Week of 4/2/2017

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“By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me.  The sky seems to be a pure, cooler blue the trees a deeper green.  The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.”

~Thomas Merton, writer, theologian, poet

 


OLD TESTAMENT     Ezekiel 37:  1-14

 

EPISTLE                 Romans 8:  6-11

 

SERMON          “Becoming Whole Again”                Rev. Allyson Glass

 


 

The flowers today are given in celebration of family birthdays

by Rev. Allyson Glass.

 

LAY LEADER:  Howard Bradshaw

GREETERS:  Karen Biebel & Dave Tingley

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Sandy Barber

 

Sunday, April 2nd

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal in the church

 


 

The Attitude of Servanthood

In our bible study we have been talking about how we can discover new ways in which to begin to live with the mind-set of Christ.  This past week we discussed that living with the mind-set of Christ means living with the mind-set of a servant.  Philippians 2:7 tells us’ Christ emptied himself, taking the form of a servant.  To live with the mind-set of a servant means freeing ourselves from the “Me first” mind-set, means reminding ourselves that Jesus demonstrated for us in human terms the love that is in the heart of God.

You can do acts of service and still not be a servant if your motivation is rooted in selfish ambition, if your intended outcome is recognition, and if your ultimate purpose is to benefit yourself in some way.  True servanthood begins with selflessness, maintains humility, and ultimately seeks the good of others which requires the right heart attitude.  Having the attitude of servanthood means we identify with those we serve.  Jesus not only came to where we live but came to be one of us.

So much of the attitude of Jesus began with choice…a choice to make himself nothing, to take on the nature of a servant, to humble himself and become obedient.  If you have the opportunity, listen to the beautiful hymn, The Servant Song by Richard Gillard.  I “Googled” the song and found it easily and was able to  listen to it on YouTube and shared it at bible study.  I found the words to be a true guidepost to Christian Servanthood.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

 

 

Prayer for the Week

I leave aside my shoes – my ambitions,

undo my watch – my timetable,

take off my glasses – my views,

unclip my pen – my work,

put down my keys – my security,

to be alone with you, the only true God.

 

After being with you,

I take up my shoes – to walk in your ways,

strap on my watch – to live in your time,

put on my glasses – to look at your world,

clip on my pen – to write up your thoughts,

pick up my keys – to open up your doors.

The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers

 


THIS WEEK

 

Monday, April 3 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, April 4 6:15 PM GS #135

7:00 PM Naugatuck Valley Assoc. Mtg.

Wednesday, April 5 6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, April 6 12:00 PM        Lunch with Pastor Allyson

6:30 PM GS #135 Leader Mtg.

Friday, April 7 9 & 5 Pierogi Making

8:00 PM Eastern Star

 

 


 ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

The Seymour/ Oxford Clergy present

Along the Road

All congregations will offer:  6:00 pm Simple Supper, 7:00 pm Services

April 5th

Immanuel Lutheran Ch., 25 Great Hill Rd., Seymour

 


Lunch with Pastor Allyson 

Bring your lunch and explore our Lenten journey together through bible study, reflection, and prayer.  Thursday’s 12:00 – 1:00 pm: March 30 and April 6.


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It’s time to make the Pierogis!

Fridays from 9:00-11:00 AM and then again in the evening 5:00-8:00 PM.  Sunday mornings-bagging at 9:15 AM.  Our last meeting is on April 7. Come give us a hand.  If you can’t make it every week, try to make as many as you can.  Many Hands Make Light Work!


The Seymour Oxford Food Bank is asking for volunteers to donate an hour or two to work at the upcoming food drive being sponsored by NBC, CT Food Bank and Stop & Shop on Saturday, April 8th, from 9:15am to 6:00pm at the Seymour Stop & Shop.

There are 3 areas in which volunteers are needed:

1.  Hand out shopping lists & food bank literature to customers at the store entrances as well as to collect & weigh food as it is donated.

2. Transport collected food from Stop & Shop to the Seymour Oxford Food Bank at the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine Street, Seymour.

3.  Date and box the food at the Food Bank once it is transported from Stop & Shop.

Please contact the Food Bank at 203-888-7826 or by email at sofbinc.1@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering your time.

Thank you in advance and we appreciate any time you are willing to spend helping us help those in need.

Seymour Oxford Food Bank


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HOP TO IT!!!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY – SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM – $7 PER PERSON – $4 CHILDREN UNDER 10

(GLUTEN FREE PANCAKES AVAILABLE)

PICTURE WITH THE EASTER BUNNY $5 – FREE CHILDREN’S EASTER CRAFT TABLE!

PROCEEDS PROVIDE CAMPERSHIPS TO SILVER LAKE CON. CENTER AND FUNDING FOR YOUTH GROUP AND CHURCH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES!

Tickets will be available soon!

Volunteer and donation sign-up sheets are in Fellowship Hall. We need help with set up and bacon cooking on Friday, April 14th and help from beginning to end (or any time in between) on Saturday, April 15th. Don’t miss out on the fun, friendship and chance to support our Youth and Church School Children!

 


Espresso on Coffe Beans

Easter Sunday Coffee Hour, April 16th 

The Parish Life Committee is proud to host this special Coffee Hour on Easter morning.  We anticipate a very large crowd for worship and fellowship.  If there are any volunteers who would like to add to the table of treats that would be so graciously appreciated.  If so, please bring your goodies to the kitchen before the start of service or if the treat is non-perishable it may be brought in any time.

~ Thank you and God Bless

 


 

New member Orientation

Pastor Allyson will be meeting with anyone who is considering joining the church on April 30, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to learn more about the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC and our denomination.

Attending this session does not obligate you to join the church, but does provide you with information to mad a decision about membership.  Of course whether you choose to attend the class or not, you are welcome to continue to worship and fellowship with us.

Please feel free to contact Pastor Allyson or a Deacon with questions you might have regarding membership.


INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATION:

For notice of cancellation of Sunday service, a scheduled committee meeting, or a church sponsored event, tune in to:  WFSB Channel 3, WTNH Channel 8 or WICC-AM or WEBE-FM 108 radio.

 


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.

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 3/26/2017

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“We must reflect the light of Christ through lives of prayer and joyful service to others.”

~Pope John Paul II


OLD TESTAMENT     Psalm 23

 

GOSPEL                   John  9:  1-25

 

SERMON          “Believing is Seeing”                Rev. Allyson Glass

 

 


The flowers are given by Deborah Castro in Celebration of her

Seymour Congregational Church Family.

Please join us downstairs for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by CE.

LAY LEADER:  Melissa Helmer

GREETERS:  Mike Bolash & Debbie Castro

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Sandy Barber


 

TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal – Inviting “Sometime Singers” to join us!

11:30 AM – Craft time in the Nursery

 


 

Old Fashioned

My granddaughter frequently rolls her eyes at my daughter saying, “Oh Mom, you’re so old fashioned.”  Sometimes it’s when my daughter says “hey sister” or “cool”. Other times it’s when she is not allowed to do something that according to her all the other mom’s let her friends do.

When confirmation class began my granddaughter decided her Bible was too babyish, my daughter offered to loan her the Bible she uses.  So I guess it should not come as a surprise that her first reaction to using the plain black leather bound Bible was “Oh Mom, that’s so old fashioned.”  I guess she felt that certainly there was an updated version… perhaps an IOS 10 update!  My daughter explained that the Bible was completed almost two thousand years ago and that while there are different versions, the Bible itself has not changed.

Of course there was eye rolling and sighs and then she opened the Bible to apparently check to see that all the “books” were there and stated, “and the pages are so thin.”  However, off she went to confirmation with the Bible and when my daughter picked her up she said, “Well I guess it worked okay.”

After chuckling over the story I got to thinking, how many of us think the Bible is “so old fashioned”?  Do we see and hear The Word as something that was written so long ago that it has no relevance in our lives?  I hope not.  For me the Bible is not a dead, out-of-date book, it is the living word of God…it is a message from God that shapes our lives and our faith.  

Lent is the perfect time to spend time with The Book and delve into God’s living word and see how it speaks to you as you go about your day.  Perhaps you will find a few special verses to hold in your heart.

 Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, may your Word guide me in the way I live each day.  I pray that I will be blessed with a greater understanding of the gifts you have bestowed on me. Open my heart to the power of the Holy Spirit to call me out of darkness and lead me into your marvelous light.  Amen


THIS WEEK

Monday, March 27 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:30 PM Masons (Amaranth)

Tuesday, March 28 6:15 PM GS #135

7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide

Wednesday, March 29 6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, March 30 12:00 PM        Lunch with Pastor Allyson

Friday, March 31 9 & 5 Pierogi Making

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Seymour/ Oxford Clergy present

Along the Road

All congregations will offer:  6:00 pm Simple Supper, 7:00 pm Services

March 29

Great Hill United Methodist Ch., 225 Great Hill Rd., Seymour

April 5th

Immanuel Lutheran Ch., 25 Great Hill Rd., Seymour

 

Lunch with Pastor Allyson

Bring your lunch and explore our Lenten journey together through bible study, reflection, and prayer.  Thursday’s 12:00 – 1:00 pm: March 30 and April 6.

It’s time to make the Pierogis!  Fridays from 9:00-11:00 AM and then again in the evening 5:00-8:00 PM.  Sunday mornings-bagging at 9:15 AM.  The dates are   March 31 &  April 7.  Come give us a hand.  We are only making them for 6 weeks.  If you can’t make it every week, try to make as many as you can.  Many Hands Make Light Work!

CRAFT TIME! TODAY, March 26th, following coffee hour, in the old nursery room. We will wrap bottles/candles with twine – Connie will be instructor. Please bring your glue gun and twine (if you have any).

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATION:

For notice of cancellation of Sunday service, a scheduled committee meeting, or a church sponsored event, tune in to:  WFSB Channel 3, WTNH Channel 8 or WICC-AM or WEBE-FM 108 radio.

 


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

 


 

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HOP TO IT!!!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY – SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM – $7 PER PERSON – $4 CHILDREN UNDER 10

(GLUTEN FREE PANCAKES AVAILABLE)

PICTURE WITH THE EASTER BUNNY $5 – FREE CHILDREN’S EASTER CRAFT TABLE!

PROCEEDS PROVIDE CAMPERSHIPS TO SILVER LAKE CON. CENTER AND FUNDING FOR YOUTH GROUP AND CHURCH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES!

Tickets will be available soon!

Volunteer and donation sign-up sheets are in Fellowship Hall. We need help with set up and bacon cooking on Friday, April 14th and help from beginning to end (or any time in between) on Saturday, April 15th. Don’t miss out on the fun, friendship and chance to support our Youth and Church School Children!

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

 

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.

 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 3/19/2017

Welcome to This Week’s E-Bridge

Sunday, March 19, 2017

 


“In a world where you can be anything…be kind. “

Anonymous


 

 

OLD TESTAMENT     Exodus 17: 1-7

 

GOSPEL                   John 4: 1-42

 

SERMON          “Come All Who Thirst”                Rev. Allyson Glass

 


~The flowers are given today by Sharen Taber & Geoffrey Burrasca

for Nanny & Grandpa Burasca.

 

Please join us downstairs for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by the Deacons.


 

LAY LEADER:  Jamie Matheson

GREETERS:  Dawn Ryan & Mary Jo Chevarella

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Sandy Barber

 


 

TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal – Inviting “Sometime Singers” to join us!


 9-2-9

I recently discovered a unique Lenten study method called the “9-2-9” method.  It’s a really simple guide to spending time in reading the Word, reflecting on what we read, and then journaling about the connection we make to the scripture.  This is how it works: choose a scripture lesson such as John 6: 27-59, or begin reading the Gospel of Matthew, and then spend 9 minutes reading, followed by 2 minutes reflecting on what you read, and then spend 9 minutes writing about your reflection – what the scripture says to you and how the scripture relates to your life. This 9 minutes reading scripture, 2 minutes of reflection, and 9 minutes writing will give you 20 minutes of quiet time with God as you prepare for the miracle of the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.

