Sunday May 21, 2017
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:15 AM – Quick Adult Choir Rehearsal
1:00 PM – Picnic at the Mann’s for Laura Thompson
All are welcome, bring a lawn chair and side dish/salad or dessert to share. Manns will provide pulled pork and other grilled items.
Joy is a net of love by which you catch souls.
EPISTLE 1 Peter 3: 13-22
GOSPEL John 14: 15-21
SERMON “Love One Another Just as I Have Loved You” Gail Catlin, Deacon
Prayers and Blessings
One of the Our Daily Bread devotionals for this week made me stop and think about the relationship praying for each other and blessing each other. The Poet Samuel Foss wrote in “The House by the Side of the Road” about wanting to be a friend of people. He writes that he wants to stand by the way, waiting for weary travelers and to nourish and refresh them with encouraging words and send them on their way with a blessing.
Surely this is the wish of every Christian, to pray for those in need of strength for the journey. As a child I was taught to say “God bless you” when hearing someone sneeze, but little did I know until I was much older that is because
During a plague that occurred in Italy in AD 590, sneezing was, or was thought to be, a sign that someone was getting sick with the plague. There is a legend/tradition that Pope Gregory I commanded that, any time a sneeze was heard, the sneezer was to be blessed by saying, “God bless you,” (and making the sign of the cross over his mouth) as protection against the plague. Again, there is no biblical validity to such superstition. At the same time, there is no biblical reason to believe it is sinful to bless someone after a sneeze—in fact, it might just be a good time to extend a kind word and say, “God bless you.”
The flowers today are in celebration of Mackenzie’s 16th birthday! “Sweet 16”
LAY LEADER: Karl Kregling
GREETERS: Lee & Roger Janvrin
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Karl Kregling
Thank you to Gail Catlin, Karl Kregling, and Nancy Rogers for leading worship this morning.
Monday, May 22 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, May 23 1:00 PM Bible Study
6:15 PM GS #135
Wednesday, May 24 6:00 PM GS #60306
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm. The first study will be held on May 23rd in the “Nursery” room across from the church office. We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months. All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.
Come join us for SCC’s 5th Annual “Hot Dog Stand” for Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade on Sunday May 28th
At this time we would like to request donations of Hot Dogs, but only “Hummel Skinless” and any kind of bottled water. 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 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.