Week of April 15, 2018

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You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt


TODAY ~ April 15, 2018

 

10:00 AM – Worship

11:30 AM – Choir Rehearsal

Running Through Fear to Hope

My heart pounded as I watched the video footage of the devastating fire that ripped through a second floor dance academy in Edgewater, NJ this week.  What I witnessed was people running toward this horrific fire with ladders in hand in an effort to save the young girls stranded on a balcony by intense flames.  Without a thought of their own safety these people brought ladders to try and help the girls and many simply stood below the balcony trying to break the fall of the girls who jumped to safety.

Tony Nehmi, a business owner in the complex where the fire broke out, was the first person on the scene.  He rescued two of the girls with the help of Edgewater Police Officer Jimmy Dalton.  Nehmi said he immediately ran toward the building when he saw smoke down the street from his shop.  He started asking some restaurant workers who had escaped if they knew if anyone was still inside and then saw two girls pounding on the glass window on the second floor.

He said he knew he had to act quickly as the room was quickly filling with smoke.  “I just wanted to get those two girls out; I never would have lived with myself if they got hurt.” Nehmi said.  So he grabbed a ladder, ran to the building and once on the balcony used the ladder to break the glass and rescue the girls.

I would like to think if I was in that situation I would be able to react in the same way, to work through my own fear to bring hope to those who needed rescuing.  Due to the quick action of so many there were no casualties and most of the girls received only minor injuries.  Thank God for these real life heroes, they inspire me.  They take my breath away.  I have watched the video several times and each time I am overwhelmed by the sheer selflessness of those who ran toward danger to bring hope.

I hope that in some way I will have the courage to put aside my fear and run toward someone who needs help and give them hope.  While I most likely will never be asked to raise a ladder to a burning building I know there is a lot more I can do to bring hope to others if I am willing to run through my fear of the unknown and be a witness for Christ.  Where can I bring hope if I run through my own fear of rejection or worry about not having just the right words?

Thank God for the heroes we see each day and pray that in some way we might bring the light of hope to those who so desperately need rescuing.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


