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 1/8/2017

January 8, 2017

TODAY

10:00 AM – WORSHIP SERVICE CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW AND ICY CONDITIONS. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal

 

There is nothing we can do to make God love us more.  There is nothing we can do to make God love us less.    

~ Philip Yancey

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT         Isaiah 60:  1-6

EPISTLE                Ephesians 1: 3-14

SERMON      “A Mystery Revealed”      Rev. Allyson Glass

 


 

The flowers today are given in memory of Ethel A. Marshall

by the Marshall Family.

Please join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for coffee hour.

It is being hosted by the Outreach committee.

 

GREETERS:  Tom & Alyce Wells

LAY LEADER:  Gail Catlin

DEACONS OF THE MONTH:  Kreglings & Catlins

Christmas Carols were played on the Memorial Chimes by Bethany Catlin on Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Many thanks.

 

 


Miracles

 I love the delightful stories that people send me through email, often they provide a smile when I most need one.  They also give me pause to think about how I view situations.  Hopefully the following story will make you smile but also make you think about what it would take to give your faith a boost.

Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas.  As luck would have it, a Texaco gasoline station was just a block away.  She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas.  The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was returned.  Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car.  She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was taking to her patient.  Always resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.  As she was pouring the gas into her tank, two Baptists watched from across the street…one of them turned to the other and said, “If it starts…I’m turning Catholic.”

May your new year be filled with laughter and many miracles, Pastor Allyson


Weekly Prayer

Gracious God, you are with me each hour of the day. For all I have seen with my own eyes today, for all others have helped me to see, I give thanks.  For those things I did not notice; signs of beauty and kindness, evidences of your grace, I pray that you will improve the eyes of my faith so that I can see more clearly, and follow you more nearly, tomorrow, and all of my tomorrows.  Amen

 


 

 THIS WEEK

 

Monday, Jan. 9

4:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:30 PM Amaranth

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10

6:15 PM GS #135

7:00 PM Deacons

 

Wednesday, Jan. 11

6:00 PM GS #60306


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Annual Report – To those who prepare a report for the Annual Meeting, please email me your report to seymourchurch@snet.net byJanuary 8.  Thank you,

Connie

 

RE:  2017 Seymour Congregational Church Annual Meeting

To the Members of the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC

 

Please be advised that the Annual Church Meeting will be held Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 12:15 P.M. following a Pot-Luck Dinner at 11:30 A.M.

The Agenda of the meeting will be:

The review and acceptance of:

Minutes of 2016 Annual Meeting

2016 Committee Reports

Nominating Report, including election of any new Officers and Committee Members

Financial Reports, including approval of the 2017 Annual Budget

To consider any concerns that may come before the Governing Body.

All members of the Seymour Congregational Church are both urged and expected to attend this meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Dawn Ryan

Secretary of the Church

Seymour Congregation Church, UCC

 


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NEW FLOWER CHART:

Our new Flower Chart for 2017 is up if you would like to put flowers in church for a Sunday Service.  It can be found in the Narthex by the side door.  Just write your name and any “Dedication of”, “In Celebration of”, or “In Memory of” on the line next to the date you would like to have flowers.  If you are taking your flowers home after church, please put a big “T” (for Take) next to your name, or if you would like to leave them for a shut in, please put “L” (Leave) after your name.  The flowers will be ordered and delivered to the church for you.  The cost is $25.00.  Please make the check out to the Seymour Congregational Church and either give it to me at the organ or place it in the “Flower Mailbox” in the church office.
This is a wonderful way to share your joys with your church family.  It is appreciated by all.  Thank you.  Cherie Weiss


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Food Bank Volunteers Needed

 

The Seymour/Oxford Food Bank is in need of volunteers to assist in meeting the growing needs in our community.  The Food Bank needs help Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 11:00 am so if you have a spare half an hour or a few hours we can find a job for you.  We are in need of people to pick up food from local grocery stores, people to act as “shopping pals” for clients as they pick up food, someone to answer the phone and schedule appointments, and help stocking shelves.  If you would like to help in any way, please call the Food Bank at        203-888-7826 and leave your name and contact information.

Thank you for any time you can give to this important community resource.

The Food Bank Executive Board

 

SUNDAY, February 12th, is our 4th Annual Valentines Auction

Get on the good side of your sweetheart!  There will be a “healthy” Coffee Hour immediately after Church service that day which will be followed by the Live Auction!

