Week of 5/7/2017

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“How wonderful it is being a sheep in the flock of God. Our shepherd is the one that created the grass that we need for pasture, He is the one that created the rivers and the waters, He is the one who holds everything in His hand and He is my Shepherd.”

Edmond Sanganyada, The Good Shepherd: Grace sets back your setbacks

 


OLD TESTAMENT      Psalm 23

GOSPEL John 12: 1-10

SERMON             “How Sweet It is to be Loved by Him”         Rev. Allyson Glass


The flowers today are in celebration of Brenda White’s birthday given by her mom.

 

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

LAY LEADER:  Gail Catlin

GREETERS:  Teresa Kregling & Howie Bradshaw

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Karl Kregling

TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:30 AM – Scholarship Meeting

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal


THIS WEEK

 

Monday, May 8 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:30 PM Masons

Tuesday, May 9 6:00 PM Scholarship Mtg. 6:15 PM GS #135

7:00 PM Deacons

Wednesday, May 10 6:00 PM GS #60306

 


 

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 Prayer of the Week

God of goodness, we give thanks for the gift of life, wonder beyond words; for the awareness of soul, our light within; for the world around us, so filled with beauty; for the richness of the earth, which day by day sustains us; for all these and more, we offer thanks.  Amen

Evening Prayer from the Mishkan T’Filah, A Reform Siddur

 


 

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SCHOLARSHIP:  Scholarship application time is just around the corner.  The Scholarship Committee of our church awards funds to qualified scholarship candidates from two distinct funds.  The Pittis Fund, the larger of the two funds, is restricted to those candidates who will attend or are attending, on a full-time basis, an accredited four-year college or university for the purpose of obtaining an undergraduate degree.  The Common Fund is an unrestricted fund, which may be used for awarding scholarships for any form of advanced education.

Applicants are eligible for an award if they are members or children of members of the Seymour Congregational Church.  The amount of the awards is influenced by the number of  applicants and the amount of income available from the trust funds, which support the scholarship program.

The scholarship committee will once again be having two mandatory meetings for all scholarship applicants – new and repeat – and their parents Sunday, May 7th at 11:30 and Tuesday, May 9th at 6:00 pm.

 If you have any questions, contact Karen Baker, 203-888-0394.

The Seymour Oxford food bank is in need of volunteers on May 13, 2017. We will need help in two shift from 12 o’clock to to 3 o’clock and 3 o’clock to 6 o’clock, to help sort and date food that we will be receiving from the Letter Carrier’s 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive The food bank is located at 20 Pine St. Seymour, Ct. If you have a questions please call Teri at 203-888-9688.
Thank you,

From the Outreach Committee – Registration is now open for the Spooner House 20th Annual Walk for the hungry and homeless.  Saturday, May 20th at the Derby Greenway.  Form a team, join a team, or register individually.  Registration is $20 and you can set up your own fundraiser page.

 

Silver Lake Open House:  Take a ride with us and check out Silver Lake Conference Center!!! We will be heading to Silver Lake for their Open House on Sunday, May 21, 2016from 2-4 p.m. First time campers and interested campers and their families are encouraged to attend the Open House to get an advance peek at their awesome facilities and waterfront. More details to follow about departure time and transportation – see Nancy Rogers with any questions.

Can’t make SLCC Open House? Contact the office at 860-364-5526 to schedule a time to visit and tour camp.

 

The Silver Lake Board of Directors is delighted to invite you to the 11th Annual Silver Lake Conference Center Golf Tournament.  We hope you will join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year on Tuesday, June 6 at Lyman Orchards in Middletown, CT.  We invite everybody to cheer on your church’s foursome, support Silver Lake, and try out the fun beginning at 9:00 AM with a Shotgun Start-Scramble Format.  Registration is online at www.silverlakect.org and click on the Golf Tournament link to sign up or become a sponsor.  Any questions, please call 860-364-5526.

Going Away Picnic for Laura Thompson

When: Sunday, May 21st, 1:00 PM

Where: The Mann’s, 1024 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge

RSVP: Michelle Mann, mrsmmann@hotmail.com or 203-387-9661

All are welcome, bring a lawn chair and side dish/salad or dessert to share. Manns will provide pulled pork and other grilled items.

 

Come join us for SCC’s 5th Annual “Hot Dog Stand” for Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade Sunday May 28th

At this time we would like to request donations of Hot Dogs, but only “Hummel’s Skinless” and any kind of bottled water.  Items can be left in the kitchen, marked for the“Parade”.  We are also accepting any monetary donations.  This is a wonderful way to not only show our support but to also show others some of the things that are important to us like family, neighbors, our community, faith and fellowship.  Any donation would be greatly appreciated

We will be setting up the Field of Flags the week before the parade, more details to follow.

