E-Bridge Week of 6/29/2014

Weekly Newsletter of the Seymour Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Worship service – 10:00 am

Please join us for coffee hour after service!

 

 

From “God is Still Speaking”

Friend’s as we go off into summer I am reminded to remind you that the church will be here – all summer – with all her love and issues and yes, stuff. Please remember to continue to support the church during these quiet months of summer with your time and talents but especially with your tithes.  I share with you the following from Rev Quinn Caldwell published in a resent “still speaking”. The still speaking ministry is about many things – one is church stewardship.

House
Quinn G. Caldwell

“They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat . . .” – Isaiah 65:21-22

Isaiah’s words sound nice, but the fact is, if you build to last, somebody else is going to inhabit your house one day.

Take your church building; aren’t you living in a house somebody else built?  Whether we like it or not, generation follows generation, and each one takes over in the end what the previous ones left behind.  What kind of house is the next generation of your church going to find when they move in?  Is it well-maintained?  Cleaned and loved?  Are they going to have to spend forever getting rid of all the old crap you’ve let accumulate and ripping down the bulletin boards that you’ve left hanging there with the same stuff on them for the last twenty years?

Or will they discover that somebody figured out how to organize themselves so that the back of the Sanctuary got decluttered regularly and the sills of the stained-glass windows got de-grimed every once in a while?  Will they find that you had the discipline to repair broken furniture, to tear down the year-old notices and repaint the hallway once a decade?

Will they move into a house that somebody loved and cared for as if it actually mattered, or will they find a place that looks like it was owned by a hoarder with a cat problem?

Like it or not, somebody else is going to inhabit your house of worship sooner or later.  Decide now what you want them to think of you—and God—when they do.

Prayer
God, you provide every shelter house, including the one in which I worship.  Help me to care for mine as if I were grateful.  Amen.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Quinn G. Caldwell is Pastor and Teacher at Plymouth Congregational Church in Syracuse, New York, and co-editor, with Curtis J. Preston, of the Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ, published by The Pilgrim Press.


Announcements

Summer Coffee Hours:  We are looking for volunteers to sign up for Coffee Hours this summer.

There is no one signed up thru the summer.  Parish Life will be responsible for making sure there is coffee/tea on the table, and while we have some donations of cookies and danish, it is not enough for more than a few Sundays, and we cannot be responsible for providing food every Sunday.  There are not as many people in July and August, but they still come hungry and any light snack would be most appreciated.  Why not get together with friends or family and sponsor a Coffee Hour?  If you would like to just donate a snack, we would welcome that as well.

Thanks and God Bless – Parish Life Committee


Snowflake Fair:

This summer, be on the lookout for the following needed items:

  • Pink items for our “positively pink” basket ($ collected for this basket will go to Seymour Pink)
  • Items for baskets ~ if you don’t want to donate a full basket, Leslie will be making a box for donations that we can put together for the raffle (and we may put together a few small baskets for sale).
  • Ornaments for our “All that Glitters” tree (we have enough balls, look for misc. glittery decorations)
  • We do have a good start on our “Christmas Treasures” items from the tag sale, but will always make room for more!
  • Supplies: Clear wrap, wired ribbon, and medium and large sized baskets
  • If you have a craft idea, let Laura or Jeannette know – we plan on having at least 2 craft get-togethers.

 

For those who did not get an updated Church Directory,

some will be available at Coffee Hour on the table as you walk in.


THANK YOU!!!

Thanks to the Adult Choir for sharing your talent with us all year!


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 non-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.

 

Next Sunday is Communion Sunday.

 

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.


THIS WEEK:

Monday, June 30 4:00pm Weight Watchers
Thursday, July 3 7:00pm AA

 Did you miss our June 15th Worship Service?

Click on the image below to view our service video

june 15

 

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