“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
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
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.
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
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:
Category may be, but is not limited to:
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 email@example.com 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.