Happy 245th Birthday, Gilsum Congregational Church

Gilsum Congregational Church was first formed on October 28, 1772.

It is part of the United Church of Christ (UCC). But did you know that congregational churches have their origins in the Reformation? Here’s a short history:

Reformation Day first started 500 years ago on October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther, a German monk, nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Germany. The Theses criticized the Roman Catholic Church for drifting away from salvation as a means of going to heaven and were doing things like selling indulgence or certificates to reduce punishment for sin. This created a rift that lead to the Reformation. The Reformation was the formation of churches that followed the Luther and John Calvin theology of Salvation by the cross.

The Reformation produced the German Reform Church and the German Evangelist Church, two streams that would eventually be part of the forming of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The Congregational Church was formed by Englishmen who separated from the Roman Catholic Church, some of whom came over on the Mayflower, including the Elder. Another group that formed the UCC were the Christians, who felt the denominations were out of control and we should all band together and just be Christians.

In 1957 all of these groups merged into the UCC. The UCC took on the Autonomy of the Congregationalist: That is, it is a self-governing church in that each congregation handles its own affairs. Jesus Christ is the sole head of the Church. Its organization includes a Synod (national level), Conference (state level), Association (local level) and local churches, but all are on the same level. One can not force another to do anything; they can only make suggestions.

We thank God for the Reformation and the early reformers who risked their lives to bring the church back to the basic truth of the Bible, that we are “Saved by Faith, apart from the works of the Law”. ~ Romans 3:28

Come visit us! Services start at 10:00 AM, with coffee hour following. Bible study starts just after 9 AM every week.

–Dan Hackler, Gilsum Congregational Church

Blessing of the Pets October 14

Gilsum Congregational Church will hold its annual Blessing of the Pets on Saturday, October 14th at 10 AM on the church lawn. Reverend Jim Berry will have treats on hand for your dog or cat, as well as for their owners! Come join the fun with your dog or cat. This event is open to both children and adults.

The Hope Diamond and Marlow, New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm the Historical Society of Cheshire County will host a screening of a 1921 silent film as part of its New Hampshire Film Series. The program is co-sponsored by the Marlow Historical Society. The Hope Diamond Mystery is based on the life story written by May Yohé who lived for a time in Marlow, New Hampshire. In 1894 Yohé, an American musical theater actress, married Lord Francis Hope and possessed the Hope Diamond. She divorced Lord Francis in 1902, and Lord Francis later sold the diamond to pay off debts.

The Hope Diamond Mystery was a fifteen-part serial about “the most sinister jewel in history.” A curse follows the diamond bringing tragedy and heartbreak to all who possess it. In the forty-minute episode to be shown at the Historical Society, Boris Karloff stars in his first major screen role as the Hindu servant Dakar.

At the Historical Society’s screening Larry Benaquist – film maker and Keene State College professor – will talk about the history of the film. Local historian Tracy Messer will talk about May Yohé and her connections to Marlow, New Hampshire.

The Historical Society of Cheshire County is located at 246 Main Street in Keene. The organization has been collecting, preserving, and communicating the history of Cheshire County for 90 years. The Society puts on about 150 programs each year to help people of all ages “find their place in history.” For more information, visit hsccnh.org or call 603.352.1895.

Gilsum Community Dinner-FREE

The 3rd Gilsum Community Dinner will be held this Saturday, August 19, at 5 PM on the church lawn.  Propel Entertainment will provide entertaining music, Top of the Hill Grill (as last year) will be grilling chicken and offering a selection of side dishes.  There will also be a variety of ice cream for dessert.
This is a great community event sponsored by the Gilsum Recreation Committee, Gilsum Public Library and Gilsum Historical Society.
Don’t miss this free evening of music, laughter, good food and presentation of “Gilsum Citizen of the Year” award.

Gilsum Recreation, Summer Camp

Do you know what continent Madagascar is a part of? How much you could pack on a covered wagon? Can you make your own toothpaste or build a lego bridge that will hold 8 pounds?  Campers in the Gilsum Rec summer program have been exploring these questions and more over the last few weeks.  Each week has focused on a different theme such as Around the World, Time Travelers, Disney Week, Artful Antics & STEAM.  The final week of camp will be Messy Olympics, wrapping up a summer of fun and learning. The Gilsum Recreation Committee is happy to support the Summer Camp program.

Thank you from Gilsum 6th Graders

Gilsum Recreation Committe sponsored the attendance of  Gilsum 6th grade class to the Ferry Beach Ecology School. The class said thank you with these beautifully hand painted pots and flower and vegetable seeds. These gifts were happily received by Recreation Committee members at the June committee meeting as they prepared for the 53rd Annual Rock Swap & Mineral Show.

The Gilsum Library Book Club

This Month’s Bookclub selection is:

STILL LIFE
by Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces—and this series—with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.

Join us at June 27th 7:00 pm to discuss this great book.
BYOB and snacks to share.
The first 1/2 hour will be devoted to the book discussion
For more information contact Karen Hastings at
Home # 352-1401
Home email: tksthastings@comcast.net