Christmas Cantata is Coming!!

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Join us on December 15, 2013

“Jesus is Born the King”

Cantata

At the 10:00 Worship Service our outstanding choir will be performing their Cantata

“Jesus is Born the King”

 This musical event is a fresh approach to the greatest story ever told.

The story of God’s eternal love to mankind in sending Jesus.

Join us for a “Carol Sing” ten minutes before the Cantata!

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To all who bring small children to church – a MUST read!

There you are sitting in worship or Bible study. Your child, or toddler, is restless. Perhaps they’re even a little boisterous. You try to silence them, and nothing. You try to pacify them with food or toys, and nothing. Eventually, you resort to the last thing you wanted to do: you pick them up, and before a watching audience, you make the march out of the auditorium. All the while, you’re a little embarrassed. Maybe you’re a little frustrated too. You might even think to yourself, “There’s no point in coming to church. I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my kid.”

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I want you — you mothers and/or fathers — to know just how encouraging you are to so many. The little elderly woman who often fills alone beams with a smile at the sight of you wrestling with your little one. She’s been there before. She knows how hard it can be, but she smiles because to hear that brings back precious memories. To see young parents and their small children brighten her day, and she may have just received bad news this week about her health, but seeing the vitality of young ones removes — if but for a moment — her fears.

The older man who always seems to be grouchy notices you too. He’s always talking about how children in this day have no respect or sense of good. But, he sees you — a young family — in church, and you don’t miss any gathering. Like clockwork, he can depend on the sight of you and your young family. You give him hope that maybe the church isn’t doomed after all, because there are still young parents who love God enough to bring their restless children to worship.

The family who’s unable to have children notice you too. They’d love to be in your shoes, but for whatever reasons, they are unable to bear children. They’ve thought about adopting, but they’re not sure if that’s what they want to do or if they will keep on trying to have children of their own. They’d love to talk to you for a little while about the joys of your children. They need you.

Then there’s everybody else. Some people will honestly become frustrated by noisy children in church. They have this warped idea that reverence includes absolute silence. It doesn’t. When parents brought their children to Jesus, the disciples rebuked them (Matt. 19.13-15), but Jesus rebuked His disciples. He said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” The term translated “children” in Matthew and Mark is paidon. The root of the word “pedagogue” is from this word. It defined children of either an infant state, or more particularly, it was with reference to those who were half-grown and could be either males or females.

When Luke wrote his account of this narrative, he used the word brephos; which means “infants.” Luke wasn’t contradicting Matthew and Mark’s account, because Luke wrote that they brought the infants “also” (Luke 18.15-17). They would have squirmed, maybe even cried. This was likely why the disciples rebuked the parents; as well as that they might have thought that the children were too young to understand the blessing Christ pronounced over them.

Bring your children to church. If you don’t hear crying, the church is dying. As hard as it might be for you as a parent who’s half-asleep, keep on doing what you’re doing. You are an encouragement, and you’re starting off your children’s lives as you should.

Sunday 11/17/2013 Notes….

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:15 AM – Cantata Rehearsal – Grab a cup of coffee and come right up and join us!

No experience necessary.  Just a desire to sing.  Come give it a try!

12:00 PM – Adult Choir Rehearsal

5:00-7:00 PM – AA

GREETERS:  Howie Bradshaw & Nancy Rogers

LAYLEADER:  Jeanette Raymond

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  George Wityak

Please join us after the service in the Fellowship Hall for coffee hour. It is being hosted by Lynne Foreman, “Giving Thanks”. The Altar flowers are given by Lynne & Mackenzie Foreman in Support of and in Honor of anyone who has dealt with cancer, whether directly affected or supportive – you are all so special!

 SCRIPTURE 

Luke 21:5-19
We would be less than truthful if we said we knew precisely what to make of the Gospel lesson before us now. Falling Temples.
I understand what it means to have temples fall. I have driven by my old home. The tree I played in is gone. The grape vine I hid under is missing my old sacred temples are gone. My world has changed. My old high school still stands but the track field I ran on every day for four long years has been replaced. Many of my childhood places of discovery have been replaced by something unsacred. Another sacred temple removed.
Temples?  No, of course not. At least not in the way that Jesus speaks today.  But places that seemed permanent and immovable?  Yes, they were that.  Even so, all these changes do seem to fit into a natural order of what we might understand as progress.
So while I have not seen temples fall in the violent way that Jesus speaks of now, I do know the ache in my own soul to see so much of what I thought would always be, be no longer.  The older one gets, the surer one becomes of this.  The things that last are not always the things you think will last.  Not even the big, impressive, amazingly beautiful ones. No, not even the ones that helped make you who you are.
So while I sort of get the first part of this week’s Gospel reading, I can’t really begin to say that is so about the second part.  Except for what I catch on the evening news or skim on my news feed, I don’t know much of nations rising against nations.  I have experienced tremors some personal some external. But still I shook.

