Weekly Newsletter of the Seymour Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy.
~ An old proverb
Sunday Worship Service notes:
Please join us for worship service at 10:00am
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Sara Gail Nesteriak
Parents: Beth and Bryan Nesteriak
Deacon Sponsor: Gail Catlin
OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 91: 1-6, 14-16
EPISTLE 1 Timothy 6: 6-19
SERMON “Spirit, Mind and Body” Rev. Allyson Glass
The flowers are given today by Bob & Peggy Frazine in celebration
of their anniversary.
Please join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for coffee hour.
It is being hosted by the Music Committee.
GREETERS: Alyce and Tom Wells
LAY LEADER: Betsy Entwisle
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Howard Bradshaw
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:30 AM – Craft Get-together
12:30 PM – Naugatuck Valley Fall Meeting
Managing Stress and Worry
In Philippians 4: 4-7, the Apostle Paul speaks to each one of us to let go of our worries when he writes, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”. In this way we are urged to let go of our worry and our stress and to rejoice that the Lord is near.
As Christians we hold the peace of Christ in our hearts with the comforting knowledge that our loving God is always near. I admit that there are many times that I have difficulty putting to rest my anxiety and worries. I know that there are times I worry too much about being able to get everything done when really I should be rejoicing in the opportunity to praise God. I even worry that all my worrying will cause me to miss the beauty God places in my life each day.
A study about worry revealed that 40% of our worry is over things that will never happen, 30% of our worries concern the past, 12% is needless worries about health, 10% of our worries are about petty issues, and only 8% are legitimate concerns. Yes, out of all the anxiety and worry in our lives, only 8% is relevant. Paul tells us that we should not even worry about the 8%.
I recently read an interesting remedy to our worry getting in the way of rejoicing in our blessings. It was suggested that you place a rubber band on one wrist and whenever you recognize you’re not rejoicing, flick yourself. When you sense the lack of gentleness, flick it harder. When you begin thinking too much about what it wrong rather than what is right, snap yourself silly. When you feel over taken by anxiety and worry, draw back that rubber band and get ready to say “Ouch!”
While this is may seem silly, the idea is spot on. We have to constantly remind ourselves that our loving God is close by and wants us to have peace of mind. It is through prayer and the knowledge that we are Children of God that our stress and worries, even those 8% of legitimate concerns, are diminished and we rejoice in our God.
Gracious God, when our spirits lift at the beauty of the day, you are Lord; and when the chaos threatens to overwhelm and we dread the next news cycle – still you are Lord. Always you are creating, redeeming, sustaining. Speak your mercy into our lives until we discover the courage to open our eyes, unclench our hands, and move toward our neighbors. Amen
~Prayer from: Feasting On The Word
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Need for diapers
Our congregation is participating in National Diaper Need Awareness Week, September 26 thru October 2. Please consider a donation of diapers and baby wipes to assist in meeting the needs of families in our community. Baskets will be available in the church lobby to collect your donation.
Monday, Sept. 26 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, Sept. 27 6:15 PM GS #135 – 7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide
Wednesday, Sept. 28 6:00 PM GS #60306
Every Communion Sunday, we invite our members and friends to participate in two special offerings.
~THE DEACONS’ FUND
You will find an extra envelope in the pew on Sunday mornings. Contributions included in this envelope go to the Diaconate Fund – a New England Congregational tradition associated with the observance of the Lord’s Supper and dating from colonial days.
This fund, administered by the Diaconate, is used to help individuals in the Seymour area who have an immediate need usually arising out of some tragedy. Confidentiality is observed, and sometimes only the Pastor and the Chairperson of the Diaconate know the circumstances. We invite you to observe this time-honored tradition as you are able and support our community outreach by remembering others when observing the Sacrament of Communion.
~THE SEYMOUR-OXFORD FOOD BANK
This is our second special offering. We encourage our members and friends to bring at least one non-perishable food item on Communion Sundays. (Contributions are accepted at other times.) These items are delivered promptly to the Food Bank at the beginning of the week.
Next Sunday, October 2nd is Communion Sunday.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 29, 2016
5 TO 7 PM
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 on
Friday, October 14th at 9:00 AM and then again at 5:00 PM. See you then.
Contact Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions .
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th ~ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
IT’S CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!
TODAY, Dawn will be leading our bow-making craft time in the gym following coffee hour.
Once again, we will have our standard basket, quilt, and tree raffles, Boutique, Bake Sale Table, Christmas Treasures Room, Kids’ craft area on our stage, and our Snowflake Café will serve breakfast and lunch. As always, we cannot have a successful fair without your help! Donations ($1 or more) for our “Who says money doesn’t go on trees” can be put on the mini tree near the coffee hour table the next few weeks (goal this year is $50). Completed gift baskets (approx. $25-$30 value) can be brought in starting NEXT WEEK (leave at the back of the hall and don’t forget to fill in a form as to what is in the basket). If you don’t want to do a whole basket, just leave your donation in the box in the hall to incorporate into a basket. There is a list of some suggested items needed to complete several baskets that have been started. We would like to have as many completed baskets as possible by the end of October so we can have for our Polish dinner on the 29th. Donations for the Christmas Treasures Room and the Boutique can be given to Lynda Boynton or Laura starting in mid October. Please also consider making a donation for our baked goods table or a dessert for our lunch. A sign-up sheet to work the day of the fair is posted on back table at coffee hour – you do not need to work all day, just indicate the hours you can help. We especially welcome any newcomers to jump in and get involved! See or call Laura Thompson if you have any questions.
~Thank you to Annette Kreitler for the beautiful fall wreaths
she has donated for the front doors of the church.
~Our Seymour/Oxford Food Bank is in need of packages of cookies, canned fruit and fruit juice at the present time.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry? Please contact Lynda Boynton. 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 email@example.com. 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.
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 Sunday’s bulletin.