Congregational Church of Putnam

Volume 26

The Beacon

July - August, 2022

Number 7/8

Pastor’s Letter

Summer is a quiet time. The Liturgical Calendar refers to the time between Pentecost and Advent as “Ordinary Time.” Vacations come for families, and summer becomes warmer. New Englanders are known for complaining about the weather, including the heat they hope for through the long winter. The days are long with abundant sunshine, and we forget the darkness that bears down on us from November until March and the long winter nights.

At Putnam Congregational Church, we rest and reenergize during the summer months, but our work in our community continues. Faith Fellowship continues to plan and execute its programs and success.

We are committed to reorganizing our Christian Education which will include a program for youth during our Sunday Services. I am meeting with three potential resources, Hale YMCA, the Quinebaug Valley Community College, and Putnam High School. I hope to find the resources that will provide a vetted childcare worker who is willing to work with me to develop a program to serve in a one-room schoolhouse concept. We hope to have a program in September if we can find the right match. All information will be shared with the Church Council before any move can be made.

I will also continue to acquire the information for guidance in the Open and Affirming process for Putnam Congregational Church. The Church Council will review this informational program as it progresses. Of course, any movement in this direction will be guided by the Council and, eventually, the congregation. I serve as a conduit for information. The Windham Conference of Southern New England Conference will help us plan training to be scheduled for the community.
It will come to a congregational vote in the future. I cannot control the timeline. Such approval would warrant the support of a congregational vote sometime in the future.

I also would like to reestablish a Bible Study in September if there is support for this. I am fully aware that a Bible Study that focuses on women is ongoing, and I support it. But for, a more generalized Bible Study that could welcome all may be appreciated and supported. Summer is here. Plans for the fall and winter are ongoing.

Peace and grace,

Rev. Norman A. Michaud


Faith Fellowship Minutes 5/15/2022

Pastor Norman Michaud opened in prayer

Marc Ducat made a motion to accept the Secretary’s minutes as presented, 2nd by Michelle Lowell, all in favor, the motion carried.

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

Terri Pearsall made a motion to give $2,500 to the General fund to help defray the cost to repair the furnace, 2nd by Michelle Lowell, all in favor, the motion carried.

Spring Vendor Fair: Jan Christy shared concerns of the vendors that were down stairs and out in the parking lot that they did not feel a part of the fair and people did not want to go down the stairs.
Many left around 2 pm. The kitchen broke even with no profit. Kat Farnsworth shared about a scam that took place. A woman was posing on line as an agent to reserve a vendor spot at the fair. People sent their money to her but never got a reply about their spot. Kat reported it to Paula Plourde, the event chair, and posted about the scam on our face book page. She suggested that from now on we make it known that we accept cash and checks only. Pastor Norman suggested that we look into offering on line payments through our bank. He offered to talk to the bank but Terri Pearsall pointed out that he is not on the Faith Fellowship account and could not make any changes. She also reminded us that we had offered on line payment for our offering each week and no one used it. Mike Bates, a former member, paid for the service for 1 year and stopped it because of the lack of use. Liz Costa shared that there is always a fee to be paid when you set up an account like that. The consensus was that we weren’t sure that was viable for us at this time. Terri will still talk to the bank. Paula Plourde sent word through Audrey Lombardi that she did not want to take the lead again next year. It        was decided to table a decision at this time. Terri reported that the event profit was $1378 after expenses.

Polish Supper was postponed until sometime in September due to illness. WINY reported it on the radio and it was also on our face book page. It was suggested that signs be posted on each door also if there is a cancellation.

The Swedish Meatball Supper will be in October.

1st Friday in May – 15 people visited our table. We were put in the back of 3 other vendors on our
lawn after we had requested the entire lawn. Since we paid $450 sponsorship for 1st Fridays, we have requested to have the entire lawn for the rest of the season. It was brought to the attention of the event coordinator and was resolved.

