Week of September 20, 2015

Seymour Congregational Church

Worship Service 10:00am every Sunday

Easy as ABC

Preacher Colleen Townsend Evans tells us, “Faith is an area where growing up means we must become more like a child.”  In response to their bickering about which one of them was the best, Jesus told His disciples, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)  This lesson in humility was a lesson the disciples were having difficulty learning. To further the lesson, Jesus took a little child in his lap and told them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me…” (Mark 9:37)  By welcoming the child Jesus was welcoming the most vulnerable and insignificant of society.  In this way Jesus turned everything inside out and upside down.  He put a child first and a ruler last.

Through this scripture we are urged to be child-like in our faith. Jesus wants us to adapt the best characteristics of children; trustfulness, humility, openness to being taught, and most of all to be accepting and loving toward those around us.  Reverend John Jewel proposes the Master’s Plan for living the Christian life which he termed as “Easy as ABC”.

Acceptance:  Jesus Christ has accepted us for who we are and his spirit works within us to make us who God wants us to be.  Our acceptance by Christ translates into our acceptance of others.

Belief:  I believe or trust that Jesus Christ knows what he is doing by choosing me for his work.  I may feel insignificant or powerless to help with his mission, but the fact is that as a Christian person, I am chosen to bear the good news to others.

Commitment:  I make a commitment to choose the way of Christ instead of the way of the world when it comes to the meaning of greatness.  Instead of “me first” – it is “Christ first.”  Instead of “my way” it is “his way.”

May you have a blessed week knowing you are God’s beloved child.

Pastor Allyson

 

 

 


 

THIS WEEK

Monday, Sept. 21

3:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, Sept. 22

6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, Sept. 23

6:00 PM GS #60059

Thursday, Sept. 24

7:00 PM AA

Saturday, Sept. 26

10:00 AM Craft Get-Together

 


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

 


 

 

SNOWFLAKE FAIR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A basket has been placed in the hall for you to place your donations (miscellaneous items we can incorporate into our gift baskets; any miscellaneous ball ornaments~any color or size~that we can use to make/decorate wreaths; pine cones; any bear ornaments or small bears we can  make into ornaments; and clear wrap for our gift baskets and wired ribbon).  You can start bringing in your completed baskets in early October. Items for the Christmas Treasures Room and the Boutique will be collected starting in mid-October. Our next craft get-together will be Saturday, September 26th, at 10:00 a.m. here at the church in the gym. We will have several things we can work on, including a bow-making demonstration by Jeannette (so, please bring a roll of wired ribbon – we will be donating 1 you make to decorate our baskets). See Laura or Jeannette if you have any questions.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?   Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune.  For more information go to www.shawlministry.com To request a prayer shawl,  leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729.

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email Teresa and she will send it out.

BOOK CLUB:  Our book club meets the second Friday of each month.  We each take turns picking a book of our own choice and then the discussion takes place in our home.  Books of every genre are chosen which makes for lively discussion.  For more information, contact Karen Baker.

Neighbors in Need

The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on October 4, supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States.  Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.  Through ucc.org/justice, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues.  Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.  Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC.  One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM).  Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska.  Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, MN.  These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM.  CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.

Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:  The greatest need right now is canned pasta of any kind.  Please leave donations in the box in the Outreach Room.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indoor Tag Sale!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

8:00 am – 2:00 pm

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INDOOR tag sale in the church hall, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hundreds of items for all ages donated by our church family. We will also offer coffee and delicious, home-made baked goods for sale and a $2.25 lunch special (hot dog, chips and beverage) in honor of our 225th anniversary. Raffle tickets or dinner tickets for our turkey dinner in June are also available.

E-Bridge: Week of 4-20-2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Want to know more about Seymour Congregational Church, UCC? A new member’s class will be forming. See Rev. Ed following worship for more details.

TAG SALE: It’s time to bring in your items for the Tag Sale (please leave in the freezer room on the tables).