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John 24: 36b-48

A small boy once approached his slightly older sister with a question about God. “Susie, can anybody ever really see God?” he asked. Busy with other things, Susie curtly replied: “No, of course not silly. God is so far up in heaven that nobody can see him.” Time passed, but his question still lingered so he approached his mom: “Mom, can anybody ever really see God?” “No, not really,” she gently said. “God is a spirit and he dwells in our hearts, but we can never really see Him.” Somewhat satisfied but still wondering, the youngster went on his way. Not long afterwards, his saintly old grandfather took the little boy on a fishing trip. They were having a great time together – it had been an ideal day. The sun was beginning to set with unusual splendor as the day ended. The old man stopped fishing and turned his full attention to the exquisite beauty unfolding before him.On seeing the face of his grandfather reflecting such deep peace and contentment as he gazed into the magnificent ever-changing sunset, the little boy thought for a moment and finally spoke hesitatingly: “Granddad, I – I – wasn’t going to ask anybody else, but I wonder if you can tell me the answer to something I’ve been wondering about a long time – can anybody – can anybody ever really see God?”.The old man did not even turn his head. A long moment slipped by before he finally answered. “Son,” he quietly said. “It’s getting so I can’t see anything else.” Jesus truly does want to be seen by His disciples during the forty days following His resurrection.  He wants them to move from fear to hope to joy as they see Him and touch Him and even eat with Him. Luke moves us through these emotions in our reading this morning.  When Jesus appears in their midst, they are “startled and terrified.”  They think they are seeing a ghost.  Their fear is a natural human response and would have most likely been our response.  Yet there stood Jesus comforting them with his words, “Peace be with you.”  He wants them to See Him and believe in His presence with him so he says, “Look at my hands and feet; see that it is I myself.” To further assure them of his real presence he remarkably asks from something to eat, and they gave him some fish.  He eats the fish to further assure them of His living presence with them following His crucifixion.  And so their fear moved to hope.  Hope that Jesus was truly with them, a live presence among them.   And as He opens their minds to understand the scriptures, their hope turns to joy.  From the fear that had them hiding behind locked doors, Jesus appears to them and moves their fear to hope and finally to the joy of His presence.  Jesus wants to move us from the fear that sometimes causes us to hide behind locked doors. Jesus is here with us opening our hearts and minds to His loving presence in our lives if we only look.  We want to see Jesus; that is our desire. We want to know that Jesus is among us, and so I ask – What do you see?  My heart pounded as I watched the video footage of the devastating fire that ripped through a second floor dance academy in Edgewater, NJ this week.  What I witnessed was people running toward this horrific fire with ladders in hand in an effort to save the young girls stranded on a balcony by intense flames.  Without a thought of their own safety these people brought ladders to try and help the girls and many simply stood below the balcony trying to break the fall of the girls who jumped to safety. Tony Nehmi, a business owner in the complex where the fire broke out, was the first person on the scene.  He rescued two of the girls with the help of Edgewater Police Officer Jimmy Dalton.  Nehmi said he immediately ran toward the building when he saw smoke down the street from his shop.  He started asking some restaurant workers who had escaped if they knew if anyone was still inside and then saw two girls pounding on the glass window on the second floor. He said he knew he had to act quickly as the room was quickly filling with smoke.  “I just wanted to get those two girls out; I never would have lived with myself if they got hurt.” Nehmi said.  So he grabbed a ladder, ran to the building and once on the balcony used the ladder to break the glass and rescue the girls. Through the courageous actions of these everyday heroes Jesus is saying… See Me, I am here. Desmond Doss was one of those heroes that demonstrate Jesus is present moving us from fear to hope to joy.  Doss’ religious beliefs forbade him to carry a gun so when he was drafted to serve in World War II he faced ridicule from his fellow soldiers.  Doss served as a field medic in Okinawa.   When his unit was attacked by Japanese forces on top of a cliff, cutting down nearly every man, Doss quickly rigged up a stretcher that he could lower with ropes and pulleys to the safety of the ground below.  Then by himself and under fire he retrieved each soldier in his unit one at a time and lowered them to safety.  He rescued 75 men that day. Through Doss’ courageous actions Jesus is saying…See Me. Countless heroic actions during the devastation of Hurricane Harvey brought us further evidence that the loving presence is among us.  During the height of the storm a resident of a Houston apartment building went into labor.  Her husband quickly called 911 but after he wasn’t able to reach any first responders, he sent an urgent email to the apartment building residents to ask if anyone in the complex was an obstetrician, or a physician, or a nurse. Almost immediately, people began coming to the couple’s apartment to see if they could help, and they were there an hour later when the Houston Fire Department came to rescue the woman.  However, with the flood waters rising the emergency responders couldn’t get a stretcher to the building so the residents formed a human chain.  Through the driving wind and rain they stood hand in hand in the rising waist deep water to ensure that the woman and her husband got to the rescue truck safely. Through their selflessness, they help us to hear Jesus saying to us…“See Me” On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert goers at the Las Vegas Harvest music festival leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured.  In the chaos of this traumatic event we witnessed many moments of heroism in which people overcame their fear and with hope moved to help those around them. During the shooting, Dean McAuley had found a path to safety, but he didn’t leave.  As his two friends followed the police away from the Las Vegas gunman’s view, one called back to him: “You’ve got to come with us.” McAuley replied, “I’ve got to go to work.”  You see, McAuley is a firefighter from Seattle who went to the music festival each year with his friends.  He ignored warnings that bullets were still flying and got gloves from a medical tent and helped bring two wounded women back to the tent and to safety. He then found Natalia Baca, a 17 year old girl, and applied a tourniquet to the bullet wound in her arm.  She was having hard time breathing due to the loss of blood but was somehow able to stay calm.  McAuley told her to trust him, and said he wouldn’t let anything happen to her. Just at that moment, a passerby offered his car to take them to the hospital.  He recalls that he kept Natalia calm by showing her pictures of his wife, son and dog.  Natalia’s parents later thanked McAuley and told him, “You saved our daughter’s life.” Through Dean McAuley’s selfless actions Jesus is saying to us…“See Me” Jesus’ post Easter appearances assure us that God is alive and working in our community and in the world.  Jesus is alive and working among us.  May His words bring us a release from our fears and His presence bring us hope for the future and the knowledge that He has not forsaken us move us to joy as we hear Him say;  “Peace Be With You…I am here.”


Weekly Prayer

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THIS WEEK

Monday, April 16 4:30 & 6 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, April 17 6:15 PM Girl Scouts #135

7:00 PM Council

Wednesday, April 18 6:00 PM Girl Scouts #306

Thursday, April 19 7:30 PM Masons

Saturday, April 21 5:30 PM Turkey Dinner


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Advanced Care Planning Forum

Join us for an interactive evening of information and discussion on Monday, April 16th at Trinity Episcopal Church from 6 – 7:30 PM.  Advanced Care Planning (ACP) is a process for understanding, reflecting on and talking about your own goals, beliefs and values in order to determine your healthcare wishes, should a time come when you cannot make them – or express them yourself.  Come and learn about some of the legal terms in Advanced Care Planning and their implications.  This is being sponsored by the Seymour Oxford Clergy group and presented by Griffin Hospital.

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TURKEY DINNER AND BASKET BONANZA

 Saturday, April 21st, join us at the Seymour Congregational Church for delicious food and wonderful company!  With a chance to win one of our many baskets!

