Week of 6/11/2017

Parking is now available in our new parking lot and can be accessed from Derby Avenue.

 

TODAY  June 11, 2017

10:00 AM – Worship

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal


 

Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

~Maya Angelou


OLD TESTAMENT     Psalm 8

 

GOSPEL     Matthew 28:  16-20

 

SERMON “This is What Love Looks Like”

Rev. Allyson Glass


 

The flowers were given today by Lynne and George Bashura in celebration of their grandson Kyle’s High School Graduation.

 

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by the Property Committee.

 


LAY LEADER:  Sharen Taber

GREETERS:  Ann & Molly Tripp

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  David Tripp

 


A Sanctuary of Time

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” J.R.R. Tolkien

My sister-in-law and I both read the “Jesus Calling” devotional each morning.  I enjoy knowing that we are both reading the same words and thus it is a time of sharing when we are not able to see each other.  She is presently caring for her husband as he recovers from a difficult surgery and when we talk, I sense life is a bit overwhelming for her as she provides nursing care for her husband as well as her responsibilities with her family.  One day she sent me a picture of his 13 daily medications with the caption, “my next career is as a pharmacist”.

Last week I instantly thought of her as I read the following words from “Jesus Calling”: Time with Me cannot be rushed.  When you are in a hurry, your mind flitters back and forth between Me and the tasks ahead of you.  Push back the demands pressing in on you; create a safe space around you, a haven in which you can rest with Me.

 I knew right away the words were a reminder for me to set aside time to “Be Still” and be with God, and I knew for my sister-in-law it would seem like an impossible task.  Sure enough, it wasn’t long before a text arrived from her – she said, “I’m so busy I’m now actually praying for time to pray!”  Fortunately this lovely woman has kept her sense of humor through this difficult time.

When we take a few moments during the day to sit quietly, take a breath and let go of our cares and our worries for that moment, we feel the light of Christ’s presence shining within us. In this quiet time we are reminded that we are not alone, we are surrounded by God’s loving presence.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


Prayer for the Week

We thank you, O Lord, for the grace of knowing you.  Touch our hearts this day with your unfailing love.  Give us hearts of joy that we may sing the beauty of life you alone can give.  Amen

Prayer by Robin McCullough-Bade


 

THIS WEEK

 

Monday, June 12 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, June 13 7:00  PM Deacons

Thursday, June 15 7:30  PM Masons

Saturday, June 17 10-3 PM Explorers Learning

Center Graduation

 


OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING:

We know that there are so many places in need of donations, so please feel free to donate to wherever you feel led.

In honor of Children’s Day, the SCC Youth would like to help those children less fortunate have a hunger-free summer.  Here are some recommended, and much needed items, for the Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:

Canned fruit, instant oatmeal, juice-bottles/cans, juice boxes, canned pasta: ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs; spam, jelly, Nutella, pudding or gelatin cups, fruit cups, snack cracker packs; fruit snacks; Gatorade; and flavored water.

Anything is most appreciated, however, we cannot accept perishable items.

Please return to Seymour Congregational Church by Sunday, June 19th, or call (203) 888-6729.

Thank You and God Bless!   ~ The Outreach Committee

The Valley Diaper Bank collection which we have been participating in, is having their next collection from June 1 – July 3.  If you would like to make a monetary donation instead of purchasing diapers, since they are expensive, we will buy diapers with money collected.

Outreach Committee

Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The nest study will be held on June 27th in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

SNOWFLAKE FAIR:  2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~ if any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Laura Thompson.

The crafters are now at work making items for the fair.  If you have any old wreaths, ribbon, or decorations that you don’t need, we would love to have them.  Bring them to church or call Connie at the church office to make other arrangements.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

Week of 6/4/2017

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Pentecost Sunday & Communion

Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly, and without expectation.  We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.   ~ Leo Buscaglia


EPISTLE     1 Corinthians 12:  3b-13

GOSPEL     John 7:  37-39

SERMON “Hearts Overflowing with Living Water”

 Rev. Allyson Glass


The flowers were given today in thankfulness for my church family and especially for my choir buddies, by Laura Thompson.

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by the Choir & Music Committee.

LAY LEADER:  Tom Hay

GREETERS:  Stan & Connie Wiesniak

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  David Tripp


Cherished Creations, God Loves You Just the Way You Are

This morning the reading in Our Daily Bread devotional was based on Psalm 51: 7, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit.”  The reading began with a description of Kintsugi, a centuries-old Japanese art of mending broken pottery. Gold dust mixed with resin is used to reattach broken pieces or fill in cracks, resulting in a striking bond. Instead of trying to hide the repair, the art makes something beautiful out of brokenness.

As I read the devotion I thought about how broken I feel at times, totally unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness.  And yet, over and over again, the Bible tells me that I am loved in my imperfection and I am forgiven through the grace and love of Jesus Christ.  Being loved in this way is what brings each of us joyful hearts as Christians, knowing we are loved and forgiven.