SEYMOUR/OXFORD FOOD BANK: Greetings to all, the Seymour Oxford Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help with our May Postal Workers food drive. We are located at Trinity Episcopal Church 91 Church Street in Seymour. The setup is on Friday May 8th 7:00PM, we need help to setup tables and boxes for the incoming food. The Food Drive is Saturday May 9th from 1:30 to 6:30. We are in need of volunteers in two shifts from 1:30 to 4:00 and 3:30 to 6:30. This is a good opportunity to get some conformation hours in! If you would like to help us out you can contact Teri at 203-888-9688 please leave a message with your name and what shift you would like to volunteer for, or you can email me at sofbinc.1@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you,
Teri Archer

ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER – Saturday June 6th @ 5:30 for Dinner – complete with all the fixings! Seating is limited so please get your tickets early: Adults $14 and Children $5

RAFFLE BASKET EXTRAVAGANZA – follows the Turkey Dinner. Raffle tickets, at $1 a chance, are available at any time up to the time of drawing.
Donations of Gift Baskets are needed. Baskets can be done as a committee or by a group of friends. You can make any basket you like or if you want to purchase items for a basket we’ll be happy to put one together for you. There are so many possibilities – sports, children, hobbies, culinary, just use your imagination!
All donations are greatly appreciated!
For tickets please see Teresa Kregling, Debbie Volkmar, or Lynne Foreman.You can also call the Church at 203-888-6729.

BIBLE STUDY:  Rev. Ed is holding a Bible Study at 12:30 PM every Thursday.  The study will be on the Gospel of Mark.  Brown bag lunch.

FLOWERS:  Remember our Flower Chart is still blank for April, May and June.  Bright flowers on the altar are such a blessing.

BOOK CLUB:  Our book club meets the first Friday of each month. We each take turns picking a book of our own choice and then the discussion takes place in our home. Books of every genre are chosen which makes for lively discussion. For more information contact Karen Baker.

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.  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.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?  Please contact Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.  Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune.  For more information go to www.shawlministry.com.  To request a shawl, leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729. 


THIS WEEK

 

Monday, April 20  

3:30 PM                   Weight Watchers

Tuesday, April 21

 6:15 PM                     Girl Scouts #135

 7:00 PM                     Council

Thursday, April 23

 12:30 PM                   Bible Stud

  7:00 PM                     AA

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OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

 

Rev. Ed is here Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 9:30 AM until 4 PM.  He would like to meet members of the congregation, and puts morning hours aside for that.  Please call first if you plan to come in the afternoon as Rev. Ed goes out to visit at that time.

Please send your announcements to the church office by WEDNESDAY morning if you wish them to be included in next Thursday’s E-Bridge and Sunday’s bulletin.

Snowflake Fair Basket Raffle

Basket Raffle Update!

We have over 60 Baskets!!  Yes, you read that right!!

Take a look at our Facebook page to view the album of beautiful baskets that you can win!

Click on the picture below to go our FB album

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Sunday Service – March 16, 2014

10:00 AM – Worship Service

11:00AM –  Coffee Hour, Hosted by the Diaconate Committee.Please join us!

11:00 AM-Tag Sale “Meet and Sort

11:00 AM – Bell Choir – Join Us!  If you can’t sing, come ring!

11:30 AM – Cantata Rehearsal – Looking for more “sometime singers” – come give us a try!

The altar flowers are given today in memory of Herbert Blaze by Eleanor Blaze.

 

GREETERS:   Janet Kopec & Dawn Ryan

LAYLEADER: Howard Bradshaw

DEACONS OF THE MONTH: Stan & Connie Wiesniak

 

Scripture notes:

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night… John 3:1-2

What does it mean to be born again? I remember once this little boy came up to me, I figured him to be about 5 years old. He announce that he was born again, I smiled and said to myself that he was still wet from his first birthing experience. The body in its wonder blocks out the trauma of our birthing experience, if not why would anyone want to relive that a second time.   In the language of this age, the expression has come to suggest some sort of metaphysical transformation, a shift that promises eternal reward. Believe in Jesus and you are born again, the logic goes, and then you get to go to heaven. For many being born again is the culmination of the Christian task, but for Jesus and his followers this second birth marked a beginning of a dangerous and fraught journey. It is about leaving behind the safety nets woven and stored up in life and starting fresh, aligned with something new, something politically subversive, socially fraught, and existentially threatening. To those who claim this experience I always ask what they plan to do with this gift. OK were all saved but that does not release me of my responsibility to bring light to a darkened world. Just the opposite because of my baptism I gain a new responsibility to bring the light of Christ to the darkened regions of the kingdom.

