Congregational Church of Putnam

Volume 26

The Beacon

May, 2022

Number 5

Pastor’s Letter

The season of Easter continues throughout May. Pentecost will not come until the first Sunday in June. The Easter Season reminds Christians that the Risen Christ, the Living God, is among us; Emmanuel, God, is with us.

Christ tells us not to base our lives on fear, yet we still face newly rising Covid numbers. The infection rate is still relatively low compared with January of 2022. Still, as of today, May 1st, data shows a 54% increase in infections in Connecticut in the last 14 days. However, as of April 28th, the case numbers are considered “low” by comparative national and state standards.

Those over 50 and those immune-compromised are encouraged to get a fourth booster shot for additional protection six months after one’s last booster. We want this to be behind us, but some still feel stalked by the disease. Please consider masking in indoor public settings if you feel uncomfortable and consider social distancing from those not in your household in such environments. Masking is not a mandate but simply a suggestion to protect others, yourself, and your family. One could be fully vaccinated, not have any symptoms, and still, carry the infection to others.

We also feel the anxiety of the Russian-Ukrainian war, which now seems to be proving to be a long struggle. Continue to pray for peace in this world and our lives. All face inflation, but those on fixed incomes must be affected disproportionately. The immediate pain is real. Peace will come. Inflation will level out and fall. Remember, God’s time is not our own, and justice will come to those who seek it.

The life of The Congregational Church of Putnam got to recognize and affirm the Baptism of Sofia Farnsworth Dunton on the last Sunday of April. After several years of closure, as Spring rises, so may we. The vitality of a church relies on families and their children. We welcome all who come and seek. Let us pursue affirmations of faith for those who come, no matter who they are or where they are in life’s journey. Christ turned no one away. He asked that we love one another as He has loved us. Let Christ’s welcome to those who lacked faith, the Gentiles, and those who judge others for their sins share Christ’s abundant welcome to all. That is the nature of our members. God’s grace remains in our hearts.

I invite people to come to me with questions, concerns or just to chat. I am in the office Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:00 AM until 3:00. I can be reached by cell phone at 603-812-1161. Feel free to call the church as well. If you call and should I not pick up, leave a message and I will return your call. Use the cell number to text me as well. I will respond. I check my email repeatedly every day, so consider emailing me as well, at namichaud@comcast.net. If office hours do not work for your schedule, I am generally available for scheduled appointments at your convenience. I cannot know what your concerns may be unless we communicate. Reach out and I will reach back promptly.

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Dear Church members and friends:

Why do you give to your church?

We each have different motivations and capacities for giving, and every gift and pledge received is essential for the operation and maintenance of our church. I hope your support for our church comes from a profound sense of gratitude and joy for all you receive through your relationship with God and the members of our church.

So far this year, as of April 1st, the expenses paid out for our church has been almost $80,000 with 2 more months to go. Heating, electric, water, salaries, housing, etc. all enter into this equation. Without your pledge and commitment to follow through each month, the church cannot survive.

Our church has ministered faithfully for over a century – not because members have given year after year out of duty, obligation, guilt or fear. Such motivations can’t sustain an institution for over a century. Our church is still ministering today because members like you have counted themselves blessed and have therefore supported its mission with generous gifts of gratitude and joy. Now it’s up to us.

Luke 6:38 says: “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Malachi 3:10
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

These two verses are promises of God and God is not a liar. His promises are true. We serve a living, powerful, trustworthy, holy, loving God and He is faithful to all His promises. Bill and I have learned over the years that we cannot out give God. He has provided everything for us from our salvation through Jesus to our daily bread. We give with grateful hearts for all He has
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Please consider making a financial pledge by May 15th. Some members tithe, committing ten percent of their income to the work and missions of our church. Others give proportionally by committing a certain percentage. Still, others give as they are able.
What is most important is that everyone supports in the form of a financial pledge. We ask that you prayerfully consider how you might contribute.

Let’s test God in this and watch Him throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Your sister in Christ, Terri Pearsall

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The Crew: April, 2022

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Thank you

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”  Colossians 3:23-24

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Make Note:

Do you enjoy signing? Do you play an instrument?
The church Choir would love for you to join them.
Marilee is the Church Music Director and would love to answer any questions you have.

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Bill Pearsall and Bob Picard invite you to take part in the Sunday morning services. There is a sign up board in the back of the church. The pay is outstanding!

The Greeters / Ushers: this job is great with 2 people they start out by welcoming people as they come into church and hand out the bulletins. They collect the morning’s offerings during the church service.

The Reader:  During the time in the church service this person walks up front and reads the section of scripture from the bulletin or the bible, which ever you choose.

