Coffee Hour immediately following
When you hear “Retreat!” you think of the dictionary definition: “moving away from a place or situation especially because it is dangerous or unpleasant. This definition most certainly does not describe our wonderful Confirmation Retreat this past weekend at Silver Lake. In fact, we moved toward a safe and nurturing place, a beautiful place where we worshipped together, learned together, and played together.
Thank you to our chaperones, Nancy Rogers and Elwin Jimmo, for their enthusiasm and support during our time at Silver Lake. In addition to visiting the Labyrinth and hiking around the camp, the retreat provided us with opportunities to meet with other teens from around CT to discuss many spiritual topics including baptism, discipleship, and the scriptural basis for the six core values of the United Church of Christ denomination. Our confirmation class has decided that our church truly exemplifies the UCC core value; “We Are People of God’s Extravagant Welcome” and we talked about how our group can be part of that welcome. What a blessing for us to share our faith with each other as we experienced God together in such an inspiring setting.
So sound the Retreat, head for a safe and comforting place and spend some quiet time with God and with friends this week. I’m sure glad we did!
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
Prayer for the Week
Thank you God,
Not just for life,
But for our journey through life.
Life is a miracle,
And a journey through life is so full of so many more miracles
If we travel with our Heartsongs,
Thank you God for blessing me with the gift of Heartsongs,
So that I can enjoy my miracles.
~Mattie J.T. Stepanek, 11 yr. old struggling with Muscular Dystrophy, April 1998
MAUNDY THURSDAY: We will be having a pasta dinner prior to the Maundy Thursday service, 5:30 pm, March 24th in Fellowship Hall.
It would be helpful if we had an approximate headcount so please sign up at coffee hour.
We will be serving pasta (including a gluten free option) and three sauces: Howie Bradshaw’s famous meat sauce, turkey Bolognese, and plain marinara; salad & garlic bread.
Donations of pasta (spaghetti) and sauce (marinara) would be greatly appreciated (leave items in the kitchen). Please contact Michelle Mann if you can help out in the kitchen. We will be there at 3pm to start cooking and could use help with clean up as well. We did this last year and had a good turn out. Hope you can make it.
Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 26, 2016
8 – 11 am
$7 per person – $4 children 10 and under
Free Children’s Easter Craft Table
Proceeds provide camperships to Silver Lake Conference Center and funding for Youth Group and Church School activities
DON’T MISS THE FUN – BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!
Volunteer and Donation Sign-up sheets are in Fellowship Hall for the Bunny Breakfast. We need help with set up and bacon cooking on Friday 3/25 and help from beginning to end on Saturday 3/26. Any amount of time you can share with us is appreciated. Don’t miss the fun and satisfaction of knowing you are helping fund programs for our youth and church school children!
Tickets for the breakfast will be available soon!
Please bring in your raffle basket or items to be added to a basket as soon as possible so that we will have a good number of baskets at the Bunny Breakfast, and can sell tickets for the drawing in June at the Turkey Dinner.
Basket Ideas: Gardening, Wine/Beer, Baking, Kitchen, etc.
The Christian Education Committee
T A G S A L E
SAT., MAY 14TH
8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Our annual tag sale is fast approaching – mark your calendars NOW!
This year, we will have around 7 tables inside for members ($10 per table) and non-members ($20 per table). We will also offer a limited amount of 10’ x 10’ spaces outside for $15 (must provide own table). Interested members need to advise Laura Thompson if interested by March 31st before we advertise for outsiders.
Items can be dropped off in the gym the week after Easter. Items should be clean and in good condition (NO clothing, unless hats, purses or scarves). Any unsold items will be donated to Helping Hands. If you need your items picked up, please call the church office or Laura.
We will also have coffee and baked goods for sale, and any donations will be gratefully accepted (no lunch will be offered).
Need a ride to church??
The Seymour Senior Center is now offering transportation to church services for Seymour Residents who are no longer able to drive themselves. We will be offering transportation to the following Sunday Services:
Seymour Congregational, Broad St., 10:00 a.m.
Trinity Episcopal, Church St., 10:00 a.m
St. Augustine Catholic, Washington Ave., 10:30 a.m.
Other churches may be included if requested and times do not conflict with the schedule. Reservations required. Call 203-888-0406 before 4:00 p.m. Calls made after 4:00 p.m. will not be accepted. Transportation will be provided by the Senior Mini-Bus.
It is free – first come, first serve.
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
Monday, March 21 4:00 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, March 22 6:15 PM GS #135
6:30 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, March 24 5:30 PM Pasta Supper
7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service ~ Special music by the Adult Choir.