E-Bridge Week of June 1, 2014

Missed the Service of 5/25/2014?  Click on the image below to view the video!

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OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-3:00 PM

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

Reflections of the Text for Sunday June 1st Communion Sunday

Questions from my youth –

OK did Jesus change water into wine, and if so why do we drink grape juice? Is the Bread and Wine REALLY the body and blood of Christ, Was Mary a Virgin, (remember I went to an all male Catholic school, ) was Mary Assumed into heaven and did Jesus body and all ascend into heaven?

Going up anyone! 

The Ascension of Jesus (celebrated Sunday, June 1st this year) is a peculiar day in the Christian calendar. In a de-centered, non-hierarchical world, most of us don’t know which way is up! The idea that Jesus ascended to a God “up there” is just as strange as Harold Camping’s prediction of the end of the world for May 11, 2011. And his image of corpses flying up to the sky along with today’s believers. ( for those who don’t know about Camping – who recently died he was a radio preacher who was amusing for his predictions. )

Some Christians still live in a three-story universe—heaven above, earth between, hell below—but few people believe, that if you get into a space ship and fly far enough, you’ll find a place called “heaven.”

What are we to make of Jesus’ Ascension? Of course, it’s not out of the question that Jesus defied gravity, but is that the real point? Is the Ascension about gravity or spirituality, geography or vocation?

Acts 1:1-6 describes the Ascending Christ. But not until the disciples quiz him about the timing of fulfillment of history. Jesus’ response is vague, and still remains good counsel for those who seek a precise date for judgment day. We get a prediction at least once a year.  “It is not for you to know the times or periods.” Rather, we are to await the coming of God’s Spirit and the missional power that comes from the Holy.

Finished with his counsel, Jesus is lifted up, and the disciples are left gazing into the heavens until an angel admonishes, “Why do you stand looking toward heaven?” The angel promises Jesus’ ultimate return, but that’s not the point. The point is that the disciples’ mission and our own is right here—in our time and place and on our planet not some far off sphere. So is ours. We are to stop gazing at the stars or our belly buttons and take a real look at the possibilities for ministry right here.

The point of Ascension is perspective. Rising to the clouds gives us a broader perspective on our lives and the planet. Rather than individualistic images of salvation and personal well-being, Ascension challenges us to bring heaven to earth, that is, to live Jesus’ values in our world.

When we live from a higher perspective, we can transcend our own self-interest to embrace the well-being of the whole earth, including strangers, enemies, and non-humans.

So can we be Ascension christions what would that look like . We catch a glimpse of Ascension living by reflecting on the Day of Pentecost, described in in Acts 2.

The Spirit Jesus promises will embrace all creation.

The Spirit reconciles rather than divides.

It promises wholeness and salvation for all people, not just a select few.

It promise is global and all-inclusive, not parochial and limited, in contrast to individualistic and limited visions proclaimed by persons such as was by Camping and his apocalyptic companions. As Acts 2 proclaims:

God will pour God’s Spirit on all flesh,
And your sons and daughters shall prophesy;
And your young men shall see visions
And your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit;
And they shall prophesy.

On Ascension Day, we are called to “go up” and maybe even get up to gain a vision and mission that is larger than ourselves or our communities. Our mission is here—to heal, to embrace, to welcome, and to love. We don’t need to wait for a far off day of perfection and rapture. If God is always with us, then right here and now can be the day of transformation and fulfillment.


Rev Ed


Announcements

 

Saturday, June 7th, is the Annual Turkey Dinner and Basket Extravaganza.  Dinner is around 5:45.. Hoping to have everyone eating by 6 so we can start the drawing around 7-7:30.  There is limited seating – only 100 tickets.  Tickets are $14 for Adults and $5 for Children.  Full Turkey Dinner, stuffing, potatoes, veggies and dessert..If you would like to come please see me at church on Sunday.  Teresa

 

Called to Care:   Have you ever wanted to visit someone who was ill, but you did not know the right words.

Seymour Congregational Church is introducing a visiting ministry called “Called to Care”.