I have found putting aside 20 minutes of quiet reading, reflection, and writing ensures that I am spending time with God away from the stress and business of life.  I think you will be surprised at what this 20 minutes will mean in your life whether you choose a daily devotional time or perhaps find time weekly to spend with God. May you be blessed with a Lenten journey that brings you closer to your Loving God.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer

We know you are everywhere and that we can encounter you every moment if only we want to.  Help us to see you in everyone we meet, in everything we do or don’t do, and in everything we experience.  May our worship be the way we live our lives.  In spirit and truth we pray.  Amen

Prayer by Rev. Dr. Michael Ciba, Senior Regional Minister for the CT Conference


THIS WEEK

 

Monday, March 20 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, March 21 6:15 PM GS #135

7:00 PM Council

Wednesday, March 22 6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, March 23 12:00 PM        Lunch with Pastor Allyson

Friday, March 24 9 & 5 Pierogi Making

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

The Seymour/ Oxford Clergy present  “Along the Road”

All congregations will offer:  6:00 pm Simple Supper, 7:00 pm Services

~March 22nd  at Seymour Evangelical Baptist Ch., 104 Mountain Rd., Seymour

~March 29 at Great Hill United Methodist Ch., 225 Great Hill Rd., Seymour

~April 5th  at Immanuel Lutheran Ch., 25 Great Hill Rd., Seymour

~Attention:  Parish Life Committee Members

Hopefully you made it through the snow storm unscathed and received your mail with information regarding our meeting this Sunday (March 19).  Since we have some choir members that will need to get to rehearsal at 11:30, please come down right after service, grab your beverage and snack, bring your creative ideas, and we’ll meet in the Gym (behind the kitchen) J  In the event we get the predicted snow and you are unable to attend, I will either provide you with notes and a calendar or reschedule the meeting.   Thanks, and feel free to call me with any questions.

Take care, ~ Lynne

 

Lunch with Pastor Allyson

Bring your lunch and explore our Lenten journey together through bible study, reflection, and prayer.  Thursday’s 12:00 – 1:00 pm: March 16, 23, 30 and April 6.

Sunday Flowers

The flower chart in the church vestibule is vacant for the month of April.  This is a way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or remember a loved one.  Flowers add so much to our worship service.  Why not sign up for a Sunday?  Thank you. Cherie

It’s time to make the Pierogis!

Fridays from 9:00-11:00 AM and then again in the evening 5:00-8:00 PM.  Sunday mornings-bagging at 9:15 AM.  The dates are   March 17, 24 & 31.  April 7.  Come give us a hand.  We are only making them for 6 weeks.  If you can’t make it every week, try to make as many as you can.  Many Hands Make Light Work!

 

CRAFT TIME!

Sunday, March 26th, following coffee hour, in the old nursery room. We will wrap bottles/candles with twine – Connie will be instructor. Please bring your glue gun and twine (if you have any).

The Valentines Auction was a huge success!

We raised approx. $600 for the church’s General Fund but more importantly we had wonderful fellowship as a Church Family!  While the weather has been cold and dreary we were able to spread a lot of good cheer, laughs, and smiles– everyone had a great time.  The majority of our success was due to the extreme generosity of our church members in the gracious donations of amazing gift items and creative sweet treats; and of course those of you who did the bidding made it so much more fun – our thanks go out to all of you!

Peace and Blessings,

Your Parish Life Committee

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATION:

For notice of cancellation of Sunday service, a scheduled committee meeting, or a church sponsored event, tune in to:  WFSB Channel 3, WTNH Channel 8 or WICC-AM or WEBE-FM 108 radio.

 

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

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.

 

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 February 12, 2016

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Worship Service 10:00am

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATION:

For notice of cancellation of Sunday service, a scheduled committee meeting, or a church sponsored event, tune in to:  WFSB Channel 3, WTNH Channel 8 or WICC-AM or WEBE-FM 108 radio.

 

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OUR VALENTINE AUCTION IS POSTPONED AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 19, 2017!  JOIN US!

 

Peace and Blessings,

Your Parish Life Committee

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THIS WEEK

Monday, Feb.13 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 PM Deacons

7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, Feb. 14 6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, Feb. 15 6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, Feb. 16 7:30 PM Masons


Pierogie Making! 

It’s time to make the Pierogis!  Fridays from 9:00-11:00 AM and then again in the evening 5:00-8:00 PM.  Sunday mornings-bagging at 9:15 AM.  The dates are Feb. 17 and 24.  March 17, 24 & 31.  April 7.  Come give us a hand.  We are only making them for 6 weeks.  If you can’t make it every week, try to make as many as you can.  Many Hands Make Light Work!

Bowl-2-Benefit:  It’s that time again!  Bowl-2-Benefit, the fundraiser in which we participate to raise money for the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, is here.  It is March 11th.  So Captains, get your teams together and let me know as soon as possible so I can reserve our lanes.  Any questions, ask Kim Majkner.

A CPR course will be held at the church on a Saturday morning soon. Anyone interested, please contact the church office or sign up at coffee hour this Sunday. Cost is $25 which includes a book. You can indicate a date agreeable for you.

Dave Lawson, Moderator.

The Outreach Committee is leading “28 Days of Diapers plus One” from Feb. 1 – March 1 to Help Combat Diaper Need.   The program we will be contributing to is “Connecticut Partnership for Children”.  They are raising awareness and collecting diapers and wipes to help keep babies who are living in poverty clean, dry & comfortable.  They are a non-profit agency, located in Seymour.  They serve an average of 40-65 families every month across the state, to meet 25-40% of their monthly diaper need.  They also help families with school supplies, Thanksgiving meals, and items of warmth during the winter.  For more information, you can visit their website www.ctpfc.org or Facebook page.  


OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

While Pastor Allyson is away, call Karen Baker, Senior Deacon, with any pastoral emergencies.  203-525-0531 or 203-888-0394

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM – Please call the office to make sure someone is here if you are stopping in.  My hours may vary while Pastor Allyson is away.  Connie

 

 

Week of 2/5/2017

 
This Sunday, February 5, 2017

Communion Sunday

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“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
~Mother Teresa

OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 112: 1-9

GOSPEL Matthew 5: 13-20

SERMON “Dining by Candlelight” Rev. Meredith Jeffers


The flower arrangement today was given in loving memory of Arthur Blaze
by Eleanor Blaze.

Please join us downstairs for Coffee Hour.

LAY LEADER: Gail Catlin
GREETERS: Betsy Entwisle & Sandy Barber
DEACONS OF THE MONTH: Sandy Barber

TODAY
10:00 AM – Worship
11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal
11:30 AM – Outreach Meeting


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Being a Cheerful Receiver

I don’t often pay attention to the Super Bowl pre-game hype but one interview caught my attention this week. When Tom Brady, the Patriot’s quarterback, was asked by a seven year old guest reporter “Many people look up to you but who do you look up to?” Brady answered “my Dad”. What struck me was the emotion Brady showed as he spoke about his dad.
If I were asked the same question I would answer “my Mom”. She is my hero because as she aged she taught me the beauty of being a “cheerful receiver”. By the age of 90, my mom had five joint replacements due to arthritis but never complained and as her balance became a problem she needed help showering and dressing. How easy it would have been for her to reject the help or to complain that it was embarrassing, but instead she accepted the necessary help with grace and dignity.
I find it much easier to be a “cheerful giver” as I love to treat friends and family to dinner and to buy gifts for those I care about. My beloved aunt is quite resistive if I try and pay the bill when we dine out and on a number of occasions I have explained that I enjoy being able to treat her and finally once in frustration I pleaded with her not to steal my joy. Yes, being a “cheerful receiver” can be hard.
Now I find it is my turn to be a “cheerful receiver” as I head to my daughter’s house to recuperate following my knee replacement surgery. Since I like to feel independent, accepting the necessary help with grace will be something I will need to keep foremost in my mind. This afternoon my beautiful daughter sent me the following text, “Thank you for agreeing to let us take care of you during your rehab. You could have chosen any number of scenarios to recoup but I’m grateful you chose us.”
You guessed it, tears of love and joy filled my eyes as I read her words. I don’t think it will be hard to be a “cheerful receiver” over the next few weeks. Thank you to everyone for your well wished and prayers.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


