Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.
~Louisa May Alcott
10:00 AM – Worship
11:30 AM – Pot Luck
12:15 PM – Annual Meeting
OLD TESTAMENT Micah 6: 1-8
GOSPEL Matthew 5: 1-12
SERMON “Happiness is…” Rev. Allyson Glass
The flowers today are given by Lynda Boynton in Celebration of Life.
Please join us downstairs for Potluck Lunch at 11:30 AM
followed by the Annual Meeting at 12:15 PM.
LAY LEADER: Ray Catlin
GREETERS: Dawn Ryan & Mary Jo Chevarella
DEACONS OF THE MONTH: Kreglings & Catlins
Watching Robby Kelley, a US Alpine Skier’s determination to finish the World Cup slalom race in Schladming, Austria was a lesson in never giving up. Kelley, who had finished 25th in his first run was skiing well on his second run down the mountain when he fell just before the finish line. The crowd of over 60,000 spectators cheered as Robby Kelley got up after tumbling down the last part of the slalom course and hiked up to the gate he missed and determinedly finished the race in 27th place, 50 seconds over the first place finisher.
Kelley stated that growing up on the ski slopes in Vermont he was taught by his parents to never give up so he felt he needed to finish the race. He was in fact the only US Alpine Skier to finish the race. I was delighted as I watched this Austrian crowd go nuts cheering on this devoted American. Following the race Robby said, “I’m tired – very tired – but it was worth it. It was a great feeling to cross the finish line here. This is the best race of the year. I would have liked to be 48 seconds faster than I was, so I’m a little disappointed.”
Haven’t we all had a time when we have fallen just short of the finish line? We work hard and things are going well and then something happens and we slip and tumble just before we finish. Do we, like Robby have the courage to dust ourselves off and hike back up to finish the race with our heads held high? What a powerful example of faith we could be to those around us when we do not give up. There might not be a crowd waving flags and cheering us on but as Christians we do have the assurance that our beloved Savior is there with us, hiking back up that mountain and directing us as we finish the race.
In 2 Timothy 4:7, the Apostle Paul instructs us, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” We are not promised that life will be easy but we have the assurance that even when we are tired and worn, Jesus is there lifting us up and helping us to finish race.
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
We thank you, our loving God, for the plans that you have designed for our lives. We are so honored and humbled that You would choose us to help carry out Your plans in the world. Help us to be intentional about how we live each day that we might be a bright light for those who are seeking to find they’re way. Amen
From Prayers From the Heart
ANNUAL MEETING TODAY:
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
Monday, Jan. 30 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, Jan. 31 6:15 PM GS #135
7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide
Wednesday, Feb. 1 6:00 PM GS #60306
Thursday, Feb. 2 6:30 PM GS #135 Leader Meeting
Friday, Feb. 3 8:00 PM Eastern Star
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.
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.
SUNDAY February 12th ~ 4th Annual Valentines Auction
A Live Auction of wonderful and unique Valentines gifts that are donated by some of our church members will be held immediately after a “healthy” Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall following Church service that day. Everyone is invited! Get on the good side of your Valentine and pick them out something special just in time for the holiday! Parish Life is currently welcoming donated items for the Auction and we will also be able to accept baked goods or other perishable food items on the day of or day before. If anyone is interested in donating or if you have questions, please see Lynne Foreman.
Peace and Blessings,
Your Parish Life Committee
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.
The Outreach Committee is leading “28 Days of Diapers plus One” from Feb. 1 – March 1 to Help Combat Diaper Need. The program we will be contributing to is “Connecticut Partnership for Children”. They are raising awareness and collecting diapers and wipes to help keep babies who are living in poverty clean, dry & comfortable. They are a non-profit agency, located in Seymour. They serve an average of 40-65 families every month across the state, to meet 25-40% of their monthly diaper need. They also help families with school supplies, Thanksgiving meals, and items of warmth during the winter. For more information, you can visit their website www.ctpfc.org or Facebook page.
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.
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
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 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.