Congregational Church of Putnam

Volume 26

The Beacon

May, 2021

Number 5

Pastor’s Letter
May 2021

Dear Friends:
We are gradually regaining many of our cherished activities. I anticipate that May will be a lively month for us here in Putnam. Many of you have now returned to “in person” worship and it is a special joy to greet you after so many months of staying in touch remotely.

We are continuing to provide remote worship by Zoom, as we now understand that this option broadens our ability to reach out and stay connected in new ways.

Sunday, May16th is Stewardship Sunday. We might also call it Sundae Sunday, since we are planning an Ice Cream Social following worship to celebrate the occasion. I’ve noticed that after over a year or more of isolated living, life’s simplest pleasures seem very special, indeed. I’ve visited with two of my grandchildren in recent weeks, and on both occasions, I had tears in my eyes.

May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. The pandemic has sharpened the focus on the reality of mental illness. If you would like to learn about the local chapter of NAMI, the National Association for Mental Illness, I suggest that you speak with Bill and Terri Pearsall who head up the local chapter. NAMI is a very important source of support for families who are navigating mental health services. I have long relied on their resources in assisting persons and families.

 On Sunday, May 23rd, we are trying out a new church tradition. At 1:30 pm we will celebrate the “Blessing of the Animals” outdoors, offering this occasion to the whole community. Everyone is invited to bring your pet dog or cat on a leash or in a carrier for a service of blessing. In recent years we have realized what a life giving and healing role our pets have with us. Even hospitals and long term care organizations have allowed pets to visit, providing a reassuring presence in stressful times.

 I also want to mention that in early June, we will have our Annual Meeting. Then on June 13, 2021, we will have a chance to say good-bye at a service of closure.
 I hope your world is gradually opening up as warmer days invite us outdoors and Covid restrictions lesson.

Yours in Christ’s service,
 Kathy

Dear Friends:

I write today to announce my intention to retire. I anticipate that my last day of service will be Sunday, June 13, 2021. Our Search Committee is currently interviewing candidates and I am confident that our church is well positioned to call a qualified and faithful settled pastor to serve and lead our church.

 In recent months through prayer and discernment, I have realized that I am ready to sell my large home and property in Barrington, RI and move to Cape Cod where I am buying a more retirement friendly home. Once fully retired, I will be living in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts and joining nearby Dennis Union Church where I served as Interim Minister following the death of my husband. I am pleased to be moving to an area where I lived for three years and made many friends.

 I realize that all transitions are challenging to us for so many reasons. Our Associate Conference Minister, the Rev. Elizabeth Garrigan-Byerly, Liz, will be guiding and resourcing us throughout this transition, making sure that we have the necessary pastoral leadership at all times.

 This letter goes to the church membership today, following last night’s Church Council meeting where I shared this news with members of the Council. I am deeply grateful to this faith community for all that we have experienced together. Your faithfulness has inspired me from my first interview with the church. Our church continues to inspire and impress our Conference leadership.

We now have about two months to accomplish our mutual goals for ministry and to take the time to both say our good-byes and prepare for the future life of our congregational community.

 Rev. Liz Garrigan-Byerly kept in touch with me during my recent stay in the hospital and offered to join us remotely and preach on Sunday, April 18, 2021. She is eager to put a face with her name and get to know us. By coincidence, I think it may be helpful for Liz to be with us, as we absorb the meaning of this coming transition. We are mastering the technology to hold worship in person that day and bring Pastor Liz onto a screen in the sanctuary as our guest preacher, accessible to both our in-person and remote persons.

 I sincerely look forward to our continuing service in ministry, as we all strive to be faithful and open to the leadership of God. The Church Council and I will do our best with the help of God to lead us through this time of challenge and change.

 Yours in Christ’s service,
 Rev. Kathy

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Moderator's Report 
May 2021

Do you remember the many times that I have written about "Change" and how challenging it can be.  Well, we as a church family have certainly gone through considerable changes over the past two years.

We survived the retirement of a beloved Pastor of 20 years.  We formed a Search Committee,  and interviewed and hired an Interim Pastor.  We came through the Covid19 Pandemic with some of us having to learn new technologies, hold Zoom meeting, conduct in person as well as virtual Worship Services, and reach out and stay connected to members isolated at home.  At the same time we were still able to meet our financial obligations.  I think we have done more than just survive, we have met these challenges and have grown because of them.