We are in need of donated items for the Auction.  If anyone is interested, please see Lynne Foreman.  We will also be accepting donations of baked goods or other food items on the day of or day before.

Peace and Blessings,

Your Parish Life Committee

 


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at 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.


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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 Sundays bulletin.

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Week of October 23-October 29

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

203-888-6729


 

  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 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.

 


 

 

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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.

 

 

Week of January 23, 2016

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Worship service and all meetings are cancelled for Sunday January 24, 2016 because of severe weather conditions and unsafe driving conditions.

Stay safe, see you next week!


Annual meeting postponed!

Please be advised that the Annual Church Meeting, originally scheduled for January 24, 2016, has been postponed one week.  

The rescheduled 2016 Annual Church Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2015 at 12:15 P.M. following a Pot-Luck Dinner at 11:30 A.M.

The Agenda of the meeting (unchanged) will be:

The review and acceptance of:

~Minutes of 2015 Annual Meeting

~2015 Committee Reports

~Nominating Report, including election of any new Officers and Committee Members

~Financial Reports, including approval of the 2016 Annual Budget

~To hear a final report from our Property & Renovations Committee regarding the lift project; and

~to consider any other concerns that may come before the Governing Body.

All members of the Seymour Congregational Church are both urged and expected to attend this meeting.


 

We Are One Body

I am looking forward to my first Annual Meeting here at the Seymour Congregational Church.  It is interesting that our lectionary reading this week is 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a. In the reading entitled “One Body with Many Members” the apostle Paul writes to the church in Corinth about the privilege and responsibility of membership in the Body of Christ.  I have found that the members of the SCC really understand that we are all given different gifts to use in supporting our church and spreading God’s word to the world.

On Sunday we will celebrate this incredible year in the life of our church with a time of fellowship while we enjoy a Pot Luck meal and then during our Annual Meeting.  Truly this has been a wonderful year in the life of this church; we celebrated 225 years as a congregation, we worked hard to raise money for a handicap lift to make our church buildings accessible to everyone, and we began our ministry together when I was called to be your Pastor.  Reading through the Annual Report I am amazed at the community outreach we do in so many ways, some large like Spooner House and others done quietly like donations to the food bank and the veterans.  We pray for each other and for friends and for those we may never meet and knit and crochet prayer shawls.  We share our beautiful church with the community through our Snowflake Fair and our Bunny Breakfast.  

Truly we are a Body of Christ who understands that there is no way of belonging without participating.  Through our mutually shared union with Christ our bond is so real that we share each other’s joys and sorrows.  While the unity of our church maybe different for each of us; we are all enlivened by the same Spirit bestowed on us by Christ to do Christ’s work in the world.

So, enjoy our time together on Sunday and pat yourselves on the back and say, “job well done, good and faithful servant.”

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


Weekly Prayer

O dear Savior, be not impatient with us – educate us for a higher life, and let that life begin here.  May we be always in school, always disciples, and when we are out in the world may we be trying to put into practice what we have learned at Jesus’ feet.  What he tells us in the darkness may we proclaim in the light, and what he whispers in our ear in the closets may we sound forth upon the housetops.

Charles H. Spurgeon



Announcements

The new Flower Chart is up for 2016.  Why not celebrate a birthday, memorial, or special date with flowers?  There are plenty of dates available.  The flowers are $25.00 and can be left in the “Flower Box” in the church office or given to Cherie after church.

Memorial Service

A Memorial Service for Linda Wheeler will be held here on February 7 at 2 PM.

PIEROGI MAKING TIME….

We will meet every Friday starting on Feb 12th 9am to 11 am for the fillings (potato, Sweet potato and Kraut)  5pm to 8pm for the dough making and assembling the pierogi. We really need as much help as we can.  Many hands make light work.

See you on the 12th  (bring a friend)

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY 

A meeting will be held Sunday, Feb. 7th following church service.  Get your coffee and meet in the gym to discuss:  what shawls you are working on, any comments you have gotten about the shawls given.  Are you having problems/help with knitting or crocheting?  Where have all the prayer squares gone?  Come to the meeting to find out. 


 

ash Wednesday

.“Along the Road” Worship Series

Ash Wednesday – February 10th

Ecumenical Services of Communion and Imposition of Ashes

WHERE? WHEN? TIME?

* 12 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church

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 *6 pm at Seymour Congregational Church

Light Meal of Soup and Bread followed by 7 pm Worship

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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.