Volunteers at the Neatly Nested Again shop at the First Congregational Church of Litchfield include, from left, Ruth Erickson, Tori Savage, Betty Eisenhaure and Cindy Birkins. JoAnn Jaacks photos
The First Congregational Church of Litchfield’s new consignment shop Neatly Nested Again is open for business.
High-quality and gently-used items such as antiques, décor accessories, jewelry, small furniture pieces, china, dishes, lamps, artwork and crafts are featured. Donations are welcome, but the shop will not accept clothing, kitchen appliances, books, shoes or large furniture.
Basket crafter Michelle Lusk of Lady Bug Baskets and Crafts in Greenville, S.C., is selling her work and has painted a sign for the boutique that greets visitors. Asian collectibles are on sale as is a vintage sewing chest made by Strommen Bruk Hamar,
The shop is open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cash or checks are preferred for purchases. All proceeds benefit the church. For more informtion, contact Cindy Birkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sign greeting visitors to the boutique was painted by artist Michelle Lusk. Baskets made by Lusk, below, are on sale.
Goshen Garden Club to meet July 11
The Goshen Garden Club will hold a luncheon and business meeting July 11 at the Church of Christ Congregational. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and guest speaker Luci Lavin will make a presentation on Native American horticultural practices and plant use during the business meeting at 12:30. Non-members of the garden club are welcome to attend. The suggested donation is $5.
July 7 sermon of Rev. Robert F. Tucker,
St. Louis de Montfort Parish, Litchfield
Shout, Joyfully to the Lord
“Let all the earth cry out to God with Joy,” Our Scripture readings for this weekend are full of rejoicing and so as we enter into summer we should rejoice! Our first reading from Isaiah has the Israelites returning from the Babylonian Exile and the restoration of Jerusalem. Paul writing to the Galatians tells them to hold to LOVE OF JESUS and pick up their cross each day with hope and joy and not worry about other laws.
In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus sends out 72 disciples and they return rejoicing at their success in sharing the new faith. Jesus reminds them that their success comes from God. Yes, we need to pick up our cross each day and follow the example of love of Jesus, for the Father, as we use our gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. Every Mass begins and ends with the Sign of the Cross, Our personal prayers often begin and end with the Sign of the Cross as it is our identity as Christians. However, we are to do it with a spirit of joy and trust in the Lord, and not just out of habit.
Take some leisure time this summer and take a piece of paper and think and write down 5 people who have made a positive, joyful impact on your life. Thank them with a prayer to the Lord or stop and write them a note of thanks. Then, write down 5 nourishing watershed moments in your life and share them in a positive spirit of joy, fun and love, We too often forget the joy that the Lord has given us and joy makes us richer in a spirit of sharing the best in life with one another. It is easy to be a complainer or to only think of the personal pain or crosses in our life. Take time this week to think and share the joy of your life.
Think about this story this week. A preacher took 4 glass jars to the pulpit to share in explaining his sermon that weekend. The first jar contained some alcohol, the 2nd was full of cigarette smoke, and the 3rd had chocolate syrup in it and the 4th good garden soil. Then he held up 4 worms and put a worm into each glass jar. He began to preach on the evils of alcohol, smoking and too much eating. After about l0 minutes, he finished and said, “Now let’s see what happened to the worms.” He took the worms from the first three jars, with the alcohol, smoke and chocolate and the worms were dead. He took the worm from the last jar of good soil and it was just fine. Then, he asked the congregation, “What does this show you?”
A young person in the front row stood up and said Father, It looks to me that if you drink, smoke and eat desserts you won’t have worms!” The story shows how different people can interpret the exact same thing in totally different ways. So don’t try to force your opinion or view but offer a lasting quality of joy this week for all!
Summer concert series begins on the Green
The crowd takes in Wednesday's concert by the Renegades. BZ photo
The Litchfield Parks and Recreation Department’s summer concert series kicked off on June 12 at 7 with a concert by the Renegades on the Litchfield Green.
The 7 p.m. concerts are free to the public. There are no dogs allowed at the concerts, unless they are service dogs. No alcohol is allowed on the Green and all trash must be carried out.
July 3 – Stache
July 10 – Ian Campbell
July 17 – South Road
July 24 – RPM
July 31 – The Apricot Brandy
Aug. 7 – The Loft
Aug. 14 – Potter’s Field
Aug. 21 – The Wool Hats
Children’s Book Department at Church Book Store
A room devoted to children’s books is open at the Litchfield Congregational Church book store. Children’s books are a real bargain – 50¢ for soft cover and $1 for hardcover books. Or, for $10, shoppers can fill a box with as many books as will fit and it’s OK if they stick out the top. A special promotion is available to area teachers to help them stock their classrooms.
The store is open on Saturdays from 10 to 3 and on Sunday afternoons. It is located in the basement of the church, located on the Green at 21 Torrington Road.
Litchfield Community Café
Senior Lunches ~ Monday–Friday
@ Litchfield Community Center
Over the age of 60, and live in or visiting the Litchfield area? Why not stop in and have lunch at our beautiful Litchfield Community Café located in the Litchfield Community Center? The Litchfield Community Café serves congregate lunch Mondays through Fridays! (Fridays are meatless Fridays!) For a suggested donation of only $4.00, you can enjoy a hot, delicious nutritious meal including milk, coffee or tea and dessert! Reservations required by noon the day before. For the current menu, further information, or to make a reservation, please call 860-567-5746. Hope to see you there!
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s
needs your donations
The Food Pantry at St. Michael’s is a success: since starting this spring, an increasing number of our neighbors come to the Community House the third Saturday of each month. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we distribute much-needed canned and packaged food, fresh bread, eggs and vegetables, and frozen meals. In October our neighbors took away over 1200 lbs. of food.
The good news is that the racks are empty. The bad news is that the racks are empty. People needed all the food we had. The Food Pantry is appealing to you to help fill the shelves each month. The Pantry needs your support to supply our community’s needs.
The pantry needs: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oats, rice, tuna, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, lentils, beans, granola bars, powered drink mix, pasta, juice, condiments, frozen vegetables, chicken, hamburger patties, coffee and tea, dish and clothes detergent, toilet paper and paper towels
We invite you to help provide our neighbors with the food they need. You can donate food, you can donate cash, and you can donate time. You can help with purchasing, collecting and delivering food, stocking the shelves, or assisting on the third Saturday of each month. The church is always open, and you can drop off donations any time in the north pews.
The veterans of American Legion Post 44 in Bantam are collecting names stories and photographs of women who have, or are serving, in the military. This information will be added to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Women’s Memorial is dedicated to all military women — past, present and future. If you would like to add yourself or a veteran from your family (deceased or living) please see Master Sergeant Linda Searles at the Saturday, December 2nd Veteran of the Month ceremony in the Bantam Borough Hall. The ceremony to honor a veteran starts at 10 am, social and light refreshments will follow. She can also email you the form. Contact Linda at lindaarmyveteran@gmail.