“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.”
― Thomas Merton
Welcome to This Week’s E-Bridge
This Sunday, October 9, 2016
OLD TESTAMENT Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-7
GOSPEL Luke 17: 11-19
SERMON “A Dose of Gratitude” Rev. Allyson Glass
The flowers today are given in loving memory of Nancy F. Marshall
by the Marshall Family.
Please join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for coffee hour.
GREETERS: Ann Tripp and Deanna Imbro
LAY LEADER: Stan Wiesniak
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Elwin Jimmo
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:30 AM – Adult Choir rehearsal – Join us in making music. Next Sunday we start rehearsals on our Christmas Cantata. Come and be a “sometime singer!”
Pledge statements and Revisions to the SCC Misconduct and Protection Policy are available to pick up downstairs at Coffee Hour.
Letters of Gratitude
I enjoy watching clips of Jimmy Fallon writing “Thank you notes” on the Tonight Show. I guess it tickles my funny bone to have him write thank you notes to inanimate objects like his thank you to “the apostrophe for being pretty cool, even though you can be a bit possessive.” While it is a light hearted look at thank you notes I think it points out that there is nothing too far-fetched to be thankful for.
In Luke 17: 11-19, our Gospel reading for this week, Luke tells us the story of Jesus healing 10 Lepers but only one returned to thank him. This story is important in a number of ways but really made me think about how I thank God for my blessings. Yes, I pray prayers of gratitude, and try to have a thankful heart but am I really expressing my gratitude for the many gifts in my life? One suggestion I read suggested we write a thank you note to God. Well, maybe not actually write it but mentally thank God for all the good in our lives and maybe even the difficult things that help us grow in faith.
Another suggestion was to actually sit down and write a letter of thanks to someone who deserves your gratitude and send it to them. In this way, I think you are passing along God’s gracious gift of gratitude. I know I have a long list of thank you notes to begin writing to all of those people in my life who have lifted me up, who have provided me with guidance, and who have been there when I needed them. Who should you write a thank you note to?
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
Dear Loving God, help me to realize the gift of encouragement should be given each day, passed out freely in gentle ways. Please give me a thankful heart that I might encourage others with a smile and a helping hand. Amen
Monday, Oct. 10 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Amaranth
Tuesday, Oct. 11 6:15 PM GS #135
7:00 PM Deacons
Wednesday, Oct. 12 6:00 PM GS #60306
Friday, Oct. 14 9 AM & 5 PM Pierogi Making
New Member Meeting on October 23, 2016, after coffee hour
Pastor Allyson will be meeting with anyone who is considering joining the church on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in the “gym” at 11:30 am. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to learn more about our denomination and the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC.
Attending this session does not obligate you to join the church, but does provide you with information to make a decision about membership. Of course, whether you choose to attend the class or not, you are welcome to continue to worship and fellowship with us.
Please feel free to contact Pastor Allyson with questions you might have regarding membership.
Name Tags – Please let Connie know if you need a name tag. Maybe you misplaced yours or maybe you never had one. I will be making them during the week. Thank you.
A TASTE OF POLAND DINNER
HOMESTYLE POLISH FAVORITES
SATURDAY October 29
4:30 pm to 7 pm
Potato Pancakes, Pierogi, Stuffed Cabbage, Kielbasa and Kraut, Dessert and Coffee
Call 203-888-6729 or 203-881-2027 for Tickets
10 to 64 $15
65 and up $14
Kids under 10 $5
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 email@example.com with any questions .
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th ~ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
IT’S CLOSER THAN YOU THINK! An additional craft night will be scheduled at DeAnna Imbro’s home sometime in October (date to be announced).
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 THIS 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 (203 516-8607) if you have any questions.
A Season of Praise
A Time of Community Praise for Seymour and Oxford
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Chili Dinner – 6:00 PM
Praise Service – 6:30 PM
Hosted by the Seymour Evangelical Baptist Church
104 Mountain Road, Seymour
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 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 towww.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 203-881-2027. 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.