Week of 2/5/2017

This Sunday, February 5, 2017

Communion Sunday


“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
~Mother Teresa

OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 112: 1-9

GOSPEL Matthew 5: 13-20

SERMON “Dining by Candlelight” Rev. Meredith Jeffers

The flower arrangement today was given in loving memory of Arthur Blaze
by Eleanor Blaze.

Please join us downstairs for Coffee Hour.

LAY LEADER: Gail Catlin
GREETERS: Betsy Entwisle & Sandy Barber

10:00 AM – Worship
11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal
11:30 AM – Outreach Meeting


Being a Cheerful Receiver

I don’t often pay attention to the Super Bowl pre-game hype but one interview caught my attention this week. When Tom Brady, the Patriot’s quarterback, was asked by a seven year old guest reporter “Many people look up to you but who do you look up to?” Brady answered “my Dad”. What struck me was the emotion Brady showed as he spoke about his dad.
If I were asked the same question I would answer “my Mom”. She is my hero because as she aged she taught me the beauty of being a “cheerful receiver”. By the age of 90, my mom had five joint replacements due to arthritis but never complained and as her balance became a problem she needed help showering and dressing. How easy it would have been for her to reject the help or to complain that it was embarrassing, but instead she accepted the necessary help with grace and dignity.
I find it much easier to be a “cheerful giver” as I love to treat friends and family to dinner and to buy gifts for those I care about. My beloved aunt is quite resistive if I try and pay the bill when we dine out and on a number of occasions I have explained that I enjoy being able to treat her and finally once in frustration I pleaded with her not to steal my joy. Yes, being a “cheerful receiver” can be hard.
Now I find it is my turn to be a “cheerful receiver” as I head to my daughter’s house to recuperate following my knee replacement surgery. Since I like to feel independent, accepting the necessary help with grace will be something I will need to keep foremost in my mind. This afternoon my beautiful daughter sent me the following text, “Thank you for agreeing to let us take care of you during your rehab. You could have chosen any number of scenarios to recoup but I’m grateful you chose us.”
You guessed it, tears of love and joy filled my eyes as I read her words. I don’t think it will be hard to be a “cheerful receiver” over the next few weeks. Thank you to everyone for your well wished and prayers.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Weekly Prayer
Generous God, thank you for the gift of this new day. Help me to watch for your signs and wonders in the world today, and fill my heart with gladness and generosity, that I may generate good will wherever I go. Amen


While Pastor Allyson is away, call Karen Baker, Senior Deacon, with any pastoral emergencies. 203-525-0531 or 203-888-0394
Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM – Please call the office to make sure someone is here if you are stopping in. My hours may vary while Pastor Allyson is away. Connie


Monday, Feb. 6 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, Feb. 7 6:15 PM GS #135
Wednesday, Feb. 8 6:00 PM GS #60306


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 or call 203-881-1250.

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. Please let Laura or Connie know if you plan to attend.

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 http://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 kreg5@comcast.net 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.

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.