Seymour Congregational Church
Worship Service 10:00am every Sunday
Easy as ABC
Preacher Colleen Townsend Evans tells us, “Faith is an area where growing up means we must become more like a child.” In response to their bickering about which one of them was the best, Jesus told His disciples, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) This lesson in humility was a lesson the disciples were having difficulty learning. To further the lesson, Jesus took a little child in his lap and told them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me…” (Mark 9:37) By welcoming the child Jesus was welcoming the most vulnerable and insignificant of society. In this way Jesus turned everything inside out and upside down. He put a child first and a ruler last.
Through this scripture we are urged to be child-like in our faith. Jesus wants us to adapt the best characteristics of children; trustfulness, humility, openness to being taught, and most of all to be accepting and loving toward those around us. Reverend John Jewel proposes the Master’s Plan for living the Christian life which he termed as “Easy as ABC”.
Acceptance: Jesus Christ has accepted us for who we are and his spirit works within us to make us who God wants us to be. Our acceptance by Christ translates into our acceptance of others.
Belief: I believe or trust that Jesus Christ knows what he is doing by choosing me for his work. I may feel insignificant or powerless to help with his mission, but the fact is that as a Christian person, I am chosen to bear the good news to others.
Commitment: I make a commitment to choose the way of Christ instead of the way of the world when it comes to the meaning of greatness. Instead of “me first” – it is “Christ first.” Instead of “my way” it is “his way.”
May you have a blessed week knowing you are God’s beloved child.
Monday, Sept. 21
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, Sept. 22
6:15 PM GS #135
Wednesday, Sept. 23
6:00 PM GS #60059
Thursday, Sept. 24
7:00 PM AA
Saturday, Sept. 26
10:00 AM Craft Get-Together
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
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.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry? 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 prayer shawl, 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. If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email 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.
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.