexual harassment, how any complaints must be handled, and the responsibilities of ...

Sustainable Values in a Climate Crisis World

Sunday, April 28, 2019 6:30 PM
Location: The Congregational Church of Weston
After Easter and the first Sunday after Earth Day Jim Antal, the former Massachusetts Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ, and author of the book Climate Church, Climate World, will be visiting Weston on April 28. There will be a ...

9th Annual CTUCC Youth Revival

Sunday, May 5, 2019 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: First Congregational Church in Bloomfield
First Congregational Church in Bloomfield Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 PM 9th Annual CTUCC Youth Revival    WHAT IS A REVIVAL? This is a dynamic worship service that will your renew your spirit.  Come and lift your praises, celebrate vitality, and embrace ...

Synod Environmental Resolutions Webinar

Thursday, June 6, 2019 2:00 PM
The UCC's Council for Climate Justice is sponsoring a webinar in which lead authors and advocates for five environmentally-related resolutions will present on their respective resolutions. The webinar is for anyone in the UCC regardless of ...

UCC Musicians Association National Conference

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 to Friday, June 28, 2019
Location: First Congregational UCC
Join the United Church of Christ Musicians Association at their national conference planned for Tuesday, June 25 to Friday, June 28 at First Congregational UCC in Madison, Wisconsin. This event immediately follows the UCC Synod in Milwaukee and is ...
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2019 Craigville Theological Colloquy

Monday, July 8, 2019 to Friday, July 12, 2019
This year's topic:  Faith & Science:  The Choices We Make The full-week colloquy experience includes:  Presentations, biblical reflections, morning prayer, workshops, Taize worship service, small group discussions, singing in the choir, many ways ...
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The Fiscal Cliff: Part 1 of Navigating the Wilderness

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Online
Session 1: July 10, 2019, 7 PM Financial Forecasting and Communication Is your church approaching a financial cliff? Are you wondering how to avoid going off the edge? Read the attached flyer for a primer on how church’s wind up on the edge of the ...

Webinar: Sunday School Curriculum Overview

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Leader: Debbie Kolacki A Faith Formation Resources Webinar Join us as we take a look at Sunday school curriculum options for children and youth. We’ll discuss considerations for selecting curriculum, age level groupings, and the different types of ...

Webinar: Unleashing God’s Word in the Lives of Children: Introducing Bible Story Basics

Thursday, August 8, 2019 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Leader: Nancy Speas Hill A Faith Formation Resources Webinar Bible Story Basics, new from Abingdon Press for Fall 2019, is a comprehensive 3-year Bible study built to help children understand the overarching story of God’s Word. Underlying each ...

Webinar: Holy Currencies

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leader: Eric H.W. Law This webinar will explore a holistic process for awesome stewardship and for creating sustainable and missional ministries. The Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, which...

Webinar: Intergenerational Preaching: Reaching People in the Pews and in the Public Square

Thursday, September 5, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online
Leader: Mark Jefferson This webinar will offer an opportunity to explore methods and approaches for effective preaching to engage different generational perspectives in the church space and beyond.  The Rev. Mark Anderson Jefferson, PhD, currently ...

FREE Webinar: Intentional Older Adult Ministry

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leader: Richard Gentzler The objectives for this one-hour webinar are: to recognize why many churches are "graying," clarify the role of the congregation in an aging society, identify various older ministry models and ideas for ministry, describe ...
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FREE Webinar: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family and Church

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leader: Sarah Lund Join the Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, pastor, author and educator, for a conversation about the power of breaking the silence about mental illness, family and church. You will be inspired and equipped with practical resources to help ...
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Maintenance to Mission: Part 2 of Navigating the Wilderness

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Online
Session 2: September 17 2019, 7 PM Clarity on Why we are Church Is your church struggling with missional clarity and instead simply riding a cyclical wave of liturgy and activity? Are you wondering how to re-energize your ministries? Charlie ...

FREE Webinar: Exploring Advent Adult Studies

Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leader: Sarah LundLeader: Debbie Kolacki Advent is the perfect time to offer a small group study which prepares hearts and souls for the birth of Jesus. Most of the Advent studies available fit into a four or five week time frame; besides the ...
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General Association 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019 to Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Location: The Hartford Marriott Farmington

Called to Teach Online Course: September 23 through October 14, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019
September 23, 2019 - October 14, 2019 Leader: Debbie Kolacki Cost: $50 This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. If you are a new Sunday school teacher or an experienced teacher who wants to grow, this three-week course on is for you. ...
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FREE Webinar: Simplifying Church Structure

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leader: Doug Bixby Participants in this workshop will explore ways to simplify church structure, so that you have fewer meetings and more ministry, less conflict and more community. We will talk about ways of streamlining decision making while ...
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FREE Webinar: Connecting to Your Community Through Arts Ministry

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leader: Joy Skjegstad Arts ministry can be a new and creative way to connect with the community around your church. Learn how to build connections with the artists in your community and congregation and design an arts ministry that fits your ...
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FREE Webinar: Meet the Author: Tales of the Inner City

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leader: Scott Bryte Author Scott Bryte will discuss his book, Tales of the Inner City, a collection of twelve Bible Stories written and illustrated in a style that is a twisted mash up of Alice in Wonderland, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and ...
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FREE Webinar: Improving Your Church's Web Presence

Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leader: Eric Seiberling Today, people use the Internet to find things they need, research things they are interested in and use it as they would use the Yellow Pages, 411 or even a map. Like it or not, your church is already online. The question is, ...
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The Changing 21st Century Sunday School

Monday, October 28, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019, through Monday, November 18, 2019 Cost: $50 This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Leader: Debbie Kolacki If you’re involved with Sunday school, either as a superintendent, CE director, teacher, or another capacity, then you’...

FREE Webinar: Faithification: Gamifying Faith Formation

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leader: Stephanie Luedtke Gamification has become a popular approach to education, professional development, and even fitness. (Anyone working for that next badge on your Fitbit?) Why not take the excitement and motivation to faith formation? Take a ...
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Western Region Retired Clergy Lunch - Westfield, MA

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: First Congregational Church
Save the date! The retired clergy luncheon is an annual luncheon for all retired clergy and their guest in the Western Region. Retired clergy from any association are invited to attend this fun luncheon. Invitations will be sent out the middle of ...

FREE Webinar: Making God's Word Come Alive: Interactive Preaching and Storytelling

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leaders: Karen Ware Jackson and Heather Roth Johnson Join Heather Johnson and Karen Ware Jackson as they explore different ways to involve the congregation in God's Word in worship. We'll share some of our favorite work as well as walk through best ...
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Living on the Hinge of History with Defiant Hope: Engaging the Climate Crisis

Sunday, November 10, 2019 to Friday, November 15, 2019
Location: Ghost Ranch Retreat and Conference Center
A retreat led by former MA Conference Minister and President Jim Antal at the Ghost Ranch Retreat Center in Abiquiu, NM The climate crisis provides people of faith with opportunities to embrace new vocations rooted in hope expressed in action. We ...

Living Water Workshop

Sunday, November 17, 2019 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Barrington Congregational Church
Living Water, a free eco-justice retreat for all, is offered to bring communities together to dialogue about environmental justice and the sacred, as well as to provide an opportunity to take creative action together.  Come, enjoy a day of retreat, ...

Community Build a Bed for Children in Need

Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Is your youth group or adult church team interested in helping a child in need? How about building them a bed?? The Mass Coalition for the Homeless' Bed for Every Child is now in its 7th year and continues to have a simple mission that has a huge ...