Living in the present moment is the recurring baptism of the soul, forever purifying every new day with a new you.
~Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace
OLD TESTAMENT Micah 6: 1-8
EPISTLE Romans 13: 8
GOSPEL Luke 4: 18-19
SERMON “What the Lord requires” Rev. Marilyn Kendrix
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Ella Ryan Herold
Parents: Renee Guliuzza & Andrew Herold
Deacon Sponsor: Nancy Rogers
The flowers are given today by Connie & Stan Wiesniak in Memory of Loved Ones.
Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.
It is being hosted by the Music Committee.
LAY LEADER: Bob Frazine
GREETERS: Howie Bradshaw & Roger Janvrin
USHERS: Tony Calzone & Bruce Baker
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Bruce Baker
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:30 AM – New Member Class
11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal
When Help is Offered
I will admit that I often decline help when it is offered, perhaps it is part of my “can do” spirit or a need to demonstrate my independence. I have to keep reminding myself that accepting help is not a sign of weakness but in fact a sign of strength and acknowledgment of a kindness.
This week I had a valuable lesson in accepting help when it is offered as I set forth to deliver donations to the Food Bank across the parking lot from church. You see, the CE Committee had asked if they could donate 8 gallons of orange juice left over from the Bunny Breakfast to the Food Bank. After checking with the Food Bank I was assured they would love to have the donation so I headed back to church. I decided this would be a great time to use our lift to move the donated orange juice from the kitchen, across the parking lot to the Food Bank. No problem I figured, so I loaded up the plastic gallon jugs of juice onto a cart and up I went in the lift. Seeing me with the cart filled, Connie offered to help me wheel it across the soggy parking lot to the Food Bank.
Now here is where it takes a wrong turn – “No thanks, I say, I’m all set”. Connie wisely says, “Are you sure?” I reply, “No problem, I got it.” So off I roll lifting the front wheels through the door and on down the sidewalk. As I head out into the parking lot I notice the jugs jiggling over the bumps and ruts but I’m set on my task and accessing my “inner flight attendant” as I head to the Food Bank.
You have probably guessed by now that I hit one rut too many and off flies one of the jugs of juice. Fortunately it is plastic but it did pop open dumping the precious OJ onto the parking lot and down a nearby drain. At this point I know for certain I should have accepted Connie’s gracious offer. After I complete the delivery and roll the cart back to church I stop in the office to admit what happened and thank Connie for her offer of help. I then told her, “The next time you offer help and I say no thanks, just say…yes, you do need help.”
While this example is a bit silly, it really does prove that a wise person accepts help when it is offered. Sometimes it is help lifting or moving something, sometimes it is help solving a problem, and sometimes it is just having someone listen and perhaps help share the load. Our loving God is always there watching over us and sending us help – perhaps we just have to accept it with grace.
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, help me to have a thankful heart when help is offered, knowing that kindness is a gift from you. You have made us for compassion and kindness, let me offer help as well as accept help knowing that we were created to work together for the good of all creation. Amen
Monday, May 1 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, May 2 6:15 PM GS #135
Wednesday, May 3 6:00 PM GS #60306
Thursday, May 4 12:00 PM National Day of Prayer
6:30 PM GS #135 Leader Mtg.
Friday, May 5 8:00 PM Eastern Star
Saturday, May 6 5:30 PM Turkey Dinner/Basket Raffle
Rev. Marilyn Kendrix will join us for worship as a guest preacher this Sunday, April 30, 2017. She will preach on Christian concerns over mass incarceration. In addition to her sermon, she will offer a “Second Hour” presentation on the human justice issues around our prison system. Please join Rev. Kendrix in the Miner Room following Coffee Hour at 11: 30 am for the presentation.
Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix, Interim Senior Pastor
The Congregational Church of Naugatuck
Marilyn Baugh Kendrix currently serves at the Interim Senior Pastor at the Congregational Church Naugatuck. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Marilyn worked for over 15 years as an Organizational Development Consultant principally at AT&T but also in other profit and not-for-profit settings. In addition to her ministry at the Naugatuck church, Marilyn is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Conference of the UCC.
Marilyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in French and secondary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, her Executive MBA from the University of New Haven and an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, also from the University of New Haven.
In May of 2013, Marilyn received her Master’s of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a certificate from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She was the recipient of the Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize for exceptional promise in pastoral leadership, the highest prize that Yale Divinity School confers on a graduating student each year, for her work in raising awareness about mass incarceration in America.
