Week of 9/18/2016

2016 Seymour Congregational Church Special Meeting

To the Active Members of the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC

Please be advised that a special Church Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 11:30 A.M., as called by the Church Council.

The Agenda of the meeting will be:
Review and acceptance of the settlement with The Town of Seymour regarding our property in the rear of the Church that will be a paved parking lot.

All members of the Seymour Congregational Church are both urged and expected to attend this meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Dawn Ryan
Secretary of the Church
Seymour Congregation Church, UCC

Sunday  September 18, 2016

10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:30 AM – SCC Special Meeting


OLD TESTAMENT Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1

EPISTLE 1 Timothy 2: 1-7

SERMON “Just Do It” Rev. Allyson Glass

Renewable Resource

In today’s world there is a strong emphasis on using renewable energy; that is energy that is collected from resources which are naturally replenished such as sunlight, wind, rain, and tides. By using this renewable energy we do not have to worry about ever running out of energy because it renews itself naturally. All we need to do is to find ways in which to harass these wonderful gifts from nature.
Charles Kuchenbrod writes, “Isn’t it great that hope is a renewable resource? We can cultivate hope. We don’t ever run out of hope.” This quote really got me thinking about the gift of hope and the ways in which we replenish it in our lives. Sometimes we seek to replenish hope through reading inspirational messages but often find that the hope does not stick with us. Thus we need to think about how we can build durable hope, a resilient hope that is more that warm fuzzy sentiment. This kind of hope is built by a community of faith- inspired people who are bound together by covenant. This might be a family, a support group, a team, or a congregation.
Building durable, renewable hope is what God wants for us in our lives. As people of God we know that our hope is in God and that to live with renewed hope takes wisdom and courage to overcome fear and live as disciples in the chaos of this world. In the words of the hymn writer Harry Emerson Fosdick, “From the fears that long have bound us free our hearts to faith and praise. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days.”

Weekly Prayer
Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Living God,
you breathe in us on all that is inadequate and fragile,
You make living water spring even from our hurts themselves.
And through you, the valley of tears becomes a place of wellsprings.
So, in an inner life with neither beginning nor end,
your continual presence makes new freshness break through. Amen.
—Brother Roger of Taize

The flowers this Sunday are given by the Horton Family to honor
the work of our dedicated teachers making a difference
in the lives of future generations of Americans.



Mark your calendars now for our 28th annual Snowflake Fair, Saturday, November 19th. We have space available for more vendors (forms are in the hall if you know anyone who is interested). Items for our basket raffle can be brought in starting in September, with the baskets being displayed starting in early October. If anyone needs a basket, please see Laura Thompson (if you do your own basket, don’t forget to fill out a form with the contents listed). We could also use more  clear wrap for the baskets, if anyone cares to donate a roll. Thank you!




Hope you all had a great summer. With fall approaching, it’s time to get ready for our Annual Polish Dinner. Mark your calenders!

We need many hands – Pierogi and stuffed cabbage making will be onFriday, October 14th at 9:00 AM and then again at 5:00 PM. See you then. Contact Teresa at kreg5@comcast.net with any questions.



September 26 through October 2




The Diapers & Wipes will be used to support our two local Diaper Banks

 ~~~All are invited to the wedding of Dave Bell and Kim Walsh on October 1, 2016.  There will be a sheet downstairs at Coffee  Hour to sign if you will be attending.

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 kreg5@comcast.net .  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, let Teresa and she will send it out.



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 Sunday’s bulletin.