Thank you and God Bless!

For more information, see Lynne Foreman or call (203) 881-1250

 

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 April 30, 2017

                                                                                                           

Living in the present moment is the recurring baptism of the soul, forever purifying every new day with a new you.                          

~Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace


OLD TESTAMENT      Micah 6: 1-8

EPISTLE Romans 13: 8

GOSPEL Luke 4: 18-19

SERMON      “What the Lord requires”                  Rev. Marilyn Kendrix


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SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Ella Ryan Herold

Parents:  Renee Guliuzza & Andrew Herold

Deacon Sponsor: Nancy Rogers


The flowers are given today by Connie & Stan Wiesniak in Memory of Loved Ones.

Espresso on Coffe Beans

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

It is being hosted by the Music Committee.


 

LAY LEADER:  Bob Frazine

GREETERS:  Howie Bradshaw & Roger Janvrin

USHERS:  Tony Calzone & Bruce Baker

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  Bruce Baker


 

TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:30 AM – New Member Class

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal


When Help is Offered

I will admit that I often decline help when it is offered, perhaps it is part of my “can do” spirit or a need to demonstrate my independence.  I have to keep reminding myself that accepting help is not a sign of weakness but in fact a sign of strength and acknowledgment of a kindness.

This week I had a valuable lesson in accepting help when it is offered as I set forth to deliver donations to the Food Bank across the parking lot from church.  You see, the CE Committee had asked if they could donate 8 gallons of orange juice left over from the Bunny Breakfast to the Food Bank.  After checking with the Food Bank I was assured they would love to have the donation so I headed back to church.  I decided this would be a great time to use our lift to move the donated orange juice from the kitchen, across the parking lot to the Food Bank.  No problem I figured, so I loaded up the plastic gallon jugs of juice onto a cart and up I went in the lift.  Seeing me with the cart filled, Connie offered to help me wheel it across the soggy parking lot to the Food Bank.

Now here is where it takes a wrong turn – “No thanks, I say, I’m all set”.  Connie wisely says, “Are you sure?”  I reply, “No problem, I got it.”  So off I roll lifting the front wheels through the door and on down the sidewalk.  As I head out into the parking lot I notice the jugs jiggling over the bumps and ruts but I’m set on my task and accessing my “inner flight attendant” as I head to the Food Bank.

You have probably guessed by now that I hit one rut too many and off flies one of the jugs of juice.  Fortunately it is plastic but it did pop open dumping the precious OJ onto the parking lot and down a nearby drain.  At this point I know for certain I should have accepted Connie’s gracious offer.  After I complete the delivery and roll the cart back to church I stop in the office to admit what happened and thank Connie for her offer of help.  I then told her, “The next time you offer help and I say no thanks, just say…yes, you do need help.”

While this example is a bit silly, it really does prove that a wise person accepts help when it is offered.  Sometimes it is help lifting or moving something, sometimes it is help solving a problem, and sometimes it is just having someone listen and perhaps help share the load.  Our loving God is always there watching over us and sending us help – perhaps we just have to accept it with grace.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, help me to have a thankful heart when help is offered, knowing that kindness is a gift from you.  You have made us for compassion and kindness, let me offer help as well as accept help knowing that we were created to work together for the good of all creation.  Amen


THIS WEEK

 Monday, May 1 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, May 2 6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, May 3 6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, May 4 12:00 PM National Day of Prayer

6:30 PM GS #135 Leader Mtg.

Friday, May 5 8:00 PM Eastern Star

Saturday, May 6 5:30 PM   Turkey Dinner/Basket Raffle

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Rev. Marilyn Kendrix will join us for worship as a guest preacher this Sunday, April 30, 2017.  She will preach on Christian concerns over mass incarceration.  In addition to her sermon, she will offer a “Second Hour” presentation on the human justice issues around our prison system.  Please join Rev. Kendrix in the Miner Room following Coffee Hour at 11: 30 am for the presentation.

Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix, Interim Senior Pastor

The Congregational Church of Naugatuck

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Marilyn Baugh Kendrix currently serves at the Interim Senior Pastor at the Congregational Church Naugatuck. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Marilyn worked for over 15 years as an Organizational Development Consultant principally at AT&T but also in other profit and not-for-profit settings.  In addition to her ministry at the Naugatuck church, Marilyn is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Conference of the UCC.

Marilyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in French and secondary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, her Executive MBA from the University of New Haven and an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, also from the University of New Haven.

In May of 2013, Marilyn received her Master’s of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a certificate from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.  She was the recipient of the Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize for exceptional promise in pastoral leadership, the highest prize that Yale Divinity School confers on a graduating student each year, for her work in raising awareness about mass incarceration in America.

