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Week of May 1, 2016

Sunday May 1, 2016

10:00 AM – Family Worship & Nursery

10:15 – Church School


May we have communion with God in the secret of our hearts, and find Him to be to us as a little sanctuary.       Charles Spurgeon, British preacher and author


 

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


GREETERS:

Tony Calzone and Luanne Smith

LAY LEADER:

Karl Kregling

DEACON OF THE MONTH:

Catlins and Kreglings

11:00 AM – Bell Choir – Come ring with us!  All ages welcome!

11:30 AM – Adult Choir

5:00-7:00 PM – Confirmation Class

 


Chasing Fullness

The crowd continued to follow Jesus the day after Jesus performed a miracle by feeding thousands of hungry people with the five loaves and two fish, not because they were hungry, but they were hoping for another miracle.  They were driven by a need for fullness; it seems they were chasing fullness as there never seemed to be enough.  It is in this context that Jesus speaks to the multitude saying, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never by thirsty.” (John 6: 35)

In saying, “I am the bread of life”, Jesus is in effect telling us; “I don’t want you to spend your life just chasing fullness.  I want to offer satisfaction, no matter what the circumstances are.  I want to give you contentment and peace. I can provide that. Let me be your source of joy, so that no matter where you are, you are, you can say, right now is a good day, Life is good.  I am blessed.”

Through communion we celebrate our nearness to the spirit of Jesus in the partaking of the bread of life and the cup of the new covenant.  In this way, communion is not so much about the remembering the One who has gone before us but about celebrating the One who is always with us.   The beautiful hymn Here O My Lord, by Horatius Bonar (1855) speaks about this celebration; “Too soon we rise; the symbols disappear; the feast, though not the love is past and gone.  The bread and wine remove; but Thou art here, nearer than ever, still my shield and sun.”

 Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Weekly Prayer

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

~Attributed to – St Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer (9th Century)


THIS WEEK

Monday, May 2 4:00 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, May 3 6:15 PM GS #135

Thursday, May 5 6:30 PM GS #135 Leader Mtg.

Friday, May 6 8:00 PM Eastern Star


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Save the Date:

May 15 – Confirmation Sunday

May 22 at 4:00 PM – Pastor Allyson’s Installation, Reception following

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship informational meetings will be held at the church in the gym  on Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 5th  at 11:30   Both a parent and the student applicant (new applicants and those reapplying) must attend one of these mandatory meetings.  Applications will be given to the candidates after attendance of one of these meetings.

The Scholarship Committee of the Seymour Congregational Church is empowered to award 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 awards if they are members or children of members of the Seymour Congregational Church.  At this meeting, scholarship committee members will explain expectations, requirements and important information for the families to understand before applying for a scholarship.

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.

If you have any questions, speak to Laura Thompson or Karen Baker, Scholarship Committee.

 

Carriers for Foster Kids:

Gently used tote bags, backpacks, overnight bags or duffle bags are needed in a New Haven Foster Care facility.

The children that are brought into the system generally have only the clothes on their backs until they are placed and then they carry their belongings in garbage bags.

Other items that are needed are toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and soap. (conditioner, powder, combs and brushes too)

They will also accept hats, scarves and gloves, but with the warmer weather coming, perhaps those things can wait until Fall.

Please see Kim Walsh  to arrange pick up or drop off of any items that you are willing to donate to this cause.

 

 TAG SALE ~ SATURDAY, MAY 14th

  8 A.M. – 2 P.M.

We are part of the “Town Wide Tag Sale”, so grab a flyer the morning of the sale and shop till you drop all around Seymour! Thank you for the items generously donated so far (please put your items marked for “tag sale” in the gym – NO clothing, please). Please note: the last night to drop off any items is Wednesday, May 11th! We also have 4 members (2 inside, 2 outside, so far) who have rented tables, so be sure to check their items too! Help will be needed during the week of May 9th  (That’s a week from Monday! ~ Mon-Thurs, about 5:30 – 8 p.m.) to move tables and bring out the boxes from the back room. Donations of baked goods are also appreciated and can be dropped off on Friday (from 2 – 6 pm) or before the sale Saturday morning – be sure to have pre-packaged, pre-priced (if possible), and marked if it contains nuts. See Laura if you would like to volunteer ~ we can always use extra help, especially at the end of the day when it’s time to pack up before the trucks come from Helping Hands. Also, please park in the grass parking lot and wear name tags and tee-shirts if you have them! (P.S. Bring more baskets for the raffle, too, if you have them ready, as we will have someone on hand to sell tickets).