Weekly Prayer
Generous God, thank you for the gift of this new day. Help me to watch for your signs and wonders in the world today, and fill my heart with gladness and generosity, that I may generate good will wherever I go. Amen


OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

While Pastor Allyson is away, call Karen Baker, Senior Deacon, with any pastoral emergencies. 203-525-0531 or 203-888-0394
Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM – Please call the office to make sure someone is here if you are stopping in. My hours may vary while Pastor Allyson is away. Connie


THIS WEEK

Monday, Feb. 6 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, Feb. 7 6:15 PM GS #135
Wednesday, Feb. 8 6:00 PM GS #60306


ANNOUNCEMENTS

INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATION:
For notice of cancellation of Sunday service, a scheduled committee meeting, or a church sponsored event, tune in to: WFSB Channel 3, WTNH Channel 8 or WICC-AM or WEBE-FM 108 radio.

SUNDAY February 12th ~ 4th Annual Valentines Auction

A Live Auction of wonderful and unique Valentines gifts that are donated by some of our church members will be held immediately after a “healthy” Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall following Church service that day. Everyone is invited! Get on the good side of your Valentine and pick them out something special just in time for the holiday! Parish Life is currently welcoming donated items for the Auction and we will also be able to accept baked goods or other perishable food items on the day of or day before. If anyone is interested in donating or if you have questions, please see Lynne Foreman or call 203-881-1250.

Peace and Blessings,
Your Parish Life Committee

Craft get-together, Sunday, February 19th, at 1:30 p.m.at the home of Connie Wiesniak. Bring an empty, medium-sized bottle, some twine (if you have any) and a glue gun. Also bring any mason jars, old cups, dessert-sized plates and candlesticks to the church for a possible future craft. Our theme for our 2017 raffle tree and the stage will be “White Christmas”, so bring any ideas you would like to share for future crafts. Please let Laura or Connie know if you plan to attend.

The Outreach Committee is leading “28 Days of Diapers plus One” from Feb. 1 – March 1 to Help Combat Diaper Need. The program we will be contributing to is “Connecticut Partnership for Children”. They are raising awareness and collecting diapers and wipes to help keep babies who are living in poverty clean, dry & comfortable. They are a non-profit agency, located in Seymour. They serve an average of 40-65 families every month across the state, to meet 25-40% of their monthly diaper need. They also help families with school supplies, Thanksgiving meals, and items of warmth during the winter. For more information, you can visit their website http://www.ctpfc.org or Facebook page.

A CPR course will be held at the church on a Saturday morning soon. Anyone interested, please contact the church office or sign up at coffee hour this Sunday. Cost is $25 which includes a book. You can indicate a date agreeable for you.
Dave Lawson, Moderator.

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

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.

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 January 29, 2017

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Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.

~Louisa May Alcott


 

10:00 AM – Worship

11:30 AM – Pot Luck

12:15 PM – Annual Meeting

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT Micah 6: 1-8

GOSPEL Matthew 5: 1-12

SERMON “Happiness is…” Rev. Allyson Glass

 

The flowers today are given by Lynda Boynton in Celebration of Life.

 

Please join us downstairs for Potluck Lunch at 11:30 AM

followed by the Annual Meeting at 12:15 PM.

 

LAY LEADER:  Ray Catlin

GREETERS:  Dawn Ryan & Mary Jo Chevarella

DEACONS OF THE MONTH:  Kreglings & Catlins

 

 


Determination

Watching Robby Kelley, a US Alpine Skier’s determination to finish the World Cup slalom race in Schladming, Austria was a lesson in never giving up.  Kelley, who had finished 25th in his first run was skiing well on his second run down the mountain when he fell just before the finish line.  The crowd of over 60,000 spectators cheered as Robby Kelley got up after tumbling down the last part of the slalom course and hiked up to the gate he missed and determinedly finished the race in 27th place, 50 seconds over the first place finisher.