Jan Christy suggested that we purchase a sign with our name on it “Congregational Church of Putnam” that will identify the activities on the lawn as ours. Terri thought we might already have a sign that is used for the golf tournament. Jan and Larry Christy said they would look for a sign with the gold tournament items. In the case there is not a sign downstairs, Kat made a motion to purchase a sign from Chase Graphics, 2nd by Liz Costa, all in favor, the motion carried.

Norman Michaud suggested that we purchase our signs on line and it was discussed that we want to support local businesses that will stand by their product and the savings on line ordering was not enough to make us want to change.

1st Friday in June will be ice cream Sundae’s on the front lawn. $5.00/each. Terri will order 3 tubs of vanilla ice cream from Deary Brothers. Anything left over will be used at the Woodstock Fair Booth.

The Courthouse Dining for a cause profit was $300, thank you to everyone that supported this event. It was decided that we would like to do it again. Liz Costa would like to try somewhere else such as 99 or the Crossings. Kat said that she would look into those 2 restaurants.

Pulled Pork Dinner is Saturday, June 18 – take out only. Kat is looking for donations of Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, and Bulky Rolls. The cost will be $15. Kat will pick up other supplies at Restaurant Depot.

May 21 is Paint Night with Pat. Pat would like to do a monthly paint night. The cost is $15 with $10 to Pat and $5 to the church. Everyone was in agreement to doing this monthly.

The car cruise is Sunday, August 21st downtown Putnam. We will be selling Frappes. Discussion was tabled to next month after we get a price on the ice cream and will decide on the price of the frappes.

The Harvest Fair will be in October. Annette Hamilton & Michelle Lowell will be co-chairs with Terri Pearsall, Roberta Solomon and Charlotte Picard on the committee. Donations of brand new items still in the boxes will be accepted. No furniture and no junk! Audrey Lombardi will cover the raffle table, Kat Farnsworth will cover the Bell table and the kids table, Roberta & Bill Solomon will cover the nut table, Charlotte Picard the wreath table, Jo-Anne Joslin and Jan Christy will do the luncheon downstairs. The committee will meet to iron out the details

2022-2023 Calendar of Events was tabled to next month. Be thinking about fund raising ideas and dinners. Motion to accept the “Chairperson/Lead Responsibility of events Policy” made by Mary Ducat, 2nd by Liz Costa, all in favor, the motion carried.

Motion to adjourn by Roberta Solomon, all in favor……..


Join us in the next Faith Fellowship meeting on Sunday, July 24, after the worship service.

If you have any fundraising ideas, events, or programs you would like to try; please bring your ideas to the table; we would love to hear them!


Create Your Own Personal Journal with Artist Jean Walker

Create a Journal Painting

Paint your very own canvas-covered 40-page journal! You will have multiple designs with stencils to choose from, including the sample floral shown. All supplies included.

September 24, 2022
4:00 – 6:00 pm

$25.00 per person

Cash or Checks made payable Faith Fellowship Register with Kat 860-481-2519


The next Order will go in on Friday, August 12th


Suppose you are unable to attend church. Then, Pastor Norman can send you a Zoom link, and you can attend church from home or while on vacation. 603-812-1161


Marika’s Place
156 Providence Pike Putnam
9:00 am Thursday, August 11th Thursday, September 8th

If any of our teens would like more information about attending this men’s group, please contact Bob Picard. 860-481-0007

Car Cruise & Frappes Sunday, August 21

11:00-3:00 pm

Sunday, August 21, 2022, Car Cruise & Frappes

If you want to help make and sell Frappes, please sign up in the Chapel. Reminder: Please park in the back of the church or the lot between the church and the Post office on Car Cruise Sunday.


Important: We need an 9:00 AM morning crew of strong bodies to bring the freezer and the frappe equipment out to the front lawn. Then at 3:00 PM, we need those strong bodies to bring the items back into the church.  

Thank you!


Save the dates!

September 2-5th

We need volunteers for the Frappe Booth for the Woodstock fair weekend! It’s a great time to Volunteer with family and friends…..


