Weekly Newsletter of
Seymour Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
August 10, 2014
Worship Service 10:00 AM
Did you miss our Worship Service on August 3rd? Click on the image below to view it!
“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”
HI Folks I am away – or almost on vacation – It is a time to dream- or reflect on this past year and the next. Peg and I will be at Chautauqua Institution for the two weeks. With our grandkids for the first week, then with their parents for week two, along with our second son and his significant other ( we need a better word for that) then Tonya’s parents are coming for a few days- so my reflection time will be limited. But I do dream – and hold to the vision.
While I am away simply call the office if you have a question. Call a deacon for pastoral concerns.
Also while I am away I have left copies of the survey in fellowship hall for your reading and discussion. I have placed on the walls graphs and printouts of data gleaned from the survey. This is excellent information and the congregation should spend some time reflecting on its significance.
One interesting observation is that 84% feel that the minister needs to be very or essentially important to be a fellow traveler, 70% counselor / healer; 67% celebrant or worship leader and 61% spiritual guide. These roles are slightly higher than church administrator (51%) . or witness /Evangelist (29%)
The numbers are numbers and are an education to look into. So go at it and have some fun.
Speaking of reflecting and dreaming –
Below is this week Spirited reflection from the Connecticut Conference site;
I Am That DREAMER (And So Are You)
by Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo
August 06, 2014
Genesis 37:19 (NLT)
“Here comes the dreamer!” they said.
Usually we hear about dreams around February, when Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I had a dream” speech once more becomes important. Or maybe dreams are part of your everyday thought process, as you try to remember that dream that startled out of a deep sleep in the middle of the night. Or, that poem that you learned in your youth sticks in your head as a reminder of living out your potential, Langston Hughes asked, “What happens to a dream deferred?”
When we meet Joseph, his brothers call him a dreamer, and he was. But aren’t we all dreamers at some point, with stars in our eyes, knowing that we are meant for SOMETHING. ANYTHING.
Some of us have heard God’s voice speak greatness into our lives and yet, we stay still and much like a raisin in the sun, we dry up. But we are meant for greater things. We are meant to dream big. Because when we dream big and put our fears aside, we allow faith to take over and walk us into our destiny.
Peter walked on water when all he had was a notion of a dream. How else can you explain daring to ask Jesus to call him over and allow him to walk on water? When you dare to ask God, you get a guide. And for Peter, Jesus was his guide. When Peter truly opened his eyes and realized that the impossible had become possible, he fell into the water, more afraid of the known than the unknown.
We need to be like all those dreamers who came before, who paved a way for us. Joseph was a dreamer, and though his life was complicated, he lived the life of a dreamer. Peter, when he dreamed, was able to walk on water. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, and we are still living towards that dream. Langston Hughes knew that dreams left untreated and unfulfilled could someday explode.
But I envision that explosion as an explosion of God’s glory pushing you forward, towards something you remember once having wanted. Be a dreamer. Live towards God’s dream.
“Kevin Tucker, son of Debra and Alan Tucker, is our Lay Leader this morning. Kevin is attending U Conn – Waterbury studying kinesiology for physical therapy and is expected to graduate in 2017.
This summer besides vacationing in Rhode Island and Florida, he has been taking chemistry and volunteering at Life Designs in Shelton. Life Designs is a rehabilitation center and Kevin is helping patients who have suffered from strokes, spinal injuries and cerebral palsy. We wish him continued success this year as he continues pursuing his degree.”
Many thanks to Jeannette Raymond and Christine Murphy, guest Pianist, for sharing their talent with us this morning!
Please join us after church in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour. It is being hosted by Dawn Ryan and Mary Jo Chevarella.
The altar flowers are given by Connie and Stan Wiesniak in loving memory of
their dad, Ralph Mann on his birthday today.
OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK
Reverend – On vacation
Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Rev. Ed will be on vacation until Tuesday, August 26. Please contact Karen Baker, Deacon Chairperson at 203-888-0924 in his absence.
Please send your announcements to the church office by WEDNESDAY morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Plans are under way for our 26th annual Snowflake Fair! Many of our vendors will be returning, but we do have some spaces left. If you know anyone who would be interested in renting a space ($25 for members, $35 for non-members), forms will be in the entry way and in the fellowship hall, or see Laura.
Along with our normal Basket and Quilt Raffles, Snowflake Café, Boutique, Bake Sale Table, Christmas Treasures Room and Kids’ craft area, we will have a “Giving Tree” for donations to the Gellatly Scholarship Fund and the CT Food Bank (donations can be anywhere from $1 up ~ would like to have a good start on filling the tree before the fair, so we will have donation forms available the week prior). Also, the stage area will have decorated boxes for donations to TEAM “white gifts”, the Veteran’s Hospital, and “Covenant to Care” to bring community awareness to the missions we support.
As always, we cannot have a successful fair without your help! We will be collecting items starting by the end of August for our basket/ raffle (if you cannot do a whole basket, there will be a separate box in the hall for items we can incorporate into full baskets) ~ we will plan on starting to collect and display the baskets in late September or early October. If you plan on donating a basket (approx. $25 in value), please be sure to take a form to list all items included so we don’t miss anything in the description. Forms will also be downstairs for business donations; if anyone knows of a business who may want to donate a gift card or basket, please take a letter and indicate where you are delivering.
Don’t forget to collect items for our “Positively Pink” basket (proceeds from tickets sold for this basket will go to Seymour Pink); we will display what we have so far in mid August. Other miscellaneous items we can use NOW include: clear wrap for our gift baskets and wired ribbon; donations for our “all that glitters” tree, the Christmas Treasures Room, and the Boutique will be collected starting in mid October.
Sunday, September 14th
Come join us as we celebrate our beloved Church
together with friends and family
The picnic will offer plenty of food and fellowship
and there will be lots of activities for
the young and young-at-heart
Thank you to all who visited Grace Farmer on her 99th birthday.
Happy Birthday Grace!!!