I was recently given a beautifully written piece from “365 Prescriptions for the Soul” by Bernie Siegel that illustrates how God loves us just the way we are.  In the piece labeled Prescription #192, Dr. Siegel writes:

One morning I came into the kitchen to find my wife had lined up several cups with missing handles.  She explained that I had jammed them into the dishwasher with disastrous results.  “Please dispose of them in the recycling bin,” she ordered.

“No, dear, I can drink from a cup with no handle,” I replied.  Her look told me that I should either dispose of them or hire a marriage counselor. So I packed them up and took them to our vacation house and hid them in the kitchen cabinet.  A few weeks later we went on vacation.  I knew when she opened the cabinet that I would be in big trouble.  So I ran away from home, that is, I went for a run.

Why do I believe in a higher power? Because after running on the same road for twenty years and never finding anything, that morning lying in the middle of the road was a cup with a broken handle.  I knew God had left it for me, so I ran over and picked it up.  On it were pictured two chubby elephants embracing and the words, “God loves you the way you are.”  I brought it home and showed it to my wife.  Now that cup and all the other cups are an accepted part of our family again, and so am I!

May each of us know that despite our “broken handles” we are truly loved and cherished by our loving God.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


Prayer for the Week

Loving and compassionate God, I want to bring You joy by having a humble and repentant heart today.  Thank you for the blessings in my life and I pray that I might find a way to pass them on to those around me each day.        Amen

 


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I have loved being part of this church for the last several years – singing in the choir (which I will miss the most), being on various committees, helping with various dinners and coordinating the Snowflake Fair. Thank you for my going away picnic, the special gifts I received, and the monetary gift, which will come in handy on my trip to AK. I have made so many special friendships which will last a lifetime and will plan to visit before the end of the year. Until then, peace and blessings to you all! My new address will be 1010 Willow Drive, Clearfield, PA 16830.

In Christian love,

Laura Thompson


 

THIS WEEK

Monday, June 5 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, June 6 6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, June 7 6:00 PM GS #60306


 

A BIG Thank You to everyone for making our 5th Annual Hot Dog Stand and Field of Flags for Memorial Day so successful J  It was wonderful to see all the different parade participants, their families and our church family mingling together enjoying the day with a hot dog and refreshing bottle of water!  A record has been set by our Kitchen Crew, just 45 minutes to cook 500 hot dogs!  What amazing teamwork in the preparation and execution of our Hot Dog Stand, and our Field of Flags has never been more impressive – a beautiful tribute.  Amen.

Peace and Blessings,

Lynne Foreman


 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING:

We know that there are so many places in need of donations, so please feel free to donate to wherever you feel led.

In honor of Children’s Day, the SCC Youth would like to help those children less fortunate have a hunger-free summer.  Here are some recommended, and much needed items, for the Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:

Canned fruit, instant oatmeal, juice-bottles/cans, juice boxes, canned pasta: ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs; spam, jelly, Nutella, pudding or gelatin cups, fruit cups, snack cracker packs; fruit snacks; Gatorade; and flavored water.

Anything is most appreciated, however, we cannot accept perishable items.

Please return to Seymour Congregational Church by Sunday, June 19th, or call (203) 888-6729.

Thank You and God Bless!   ~ The Outreach Committee

 

The Valley Diaper Bank collection which we have been participating in, is having their next collection from June 1 – July 3.


Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on June 27th in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

SNOWFLAKE FAIR:  2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~ if any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Laura Thompson.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

                                                                                                            

EPISTLE     1 Corinthians 12:  3b-13

GOSPEL     John 7:  37-39

SERMON “Hearts Overflowing with Living Water”

 Rev. Allyson Glass

The flowers were given today in thankfulness for my church family and especially for my choir buddies, by Laura Thompson.

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by the Choir & Music Committee.

LAY LEADER:  Tom Hay

GREETERS:  Stan & Connie Wiesniak

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  David Tripp

TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship

11:15 AM – Outreach Meeting

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal

Cherished Creations, God Loves You Just the Way You Are

This morning the reading in Our Daily Bread devotional was based on Psalm 51: 7, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit.”  The reading began with a description of Kintsugi, a centuries-old Japanese art of mending broken pottery. Gold dust mixed with resin is used to reattach broken pieces or fill in cracks, resulting in a striking bond. Instead of trying to hide the repair, the art makes something beautiful out of brokenness.

As I read the devotion I thought about how broken I feel at times, totally unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness.  And yet, over and over again, the Bible tells me that I am loved in my imperfection and I am forgiven through the grace and love of Jesus Christ.  Being loved in this way is what brings each of us joyful hearts as Christians, knowing we are loved and forgiven.

I was recently given a beautifully written piece from “365 Prescriptions for the Soul” by Bernie Siegel that illustrates how God loves us just the way we are.  In the piece labeled Prescription #192, Dr. Siegel writes:

One morning I came into the kitchen to find my wife had lined up several cups with missing handles.  She explained that I had jammed them into the dishwasher with disastrous results.  “Please dispose of them in the recycling bin,” she ordered.

“No, dear, I can drink from a cup with no handle,” I replied.  Her look told me that I should either dispose of them or hire a marriage counselor. So I packed them up and took them to our vacation house and hid them in the kitchen cabinet.  A few weeks later we went on vacation.  I knew when she opened the cabinet that I would be in big trouble.  So I ran away from home, that is, I went for a run.