Marilyn’s covenant with the Congregational Church of Naugatuck allows her to preach and teach about mass incarceration at other UCC churches in Connecticut.  She does this work one Sunday a month while serving as Naugatuck’s senior pastor.  In addition, in her work with the Malta Justice Initiative, Marilyn has partnered with 7 other writers to write a book, The Justice Imperative: How Hyper Incarceration Hijacked the American Dream(September 2014, Significance Press).  The book focuses on the problem of mass incarceration in Connecticut and provides 30 recommendations for bringing it to an end.

Description of Forum

As people of conscience, we should care about the poor among us and in our society, the people who fit that description the best are the 7.3 million people currently under correctional control, 2.3 million of whom are in prison or jail, while the remaining 5 million are kept in a permanent poverty by the rules of parole and probation and the legal discrimination against them in housing, employment, and public assistance.   There are clear connections between racism, politics, targeted enforcement of the War on Drugs and the intractable poverty that it creates.  These issues have been out of sight for most of us yet as people concerned with human justice, we need to become aware of this injustice in our midst.

As one of the authors of The Justice Imperative: How Hyper Incarceration Hijacked the American Dream, Rev. Marilyn Kendrix will discuss the facts and consequences of mass incarceration in America and provide some recommendations for what we can do about it.


New Member Orientation:  Pastor Allyson will be meeting in the Nursery with anyone who is considering joining the church TODAY 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 make 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.


SCHOLARSHIP:  Scholarship application time is just around the corner.  The Scholarship Committee of our church awards funds to qualified scholarship candidates from two distinct funds.  The Pittis Fund, the larger of the two funds, is restricted to those candidates who will attend or are attending, on a full-time basis, an accredited four-year college or university for the purpose of obtaining an undergraduate degree.  The Common Fund is an unrestricted fund, which may be used for awarding scholarships for any form of advanced education.

Applicants are eligible for an award if they are members or children of members of the Seymour Congregational Church.  The amount of the awards is influenced by the number of  applicants and the amount of income available from the trust funds, which support the scholarship program.

The scholarship committee will once again be having two mandatory meetings for all scholarship applicants – new and repeat – and their parents Sunday, May 7th at 11:30 and Tuesday, May 9th at 6:00 pm.

If you have any questions, contact Karen Baker, 203-888-0394.


From the Outreach Committee – Registration is now open for the Spooner House 20thAnnual Walk for the hungry and homeless.  Saturday, May 20th at the Derby Greenway.  Form a team, join a team, or register individually.  Registration is $20 and you can set up your own fundraiser page.


Silver Lake Open House:  Take a ride with us and check out Silver Lake Conference Center!!! We will be heading to Silver Lake for their Open House on Sunday, May 21, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. First time campers and interested campers and their families are encouraged to attend the Open House to get an advance peek at their awesome facilities and waterfront. More details to follow about departure time and transportation – see Nancy Rogers with any questions.

Can’t make SLCC Open House? Contact the office at 860-364-5526 to schedule a time to visit and tour camp.


The Silver Lake Board of Directors is delighted to invite you to the 11th Annual Silver Lake Conference Center Golf Tournament.  We hope you will join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year on Tuesday, June 6 at Lyman Orchards in Middletown, CT.  We invite everybody to cheer on your church’s foursome, support Silver Lake, and try out the fun beginning at 9:00 AM with a Shotgun Start-Scramble Format.  Registration is online atwww.silverlakect.org and click on the Golf Tournament link to sign up or become a sponsor.  Any questions, please call 860-364-5526.


 

Going Away Picnic for Laura Thompson

When: Sunday, May 21st, after the Memorial Day Parade (2pm?)

Where: The Mann’s, 1024 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge

RSVP: Michelle Mann, mrsmmann@hotmail.com or 203-387-9661

All are welcome, bring a lawn chair and side dish/salad or dessert to share. Manns will provide pulled pork and other grilled items.


Memorial Day

Hot Diggity Dog!

Come join us for SCC’s 5th Annual “Hot Dog Stand” for Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade Sunday May 28th

At this time we would like to request donations of Hot Dogs, but only “Hummel’s Skinless” and any kind of bottled.  Items can be left in the kitchen, marked for the“Parade”.  We are also accepting any monetary donations.  This is a wonderful way to not only show our support but to also show others some of the things that are important to us like family, neighbors, our community, faith and fellowship.  Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

We will be setting up the Field of Flags the week before the parade, more details to follow.

Thank you and God Bless!

For more information, see Lynne Foreman or call (203) 881-1250


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 atkreg5@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 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