Jesus is asking Nicodemus to be born in a new way, to be born from above, to bear God’s logic amongst a world that functions astray from the will of the divine. Jesus is asking Nicodemus to be on the ground floor of something new. To turn away from what has been done before, to turn away from the rules and logic that have ordered his life up to this point, to emerge anew into the world.

Although Nicodemus seems confused by his conversation with Jesus, he had to have expected something like it. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. His behavior suggests that he knew he was defecting, at least in some small way, by going to speak with this radical Rabbi, and Jesus does not disappoint. He calls Nicodemus to walk away from the power and privilege of his leadership position and join a lost cause for justice and liberation, to cast in his lot with outcasts.

Jesus is pushing his followers to understand that new life emerges constantly from the old, that God sends new life from above and that new perspectives that interrupt our new habits. This is what Jesus names as salvation. God sent Jesus so the world might be saved through him. Through his message of love and the vision he bears. Through the human transformation he facilitates and for the radical departures he encouraged. To be followers of Jesus demands a similar radical departure from norms and a similar willingness to boldly make all things new.

OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

Reverend – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-3:00 PM

Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed.  & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

 

Birthdays This Week

March 16 – Sandy Tucker, March 19 – Michelle Mann & Becky Mc Cart,

March 20 – Sandy Barber, March 21 – Kim Majkner, March 22 – Tyler LaBranche

Happy Birthday!!

 

 

REACH OUT AND HELP OUR LOCAL FOOD BANK!

The Seymour/Oxford Food Bank needs volunteers to help pack and distribute food for those in need in our community.

It is right here in Seymour, two minutes from our own church!

The Food Bank is located in Trinity Episcopal Church 91 Church Street (Across from the Library) Seymour, CT 06483 203-888-7826

Days and Times that they need help are:

Mondays and Wednesdays (pack) 9:00-11:00

Tuesdays and Thursdays (distribute) 11:30-1:15

Either call the number above for details about volunteering or go directly to the church where the Food Bank is located.  Just to be clear, Trinity Episcopal Church does not run the Food Bank, it is run by volunteers (who are appreciative and friendly), and the number above is a direct line to the Food Bank, not the church.

The Food Bank is very low on the following items:

Jello, pudding, spam, jam, jelly, canned fruit, instant potatoes, canned white potatoes.

Update on Covenant to Care for Children – In December, we were able to provide Christmas gifts for 9 families which included 13 boys ranging in age from 8 months to 19 years old and 9 girls ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old.  Gifts provided included gift cards, toys, clothing, diapers, shoes and jewelry.  Now we need to collect items needed monthly.  Right now they need diapers, kid’s coats, and toiletries, including toilet paper.

 

Lenten Bible Study

          We will meet each Thursday at 12 noon for a review and reflection on the weekly scripture.  Brown Bag (we will supply sweets.)  Sign up following worship.

Sundays of Lent:

Special Second Hour offering “How my faith influences my work world” 

          During Coffee Hour, we will hear from four different professionals their personal stories of how their faith helps them to direct their work.

March 16th  Vivian Michaels, RN –  Survivors of Suicide

March 23rd  Andrea Rochniak O.F.D. – Ralph Hull Funeral Home

March 30th   Meral Prewitt – Covenant to Care

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

“How Does Faith Affect Our Work Week?”

Vivian Michaels, R.N., of Survivors of Suicide is visiting with us today speaking of her faith journey as a nurse.   She will speak to us during “The Second Hour”.

