We welcome our new pastor,
Reverend Allyson Glass
Allyson is a graduate of Springfield College with a BS degree in Physical Education and Southern CT State University with a MS degree in Adaptive Physical Education and a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership. She retired as the Principal of Rock Hill Elementary School in Wallingford after a 34 year career in education. Allyson graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in May 2012 graduation and completed her Chaplain Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. She was ordained by the Middlesex Association of the UCC on November 10, 2013 at the Congregational Church in Killingworth, CT where she was a member for 32 years. She served as a Hospice Chaplain with Valley Health Care in New Jersey for two years before being called the Ministry at the Seymour Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.
Allyson was married for 43 years to her beloved husband Stephen who passed away after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer in 2010. They lived in Killingworth, CT where they raised their two daughters, Laura and Teresa. Teresa lives in Rocky Hill, CT with her husband Brian and their son Desmond. She is a speech pathologist with the Region #4 School District. Laura lives in Holly Springs, NC with her two children Madelyne and Zachary. She is the Senior VP for Quality and Systems Improvement with the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association.
Join us this Sunday to meet her!
Sunday September 13, 2015
Worship Service – 10:00am
Join us for coffee hour immediately after!
This Weeks E Bridge Announcements
What a gift Rally Sunday will be for me as your new Pastor. This is a Sunday to celebrate our community of faith as we come together to feast and celebrate.
We will first feast on The Word through worship. I cannot help but smile as I see the names of the children and young people who will participate in our Rally Day service. You will be warmly greeted by Bethany Catlin, Jaden Rogers, Molly Tripp and Emily Soss. We will have special music provided talented young musicians, and the return of our choir after a summer hiatus. Our altar flowers are given by Janet Horton to celebrate Grandparent’s Day. Yes, we will truly celebrate the gift of our children and young people as we begin the new church school year.
Following worship we will feast on delicious food. We will be treated to a BBQ and to side dishes provided by members of the congregation. Our dessert will be the entries in our annual baking contest. This is a wonderful time for us to gather at the table together to share our summer fun and our hopes for the upcoming year.
Our feast of fellowship will continue after lunch with opportunities to participate in a number of games. What a great opportunity to spend the afternoon having fun together.
I look forward to our feast,
CHURCH PICNIC SUNDAY!
Tickets are still available only $5 pp – see Lynne Foreman
OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK
Reverend – Tues., Wed. & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Pastor Allyson is looking forward to meeting with members of the congregation and sets aside mornings for that purpose. Please call first to meet with her in the afternoon as she will use this time for visitation and community outreach.
Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
MEETINGS HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Monday, Sept. 14
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Amaranth
Tuesday, Sept. 15
6:15 PM GS #135
7:00 PM Council
Wednesday, Sept. 16
6:00 PM GS #60059
Thursday, Sept. 17
7:00 PM Masons
7:00 PM AA
Friday, Sept. 18
8:00 PM Eastern Star
Join us on September 20th for the start of our Church School season. We have an exciting year planned where will be exploring a new curriculum and a confirmation class will be starting lead by Reverend Allyson Glass.
SNOWFLAKE FAIR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st ~ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A basket has been placed in the hall for you to place your donations (miscellaneous items we can incorporate into our gift baskets; any miscellaneous ball ornaments~any color or size~that we can use to make/decorate wreaths; pine cones; any bear ornaments or small bears we can make into ornaments; and clear wrap for our gift baskets and wired ribbon). You can start bringing in your completed baskets in early October. Items for the Christmas Treasures Room and the Boutique will be collected starting in mid-October. Our next craft get-together will be Saturday, September 26th, at 10:00 a.m. here at the church in the gym. We will have several things we can work on, including a bow-making demonstration by Jeannette (so, please bring a roll of wired ribbon – we will be donating 1 you make to decorate our baskets). See Laura or Jeannette if you have any questions.
225th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
We will be having a birthday party for our Church on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Antonio’s Restaurant in Southbury. We have a lot to celebrate! The Reverend Allyson Glass answered our call to our Church, so we have a full time pastor. Our Church is 225 years old, having started the same year as President George Washington’s first inauguration!
We will be having a buffet, and the cost is $30.00 per person; kids are $15.00. That price includes everything but we will have a cash bar. The party will be 12-5 with lunch being served some time after 1:00 P.M. The buffet will include: Verde Salad- Penne Vodka- Lemon Chicken- Roast Beef- Stuffed Sole- Potatoes- Vegetables. There will be soda, coffee, tea and assorted cookies and a Birthday Cake.
Please see Dave Lawson, Karl or Teresa Kregling, Peggy Frazine, Sandy Barber, Mandy Hicks or Dave Bell if you are going to attend. Thanks.
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 www.shawlministry.com. To request a shawl, call Lynda (203-888-5473) or leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
BOOK CLUB: Our book club meets the second Friday of each month. We each take turns picking a book of our own choice and then the discussion takes place in our home. Books of every genre are chosen which makes for lively discussion. For more information, contact Karen Baker, 888-0394.
Neighbors in Need
The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on October 4, supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. Through ucc.org/justice, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues. Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice. Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC. One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, MN. These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM. CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.
Seymour/Oxford Food Bank: The greatest need right now is canned pasta of any kind. Please leave donations in the box in the Outreach Room. Thank you.
HELPING HANDS: Your donation of clothing, furniture, etc. to Helping Hands benefits our church also. When an item is purchased at one of their stores that was donated by us, we receive a portion of the sale price. Your donations are tax deductible. They will pick up furniture.