Do you hear Jesus’ words today as meant for us universally or cosmically, individually, or both/and?

  • When have you experienced ‘temples falling?’  What was that like?  Where did you discover grace?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Name tags for those who asked for them will be on the card table in the Narthex this Sunday.  Please wear yours in church and at coffee hour.  Take them home and wear them in the next Sunday.  Thanks!

  

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SNOWFLAKE FAIR
SATURDAY
November 23rd
 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

25 Craft and Specialty Vendor tables, offering hand-painted wooden Santa Claus figurines and ornaments; snow people and soft sculptured snowmen; silk flower arrangements; Amato’s Toy & Hobbies with children’s books, puppets, puzzles, games and craft kits; knitted and crocheted dog coats, towels, pot holders, sweaters, scarves, hats & purses; gift items for cats and the cat lover; wire sculptured jewelry; “Make a Bracelet” a “Thirty-One” rep, and another vendor will be in the choir room. Our own Deanna Imbro and the Sunday school will also have tables with items for sale. We will also have an author with her book “Wings Up” and reps from: Tastefully Simple, Origami Owl, Scentsy Candles, Silpada Designs, Party Lite and Tupperware. Raffles for: Gift baskets, wreaths, homemade quilt and decorated trees; ladies boutique, baked goods table, craft area for kids on the stage and breakfast & lunch served in the Snowflake Café. Silent auction for angel-themed tree will benefit the prayer & serenity garden and youth activities; silent auction for a wreath will benefit the church.

        Donations for the baked goods table and desserts for lunch can be dropped off Friday night from 4:30-7:30 p.m. or the morning of the fair. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated to help us offset costs. Food bank donations will be accepted at the door. Thanks to everyone who has helped/donated so far ~ please come and support our vendors and our church on the day of the fair! NOTE: please park in the grass lot behind the church to save the paved lot for our outside patrons!

In light of the devastating result of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, we are going to be requesting donations during Coffee Hour that will be sent to Americares along with $200 from the Outreach Committee that will hopefully help them help the 10,000+ people in need of food, water, and medical aid.

The United Church of Christ today issued an appeal to church members and friends for $250,000 to support Typhoon Haiyan response efforts.  Initial support grants funded by One Great Hour of Sharing have been sent to the ACT Alliance and UCCP.  How you can help:  Pray for the people impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, UCC partner organizations active in response efforts, and all humanitarian workers.  To assist people in recovering from this disaster, please make a gift payable to Seymour Congregational Church with “Typhoon Haiyan” in the memo line.

 The Churches of Seymour and Oxford invite you to the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service, Wed., November 27th at 7:00 PM at Great Hill UMC, 225 Great Hill Road, Seymour.  We come together to give God thanks for our blessings!  We will celebrate Holy Communion and join voices with an ecumenical choir.

Advent Worship Opportunity – an early worship experience during Advent, “55 Alive”.  At 8:55 AM each Sunday morning, we will offer a brief 30 minute worship experience in the church sanctuary for those who find the holidays busy and hectic – or are just looking for a quiet reflective experience.  This service will be a quiet meditative service of music, the word and communion.  The first service is on Dec. 1st.  Interested or have questions, see Rev. Ed.

Community-Wide Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing – Dec. 1st at 3:00 PM, Broad St. Park (across the street) sponsored by the Friends of the Park and Seymour Congregational Church.  This will be followed by a Hot Chocolate Social downstairs.  All are invited.

The Parish Life Committee will again this year sponsor a Craft Night/Movie Night for children.  It will be held on Friday, Dec. 6th from 6-9 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

The children will make a Christmas themed craft and then watch a movie.  Popcorn and juice will be provided. There is no charge and parents need not attend.

Bring a friend.  Sign up sheet is posted.  Contact Karen Schuttler or any member of Parish Life for further information.