Kelley stated that growing up on the ski slopes in Vermont he was taught by his parents to never give up so he felt he needed to finish the race.  He was in fact the only US Alpine Skier to finish the race.  I was delighted as I watched this Austrian crowd go nuts cheering on this devoted American.  Following the race Robby said, “I’m tired – very tired – but it was worth it. It was a great feeling to cross the finish line here.  This is the best race of the year.  I would have liked to be 48 seconds faster than I was, so I’m a little disappointed.”

Haven’t we all had a time when we have fallen just short of the finish line?  We work hard and things are going well and then something happens and we slip and tumble just before we finish.  Do we, like Robby have the courage to dust ourselves off and hike back up to finish the race with our heads held high?  What a powerful example of faith we could be to those around us when we do not give up.  There might not be a crowd waving flags and cheering us on but as Christians we do have the assurance that our beloved Savior is there with us, hiking back up that mountain and directing us as we finish the race.

In 2 Timothy 4:7, the Apostle Paul instructs us, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  We are not promised that life will be easy but we have the assurance that even when we are tired and worn, Jesus is there lifting us up and helping us to finish race.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer

We thank you, our loving God, for the plans that you have designed for our lives.  We are so honored and humbled that You would choose us to help carry out Your plans in the world.  Help us to be intentional about how we live each day that we might be a bright light for those who are seeking to find they’re way.  Amen

From Prayers From the Heart


 

ANNUAL MEETING TODAY:

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 29, 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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THIS WEEK

Monday, Jan. 30 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, Jan. 31 6:15 PM GS #135

7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide

Wednesday, Feb. 1 6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, Feb. 2 6:30 PM GS #135 Leader Meeting

Friday, Feb. 3 8:00 PM Eastern Star

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anyone interested in being part of a choir for the 4 Chaplain’s Service on February 3rd, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the United Methodist Church on Meadow St. in Naugatuck, please contact George Bashura at 203-888-7734 or see him here at church.  All are welcome to attend.

INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATION:

For notice of cancellation of Sunday service, a scheduled committee meeting, or a church sponsored event, tune in to:  WFSB Channel 3, WTNH Channel 8 or WICC-AM or WEBE-FM 108 radio.

 

SUNDAY February 12th ~ 4th Annual Valentines Auction

A Live Auction of wonderful and unique Valentines gifts that are donated by some of our church members will be held immediately after a “healthy” Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall following Church service that day.  Everyone is invited!  Get on the good side of your Valentine and pick them out something special just in time for the holiday!  Parish Life is currently welcoming donated items for the Auction and we will also be able to accept baked goods or other perishable food items on the day of or day before.  If anyone is interested in donating or if you have questions, please see Lynne Foreman.

Peace and Blessings,

Your Parish Life Committee

 

Craft get-together, Sunday, February 19th, at 1:30 p.m.at the home of Connie Wiesniak. Bring an empty, medium-sized bottle, some twine (if you have any) and a glue gun. Also bring any mason jars, old cups, dessert-sized plates and candlesticks to the church for a possible future craft. Our theme for our 2017 raffle tree and the stage will be “White Christmas”, so bring any ideas you would like to share for future crafts.

 

The Outreach Committee is leading “28 Days of Diapers plus One” from Feb. 1 – March 1 to Help Combat Diaper Need.   The program we will be contributing to is “Connecticut Partnership for Children”.  They are raising awareness and collecting diapers and wipes to help keep babies who are living in poverty clean, dry & comfortable.  They are a non-profit agency, located in Seymour.  They serve an average of 40-65 families every month across the state, to meet 25-40% of their monthly diaper need.  They also help families with school supplies, Thanksgiving meals, and items of warmth during the winter.  For more information, you can visit their website www.ctpfc.org or Facebook page.

 

A CPR course will be held at the church on a Saturday morning soon. Anyone interested, please contact the church office or sign up at coffee hour this Sunday. Cost is $25 which includes a book. You can indicate a date agreeable for you.

Dave Lawson, Moderator.

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

 

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.


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.