Dinner starts at 5:30 PM

Adults – $14

Kids (under 10 years) – $5

Basket drawing at 7:00 PM

Chances – $1 each

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Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life: A Women’s Day Retreat will be led by Pastor Allyson for the women of the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC on May 5, 2018 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Mercy By The Sea conference center in Madison, CT.  The cost of the retreat is $36 which includes a continental breakfast, a sit down lunch, the retreat and use of the beautiful waterfront property.  Due to limited space the first 20 paid participants will be accepted for the retreat.

Bible Study:  The next Bible study will be held on April 24 at 1:00 pm.  All are welcome to join the discussion and fellowship as we study the Word.  Please contact Pastor Allyson with any questions regarding bible study.


NOTICES

Property & Renovation Committee request.

During the previous 30 days, there has been two occurrences of a water faucet in the lower level restrooms being left on full blast.  This results in a serious water loss and a much higher water bill for the Church.  The folks that use the lower level have been asked to check the restrooms before they leave.  It would be helpful for all of us, anytime we are participating with a group in the lower level to check the restrooms upon departure.  THANKS.

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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?  Please contact Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.  Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune.  For more information go towww.shawlministry.com.  To request a shawl, call Lynda (203-888-5473) or leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729.

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The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital:   Pull-tabs or “pop-tops” from beverage cans, soup cans, etc. can be saved and delivered to the Shriners Hospital, and then 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.  She will deliver them.

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Week of 10/9/2016

  To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.”
Thomas Merton

 

 

 


 

A TASTE OF POLAND DINNER

HOMESTYLE POLISH FAVORITES

SATURDAY October 29

4:30 pm to 7 pm

Potato Pancakes, Pierogi, Stuffed Cabbage, Kielbasa and Kraut, Dessert and Coffee

 Call 203-888-6729 or 203-881-2027 for Tickets

10 to 64       $15

65 and up    $14

Kids under 10  $5

 

We need many hands – Pierogi and stuffed cabbage making will be on

Friday, October 14th at 9:00 AM and then again at 5:00 PM.    See you then.     Contact Teresa at kreg5@comcast.net with any questions .


 SNOWFLAKE FAIR

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th ~ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

IT’S CLOSER THAN YOU THINK! An additional craft night will be scheduled at DeAnna Imbro’s home sometime in October (date to be announced).

Once again, we will have our standard basket, quilt, and tree raffles, Boutique, Bake Sale Table, Christmas Treasures Room, Kids’ craft area on our stage, and our Snowflake Café will serve breakfast and lunch. As always, we cannot have a successful fair without your help! Donations ($1 or more) for our “Who says money doesn’t go on trees” can be put on the mini tree near the coffee hour table the next few weeks (goal this year is $50). Completed gift baskets (approx. $25-$30 value) can be brought in starting THIS WEEK (leave at the back of the hall and don’t forget to fill in a form as to what is in the basket). If you don’t want to do a whole basket, just leave your donation in the box in the hall to incorporate into a basket. There is a list of some suggested items needed to complete several baskets that have been started. We would like to have as many completed baskets as possible by the end of October so we can have for our Polish dinner on the 29th. Donations for the Christmas Treasures Room and the Boutique can be given to Lynda Boynton or Laura starting in mid October. Please also consider making a donation for our baked goods table or a dessert for our lunch. A sign-up sheet to work the day of the fair is posted on back table at coffee hour – you do not need to work all day, just indicate the hours you can help. We especially welcome any newcomers to jump in and get involved! See or call Laura Thompson (203 516-8607) if you have any questions.

 

 

A Season of Praise

A Time of Community Praise for Seymour and Oxford

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Chili Dinner – 6:00 PM

Praise Service – 6:30 PM

Hosted by the Seymour Evangelical Baptist Church

104 Mountain Road, Seymour

203-888-3072


 

Our Seymour/Oxford Food Bank is in need of packages of cookies, canned fruit and fruit juice at the present time.


 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?  Please contact Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.  Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune.  For more information go towww.shawlministry.com.  To request a shawl, call Lynda (203-888-5473) or leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729.

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 kreg5@comcast.net 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.

OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

 Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Pastor Allyson is looking forward to meeting with members of the congregation and sets aside mornings for that purpose.  Please call first to meet with her in the afternoon as she will use this time for visitation and community outreach.

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed. & Thurs.  – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

 

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

 

Week of 9/25/2016

Weekly Newsletter of the Seymour Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

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  The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy.  

 ~ An old proverb


 

Sunday Worship Service notes:

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Please join us for worship service at 10:00am

 

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SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Sara Gail Nesteriak
Parents: Beth and Bryan Nesteriak
Deacon Sponsor: Gail Catlin

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OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 91: 1-6, 14-16

EPISTLE 1 Timothy 6: 6-19

SERMON “Spirit, Mind and Body” Rev. Allyson Glass

The flowers are given today by Bob & Peggy Frazine in celebration
of their anniversary.

Please join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for coffee hour.
It is being hosted by the Music Committee.