Why do I believe in a higher power? Because after running on the same road for twenty years and never finding anything, that morning lying in the middle of the road was a cup with a broken handle.  I knew God had left it for me, so I ran over and picked it up.  On it were pictured two chubby elephants embracing and the words, “God loves you the way you are.”  I brought it home and showed it to my wife.  Now that cup and all the other cups are an accepted part of our family again, and so am I!

May each of us know that despite our “broken handles” we are truly loved and cherished by our loving God.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Loving and compassionate God, I want to bring You joy by having a humble and repentant heart today.  Thank you for the blessings in my life and I pray that I might find a way to pass them on to those around me each day.        Amen

 

 

 

I have loved being part of this church for the last several years – singing in the choir (which I will miss the most), being on various committees, helping with various dinners and coordinating the Snowflake Fair. Thank you for my going away picnic, the special gifts I received, and the monetary gift, which will come in handy on my trip to AK. I have made so many special friendships which will last a lifetime and will plan to visit before the end of the year. Until then, peace and blessings to you all! My new address will be 1010 Willow Drive, Clearfield, PA 16830.

In Christian love,

Laura Thompson

 

 

 

THIS WEEK

 

Monday, June 5 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, June 6 6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, June 7 6:00 PM GS #60306

 

Birthdays This Week

June 4 – Elwin Jimmo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

 

 

 

A BIG Thank You to everyone for making our 5th Annual Hot Dog Stand and Field of Flags for Memorial Day so successful J  It was wonderful to see all the different parade participants, their families and our church family mingling together enjoying the day with a hot dog and refreshing bottle of water!  A record has been set by our Kitchen Crew, just 45 minutes to cook 500 hot dogs!  What amazing teamwork in the preparation and execution of our Hot Dog Stand, and our Field of Flags has never been more impressive – a beautiful tribute.  Amen.

Peace and Blessings,

Lynne Foreman

 

 

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING:

We know that there are so many places in need of donations, so please feel free to donate to wherever you feel led.

 

 

 

In honor of Children’s Day, the SCC Youth would like to help those children less fortunate have a hunger-free summer.  Here are some recommended, and much needed items, for the Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:

 

Canned fruit, instant oatmeal, juice-bottles/cans, juice boxes, canned pasta: ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs; spam, jelly, Nutella, pudding or gelatin cups, fruit cups, snack cracker packs; fruit snacks; Gatorade; and flavored water.

 

Anything is most appreciated, however, we cannot accept perishable items.

Please return to Seymour Congregational Church by Sunday, June 19th, or call (203) 888-6729.

Thank You and God Bless!   ~ The Outreach Committee

 

The Valley Diaper Bank collection which we have been participating in, is having their next collection from June 1 – July 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on June 27th in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

 

SNOWFLAKE FAIR:  2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~ if any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Laura Thompson.

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

 

 

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

 

 

 

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

Cherished Creations, God Loves You Just the Way You Are

This morning the reading in Our Daily Bread devotional was based on Psalm 51: 7, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit.”  The reading began with a description of Kintsugi, a centuries-old Japanese art of mending broken pottery. Gold dust mixed with resin is used to reattach broken pieces or fill in cracks, resulting in a striking bond. Instead of trying to hide the repair, the art makes something beautiful out of brokenness.

As I read the devotion I thought about how broken I feel at times, totally unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness.  And yet, over and over again, the Bible tells me that I am loved in my imperfection and I am forgiven through the grace and love of Jesus Christ.  Being loved in this way is what brings each of us joyful hearts as Christians, knowing we are loved and forgiven.

I was recently given a beautifully written piece from “365 Prescriptions for the Soul” by Bernie Siegel that illustrates how God loves us just the way we are.  In the piece labeled Prescription #192, Dr. Siegel writes:

One morning I came into the kitchen to find my wife had lined up several cups with missing handles.  She explained that I had jammed them into the dishwasher with disastrous results.  “Please dispose of them in the recycling bin,” she ordered.

“No, dear, I can drink from a cup with no handle,” I replied.  Her look told me that I should either dispose of them or hire a marriage counselor. So I packed them up and took them to our vacation house and hid them in the kitchen cabinet.  A few weeks later we went on vacation.  I knew when she opened the cabinet that I would be in big trouble.  So I ran away from home, that is, I went for a run.

Why do I believe in a higher power? Because after running on the same road for twenty years and never finding anything, that morning lying in the middle of the road was a cup with a broken handle.  I knew God had left it for me, so I ran over and picked it up.  On it were pictured two chubby elephants embracing and the words, “God loves you the way you are.”  I brought it home and showed it to my wife.  Now that cup and all the other cups are an accepted part of our family again, and so am I!

