If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
Jodi Picoult, author of Small Great Things
OLD TESTAMENT 1 Kings 3: 5-12
GOSPEL Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52
SERMON “Small Great Things”
Rev. Allyson Glass
The flowers are given today by Gregory & Janet Horton for many wonderful Family Summer Celebrations, 11 Birthdays & 5 Wedding Anniversaries.
Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.
LAY LEADER: Janet Horton
GREETERS: Peggy & Bob Frazine
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Nancy Rogers
Many thanks to Karl Kregling for sharing his talent with us today.
During a recent pastoral visit with a home-bound congregant; as we talked about our relationship with God, she exclaimed, “God is a really neat guy!” Then she put her hand to her mouth and said, “Oh, you must think I’m nuts saying that.” As we continued our conversation she explained that people were sometimes taken back when she said that because they think God is only to be worshipped from afar. I assured her that God had created us for relationship and would surely be pleased to be thought of as a “really neat guy.”
Our conversation about relationship with God has stayed with me over the past few days as I thought about my own relationship with God. I sing the beautiful hymn, “What A Friend I have In Jesus” with my heart filled with gratitude for His presence in my life. I pray to God asking forgiveness when I am thoughtless or feel the burden of sin knowing I am loved and pardoned. I try and treat others with kindness and compassion because I am a child of God. So yes, I agree… “God is a pretty neat guy.”
May this week bring many opportunities to be in relationship with our loving God who longs for our thoughts, our gratitude, and our prayers.
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
Prayer of the Week
God of grace, who are we that you should care for us? You surprise us with grace, infuse us with hope, and teach us to live each day with love. Make us more faithful and ever more grateful for your presence in our lives. Amen
Monday, July 31 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
We were blessed with a visit this past Sunday with Tracy (Hay) Ford, her husband Bevan Ford, and his children, Lochie & Mackenzie. They live in Australia and are here for a visit with her family, Tom & Karen Hay.
Bible Study: Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm. The next study will be held on August 22 in the “Nursery” room across from the church office. We will be discussing the “I am the Resurrection and the Life” statement of Jesus. All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.
PARISH LIFE COMMITTEE MEETING – SUNDAY AUGUST 6 during Coffee Hour. We will be discussing our Spooner House Dinner that we will be preparing for Aug. 16. Please let me know if you are unable to attend, thank you ~ Peace and Blessing, Lynne
COFFEE HOURS: We still have some openings for August/September. If anyone is interested, just grab a friend or make a new friend and come together to host your own Coffee Hour. It’s fun and easy. There are no rules, it’s entirely up to you on what you want to serve and we’re here to help you with anything you might need. For questions or assistance, please see any member of Parish Life.
Carriers for Foster Kids:
Thank you to all of you that have donated or that intend to donate tote bags, small suitcases, backpacks or toiletries to Carriers for Foster Kids. Please keep in mind that it’s mostly older children that are in need of our donations.
Please bring any items that you are willing to donate to this cause to the Outreach box in the Swan Memorial Room or contact anyone on the Outreach Committee for assistance. We will make another delivery mid-August.
The foster center is called Children’s Community Programs, located at 446 A Blake Street, New Haven which is a nice area and easy to get to from Seymour if anyone is interested in dropping off donations or mentoring one of the children.
No matter what you are able to do, you are truly helping to make a child’s life a little nicer.
Seymour/Oxford Food Bank: The food bank is in need of a driver or two to pick up at Market 32 on Tuesdays at 1 pm. You will be picking up produce, meat and baked goods, and bringing them back to the food bank. A pickup truck or large SUV will be needed to carry all of the food. You will need to transfer the items from store bins into boxes we provide. Any questions please call 203-888-7826. Thanking you in advance.
For the past 45 years, TEAM, Inc. has been delivering hot, nutritional meals to hundreds of homebound seniors and disabled in our Valley through the “Meals on Wheels” program.
In recent months, the program has had to absorb dramatic cuts in funding, forcing us to create a waiting list of 61 homebound seniors in need of the meal for the first time in the program’s history. The only way to get these 61 Valley Seniors the meals they need is for TEAM to raise the funds themselves as there will no additional funds from either the Federal or State due to budget cuts.
In an effort to address this shortfall, TEAM will be hosting an ” Intergenerational Fashion Show & Luncheon” on Saturday, August 26th from 11:00-2:00 at Assumption Church Hall in Ansonia. Tickets donations are $30 and can be purchased on line at www.teaminc.org or calling 203.736.5420 ext. 202.
This fun, family event will feature Valley residents sporting fashions provided by Seccombe’s Men’s Shop, Joseph A. Bank, Dress Barn, Dress Barn Women and Justice.
Consider supporting this project to provide meals to our seniors.
We will be having a Talent Show for all our members, families and friends on October 22 during and after Coffee Hour. We all have talent (good or bad) so come show us what you’ve got! Acts may be Individual or Group and the categories may be, but will not limited to, Musical, Comical, Magical, or Theatrical.
All acts must register no later than September 10 – see Lynne Foreman for details.
~ Sponsored by your Parish Life Committee ~
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.