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November 5, 2017
peacefully that night.” Like Xochitl there are many things that I have done and said in my life that I regret and have tried to put right through confession to our forgiving God and also through apology to the person or persons who might have been affected by my poor choice. Confession soothes our soul as it allows us to move beyond the incident and the past to a brighter future. While we can’t choose the consequences of our sins or control people’s responses when we confess and seek forgiveness, we are assured that our guilt is gone through the grace of God’s loving forgiveness earned for us with the death of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross.
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
THIS WEEKMonday, Nov. 6 4:30 PM Weight Watchers7:00 PM NVA Community on MinistryTuesday, Nov. 7 6:15 PM Girl Scouts #135Wednesday, Nov. 8 6:00 PM Girl Scouts #306
ANNOUNCEMENTSSNOWFLAKE FAIRSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th ~ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.IT’S CLOSER THAN YOU THINK! Once again, we will have our basket, quilt and tree raffles, Boutique, Bake Sale Table, Christmas Treasures Room, Kids’ craft area on our stage, craft booths and vendors. Our Snowflake Café will serve breakfast and lunch. As always, we cannot have a successful fair without your help!. We have reached our goal for gift baskets. Thank you everyone who has contributed to them. Items for the ChristmasTreasures Room and the Boutique can be brought in by Nov 12th. Please also consider making a donation for our baked goods table or see Teresa regarding making a dessert for our lunch.**A sign up sheet for working the fair will be in fellowship hall. Please let us know if you can help by signing up! You do not have to work the entire day, just help us out for a couple of hours if you can!We especially welcome any newcomers to jump in and get involved! See or call Karen Baker, Lynda Boynton or MaryJo Chevarella if you have any questions.IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT BAKED GOODS DONATIONS FOR THE FAIR: Please have your baked goods prepackaged and priced (if possible) and marked if they contain nuts.
HOLIDAY POINSETTIA ORDER FORMPerson Placing this Order:____________________________________________________________Plant Size requested: 6”/$6.00 ea.RED____________PINK_______________WHITE___________8 “/$12.00 eaRED____________PINK_______________WHITE__________Given in Loving Memory of:_____________________________________________________________Given in Celebration of:______________________________________________________________Other:______________________________________________________________Please make check payable to: Seymour Congregational ChurchYour Poinsettia will add beauty to our church this holiday – So Please do not delayOrders must be placed with the school no later than November 30th.Plants will be delivered to the church prior to Sunday Service December 24th.Thank you in advance for your order, Merry Christmas Everyone!If you have any questions, please call 203-888-7826
OUTREACH COMMITTEE will be collecting new and used coats for those inneed in our local communities. Please look through your closets and see if youhave any coats you do not wear. They will be collecting until December 2nd.CALLING ALL CONFIRMANDS!!Pastor Allyson will be holding a confirmation class for all interested students ingrades 9 and up beginning after the first of the year. The confirmation journey is atime of intentional preparation in which to explore their faith, learn about theirchurch and their denomination and come to more fully understand what it means to be a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Our time together will include opportunities for fellowship, participation in worship, community/church service, and a chance to attend a confirmation retreat at Silver Lake where our group will meet with confirmands from other CT churches. The class will culminate with a Service of Confirmation in May. Please contact Pastor Allyson at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the church office to express interest in the program. Our meeting times will be determined by the group to accommodate everyone’s schedule.FROM THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE: There are many positions thatneed to be filled for the upcoming year. Diaconate – 1, Christian Ed – 2, Music –3, Parish Life – 6, Outreach – 4, Finance – 1, Property – 7, Stewardship – 3,Nominating – 4, Auditors – 2, and a Moderator. If you might be so moved by theSpirit and would like to fill a vacancy, please contact Teresa Kregling at 203-881-2027, Leslie Miklus at 203-308-2628, or George Bashura at 203-888-7734.FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDThe Seymour/Oxford Food Bank is asking for help with sorting, dating, andboxing food for upcoming food drives:Boy Scouts on November 11th (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm)Police and Haynes Food Drives On November 18th (3:00 – 6:00)WINTER HEATING COSTS – HELP IS AVAILABLENow is the time to think about applying to TEAM for assistance with winterheating costs. Households qualify for assistance if they fall below these incomelevels:$34,366 household of one $44,940 household of two$55,514 household of three $66,089 household of fourApplicants are eligible based on review of their total gross household income,such as wage earnings, unemployment compensation, social security, pension,etc.; household size; and liquid assets, as shown through bank statements. Ifan applicant is approved for assistance, TEAM will make direct payments totheir home heating provider.Both homeowners and renters who are residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls,Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton and Woodbridgecan apply for energy assistance from TEAM.To schedule an appointment with Energy Assistance please call203.736-5420 and follow the prompts.Milford residents – 203.783-3253Woodbridge residents – 203.389-3429Orange residents – 203.891-4787Bethany residents – 203.393-2100 X 124TEAM, Inc. is a private 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to strengthen our community by educating, supporting and empowering individuals and families. TEAM programs impact the communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Naugatuck, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Seymour, Waterbury and WoodbridgePlease send your announcements to the church offce by Wednesday morning ifyou wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletn.