Week of 9/10/17

                                                                                                           

“Only a life given away for love’s sake is worth living.”

~Frederick Buechner, American writer and theologian

OLD TESTAMENT      Psalm 119: 33-40

EPISTLE    Romans 13: 8-14

 

SERMON   “What’s Love Got to Do with It? Everything!”

Rev. Allyson Glass

 

The flowers today were given by Leslie Miklus

as a memorial for her mother, Alice Ouellette.

 

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

LAY LEADER:  Mackenzie Foreman

GREETERS:  Roger & Lee Janvrin

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Gail Catlin

 


TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship

 

 

Love Thy Neighbor

It is said, “Our neighbors will know that we love them by how we treat them, not by greeting card sentiments.”  The apostle Paul makes it clear that love has very little to do with emotion, it has to do with our behavior.

While this past weekend was filled with the emotional kind of love as I visited my daughter and grandchildren in North Carolina with much hugging, kissing, and laughter; it was also filled with the kind of love for our neighbor that is expressed through action.  Together we attended Sunday worship at their Methodist Church. However, it was not the type of worship we expected.

 As we entered the church “Centrum” (a large multi-use space used for worship as well as a center for church activities) we found the room filled with round tables rather than the usual rows for worship.  We were warmly greeted and invited to sit at one of the tables where a variety of hygiene items were arranged and told that we would be packing hygiene kits during the worship to send to our neighbors in need in Houston.  The worship opened with prayer, a call to worship and a hymn and then an instructional video on putting the kits together. We were then invited to talk with our table mates as we packed up the supplies and stowed them in gallon bags.  Wow, this was worship at its best – love in action!

We talked as spread out the hand towel, placed the wash cloth in the center, arranged the toothbrush, comb, nail clippers, band-aides and bar of soap on the wash cloth and then folded the sides and rolled the kit up to fit neatly in the gallon bags provided.  After having watched the devastating pictures and videos of the ravages of hurricane Harvey in Houston it was an incredible feeling to be actually doing something to help. The service ended with a blessing of the completed kits and Communion.  This combination of traditional worship and “love in action” felt just right in the midst of all the suffering in Houston.  

As we find ways to help our neighbors in need in Houston, may you be blessed knowing that this is truly the love in action we, as Christians, do so well.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Weekly Prayer

God of healing and mercy, we come before you, our hearts filled with grief as we see the devastation in Houston as a result of the hurricane.  We pray that your presence will be felt by those who are grieving, who are injured, and who have lost their homes and their livelihoods; may they know they are not forgotten.  We pray for wisdom and safety for those who are responding to the people in need and the many challenges left in the wake of this disaster. We pray for our church that it may witness to your compassion and care for all who suffer.  God, you are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.  For this we give you thanks and ask that you hear our prayers for the people of Texas and Louisiana.  Amen           Adapted from a prayer of the Mennonite World Conference for the people suffering following hurricane Katrina.

THIS WEEK

Monday, Sept. 11 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, Sept. 12 6:15 PM Girl Scouts #135

7:00 PM Deacons

Wednesday, Sept. 13 6:00 PM Girl Scouts #306

Friday, September 15 8:00 PM Eastern Star


ANNOUNCEMENTS

We have all been saddened by the horrible devastation happening in Texas and Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Harvey.  In addition to our prayers, help will be needed for many years to get those folks back on their feet.  The UCC has set up a fund through “USA Emergency Fund” where 100% of the monies raised go to direct emergency relief.  You may donate in the jar in the Sanctuary (checks made out to the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC with Hurricane Harvey in the memo) or give a cash donation. If you would rather, you can go on-line to UCC.org/disaster to donate directly and learn more about the fund. The fund will stay with local leaders and victims to help with long-term assistance through spiritual care, community organizing, repair and reconstruction of homes by providing tools and building supplies, and coordinating volunteers. Let us join to together help our neighbors who are in such need as much as we are able.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on September 26 in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I am” statements of Jesus.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

Rally Day Water Ceremony:  Our Rally Day Brunch Church is scheduled for September 24, 2017.  As part of our Rally Day service we will be celebrating our shared faith and unity with a Water Ceremony.  Everyone is invited to bring in water from a place that is special to them.  Small green glass bottles with stoppers are available to those who would like to participate in this celebration.  The water could be from some place special you visited this summer or simply from your home.  The bottles are available for the next few weeks in the Narthex of the church and Fellowship Hall so please take one on Sunday or stop by during the week.

* * * DEADLINE for SIGN-UPs extended to SEPTEMBER 24th * * *

 

Talent Show Sunday October 22, 2017

Coffee Hour from 11:00 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m.

Talent Show from 11:30 a.m. ~ 1:30 p.m.

