May 22, 2018

Annual Valley-Shore Men’s Palm Sunday Breakfast

Over a hundred men, young and old, from congregations throughout the Connecticut River Valley annually gather in Deep River for the annual Palm Sunday Men’s Breakfast.    Again this year we will gather at 7 a.m. on Palm Sunday, April 1, for a half-hour communion service, followed by breakfast in Fellowship Hall.   After breakfast, we will hear about a wonderful mission outreach working among the poorest people in our hemisphere.

Please plan to join over a hundred men from throughout the Valley Shore area by calling the Deep River church office before Tuesday, March 27 (860-526-5045), or by e-mailing your reservations to congregational.chrch@snet.net (or go to our church web site, www.deepriverchurch.org  and click the box on the main page)

Our speaker this year is the Rev. Dr. Peter Allen, Vice President of  Simply Smiles Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing bright futures for impoverished children.   Simply Smiles was founded in Connecticut in 2003.  Its inaugural project was the Casa Hogar Benito Juarez Children’s Home in Oaxaca City, Mexico.  Today the work has expanded to help the desperate poor living in Oaxaca and a nearby garbage dump.  Simply Smiles also helps to provide income for the Mexican poor by marketing their coffee beans in this country.  More recently a new project has begun among the people of the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in South Dakota.

Rev. Allen was born and raised in Westport, Connecticut, and is the father of two young adult sons. His earliest religious experiences were with the Greens Farms Congregational Church, UCC, where he was baptized, confirmed, and ordained. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Andover Newton Theological School, and Hartford Seminary, Pete served churches in Walpole, Massachusetts; Concord, New Hampshire; and Monroe, Connecticut, before leaving his 23-year career in parish ministry to work full time with Simply Smiles. Pete’s professional passions are preaching, youth and young adult ministry, and mission travel. As Vice President of Simply Smiles, Pete’s duties are diverse. On any given day, he could be preaching, presenting, fundraising, hosting a service trip, carrying food, or mixing cement. He is currently learning Spanish.

Schedule

7:00 – 7:30             Communion in the Sanctuary

7:30 – 8:15              Bountiful Breakfast  (Cost:  Donation)

8:15 – 9:00              Program

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