Saturday, September 10, 4:30-6:30pm
 Take out only


Saturday, October 8, 4:30-6:30 pm
 Take out only


Thursday, June 9, 9:00 am

Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies

Total Time: 1 hour
 Hands-On Time: 30 minutes
Yield: About 15 pies
For the Cakes:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
11/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
Preheat your oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla extract; then add the milk
and the dry ingredients, alternating, and mix until just combined.
Spoon heaping tablespoons of batter, roughly 3 inches apart, onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, rotating halfway through until the cakes are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
For the Filling:
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Combine the flour and milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk continuously until the mixture thickens, like pudding, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and press through a fine-mesh strainer into a mixing bowl. Cool to room temperature.
Once the mixture has cooled, add the remaining ingredients and beat until fluffy and creamy, about 10 minutes.
Spread filling onto the flat bottom of one cake; then top with another. Repeat with the remaining filling and cakes. For a nicer presentation, put the filling into a large zip-top bag, snip off one corner, and pipe a thick spiral onto the flat bottom of one cake, then top with another. Repeat with the remaining filling and cakes

Easy Blueberry-Pecan Crumble Bars

Maine blueberries and Southern pecans may grow in distinctly different geographies, but they play so nicely together, especially in the presence of a dash of cinnamon. These crumble bars use the same shortbread dough in the crust and in the topping, and the pretty blueberry glaze on top makes them really pop.
Yield: 12 servings
1 ¼ cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon table salt
8 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into cubes
3 cups (1 pound) frozen blueberries, defrosted, with juices reserved
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¹⁄3 cup confectioners’ sugar
Preheat your oven to 375° and line a 9-inch-square baking pan with enough parchment that it hangs over two sides (these “handles” will help you remove the bars from the pan later). In the bowl of a food processor, pulse 11/4 cups flour, pecans, granulated sugar, and salt until fully blended. Sprinkle in the butter and process until the mixture comes together, 15 to 20 seconds. Take three-quarters of this mixture and press it in an even layer in the bottom of the baking pan. Set the remaining flour-pecan mixture aside. This will be your crumble topping.

Spoon out 1 tablespoon of the thawed blueberry juice into a small bowl and set aside. Take the rest of the blueberries and their juices and mix with 3 tablespoons flour and the cinnamon. Pour this mixture over the crust. Take the reserved dough, break it into little crumbles, and sprinkle over the blueberries.

Bake the bars until the crumbles just begin to brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan until firm and set. Meanwhile, combine the reserved tablespoon of blueberry juice with the confectioners’ sugar and stir until smooth.

Using the parchment paper handles, remove the bars from the pan and cut into 12 squares. Set the squares on a wire rack to cool completely. Use the tines of a fork to drizzle the blueberry glaze over the squares. Let this set, then serve at room temperature.

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


Remembrance Flowers are in Loving Memory of
If you would like to remember someone with flowers on the alter, please let Liz Thompson know.


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

July Birthday’s

1st Hannah Lamoureux,  3rd Marietta Caye, 14th Reagan Boledovic
28th Beth Lamothe, Brian Gilbert, 29th Kyle Stringer, Carter Stringer, Lindsey Franklin, 30th Katherine Lamoureux, 31st Tia Marie Shackett

July Anniversaries

31st David & Patty

August Birthday’s

1st Skip Bates, Alyce Viens, 4th Myrna Paulhus, 5th Sharon Almstrom, 6th Joshua Franklin, 8th Ross Franklin, Haley Farnsworth, 9th Andrew Velteim, Ken Evans,
11th Jeff Meyer, 13th Teddy Biggs, 14th Holly Harder, Gerry Tetreault,
16th Jacob Harder, 23rd Shelley Grossman, 30th Marilee Morse, 31st Seth Farnsworth Dunton

August Anniversaries

2nd William & Roberta Solomon, 4th Charlie & Deb Leach, 7th Jonathan & Angela Stringer, 15th Roger & Linda Lamoureux, 16th Jeff & Andrea Meyer, 31st Stan & Jan Franklin