Welcome to this week’s E-Bridge
Weekly Newsletter of the Seymour Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
Worship Service 10/18/2015
Reverend Allyson Glass
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 104: 1-9, 24,35c
Epistle: Hebrews 5:1-10
SERMON : “Love, Honor, and Obey”
Please join us after the service in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour
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
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.
THIS WEEK at SCC
Sunday, October 18
12:00 PM – Anniversary Dinner
**Directions to Antonio’s in Southbury – take Route 67 North to Southbury. After you go by the entrance to I-84 you take the next left onto South Main Street. Take the second right, Poverty Road. Go straight until the road ends (you will have gone over a small one lane bridge). Take the left onto East Hill Road. About 50 yard on the left is the entrance to the country club; take that left and Antonio’s is up the drive way.
Monday, Oct. 19
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, Oct. 20
6:15 PM GS #135
7:00 PM Council
Wednesday, Oct. 21
6:00 PM GS #60059
Thursday, Oct. 22
7:00 PM AA
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, keep me humble throughout the day. Help me to seek your wisdom as I stand in service to others. In your name I pray. Amen
What Made You Who You Are?
I recently read the book The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George which has been described as a love letter to books and to the complicated sometimes broken people who are healed by them. It is also billed as the next best thing to booking a trip to France. I loved the book but must admit I don’t think it will take the place of my “bucket list” trip to Paris!
The book is the beautifully written story about Monsieur Perdu who calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine River in Paris, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs. In this way he mends broken hearts and souls, although he can’t seem to heal himself. What ensues is a journey through the south of France as he seeks to understand his grief.
Of course I found many theological connections to the novel, I guess an occupational hazard. One event in the book which touched me deeply occurred as Perdu is driving south toward the sea. He is feeling overwhelmed by the sudden realization that what he truly needs is to heal and switches on the radio to take his mind off the pain. The woman presenter on the radio asks her listeners, “If you were to describe one event that made you who you are, what would it be?” When she urges her listeners to call in Perdu begins to think about what his incident might have been.
The first caller says it was the birth of her first child after thirty-six hours in labor. She says, “Who’d have thought that pain could bring such joy, such peace?” The next caller says, “I became myself when my son died, because grief showed me what is important in life.”
So what is the one event you might choose and why does it define who you are?
SNOWFLAKE FAIR – SATURDAY, NOV. 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
31 Craft and Specialty Vendor tables, offering various types of hand-made ornaments, dolls, tote bags, aprons, snowmen and hair accessoriesEmbroidered, knitted and crocheted tee-shirts/sweatshirts, towels, pot holders, baby afghans and sweaters, quilts, scarves, Christmas stockings, hats & pursesGift items for cats & cat loversHome-made candy and custom jewelryAmato’s Toy & Hobby will have a large variety of items, and we will have reps from Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One bags, Younique, Origami Owl, Jordan Essentials and Tupperware. Two of our members, Jaclyn Kregling (Disney pin collection, note cards and misc. memorabilia) and Jane Bitzer (scarves & bric-brac), will also have tables with items for sale.Raffles for: Gift baskets, wreaths, homemade quilt and 6’ “Beary Merry Christmas” decorated treeLadies boutique, baked goods table, craft area for kids on the stageFind great deals on items in our Christmas Treasures Room (also find various crafts made by the ladies of our church in the Treasures room)and breakfast & lunch served in the Snowflake Café. Completed gift baskets (please bring in NOW and leave on stage), as well as donations for the Boutique and Christmas Treasures room ~ due no later than Nov. 15th. Donations for the baked goods table and desserts for lunch can be dropped off the night beforefrom 4:30-7:00 p.m. or the morning of the fair. There are still lots of empty spaces on the sign-up sheet to work the day of the fair (on back table at coffee hour). See Laura or Jeannette if you have any questions. Upcoming schedule – we can use any help you can give!
Saturday, Oct 24, 10 a.m. – Decorate stage
Sunday, Oct 25 – Craft get-together in the gym, following choir (around 12:30?). If you would like to go in on pizza, bring $5
Nov. 8 – Decorate nursery, set up tree following worship
Nov. 15 – move baskets to nursery following worship
Nov. 16-18, 6-8 p.m. – Finish set up/pricing Christmas Treasures room
Nov. 19, 3 p.m. – decorate hall and set up tables
Nov. 20, 3-7 p.m. – finish decorating, early vendor set up and baked goods drop-off.
Nov. 21 – DAY OF FAIR!!! 9 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Thus far, $98.00 has been collected for the Neighbors in Need offering.
A white BOSE radio belonging to Dawn Ryan was taken from the gym. If you know of it’s whereabouts, please return it to the gym.
There is a set of keys in the church office which were found in Fellowship Hall a couple of weeks ago. They appear to be keys to a Mazda and also a beach house.
There is a pair of eyeglasses also in the church office which appear to be men’s aviator style glasses.
Hearing Aid Batteries – There is a box of hearing aid batteries in the church office for anyone who can use them.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry? Please contact Lynda Boynton at. 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, 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 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.