May each of us know that despite our “broken handles” we are truly loved and cherished by our loving God.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Loving and compassionate God, I want to bring You joy by having a humble and repentant heart today.  Thank you for the blessings in my life and I pray that I might find a way to pass them on to those around me each day.        Amen

 

 

 

I have loved being part of this church for the last several years – singing in the choir (which I will miss the most), being on various committees, helping with various dinners and coordinating the Snowflake Fair. Thank you for my going away picnic, the special gifts I received, and the monetary gift, which will come in handy on my trip to AK. I have made so many special friendships which will last a lifetime and will plan to visit before the end of the year. Until then, peace and blessings to you all! My new address will be 1010 Willow Drive, Clearfield, PA 16830.

In Christian love,

Laura Thompson

 

 

 

THIS WEEK

 

Monday, June 5 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, June 6 6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, June 7 6:00 PM GS #60306

 

Birthdays This Week

June 4 – Elwin Jimmo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

 

 

 

A BIG Thank You to everyone for making our 5th Annual Hot Dog Stand and Field of Flags for Memorial Day so successful J  It was wonderful to see all the different parade participants, their families and our church family mingling together enjoying the day with a hot dog and refreshing bottle of water!  A record has been set by our Kitchen Crew, just 45 minutes to cook 500 hot dogs!  What amazing teamwork in the preparation and execution of our Hot Dog Stand, and our Field of Flags has never been more impressive – a beautiful tribute.  Amen.

Peace and Blessings,

Lynne Foreman

 

 

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING:

We know that there are so many places in need of donations, so please feel free to donate to wherever you feel led.

 

 

 

In honor of Children’s Day, the SCC Youth would like to help those children less fortunate have a hunger-free summer.  Here are some recommended, and much needed items, for the Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:

 

Canned fruit, instant oatmeal, juice-bottles/cans, juice boxes, canned pasta: ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs; spam, jelly, Nutella, pudding or gelatin cups, fruit cups, snack cracker packs; fruit snacks; Gatorade; and flavored water.

 

Anything is most appreciated, however, we cannot accept perishable items.

Please return to Seymour Congregational Church by Sunday, June 19th, or call (203) 888-6729.

Thank You and God Bless!   ~ The Outreach Committee

 

The Valley Diaper Bank collection which we have been participating in, is having their next collection from June 1 – July 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on June 27th in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

 

SNOWFLAKE FAIR:  2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~ if any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Laura Thompson.

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

 

 

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

 

 

 

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

Week of 5/29/2017

 Memorial Day

TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM –  Hot dog stand and parade

11:15 AM – Quick Adult Choir Rehearsal


                                                                                                         

“Courage is contagious.  When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.”

~Billy Graham

 



EPISTLE    Acts 1: 6-14

GOSPEL     John 17: 1-11

SERMON   “A Prayer for Unity”   ~ Rev. Allyson Glass

The flowers are given today by Tom & Alyce Wells in Memory of Loved Ones.

 

Please join us outside for a hot dog and fellowship with our Veterans and friends.

LAY LEADER:  Laura Thompson

GREETERS:  Teresa Kregling & Debbie Volkmar

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Karl Kregling

 

 

 


Tribute

Our annual field of flags is a beautiful tribute to those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces.  The sight of all those flags as I drove into the church parking lot this morning filled my heart with a number of emotions; love for my country, nostalgia over the memory of my Dad marching in his army uniform in the Memorial Day parades of my youth, and pride in my church as we honor this day of remembrance with the display of flags.

It was a pleasure to be part of the group who gathered together to put the flags out on our church lawn.  Each of us arrived bringing our enthusiasm and the tools we thought would help to accomplish the task.  Some brought tape measures and yard sticks, others brought mallets and hammers, and others brought chalked string to set a straight line, and screw drivers and a power drill to make holes for the flags.  Working together we used what tools we had brought and gradually the straight rows of flags emerged.  As we worked on setting out the flags, people driving by honked and waved letting us know they appreciated our work.

I continue to be amazed at the generosity and spirit of this congregation as we continue to find ways of extending God’s extravagant welcome.  The outreach room is piled high with bottled water, the fridge is filled with hot dogs and the flags are out. We are ready to say to the community, come and celebrate God’s abundant blessings with us.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


 

Prayer for Memorial Day

By D.A. Graham, Military Chaplain

In the quiet sanctuaries of our own hearts,
let each of us name and call on the One whose power over us
is great and gentle, firm and forgiving, holy and healing …

You who created us,
who sustain us,
who call us to live in peace,
hear our prayer this day.

Hear our prayer for all who have died,
whose hearts and hopes are known to you alone …

Hear our prayer for those who put the welfare of others
ahead of their own
and give us hearts as generous as theirs …

Hear our prayer for those who gave their lives
in the service of others,
and accept the gift of their sacrifice …

Help us to shape and make a world
where we will lay down the arms of war
and turn our swords into ploughshares
for a harvest of justice and peace …

Comfort those who grieve the loss of their loved ones
and let your healing be the hope in our hearts…

Hear our prayer this day
and in your mercy answer us
in the name of all that is holy.

Amen. The peace of God be with you.


 

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THIS WEEK

Monday, May 29 HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY

Tuesday, May 30 6:15 PM GS #135

7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide

Wednesday, May 31 6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, June 1 6:30 PM GS #135 Leaders Mtg.

Friday, June 2 8:00 PM Eastern Star


 

There will be no Coffee Hour this Sunday, so instead . . .

