E-Bridge week of 5/24/2015

Welcome to this week’s E-Bridge


Memorial Day

Thoughts on Acts 2:1-21 This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday the color of the day is RED

It is time for a change and the disciples were all together – I wonder what that means were they all together as in one place or all together as in agreement. Their lives were changing the world around them was changing – everything was in flux. Sons and daughters were gathering in the spirit or it was being poured out upon them. What are those kids up to anyway?  There will be visions and dreams there will be wonders. Even the old folks are going to get involved. O My ! what next!

The Spirit is coming !

Change can be energizing.

Pentecost is all about change. Truly, there is nothing to this story except tremendous change. Change has already happened (Jesus is gone) and change is ongoing. As the writer pens this tale he knows what some of the upheavals are going to be for this group of believers. They’ll struggle with pressures from outside and inside their society. They’ll want to bring in newcomers but will not be happy with some of the changes newcomers bring. They’ll try to be inclusive, but not always successfully. They’ll attempt to carry on the way they think Jesus would want them to, and sometimes they’ll fail at it. They’ll argue about the best way to go on.

Change isn’t always easy.

But change they must. It’s part of life; it’s part of a life of faith. Invited or not, welcomed or not, it comes to all of us.

Change is inevitable.

As individuals or in institutions, we can resist change, ignore change, berate change. We often want to go back to those times when things were comfortable or exciting, important or fun, more free or more structured. When the church was full! But going back in time is impossible.  Like going back to our youth our memories of what was is probable better then what really happened..  Moving forward is our only choice. Having a vision of the what can be is always better than a memory of might have been.

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. [from Acts 2]

Like that group waiting, praying, hoping, we look to see what’s coming next. The one thing we know is that it won’t be what we expect.

Change is coming.


This SUNDAY, MAY 24th is our “Hot Dog Stand” for Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade, which is being held from 10:45am – 1:30pm.


8:00 AM:  Set-Up our serving area which will include 3-4 Pop-Up Canopy Tents and (4) long tables that need to be brought up from downstairs.  Set-Up tablecloths, condiments, hot dog serving stands, coolers/ice/bottled water. Tea and Lemonade.

11:00 AM:  Need help with cooking Hot Dogs (steaming-easy) and placing them in rolls in large serving trays; runners to go up and down stairs replenishing hot dogs; servers to offer hot dogs and bottled water.

YOU ARE ALL WELCOME to join in, there will be plenty of shade under our large oak tree so please bring your lawn chair(s), have a hot dog and enjoy the company of each other, our Veterans and neighbors.  The weather forecast is for “A Beautiful Day to be Thankful”!  p.s. If you have a church t-shirt please wear it 🙂

If you’d like to volunteer to help or have any questions, Call Lynne Foreman.


Silver Lake 9th Annual Golf Tournament:  Rev. Ed will again be participating in this year’s Silver Lake Golf Tournament.  You may support this event by “Funding a Hole” – $25 per hole.  Sign up sheet in Fellowship Hall or see Rev. Ed. There are 13 holes still open!


Rev. Ed is gathering names for the fall confirmation class. Youth of 9th grade and over are encouraged to contact the office to register for the class. We will meet during the summer to get to know each other.


Memorial day Parking  It is highly suggested that folks park in the rear lot this coming Sunday!


GRANDPARENTS: Are you a grandparent who is legally responsible for your grandchild? Rev Ed is interested in gathering a support group / education group for you.  Call the office for more details. Did you know that 1 in 20 children today are being raised by a grandparent.


ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER –  Saturday June 6th @ 5:30 for Dinner – complete with all the fixings! Seating is limited so please get your tickets early: Adults $14 and Children $5.

RAFFLE BASKET EXTRAVAGANZA – follows the Turkey Dinner.  Raffle tickets, at $1 a chance, are available at any time up to the time of drawing.

Donations of Gift Baskets are needed.  Baskets can be done as a committee or by a group of friends.  You can make any basket you like or if you want to purchase items for a basket, we’ll be happy to put one together for you. There are so many possibilities – sports, children, hobbies, culinary, just use your imagination!

All donations are greatly appreciated! For tickets please see Teresa Kregling, Debbie Volkmar, or Lynne Foreman.  You can also call the Church @ 203-888-6729.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?  Please contact Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.  Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune.  For more information go to  <http://www.shawlministry.com> http://www.shawlministry.com.  To request a shawl, call Lynda (203-888-5473) or leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729.

BOOK CLUB:  The next book club meets Friday June 5th. The book this month is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. It gives you a look into a family affected by early-onset Alzheimer’s and you will remain moved and inspired long after you have put it down. It brings up many points to discuss as so many families have been touched by this affliction. This month it will be hosted by Mandy Hicks, for more information contact her at 203-736-1537.

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at  <mailto:kreg5@comcast.net> kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.


Monday, May 25                                HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!

Tuesday, May 26

6:15 PM – Girl Scouts #135

7:30 PM – Survivors of Suicide

Wednesday, May 27

6:15 PM – Girl Scouts #60059

Thursday, May 28

12:30 PM – Bible Study

6:30 PM –  Adult Choir Rehearsal

7:00 PM – AA


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.

Please send your announcements to the church office by Tuesday morning this week if you wish them to be included in Thursday’s E-Bridge and Sunday’s bulletin.