No Sunday School this week-Family Sunday.

Join us for Pierogi Making!  We meet Fridays, from 9:00-11:00 AM and then come back at 5:00 PM.   Contact Teresa at 203-881-2027 or kreg5@comcast.net with questions.

Tag Sale Committee “meet and sort” TODAY, March 16th after worship in the gym.  Small items can be dropped off now in the “Youth Room” next to the kitchen; please hold your larger items until the week before the sale. A sign-up sheet has been posted to work the day of the fair on the bulletin board to the left of the kitchen.

 Some of us are planning to go see the movie Son of God, this Sunday, March 16 for the 3:45 viewing.  It is playing at the movie theater in Seymour (Derby Ave.) – The old Ames Plaza.  If you would like to come, please feel free.  I would suggest getting there by 3:30 to get tickets and seats.  Also, if you would like to join in, we are heading to Alberto’s afterwards for dinner. If you plan on attending the restaurant, please let me know so I can contact Alberto’s to have a section saved for us.

Sincerely,

Ann Tripp

Need Everyone’s Help!

It is anticipated that the Seymour Fire Marshall will conduct an audit of the Church within the next 10 days.  Please – All committees & groups – check your storage areas to have them as neat and uncluttered as possible.  When in doubt throw it out.  This includes the back corner of the gym, storage closets, office areas, staircases, classrooms, exits, etc. Thanks -from the Property & Renovation Committee. Thanks, Tom

The Annual Turkey Dinner and Basket Raffle will be held on June 7th.  Save the date and consider donating a basket for the raffle worth approximately $25.00.  Help will be needed for set up, clean up, cooking and serving.  Come join us!  It’s a fun time for all.

Update on Covenant to Care for Children – In December, we were able to provide Christmas gifts for 9 families which included 13 boys ranging in age from 8 months to 19 years old and 9 girls ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old.  Gifts provided included gift cards, toys, clothing, diapers, shoes and jewelry.  Now we need to collect items needed monthly.  Right now they need diapers, kid’s coats, and toiletries, including toilet paper.

New short web address is now active!  www.seymourcongregational.com

New webmaster email address is:  webmaster@seymourcongregational.com

A short class for all committee chair people interested in navigating the site for posting will be offered in April. Date to be announced. This will not be a class in operating a computer…knowledge of internet access, uploading/saving/word processing is a must! Contact me at the webmaster address if you are interested!!  If you are not interested in posting for your committee, I understand and will be available to upload your information and postings for you.  DeAnna 

COFFEE HOURS:  The Parish Life Committee oversees the non-committed coffee hours and we are in need of packaged goodies to keep in our pantry.  There are also open dates (March 23rd is next) if you and your family/friends would like to volunteer and delight us all with your very own hospitality.  There’s a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall or feel free to donate your goodies by leaving them in the kitchen marked “Parish Life”.  Any help would be most appreciated since we love our Coffee Hours!

BOOK CLUB:  Last Friday’s book club was beyond fun.  Katelynne Stevens accessorized in the fashion of Night Circus – our book for that month.  We all dressed up in the manner of the characters and had much to laugh and comment about.  It was our first book of fantasy.  I felt it was an adult Harry Potter book.  To reflect on the past nine books we have read, with the exception of my choice, I would not have chosen any of the books we have read.  The purpose of joining a book club is to expand our literary horizons and have fun.  We are doing both!! If you are interested in reading our next book, it is I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.  So we head back to the Middle East.            Karen Baker 

Pot Luck B-I-N-G-O Dinner on Saturday, April 5th.   5:00 – 8:00 p.m,  sponsored by the Parish Life Committee. Admission is Free!  There will be a sign-up sheet for dinner/desserts and there will be paper BINGO sheets, so please bring a friend and bring your dabber!!  Come for fabulous food and fellowship!  No cash, but lots of prizes.

Easter Lilly Plant Orders are due by April 4th. See Jackie Calzone for order forms.