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VETERANS DAY IS NOVEMBER 11TH
LET’S REMEMBER OUR VETERANS WITH DONATIONS FOR THOSE IN
THE WEST HAVEN VETERANS HOSPITAL
Here is what is needed the most: Socks, Underwear and t-shirts – all sizes needed from small (just a few) to 3x, Denture cleaner, Denture adhesive, Reading glasses, Deodorant, Shampoo, Nail clippers and Lotion.
They really do not need any conditioner, shaving cream, soap or puzzles at this time. However they gladly welcome anything!
Donations can be placed in the Veterans bin in the Outreach Room. Thank you!

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Devotional

Specificity

Kenneth L. Samuel

“It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.” – Acts 24:21 (NIV)

When the Apostle Paul stood before Felix, the Roman governor of ancient Palestine, he was accused of troublemaking and inciting riots among the Jewish people. In his defense, Paul argues that his beliefs and religious practices are very much in line with his accusers.

Paul claims that he and his accusers worship the same God; he believes in the same Law and follows the same prophets of his accusers and, like his accusers, he has hope for the resurrection of the righteous and the wicked.

But Paul admits that there is something specific about his belief in the resurrection that has generated the charges against him. To be sure, Paul’s belief in the resurrection was not limited to the ethereal realms of religious doctrine and precept.

Paul believed that the resurrection was specifically realized in the life of Jesus and that Jesus’ resurrection gave Jesus’ followers specific power to declare the love and liberation of Jesus’ gospel.

Most often, we don’t encounter any real resistance in life until we get into the specifics.

No one opposes the concept of peace as long as it’s kept within the lofty orbit of noble ideals. But in specific contexts of mounting terrorism, anyone who argues that peace, instead of vengeance, should be the first national priority is bound to face opposition.

Faith is unanimously endorsed in various faith communities, but faith becomes quite problematic when it has to be lived out in specific circumstances of practical impasse.

The devil may indeed be in the details, but so is our deliverance.

Prayer
God, inspire us today to make specific and critical application of your gospel. Amen.


Kenneth Samuel 2012

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Devotional

Anger and Grace
Emily C. Heath

“How can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.”– Luke 6

Today I am sitting in my study and feeling angry. I’ll admit that. Yesterday I found out that a man my church helped financially in an emergency was lying about the whole thing. I’m angry that he sat across from me and told me tearful stories about a dead brother who never existed.

And I’m angry at myself too. I think I’m a good judge of whether someone is telling me the truth, and I ask a lot of specific questions before I open the discretionary fund checkbook. This time I just didn’t ask enough.

Jesus tells us that before we judge others we must take a hard look at ourselves. We have to take the log out of our own eye before we focus on the eyes of others. That’s hard to hear when you’re feeling angry at someone who stole from your church.

And yet, it is true. I don’t excuse what this man did. But I cannot allow my anger about his shortcomings to transform me into a person I don’t want to be. I want to believe the best about people. I want to be generous. I want to give freely, and not hold back out of fear.

I can’t control someone who lies to me. But I can control who I become. In the end, all I can do is “keep my side of the street clean,” as the saying goes. Grace will hopefully do the rest.

Prayer
God, thank you helping us to take the log out of our own eye. And thank you for giving us a desire for grace, instead of vengeance. Amen.


Devotional Author Emily Heath

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily C. Heath is Senior Pastor of The Congregational Church in Exeter, New Hampshire.

E-Bridge 10/5/2014

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October 5, 2014

Worship Service 10:00am

Please join us after church in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

It is being hosted by the Diaconate. 

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“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”

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Welcome to this weeks – e-bridge!

Get dressed up for this Sunday’s service as we play to take a group photo of all present. We will use this photo for some of the upcoming publicity. This is also a warning for those who are camera shy to come also but you may wish to remain seated while the body comes forward.

Come hungry as we celebrate communion – remember this is “World communion Sunday”

Below is Rev. Spencer’s reflection of Exodus 20 a text familiar to us from the past weeks readings. 


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Spirited Wednesday

Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer

Exodus 20:8-11

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work – you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Reflection:

“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth…” You remember that story, don’t you?

It starts with, “Let there be light,” and it progresses through sky and earth, sun and moon, plants and animals. All blessed, all good, so very good. And then, on the seventh day, God rested.

Here’s what I want to know: What did God do while he rested? How did God spend her day off?

Did God sit around all day in her pajamas, gorging on Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s straight from the tub? Had God been so busy working all week long that he had to spend that seventh day doing laundry, running errands, catching up on email, paying bills? Did God feel guilty about taking time off because there was so much work still to be done?

Of course, we can’t know exactly what God did on that seventh day. But the rabbinic tradition gives us a wonderful way to think about it. The rabbis have interpreted this story to mean that there was, in fact, something yet to be created on that seventh day, something without which the universe would be incomplete. That something is called, in Hebrew, menuha. We often translate this word as “rest,” but its meaning runs deeper than that. Menuha is not just the absence of work – it is the presence of delight.

Can you imagine God on that seventh day, strolling through a field of wildflowers, taking a dip in the ocean, savoring the sweetness of a strawberry, playing fetch with a golden retriever, listening to a child laugh, sitting down to dinner at a candlelit table?

What God created on that seventh day was rest, to be sure, but it was an active, appreciative, relational rest, a rest characterized by delight – a rest that is both a gift and a commandment.

What would it be like if we approached our sabbath days with that kind of eagerness, that kind of joy? And how might that spirit of sabbath delight spill over into the rest of our days?


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine:  THIS Sunday, October 5th, Stephanie and the UCONN Pharmacy students will be running their annual Flu Shot clinic.  Stephanie will also have the Pneumonia and Shingles shots available.   To sign up please see Teresa Kregling or email kreg5@comcast.net, phone 203-881-2027.

22nd Annual Polish Dinner:  Saturday, November 1st, 5 to 7 pm.  We would love to have you join us again this year.  We will need many hands to make this another successful year.  Any donations are welcome. Contact Teresa Kregling during coffee hour or at 203-881-2027 or kreg5@comcast.net.

Snowflake Fair Update:  There will be a Committee Meeting next Saturday, October 11th at 9:30 AM in the Nursery.  Next Sunday will be the deadline for donations to the Positively Pink basket.  A sign-up sheet to volunteer to work the day of the fair will be on the back table during coffee hour.


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OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

 

Reverend: Tuesday- Thursday 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Administrative Asst: Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

 

Rev. Ed is here Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 AM – 4 PM.  He would like to meet members of the congregation, and puts morning hours aside for that.  Please call first if you plan to come in the afternoon as Rev. Ed goes out to visit at that time.

 

A note from our Outreach Committee

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Thank you to everyone who donated toward backpacks for our Covenant to Care families!

With just a little help we were able to purchase 18 backpacks along with:  Pencils, Pens, Crayons or Colored Pencils, Highlighter, Ruler, Glue Stick and a few Note Books each.  It really went well!