GREETERS: Alyce and Tom Wells
LAY LEADER: Betsy Entwisle
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Howard Bradshaw

TODAY
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:30 AM – Craft Get-together
12:30 PM – Naugatuck Valley Fall Meeting


 

Managing Stress and Worry

In Philippians 4: 4-7, the Apostle Paul speaks to each one of us to let go of our worries when he writes, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”.  In this way we are urged to let go of our worry and our stress and to rejoice that the Lord is near.  

As Christians we hold the peace of Christ in our hearts with the comforting knowledge that our loving God is always near.  I admit that there are many times that I have difficulty putting to rest my anxiety and worries.  I know that there are times I worry too much about being able to get everything done when really I should be rejoicing in the opportunity to praise God.  I even worry that all my worrying will cause me to miss the beauty God places in my life each day.

A study about worry revealed that 40% of our worry is over things that will never happen, 30% of our worries concern the past, 12% is needless worries about health, 10% of our worries are about petty issues, and only 8% are legitimate concerns.  Yes, out of all the anxiety and worry in our lives, only 8% is relevant.  Paul tells us that we should not even worry about the 8%.

I recently read an interesting remedy to our worry getting in the way of rejoicing in our blessings.  It was suggested that you place a rubber band on one wrist and whenever you recognize you’re not rejoicing, flick yourself.  When you sense the lack of gentleness, flick it harder. When you begin thinking too much about what it wrong rather than what is right, snap yourself silly.  When you feel over taken by anxiety and worry, draw back that rubber band and get ready to say “Ouch!”

While this is may seem silly, the idea is spot on.  We have to constantly remind ourselves that our loving God is close by and wants us to have peace of mind.  It is through prayer and the knowledge that we are Children of God that our stress and worries, even those 8% of legitimate concerns, are diminished and we rejoice in our God.

Weekly Prayer

 Gracious God, when our spirits lift at the beauty of the day, you are Lord; and when the chaos threatens to overwhelm and we dread the next news cycle – still you are Lord.  Always you are creating, redeeming, sustaining.  Speak your mercy into our lives until we discover the courage to open our eyes, unclench our hands, and move toward our neighbors.   Amen

~Prayer from: Feasting On The Word


UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Need for diapers

Our congregation is participating in National Diaper Need Awareness Week, September 26 thru October 2.  Please consider a donation of diapers and baby wipes to assist in meeting the needs of families in our community.  Baskets will be available in the church lobby to collect your donation.

THIS WEEK

Monday, Sept. 26         4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, Sept. 27          6:15 PM GS #135  –  7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide

Wednesday, Sept. 28     6:00 PM GS #60306


 

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 non-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, October 2nd is Communion Sunday.


 

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POLISH DINNER

SATURDAY OCTOBER 29, 2016

5 TO 7 PM

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Hope you all had a great summer.  With fall approaching, it’s time to get ready for our Annual Polish Dinner.  Mark your calenders!

We need many hands – Pierogi and stuffed cabbage making will be on

Friday, October 14th at 9:00 AM and then again at 5:00 PM.    See you then.

Contact Teresa at kreg5@comcast.net with any questions .

 


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SNOWFLAKE FAIR

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th ~ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

IT’S CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!

TODAY, Dawn will be leading our bow-making craft time in the gym following coffee hour.

Once again, we will have our standard basket, quilt, and tree raffles, Boutique, Bake Sale Table, Christmas Treasures Room, Kids’ craft area on our stage, and our Snowflake Café will serve breakfast and lunch. As always, we cannot have a successful fair without your help! Donations ($1 or more) for our “Who says money doesn’t go on trees” can be put on the mini tree near the coffee hour table the next few weeks (goal this year is $50). Completed gift baskets (approx. $25-$30 value) can be brought in starting NEXT WEEK (leave at the back of the hall and don’t forget to fill in a form as to what is in the basket). If you don’t want to do a whole basket, just leave your donation in the box in the hall to incorporate into a basket. There is a list of some suggested items needed to complete several baskets that have been started. We would like to have as many completed baskets as possible by the end of October so we can have for our Polish dinner on the 29th. Donations for the Christmas Treasures Room and the Boutique can be given to Lynda Boynton or Laura starting in mid October. Please also consider making a donation for our baked goods table or a dessert for our lunch. A sign-up sheet to work the day of the fair is posted on back table at coffee hour – you do not need to work all day, just indicate the hours you can help. We especially welcome any newcomers to jump in and get involved! See or call Laura Thompson if you have any questions.

 

~Thank you to Annette Kreitler for the beautiful fall wreaths

she has donated for the front doors of the church.

 

~Our Seymour/Oxford Food Bank is in need of packages of cookies, canned fruit and fruit juice at the present time.

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?  Please contact Lynda Boynton. Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune.  For more information go to www.shawlministry.com.  To request a shawl, leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729.

