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Happening in your church family this week;

In worship Sunday we will take a moment to honor all those who have served in the armed forces. If you are now or in the past served our country in the military please come so that we may recognize you.

We are in the mix of stewardship season.  This Sunday I plan to spend some time during the sermon to reflect upon the 10 maidens who trimmed or did not trim their lamps. Some ran out of oil – what would happen if the church ran out of oil? Have you ever ran out of oil? Have you ever ran out of spiritual oil? Did you get shut out?

If we are all family how is it that some run out of oil and others seem to have plenty? It’s all about oil this Sunday.


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Family Time

Spirited Wednesday

Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton

November 05, 2014

Scripture: Joshua 24:15-18

Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’

Then the people answered, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.’

Reflection:

I recently spoke with a young mother interested in having her daughter baptized. She’d been raised in a Congregational church and hoped her daughter would one day get confirmed. But she wanted to be honest: they weren’t likely to be regular church goers. “Weekends are for family,” she explained. Maybe you’ve heard this, too, or said it: “Sundays are precious.” “It’s the only time we have together.” “We want to savor this time while our children are young.”

When did church stop being about family? “It didn’t. It’s all about family,” we church-goers might insist. If that’s true, then we have a PR problem, because increasingly, young families see church as an intrusion into family life, hours deducted from the really quality time they want to spend together. I wonder: What could we say about the power of practicing faith as a family, in the company of others? What stories can we tell about raising children within a wider faith community? How might we say, “As for me and my household, we go to church on Sunday,” without sounding, well, holier-than-thou?

More importantly: What would those families find, if we did persuade them to show up for church? Do we really create enough space for families to explore faith together? How often do we worship, do Bible study, or ask our most pressing questions as households? Where do parents and kids get to share their doubts and insights with each other? Who helps them to navigate those conversations?

Joshua began his speech to the Israelites by listing all the highs and lows of their wilderness journey. “Remember? How God set you free from slavery? How you turned your back on God again and again?” Joshua kept that story alive, to be passed from generation to generation: a living, breathing story about a living, breathing God who keeps covenant, even when we don’t.

I’m not saying that spotty attendance necessarily makes one a bad Christian. But I am saying this: As for me and my household, hanging out at church, with folks who are telling and learning from that same story about a living, loving God…that has made us a better family.

Prayer:

Teach us to be a church for all ages, so we can grow together – and maybe even learn from our kids! Amen.

The Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton is pastor of Saugatuck Congregational Church of Westport.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

VETERANS DAY IS NOVEMBER 11TH

LET’S REMEMBER OUR VETERANS WITH DONATIONS FOR THOSE IN

THE WEST HAVEN VETERANS HOSPITAL

 

Here is what is needed the most:  Socks, Underwear and t-shirts – all sizes needed from small (just a few) to 3x, Denture cleaner, Denture adhesive, Reading glasses, Deodorant, Shampoo, Nail clippers and Lotion.

They really do not need any conditioner, shaving cream, soap or puzzles at this time.   However they gladly welcome anything!

Donations can be placed in the Veterans bin in the Outreach Room.  Thank you!

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Snowflake Fair Updates

Another craft get-together has been scheduled for this Sat., Nov. 8th at 1:00 at Connie Wiesniak’s home. Bring scissors and glue gun if you have one.  Please let Laura Thompson or Connie know if you plan to come. 

29 Craft and Specialty Vendor tables, offering various types of hand-made, ornaments, wristlets, tote bags, aprons & snowmen; knitted and crocheted towels, pot holders, baby afghans, quilts, scarves, Christmas stockings, hats & purses; gift items for dogs, cats and dog/cat lovers; bath salts, sachets & tub tea; birdhouses, home-made candy, soy candles, wire sculptured jewelry; Amato’s Toy & Hobby will have a large variety of items, and Seymour Cinemas will be selling gift cards. We will have reps from: Tastefully Simple, Silpada Designs, Jamberry (nail wraps) and Tupperware. Two of our members, Jaclyn Kregling (Disney pin collection & note cards) and Jane Bitzer (scarves & bric-brac), will also have tables with items for sale. Raffles for: Gift baskets, wreaths, homemade quilt and 6’ “All That Glitters” decorated tree; ladies boutique, baked goods table, craft area for kids on the stage, find great deals on items in our Christmas Treasures Room, and breakfast & lunch served in the Snowflake Café. We will also be selling gift cards to various stores like WalMart and Stop & Shop (a % of purchase price goes back to the church).

Donations for the baked goods table and desserts for lunch can be dropped off the night before from 4:30-7:30 p.m. or the morning of the fair.

Please don’t forget to see Nancy Cretella on Nov. 9 to get a specific gift idea for our Covenant to Care children.

Help us build up our “Giving Tree” to benefit the Gellatly Scholarship Fund and the CT Food Bank (will be in place on November 16th at the top doors near the office).

Any donations for the “Boutique” would be greatly appreciated.  These include mainly jewelry, but also pocketbooks, scarves, and any other accessories that you no longer need.  There is a box marked “Boutique” downstairs as you enter the Fellowship Hall where you can leave items, or give them to Laura or Connie.  Thanks  

Quilt Raffle tickets are available from Sandy Barber.  See her during coffee hour.

Thanks to everyone that has helped/donated so far ~ there are still empty spaces on the sign-up sheet to work the day of the fair.

 


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November 9th, 2014

10:00 AM – Worship

Please join us for coffee hour in fellowship hall following our service!

11:30 AM – Christmas Cantata Rehearsal-Last chance   to join the choir for the holidays and be a “Sometime Singer” and sing in the Cantata.  So grab a cup of coffee & come up & join us.

12:00 noon – Adult Choir Rehearsal 

 

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

 

Meetings this week at Seymour Congregational Church

 

Monday, Nov. 10

3:30 PM                Weight Watchers

7:30 PM                 Amaranth

Tuesday, Nov.11

6:15 PM                 Girl Scouts #135

Thursday, Nov. 13

6:30 PM                Tenor/Bass Sectional

7:00 PM                 AA

 

OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

 

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

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

Rev. Ed is here Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 9:30 AM until 4 PM.  He would like to meet members of the congregation, and puts morning hours aside for that.  Please call first if you plan to come in the afternoon as Rev. Ed goes out to visit at that time.

Snowflake Fair Basket Raffle

Basket Raffle Update!

We have over 60 Baskets!!  Yes, you read that right!!

Take a look at our Facebook page to view the album of beautiful baskets that you can win!

Click on the picture below to go our FB album

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E-Bridge 10/5/2014

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October 5, 2014

Worship Service 10:00am

Please join us after church in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

It is being hosted by the Diaconate. 

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“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”

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Welcome to this weeks – e-bridge!

Get dressed up for this Sunday’s service as we play to take a group photo of all present. We will use this photo for some of the upcoming publicity. This is also a warning for those who are camera shy to come also but you may wish to remain seated while the body comes forward.

Come hungry as we celebrate communion – remember this is “World communion Sunday”

Below is Rev. Spencer’s reflection of Exodus 20 a text familiar to us from the past weeks readings. 


Delight

Spirited Wednesday

Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer

Exodus 20:8-11

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work – you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Reflection:

“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth…” You remember that story, don’t you?

It starts with, “Let there be light,” and it progresses through sky and earth, sun and moon, plants and animals. All blessed, all good, so very good. And then, on the seventh day, God rested.

Here’s what I want to know: What did God do while he rested? How did God spend her day off?

Did God sit around all day in her pajamas, gorging on Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s straight from the tub? Had God been so busy working all week long that he had to spend that seventh day doing laundry, running errands, catching up on email, paying bills? Did God feel guilty about taking time off because there was so much work still to be done?

Of course, we can’t know exactly what God did on that seventh day. But the rabbinic tradition gives us a wonderful way to think about it. The rabbis have interpreted this story to mean that there was, in fact, something yet to be created on that seventh day, something without which the universe would be incomplete. That something is called, in Hebrew, menuha. We often translate this word as “rest,” but its meaning runs deeper than that. Menuha is not just the absence of work – it is the presence of delight.

Can you imagine God on that seventh day, strolling through a field of wildflowers, taking a dip in the ocean, savoring the sweetness of a strawberry, playing fetch with a golden retriever, listening to a child laugh, sitting down to dinner at a candlelit table?

What God created on that seventh day was rest, to be sure, but it was an active, appreciative, relational rest, a rest characterized by delight – a rest that is both a gift and a commandment.

What would it be like if we approached our sabbath days with that kind of eagerness, that kind of joy? And how might that spirit of sabbath delight spill over into the rest of our days?


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine:  THIS Sunday, October 5th, Stephanie and the UCONN Pharmacy students will be running their annual Flu Shot clinic.  Stephanie will also have the Pneumonia and Shingles shots available.   To sign up please see Teresa Kregling or email kreg5@comcast.net, phone 203-881-2027.

22nd Annual Polish Dinner:  Saturday, November 1st, 5 to 7 pm.  We would love to have you join us again this year.  We will need many hands to make this another successful year.  Any donations are welcome. Contact Teresa Kregling during coffee hour or at 203-881-2027 or kreg5@comcast.net.

Snowflake Fair Update:  There will be a Committee Meeting next Saturday, October 11th at 9:30 AM in the Nursery.  Next Sunday will be the deadline for donations to the Positively Pink basket.  A sign-up sheet to volunteer to work the day of the fair will be on the back table during coffee hour.


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OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

 

Reverend: Tuesday- Thursday 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Administrative Asst: Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

 

Rev. Ed is here Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 AM – 4 PM.  He would like to meet members of the congregation, and puts morning hours aside for that.  Please call first if you plan to come in the afternoon as Rev. Ed goes out to visit at that time.

 

E-Bridge 9/14/2014

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Did you miss our Worship Service on 8/31/14?

Click on the photo below to view it at your leisure!

August 31

Matthew 18:21-35

21Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. 23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

 

Today is the anniversary of 9-11 and God’s lays this text at our feet. Forgiveness is so difficult when you hurt so much. I lost friends that day. I still grieve the moment how can I forgive when I have been hurt… But I must forgive although I do not wish to ever forget.  That is way it is so necessary – in order to get past the hurt – the anger – the pain for our own healing God offers to us the grace of forgiveness. It is only in our forgiving that our soul can move toward completeness. It is in forgiveness that we discover rebuilding and in forgiveness that relationships are reformed.

Rev Ed


 

Passion For Peace

Spirited Wednesday

by the Rev. Rochelle A. Stackhouse
September 10, 2014

Exodus 14: 19-31 (NRSV)

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Reflection:

In Steven Spielberg’s telling of the story of Moses (Prince of Egypt), this scene at the Red Sea has all the drama of the old Cecil B. DeMille version, but then something just a bit different. At the end of the story, after the children of Israel have crossed the sea on dry land and the water has rushed back in to drown the chariots and chariot drivers, Moses hears his adoptive brother, the Pharaoh, crying out from the other side of the sea. Moses sits on a rock, looking out at the pieces of chariots floating by and knowing their drivers have now drowned, knowing that he is severed forever from his family in Egypt, and he is obviously distraught at what has just happened. For just a moment before the great victory song, we are reminded that this victory came with multiple losses.

Thirteen years ago the towers of the World Trade Center fell, and the planes flew into the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. In the thirteen years since then, our nation has fought two wars, and both Iraq and Afghanistan continue to be places of struggle and death. Wars pile up one loss after another, and each loss brings cries of pain and breaks families and communities. In Moses’ song in chapter 15, we find the words “the Lord is a warrior,” and it seems that the three great faiths who honor Moses, including the one which claims to honor the Prince of Peace, all are quick to insist that God the warrior is on their side. Perhaps the way out is to pause for a moment in all the warring, to stop the rush to the victory song, and to recognize the loss upon loss in every conflict. Perhaps if we did not charge so quickly out of sadness and grief and into triumphalism, we might be more motivated to be peacemakers. This week, as we remember 9/11, let us sit on that rock by the sea with Moses, and remember all those of many nations who have lost lives since then. Out of our lament, perhaps, will come a passion for peace instead of a song of victory.

Prayer:

For a time of prayer today, sit in silence and let the sadness of the world flow through your mind. Then lift each hurt, each loss, each pain up to God in silent lament. End by praying for peace for all.