Please join us for our 5th Annual “Hot Dog Stand” for Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade

YOU ARE ALL WELCOME!  There will be plenty of shade under our large oak tree so please bring your lawn chair(s), have a hot dog, bottled water, and enjoy the company of each other, our Veterans and neighbors.  And don’t forget your Red, White, and Blue!

If you haven’t been by the church this week, here is a picture of our Field of Flags.  The display is quite impressive and such an inspirational reminder of what Memorial Day is all about ~ Remembrance, Honor, and Respect.  A very special Thank You to all our volunteers!

Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on June 27th in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.   

SNOWFLAKE FAIR:  2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~ if any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Laura Thompson.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

Week of 5/21/2017

Sunday May 21, 2017

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:15 AM – Quick Adult Choir Rehearsal

1:00 PM – Picnic at the Mann’s for Laura Thompson

RSVP: Michelle Mann, mrsmmann@hotmail.com or 203-387-9661

All are welcome, bring a lawn chair and side dish/salad or dessert to share. Manns will provide pulled pork and other grilled items.

 


Joy is a net of love by which you catch souls.

~Mother Teresa


EPISTLE 1 Peter 3: 13-22

GOSPEL   John 14: 15-21     

SERMON  “Love One Another Just as I Have Loved You”     Gail Catlin, Deacon


Prayers and Blessings

One of the Our Daily Bread devotionals for this week made me stop and think about the relationship praying for each other and blessing each other.  The Poet Samuel Foss wrote in “The House by the Side of the Road” about wanting to be a friend of people.  He writes that he wants to stand by the way, waiting for weary travelers and to nourish and refresh them with encouraging words and send them on their way with a blessing.

Surely this is the wish of every Christian, to pray for those in need of strength for the journey.  As a child I was taught to say “God bless you” when hearing someone sneeze, but little did I know until I was much older that is because

During a plague that occurred in Italy in AD 590, sneezing was, or was thought to be, a sign that someone was getting sick with the plague. There is a legend/tradition that Pope Gregory I commanded that, any time a sneeze was heard, the sneezer was to be blessed by saying, “God bless you,” (and making the sign of the cross over his mouth) as protection against the plague. Again, there is no biblical validity to such superstition. At the same time, there is no biblical reason to believe it is sinful to bless someone after a sneeze—in fact, it might just be a good time to extend a kind word and say, God bless you.


 

The flowers today are in celebration of Mackenzie’s 16th birthday!  “Sweet 16”

LAY LEADER:  Karl Kregling

GREETERS:  Lee & Roger Janvrin

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Karl Kregling

Thank you to Gail Catlin, Karl Kregling, and Nancy Rogers for leading worship this morning.


 

THIS WEEK

Monday, May 22 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, May 23 1:00 PM Bible Study

6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, May 24 6:00 PM GS #60306


UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm. The first study will be held on May 23rd in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months. All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.


Memorial Day

Come join us for SCC’s 5th Annual “Hot Dog Stand” for Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade on Sunday May 28th

At this time we would like to request donations of Hot Dogs, but only “Hummel Skinless” and any kind of bottled water.  Items can be left in the kitchen, marked for the “Parade”.  We are also accepting any monetary donations.  This is a wonderful way to not only show our support but to also show others some of the things that are important to us like family, neighbors, our community, faith and fellowship.  Any donation would be greatly appreciated.          

We will be setting up the Field of Flags the week before the parade, more details to follow.

Thank you and God Bless!

For more information, see Lynne Foreman or call (203) 881-1250



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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry. Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event. Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.


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PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.


***Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

 

Week of 5/15/2017

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This Sunday, May 14, 2017

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:30 Choir rehearsal

Dare to love and to be a real friend. The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as to those whom God has given you to love.”

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16

GOSPEL   John 14: 1-14

SERMON                      “The Way Home”                      Rev. Allyson Glass


The flowers today are given by Michelle Mann in loving memory of her mom.

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

LAY LEADER:  George Bashura

GREETERS:  Jaclyn Kregling & Stephanie Kregling

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Karl Kregling

 


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This Sunday we will not only celebrate Mother’s Day, but we will also celebrate the Festival of the Christian Home.  In this way, the day is a tribute our own mothers and those who are mothers, but also to those who surround us with love in our Christian home.

Our Gospel reading for this Sunday is John 14: 1-14 in which Jesus says goodbye to His disciples and says in verse 3: “I go and prepare a place for you”.  He is telling his disciples he is going ahead to prepare a dwelling-place, a home for them.  He promises to never leave them alone, that they did not need to fear or worry about their lives whether on earth or in heaven.  We can take comfort and reassurance from this promise as Jesus not only makes a home for us, He makes His home within us.  In this way, wherever we live – we belong to Jesus and thus we belong to each other.

This Sunday we celebrate our home together as a Christian family as we are upheld and surrounded in His love and peace.  For us there is “no place like home.”

