This Sunday, August 27, 2017
Worship service: 10:00 am
“Want to see a miracle? Plant a word of love heart deep in a person’s life. Nurture it with a smile and a prayer, and watch what happens.”
Max Lucado, “You Changed My Life”
OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 51: 1-6
GOSPEL Matthew 16: 13-20
SERMON “But Who Do You Say I Am?”
Rev. Allyson Glass
The flowers today are for a “Happy Birthday” to Thelma
from Sharen Taber and Geoffrey Burrasca.
Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.
LAY LEADER: Thomas Calzone
GREETERS: Tony Calzone & Bob Frazine
USHERS: Elwin Jimmo & David Wheeler
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Karen Baker
This morning’s lay leader is Thomas Calzone. He is the son of Jacqueline Calzone and Anthony Calzone. He is a sophomore at UCONN/Waterbury campus. He is studying Business Marketing. He is taking a summer calculus course, and is very passionate about his photography and is developing his own business assembling photoshoots.
Thank you to Jackie, Gail & Peggy for sharing their talent with us today.
As I was leaving for my trip to Long Beach Island on the New Jersey Shore, a friend asked me to bring back a piece of sea glass for her. It seemed a simple request and I enjoyed looking for a colored piece of sea glass while on my beach walks during the week. After all, I had frequently found sea glass as I walked on the beaches here in CT and in RI. However, I was puzzled why I did not find a single piece of sea glass during my week of beach walking and in fact realized that sea glass was not something I had ever found on the beaches of Long Beach Island in all of the years I have been going there. Why???
I knew that sea glass begins as normal pieces of broken glass from bottles, glassware, or even shipwrecks that reach the shore after being tumbled and pounded by waves against the sand and rocky shoreline. This wears away the sharp edges of the glass over time. The jagged edges of the glass are by decades of under the sea and the slickness of the glass is worn to a frosted appearance. The tides eventually help to wash the sea glass up on to the beaches. So why do I find sea glass in New England but not in New Jersey? Is it because there are no rocky jetties or rocky points into the water just the rolling surf and sand? Not sure why but it got me thinking about how we are like this glass that at some point we feel broken and perhaps we feel discarded. However, on our journey we are refined and smoothed by the tumbling in our lives and our sharp edges are smoothed and we are softened.
In this way our broken lives can be renewed when they are touched by God’s love and grace. As we are tumbled around by the difficulties of life we are smoothed and polished. We know that we are never too badly broken for God to reshape us. God loves us in spite of our imperfections and past mistakes. Perhaps the tumbling of life is necessary to make us beautiful.
Blessings, Pastor Allyson
Prayer for the Week
Our gracious God, we know that you have not promised a life without pain or stress but you have promised to be with us no matter the circumstances. We thank you for loving presence in our lives as we are tumbled and refined into your treasure. Amen
Monday, August 28 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, August 29 7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide
Friday, September 1 8:00 PM Eastern Star
~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 the Parish Life Committee is here to help you with anything you might need. For questions or assistance, please see Lynne Foreman or any member of the committee.
~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 September 26 in the “Nursery” room across from the church office. We will be discussing the “I am” statements of Jesus. All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.
~Every Communion Sunday, we invite our members and friends to participate in two special offerings:
THE DEACONS’ FUND –
You will find an extra envelope in the pew on Sunday mornings. Contributions included in this envelope go to the Diaconate Fund – a New England Congregational tradition associated with the observance of the Lord’s Supper and dating from colonial days.
This fund, administered by the Diaconate, is used to help individuals in the Seymour area who have an immediate need usually arising out of some tragedy. Confidentiality is observed, and sometimes only the Pastor and the Chairperson of the Diaconate know the circumstances. We invite you to observe this time-honored tradition as you are able and support our community outreach by remembering others when observing the Sacrament of Communion.
THE SEYMOUR-OXFORD FOOD BANK-
This is our second special offering. We encourage our members and friends to bring at least one perishable food item on Communion Sundays. (Contributions are accepted at other times.) These items are delivered promptly to the Food Bank at the beginning of the week.
Next Sunday, September 3rd is Communion Sunday.
Talent Show Sunday October 22, 2017
Seymour Congregational Church will be having a Talent Show for its members, friends, and families on October 22 during and after Coffee Hour. We all have a talent so come show us what you’ve got! Everyone is welcome to take center stage or you can cheer the performers on from the audience!
Talent may be:
Category may be, but is not limited to:
All Acts must register no later than September 10th. Each act will need to advise the category of the act, participants names, and approximate time of the performance. Also please advise, at this time, if you have any special requirements.
Note: The time allotted for your act may be altered depending on the number of actual participants at the time of registration. You will be notified no later than September 15th if a change is required.
For more details and for registering please see Lynne Foreman.
~ sponsored by your Parish Life Committee ~
~Mark your calendars now for our 29th annual Snowflake Fair, Saturday, November 18th. We have space available for more vendors (forms are in the hall if you know anyone who is interested). Items for our basket raffle can be brought in starting in September, with the baskets being displayed starting in early October. If anyone needs a basket, please see Connie or Karen Baker (if you do your own basket, don’t forget to fill out a form with the contents listed). We are meeting on Thursdays at 1:00 PM to do crafts. We can also arrange other times to meet for those interested but can’t come at these times. If you’d like to join us, please come or if you have questions, call the church office.
Rally Day Water Ceremony: Our Rally Day Brunch Church is scheduled for September 24, 2017. As part of our Rally Day service we will be celebrating our shared faith and unity with a Water Ceremony. Everyone is invited to bring in water from a place that is special to them. Small green glass bottles with stoppers are available to those who would like to participate in this celebration. The water could be from some place special you visited this summer or simply from your home. The bottles are available for the next few weeks in the Narthex of the church and Fellowship Hall so please take one on Sunday or stop by during the week.
Please mark your calendars! We are having our Annual Polish Dinner on Saturday, October 28th from 5 to 7 PM. I will let you know soon when we will be making the stuffed cabbage and pierogi’s. The day of the dinner, I will need help in the kitchen and a hostess and servers. Let me know if you can help.
The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital provides treatments for diseases of the bones, muscles and joints for children from birth to 18 years of age. All care, while at Shriner’s Hospital, is provided regardless of the patients ability to pay. The Hospital is funded by the Shriners, Shriners Hospital endowment fund, and gifts from the public. There is no need to have an affiliation with a Shriner or be related to one. Please save your pull-tabs or “pop-tops” from beverage cans, soup cans, etc. and Dawn Ryan will deliver them to the Shriners Hospital, where they are sold to a recycling center. The money collected is used to fund transportation for needy children to and from the hospital. See Dawn Ryan or call her at 203-888-0600.
~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.
~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.
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.