The Rev. Rochelle A. Stackhouse is pastor of the Church of the Redeemer in New Haven.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Our Church phone system is down indefinitely.  You can still call in and leave a message or send an email to seymourchurch@snet.net               Rev. Ed can be reached at revedcornell@comcast.net .

*Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine:  On Sunday, October 5th, Stephanie and the UCONN Pharmacy students will be running their annual Flu Shot clinic.  Stephanie will also have the Pneumonia and Shingles shots available.   To sign up please see Teresa.

  

*22nd Annual Polish Dinner:  Saturday, November 1st, 5 to 7 pm.  We would love to have you join us again this year.  We will need many hands to make this another successful year.  Any donations are welcome. Thanks, Teresa


MC900026980[1]SNOWFLAKE FAIR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please be sure to post this note on your refrigerator to keep these dates at hand!

All are welcome to come to any/all of our get-togethers – Your help is needed! Children & Youth are especially invited to help when we’re setting up trees*!

 

Now-Oct. 26: Drop off items to be incorporated into raffle baskets (boxes at back of church hall).

Sept 26:        (Friday) 5:30 pm, craft night at Lynne’s (please let her know if you plan to attend). Bring $5 for pizza, a box cutter (if you have one), and a small-medium sized paintbrush, along with any other craft idea you may have.

Oct. 5-26:     Bring in your completed baskets, so we can have on display for the Polish Dinner on Nov. 1st.

Oct. 16:         (Thurs) 5:30 pm: Craft night at Leslie’s (likewise, let Leslie know if you plan to attend). Bring $5 for pizza and a glue gun, if you have one. Leslie will have material to make ornaments, or bring a craft idea.

*Nov. 2:       Decorate stage, following worship

Nov. 2-16:    Christmas Treasures Room and Boutique donations can be placed in boxes at back of church hall.

Nov. 9:         See Nancy Cretella during coffee hour to get a gift idea for a “Covenant to Care” child.

*Nov. 15:     (Sat) Decorate the nursery and set up our “Giving Tree” and “All That Glitters” tree, 1 p.m.

Nov 16:        * Purchase your Giving Tree ornament (before or after church) by donating $1 and up to either the Gellatly Scholarship Fund or the CT Food Bank; or by donating a gift to TEAM “white gifts”, Covenant to Care gifts, or items for the VA Hospital. Let’s show the community our support we have for these missions by putting a big dent in filling up the tree! Donations will also be taken on the day of the fair.

                     *Help carry baskets (and the shelving~men needed please) up to the nursery following coffee hour.

Nov. 17-19:  Set up/price items in Treasures Room, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; see Doris Raymond if you can help during the day)

Nov. 19&20: Help set up boutique, around 9:30 a.m. (see Connie)

Nov. 20:       Set up vendor tables, complete decorating hall, 2:00 p.m. – ?

Nov. 21:       Baked goods can be dropped off between 4:30 and 7 p.m.; otherwise, bring early on day of fair (items should be wrapped/bagged and priced ~ be sure to indicate if includes nuts).

Nov 22:        Fair Date ~ please sign-up if you can help on day of fair. Please come & support our vendors & your church!

           


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Dear Churches authorized ministers, MID’s, and delegates ,

The content of this email is from the Assistant Conference Minister. Please let your congregation and delegates know of these opportunities to attend  Pre- CT Conference Annual meeting hearings.  All are welcome to attend.

 

Pre-Annual Meeting Hearings: In an effort to allow more time for the
spirit to move through Annual Meeting there will be Regional Hearings
presented in September to learn about the Resolutions, the Budget and to
hear some reflections from Rev. Kent Siladi, Conference Minister. There
is a flyer enclosed to be posted and shared with others. The schedule is
as follows:

*  Saturday, September 13, 2014       10 AM First Congregational Church, Guilford

*  Saturday, September 13, 2014      2:30 PM Liberty Christian Center,Hartford

*  Sunday, September 14, 2014        3 PM Congregational Church of Brookfield

*  Wednesday, September 17, 2014        7 PM First Church of Christ in Mansfield

We look forward to seeing you at one of these hearings.

Cecile Gilson
Assistant to the Conference Minister

Connecticut Conference UCC
125 Sherman Street
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 761-7109

 

 

 

E-Bridge 9/6/14

Friends,

Remember, Sunday is Communion Sunday – Come hungry and ready to be fed!

The text this week comes to us from Matthew 18-

“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

This is one of these text that we silently wink at and then each other we will unpack it a bit Sunday in church but for now let’s at least begin

            If another member of the church sins against you… what do we do – just talk about them behind their back.

            If another member of the church sins against you…just call a bunch of people in the church to complain about them. You may even want to start a letter-writing campaign against them.

            If another member of the church sins against you…just send them a nasty email. Copy the clergy. And, while you’re at it, CC the Senior Deacon or the Regional Minister.

            If another member of the church sins against you…don’t say anything. Just avoid them. Un-friend them on Facebook. And, if you can’t avoid them on Sundays, then just leave the church.

…No.

In the eighteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus talks directly to his followers to tell us what our fellowship is to be like. If a brother or sister in the faith hurts you, angers you, saddens you, or does you wrong in any way…you go and talk to them about it directly, one on one. You don’t send someone else in secret – or start a whispering campaign – you don’t go around corners – someone is not happy with something you did – sounds like middle school drama – I know something you don’t know – or kindergarten sandbox – Jesus is clear – go directly to them.

Not only does this manner of working out difficulties lead to forgiveness, it also does so in a graceful way. The offended party isn’t dragging the offender through the mud. If it gets worked out here, no one else needs to know.

            Forgiveness is available without fear of embarrassment in the fellowship. It can be done quietly. Lovingly. Gracefully.

However, when that doesn’t work, you bring another person or two with you. This “ratchets” things up a bit, but still provides for grace amidst discretion.

And then, if things can’t be worked out there, you bring it to the whole church.

            I’ve seen churches be totally undone by backbiting and whisper campaigns. It can be devastating-and not just to attendance and finances-but it’s devastating to the Christian witness of that faith community, and the Universal Church.

For when that happens, the church ceases to be a place of forgiveness, grace, and mercy. One might say that it ceases to be a church in any discernible fashion.

            Forgiveness is meant to be at the core of who we are, and to be honest with you, if we can’t do it between ourselves in the church, how can we ever be agents of reconciliation in the world? Right here, Jesus gives a clear blue-print for how our communities might be holy places where holy relationships might flourish. And, it’s something that we need to practice until it is so ingrained in our DNA, we can’t imagine living another way.

Because, for Jesus, there isn’t another way.


This week’s Connecticut Conference Spirit reflections come to us by Kathy Peters. Kathy is the pastor of Chester Congregational Church.

Dog Days

Spirited Wednesday

Romans 13:8-14 (NRSV)

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Reflection:

The Dog Days of summer are gone and school has begun. The end of Labor Day festivities indicates that the lazy days are over and “real” life is back. (The fact that the lazy, hazy days of summer are just a perception and that we are not always good at taking Sabbath time or allowing ourselves such days is a topic for another time!) This by all accounts has been a difficult, war-filled summer, and perhaps we are “happy” to see it end. We live in a world that seems to have forgotten the “law” of love.

My dog is a lover! No matter who you are, what you look like and if you smell a bit funky all the better…he loves you! His tail wags in greeting and his whole body moves with joy if you say hello and pet him. He is one bundle of unconditional love. He does not hold grudges or remember that you called him “bad dog” when he ate the garbage. He will never take anything that is yours though he will look longingly at your dinner plate. He has never killed anything…well maybe an occasional moth or a bug. He will sit by your side, listen without offering a bit of unsolicited advice and is always willing to accompany you on a walk. When you return home at the end of the day, his bounding joy at your presence just fills your soul. You just cannot hurry through life when taking a moment to love like my dog!

Dog Days of the summer kind have been around since ancient times and there is even a reference to them in the 1611 edition of the King James Bible. (Google it!) But if every day we could adopt the ways of my dog: unconditional love, joy in experiencing life, napping often, living the law of love, imagine the possibilities. I hope each day to “wake up” and be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.

Love does no wrong to a neighbor, and we are all neighbors. When will we learn to love?

See you Sunday

Rev Ed

  


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Coffee Hour This Sunday 

We need volunteers.  Any goodies would be greatly appreciated.  Clean up would also be helpful.  Lynne and Mackenzie will be there early to set up and make coffee, juice and tea.  Thanks so much.


Hunger Action MonthIt’s Hunger Action Month supported by the Citizens Bank Foundation!

Each September, Hunger Action Month gives Connecticut Food Bank the opportunity to encourage others to take action to solve hunger!

Nearly half a million Connecticut residents, including more than 155,000 children, don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.

Connecticut Food Bank urges you to wear orange – the color of hunger relief – on Thursday, September 4, as part of a nation-wide effort to increase awareness about hunger in our communities. Then send your photo to cfb@ctfoodbank.org for posting on our website and social media channels.

Make plans to join us for two special Hunger Action Month events:

  • September 4 – Wear orange and get a free orange donut from Tony’s Orangeside Donut Truckparked outside Citizens Bank, 209 Church Street in New Haven from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • September 30 – Volunteers needed for a Connecticut Food Bank Volunteer-a-Thon. Groups and individuals are welcome. Email kdamien@ctfoodbank.org to schedule a time.

Here are some other ideas to get involved:

  • Find us on Facebook and “like” our page.
  • Tweet photos to @CTFoodBank
  • Update your Facebook status to share a hunger fact with your friends
  • Take the SNAP (food stamp) challenge and live on a $4.15 a day food budget.
  • Download our 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar for more ideas!

Hunger Action Month is supported by the

                                    Citizens Bank Foundationl green logo


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22nd Annual Polish Dinner

Saturday, November 1st, 5 to 7 pm.

We would love to have you join us again this year.  We will need many hands to make this another successful year.  Any donations are welcome.

Thanks, Teresa


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SNOWFLAKE FAIR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Various forms, information, and important dates are on the back table in the fellowship hall. Be sure to check out our “Positively Pink” basket today to see what we have collected so far ~ more items are needed (proceeds from tickets sold for this basket will go to Seymour Pink ~ last year we rounded up to an even $100). A box for donations of miscellaneous items to be incorporated into our basket raffle will be in the hall the end of August. Our first craft nightwill be Friday, September 26th at 5:30 p.m. at Lynne F.’s home. Please bring $5 for pizza and any craft idea you may have. Please see Laura or Jeannette if you have any questions or call the church office.


SUNDAY FLOWERS:  We still have several Sundays available in September for you to sign up in the church vestibule to give flowers – In celebration of joyful friendships & special thanks, someone’s birthday, anniversary, or  in memory of someone, and to the greater glory of God!


 

 

OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

 

Reverend

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

Administrative Asst.

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

 

Rev. Ed is here Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 9:30 AM until 4 PM.  He would like to meet members of the congregation, and puts morning hours aside for that.  Please call first if you plan to come in the afternoon as Rev. Ed goes out to visit at that time.


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Our church’s shawl ministry is appreciated by many and we continue with its mission.  Lynda Boynton has agreed to guide this endeavor with new ideas, patterns and prayers that she has gathered from other prayer shawl groups.  If you would like to learn more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry of our church, please join us in the gym at 11:15AM TODAY.


CHOIR NEWS

Here’s a fantastic opportunity for you to be part of the fun and fellowship as well as providing the important music ministry of our church.  No experience necessary – on the job training available.  Just drop in and join us this Thursday at 6:30 PM.  The following Thursday, Sept. 18, we are going to have a Pizza Party!  Someone was very kind to treat us to pizza.  After that we will be having rehearsals on Sundays which is convenient for people that travel from Thomaston, Oakville, West Haven, Derby and Ansonia, and Naugatuck too!


Attention Youth: Our next Give2 event is on Saturday, September 13th, when we will be going to Locket’s Meadow farm in Bethany. This farm is special in that it’s a sanctuary for at-risk farm animals. There are over 40 horses and many are used for therapeutic work and to entertain visitors. We will have more details (time, etc.) by next week. Please let know Mandy know if you are interested in participating.


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Flu and Pneumonia VaccineOn Sunday, October 5th, Stephanie and the UCONN Pharmacy students will be running their annual Flu Shot clinic.  Stephanie will also have the Pneumonia and Shingles shots available.   To sign up please see Teresa.