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


 

Weekly Prayer

Lord Jesus, if and when we feel homeless, remind us that You are our home.  May we share this sense of belonging with those we meet.   Amen

Prayer by Amy Boucher Pye


 THIS WEEK

Monday, May 15 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, May 16 6:15 PM GS #135

7:00 PM Council

Wednesday, May 17 6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, May 18 7:30 PM Masons

 


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Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The first study will be held on May 23rd in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

Going Away Picnic for Laura Thompson

When: Sunday, May 21st, 1:00 PM

Where: The Mann’s, 1024 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge

RSVP: Michelle Mann, mrsmmann@hotmail.com or 203-387-9661

All are welcome, bring a lawn chair and side dish/salad or dessert to share. Manns will provide pulled pork and other grilled items.

Come join us for SCC’s 5th Annual “Hot Dog Stand” for Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade Sunday May 28th

At this time we would like to request donations of Hot Dogs, but only “Hummel’s Skinless” and any kind of bottled water.  Items can be left in the kitchen, marked for the“Parade”.  We are also accepting any monetary donations.  This is a wonderful way to not only show our support but to also show others some of the things that are important to us like family, neighbors, our community, faith and fellowship.  Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

We will be setting up the Field of Flags the week before the parade, more details to follow.

Thank you and God Bless!

For more information, see Lynne Foreman or call (203) 881-1250

 

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sundays bulletin.

Week of 5/7/2017

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“How wonderful it is being a sheep in the flock of God. Our shepherd is the one that created the grass that we need for pasture, He is the one that created the rivers and the waters, He is the one who holds everything in His hand and He is my Shepherd.”

Edmond Sanganyada, The Good Shepherd: Grace sets back your setbacks

 


OLD TESTAMENT      Psalm 23

GOSPEL John 12: 1-10

SERMON             “How Sweet It is to be Loved by Him”         Rev. Allyson Glass


The flowers today are in celebration of Brenda White’s birthday given by her mom.

 

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

LAY LEADER:  Gail Catlin

GREETERS:  Teresa Kregling & Howie Bradshaw

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Karl Kregling

TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:30 AM – Scholarship Meeting

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal


THIS WEEK

 

Monday, May 8 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:30 PM Masons

Tuesday, May 9 6:00 PM Scholarship Mtg. 6:15 PM GS #135

7:00 PM Deacons

Wednesday, May 10 6:00 PM GS #60306

 


 

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 Prayer of the Week

God of goodness, we give thanks for the gift of life, wonder beyond words; for the awareness of soul, our light within; for the world around us, so filled with beauty; for the richness of the earth, which day by day sustains us; for all these and more, we offer thanks.  Amen

Evening Prayer from the Mishkan T’Filah, A Reform Siddur

 


 

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Scholarship application time is just around the corner.  The Scholarship Committee of our church awards funds to qualified scholarship candidates from two distinct funds.  The Pittis Fund, the larger of the two funds, is restricted to those candidates who will attend or are attending, on a full-time basis, an accredited four-year college or university for the purpose of obtaining an undergraduate degree.  The Common Fund is an unrestricted fund, which may be used for awarding scholarships for any form of advanced education.

Applicants are eligible for an award if they are members or children of members of the Seymour Congregational Church.  The amount of the awards is influenced by the number of  applicants and the amount of income available from the trust funds, which support the scholarship program.

The scholarship committee will once again be having two mandatory meetings for all scholarship applicants – new and repeat – and their parents Sunday, May 7th at 11:30 and Tuesday, May 9th at 6:00 pm.

 If you have any questions, contact Karen Baker, 203-888-0394.

The Seymour Oxford food bank is in need of volunteers on May 13, 2017. We will need help in two shift from 12 o’clock to to 3 o’clock and 3 o’clock to 6 o’clock, to help sort and date food that we will be receiving from the Letter Carrier’s 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive The food bank is located at 20 Pine St. Seymour, Ct. If you have a questions please call Teri at 203-888-9688.
Thank you,

From the Outreach Committee – Registration is now open for the Spooner House 20th Annual Walk for the hungry and homeless.  Saturday, May 20th at the Derby Greenway.  Form a team, join a team, or register individually.  Registration is $20 and you can set up your own fundraiser page.

 

Silver Lake Open House:  Take a ride with us and check out Silver Lake Conference Center!!! We will be heading to Silver Lake for their Open House on Sunday, May 21, 2016from 2-4 p.m. First time campers and interested campers and their families are encouraged to attend the Open House to get an advance peek at their awesome facilities and waterfront. More details to follow about departure time and transportation – see Nancy Rogers with any questions.

Can’t make SLCC Open House? Contact the office at 860-364-5526 to schedule a time to visit and tour camp.

 

The Silver Lake Board of Directors is delighted to invite you to the 11th Annual Silver Lake Conference Center Golf Tournament.  We hope you will join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year on Tuesday, June 6 at Lyman Orchards in Middletown, CT.  We invite everybody to cheer on your church’s foursome, support Silver Lake, and try out the fun beginning at 9:00 AM with a Shotgun Start-Scramble Format.  Registration is online at www.silverlakect.org and click on the Golf Tournament link to sign up or become a sponsor.  Any questions, please call 860-364-5526.