The 19th Annual Walk for the Hungry and Homeless

To benefit Spooner House/The valley Food Bank –

Saturday, May 21st

8:30 AM – Registration, 9:00 AM –Start

Where:  Derby Greenway (Division St. Entrance)

Minimum $20 donation receives a free event t-shirt

Nancy Cretella will have flyers to hand out at Coffee Hour on Sunday with more information.

 Veterans Appreciation Concert 2016

Presented by The Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps

Emil Senger Post 10 American Legion and VFW Post 12084

Seymour Middle School Auditorium | 211 Mountain Rd. Seymour, CT

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM

 Admission is $10 – Tickets available at:

BALANCE, 1 Klarides Dr., Seymour, CT (203)888-8983

Emil Senger American Legion Post 10, Seymour, CT – George Bashura (203)-305-3821

St. Michæl’s Catholic War Veterans Post 1562, Derby, CT (203) 734-9748

VFW Post 12084, Seymour, CT – Al Yagovane (203)736-7981

For Ticket information contact Tom Gabianelli at tgabs@att.net or 203-231-2682

DiSorbo’s Food Truck will be selling hot dogs, burgers, fried dough, pastry’s, etc.

Kindly bring a non-perishable food item for the Seymour / Oxford Food Bank

TURKEY DINNER AND BASKET RAFFLE  Sat., June 4th

Dinner starts at 5:30 PM and Raffle drawing at 7:00 PM.

Adults $14, Kids (under 10 yrs.) $5 – Raffle tickets – $1 for one and $10 for 12

Come for food and fellowship!

There is still time to donate a basket or items for a basket for the Basket Raffle!

 

4th Annual “Hot Dog Stand”

For Veterans and participants of the Seymour Memorial Day Parade

At this time we would like to request donations of Hot Dogs, but only “Hummel’s Skinless” and any kind of bottled water would be greatly appreciated.  Last year we served over 500 hot dogs!  Items can be left in the kitchen, marked accordingly.  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.

The Field of Flags

is a welcomed site for many and has now become a tradition each Memorial Day. Last year I noticed quite a few people, stopping at all times of day, walking in the field taking pause and paying their respects to not only loved ones past and present but to our country.  Out of respect to the flag, many of them need to be replaced this year as the outdoor elements have taken their toll on them. I’d like to ask if anyone would care to make a monetary donation so that more flags could be purchased.  No amount is too small, anything would be greatly appreciated.  If a donation is made in honor of someone please let me know so this can be appropriately acknowledged. The flags that we’ve had on display these past 2 years have been generously donated by Sally Schwaller in honor of her husband and her father.

Thank you and God Bless!

For more information, see Lynne Foreman

BOOK CLUB:  Our book club’s next book is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.  It has received great success in past years and is a favorite of book clubs.  It has a moral theme that I predict will promote much discussion when we meet on May 13th.  If you are interested in joining us, please speak to Kim Majkner.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?  Please contact Lynda Boynton. 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.

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 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 March 20, 2016

Worship 10:00am

Coffee Hour immediately following

Retreat

 

When you hear “Retreat!” you think of the dictionary definition: “moving away from a place or situation especially because it is dangerous or unpleasant.  This definition most certainly does not describe our wonderful Confirmation Retreat this past weekend at Silver Lake. In fact, we moved toward a safe and nurturing place, a beautiful place where we worshipped together, learned together, and played together.

Thank you to our chaperones, Nancy Rogers and Elwin Jimmo, for their enthusiasm and support during our time at Silver Lake.  In addition to visiting the Labyrinth and hiking around the camp, the retreat provided us with opportunities to meet with other teens from around CT to discuss many spiritual topics including baptism, discipleship, and the scriptural basis for the six core values of the United Church of Christ denomination.  Our confirmation class has decided that our church truly exemplifies the UCC core value; “We Are People of God’s Extravagant Welcome” and we talked about how our group can be part of that welcome. What a blessing for us to share our faith with each other as we experienced God together in such an inspiring setting.   

So sound the Retreat, head for a safe and comforting place and spend some quiet time with God and with friends this week.  I’m sure glad we did!

 Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Thank you God,

Not just for life,

But for our journey through life.

Life is a miracle,

And a journey through life is so full of so many more miracles

If we travel with our Heartsongs,

Thank you God for blessing me with the gift of Heartsongs,

So that I can enjoy my miracles.