 

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 kreg5@comcast.net.  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.


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OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Pastor Allyson is looking forward to meeting with members of the congregation and sets aside mornings for that purpose.  Please call first to meet with her in the afternoon as she will use this time for visitation and community outreach.

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed. & Thurs.  – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

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Week of May 1, 2016

Sunday May 1, 2016

10:00 AM – Family Worship & Nursery

10:15 – Church School


May we have communion with God in the secret of our hearts, and find Him to be to us as a little sanctuary.       Charles Spurgeon, British preacher and author


 

Please join us in the Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by the Outreach Committee.


GREETERS:

Tony Calzone and Luanne Smith

LAY LEADER:

Karl Kregling

DEACON OF THE MONTH:

Catlins and Kreglings

11:00 AM – Bell Choir – Come ring with us!  All ages welcome!

11:30 AM – Adult Choir

5:00-7:00 PM – Confirmation Class

 


Chasing Fullness

The crowd continued to follow Jesus the day after Jesus performed a miracle by feeding thousands of hungry people with the five loaves and two fish, not because they were hungry, but they were hoping for another miracle.  They were driven by a need for fullness; it seems they were chasing fullness as there never seemed to be enough.  It is in this context that Jesus speaks to the multitude saying, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never by thirsty.” (John 6: 35)

In saying, “I am the bread of life”, Jesus is in effect telling us; “I don’t want you to spend your life just chasing fullness.  I want to offer satisfaction, no matter what the circumstances are.  I want to give you contentment and peace. I can provide that. Let me be your source of joy, so that no matter where you are, you are, you can say, right now is a good day, Life is good.  I am blessed.”

Through communion we celebrate our nearness to the spirit of Jesus in the partaking of the bread of life and the cup of the new covenant.  In this way, communion is not so much about the remembering the One who has gone before us but about celebrating the One who is always with us.   The beautiful hymn Here O My Lord, by Horatius Bonar (1855) speaks about this celebration; “Too soon we rise; the symbols disappear; the feast, though not the love is past and gone.  The bread and wine remove; but Thou art here, nearer than ever, still my shield and sun.”

 Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Weekly Prayer

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

~Attributed to – St Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer (9th Century)


THIS WEEK

Monday, May 2 4:00 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, May 3 6:15 PM GS #135

Thursday, May 5 6:30 PM GS #135 Leader Mtg.

Friday, May 6 8:00 PM Eastern Star


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Save the Date:

May 15 – Confirmation Sunday

May 22 at 4:00 PM – Pastor Allyson’s Installation, Reception following

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship informational meetings will be held at the church in the gym  on Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 5th  at 11:30   Both a parent and the student applicant (new applicants and those reapplying) must attend one of these mandatory meetings.  Applications will be given to the candidates after attendance of one of these meetings.

The Scholarship Committee of the Seymour Congregational Church is empowered to award 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 awards if they are members or children of members of the Seymour Congregational Church.  At this meeting, scholarship committee members will explain expectations, requirements and important information for the families to understand before applying for a scholarship.

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.

If you have any questions, speak to Laura Thompson or Karen Baker, Scholarship Committee.

 

Carriers for Foster Kids:

Gently used tote bags, backpacks, overnight bags or duffle bags are needed in a New Haven Foster Care facility.

The children that are brought into the system generally have only the clothes on their backs until they are placed and then they carry their belongings in garbage bags.

Other items that are needed are toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and soap. (conditioner, powder, combs and brushes too)

They will also accept hats, scarves and gloves, but with the warmer weather coming, perhaps those things can wait until Fall.

Please see Kim Walsh  to arrange pick up or drop off of any items that you are willing to donate to this cause.

 

 TAG SALE ~ SATURDAY, MAY 14th

  8 A.M. – 2 P.M.

We are part of the “Town Wide Tag Sale”, so grab a flyer the morning of the sale and shop till you drop all around Seymour! Thank you for the items generously donated so far (please put your items marked for “tag sale” in the gym – NO clothing, please). Please note: the last night to drop off any items is Wednesday, May 11th! We also have 4 members (2 inside, 2 outside, so far) who have rented tables, so be sure to check their items too! Help will be needed during the week of May 9th  (That’s a week from Monday! ~ Mon-Thurs, about 5:30 – 8 p.m.) to move tables and bring out the boxes from the back room. Donations of baked goods are also appreciated and can be dropped off on Friday (from 2 – 6 pm) or before the sale Saturday morning – be sure to have pre-packaged, pre-priced (if possible), and marked if it contains nuts. See Laura if you would like to volunteer ~ we can always use extra help, especially at the end of the day when it’s time to pack up before the trucks come from Helping Hands. Also, please park in the grass parking lot and wear name tags and tee-shirts if you have them! (P.S. Bring more baskets for the raffle, too, if you have them ready, as we will have someone on hand to sell tickets).

