Community Announcements

  • SUSANNA CIRCLE RESUMES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH – The Susanna Circle will resume on Tuesday, September 10th at 7 p.m. in the Parlor. The group will work on a Days for Girls project while we catch up with each other and hopefully welcome new women to our group. Barbara Vasquenza, Inventory Control for our SUM Days for Girls Chapter, will lead us in a “no experience necessary” DFG tri-fold task, which is easy to do but a very important piece of the Days for Girls Kit. If you have any questions, please contact Paula Tonelli, facilitator at or 860-413-2755. All women are welcome!! Hope to see you on the 10th!!

  • GIFTS OF LOVE – Unfortunately, Gifts of Love had a basement flood and lost a lot of their inventory. Although an insurance claim is in the works, it may take time and theydon’t want their clients to lack support. If you find yourself starting your holiday shopping early this year, please keep Gifts of Love in mind. You can donate gifts directly at the Avon location at 34 East Main St. Additionally, we are in need of diapers of all sizes as well as supplies for our back to school program. Please check out our Amazon wishlists. You can also donate to our plumbing and clean-up costs at Thank you for all that you do to keep working families in the Greater Hartford area thriving. Debbie Dunn

  • MUSIC MINISTRY CLASSES – Have you always wanted to learn how to read musicbut thought it was too difficult? Well, it isn’t! The Music Ministry will be holding classesto teach the skill of music reading. Whether you are a complete beginner or would like to brush up on your knowledge, please come to one of the summer classes. Classes will be held today, Sunday, August 25th at 10:40 a.m. and tomorrow, Monday, August 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. All are welcome!

  • SUM’S YOUTH NEEDS YOU! – Interested in volunteering with the youth group?Come to one of our informational meetings and find out what it’s all about! Anyone overthe age of 18 is welcome to volunteer. Please feel free to bring your kids to the meeting if need be. Volunteering can be anything from leading a discussion on Christianity in the world today to out-driving our teens in go-karts, to leading an art project. Whatever your gifts are, we can find a way to incorporate them! The meetings are today, Sunday, August 25th at 10:45 (after the 9:30 service) in the Barn and Monday, August 26th at 6:30 in the Barn. Each meeting will only take about an hour. There will be coffee and light refreshments. If you are interested but cannot make one of these meetings, please let me know. The more adults we have that are willing to work with our youth, the more we can do! Thank you. Erin Ott

  • DAYS FOR GIRLS – The Simsbury, CT Chapter of Days for Girls has packed up 200 Days for Girls kits made at our workshops. Their first destination is Pittsburgh, PA and they must arrive before September 16. Is there anyone who will be traveling and have room for 4 boxes of kits 18x18x16 to be delivered at a church in Pittsburgh? How exciting for us to be changing so many lives in this way. We also need someone with significant IT skills to manage our social network page, and help with other behind the scenes jobs. Contact Jan Baker at

  • COVENANT TO CARE BACKPACK DRIVE UPDATE – Many thanks to all of you who contributed to the annual summer backpack drive for Covenant to Care. The organization was thrilled with our contribution of 87 backpacks! It was truly beyond their expectations. There was an extra large need this year and the combined “team” of SUMand LLI made it happen for CCC. SUM church members donated 67 backpacks and LLI donated 20 backpacks. What a blessing for these children to start their school year with a brand new backpack. Thank you all so much for your generous giving spirit. You truly make a difference!! Joanne Maurer

  • JOIN FINANCIAL PEACE CLASS THIS FALL – Are you tired of money stress?Then you’re ready to join more than five million people whose lives have been changed byFinancial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson (nine week) course taught by Dave Ramsey, Chris Hogan and Rachel Cruze helps you work a plan to nail a budget, defeatdebt, and free yourself from money worries! You’ll join a small group for discussions andlessons – all rooted in biblical wisdom and common sense. FPU includes your member workbook and a free year of Financial Peace Membership, with online tools created to support your journey. The classes will be held on Mondays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the

    Barn starting on Monday, September 16th through November 11th. Please contact Pam Barnes at 630-651-8802 or for more info.