~Mattie J.T. Stepanek, 11 yr. old struggling with Muscular Dystrophy, April 1998

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MAUNDY THURSDAY:  We will be having a pasta dinner prior to the Maundy Thursday service, 5:30 pm, March 24th in Fellowship Hall.

 It would be helpful if we had an approximate headcount so please sign up at coffee hour.

We will be serving pasta (including a gluten free option) and three sauces: Howie Bradshaw’s famous meat sauce, turkey Bolognese, and plain marinara; salad & garlic bread.

Donations of pasta (spaghetti) and sauce (marinara) would be greatly appreciated (leave items in the kitchen). Please contact Michelle Mann if you can help out in the kitchen. We will be there at 3pm to start cooking and could use help with clean up as well.  We did this last year and had a good turn out. Hope you can make it.

 


 

 

Breakfast-with-Easter-Bunny

Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, March 26, 2016

8 – 11 am

$7 per person – $4 children 10 and under

Free Children’s Easter Craft Table

Proceeds provide camperships to Silver Lake Conference Center and funding for Youth Group and Church School activities

DON’T MISS THE FUN – BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!

Volunteer and Donation Sign-up sheets are in Fellowship Hall for the Bunny Breakfast. We need help with set up and bacon cooking on Friday 3/25 and help from beginning to end on Saturday 3/26. Any amount of time you can share with us is appreciated. Don’t miss the fun and satisfaction of knowing you are helping fund programs for our youth and church school children!

Tickets for the breakfast will be available soon!

Please bring in your raffle basket or items to be added to a basket as soon as possible so that we will have a good number of baskets at the Bunny Breakfast, and can sell tickets for the drawing in June at the Turkey Dinner.

Basket Ideas:  Gardening, Wine/Beer, Baking, Kitchen, etc.

Thank you,

The Christian Education Committee

 


 

 

tag sale

T A G   S A L E

SAT., MAY 14TH

8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Our annual tag sale is fast approaching – mark your calendars NOW!

This year, we will have around 7 tables inside for members ($10 per table) and non-members ($20 per table). We will also offer a limited amount of 10’ x 10’ spaces outside for $15 (must provide own table). Interested members need to advise Laura Thompson if interested by March 31st before we advertise for outsiders.

Items can be dropped off in the gym the week after Easter. Items should be clean and in good condition (NO clothing, unless hats, purses or scarves). Any unsold items will be donated to Helping Hands. If you need your items picked up, please call the church office or Laura.

We will also have coffee and baked goods for sale, and any donations will be gratefully accepted (no lunch will be offered).


Church-bus

Need a ride to church??

The Seymour Senior Center is now offering transportation to church services for Seymour Residents who are no longer able to drive themselves.  We will be offering transportation to the following Sunday Services:

Seymour Congregational, Broad St., 10:00 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal, Church St., 10:00 a.m

St. Augustine Catholic, Washington Ave., 10:30 a.m.

Other churches may be included  if requested and times do not conflict with the schedule.  Reservations required.  Call 203-888-0406 before 4:00 p.m.  Calls made after 4:00 p.m. will not be accepted. Transportation will be provided by the Senior Mini-Bus.

It is free – first come, first serve.

 


 

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


 

THIS WEEK

Monday, March 21 4:00 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, March 22 6:15 PM GS #135

6:30 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 24 5:30 PM Pasta Supper

7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service ~ Special music by the Adult Choir.

 

 

Welcome to Seymour Congregational Church

We welcome our new pastor,

Reverend Allyson Glass

Allyson is a graduate of Springfield College with a BS degree in Physical Education and Southern CT State University with a MS degree in Adaptive Physical Education and a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership.  She retired as the Principal of Rock Hill Elementary School in Wallingford after a 34 year career in education.  Allyson graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in May 2012 graduation and completed her Chaplain Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.  She was ordained by the Middlesex Association of the UCC on November 10, 2013 at the Congregational Church in Killingworth, CT where she was a member for 32 years.  She served as a Hospice Chaplain with Valley Health Care in New Jersey for two years before being called the Ministry at the Seymour Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.

Allyson was married for 43 years to her beloved husband Stephen who passed away after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer in 2010.  They lived in Killingworth, CT where they raised their two daughters, Laura and Teresa.  Teresa lives in Rocky Hill, CT with her husband Brian and their son Desmond.  She is a speech pathologist with the Region #4 School District.  Laura lives in Holly Springs, NC with her two children Madelyne and Zachary.  She is the Senior VP for Quality and Systems Improvement with the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association.