More people are getting vaccinated now and feeling comfortable venturing out to church and  activities. However, we will still be following the appropriate guidelines at any church functions.  It was wonderful to see so many people at Easter Sunrise and again at Easter Morning Service.  The sounds of people greeting each other, singing and worshiping together was exciting to hear and something so many of us has missed for so long. 

PBA's ”Pop Up Putnam" activities are happening again this summer with the first one scheduled for May 8th.  We will have venders on our front lawn and maybe some of our own as well.  Be sure to check it out.

May 16th is Stewardship Sunday; we are tentatively planning a social get together after service on the front lawn.  You will be hearing more about that very soon. Our annual meeting will be held earlier this year on June 6th. 

Well, that brings us to the point of being in store for yet more change.  As you know Pastor Kathy has announced her retirement.  Her last day with us is June 13th and her official last day is June 30th.  We are grateful for all her support and caring during these challenging times, and will miss her great stories and infectious laughter.  We look forward to one day seeing a published book of her life stories, which I'm sure will be a fascinating read.

So, on June 13th, we will be saying goodbye to Pastor Kathy with a special service followed by a reception in the chapel.  Again , you will be hearing  more about that as time approaches. So, please plan to attend and show our appreciation for her dedication to us. 

Life is full of changes, but without change there is no growth. We need to look forward to the changes in store for us, accept them and work with them in order to make it successful.  The Search Committee needs your support and prayers specially now as we are looking forward to the selection of a new, settled Pastor very soon. 

Blessings,

Audrey Lombardi
Moderator

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Blessing Box

Thank you for all the donations that you have made. We make a difference in someone life each day.
At this time I am seeking the following donations

    •$5.00 gift cards to coffee shops and eating place ( McDonalds, Bakers Dozen, DD)
    •Pocket size first aid kits
    •Space blanket
    •Deodorant for men and women
    •Hand Sanitizer ( pocket size)
    •Baby wipes
    •Socks, Men, women and children
    •Granola Bars

Church Office Email

 We have switch over to using the church Gmail account. If you have not received any emails from the church office, please send a quick hello the church office email Putnamcongchurch@gmail.com and we will make sure you’re added to the list.
Thanks you your patience.

MISSIONS
GGG- April Report: 04/25/21

Missions started the month of April, 2020 with a balance of $495.35.  During August, there were no deposits.

During the month of April, there was 1 donation: $100.00 (#208) to Reverend Kathy Henry for pastoral discretion (local family in need).

Missions ended the month of April, 2021 with a balance of $395.35.

Thank you, and God bless,
Gerard Gagne
Mission Outreach Coordinator

Congregation Church of Putnam
Search Committee: Update
04-25-21

The Search Committee continues to do well and make progress. 

Since last month, we have conducted two interviews with promising candidates, both of whom we plan to invite for a second interview, including a tour of the Church and downtown Putnam.  Before then, the Committee will work to hone second-round questions for the candidates.

The Committee continue to believe that while we may have more candidates submit their profiles, we already have strong candidates.

Be well, stay safe, and God bless!
Gerard G. Gagne, Jr.

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May Read: The Book of Longing. By Sue Monk Kidd

Remember you don’t have to finish the book to join the discussion.
 
You can find these books at your local library as well as:
Amazon.com
Thirftbooks.com
Barnes N Noble.com
Pouring and Passages in Danielson CT.

If you have any questions about the group please contact Rev. Kathy.

Happy Reading!

 “The Little Red Chair” by Alan Malizia Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7 pm. Zoom Gathering Alan is a local author, living in Danielson, Ct. His sister-in-law, Susan Malizia, is a member of our church. In this book Alan tells the story of his life. Alan contracted polio as a four year old child. Throughout his life, he has had a wonderful “can do” spirit. With the strong support of his family and his doctors, Alan has led an extraordinary life. Join us in reading and discussing this inspiring book.

Pledge Envelopes

Pledge Envelopes 

Envelopes are ready for pick up. You can either pick up your envelopes Sunday morning before or after worship. Also on Monday between 9:00 -11:00am. If you have any questions please email the church office putnamcongchurch@hotmail.com
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Remembrance Flowers are in Loving Memory of
Our Moms.

Illuminate the Music Window In Memory or in Honor of a Loved One for $5.00 per week.
Envelopes are available in the back of the church or you may call the church secretary at 860-928-4405

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