From the Pastor, January 26, 2018

HeeHaw! Get out your cowboy hat and boots, and be ready for Country Gospel Music with Don Smith at Sunday’s Worship Service!
Don Smith has been singing in churches and many other venues for over 40 years, bringing back the old hymns and hits of the past. He will tell his own story of how he came to Christ.
Don’s wife Tracey is her own inspiration, loving, caring, and friendly. Let’s give them both a warm welcome and show them LCCP hospitality!
Bring your friends who like Country Gospel, and be prepared to sing “The Old Rugged Cross,” “What a friend we have in Jesus,” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” with Don Smith.
We are going to continue Strategic Planning through Vision and Dreams, Beliefs, and Values. What do you value? What is important for this church? Read Luke 12:13-48, Sunday’s text.
“Use your ambition to try to work toward being the best at building up the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:12

From the Pastor, January 20, 2018

Hello, Snowflake! That’s you!

When the sun shines on the snow, it is beautiful! You are beautiful! Each snowflake is beautifully patterned but also unique. You too are patterned after God’s likeness, and you are unique. You are a one-of-a-kind. You are very special. There’s no one just like you. God has made you special.

Snowflakes together bring us joy as we ski, snowboard, go sledding, and make snowmen, but there are by-products of snow that we don’t embrace: slippery conditions, long hours of darkness, extreme cold, downed trees, loss of power, shoveling, plowing, snow blowing, wet feet. Why do we live in New England? What is wrong with us?

Snow reminds us of life on this earth: the beauty, the joy, and the dark side.

From the Pastor, November 22, 2017

I THANK GOD FOR LITCHFIELD COMMUNITY CHURCH! I thank God for YOU!

“You will say on that day (tomorrow!), I thank you, Lord. Thank the Lord. Proclaim God’s deeds among the peoples [at your Thanksgiving Dinner]. Declare that God gets the credit. Sing to the Lord who has done glorious things! [You can sing the Doxology, right?!] Spread the word everywhere [at the grocery store and library]. Shout and sing for joy, [town of Litchfield], because the Holy One is great among you.” (Isaiah 12)

God has been SO GOOD to us this year! Simple yet profound things like being alive, our health – no matter how limited – food, clothing, and shelter, a church that loves you!, and the specific things like a glorious Craft Fair! The Harvest Dinner. Thanksgiving Baskets to those in need. A Pastor who cares about you and loves you, faithful Church Leaders, a place to worship, new faces and old, children, youth, Community Breakfasts, etc.:

  • for the freedom to worship God as our consciences dictate.
  • for a firm foundation in Jesus Christ
  • for this church’s history, decades of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • for a beautiful building with preserved stained glass windows
  • a place to pray
  • for protection from violence, being kept safe in an unsafe world
  • for the love for each other – the family of God; friendship, companionship
  • for care for each other
  • for a beautiful corner garden, for the care of lawns and gardens and sign
  • for music, A lovely recital, special music from guests, and Joy’s music.
  • for unexpected financial blessings: a donation to heat the building, memorial gifts, a gift from the Parker Fund
  • Strawberry Festival excitement!
  • Community groups that use the building: Scouts, Seniors, Lions etc.
  • a LCTV media, facebook, web site, and youtube presence
  • Mug and Muffin: friendship and health care education
  • Baptisms (4) and weddings (2)
  • DOVE singers
  • a wonderful Study Break in Northern Ireland for the Pastor
  • First Responders and the Blanket hand off from Women’s Fellowship
  • to victims of human slavery in our area from WF
  • your heart for service through volunteering
  • A quote from 1 Chron 23:30

They were to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening.

Let’s try it!

From your Pastor:

1 Tim 1:12: “I am thankful to Christ Jesus our Lord for considering me trustworthy and appointing me to serve Jesus” in this wonderful church!

HOLY HUMOR:
From a little girl after the Thanksgiving Dinner: “I really liked the turkey, but I didn’t like what he ate.”

From the Pastor, November 10th, 2017

Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing God’s praise in the assembly of the faithful.” Psalm 149

We love music! It’s our favorite way to worship! This year’s music program includes guest singers twice a month, and Sunday is going to be a special day!

Richard Parker, Singer, Entertainer, (and Elvis impersonator, which he will not be doing Sunday) will be leading the Worship Service. He grew up in Maine in a musical family. His two older sisters sang frequently at school events, church, and on television. His grandfather played the piano by ear and toured the United States, accompanying crusades for Christ. His grandmother played the church piano and organ. Surrounded by a musical family, he and his wife were Homeland Missionaries in Maine, Michigan, New York State, and Florida. He began preaching at age 19, and has an extensive background in youth work and summer camp.

He sang in a men’s quartet, and a men’s double quartet, that produced albums of men’s Gospel music. The group toured the United States and Canada. Until recently he had a singing ministry in Virginia where he did mostly solo work in a variety of venues such as churches, political events, prisons, and television. He developed an Elvis Pressley impersonation repertoire that focused on Elvis’ Gospel music.His singing ministry includes a variety of styles — contemporary Gospel, ballads, and patriotic music.

He is a bi-vocational ordained Pastor-Evangelist. As a Master Electrician he specializes in residential, commercial, and generators. He and his wife raised five children, one of whom is a youth pastor. He recently moved to New Boston, and lives with his wife, Bonnie. Come prepared to worship through music!

The Worship Service will include a Tribute to Veterans, and all veterans are invited to come and be honored.

HOLY HUMOR

One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick the music, the three hymns. After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in the offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with the congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate. Rosie, who sat all the way in the back, shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns. Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to three bachelors and said, “I’ll take him and him and him!”

“When I am sad, I sing, and then others are sad with me.”