Marilyn’s covenant with the Congregational Church of Naugatuck allows her to preach and teach about mass incarceration at other UCC churches in Connecticut. She does this work one Sunday a month while serving as Naugatuck’s senior pastor. In addition, in her work with the Malta Justice Initiative, Marilyn has partnered with 7 other writers to write a book, The Justice Imperative: How Hyper Incarceration Hijacked the American Dream(September 2014, Significance Press). The book focuses on the problem of mass incarceration in Connecticut and provides 30 recommendations for bringing it to an end.
Description of Forum
As people of conscience, we should care about the poor among us and in our society, the people who fit that description the best are the 7.3 million people currently under correctional control, 2.3 million of whom are in prison or jail, while the remaining 5 million are kept in a permanent poverty by the rules of parole and probation and the legal discrimination against them in housing, employment, and public assistance. There are clear connections between racism, politics, targeted enforcement of the War on Drugs and the intractable poverty that it creates. These issues have been out of sight for most of us yet as people concerned with human justice, we need to become aware of this injustice in our midst.
As one of the authors of The Justice Imperative: How Hyper Incarceration Hijacked the American Dream, Rev. Marilyn Kendrix will discuss the facts and consequences of mass incarceration in America and provide some recommendations for what we can do about it.
New Member Orientation: Pastor Allyson will be meeting in the Nursery with anyone who is considering joining the church TODAY 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 make 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.
SCHOLARSHIP: Scholarship application time is just around the corner. The Scholarship Committee of our church awards funds to qualified scholarship candidates from two distinct funds. The Pittis Fund, the larger of the two funds, is restricted to those candidates who will attend or are attending, on a full-time basis, an accredited four-year college or university for the purpose of obtaining an undergraduate degree. The Common Fund is an unrestricted fund, which may be used for awarding scholarships for any form of advanced education.
Applicants are eligible for an award if they are members or children of members of the Seymour Congregational Church. The amount of the awards is influenced by the number of applicants and the amount of income available from the trust funds, which support the scholarship program.
The scholarship committee will once again be having two mandatory meetings for all scholarship applicants – new and repeat – and their parents Sunday, May 7th at 11:30 and Tuesday, May 9th at 6:00 pm.
If you have any questions, contact Karen Baker, 203-888-0394.
From the Outreach Committee – Registration is now open for the Spooner House 20thAnnual Walk for the hungry and homeless. Saturday, May 20th at the Derby Greenway. Form a team, join a team, or register individually. Registration is $20 and you can set up your own fundraiser page.
Silver Lake Open House: Take a ride with us and check out Silver Lake Conference Center!!! We will be heading to Silver Lake for their Open House on Sunday, May 21, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. First time campers and interested campers and their families are encouraged to attend the Open House to get an advance peek at their awesome facilities and waterfront. More details to follow about departure time and transportation – see Nancy Rogers with any questions.
Can’t make SLCC Open House? Contact the office at 860-364-5526 to schedule a time to visit and tour camp.
The Silver Lake Board of Directors is delighted to invite you to the 11th Annual Silver Lake Conference Center Golf Tournament. We hope you will join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year on Tuesday, June 6 at Lyman Orchards in Middletown, CT. We invite everybody to cheer on your church’s foursome, support Silver Lake, and try out the fun beginning at 9:00 AM with a Shotgun Start-Scramble Format. Registration is online atwww.silverlakect.org and click on the Golf Tournament link to sign up or become a sponsor. Any questions, please call 860-364-5526.
Going Away Picnic for Laura Thompson
When: Sunday, May 21st, after the Memorial Day Parade (2pm?)
Where: The Mann’s, 1024 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge
All are welcome, bring a lawn chair and side dish/salad or dessert to share. Manns will provide pulled pork and other grilled items.
Hot Diggity Dog!
Come join us for SCC’s 5th Annual “Hot Dog Stand” for Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade Sunday May 28th
At this time we would like to request donations of Hot Dogs, but only “Hummel’s Skinless” and any kind of bottled. Items can be left in the kitchen, marked for the“Parade”. We are also accepting any monetary donations. This is a wonderful way to not only show our support but to also show others some of the things that are important to us like family, neighbors, our community, faith and fellowship. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.
We will be setting up the Field of Flags the week before the parade, more details to follow.
Thank you and God Bless!
For more information, see Lynne Foreman or call (203) 881-1250
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 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.