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 Many of my childhood places of discovery have been replaced by something unsacred.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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