This is a visiting, caring ministry for members who will commit themselves to the ministry of caring and visiting. We are seeking several members who are willing to submit themselves to the necessary training in order to become a vital part of this ministry.

There will be a four session training program for those interested in discovering more about this ministry. There is a signup sheet located in the church office. Or you may wish to contact Rev. Ed directly to obtain more information.

 

Book Club – Our last book club meeting was full of surprises. We actually had an iPad FaceTime discussion with Help for Haunted  author John Searles. It was so fascinating to talk real time about why he chose to write, how he writes  and his growing up in Monroe.   What a treat for our little book club!!  Thank you, Charlene.

Now on June 6th we will meet to discuss A Secret Gift by Ted Gup. Talk to Jackie Calzone if you are interested in joining us.

Karen Baker


This Week

Monday, June 2 4:00pm Weight Watchers
Tuesday, June 3 6:15pm Girl Scouts #135
7:00pm Diaconate
Thursday, June 5 6:30pm Girl Scout #135 Leaders
7:00pm AA
Friday, June 6 8:00pm Eastern Star
Saturday, June 7 5:30pm Turkey Dinner & Raffle

The Family of

Edward F Cornell, Jr.

Acknowledges with grateful appreciation

The members of the Seymour Congregational church

For your kind expressions of sympathy


I just want to say Thank you to all of you for also being so selfless and giving of yourselves to help out with the Hot Dog Stand for the Memorial Day parade – what a huge success!!  It was so wonderful just to look around the church lawn and see all the different people talking, laughing, eating hot dogs, sweet treats, and enjoying a well-deserved cool drink.  The set-up and clean-up were relatively quick and easy; and the cooking and keeping up on the hot dogs was perfectly executed.  Everyone jumped in to make sure our ‘neighbors’ were welcomed and well taken care of.  With all of the incredible donations that we received we were able to feed about 500 people!!

Everyone was so appreciative of our kindness and thoughtfulness in reaching out to them.  It was wonderful to say that everything was donated by our church members!  We were able to portray ourselves in a most positive light as individuals and as Christians and showed the community one of our many fine characteristics as a congregation that truly cares. I would like to say thank you to Craig Michael, Jaden, Becca, Brittany, and Mackenzie who were so wonderful to help us out!!  We need more young people like you.  AND a Very Special Thank You to Michelle Mann for being the mother of this brainchild – this would not have been possible without your vision!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!!

Peace and Blessings,

Lynne Foreman


If anyone knows of a Seymour Veteran who is buried at a cemetery in another town and does not have a flag on the grave, please contact George Bashura or Michael Kearney, and they will provide a flag to the family to place at the grave.  Thank you. 

Altar Flowers:

There are many openings for June, July and August on the Flower Chart.  You may want them to be ordered or you may bring in your own.  Please indicate on the Flower Chart whether you would like to take them home or leave them to be given to shut-ins or someone who is sick.   T-take, L-leave

Thank you.


 

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334 Boston Post Road

Orange, CT  06477

Helping Hands is proudly partnered with over 175 local non-profit organizations.

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They are now offering House-Cleanouts.  Donated items will reduce the cost of the clean out.


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.

 


 

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Presenting the
Bowl-2-Benefit 2014
Top Fundraising Teams

 

Congratulations to….

 

New Haven Family Condors

$10,000

Seymour Congregational Church

$3,850

Oxford Center School (Youth)

$3,620

Trinity Lutheran Church

$2,590

Oxford High School Hope Club (Youth)

$1,515 

 

Thanks to you, your fellow captains, teammates, sponsors, donors, virtual bowlers, and everyone else who played a part in this event, the 2014 Bowl-2-Benefit raised over $92,000 in support of The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS), a program of BHcare.

THANK YOU!

 

SAVE THE DATE

27th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit UCDVS

March 14, 2015

Registrations Begin in December 2014

 

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Visit us online: BHcare.org

Shoreline Office: (203) 483-2630

Valley Office: (203) 736-2601

UCDVS Crisis Hotline:
(203) 736-9944 and (203) 789-8104.
Toll-free 1-888-774-2900

 

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