The 19th Annual Walk for the Hungry and Homeless

To benefit Spooner House/The valley Food Bank –

Saturday, May 21st

8:30 AM – Registration, 9:00 AM –Start

Where:  Derby Greenway (Division St. Entrance)

Minimum $20 donation receives a free event t-shirt

Nancy Cretella will have flyers to hand out at Coffee Hour on Sunday with more information.

 Veterans Appreciation Concert 2016

Presented by The Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps

Emil Senger Post 10 American Legion and VFW Post 12084

Seymour Middle School Auditorium | 211 Mountain Rd. Seymour, CT

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM

 Admission is $10 – Tickets available at:

BALANCE, 1 Klarides Dr., Seymour, CT (203)888-8983

Emil Senger American Legion Post 10, Seymour, CT – George Bashura (203)-305-3821

St. Michæl’s Catholic War Veterans Post 1562, Derby, CT (203) 734-9748

VFW Post 12084, Seymour, CT – Al Yagovane (203)736-7981

For Ticket information contact Tom Gabianelli at tgabs@att.net or 203-231-2682

DiSorbo’s Food Truck will be selling hot dogs, burgers, fried dough, pastry’s, etc.

Kindly bring a non-perishable food item for the Seymour / Oxford Food Bank

TURKEY DINNER AND BASKET RAFFLE  Sat., June 4th

Dinner starts at 5:30 PM and Raffle drawing at 7:00 PM.

Adults $14, Kids (under 10 yrs.) $5 – Raffle tickets – $1 for one and $10 for 12

Come for food and fellowship!

There is still time to donate a basket or items for a basket for the Basket Raffle!

 

4th Annual “Hot Dog Stand”

For Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade

At this time we would like to request donations of Hot Dogs, but only “Hummel’s Skinless” and any kind of bottled water would be greatly appreciated.  Last year we served over 500 hot dogs!  Items can be left in the kitchen, marked accordingly.  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.

The Field of Flags

is a welcomed site for many and has now become a tradition each Memorial Day. Last year I noticed quite a few people, stopping at all times of day, walking in the field taking pause and paying their respects to not only loved ones past and present but to our country.  Out of respect to the flag, many of them need to be replaced this year as the outdoor elements have taken their toll on them. I’d like to ask if anyone would care to make a monetary donation so that more flags could be purchased.  No amount is too small, anything would be greatly appreciated.  If a donation is made in honor of someone please let me know so this can be appropriately acknowledged. The flags that we’ve had on display these past 2 years have been generously donated by Sally Schwaller in honor of her husband and her father.

Thank you and God Bless!

For more information, see Lynne Foreman

BOOK CLUB:  Our book club’s next book is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.  It has received great success in past years and is a favorite of book clubs.  It has a moral theme that I predict will promote much discussion when we meet on May 13th.  If you are interested in joining us, please speak to Kim Majkner.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?  Please contact Lynda Boynton. Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune.  For more information go to www.shawlministry.com.  To request a shawl, leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729.

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 kreg5@comcast.net.  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.

OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Pastor Allyson is looking forward to meeting with members of the congregation and sets aside mornings for that purpose.  Please call first to meet with her in the afternoon as she will use this time for visitation and community outreach.

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed. & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

Please send your announcements to the church office by WEDNESDAY morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.


 

 

Week of March 20, 2016

Worship 10:00am

Coffee Hour immediately following

Retreat

 

When you hear “Retreat!” you think of the dictionary definition: “moving away from a place or situation especially because it is dangerous or unpleasant.  This definition most certainly does not describe our wonderful Confirmation Retreat this past weekend at Silver Lake. In fact, we moved toward a safe and nurturing place, a beautiful place where we worshipped together, learned together, and played together.

Thank you to our chaperones, Nancy Rogers and Elwin Jimmo, for their enthusiasm and support during our time at Silver Lake.  In addition to visiting the Labyrinth and hiking around the camp, the retreat provided us with opportunities to meet with other teens from around CT to discuss many spiritual topics including baptism, discipleship, and the scriptural basis for the six core values of the United Church of Christ denomination.  Our confirmation class has decided that our church truly exemplifies the UCC core value; “We Are People of God’s Extravagant Welcome” and we talked about how our group can be part of that welcome. What a blessing for us to share our faith with each other as we experienced God together in such an inspiring setting.   

So sound the Retreat, head for a safe and comforting place and spend some quiet time with God and with friends this week.  I’m sure glad we did!

 Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Thank you God,

Not just for life,

But for our journey through life.

Life is a miracle,

And a journey through life is so full of so many more miracles

If we travel with our Heartsongs,

Thank you God for blessing me with the gift of Heartsongs,

So that I can enjoy my miracles.

~Mattie J.T. Stepanek, 11 yr. old struggling with Muscular Dystrophy, April 1998

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MAUNDY THURSDAY:  We will be having a pasta dinner prior to the Maundy Thursday service, 5:30 pm, March 24th in Fellowship Hall.