Going Away Picnic for Laura Thompson

When: Sunday, May 21st, 1:00 PM

Where: The Mann’s, 1024 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge

RSVP: Michelle Mann, mrsmmann@hotmail.com or 203-387-9661

All are welcome, bring a lawn chair and side dish/salad or dessert to share. Manns will provide pulled pork and other grilled items.

 

Come join us for SCC’s 5th Annual “Hot Dog Stand” for Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade Sunday May 28th

At this time we would like to request donations of Hot Dogs, but only “Hummel’s Skinless” and any kind of bottled water.  Items can be left in the kitchen, marked for the“Parade”.  We are also accepting any monetary donations.  This is a wonderful way to not only show our support but to also show others some of the things that are important to us like family, neighbors, our community, faith and fellowship.  Any donation would be greatly appreciated

We will be setting up the Field of Flags the week before the parade, more details to follow.

Thank you and God Bless!

For more information, see Lynne Foreman or call (203) 881-1250

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

 


Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

 

Week of April 30, 2017

                                                                                                           

Living in the present moment is the recurring baptism of the soul, forever purifying every new day with a new you.                          

~Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace


OLD TESTAMENT      Micah 6: 1-8

EPISTLE Romans 13: 8

GOSPEL Luke 4: 18-19

SERMON      “What the Lord requires”                  Rev. Marilyn Kendrix


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SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Ella Ryan Herold

Parents:  Renee Guliuzza & Andrew Herold

Deacon Sponsor: Nancy Rogers


The flowers are given today by Connie & Stan Wiesniak in Memory of Loved Ones.

Espresso on Coffe Beans

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

It is being hosted by the Music Committee.


 

LAY LEADER:  Bob Frazine

GREETERS:  Howie Bradshaw & Roger Janvrin

USHERS:  Tony Calzone & Bruce Baker

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Bruce Baker


 

TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:30 AM – New Member Class

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal


When Help is Offered

I will admit that I often decline help when it is offered, perhaps it is part of my “can do” spirit or a need to demonstrate my independence.  I have to keep reminding myself that accepting help is not a sign of weakness but in fact a sign of strength and acknowledgment of a kindness.

This week I had a valuable lesson in accepting help when it is offered as I set forth to deliver donations to the Food Bank across the parking lot from church.  You see, the CE Committee had asked if they could donate 8 gallons of orange juice left over from the Bunny Breakfast to the Food Bank.  After checking with the Food Bank I was assured they would love to have the donation so I headed back to church.  I decided this would be a great time to use our lift to move the donated orange juice from the kitchen, across the parking lot to the Food Bank.  No problem I figured, so I loaded up the plastic gallon jugs of juice onto a cart and up I went in the lift.  Seeing me with the cart filled, Connie offered to help me wheel it across the soggy parking lot to the Food Bank.

Now here is where it takes a wrong turn – “No thanks, I say, I’m all set”.  Connie wisely says, “Are you sure?”  I reply, “No problem, I got it.”  So off I roll lifting the front wheels through the door and on down the sidewalk.  As I head out into the parking lot I notice the jugs jiggling over the bumps and ruts but I’m set on my task and accessing my “inner flight attendant” as I head to the Food Bank.

You have probably guessed by now that I hit one rut too many and off flies one of the jugs of juice.  Fortunately it is plastic but it did pop open dumping the precious OJ onto the parking lot and down a nearby drain.  At this point I know for certain I should have accepted Connie’s gracious offer.  After I complete the delivery and roll the cart back to church I stop in the office to admit what happened and thank Connie for her offer of help.  I then told her, “The next time you offer help and I say no thanks, just say…yes, you do need help.”

While this example is a bit silly, it really does prove that a wise person accepts help when it is offered.  Sometimes it is help lifting or moving something, sometimes it is help solving a problem, and sometimes it is just having someone listen and perhaps help share the load.  Our loving God is always there watching over us and sending us help – perhaps we just have to accept it with grace.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, help me to have a thankful heart when help is offered, knowing that kindness is a gift from you.  You have made us for compassion and kindness, let me offer help as well as accept help knowing that we were created to work together for the good of all creation.  Amen


THIS WEEK

 Monday, May 1 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, May 2 6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, May 3 6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, May 4 12:00 PM National Day of Prayer

6:30 PM GS #135 Leader Mtg.

Friday, May 5 8:00 PM Eastern Star

Saturday, May 6 5:30 PM   Turkey Dinner/Basket Raffle

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Rev. Marilyn Kendrix will join us for worship as a guest preacher this Sunday, April 30, 2017.  She will preach on Christian concerns over mass incarceration.  In addition to her sermon, she will offer a “Second Hour” presentation on the human justice issues around our prison system.  Please join Rev. Kendrix in the Miner Room following Coffee Hour at 11: 30 am for the presentation.

Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix, Interim Senior Pastor

The Congregational Church of Naugatuck

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Marilyn Baugh Kendrix currently serves at the Interim Senior Pastor at the Congregational Church Naugatuck. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Marilyn worked for over 15 years as an Organizational Development Consultant principally at AT&T but also in other profit and not-for-profit settings.  In addition to her ministry at the Naugatuck church, Marilyn is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Conference of the UCC.

Marilyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in French and secondary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, her Executive MBA from the University of New Haven and an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, also from the University of New Haven.

In May of 2013, Marilyn received her Master’s of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a certificate from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.  She was the recipient of the Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize for exceptional promise in pastoral leadership, the highest prize that Yale Divinity School confers on a graduating student each year, for her work in raising awareness about mass incarceration in America.

Marilyn’s covenant with the Congregational Church of Naugatuck allows her to preach and teach about mass incarceration at other UCC churches in Connecticut.  She does this work one Sunday a month while serving as Naugatuck’s senior pastor.  In addition, in her work with the Malta Justice Initiative, Marilyn has partnered with 7 other writers to write a book, The Justice Imperative: How Hyper Incarceration Hijacked the American Dream(September 2014, Significance Press).  The book focuses on the problem of mass incarceration in Connecticut and provides 30 recommendations for bringing it to an end.

Description of Forum

As people of conscience, we should care about the poor among us and in our society, the people who fit that description the best are the 7.3 million people currently under correctional control, 2.3 million of whom are in prison or jail, while the remaining 5 million are kept in a permanent poverty by the rules of parole and probation and the legal discrimination against them in housing, employment, and public assistance.   There are clear connections between racism, politics, targeted enforcement of the War on Drugs and the intractable poverty that it creates.  These issues have been out of sight for most of us yet as people concerned with human justice, we need to become aware of this injustice in our midst.

As one of the authors of The Justice Imperative: How Hyper Incarceration Hijacked the American Dream, Rev. Marilyn Kendrix will discuss the facts and consequences of mass incarceration in America and provide some recommendations for what we can do about it.


New Member Orientation:  Pastor Allyson will be meeting in the Nursery with anyone who is considering joining the church TODAY at 11:30 a.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to learn more about the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC and our denomination.

Attending this session does not obligate you to join the church, but does provide you with information to make a decision about membership.  Of course whether you choose to attend the class or not, you are welcome to continue to worship and fellowship with us.


SCHOLARSHIP:  Scholarship application time is just around the corner.  The Scholarship Committee of our church awards funds to qualified scholarship candidates from two distinct funds.  The Pittis Fund, the larger of the two funds, is restricted to those candidates who will attend or are attending, on a full-time basis, an accredited four-year college or university for the purpose of obtaining an undergraduate degree.  The Common Fund is an unrestricted fund, which may be used for awarding scholarships for any form of advanced education.

Applicants are eligible for an award if they are members or children of members of the Seymour Congregational Church.  The amount of the awards is influenced by the number of  applicants and the amount of income available from the trust funds, which support the scholarship program.

The scholarship committee will once again be having two mandatory meetings for all scholarship applicants – new and repeat – and their parents Sunday, May 7th at 11:30 and Tuesday, May 9th at 6:00 pm.

If you have any questions, contact Karen Baker, 203-888-0394.


From the Outreach Committee – Registration is now open for the Spooner House 20thAnnual Walk for the hungry and homeless.  Saturday, May 20th at the Derby Greenway.  Form a team, join a team, or register individually.  Registration is $20 and you can set up your own fundraiser page.


Silver Lake Open House:  Take a ride with us and check out Silver Lake Conference Center!!! We will be heading to Silver Lake for their Open House on Sunday, May 21, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. First time campers and interested campers and their families are encouraged to attend the Open House to get an advance peek at their awesome facilities and waterfront. More details to follow about departure time and transportation – see Nancy Rogers with any questions.

Can’t make SLCC Open House? Contact the office at 860-364-5526 to schedule a time to visit and tour camp.


The Silver Lake Board of Directors is delighted to invite you to the 11th Annual Silver Lake Conference Center Golf Tournament.  We hope you will join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year on Tuesday, June 6 at Lyman Orchards in Middletown, CT.  We invite everybody to cheer on your church’s foursome, support Silver Lake, and try out the fun beginning at 9:00 AM with a Shotgun Start-Scramble Format.  Registration is online atwww.silverlakect.org and click on the Golf Tournament link to sign up or become a sponsor.  Any questions, please call 860-364-5526.


 

Going Away Picnic for Laura Thompson

When: Sunday, May 21st, after the Memorial Day Parade (2pm?)

Where: The Mann’s, 1024 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge

RSVP: Michelle Mann, mrsmmann@hotmail.com or 203-387-9661

All are welcome, bring a lawn chair and side dish/salad or dessert to share. Manns will provide pulled pork and other grilled items.


Memorial Day

Hot Diggity Dog!

Come join us for SCC’s 5th Annual “Hot Dog Stand” for Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade Sunday May 28th

At this time we would like to request donations of Hot Dogs, but only “Hummel’s Skinless” and any kind of bottled.  Items can be left in the kitchen, marked for the“Parade”.  We are also accepting any monetary donations.  This is a wonderful way to not only show our support but to also show others some of the things that are important to us like family, neighbors, our community, faith and fellowship.  Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

We will be setting up the Field of Flags the week before the parade, more details to follow.

Thank you and God Bless!

For more information, see Lynne Foreman or call (203) 881-1250


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.


PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know atkreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.


Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.