Fellowship:  When you sign up for this you’re bringing goodies to the table for your fellow church family to enjoy after church.  The church has the coffee in the kitchen; there is always someone who can help with set up. If you sign up for this please allow yourself time to stay for clean up.

Communion Servers:  This happens on the first Sunday of each month. During communion the servers hand out the little cups and the bread.

If any of these jobs sound like something you would like to try, take a moment and sign up.

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Faith Fellowship Minutes
March 13, 2022

 Pastor Norman opened the meeting with prayer.

Larry Christy made a motion to accept the Secretary’s report with correction, 2nd by Roberta Solomon, all in favor, the motion carried.

Bill Pearsall made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented, 2nd by Jan Christy, all in favor, the motion carried.

A big thank you was made to everyone that cleaned, tossed and brightened the church. Jan asked to buy a rug for Joanie’s room. A motion was made by Roberta Solomon to allow up to $150 to purchase a rug for Joanie’s room, 2nd by Kat, all in favor, the motion carried. Jan and Larry also volunteered to help clean up other rooms.

Kat Farnsworth requested permission to purchase first aid kits for the church. Michelle Lowell made a motion to buy 2 new first aid kits, 2nd by Terri Pearsall, all in favor, the motion carried.

Jan Christy asked to buy a rug for Joanie’s Room. Roberta Solomon made a motion to buy a rug up to $150, 2nd by Kat Farnsworth, all in favor, the motion carried. Jan and Larry also volunteered to help clean up other rooms in the church

Paula Plourde – Spring Vendor Event – The date has been changed to April 30th. Paula sent an email stating there are 40 vendors, she bought items for the craft table totaling $59.83, Paula will supply sign-up sheets and she has asked to purchase a sign for advertising. Jan Christy made a motion to purchase a sign (banner) to hang in front of the church, 22nd by Kat Farnsworth, all in favor, so moved. There were a lot of unanswered questions that arose concerning this event so it was decided that Kat will email Paula with the questions.

Pasta Dinner has been moved to Saturday, April 2nd. Kat will have sign-up sheets available. It will be sit down and take out and an ad will be in the Shoppers Guide.

The Courthouse Bar and Grill will sponsor a dining for a cause for our church on Thursday, April 21st which will be an all day event and 10% will be given to the church.

First Bell order will go out March 13th. An order for 16 bells was made and the profit was $176.
It was decided that FF would purchase 25 bells to sell at the Spring Fling Vendor Fair and other church events. Kat will drive up to New Hampshire to pick up the bells.

Woodstock Fair – Terri Pearsall is the lead and Roberta Solomon will head up the scheduling for the weekend.

Small pots and pans have been purchased for the kitchen.

First Fridays:  Kat is the lead and Liz will help her with these events:
May 6th – Planting flowers: Donations of dirt, marigolds and flower pots are needed
June 3rd – Petting zoo & Adopt a pet – stuffed animal’s $5.00- Petting zoo will be 6:00 – 8pm. There will be a donation jar at the entrance and all money collected will go back to FF. There is a charge of $295.
July 1st – Ice Cream Sundaes - $5.00
August 5th – Lemonade Stand, large game (connect four) & an art project
Larry Christy made a motion to accept these ideas and cover the cost of each event, 2nd by Roberta Solomon, all in favor, the motion carried.

First Friday Sponsorship – Jan Christy made a motion that we purchase a sponsorship for First Friday for $450, 2nd by Liz, all in favor, the motion carried. This is a great advertising opportunity for the church in a full color program.  5000 programs are distributed throughout the region.

Polish Dinner – May 7th, 5:00-6:30pm, sit down & take out, $15/adult, $8/children Solomon’s are taking the lead for this event.

Harvest Fair Committee – Annette is the lead, Michelle Lowell will help and Terri Pearsall volunteered to be on the committee. The Fair will be in October. The committee will meet and report back to FF.

Raffle Baskets: April will be a spring theme
Polish Dinner & First Friday’s – Kat will head this up, Liz will make one basket, Roberta will do one for July.
Other dinner/fundraising ideas

Church t-shirts – it was suggested to use Terri’s Embroidery here in Putnam. We have already had shirts made up, Terri Pearsall will bring hers in to get the logo that was used.

Terri Pearsall shared a thank you note from Tom Meyer for the reception the church organized for Gracie Marcy’s funeral.

Motion to adjourn by Michelle Lowell – all in favor….. Next FF meeting:  Sunday, April 10th at 11am

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Thank you to everyone who supported the Church fundraiser on Thursday, April 21nd. When I checked in we made over $300.00, we will have the finally tally at the next Faith

See you then. Kat

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Join Bill, Bob, Marc and Norman and other familiar faces at the Men’s Breakfast on May 12th at 9:00am at Mariaka’s Place in Putnam CT.