 It would be helpful if we had an approximate headcount so please sign up at coffee hour.

We will be serving pasta (including a gluten free option) and three sauces: Howie Bradshaw’s famous meat sauce, turkey Bolognese, and plain marinara; salad & garlic bread.

Donations of pasta (spaghetti) and sauce (marinara) would be greatly appreciated (leave items in the kitchen). Please contact Michelle Mann if you can help out in the kitchen. We will be there at 3pm to start cooking and could use help with clean up as well.  We did this last year and had a good turn out. Hope you can make it.

 


 

 

Breakfast-with-Easter-Bunny

Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, March 26, 2016

8 – 11 am

$7 per person – $4 children 10 and under

Free Children’s Easter Craft Table

Proceeds provide camperships to Silver Lake Conference Center and funding for Youth Group and Church School activities

DON’T MISS THE FUN – BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!

Volunteer and Donation Sign-up sheets are in Fellowship Hall for the Bunny Breakfast. We need help with set up and bacon cooking on Friday 3/25 and help from beginning to end on Saturday 3/26. Any amount of time you can share with us is appreciated. Don’t miss the fun and satisfaction of knowing you are helping fund programs for our youth and church school children!

Tickets for the breakfast will be available soon!

Please bring in your raffle basket or items to be added to a basket as soon as possible so that we will have a good number of baskets at the Bunny Breakfast, and can sell tickets for the drawing in June at the Turkey Dinner.

Basket Ideas:  Gardening, Wine/Beer, Baking, Kitchen, etc.

Thank you,

The Christian Education Committee

 


 

 

tag sale

T A G   S A L E

SAT., MAY 14TH

8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Our annual tag sale is fast approaching – mark your calendars NOW!

This year, we will have around 7 tables inside for members ($10 per table) and non-members ($20 per table). We will also offer a limited amount of 10’ x 10’ spaces outside for $15 (must provide own table). Interested members need to advise Laura Thompson if interested by March 31st before we advertise for outsiders.

Items can be dropped off in the gym the week after Easter. Items should be clean and in good condition (NO clothing, unless hats, purses or scarves). Any unsold items will be donated to Helping Hands. If you need your items picked up, please call the church office or Laura.

We will also have coffee and baked goods for sale, and any donations will be gratefully accepted (no lunch will be offered).


Church-bus

Need a ride to church??

The Seymour Senior Center is now offering transportation to church services for Seymour Residents who are no longer able to drive themselves.  We will be offering transportation to the following Sunday Services:

Seymour Congregational, Broad St., 10:00 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal, Church St., 10:00 a.m

St. Augustine Catholic, Washington Ave., 10:30 a.m.

Other churches may be included  if requested and times do not conflict with the schedule.  Reservations required.  Call 203-888-0406 before 4:00 p.m.  Calls made after 4:00 p.m. will not be accepted. Transportation will be provided by the Senior Mini-Bus.

It is free – first come, first serve.

 


 

OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Pastor Allyson is looking forward to meeting with members of the congregation and sets aside mornings for that purpose.  Please call first to meet with her in the afternoon as she will use this time for visitation and community outreach.

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed. & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM


 

THIS WEEK

Monday, March 21 4:00 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, March 22 6:15 PM GS #135

6:30 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 24 5:30 PM Pasta Supper

7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service ~ Special music by the Adult Choir.

 

 

Welcome to Seymour Congregational Church

We welcome our new pastor,

Reverend Allyson Glass

Allyson is a graduate of Springfield College with a BS degree in Physical Education and Southern CT State University with a MS degree in Adaptive Physical Education and a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership.  She retired as the Principal of Rock Hill Elementary School in Wallingford after a 34 year career in education.  Allyson graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in May 2012 graduation and completed her Chaplain Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.  She was ordained by the Middlesex Association of the UCC on November 10, 2013 at the Congregational Church in Killingworth, CT where she was a member for 32 years.  She served as a Hospice Chaplain with Valley Health Care in New Jersey for two years before being called the Ministry at the Seymour Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.

Allyson was married for 43 years to her beloved husband Stephen who passed away after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer in 2010.  They lived in Killingworth, CT where they raised their two daughters, Laura and Teresa.  Teresa lives in Rocky Hill, CT with her husband Brian and their son Desmond.  She is a speech pathologist with the Region #4 School District.  Laura lives in Holly Springs, NC with her two children Madelyne and Zachary.  She is the Senior VP for Quality and Systems Improvement with the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association.

 Join us this Sunday to meet her!


Sunday September  13, 2015

Worship Service – 10:00am

Join us for coffee hour immediately after!


This Weeks E Bridge Announcements

 

 

Rally Day

What a gift Rally Sunday will be for me as your new Pastor.   This is a Sunday to celebrate our community of faith as we come together to feast and celebrate.