Seymour Congregational Church will be having a Talent Show for its members, friends, and families on October 22 during and after Coffee Hour. We all have a talent so come show us what you’ve got! Everyone is welcome to take center stage or you can cheer the performers on from the audience!

Talent may be:

*      Individual

*      Group

Category may be, but is not limited to:

*      Musical

*      Comical

*      Magical

*      Theatrical

All Acts must register no later than September 24th. Each act will need to advise the category of the act, participants names, and approximate running time of the performance.  At this time, also please let us know if you have any special requirements.

Note: The time allotted for your act may be altered depending on the number of actual participants at the time of registration. You will be notified no later than October 1st if a change is required.

For more details and for registering please see Lynne Foreman.

~ sponsored by your Parish Life Committee ~

Mark your calendars now for our 29th annual Snowflake Fair, Saturday, November 18th.  We have space available for more vendors (forms are in the hall if you know anyone who is interested). Items for our basket raffle can be brought in starting in September, with the baskets being displayed starting in early October. If anyone needs a basket, please see Connie or Karen Baker (if you do your own basket, don’t forget to fill out a form with the contents listed). We are meeting on Thursdays at 1:00 PM to do crafts.  We can also arrange other times to meet for those interested but can’t come at these times.  If you’d like to join us, please come or if you have questions, call the church office.

Please mark your calendars!  We are having our Annual Polish Dinner on Saturday, October 28th from 5 to 7 PM.  I will let you know soon when we will be making the stuffed cabbage and pierogi’s.  The day of the dinner, I will need help in the kitchen and a hostess and servers.  Let me know if you can help.            Teresa

RE: Church Picnic ~ Please note that we (Parish Life) have not forgotten that many of you enjoy an annual picnic.  The church’s schedule is chock full of various activities from Rally Day through the Christmas season so we will be looking at some time next year to have a wonderful Picnic/BBQ Get Together filled with fine food, family/friends, faith and fellowship – stay tuned for more news in early 2018.  Peace and Blessings!

 From the Nominating Committee:  There are many positions that need to be filled for the upcoming year.  Diaconate – 1, Christian Ed – 2, Music – 3, Parish Life – 6, Outreach – 2, Finance – 1, Property – 7, Stewardship – 3, Nominating – 4, Auditors – 2, and a Moderator. If you might be so moved by the Spirit and would like to fill a vacancy, please contact Teresa Kregling at 203-881-2027, Leslie Miklus at 203-308-2628, or George Bashura at 203-888-7734.

The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital  provides treatments for diseases of the bones, muscles and joints for children from birth to 18 years of age.  All care, while at Shriner’s Hospital, is provided regardless of the patients ability to pay.  The Hospital is funded by the Shriners, Shriners Hospital endowment fund, and gifts from the public.  There is no need to have an affiliation with a Shriner or be related to one.  Please save your pull-tabs or “pop-tops” from beverage cans, soup cans, etc. and Dawn Ryan will deliver them  to the Shriners Hospital, where they are sold to a recycling center.  The money collected is used to fund transportation for needy children to and from the hospital.   See Dawn Ryan or call her at 203-888-0600.  

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.

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Week of 9/2/2017

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This Sunday, September 3, 2017

                                                                                                         

“The taste of love is more powerful than anything said. Encouragement, not measurement; love instead of judgment is needed.”

–Dr. Lisa Jane Miller

 

OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 90:1-2, 16-17

 

NEW TESTAMENT Romans 12:3-13

 

SERMON  “God at Work” Reverend Shannon Wall

 

Our guest preacher and worship leader today is Rev. Shannon Wall.  She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Rev. Wall served six years as the pastor of the South Britain Congregational Church in Southbury, CT.  Prior to that, she was the Associate Minister at the First Congregational Church of Darien.  She lives in Woodbury with her husband, Larry Arno.

Many thanks to Peggy Frazine, George Bashura, Karl Kregling & Dave Lawson  for sharing their talent with us today.

 

Thank you to all of our soloists, duets, trios, and auartets for sharing their talent with us this summer.

 

The flowers today are given by Jamie Matheson in Loving memory of her grandmother, Josephine Grandchelli.

 

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

 

LAY LEADER:  Ray Catlin

GREETERS:  Leslie Miklus & Mary Jo Chevarella

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Gail Catlin

 


 

THIS WEEK

 

Monday, Sept. 4 Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept. 5 6:15 PM Girl Scouts #135

Wednesday, Sept. 6 6:00 PM Girl Scouts #306

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Coffee Hours:  We still have some openings for September.  If anyone is interested, just grab a friend or make a new friend and come together to host your own Coffee Hour.  It’s fun and easy.  There are no rules, it’s entirely up to you on what you want to serve and the Parish Life Committee is here to help you with anything you might need.  For questions or assistance, please see Lynne Foreman or any member of the committee.

Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on September 26 in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I am” statements of Jesus.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

 

Rally Day Water Ceremony:  Our Rally Day Brunch Church is scheduled for September 24, 2017.  As part of our Rally Day service we will be celebrating our shared faith and unity with a Water Ceremony.  Everyone is invited to bring in water from a place that is special to them.  Small green glass bottles with stoppers are available to those who would like to participate in this celebration.  The water could be from some place special you visited this summer or simply from your home.  The bottles are available for the next few weeks in the Narthex of the church and Fellowship Hall so please take one on Sunday or stop by during the week.

Talent Show Sunday October 22, 2017

Seymour Congregational Church will be having a Talent Show for its members, friends, and families on October 22 during and after Coffee Hour. We all have a talent so come show us what you’ve got! Everyone is welcome to take center stage or you can cheer the performers on from the audience!

Talent may be:

*      Individual

*      Group

Category may be, but is not limited to:

*      Musical

*      Comical

*      Magical

*      Theatrical

All Acts must register no later than September 10th. Each act will need to advise the category of the act, participants names, and approximate time of the performance.  Also please advise, at this time, if you have any special requirements.

Note: The time allotted for your act may be altered depending on the number of actual participants at the time of registration. You will be notified no later than September 15th if a change is required.

For more details and for registering please see Lynne Foreman. ~ sponsored by your Parish Life Committee ~

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CLpfxvOVAAAvPpLMark your calendars now for our 29th annual Snowflake Fair, Saturday, November 18th.  We have space available for more vendors (forms are in the hall if you know anyone who is interested). Items for our basket raffle can be brought in starting in September, with the baskets being displayed starting in early October. If anyone needs a basket, please see Connie or Karen Baker (if you do your own basket, don’t forget to fill out a form with the contents listed). We are meeting on Thursdays at 1:00 PM  to do crafts.  We can also arrange other times to meet for those interested but can’t come at these times.  If you’d like to join us, please come or if you have questions, call the church office.

Please mark your calendars!  We are having our Annual Polish Dinner on Saturday, October 28th from 5 to 7 PM.  I will let you know soon when we will be making the stuffed cabbage and pierogi’s.  The day of the dinner, I will need help in the kitchen and a hostess and servers.  Let me know if you can help.            Teresa

From the Nominating Committee:  There are many positions that need to be filled for the upcoming year.  Diaconate – 1, Christian Ed – 2, Music – 3, Parish Life – 6, Outreach – 2, Finance – 1, Property – 7, Stewardship – 3, Nominating – 4, Auditors – 2, and a Moderator. If you might be so moved by the Spirit and would like to fill a vacancy, please contact Teresa Kregling at 203-881-2027, Leslie Miklus at 203-308-2628, or George Bashura at 203-888-7734.

The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital  provides treatments for diseases of the bones, muscles and joints for children from birth to 18 years of age.  All care, while at Shriner’s Hospital, is provided regardless of the patients ability to pay.  The Hospital is funded by the Shriners, Shriners Hospital endowment fund, and gifts from the public.  There is no need to have an affiliation with a Shriner or be related to one.  Please save your pull-tabs or “pop-tops” from beverage cans, soup cans, etc. and Dawn Ryan will deliver them  to the Shriners Hospital, where they are sold to a recycling center.  The money collected is used to fund transportation for needy children to and from the hospital.   See Dawn Ryan or call her at 203-888-0600.

 

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 8/27/2017

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This Sunday, August 27, 2017

Worship service: 10:00 am

“Want to see a miracle? Plant a word of love heart deep in a person’s life.  Nurture it with a smile and a prayer, and watch what happens.”

Max Lucado, “You Changed My Life”

OLD TESTAMENT      Isaiah 51:  1-6

GOSPEL    Matthew 16:  13-20

SERMON   “But Who Do You Say I Am?”

Rev. Allyson Glass


The flowers today are for a “Happy Birthday” to Thelma

from Sharen Taber and Geoffrey Burrasca.

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.


LAY LEADER:  Thomas Calzone

GREETERS:  Tony Calzone & Bob Frazine

USHERS:  Elwin Jimmo & David Wheeler

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Karen Baker

This morning’s lay leader is Thomas Calzone. He is the son of Jacqueline Calzone and Anthony Calzone. He is a sophomore at UCONN/Waterbury campus. He is studying Business Marketing. He is taking a summer calculus course,  and is very passionate about his photography and is developing his own business assembling photoshoots.

Thank you to Jackie, Gail & Peggy  for sharing their talent with us today.


Sea Glass

As I was leaving for my trip to Long Beach Island on the New Jersey Shore, a friend asked me to bring back a piece of sea glass for her.  It seemed a simple request and I enjoyed looking for a colored piece of sea glass while on my beach walks during the week.  After all, I had frequently found sea glass as I walked on the beaches here in CT and in RI.  However, I was puzzled why I did not find a single piece of sea glass during my week of beach walking and in fact realized that sea glass was not something I had ever found on the beaches of Long Beach Island in all of the years I have been going there.  Why???

I knew that sea glass begins as normal pieces of broken glass from bottles, glassware, or even shipwrecks that reach the shore after being tumbled and pounded by waves against the sand and rocky shoreline.  This wears away the sharp edges of the glass over time.  The jagged edges of the glass are by decades of under the sea and the slickness of the glass is worn to a frosted appearance.  The tides eventually help to wash the sea glass up on to the beaches.   So why do I find sea glass in New England but not in New Jersey?  Is it because there are no rocky jetties or rocky points into the water just the rolling surf and sand?  Not sure why but it got me thinking about how we are like this glass that at some point we feel broken and perhaps we feel discarded.  However, on our journey we are refined and smoothed by the tumbling in our lives and our sharp edges are smoothed and we are softened.

In this way our broken lives can be renewed when they are touched by God’s love and grace.  As we are tumbled around by the difficulties of life we are smoothed and polished.  We know that we are never too badly broken for God to reshape us.  God loves us in spite of our imperfections and past mistakes.  Perhaps the tumbling of life is necessary to make us beautiful.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


Prayer for the Week

Our gracious God, we know that you have not promised a life without pain or stress but you have promised to be with us no matter the circumstances.  We thank you for loving presence in our lives as we are tumbled and refined into your treasure.   Amen


THIS WEEK

Monday, August 28 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, August 29 7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide

Friday, September 1 8:00 PM Eastern Star


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~Coffee Hours:  We still have some openings for August/September.  If anyone is interested, just grab a friend or make a new friend and come together to host your own Coffee Hour.  It’s fun and easy.  There are no rules, it’s entirely up to you on what you want to serve and the Parish Life Committee is here to help you with anything you might need.  For questions or assistance, please see Lynne Foreman or any member of the committee.

~Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on September 26 in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I am” statements of Jesus.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

~Every Communion Sunday, we invite our members and friends to participate in two special offerings:

THE DEACONS’ FUND –

You will find an extra envelope in the pew on Sunday mornings.  Contributions included in this envelope go to the Diaconate Fund – a New England Congregational tradition associated with the observance of the Lord’s Supper and dating from colonial days.

This fund, administered by the Diaconate, is used to help individuals in the Seymour area who have an immediate need usually arising out of some tragedy.  Confidentiality is observed, and sometimes only the Pastor and the Chairperson of the Diaconate know the circumstances.  We invite you to observe this time-honored tradition as you are able and support our community outreach by remembering others when observing the Sacrament of Communion.

 THE SEYMOUR-OXFORD FOOD BANK-

This is our second special offering. We encourage our members and friends to bring at least one perishable food item on Communion Sundays.  (Contributions are accepted at other times.)  These items are delivered promptly to the Food Bank at the beginning of the week.

Next Sunday, September 3rd is Communion Sunday.

Talent Show Sunday October 22, 2017

Seymour Congregational Church will be having a Talent Show for its members, friends, and families on October 22 during and after Coffee Hour. We all have a talent so come show us what you’ve got! Everyone is welcome to take center stage or you can cheer the performers on from the audience!

Talent may be:

*      Individual

*      Group

Category may be, but is not limited to:

*      Musical

*      Comical

*      Magical

*      Theatrical

All Acts must register no later than September 10th. Each act will need to advise the category of the act, participants names, and approximate time of the performance.  Also please advise, at this time, if you have any special requirements.

Note: The time allotted for your act may be altered depending on the number of actual participants at the time of registration. You will be notified no later than September 15th if a change is required.

For more details and for registering please see Lynne Foreman.

 ~ sponsored by your Parish Life Committee ~

 

 

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~Mark your calendars now for our 29th annual Snowflake Fair, Saturday, November 18th.  We have space available for more vendors (forms are in the hall if you know anyone who is interested). Items for our basket raffle can be brought in starting in September, with the baskets being displayed starting in early October. If anyone needs a basket, please see Connie or Karen Baker (if you do your own basket, don’t forget to fill out a form with the contents listed). We are meeting on Thursdays at 1:00 PM to do crafts.  We can also arrange other times to meet for those interested but can’t come at these times.  If you’d like to join us, please come or if you have questions, call the church office.

 

Rally Day Water Ceremony:  Our Rally Day Brunch Church is scheduled for September 24, 2017.  As part of our Rally Day service we will be celebrating our shared faith and unity with a Water Ceremony.  Everyone is invited to bring in water from a place that is special to them.  Small green glass bottles with stoppers are available to those who would like to participate in this celebration.  The water could be from some place special you visited this summer or simply from your home.  The bottles are available for the next few weeks in the Narthex of the church and Fellowship Hall so please take one on Sunday or stop by during the week.

 

Please mark your calendars!  We are having our Annual Polish Dinner on Saturday, October 28th from 5 to 7 PM.  I will let you know soon when we will be making the stuffed cabbage and pierogi’s.  The day of the dinner, I will need help in the kitchen and a hostess and servers.  Let me know if you can help.

 Teresa

 

The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital  provides treatments for diseases of the bones, muscles and joints for children from birth to 18 years of age.  All care, while at Shriner’s Hospital, is provided regardless of the patients ability to pay.  The Hospital is funded by the Shriners, Shriners Hospital endowment fund, and gifts from the public.  There is no need to have an affiliation with a Shriner or be related to one.  Please save your pull-tabs or “pop-tops” from beverage cans, soup cans, etc. and Dawn Ryan will deliver them  to the Shriners Hospital, where they are sold to a recycling center.  The money collected is used to fund transportation for needy children to and from the hospital.   See Dawn Ryan or call her at 203-888-0600.

~For the past 45 years, TEAM, Inc. has been delivering hot, nutritional meals to hundreds of homebound seniors and disabled in our Valley through the “Meals on Wheels” program.

In recent months, the program has had to absorb dramatic cuts in funding, forcing us to create a waiting list of 61 homebound seniors in need of the meal for the first time in the program’s history. The only way to get these 61 Valley Seniors the meals they need is for TEAM to raise the funds themselves as there will no additional funds from either the Federal or State due to budget cuts.

In an effort to address this shortfall, TEAM will be hosting an ” Intergenerational Fashion Show & Luncheon” on Saturday, August 26th from 11:00-2:00 at Assumption Church Hall in Ansonia. Tickets donations are $30 and can be purchased on line at www.teaminc.org  or calling 203.736.5420 ext. 202.

This fun, family event will feature Valley residents sporting fashions provided by Seccombe’s Men’s Shop, Joseph A. Bank, Dress Barn, Dress Barn Women and Justice.

Consider supporting this project to provide meals to our seniors.

 

~Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:  The food bank is in need of a driver or two to pick up at Market 32 on Tuesdays at 1 pm.   You will be picking up produce, meat and baked goods, and bringing them back to the food bank.  A pickup truck or large SUV will be needed to carry all of the food.  You will need to transfer the items from store bins into boxes we provide.  Any questions please call 203-888-7826. Thanking you in advance.

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

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

Week of 8/20/2017

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“I believe that God is in me, as the sun is in color and the fragrance of a flower – the light in my darkness, the voice in my silence.”            

~ Helen Keller, author and lecturer


 

OLD TESTAMENT      Isaiah 56:  1, 6-8

EPISTLE Romans 11:  1-2a, 29-32

SERMON   “Accepting God’s Gifts

Rev. Allyson Glass


The flowers are given today in Memory of Dan, Ann Marie & Esther Masto

by the Tripp Family

 

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by Doris Raymond, Dawn Ryan & Mary Jo Chevarella.

 

LAY LEADER:  Mackenzie Seccombe

GREETERS:  Rob & Kim Majkner

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Karen Baker

 

Thank you to Michelle & Craig for sharing their talent with us today.

Our Lay Leader this morning is Mackenzie Seccombe.  She is the daughter of Shayne and Gregg Seccombe.  She will be entering Roger Williams University this fall studying biology.


TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship


 

THIS WEEK

Monday, August 21 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, August 22 1:00 PM Bible Study

 


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Coffee Hours:  We still have some openings for August/September.  If anyone is interested, just grab a friend or make a new friend and come together to host your own Coffee Hour.  It’s fun and easy.  There are no rules, it’s entirely up to you on what you want to serve and the Parish Life Committee is here to help you with anything you might need.  For questions or assistance, please see Lynne Foreman or any member of the committee.


Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on August 22 in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I am the Resurrection and the Life” statement of Jesus.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.


Talent Show Sunday October 22, 2017

Seymour Congregational Church will be having a Talent Show for its members, friends, and families on October 22 during and after Coffee Hour. We all have a talent so come show us what you’ve got! Everyone is welcome to take center stage or you can cheer the performers on from the audience!

Talent may be:

*      Individual

*      Group

 

Category may be, but is not limited to:

*      Musical

*      Comical

*      Magical

*      Theatrical

All Acts must register no later than September 10th. Each act will need to advise the category of the act, participants names, and approximate time of the performance.  Also please advise, at this time, if you have any special requirements.

Note: The time allotted for your act may be altered depending on the number of actual participants at the time of registration. You will be notified no later than September 15th if a change is required.

 For more details and for registering please see Lynne Foreman.

 sponsored by your Parish Life Committee ~


Mark your calendars now for our 29th annual Snowflake Fair, Saturday, November 18th.  We have space available for more vendors (forms are in the hall if you know anyone who is interested). Items for our basket raffle can be brought in starting in September, with the baskets being displayed starting in early October. If anyone needs a basket, please see Connie or Karen Baker (if you do your own basket, don’t forget to fill out a form with the contents listed). We are meeting on Thursdays at 1:00 PM to do crafts.  We can also arrange other times to meet for those interested but can’t come at these times.  If you’d like to join us, please come or if you have questions, call the church office.

 


Rally Day Water Ceremony:  Our Rally Day Brunch Church is scheduled for September 24, 2017.  As part of our Rally Day service we will be celebrating our shared faith and unity with a Water Ceremony.  Everyone is invited to bring in water from a place that is special to them.  Small green glass bottles with stoppers are available to those who would like to participate in this celebration.  The water could be from some place special you visited this summer or simply from your home.  The bottles are available for the next few weeks in the Narthex of the church and Fellowship Hall so please take one on Sunday or stop by during the week.


 

The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield is a 40-bed orthopedic facility licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and accredited with commendation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  It provides treatments for diseases of the bones, muscles and joints for children from birth to 18 years of age.  All care, while at Shriner’s Hospital, is provided regardless of the patients ability to pay.  The Hospital is funded by the Shriners, Shriners Hospital endowment fund, and gifts from the public.  There is no need to have an affiliation with a Shriner or be related to one.  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.

 


For the past 45 years, TEAM, Inc. has been delivering hot, nutritional meals to hundreds of homebound seniors and disabled in our Valley through the “Meals on Wheels” program.

In recent months, the program has had to absorb dramatic cuts in funding, forcing us to create a waiting list of 61 homebound seniors in need of the meal for the first time in the program’s history. The only way to get these 61 Valley Seniors the meals they need is for TEAM to raise the funds themselves as there will no additional funds from either the Federal or State due to budget cuts.

In an effort to address this shortfall, TEAM will be hosting an ” Intergenerational Fashion Show & Luncheon” on Saturday, August 26th from 11:00-2:00 at Assumption Church Hall in Ansonia. Tickets donations are $30 and can be purchased on line at www.teaminc.org  or calling 203.736.5420 ext. 202.

This fun, family event will feature Valley residents sporting fashions provided by Seccombe’s Men’s Shop, Joseph A. Bank, Dress Barn, Dress Barn Women and Justice.

Consider supporting this project to provide meals to our seniors.


Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:  The food bank is in need of a driver or two to pick up at Market 32 on Tuesdays at 1 pm.   You will be picking up produce, meat and baked goods, and bringing them back to the food bank.  A pickup truck or large SUV will be needed to carry all of the food.  You will need to transfer the items from store bins into boxes we provide.  Any questions please call 203-888-7826. Thanking you in advance.


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


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

Week of 7/30/2017

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If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

 Jodi Picoult, author of Small Great Things


OLD TESTAMENT      1 Kings 3:  5-12

GOSPEL     Matthew 13:  31-33, 44-52

SERMON    “Small Great Things”

Rev. Allyson Glass


The flowers are given today by Gregory & Janet Horton for many wonderful Family Summer Celebrations, 11 Birthdays & 5 Wedding Anniversaries.

 


Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

 

LAY LEADER:  Janet Horton

GREETERS:  Peggy & Bob Frazine

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Nancy Rogers

Many thanks to Karl Kregling for sharing his talent with us today.

 

 


Relationships

During a recent pastoral visit with a home-bound congregant; as we talked about our relationship with God, she exclaimed, “God is a really neat guy!”  Then she put her hand to her mouth and said, “Oh, you must think I’m nuts saying that.”  As we continued our conversation she explained that people were sometimes taken back when she said that because they think God is only to be worshipped from afar. I assured her that God had created us for relationship and would surely be pleased to be thought of as a “really neat guy.”

Our conversation about relationship with God has stayed with me over the past few days as I thought about my own relationship with God.  I sing the beautiful hymn, “What A Friend I have In Jesus” with my heart filled with gratitude for His presence in my life. I pray to God asking forgiveness when I am thoughtless or feel the burden of sin knowing I am loved and pardoned.  I try and treat others with kindness and compassion because I am a child of God.  So yes, I agree… “God is a pretty neat guy.”

May this week bring many opportunities to be in relationship with our loving God who longs for our thoughts, our gratitude, and our prayers.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

 

Prayer of the Week

God of grace, who are we that you should care for us? You surprise us with grace, infuse us with hope, and teach us to live each day with love.  Make us more faithful and ever more grateful for your presence in our lives.  Amen


THIS WEEK

Monday, July 31 4:30 PM Weight Watchers


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We were blessed with a visit this past Sunday with Tracy (Hay) Ford, her husband Bevan Ford, and his children, Lochie & Mackenzie.  They live in Australia and are here for a visit with her family, Tom & Karen Hay.

Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on August 22 in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I am the Resurrection and the Life” statement of Jesus.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

PARISH LIFE COMMITTEE MEETING – SUNDAY AUGUST 6 during Coffee Hour.  We will be discussing our Spooner House Dinner that we will be preparing for Aug. 16.  Please let me know if you are unable to attend, thank you ~ Peace and Blessing, Lynne

COFFEE HOURS:  We still have some openings for August/September.  If anyone is interested, just grab a friend or make a new friend and come together to host your own Coffee Hour.  It’s fun and easy.  There are no rules, it’s entirely up to you on what you want to serve and we’re here to help you with anything you might need.  For questions or assistance, please see any member of Parish Life.

Carriers for Foster Kids: 

Thank you to all of you that have donated or that intend to donate tote bags, small suitcases, backpacks  or toiletries to Carriers for Foster Kids.  Please keep in mind that it’s mostly older children that are in need of our donations.

 Please bring any items that you are willing to donate to this cause to the Outreach box in the Swan Memorial Room or contact anyone on the Outreach Committee for assistance. We will make another delivery mid-August.

The foster center is called Children’s Community Programs, located at 446 A Blake Street, New Haven which is a nice area and easy to get to from Seymour if anyone is interested in dropping off donations or mentoring one of the children.

No matter what you are able to do, you are truly helping to make a child’s life a little nicer.

 

Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:  The food bank is in need of a driver or two to pick up at Market 32 on Tuesdays at 1 pm.   You will be picking up produce, meat and baked goods, and bringing them back to the food bank.  A pickup truck or large SUV will be needed to carry all of the food.  You will need to transfer the items from store bins into boxes we provide.  Any questions please call 203-888-7826. Thanking you in advance.

For the past 45 years, TEAM, Inc. has been delivering hot, nutritional meals to hundreds of homebound seniors and disabled in our Valley through the “Meals on Wheels” program.

In recent months, the program has had to absorb dramatic cuts in funding, forcing us to create a waiting list of 61 homebound seniors in need of the meal for the first time in the program’s history. The only way to get these 61 Valley Seniors the meals they need is for TEAM to raise the funds themselves as there will no additional funds from either the Federal or State due to budget cuts.

In an effort to address this shortfall, TEAM will be hosting an ” Intergenerational Fashion Show & Luncheon” on Saturday, August 26th from 11:00-2:00 at Assumption Church Hall in Ansonia. Tickets donations are $30 and can be purchased on line at www.teaminc.org  or calling 203.736.5420 ext. 202.

This fun, family event will feature Valley residents sporting fashions provided by Seccombe’s Men’s Shop, Joseph A. Bank, Dress Barn, Dress Barn Women and Justice.

 Consider supporting this project to provide meals to our seniors.

We will be having a Talent Show for all our members, families and friends on October 22 during and after Coffee Hour.  We all have talent (good or bad) so come show us what you’ve got!  Acts may be Individual or Group and the categories may be, but will not limited to, Musical, Comical, Magical, or Theatrical.

All acts must register no later than September 10 – see Lynne Foreman for details.

~ Sponsored by 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.

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 7/2/2017

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Sunday, 7/2/2017

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.”

Thomas Merton, theologian and author

OLD TESTAMENT      Psalm 89:  1-4, 15-18

GOSPEL     Matthew 10: 40-42

SERMON    “Rewards”

         Nancy Rogers

The flowers are given today in honor of Doris Jane Merritt Hanson,

from her granddaughters Elizabeth & Katherine.

LAY LEADER:  George Bashura

GREETERS:  Lynne Bashura & David Wheeler

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Nancy Rogers

Many thanks to Maribeth for sharing her talent with us today.

 


 THIS WEEK

 

Monday, July 3 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, July 4 HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

 


July Communion

Our July Communion will be celebrated on July 9th as Pastor Allyson will be attending the UCC General Synod in Baltimore, MD from June 30th to July 4th.  Pastor Allyson is serving as a Delegate to the Synod representing the Naugatuck Valley Association and is looking forward to her first time experience attending a General Synod and having the opportunity to meet and interact with fellow clergy and lay people from our denomination.  We are blessed to have Nancy Rogers preaching on July 2nd.


 

Join Us as We Celebrate Our Second

Seymour/Oxford Community

Summer Worship Service

Sunday, July 16 at 10 a.m.

At Trinity Episcopal Church

91 Church St.

Seymour, CT

We look forward to worshiping with you as

our various local faith traditions bring our

uniqueness together as one – and as we

discover that we just may have a lot of

music in common!

Non-Perishable food items and monetary offerings will

help support Spooner House.


Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The nest study will be held on July 25th in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.