 Join us this Sunday to meet her!


Sunday September  13, 2015

Worship Service – 10:00am

Join us for coffee hour immediately after!


This Weeks E Bridge Announcements

 

 

Rally Day

What a gift Rally Sunday will be for me as your new Pastor.   This is a Sunday to celebrate our community of faith as we come together to feast and celebrate.

We will first feast on The Word through worship.  I cannot help but smile as I see the names of the children and young people who will participate in our Rally Day service.  You will be warmly greeted by Bethany Catlin, Jaden Rogers, Molly Tripp and Emily Soss. We will have special music provided  talented young musicians,  and the return of our choir after a summer hiatus.  Our altar flowers are given by Janet Horton to celebrate Grandparent’s Day.  Yes, we will truly celebrate the gift of our children and young people as we begin the new church school year.

Following worship we will feast on delicious food.  We will be treated to a BBQ and to side dishes provided by members of the congregation.  Our dessert will be the entries in our annual baking contest. This is a wonderful time for us to gather at the table together to share our summer fun and our hopes for the upcoming year.

Our feast of fellowship will continue after lunch with opportunities to participate in a number of games.  What a great opportunity to spend the afternoon having fun together.

 I look forward to our feast,

Pastor Allyson


CHURCH PICNIC SUNDAY!

Tickets are still available only $5 pp  –  see Lynne Foreman


 

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


MEETINGS HAPPENING THIS WEEK

Monday, Sept. 14
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, Sept. 15
6:15 PM GS #135
7:00 PM Council

Wednesday, Sept. 16
6:00 PM GS #60059

Thursday, Sept. 17
7:00 PM Masons
7:00 PM AA

Friday, Sept. 18
8:00 PM Eastern Star


CHURCH SCHOOL  

Join us on September 20th for the start of our Church School season. We have an exciting year planned where will be exploring a new curriculum and a confirmation class will be starting lead by Reverend Allyson Glass.

SNOWFLAKE FAIRSATURDAY, 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.

225th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

We will be having a birthday party for our Church on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Antonio’s Restaurant in Southbury.  We have a lot to celebrate!  The Reverend Allyson Glass answered our call to our Church, so we have a full time pastor.  Our Church is 225 years old, having started the same year as President George Washington’s first inauguration!

We will be having a buffet, and the cost is $30.00 per person; kids are $15.00. That price includes everything but we will have a cash bar.   The party will be 12-5 with lunch being served some time after 1:00 P.M.   The buffet will include:  Verde Salad- Penne Vodka- Lemon Chicken- Roast Beef- Stuffed Sole- Potatoes- Vegetables.   There will be soda, coffee, tea and assorted cookies and a Birthday Cake.

Please see Dave Lawson, Karl or Teresa Kregling, Peggy Frazine, Sandy Barber, Mandy Hicks or Dave Bell if you are going to attend.  Thanks.

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, call Lynda (203-888-5473) or 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 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.

 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, 888-0394.

 

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.

HELPING HANDS: Your donation of clothing, furniture, etc. to Helping Hands benefits our church also. When an item is purchased at one of their stores that was donated by us, we receive a portion of the sale price. Your donations are tax deductible. They will pick up furniture.

 

E-Bridge week of November 9-15

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Happening in your church family this week;

In worship Sunday we will take a moment to honor all those who have served in the armed forces. If you are now or in the past served our country in the military please come so that we may recognize you.

We are in the mix of stewardship season.  This Sunday I plan to spend some time during the sermon to reflect upon the 10 maidens who trimmed or did not trim their lamps. Some ran out of oil – what would happen if the church ran out of oil? Have you ever ran out of oil? Have you ever ran out of spiritual oil? Did you get shut out?

If we are all family how is it that some run out of oil and others seem to have plenty? It’s all about oil this Sunday.


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Family Time

Spirited Wednesday

Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton

November 05, 2014

Scripture: Joshua 24:15-18

Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’

Then the people answered, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.’

Reflection:

I recently spoke with a young mother interested in having her daughter baptized. She’d been raised in a Congregational church and hoped her daughter would one day get confirmed. But she wanted to be honest: they weren’t likely to be regular church goers. “Weekends are for family,” she explained. Maybe you’ve heard this, too, or said it: “Sundays are precious.” “It’s the only time we have together.” “We want to savor this time while our children are young.”