WHITE GIFTS – On Sunday December 8th, we will begin to prepare for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ with the “Hanging of the Greens” service.  We will also have our annual “White Gifts” collection to benefit the Valley Toys-for-Tots. On that Sunday, we ask you to bring a new toy for a boy or girl, wrapped in white (or any color) and place it under our sanctuary Christmas tree. These gifts will be delivered to TEAM, Inc. in Derby for distribution to needy children in the lower Valley towns. There is a special request for gifts suitable for older kids; they typically get lots of things for the littlest angels. No child should be without a gift on Christmas morning, be a cheerful giver!  Thank you for sharing your blessings.   Yours in the Spirit of Christmas,

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 2014 FLOWER CHART IS READY AND WAITING FOR YOUR NAME

The new flower chart can be found in the Narthex by the side door.  If you would like to order flowers, just write your name and any “Dedication of,” “In Celebration of,” or “In Memory of” on the line next to the date you would like to have flowers.  If you would like to TAKE your flowers home after church, just put a big “T” next to your name.  Or if you would like to LEAVE  the flowers so that our Parish Life Committee can bring your flowers to a shut in or ill parishioner, just put a “L” next to your name.

The flowers will be ordered and delivered to the church for you.   The cost is $25.  Please make your check out to Seymour Congregational Church and either give it to me or place it in the “Flower” mail box in the office. This is a wonderful way to share your joys with your church family.  It is appreciated by all.

Thank you,

Karen Baker

Please send your announcements to the church office by WEDNESDAY morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin and/or E-Bridge.

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Friends please read the following appeal and special reminder from Seymour Congregational Church Outreach committee.

There are grocery bags ready to be filled waiting at the church-

“The SCC Outreach Committee would like to remind everyone that with the coming Thanksgiving holiday we all have much to be thankful for.  Let’s share our blessings and help to make this holiday a little brighter for others by donating non-perishable items that will be used to put together a Thanksgiving Dinner for those families in need through the Seymour-Oxford Food Bank and Spooner House.  Items needed are:

Potatoes canned/boxed/bagged ▪ Canned Yams ▪ Marshmallows

Gravy ▪ Stuffing ▪ Broth ▪ Canned Vegetables ▪ Canned Fruit

Cranberry sauce ▪ Applesauce ▪ Mixed Nuts ▪ Sugar ▪ Salt

Bisquick or Flour ▪ Pillsbury Quick Bread ▪ Muffin Mix

Jell-O ▪ Pudding ▪ Canned Pie Filling ▪ Pie Crust Mix

Evaporated Milk ▪ Powdered Milk ▪ Juice (canned or boxed)

Coffee/Tea ▪ Foil Roasting Pans ▪ Pie Pans ▪ Aluminum Foil

Plastic Wrap ▪ Paper Napkins ▪ Paper Towels

Grocery Gift Cards for Frozen Turkeys

Anything would be greatly appreciated

PLEASE BRING ANY THANKSGIVING DONATIONS TO CHURCH THIS SUNDAY ~November  17th

Thank you and God Bless!”

New Baskets added to Snowflake Fair Raffle

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2013 Basket Bonanza

Drawing to be held at SNOWFLAKE FAIR on Nov. 23, 2013

Pictures of all the baskets can be seen on the church’s facebook page:

Seymour Congregational Church and go to Snowflake Fair Basket Raffle album

Tickets for baskets & wreaths are $1 each or 12 for $10; trees are $2 each

1.    Avon baby ~ Car seat cover with seat belt pillow, shopping cart cover and sensory toy.

2.    Ambrosia Maple Wooden Bowl ~ hand made by Woodstock, NY artist (Lee Dayton’s father)

3.    Shop WalMart ~ WalMart $20 gift card and snowman fingertip towel

4.    Avon Holiday Extravaganza ~ Diffuser set, 2 24-oz bubble baths, 4 mini bubble baths, 4 hand creams, 8 lip gloss & 2 mini emory boards.

5.    Bake for the Cure ~ 3 mixing bowls, 3 nesting measuring cups, silicone baking sheet, Komen for the Cure tote bag, spatula, oven mitt, all resting on a metal cookie sheet.

