Week of 3/19/2017

Welcome to This Week’s E-Bridge

Sunday, March 19, 2017


“In a world where you can be anything…be kind. “




OLD TESTAMENT     Exodus 17: 1-7


GOSPEL                   John 4: 1-42


SERMON          “Come All Who Thirst”                Rev. Allyson Glass


~The flowers are given today by Sharen Taber & Geoffrey Burrasca

for Nanny & Grandpa Burasca.


Please join us downstairs for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by the Deacons.


LAY LEADER:  Jamie Matheson

GREETERS:  Dawn Ryan & Mary Jo Chevarella





10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal – Inviting “Sometime Singers” to join us!


I recently discovered a unique Lenten study method called the “9-2-9” method.  It’s a really simple guide to spending time in reading the Word, reflecting on what we read, and then journaling about the connection we make to the scripture.  This is how it works: choose a scripture lesson such as John 6: 27-59, or begin reading the Gospel of Matthew, and then spend 9 minutes reading, followed by 2 minutes reflecting on what you read, and then spend 9 minutes writing about your reflection – what the scripture says to you and how the scripture relates to your life. This 9 minutes reading scripture, 2 minutes of reflection, and 9 minutes writing will give you 20 minutes of quiet time with God as you prepare for the miracle of the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.

I have found putting aside 20 minutes of quiet reading, reflection, and writing ensures that I am spending time with God away from the stress and business of life.  I think you will be surprised at what this 20 minutes will mean in your life whether you choose a daily devotional time or perhaps find time weekly to spend with God. May you be blessed with a Lenten journey that brings you closer to your Loving God.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


We know you are everywhere and that we can encounter you every moment if only we want to.  Help us to see you in everyone we meet, in everything we do or don’t do, and in everything we experience.  May our worship be the way we live our lives.  In spirit and truth we pray.  Amen

Prayer by Rev. Dr. Michael Ciba, Senior Regional Minister for the CT Conference



Monday, March 20 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, March 21 6:15 PM GS #135

7:00 PM Council

Wednesday, March 22 6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, March 23 12:00 PM        Lunch with Pastor Allyson

Friday, March 24 9 & 5 Pierogi Making





The Seymour/ Oxford Clergy present  “Along the Road”

All congregations will offer:  6:00 pm Simple Supper, 7:00 pm Services

~March 22nd  at Seymour Evangelical Baptist Ch., 104 Mountain Rd., Seymour

~March 29 at Great Hill United Methodist Ch., 225 Great Hill Rd., Seymour

~April 5th  at Immanuel Lutheran Ch., 25 Great Hill Rd., Seymour

~Attention:  Parish Life Committee Members

Hopefully you made it through the snow storm unscathed and received your mail with information regarding our meeting this Sunday (March 19).  Since we have some choir members that will need to get to rehearsal at 11:30, please come down right after service, grab your beverage and snack, bring your creative ideas, and we’ll meet in the Gym (behind the kitchen) J  In the event we get the predicted snow and you are unable to attend, I will either provide you with notes and a calendar or reschedule the meeting.   Thanks, and feel free to call me with any questions.

Take care, ~ Lynne


Lunch with Pastor Allyson

Bring your lunch and explore our Lenten journey together through bible study, reflection, and prayer.  Thursday’s 12:00 – 1:00 pm: March 16, 23, 30 and April 6.

Sunday Flowers

The flower chart in the church vestibule is vacant for the month of April.  This is a way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or remember a loved one.  Flowers add so much to our worship service.  Why not sign up for a Sunday?  Thank you. Cherie

It’s time to make the Pierogis!

Fridays from 9:00-11:00 AM and then again in the evening 5:00-8:00 PM.  Sunday mornings-bagging at 9:15 AM.  The dates are   March 17, 24 & 31.  April 7.  Come give us a hand.  We are only making them for 6 weeks.  If you can’t make it every week, try to make as many as you can.  Many Hands Make Light Work!



Sunday, March 26th, following coffee hour, in the old nursery room. We will wrap bottles/candles with twine – Connie will be instructor. Please bring your glue gun and twine (if you have any).

The Valentines Auction was a huge success!

We raised approx. $600 for the church’s General Fund but more importantly we had wonderful fellowship as a Church Family!  While the weather has been cold and dreary we were able to spread a lot of good cheer, laughs, and smiles– everyone had a great time.  The majority of our success was due to the extreme generosity of our church members in the gracious donations of amazing gift items and creative sweet treats; and of course those of you who did the bidding made it so much more fun – our thanks go out to all of you!

Peace and Blessings,

Your Parish Life Committee



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.


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


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.



 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.



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.