When did church stop being about family? “It didn’t. It’s all about family,” we church-goers might insist. If that’s true, then we have a PR problem, because increasingly, young families see church as an intrusion into family life, hours deducted from the really quality time they want to spend together. I wonder: What could we say about the power of practicing faith as a family, in the company of others? What stories can we tell about raising children within a wider faith community? How might we say, “As for me and my household, we go to church on Sunday,” without sounding, well, holier-than-thou?

More importantly: What would those families find, if we did persuade them to show up for church? Do we really create enough space for families to explore faith together? How often do we worship, do Bible study, or ask our most pressing questions as households? Where do parents and kids get to share their doubts and insights with each other? Who helps them to navigate those conversations?

Joshua began his speech to the Israelites by listing all the highs and lows of their wilderness journey. “Remember? How God set you free from slavery? How you turned your back on God again and again?” Joshua kept that story alive, to be passed from generation to generation: a living, breathing story about a living, breathing God who keeps covenant, even when we don’t.

I’m not saying that spotty attendance necessarily makes one a bad Christian. But I am saying this: As for me and my household, hanging out at church, with folks who are telling and learning from that same story about a living, loving God…that has made us a better family.

Prayer:

Teach us to be a church for all ages, so we can grow together – and maybe even learn from our kids! Amen.

The Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton is pastor of Saugatuck Congregational Church of Westport.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

VETERANS DAY IS NOVEMBER 11TH

LET’S REMEMBER OUR VETERANS WITH DONATIONS FOR THOSE IN

THE WEST HAVEN VETERANS HOSPITAL

 

Here is what is needed the most:  Socks, Underwear and t-shirts – all sizes needed from small (just a few) to 3x, Denture cleaner, Denture adhesive, Reading glasses, Deodorant, Shampoo, Nail clippers and Lotion.

They really do not need any conditioner, shaving cream, soap or puzzles at this time.   However they gladly welcome anything!

Donations can be placed in the Veterans bin in the Outreach Room.  Thank you!

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Snowflake Fair Updates

Another craft get-together has been scheduled for this Sat., Nov. 8th at 1:00 at Connie Wiesniak’s home. Bring scissors and glue gun if you have one.  Please let Laura Thompson or Connie know if you plan to come. 

29 Craft and Specialty Vendor tables, offering various types of hand-made, ornaments, wristlets, tote bags, aprons & snowmen; knitted and crocheted towels, pot holders, baby afghans, quilts, scarves, Christmas stockings, hats & purses; gift items for dogs, cats and dog/cat lovers; bath salts, sachets & tub tea; birdhouses, home-made candy, soy candles, wire sculptured jewelry; Amato’s Toy & Hobby will have a large variety of items, and Seymour Cinemas will be selling gift cards. We will have reps from: Tastefully Simple, Silpada Designs, Jamberry (nail wraps) and Tupperware. Two of our members, Jaclyn Kregling (Disney pin collection & note cards) and Jane Bitzer (scarves & bric-brac), will also have tables with items for sale. Raffles for: Gift baskets, wreaths, homemade quilt and 6’ “All That Glitters” decorated tree; ladies boutique, baked goods table, craft area for kids on the stage, find great deals on items in our Christmas Treasures Room, and breakfast & lunch served in the Snowflake Café. We will also be selling gift cards to various stores like WalMart and Stop & Shop (a % of purchase price goes back to the church).

Donations for the baked goods table and desserts for lunch can be dropped off the night before from 4:30-7:30 p.m. or the morning of the fair.

Please don’t forget to see Nancy Cretella on Nov. 9 to get a specific gift idea for our Covenant to Care children.

Help us build up our “Giving Tree” to benefit the Gellatly Scholarship Fund and the CT Food Bank (will be in place on November 16th at the top doors near the office).

Any donations for the “Boutique” would be greatly appreciated.  These include mainly jewelry, but also pocketbooks, scarves, and any other accessories that you no longer need.  There is a box marked “Boutique” downstairs as you enter the Fellowship Hall where you can leave items, or give them to Laura or Connie.  Thanks  

Quilt Raffle tickets are available from Sandy Barber.  See her during coffee hour.

Thanks to everyone that has helped/donated so far ~ there are still empty spaces on the sign-up sheet to work the day of the fair.

