Exercising in HOT Weather

Exercising in HOT Weather

Are you eathing healthily and exercising regularly? Are you doing it inexpensively by running or walking outside? If so, here are some hints for exercising safely in hot weather.

  • Stay hydrated. Drink water, not Coke, coffee or  sweetened caffinated beverages.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Watch for signs of overheating.
  • Read more tips here.

Heart Health Surprises

Heart Health Surprises


Did you know that not taking care of your teeth can cause heart disease? What about loud snoring which may be caused by sleep apnea? (I have some personal experience with this one and the loud snorer in my house!) If you want to know more about sneaky causes of heart disease, click here.

Documentary To Shed Light On Untold Stories Of Muslims In The U.S. Military

Documentary To Shed Light On Untold Stories Of Muslims In The U.S. Military

Muslim Americans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since the earliest days of our nation. They have fought and died alongside other Americans but some continue to question their patriotism.

It’s about time America heard their stories. An upcoming documentary, titled “Muslim Military Stories,” highlights Muslim Americans who have served in the military in the years since September 11, 2001.  Read more here.

Gratitude App

This Simple Gratitude App Was Inspired By A 22-Year-Old Who Died Of Cancer

Shalin Shah died of cancer at the age of 22, but before his death he made sure to send a message to the world to cherish life for the gift that it is. Now with the help of software company Finoit Technologies, the Shah family has developed an app that aims to make gratitude a daily part of people’s lives. The app invites users to set a daily gratitude reminder “to take a moment and appreciate the beauty of life,” according to a release. Read more here.

More Eating Out Than At Home These Days

Americans’ Spending on Dining Out Just Overtook Grocery Sales for the First Time Ever

Do the staff at your local Mickey D’s know you and your children by name? Is there a seat at KFC that has your name on it? Spending at restaurants overtook spending at grocery stores in March 2015 for the first time ever, according to Commerce Department data from 1992. Why is this a problem? Studies have shown we consume more calories when we eat out — and not just when we’re eating fast food. Even dinner at an expensive restaurant usually has more fat, salt and sugar  than home cooked meals. For more information click here.  For interesting recipes click here.

ONA Ministry Events


I wanted to share with you the upcoming events the Connecticut Conference ONA Ministry Team will be putting on, and ask you to begin announcing these events at your church:
Friday, September 23 7pm
Bisexual Visibility Day Worship
Center Congregational Church UCC, Meriden, CT
Bi Visibility Day is observed on September 23 by members of the bisexual community and their supporters. This celebration of bisexuality in particular, as opposed to general LGBT events, was conceived as a response to the prejudice and marginalization of the bisexual persons by some in both the straight and greater LGBT communities. Come worship with us at7pm on September 23, 2016 at Center Congregational Church of Meriden, CT (474 Broad St, Meriden, CT) as we show Christ’s inclusive love through an ever increasing welcome in our Connecticut Conference UCC churches!!
November 18-19
Building an Inclusive Church Training
East Woodstock Congregational Church
Please join the Connecticut Conference Open and Affirming for the upcoming Building an Inclusive Church training designed to empower individuals to coach ministries through the process of becoming ONA. The training will take place on Friday, November 18th from 3pm to 6pm and Saturday, November 19st from 9am to 3pm at East Woodstock Congregational Church, UCC (220 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, CT). We would like to have 1-3 volunteers from each church. Please register for the training by Friday, November 4th by emailingctuccona@gmail.com
There will be a $25 registration fee in order to cover our costs.
If you have additional questions about the training, please contact Greg Gray (706) 254-4026 We hope you can join us for this event as we work to build a Church that embraces all people!
November 18 7:30pm
Connecticut ONA Worship Service
East Woodstock Congregational Church
Please join Connecticut Conference Open and Affirming for the upcoming Connecticut ONA Worship Service on Friday, November 18th at 7:30pm, when we will gather to worship with a time of Holy Communion, and celebrate the ministries of those being trained this weekend. This event is open to all, and all are welcome. Bring your friends and families!!!
We hope to see you at all these events, and appreciate your help in spreading the word!
May grace and peace prove stronger,
Greg Gray
CT Conference ONA Ministry Team, chair

Reverse Mortgages for Seniors

FHA Reverse Mortgages (HECMs) for Seniors

If you are a homeowner age 62 or older and have paid off your mortgage or paid down a considerable amount, and are currently living in the home, you may participate in FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program.  The HECM is FHA’s reverse mortgage program that enables you to withdraw a portion of your home’s equity.

You can also use a HECM to purchase a primary residence if you are able to use cash on hand to pay the difference between the HECM proceeds and the sales price plus closing costs for the property you are purchasing. For more information, click here.

The 2015-2016 Youth Non-Violence Initiative

The 2015-2016 Youth Non-Violence Initiative

The 2015-16 cohort of the Youth Non-Violence program traveled to Washington, D. C. this month. Fourteen youth, who were accompanied by Pastor Camp and their chaperones, were able to make this journey. They spent two days in D.C. studying and discussing past and current war, violence and peace-making events.  The youth visited the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King memorial, the Holocaust museum, the Lincoln memorial, the U. S. Capitol, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Smithsonian African Art Museum.

See additional photos documenting their journey in the slideshow on this page.


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Save Money on Car Insurance

Want to save money on your car insurance?

When you complete the award-winning AARP Smart Driver™ online course, you can receive a car insurance discount that lasts for multiple years! Discounts are available for AARP members. Click HERE for more information.

Are You Eating Healthy Food?

According to Prevetion Magazine, there are 50 superfoods which can help you be a super you. They can help you lose weight, fend off serious diseases,  keep you slim, improve your skin, and lots more. Those foods include eggs, lean beef, Greek yogurt, salmon, beans, nuts, oatmeal, spinach, tomatoes, olive oil and many more. Read more here.