Parking is now available in our new parking lot and can be accessed from Derby Avenue.
TODAY June 11, 2017
10:00 AM – Worship
11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 8
GOSPEL Matthew 28: 16-20
SERMON “This is What Love Looks Like”
Rev. Allyson Glass
The flowers were given today by Lynne and George Bashura in celebration of their grandson Kyle’s High School Graduation.
Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour. It is being hosted by the Property Committee.
LAY LEADER: Sharen Taber
GREETERS: Ann & Molly Tripp
DEACON OF THE MONTH: David Tripp
A Sanctuary of Time
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” J.R.R. Tolkien
My sister-in-law and I both read the “Jesus Calling” devotional each morning. I enjoy knowing that we are both reading the same words and thus it is a time of sharing when we are not able to see each other. She is presently caring for her husband as he recovers from a difficult surgery and when we talk, I sense life is a bit overwhelming for her as she provides nursing care for her husband as well as her responsibilities with her family. One day she sent me a picture of his 13 daily medications with the caption, “my next career is as a pharmacist”.
Last week I instantly thought of her as I read the following words from “Jesus Calling”: Time with Me cannot be rushed. When you are in a hurry, your mind flitters back and forth between Me and the tasks ahead of you. Push back the demands pressing in on you; create a safe space around you, a haven in which you can rest with Me.
I knew right away the words were a reminder for me to set aside time to “Be Still” and be with God, and I knew for my sister-in-law it would seem like an impossible task. Sure enough, it wasn’t long before a text arrived from her – she said, “I’m so busy I’m now actually praying for time to pray!” Fortunately this lovely woman has kept her sense of humor through this difficult time.
When we take a few moments during the day to sit quietly, take a breath and let go of our cares and our worries for that moment, we feel the light of Christ’s presence shining within us. In this quiet time we are reminded that we are not alone, we are surrounded by God’s loving presence.
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
Prayer for the Week
We thank you, O Lord, for the grace of knowing you. Touch our hearts this day with your unfailing love. Give us hearts of joy that we may sing the beauty of life you alone can give. Amen
Prayer by Robin McCullough-Bade
Monday, June 12 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Amaranth
Tuesday, June 13 7:00 PM Deacons
Thursday, June 15 7:30 PM Masons
Saturday, June 17 10-3 PM Explorers Learning
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING:
We know that there are so many places in need of donations, so please feel free to donate to wherever you feel led.
In honor of Children’s Day, the SCC Youth would like to help those children less fortunate have a hunger-free summer. Here are some recommended, and much needed items, for the Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:
Canned fruit, instant oatmeal, juice-bottles/cans, juice boxes, canned pasta: ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs; spam, jelly, Nutella, pudding or gelatin cups, fruit cups, snack cracker packs; fruit snacks; Gatorade; and flavored water.
Anything is most appreciated, however, we cannot accept perishable items.
Please return to Seymour Congregational Church by Sunday, June 19th, or call (203) 888-6729.
Thank You and God Bless! ~ The Outreach Committee
The Valley Diaper Bank collection which we have been participating in, is having their next collection from June 1 – July 3. If you would like to make a monetary donation instead of purchasing diapers, since they are expensive, we will buy diapers with money collected.
Bible Study: Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm. The nest study will be held on June 27th 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.
SNOWFLAKE FAIR: 2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~ if any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Laura Thompson.
The crafters are now at work making items for the fair. If you have any old wreaths, ribbon, or decorations that you don’t need, we would love to have them. Bring them to church or call Connie at the church office to make other arrangements.
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.