 


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November 9th, 2014

10:00 AM – Worship

Please join us for coffee hour in fellowship hall following our service!

11:30 AM – Christmas Cantata Rehearsal-Last chance   to join the choir for the holidays and be a “Sometime Singer” and sing in the Cantata.  So grab a cup of coffee & come up & join us.

12:00 noon – Adult Choir Rehearsal 

 

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.

 

Meetings this week at Seymour Congregational Church

 

Monday, Nov. 10

3:30 PM                Weight Watchers

7:30 PM                 Amaranth

Tuesday, Nov.11

6:15 PM                 Girl Scouts #135

Thursday, Nov. 13

6:30 PM                Tenor/Bass Sectional

7:00 PM                 AA

 

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.

E-Bridge 9/6/14

Friends,

Remember, Sunday is Communion Sunday – Come hungry and ready to be fed!

The text this week comes to us from Matthew 18-

“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

This is one of these text that we silently wink at and then each other we will unpack it a bit Sunday in church but for now let’s at least begin

            If another member of the church sins against you… what do we do – just talk about them behind their back.

            If another member of the church sins against you…just call a bunch of people in the church to complain about them. You may even want to start a letter-writing campaign against them.

            If another member of the church sins against you…just send them a nasty email. Copy the clergy. And, while you’re at it, CC the Senior Deacon or the Regional Minister.

            If another member of the church sins against you…don’t say anything. Just avoid them. Un-friend them on Facebook. And, if you can’t avoid them on Sundays, then just leave the church.

…No.

In the eighteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus talks directly to his followers to tell us what our fellowship is to be like. If a brother or sister in the faith hurts you, angers you, saddens you, or does you wrong in any way…you go and talk to them about it directly, one on one. You don’t send someone else in secret – or start a whispering campaign – you don’t go around corners – someone is not happy with something you did – sounds like middle school drama – I know something you don’t know – or kindergarten sandbox – Jesus is clear – go directly to them.

Not only does this manner of working out difficulties lead to forgiveness, it also does so in a graceful way. The offended party isn’t dragging the offender through the mud. If it gets worked out here, no one else needs to know.

            Forgiveness is available without fear of embarrassment in the fellowship. It can be done quietly. Lovingly. Gracefully.

However, when that doesn’t work, you bring another person or two with you. This “ratchets” things up a bit, but still provides for grace amidst discretion.

And then, if things can’t be worked out there, you bring it to the whole church.

            I’ve seen churches be totally undone by backbiting and whisper campaigns. It can be devastating-and not just to attendance and finances-but it’s devastating to the Christian witness of that faith community, and the Universal Church.

For when that happens, the church ceases to be a place of forgiveness, grace, and mercy. One might say that it ceases to be a church in any discernible fashion.

            Forgiveness is meant to be at the core of who we are, and to be honest with you, if we can’t do it between ourselves in the church, how can we ever be agents of reconciliation in the world? Right here, Jesus gives a clear blue-print for how our communities might be holy places where holy relationships might flourish. And, it’s something that we need to practice until it is so ingrained in our DNA, we can’t imagine living another way.

Because, for Jesus, there isn’t another way.


This week’s Connecticut Conference Spirit reflections come to us by Kathy Peters. Kathy is the pastor of Chester Congregational Church.

Dog Days

Spirited Wednesday

Romans 13:8-14 (NRSV)

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Reflection:

The Dog Days of summer are gone and school has begun. The end of Labor Day festivities indicates that the lazy days are over and “real” life is back. (The fact that the lazy, hazy days of summer are just a perception and that we are not always good at taking Sabbath time or allowing ourselves such days is a topic for another time!) This by all accounts has been a difficult, war-filled summer, and perhaps we are “happy” to see it end. We live in a world that seems to have forgotten the “law” of love.

My dog is a lover! No matter who you are, what you look like and if you smell a bit funky all the better…he loves you! His tail wags in greeting and his whole body moves with joy if you say hello and pet him. He is one bundle of unconditional love. He does not hold grudges or remember that you called him “bad dog” when he ate the garbage. He will never take anything that is yours though he will look longingly at your dinner plate. He has never killed anything…well maybe an occasional moth or a bug. He will sit by your side, listen without offering a bit of unsolicited advice and is always willing to accompany you on a walk. When you return home at the end of the day, his bounding joy at your presence just fills your soul. You just cannot hurry through life when taking a moment to love like my dog!

