Week of October 1, 2023
by Mark Hardy on September 29th, 2023
Full disclosure:  the image above is from last October -- but fall is here! Sending our love and good wishes to June Olsen and Don Saylor:  On Saturday November 4th, 2023, our good friend, June Olsen, will wed Don Saylor, in Lititz, PA. You are invited to share in a gift of cards/notes of good wishes. The cards/notes will be put together and given as a gift of good wishes at their wedding. Please...  Read More
Week of September 24, 2023
by Mark Hardy on September 21st, 2023
Stand with Ukraine/Claremont:  The Claremont - Sugar River Rotary is holding an event on Saturday Sept 30 and borrowing our sock idea to send in time for cold weather.  Our church is contributing lightweight blankets and earplugs as well as a financial contribution to help pay for postage through our missions.  Your prayers and support are valued as the conflict drags on and toll increases on the ...  Read More
Week of September 17, 2023
by Mark Hardy on September 14th, 2023
Missions Committee Updates: The latest update from missionaries Tim and Marketa Southerland is now available. You can read it by clicking here. HCC News:  The Grafton Orange Sullivan Association UCC will hold its Fall meeting on Sunday September 17. 2023 at 2:00 pm at the West Lebanon Congregational UCC,  followed by an Ecclesiastical Council to present Danial Adam for ordination.  Zoom link is av...  Read More
Week of September 10, 2023
by Mark Hardy on September 8th, 2023
For everything there is a season,    a time for every activity under heaven.A time to be born and a time to die.    A time to plant and a time to harvest. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NLT) Matthew:  Our Sunday morning Bible study is back!  Starting this Sunday September 10, join us in Trumbull Hall at 9 am as we begin a chapter-by-chapter walk through the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew emphasizes Jesus' role a...  Read More
Livestream and chat
by Mark Hardy on September 8th, 2023
As  you can probably tell, we're excited to bring our members, attenders, friends, and seekers a  much better quality window into our Sunday morning services.  We've "upgraded" from Zoom to a streaming video/audio "app" built into our website's functionality.  If you've ever watched a concert or other livestream (as many if not most of us have since the "COVID era" began!), you'll be pretty famili...  Read More
Week of September 3, 2023
by Mark Hardy on September 1st, 2023
Live from Etna:  It's SUNDAY MORNING!  (With apologies to Saturday Night Live  - and this blog author's somewhat misspent youth.)  On-line access to our Sunday morning services is poised to improve markedly.  Beginning this Sunday, we'll be using a new platform to provide better live coverage of our Sunday services.Zoom was a game-changer for us when the pandemic struck. We had to figure out withi...  Read More
Week of August 27, 2023
by Mark Hardy on August 24th, 2023
Thank you: Our sincere thanks to guest preacher Scott Lambert (perhaps better known in Etna and Hanover Center as Isaac Lambert's dad or Aden Lambert's grandfather!)  for his message A Church on Mission and Adventure — lessons from Paul's experience in preaching the Gospel in Athens which can be applied to sharing the Gospel in today's culture.  You may watch his message by clicking here.  We agai...  Read More
Week of August 20, 2023
by Mark Hardy on August 15th, 2023
Thank you: Our sincere thanks to Eric Wadsworth for his sermon The Sower Sows [Part 3B] last Sunday morning. You can view Eric's sermon by clicking here. Our apologies to viewers and to Eric for bandwidth "issues" Sunday morning that led to some video quality issues for Zoom video.  Special thanks to Marjorie Rose for her above and beyond the call efforts to tidy up the damaged video for publicati...  Read More
Week of August 13, 2023
by Mark Hardy on August 10th, 2023
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late.  Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves someth...  Read More
Week of August 6, 2023
by Mark Hardy on August 3rd, 2023
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)   Read More
Week of July 30, 2023
by Mark Hardy on July 27th, 2023
V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N:  Pastor Chris and family are on vacation until August 7.  We thank all of those who are stepping up and stepping in to his many roles for a couple of weeks.  Please contact the church office with any matters that arise while he's away.   Bible Study Schedule:  The Wednesday morning Bible study is taking a two week hiatus (this past Wednesday and next Wednesday) while Pastor Chris ...  Read More
Week of July 23, 2023
by Mark Hardy on July 21st, 2023
Band Concert Saturday! Our 6th annual Upper Valley Community Band Concert, with homemade pie and ice cream, will be on Saturday July 22nd at 6:30 pm on the Etna Green, 195 Etna road, rain or shine.  The concert is free -- donations are welcome for our church's Christian Outreach.  The event will be a good time for great music, fellowship, and pie and ice cream.We ask that those donating pie(s) bri...  Read More