6.    Arden Assortment ~ Elizabeth Arden “Interlude” body spray, “Pretty” body lotion, “Red Door” perfume, and Elizabeth Taylor’s “White Diamonds” body powder

7.    For the Birds 1 ~ Bamboo bird feeder, with 2 packages of suet

8.    Night at Ozzie’s ~ $25 gift card donated by Ozzie’s Family Restaurant & Pizzeria, Seymour

9.    For the Birds 2 ~ Double suet feeder, with 10 packages of suet

10.   Cardinal Garden~ stepping stone, solar light, 2 garden ornaments, garden gloves.

11.   Cozy Quilt ~ Beautiful twin/full quilt with 2 pillow cases

12.   All Things Pumpkin II ~ Pumpkin: pancake mix, salsa, syrup, seeds, napkins, liquid soap, marshmallows, bread, pie filling, cheesecake cookies, dishes, cider

13.   Breakfast Anyone? ~ Waffle stick maker with mix & syrup

14.   Snowmen Steppers: Lighted snowmen on ladder and Christmas tree “Lights in the Night” night light

15.   Beautiful Noise ~ Beautiful tones to this “Shenandoah Melodies” set of chimes

16.   Let’s go to Rio ~ Anchor  Hocking 16-piece Anchor Hocking “Rio” glassware

17.   Kitchen collection ~ Santa jello mold, 3-piece hand graters, reindeer salt & pepper shakers, Santa wine topper, and 2 mugs, all resting in a rod iron fruit bowl

18.   The Cat’s Meow ~ Scratching post, grooming brush, 3 cat toys, food & treats, resting on a disposable litter tray with small bag of litter.

19.   Winter Reading ~ Ken Follett’s “Winter World”, Dan Brown’s “Inferno” and 4 Daniel Silva books

20.   Tea Time ~ Tea and cookies in a Princess House “Biscuit Barrel”

21.   Just for Kids ~ Sticker activity book with play scenes, 5 “Top Hat” books, and 2 “Little Squirts” drink bottles

22.   Christmas Table ~ 6’ table runner, 8 reversible napkins & 4 cristal d’arques “Combourg” wine glasses

23.   Teen Tote ~ 200-piece nail design kit, Bath & Body Works vanilla verbena sugar scrub, 2 “Soft Lips”, emery board, manicure kit, shower gel, and blue & pink nail polish, in acolorful corduroy-lined tote

24.   Winter Warmth ~ 50” x 70” plush throw, pair of gloves, scarf, Christmas mug, and 4-pack of hot chocolate mix

25.   Scrapbooking Selection ~ Everything you need to keep your special memories organized and looking great – too much to list!

26.   The Weekender ~ 3-piece Weekender luggage, Colleen Coble’s “Rosemary Cottage”, a first aid kit, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner & hair spray

27.   A Night for Reading ~ Mary Jane Clark’s “The Look of Love” and “Dying for Mercy”, coffee mug, tin of International French vanilla coffee, box of assorted Bigelow teas, and 3bags of snacks

28.   Jewelry Box ~ Vernier watch with interchangeable bands and 3 bracelets: onyx, honey jade & amethyst

29.   Girl Scout Cookies ~ 8 boxes of everyone’s favorites!

30.   Deck the Halls ~ Musical plush sled with snowman, dog & penguin that plays “Sleigh Ride”, 2 lighted snowflake window clings, a snowman door hanger,  Santa tea light holder,green box ornament, and 5 hibiscus silk flowers.

31.   “The Christmas Tree” ~ Beautiful print by our own artist, Lynne Traverse

32.   “Betsy” ~ print #2 by Lynne Traverse

33.   Cookie Time! ~ Bake up a batch of cookies with this sugar cookie mix, holiday sprinkles, 3 cookie cutters, a baking mitt, and  2 Christmas spatulas, with a glittering “Joy” sign.

34.   Tool Time! ~ Kobalt set of tools, in a handy storage case: screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, wrench, utility knife, bit set & more!

35.   Mitford Years ~ Jane Karon’s 7-book set of “The Mitford Years”, plus “Light from Heaven” and a box of Bigelow Tea.

36.   Christmas Reading ~ Debbie Macomber’s “The Christmas Basket, “Where Angels Go” & “The Perfect Christmas”, plus a box of Bigelow tea

37.    The Dog’s Woof ~ various items for your pooch!

38.    I’m Puzzled ~ Puzzles for kids, a plush snowman toy & ??

39.    Ladies Only ~ a purse, pewter cross, mug, scarf & a box of Bigelow Tea

40.    Cozy Evening ~ Bottle of pinot noir, 2 wine glasses, and a Christmas

 

WREATHS #1, 2 & 3 are part of the $1 raffle; final wreath will be a silent auction wreath.

 

TREE RAFFLE (#1 and #2) –tickets are $2 each