Weekly Newsletter of the Seymour Congregational Church
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Here I am Lord – body, heart, and soul. Grant that with Your love, I may be big enough to reach the world, and be small enough to be one with You. ~Mother Teresa
OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 27: 1, 4-9
GOSPEL Matthew 4: 12-23
SERMON “Leave Your Nets on the Shore” Rev. Mary Nelson
~The flowers today are given by Elwin Jimmo in loving memory of
Sieka and Elwin’s Anniversary.
~Please join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for coffee hour.
It is being hosted by the Choir.
Rev. Mary Nelson is the South Central Regional Minister for the Connecticut Conference, UCC. Mary is originally from Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her BA at Grinnell College, and her Mdiv at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Prior to coming to Connecticut in February of 2014, Mary served as pastor at the Malletts Bay Congregational Church, UCC, in Colchester, Vermont. She has been an instrumental leader in the 2030 Clergy Network and a UCC Presidential Fellow, and just finished a two-year term (8 months as co-chair) on the Giving Task Force with the UCC’s Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship in Cleveland. Mary works primarily with churches in transition, and with the four Committees on Ministry of the South Central Region. She lives in New Haven with her cat Tiberius.
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal
The Gift of Life
Like many of you I am a long time blood donor and this week I had the privilege of giving blood during a time of shortage. Each time I am able to donate I leave with a sense that I have given the gift of life. Is it easy and fun? Not really, but the Red Cross staff goes out of their way to make sure I am comfortable and often I have the chance to meet and talk with interesting people who are donating along with me.
As usual after completing my donation I was given a pamphlet about what to do and look for after donating blood and I joked, “I know… no cooking, vacuuming, or washing dishes” and we both laughed. But when I got home and looked at the pamphlet the words, “Thank you for giving the gift of life” really stood out for me. I said a prayer thanking God that I was able to donate blood and that it would be a gift to someone in need. And then I thanked God for the gift of Jesus Christ who truly gave me the gift of life. I took the time to write a note for my gratitude jar and went to sleep with a thankful heart.
This was a powerful reminder to me that God entered human history through the birth of Jesus Christ and now resides within each of us in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Paul writes in Ephesians 1: 3-14 that we are chosen by God, redeemed by Christ, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. As chosen and beloved children of God we become God’s hands, and feet, and eyes and ears in our world. It is through our lives that those around us come to understand what it means to live in Jesus Christ.
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
Before I knew about you, You pursued me.
Before I knew I needed you, You were there beside me.
Before I accepted you as Lord, You died for my sins.
Even when I deny you, You choose to love me.
Even when I choose to sin, You desire to forgive me.
Even when I fail to fully surrender, You invite me into your kingdom.
Prayer/Poem by Betty Lee Hollabaugh
Monday, Jan. 23 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, Jan. 24 6:15 PM GS #135
Wednesday, Jan. 25 6:00 PM GS #60306
INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATION:
For notice of cancellation of Sunday service, a scheduled committee meeting, or a church sponsored event, tune in to: WFSB Channel 3, WTNH Channel 8 or WICC-AM or WEBE-FM 108 radio.
*** ANNUAL MEETING: Please note that the date of the Annual Meeting has been changed to January 29, 2017.
RE: 2017 Seymour Congregational Church Annual Meeting
To the Members of the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC
Please be advised that the Annual Church Meeting will be held Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 12:15 P.M. following a Pot-Luck Dinner at 11:30 A.M.
The Agenda of the meeting will be:
The review and acceptance of:
Minutes of 2016 Annual Meeting
2016 Committee Reports
Nominating Report, including election of any new Officers and Committee Members
Financial Reports, including approval of the 2017 Annual Budget
To consider any concerns that may come before the Governing Body.
All members of the Seymour Congregational Church are both urged and expected to attend this meeting.
Secretary of the Church
Seymour Congregation Church, UCC
NEW FLOWER CHART:
Our new Flower Chart for 2017 is up if you would like to put flowers in church for a Sunday Service. It can be found in the Narthex by the side door. Just write your name and any “Dedication of”, “In Celebration of”, or “In Memory of” on the line next to the date you would like to have flowers. If you are taking your flowers home after church, please put a big “T” (for Take) next to your name, or if you would like to leave them for a shut in, please put “L” (Leave) after your name. The flowers will be ordered and delivered to the church for you. The cost is $25.00. Please make the check out to the Seymour Congregational Church and either give it to me at the organ or place it in the “Flower Mailbox” in the church office.
This is a wonderful way to share your joys with your church family. It is appreciated by all. Thank you. Cherie Weiss
Craft get-together, Sunday, February 19th, at 1:30 p.m.at the home of Connie Wiesniak. Bring an empty, medium-sized bottle, some twine (if you have any) and a glue gun. Also bring any mason jars, old cups, dessert-sized plates and candlesticks to the church for a possible future craft. Our theme for our 2017 raffle tree and the stage will be “White Christmas”, so bring any ideas you would like to share for future crafts.
A CPR course will be held at the church on a Saturday morning soon. Anyone interested, please contact the church office or sign up at coffee hour this Sunday. Cost is $25 which includes a book. You can indicate a date agreeable for you.
Dave Lawson, Moderator.
Anyone interested in being part of a choir for the 4 Chaplain’s Service on February 3rd, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the United Methodist Church on Meadow St. in Naugatuck, please contact George Bashura at 203-888-7734 or see him here at church. All are welcome to attend.
Food Bank Volunteers Needed
The Seymour/Oxford Food Bank is in need of volunteers to assist in meeting the growing needs in our community. The Food Bank needs help Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 11:00 am so if you have a spare half an hour or a few hours we can find a job for you. We are in need of people to pick up food from local grocery stores, people to act as “shopping pals” for clients as they pick up food, someone to answer the phone and schedule appointments, and help stocking shelves. If you would like to help in any way, please call the Food Bank at 203-888-7826 and leave your name and contact information.
Thank you for any time you can give to this important community resource.
The Food Bank Executive Board
SUNDAY, February 12th, is our 4th Annual Valentines Auction
Get on the good side of your sweetheart! There will be a “healthy” Coffee Hour immediately after Church service that day which will be followed by the Live Auction!
We are in need of donated items for the Auction. If anyone is interested, please see Lynne Foreman. We will also be accepting donations of baked goods or other food items on the day of or day before.
Peace and Blessings,
Your Parish Life Committee
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew? I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry. Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event. Have questions? Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.
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 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.