Dog Days of the summer kind have been around since ancient times and there is even a reference to them in the 1611 edition of the King James Bible. (Google it!) But if every day we could adopt the ways of my dog: unconditional love, joy in experiencing life, napping often, living the law of love, imagine the possibilities. I hope each day to “wake up” and be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.

Love does no wrong to a neighbor, and we are all neighbors. When will we learn to love?

See you Sunday

Rev Ed

  


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Coffee Hour This Sunday 

We need volunteers.  Any goodies would be greatly appreciated.  Clean up would also be helpful.  Lynne and Mackenzie will be there early to set up and make coffee, juice and tea.  Thanks so much.


Hunger Action MonthIt’s Hunger Action Month supported by the Citizens Bank Foundation!

Each September, Hunger Action Month gives Connecticut Food Bank the opportunity to encourage others to take action to solve hunger!

Nearly half a million Connecticut residents, including more than 155,000 children, don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.

Connecticut Food Bank urges you to wear orange – the color of hunger relief – on Thursday, September 4, as part of a nation-wide effort to increase awareness about hunger in our communities. Then send your photo to cfb@ctfoodbank.org for posting on our website and social media channels.

Make plans to join us for two special Hunger Action Month events:

  • September 4 – Wear orange and get a free orange donut from Tony’s Orangeside Donut Truckparked outside Citizens Bank, 209 Church Street in New Haven from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • September 30 – Volunteers needed for a Connecticut Food Bank Volunteer-a-Thon. Groups and individuals are welcome. Email kdamien@ctfoodbank.org to schedule a time.

Here are some other ideas to get involved:

  • Find us on Facebook and “like” our page.
  • Tweet photos to @CTFoodBank
  • Update your Facebook status to share a hunger fact with your friends
  • Take the SNAP (food stamp) challenge and live on a $4.15 a day food budget.
  • Download our 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar for more ideas!

Hunger Action Month is supported by the

                                    Citizens Bank Foundationl green logo


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22nd Annual Polish Dinner

Saturday, November 1st, 5 to 7 pm.

We would love to have you join us again this year.  We will need many hands to make this another successful year.  Any donations are welcome.

Thanks, Teresa


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SNOWFLAKE FAIR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Various forms, information, and important dates are on the back table in the fellowship hall. Be sure to check out our “Positively Pink” basket today to see what we have collected so far ~ more items are needed (proceeds from tickets sold for this basket will go to Seymour Pink ~ last year we rounded up to an even $100). A box for donations of miscellaneous items to be incorporated into our basket raffle will be in the hall the end of August. Our first craft nightwill be Friday, September 26th at 5:30 p.m. at Lynne F.’s home. Please bring $5 for pizza and any craft idea you may have. Please see Laura or Jeannette if you have any questions or call the church office.


SUNDAY FLOWERS:  We still have several Sundays available in September for you to sign up in the church vestibule to give flowers – In celebration of joyful friendships & special thanks, someone’s birthday, anniversary, or  in memory of someone, and to the greater glory of God!


 

 

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.


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Our church’s shawl ministry is appreciated by many and we continue with its mission.  Lynda Boynton has agreed to guide this endeavor with new ideas, patterns and prayers that she has gathered from other prayer shawl groups.  If you would like to learn more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry of our church, please join us in the gym at 11:15AM TODAY.


CHOIR NEWS

Here’s a fantastic opportunity for you to be part of the fun and fellowship as well as providing the important music ministry of our church.  No experience necessary – on the job training available.  Just drop in and join us this Thursday at 6:30 PM.  The following Thursday, Sept. 18, we are going to have a Pizza Party!  Someone was very kind to treat us to pizza.  After that we will be having rehearsals on Sundays which is convenient for people that travel from Thomaston, Oakville, West Haven, Derby and Ansonia, and Naugatuck too!


Attention Youth: Our next Give2 event is on Saturday, September 13th, when we will be going to Locket’s Meadow farm in Bethany. This farm is special in that it’s a sanctuary for at-risk farm animals. There are over 40 horses and many are used for therapeutic work and to entertain visitors. We will have more details (time, etc.) by next week. Please let know Mandy know if you are interested in participating.


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Flu and Pneumonia VaccineOn Sunday, October 5th, Stephanie and the UCONN Pharmacy students will be running their annual Flu Shot clinic.  Stephanie will also have the Pneumonia and Shingles shots available.   To sign up please see Teresa.

 

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.