“By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, cooler blue the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.”
~Thomas Merton, writer, theologian, poet
OLD TESTAMENT Ezekiel 37: 1-14
EPISTLE Romans 8: 6-11
SERMON “Becoming Whole Again” Rev. Allyson Glass
The flowers today are given in celebration of family birthdays
by Rev. Allyson Glass.
LAY LEADER: Howard Bradshaw
GREETERS: Karen Biebel & Dave Tingley
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Sandy Barber
Sunday, April 2nd
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal in the church
The Attitude of Servanthood
In our bible study we have been talking about how we can discover new ways in which to begin to live with the mind-set of Christ. This past week we discussed that living with the mind-set of Christ means living with the mind-set of a servant. Philippians 2:7 tells us’ Christ emptied himself, taking the form of a servant. To live with the mind-set of a servant means freeing ourselves from the “Me first” mind-set, means reminding ourselves that Jesus demonstrated for us in human terms the love that is in the heart of God.
You can do acts of service and still not be a servant if your motivation is rooted in selfish ambition, if your intended outcome is recognition, and if your ultimate purpose is to benefit yourself in some way. True servanthood begins with selflessness, maintains humility, and ultimately seeks the good of others which requires the right heart attitude. Having the attitude of servanthood means we identify with those we serve. Jesus not only came to where we live but came to be one of us.
So much of the attitude of Jesus began with choice…a choice to make himself nothing, to take on the nature of a servant, to humble himself and become obedient. If you have the opportunity, listen to the beautiful hymn, The Servant Song by Richard Gillard. I “Googled” the song and found it easily and was able to listen to it on YouTube and shared it at bible study. I found the words to be a true guidepost to Christian Servanthood.
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
Prayer for the Week
I leave aside my shoes – my ambitions,
undo my watch – my timetable,
take off my glasses – my views,
unclip my pen – my work,
put down my keys – my security,
to be alone with you, the only true God.
After being with you,
I take up my shoes – to walk in your ways,
strap on my watch – to live in your time,
put on my glasses – to look at your world,
clip on my pen – to write up your thoughts,
pick up my keys – to open up your doors.
The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers
Monday, April 3 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, April 4 6:15 PM GS #135
7:00 PM Naugatuck Valley Assoc. Mtg.
Wednesday, April 5 6:00 PM GS #60306
Thursday, April 6 12:00 PM Lunch with Pastor Allyson
6:30 PM GS #135 Leader Mtg.
Friday, April 7 9 & 5 Pierogi Making
8:00 PM Eastern Star
The Seymour/ Oxford Clergy present
Along the Road
All congregations will offer: 6:00 pm Simple Supper, 7:00 pm Services
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. Our last meeting is on April 7. Come give us a hand. If you can’t make it every week, try to make as many as you can. Many Hands Make Light Work!
The Seymour Oxford Food Bank is asking for volunteers to donate an hour or two to work at the upcoming food drive being sponsored by NBC, CT Food Bank and Stop & Shop on Saturday, April 8th, from 9:15am to 6:00pm at the Seymour Stop & Shop.
There are 3 areas in which volunteers are needed:
1. Hand out shopping lists & food bank literature to customers at the store entrances as well as to collect & weigh food as it is donated.
2. Transport collected food from Stop & Shop to the Seymour Oxford Food Bank at the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine Street, Seymour.
3. Date and box the food at the Food Bank once it is transported from Stop & Shop.
Please contact the Food Bank at 203-888-7826 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering your time.
Thank you in advance and we appreciate any time you are willing to spend helping us help those in need.
Seymour Oxford Food Bank
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!
PROCEEDS PROVIDE CAMPERSHIPS TO SILVER LAKE CON. CENTER AND FUNDING FOR YOUTH GROUP AND CHURCH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES!
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!
Easter Sunday Coffee Hour, April 16th
The Parish Life Committee is proud to host this special Coffee Hour on Easter morning. We anticipate a very large crowd for worship and fellowship. If there are any volunteers who would like to add to the table of treats that would be so graciously appreciated. If so, please bring your goodies to the kitchen before the start of service or if the treat is non-perishable it may be brought in any time.
~ Thank you and God Bless
New member Orientation
Pastor Allyson will be meeting with anyone who is considering joining the church on April 30, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to learn more about the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC and our denomination.
Attending this session does not obligate you to join the church, but does provide you with information to mad a decision about membership. Of course whether you choose to attend the class or not, you are welcome to continue to worship and fellowship with us.
Please feel free to contact Pastor Allyson or a Deacon with questions you might have regarding membership.
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.
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.
Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.