“Say It with Flowers”

Our flower chart is completely vacant for the entire month of July.  Flowers are a wonderful way to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary.  Does anyone have flowers in your garden you would like to share with your church family?  That would be wonderful.  Thank you.

Cherie


Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:  The food bank is in need of a driver or two to pick up at Market 32 on Tuesdays at 1 pm.   You will be picking up produce, meat and baked goods, and bringing them back to the food bank.  A pickup truck or large SUV will be needed to carry all of the food.  You will need to transfer the items from store bins into boxes we provide.  Any questions please call 203-888-7826. Thanking you in advance.

 


2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~

If any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Connie Wiesniak.

The crafters are now at work making items for the fair.  If you have any old wreaths, ribbon, decorations, or items for the Christmas Treasures Room that you don’t need, we would love to have them.  Bring them to church on a Sunday or call Connie at the church office to make other arrangements.


The Valley Diaper Bank collection which we have been participating in, is having their next collection from June 1 – July 3.  If you would like to make a monetary donation instead of purchasing diapers, since they are expensive, we will buy diapers with money collected.

Outreach 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.


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 6/11/2017

Parking is now available in our new parking lot and can be accessed from Derby Avenue.

 

TODAY  June 11, 2017

10:00 AM – Worship

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal


 

Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

~Maya Angelou


OLD TESTAMENT     Psalm 8

 

GOSPEL     Matthew 28:  16-20

 

SERMON “This is What Love Looks Like”

Rev. Allyson Glass


 

The flowers were given today by Lynne and George Bashura in celebration of their grandson Kyle’s High School Graduation.

 

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

 


LAY LEADER:  Sharen Taber

GREETERS:  Ann & Molly Tripp

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  David Tripp

 


A Sanctuary of Time

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” J.R.R. Tolkien

My sister-in-law and I both read the “Jesus Calling” devotional each morning.  I enjoy knowing that we are both reading the same words and thus it is a time of sharing when we are not able to see each other.  She is presently caring for her husband as he recovers from a difficult surgery and when we talk, I sense life is a bit overwhelming for her as she provides nursing care for her husband as well as her responsibilities with her family.  One day she sent me a picture of his 13 daily medications with the caption, “my next career is as a pharmacist”.

Last week I instantly thought of her as I read the following words from “Jesus Calling”: Time with Me cannot be rushed.  When you are in a hurry, your mind flitters back and forth between Me and the tasks ahead of you.  Push back the demands pressing in on you; create a safe space around you, a haven in which you can rest with Me.

 I knew right away the words were a reminder for me to set aside time to “Be Still” and be with God, and I knew for my sister-in-law it would seem like an impossible task.  Sure enough, it wasn’t long before a text arrived from her – she said, “I’m so busy I’m now actually praying for time to pray!”  Fortunately this lovely woman has kept her sense of humor through this difficult time.

When we take a few moments during the day to sit quietly, take a breath and let go of our cares and our worries for that moment, we feel the light of Christ’s presence shining within us. In this quiet time we are reminded that we are not alone, we are surrounded by God’s loving presence.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


Prayer for the Week

We thank you, O Lord, for the grace of knowing you.  Touch our hearts this day with your unfailing love.  Give us hearts of joy that we may sing the beauty of life you alone can give.  Amen

Prayer by Robin McCullough-Bade


 

THIS WEEK

 

Monday, June 12 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, June 13 7:00  PM Deacons

Thursday, June 15 7:30  PM Masons

Saturday, June 17 10-3 PM Explorers Learning

Center Graduation

 


OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING:

We know that there are so many places in need of donations, so please feel free to donate to wherever you feel led.

In honor of Children’s Day, the SCC Youth would like to help those children less fortunate have a hunger-free summer.  Here are some recommended, and much needed items, for the Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:

Canned fruit, instant oatmeal, juice-bottles/cans, juice boxes, canned pasta: ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs; spam, jelly, Nutella, pudding or gelatin cups, fruit cups, snack cracker packs; fruit snacks; Gatorade; and flavored water.

Anything is most appreciated, however, we cannot accept perishable items.

Please return to Seymour Congregational Church by Sunday, June 19th, or call (203) 888-6729.

Thank You and God Bless!   ~ The Outreach Committee

The Valley Diaper Bank collection which we have been participating in, is having their next collection from June 1 – July 3.  If you would like to make a monetary donation instead of purchasing diapers, since they are expensive, we will buy diapers with money collected.

Outreach Committee

Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The nest study will be held on June 27th in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

SNOWFLAKE FAIR:  2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~ if any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Laura Thompson.

The crafters are now at work making items for the fair.  If you have any old wreaths, ribbon, or decorations that you don’t need, we would love to have them.  Bring them to church or call Connie at the church office to make other arrangements.

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.