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May 6th – Planting flowers:
June 3rd – Petting zoo & Adopt a pet stuffed animal’s $5.00-
July 1st – Ice Cream Sundaes - $5.00 August 5th – Lemonade Stand, large game (connect four) & Bubble wand craft project.


If you would like to help Kat with any of these events, please reach out.

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Strawberry Cannoli Tart

Use fresh summer strawberries to make this delightful tart inspired by the classic Italian cannoli. The filling begins with ricotta, which is scented with vanilla and orange zest, fluffed with whipped cream, and set with gelatin. The crust is a simple press- in dough that tastes like sugar cookies but crunches like a cannoli shell. Be sure to budget at least an hour for the filling to set—this is a make-ahead dessert, and well worth the wait.

This strawberry tart looks so pretty when baked in a rectangular tart pan, so here we used a 14-by-5½-inch pan. However, you can also use a 9- or 10-inch round pan, if that’s what you have. Also, you can prepare and bake the crust up to two days ahead of time (cover and store at room temperature).

Yield: 8 servings

For the crust

Ingredients
•½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
•¹⁄3 cup granulated sugar
•1 large egg yolk
•1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
•¼ teaspoon table salt
•1 ½ tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions
First, make the crust: Using a handheld or stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar in a medium bowl on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Add the egg yolk and beat until combined. Add the flour and salt and beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the cream and mix on low until the dough comes together. Gather the dough into a ball, press into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.

Break the dough into pieces and press them into the tart pan and up the sides to create an even layer about ¹⁄8 inch thick (pay attention to the corners, where dough tends to pile up). Dip the flat bottom of a cup in flour and use it to press the dough more evenly. Transfer the pan to the refrigerator to firm up for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°.

Prick the bottom of the pastry shell all over with a fork. Bake the pastry shell for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and use the back of a teaspoon to press down any areas that have puffed up. Return to the oven and bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes more. Remove and let cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, make the filling.
 
For the filling

Ingredients
•¼ cup milk
•1 package (2½ teaspoons) gelatin
•1 ¾ cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
•½ cup powdered sugar
•1 ¼ teaspoons orange zest
•1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
•¼ teaspoon table salt
•¾ cup heavy cream
•1 pound strawberries sliced, plus raspberries or red currants (optional), for garnish

Instructions
Pour the milk into a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over it, and let sit for 5 minutes to soften. Set the saucepan over medium heat, gently whisking, just until the mixture begins to steam, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, powdered sugar, orange zest, vanilla extract, and salt. Add the milk-gelatin mixture and stir until blended.

In a large bowl, whip the cream to medium peaks. Gently fold the cream into the ricotta mixture until blended. Pour the filling into the prepared tart shell and chill until set, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Garnish with strawberry slices in a shingled pattern, adding vertical slices for height and variety. Add raspberries or red currants, if desired. Serve cold, with extra strawberry slices on the side

contact_information

It’s a great time to update your contact information with the church office.
The church email is putnamcongchurch@gmail.com.

Church Contacts

Pastor:
Norman Michaud                          603-812-1161            namichaud@comcast.net
Moderator: Audrey Lombardi                  860-942-3717            audreysnel@yahoo.com
Trustee:  Robert Thompson                                                         robertmthompson@outlook,com
Deacon:  Bill Pearsall:                                                                  billterri39@att.net
Deacon: Bob Picard:                                 860-481-0007           robertpicard881@gmail.com
Church Treasurer: Jo-Anne Joslinalan                                        joslin@att.net
Faith Fellowship: Kat Dunton                   860-481-2519           tmp0409072@yahoo.com
Church Secretary / Sexton: Kat Dunton
FF Treasurer & Secretary: Terri Pearsall                                  billterri39@att.net
Music Director: Marilee Morse                                                  Marilee.morse@icloud.com

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
Putnamcongchurch@hotmail.com

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Remembrance Flowers are in Loving Memory of

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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

May Birthday’s & Anniversaries

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4th Barry Shead, 7th Eleanor Thompson, 14th George Grossman, 15th Roberta Sharpe, 18th Ruth Bates, David Gilbert, 21st Deb Dumouchel, 22nd Larry Christy, 23rd Fred Veltheim, Shawn Veltheim, 26th Rob Farnsworth, 30th Sarah Mignault

Happy_Anniversary

3rd Tom & Bunnie Meyer, 10th Barry & Brenda Shead