“We must reflect the light of Christ through lives of prayer and joyful service to others.”
~Pope John Paul II
OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 23
GOSPEL John 9: 1-25
SERMON “Believing is Seeing” Rev. Allyson Glass
The flowers are given by Deborah Castro in Celebration of her
Seymour Congregational Church Family.
Please join us downstairs for Coffee Hour. It is being hosted by CE.
LAY LEADER: Melissa Helmer
GREETERS: Mike Bolash & Debbie Castro
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Sandy Barber
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal – Inviting “Sometime Singers” to join us!
11:30 AM – Craft time in the Nursery
My granddaughter frequently rolls her eyes at my daughter saying, “Oh Mom, you’re so old fashioned.” Sometimes it’s when my daughter says “hey sister” or “cool”. Other times it’s when she is not allowed to do something that according to her all the other mom’s let her friends do.
When confirmation class began my granddaughter decided her Bible was too babyish, my daughter offered to loan her the Bible she uses. So I guess it should not come as a surprise that her first reaction to using the plain black leather bound Bible was “Oh Mom, that’s so old fashioned.” I guess she felt that certainly there was an updated version… perhaps an IOS 10 update! My daughter explained that the Bible was completed almost two thousand years ago and that while there are different versions, the Bible itself has not changed.
Of course there was eye rolling and sighs and then she opened the Bible to apparently check to see that all the “books” were there and stated, “and the pages are so thin.” However, off she went to confirmation with the Bible and when my daughter picked her up she said, “Well I guess it worked okay.”
After chuckling over the story I got to thinking, how many of us think the Bible is “so old fashioned”? Do we see and hear The Word as something that was written so long ago that it has no relevance in our lives? I hope not. For me the Bible is not a dead, out-of-date book, it is the living word of God…it is a message from God that shapes our lives and our faith.
Lent is the perfect time to spend time with The Book and delve into God’s living word and see how it speaks to you as you go about your day. Perhaps you will find a few special verses to hold in your heart.
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, may your Word guide me in the way I live each day. I pray that I will be blessed with a greater understanding of the gifts you have bestowed on me. Open my heart to the power of the Holy Spirit to call me out of darkness and lead me into your marvelous light. Amen
Monday, March 27 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Masons (Amaranth)
Tuesday, March 28 6:15 PM GS #135
7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide
Wednesday, March 29 6:00 PM GS #60306
Thursday, March 30 12:00 PM Lunch with Pastor Allyson
Friday, March 31 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
Great Hill United Methodist Ch., 225 Great Hill Rd., Seymour
Immanuel Lutheran Ch., 25 Great Hill Rd., Seymour
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 30 and April 6.
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 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!
CRAFT TIME! TODAY, 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).
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.
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
HOP TO IT!!!
PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY – SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM – $7 PER PERSON – $4 CHILDREN UNDER 10
(GLUTEN FREE PANCAKES AVAILABLE)
PICTURE WITH THE EASTER BUNNY $5 – FREE CHILDREN’S EASTER CRAFT TABLE!
Tickets will be available soon!
Volunteer and donation sign-up sheets are in Fellowship Hall. We need help with set up and bacon cooking on Friday, April 14th and help from beginning to end (or any time in between) on Saturday, April 15th. Don’t miss out on the fun, friendship and chance to support our Youth and Church School Children!
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.
Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.