The Meriden Congregational ChurchThe Meriden Congregational Church, situated in the village of Meriden, New Hampshire, is an Open and Affirming member of the United Church of Christ. Founded in 1780, it has been a beacon of faith in this small community through the generations since.

We currently worship in a sanctuary built in 1898 after fire destoyed the previous building.  As an Open and Affirming congregation, we welcome people of all ages, races, lifestyles, and sexual orientation. As our sign says, “All Are Welcome.”

Come worship with us Sundays at 10AM in our stone church at the top of the hill.

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PADDLE POWER 2016 Sponsorship

Even as we are enjoying our annual Sabbath camping re-creation, Susan and I, (along with Ian & Erin) are really looking forward to our church’s annual participation next weekend in PADDLEPOWER 2106, a multifaceted event to raise funds for suicide prevention. We are excited about all the members of our Paddle for Jazzie Team this year, and deeply appreciate those of you who have already sponsored our team, whether at the following link, or in some other way. But we do still have one week left to make this our most sponsored year ever, with every dollar we raise being matched by our friends at Positive Tracks in recognition of the number of youth on our team.     So…..

On behalf of PADDLEPOWER 2016 Honorary Chair, our own Karen Rogers,

and all of us on our “Paddle for Jazzie” Team,

we urge those who have not already sponsored us to go to

http://www.paddlepower.org/team-pages-team-donations/userprofile/Paddle%20For%20Jazzie.html,

and click on the “sponsor us” tab.

We’re counting on, and so very grateful for, your support!

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Black Lives Matter Vigil, Book Study, & Conversation

Community Vigil
Tuesday—July 19th, from 5:30 to 6:00 PM
South West Corner of Rte 120 & Main Street, Meriden
(At the Blinking Yellow Light—Parking available nearby at “Poor Thom’s Tavern”)

Study of “The New Jim Crow,” by Michelle Alexander
Meriden Congregational Church Parish House
6:00 -7:30 PM

Refreshments & Continuing Conversation @ “Poor Thom’s Tavern”
19 Bean Road, Plainfield /Across from the Meriden Library
7:30 -8:30 PM

Every Tuesday evening, our Church hosts a weekly Community Vigil at the corner of Main St. and Rt. 120, from 5:30-6:00. This vigil is an extension of the Upper Valley VT-NH chapter of “Showing Up for Racial Justice” (SURJ), and was wonderfully well attended last week! Following the vigil this week, everyone is welcome to join us here in our Parish House to continue our study of Michelle Alexander’s ground-breaking book, “The New Jim Crow,” focusing this week on Chapter 5. Having read at least Chapter 5 would be helpful, but come anyway just to be part of the conversation! At the conclusion of our book discussion, many of us will likely travel back down to “Poor Thom’s Tavern” (19 Bean Rd., Plainfield) for refreshments and/or dinner, and less formal conversation about how we are making sense of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the issues it is raising for all of us.
We have “Black Lives Matter” signs available for folk to hold, but please feel free to make and/or bring your own signs affirming such sentiments as our stance on the side of love, our commitment to disarm hate, and/or our affirmation of solidarity with our black sisters and brothers and all those whose lives have been so tragically taken from us. Come join us for any or all of these Tuesday evening ways to “show up for racial justice” here in our community—come vigil with us, come and study with us, and/or come visit, dine, and converse with us. All are welcome at any and all of these activities!

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God’s Critters Got Blessed on June 26!

God’s critters were in good hands as we invoked St. Francis and blessed them all on Sunday, June 26. Turtles & dogs, bees & kittens, pets present and pets past were all blessed and many stories were shared.  A surprise visit by the Goodwin family and their 6 visitors from Circus Zambia added to the “God of all” theme. The 6 young Zambian men are spending their summer in the Upper Valley, staying with 3 local families, and performing occasionally.

Click here for pictures of Blessing of the Animals. You can view and download any images you wish, including a picture of the Circus Zambia visitors.

MCC Bless Animals 6-16 #03

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Pictures of If My Songs Had Wings

Pictures of “If My Songs Had Wings” – a recital by Sydney Johnstone given at Meriden Congregational Church on June 3, 2016. View and download using the following link: If My Songs Had Wings

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All-Church Auction A Great Success!

The All-Church Auction on May 1 raised $6,480, within a whisker of our $6,500 goal!  Thanks to ALL who made it possible — the donors, the bidders, the setup & cleanup people, the food providers, the cashiers, everybody! It is always so much fun!

The computer gremlins kept our data captive for several weeks, but the IT experts rescued it a few days ago so NOW we can share WHO WON WHAT at the Auction.  It is accessible here: Auction 2016 Who Won What

Thanks again to all who helped make this such a success!

Rod Wendt & Kathy Wright, Auction Co-chairs

 

 

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