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April 27 – May 3, 2014
Sunday, April 27th Highlights:
WE WILL CELEBRATE BELL SUNDAY!
It is an ancient Christian ritual that is celebrated the week following Easter. EVERYONE IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO BRING A SMALL HAND BELL WITH THEM TO WORSHIP!
We will have a few extra for the people that do not have a bell and would like to ring one. During the worship service, each time the word “Alleluia” is said or sung, you, the congregation will ring your bell. This is a way for everyone to continue our Easter celebration for yet another week!
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Aubrie Christine Gauthier
Parents: Daniel Gauthier and Kristin Gaudreau
God Parents: Justin and Ann Gaudreau
Mom’s, before you leave church today, take a minute to write down your favorite hymn, and please leave it in the hymn box in the vestibule. On Mother’s Day, May 11th, we will select one Mother’s Day hymn to be sung.
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Bell Choir
11:30 AM – Adult Choir
The altar flower arrangement is given by Bruce and Karen Baker
in memory of their Dads
Please join us after church in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.
It is being hosted by the Outreach Committee.
GREETERS: Stan & Connie Wiesniak USHERS: Howard Bradshaw & George Wityak LAYLEADER: Elwin Jimmo DEACONS OF THE MONTH: Howard Bradshaw & George Wityak
Please sign the pew pads and pass them down for everyone in your pew to sign. If you are new to the church, please add as much information as you would like.
OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK
Reverend – Tues., Wed., Thurs. – 9:30 AM-3:00 PM
Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Monday, April 28 – Saturday, May 3Monday, April 28 4:00 PM – Weight Watchers 7:30 PM – Survivors of Suicide Tuesday, April 29 6:15 PM – Girl Scouts #135 Thursday, April 24 6:30 PM – Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM – AA Meeting
Scholarship informational meetings will be held at the church in the Miner Room on Wednesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 18th at 11:30 Both a parent and the student applicant (new applicants and those reapplying) must attend this meeting. Applications will be given to the candidates after attendance of this meeting..
The Scholarship Committee of the Seymour Congregational Church is empowered to award 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 awards if they are members or children of members of the Seymour Congregational Church. At this meeting, scholarship committee members will explain expectations, requirements and important information needed to apply for a scholarship.
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.
If you have any questions, speak to Craig Mann or Karen Baker, Scholarship Committee.
Every Communion Sunday, we invite our members and friends to participate in two special offerings.
THE DEACONS’ FUND
You will find an extra envelope in the pew on Sunday mornings. Contributions included in this envelope go to the Diaconate Fund – a New England Congregational tradition associated with the observance of the Lord’s Supper and dating from colonial days.
This fund, administered by the Diaconate, is used to help individuals in the Seymour area who have an immediate need usually arising out of some tragedy. Confidentiality is observed, and sometimes only the Pastor and the Chairperson of the Diaconate know the circumstances. We invite you to observe this time-honored tradition as you are able and support our community outreach by remembering others when observing the Sacrament of Communion.
THE SEYMOUR-OXFORD FOOD BANK
This is our second special offering. We encourage our members and friends to bring at least one perishable food item on Communion Sundays. (Contributions are accepted at other times.) These items are delivered promptly to the Food Bank at the beginning of the week.The Food Bank is very low on the following items: Urgent need – 1 lb. boxes of spaghetti. Jello, pudding, spam, jam, jelly, canned fruit, instant potatoes, canned white potatoes.
Next Sunday, May 4th is Communion Sunday.
Ongoing events/ministry updates:
TAG SALE UPDATE…We have been receiving lots of items already and sorting them into boxes – thank you and keep ‘em coming! We would ask you to PLEASE not remove any items from the boxes at this time before they are priced, etc. We will have a pre-sale on Friday night, May 2nd from 7 to 7:30 p.m. for those who come to help set up for the sale; others are asked to wait until the sale date. We have 2 tables left to rent by our members for $20 each – please see Lee Dayton if you want to grab the last ones!
If you would like a receipt for items you have donated, please see Lee Dayton (an IRS guideline will be posted in the youth room to help you value your donations). Please hold bringing in your large items until the week before the sale. Following the sale, Helping Hands will have a truck to take away our unsold items. If you donate a large item, please mark it with your name and indicate whether you would like it back or donated to Helping Hands if it does not sell.
Baked goods can be dropped off on Friday from noon until 8:30 p.m. or before 9 a.m. on Saturday (please have pre-packaged, labeled and, if possible, priced–and be sure to mark if contains nuts). MORE HELP IS NEEDED! LAST WEEK TO SIGN UP. Tentative times for set up are below. Help is also needed to work the day of the fair – a sign-up sheet is posted on the back table during coffee hour or see Lee Dayton or Karen Baker.
Dates to note:
TODAY – move boxes to tables in the hall following coffee hour
May 1st – set up from 5 – 7 p.m. (last chance to bring in items)
May 2nd – set up from noon – 7:30 p.m.
May 3rd – Sale Date, 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hot Diggity Dog!! For the Memorial Day Parade we would like to offer free Hot Dogs and Bottled Water to all parade participants. The Parade is being held on Sunday, May 25th beginning 11:30 a.m. at French Memorial Park and ending at the Broad Street Veterans Memorial Park, across the street from SCC. This is a great way to show people our support of the community. If you would like to help out, we could really use donations of hot dogs and bottled water (no rolls at this time). Items can be left in the kitchen, marked accordingly, or you can give them to Lynne Foreman. Thank you so much – God Bless! Planning meeting – Sunday, May 4th during Coffee Hour.
The book club is now reading contemporary fiction with the book Help for the Haunted by John Searles. It is a departure from our most recent reads – a suspenseful book with really good character development. We will meet to discuss this book on May 4th at 4:00 pm. Speak to Charlene Stevens if you are interested in joining us.
This discussion will complete the circle! All the members of our book club have now chosen a book and hosted the gathering. Each meeting has been chock full of interesting conversation with varying views of ourbooks and lots of laughs. So, around we go again – ten new books to read for the next ten months. How blessed we are.
The Annual Turkey Dinner and Basket Raffle will be held on June 7th. Save the date and consider donating a basket for the raffle worth approximately $25.00. Help will be needed for set up, clean up, cooking and serving. Come join us! It’s a fun time for all.
WALK AGAINST HUNGER to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank is coming up! The New Haven walk is Sunday, May 4th. The Waterbury walk is Sunday, May 18th. If you would like to walk and need a pledge sheet, please see Becky. If you are not able to walk, please consider pledging to someone who is!!
WELCOME TO HOLY JOE’S CAFE!
A place where our Troops overseas can go to get a comforting cup of coffee while they are so far away from home. This is an outreach project of the Military Chaplains.
They have developed this idea as a way of providing our troops with a place where they can socialize, receive emotional and spiritual support, and be in a relaxed atmosphere after the tension of being on duty for many days at a time.
The Outreach committee is collecting bags of coffee for this wonderful mission. During coffee hour please stop to check out the presentation board to learn where and how this mission started, quotes from different Chaplains and more!
HERE ARE THE SPECIFICS FOR DONATING COFFEE:
Bags of coffee only (cans cannot be shipped)
Ground coffee (they do not have the means to grind whole beans)
Regular only (NO decaf)
Flavored is fine (as long as it is not decaf)
NO tea (this is a coffee mission)
Please support our Troops! Bring in a bag of coffee and bring a soldier a taste of home!