Happening in your church family this week;
In worship Sunday we will take a moment to honor all those who have served in the armed forces. If you are now or in the past served our country in the military please come so that we may recognize you.
We are in the mix of stewardship season. This Sunday I plan to spend some time during the sermon to reflect upon the 10 maidens who trimmed or did not trim their lamps. Some ran out of oil – what would happen if the church ran out of oil? Have you ever ran out of oil? Have you ever ran out of spiritual oil? Did you get shut out?
If we are all family how is it that some run out of oil and others seem to have plenty? It’s all about oil this Sunday.
Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton
November 05, 2014
Scripture: Joshua 24:15-18
Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’
Then the people answered, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.’
I recently spoke with a young mother interested in having her daughter baptized. She’d been raised in a Congregational church and hoped her daughter would one day get confirmed. But she wanted to be honest: they weren’t likely to be regular church goers. “Weekends are for family,” she explained. Maybe you’ve heard this, too, or said it: “Sundays are precious.” “It’s the only time we have together.” “We want to savor this time while our children are young.”
When did church stop being about family? “It didn’t. It’s all about family,” we church-goers might insist. If that’s true, then we have a PR problem, because increasingly, young families see church as an intrusion into family life, hours deducted from the really quality time they want to spend together. I wonder: What could we say about the power of practicing faith as a family, in the company of others? What stories can we tell about raising children within a wider faith community? How might we say, “As for me and my household, we go to church on Sunday,” without sounding, well, holier-than-thou?
More importantly: What would those families find, if we did persuade them to show up for church? Do we really create enough space for families to explore faith together? How often do we worship, do Bible study, or ask our most pressing questions as households? Where do parents and kids get to share their doubts and insights with each other? Who helps them to navigate those conversations?
Joshua began his speech to the Israelites by listing all the highs and lows of their wilderness journey. “Remember? How God set you free from slavery? How you turned your back on God again and again?” Joshua kept that story alive, to be passed from generation to generation: a living, breathing story about a living, breathing God who keeps covenant, even when we don’t.
I’m not saying that spotty attendance necessarily makes one a bad Christian. But I am saying this: As for me and my household, hanging out at church, with folks who are telling and learning from that same story about a living, loving God…that has made us a better family.
Teach us to be a church for all ages, so we can grow together – and maybe even learn from our kids! Amen.
The Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton is pastor of Saugatuck Congregational Church of Westport.
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!
Snowflake Fair Updates
Another craft get-together has been scheduled for this Sat., Nov. 8th at 1:00 at Connie Wiesniak’s home. Bring scissors and glue gun if you have one. Please let Laura Thompson or Connie know if you plan to come.
29 Craft and Specialty Vendor tables, offering various types of hand-made, ornaments, wristlets, tote bags, aprons & snowmen; knitted and crocheted towels, pot holders, baby afghans, quilts, scarves, Christmas stockings, hats & purses; gift items for dogs, cats and dog/cat lovers; bath salts, sachets & tub tea; birdhouses, home-made candy, soy candles, wire sculptured jewelry; Amato’s Toy & Hobby will have a large variety of items, and Seymour Cinemas will be selling gift cards. We will have reps from: Tastefully Simple, Silpada Designs, Jamberry (nail wraps) and Tupperware. Two of our members, Jaclyn Kregling (Disney pin collection & note cards) and Jane Bitzer (scarves & bric-brac), will also have tables with items for sale. Raffles for: Gift baskets, wreaths, homemade quilt and 6’ “All That Glitters” decorated tree; ladies boutique, baked goods table, craft area for kids on the stage, find great deals on items in our Christmas Treasures Room, and breakfast & lunch served in the Snowflake Café. We will also be selling gift cards to various stores like WalMart and Stop & Shop (a % of purchase price goes back to the church).
Donations for the baked goods table and desserts for lunch can be dropped off the night before from 4:30-7:30 p.m. or the morning of the fair.
Please don’t forget to see Nancy Cretella on Nov. 9 to get a specific gift idea for our Covenant to Care children.
Help us build up our “Giving Tree” to benefit the Gellatly Scholarship Fund and the CT Food Bank (will be in place on November 16th at the top doors near the office).
Any donations for the “Boutique” would be greatly appreciated. These include mainly jewelry, but also pocketbooks, scarves, and any other accessories that you no longer need. There is a box marked “Boutique” downstairs as you enter the Fellowship Hall where you can leave items, or give them to Laura or Connie. Thanks
Quilt Raffle tickets are available from Sandy Barber. See her during coffee hour.
Thanks to everyone that has helped/donated so far ~ there are still empty spaces on the sign-up sheet to work the day of the fair.
November 9th, 2014
10:00 AM – Worship
Please join us for coffee hour in fellowship hall following our service!
11:30 AM – Christmas Cantata Rehearsal-Last chance to join the choir for the holidays and be a “Sometime Singer” and sing in the Cantata. So grab a cup of coffee & come up & join us.
12:00 noon – Adult Choir Rehearsal
Please send your announcements to the church office by WEDNESDAY morning if you wish them to be included in next Thursday’s E-Bridge and Sunday’s bulletin.
Meetings this week at Seymour Congregational Church
Monday, Nov. 10
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Amaranth
6:15 PM Girl Scouts #135
Thursday, Nov. 13
6:30 PM Tenor/Bass Sectional
7:00 PM AA
OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK
Reverend – Tues., Wed. & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Rev. Ed is here Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 9:30 AM until 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.