We will first feast on The Word through worship.  I cannot help but smile as I see the names of the children and young people who will participate in our Rally Day service.  You will be warmly greeted by Bethany Catlin, Jaden Rogers, Molly Tripp and Emily Soss. We will have special music provided  talented young musicians,  and the return of our choir after a summer hiatus.  Our altar flowers are given by Janet Horton to celebrate Grandparent’s Day.  Yes, we will truly celebrate the gift of our children and young people as we begin the new church school year.

Following worship we will feast on delicious food.  We will be treated to a BBQ and to side dishes provided by members of the congregation.  Our dessert will be the entries in our annual baking contest. This is a wonderful time for us to gather at the table together to share our summer fun and our hopes for the upcoming year.

Our feast of fellowship will continue after lunch with opportunities to participate in a number of games.  What a great opportunity to spend the afternoon having fun together.

 I look forward to our feast,

Pastor Allyson


CHURCH PICNIC SUNDAY!

Tickets are still available only $5 pp  –  see Lynne Foreman


 

OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Pastor Allyson is looking forward to meeting with members of the congregation and sets aside mornings for that purpose.  Please call first to meet with her in the afternoon as she will use this time for visitation and community outreach.

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM


MEETINGS HAPPENING THIS WEEK

Monday, Sept. 14
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, Sept. 15
6:15 PM GS #135
7:00 PM Council

Wednesday, Sept. 16
6:00 PM GS #60059

Thursday, Sept. 17
7:00 PM Masons
7:00 PM AA

Friday, Sept. 18
8:00 PM Eastern Star


CHURCH SCHOOL  

Join us on September 20th for the start of our Church School season. We have an exciting year planned where will be exploring a new curriculum and a confirmation class will be starting lead by Reverend Allyson Glass.

SNOWFLAKE FAIRSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st ~ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A basket has been placed in the hall for you to place your donations (miscellaneous items we can incorporate into our gift baskets; any miscellaneous ball ornaments~any color or size~that we can use to make/decorate wreaths; pine cones; any bear ornaments or small bears we can  make into ornaments; and clear wrap for our gift baskets and wired ribbon).  You can start bringing in your completed baskets in early October. Items for the Christmas Treasures Room and the Boutique will be collected starting in mid-October. Our next craft get-together will be Saturday, September 26th, at 10:00 a.m. here at the church in the gym. We will have several things we can work on, including a bow-making demonstration by Jeannette (so, please bring a roll of wired ribbon – we will be donating 1 you make to decorate our baskets). See Laura or Jeannette if you have any questions.

225th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

We will be having a birthday party for our Church on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Antonio’s Restaurant in Southbury.  We have a lot to celebrate!  The Reverend Allyson Glass answered our call to our Church, so we have a full time pastor.  Our Church is 225 years old, having started the same year as President George Washington’s first inauguration!

We will be having a buffet, and the cost is $30.00 per person; kids are $15.00. That price includes everything but we will have a cash bar.   The party will be 12-5 with lunch being served some time after 1:00 P.M.   The buffet will include:  Verde Salad- Penne Vodka- Lemon Chicken- Roast Beef- Stuffed Sole- Potatoes- Vegetables.   There will be soda, coffee, tea and assorted cookies and a Birthday Cake.

Please see Dave Lawson, Karl or Teresa Kregling, Peggy Frazine, Sandy Barber, Mandy Hicks or Dave Bell if you are going to attend.  Thanks.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?  Please contact Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.  Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune.  For more information go to www.shawlministry.com.  To request a shawl, call Lynda (203-888-5473) or leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729.

 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 kreg5@comcast.net 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.

 BOOK CLUB:  Our book club meets the second Friday of each month.  We each take turns picking a book of our own choice and then the discussion takes place in our home.  Books of every genre are chosen which makes for lively discussion.  For more information, contact Karen Baker, 888-0394.

 

Neighbors in Need

 The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on October 4, supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.  Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.  Through ucc.org/justice, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues.  Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.  Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC.  One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM).  Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, MN.  These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM.  CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.

Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:  The greatest need right now is canned pasta of any kind.  Please leave donations in the box in the Outreach Room.  Thank you.

HELPING HANDS: Your donation of clothing, furniture, etc. to Helping Hands benefits our church also. When an item is purchased at one of their stores that was donated by us, we receive a portion of the sale price. Your donations are tax deductible. They will pick up furniture.

 

Tag Sale

tag sale

 

Indoor Tag Sale!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

8:00 am – 2:00 pm

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INDOOR tag sale in the church hall, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hundreds of items for all ages donated by our church family. We will also offer coffee and delicious, home-made baked goods for sale and a $2.25 lunch special (hot dog, chips and beverage) in honor of our 225th anniversary. Raffle tickets or dinner tickets for our turkey dinner in June are also available.