Week of March 20, 2016

Worship 10:00am

Coffee Hour immediately following



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




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.





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


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


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).


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.




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



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.




E-Bridge: Week of 4-20-2015


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. 



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



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.

Week of 7/20/14


Weekly Newsletter of the Seymour Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”



Worship Service – 10:00 AM

Join us for coffee hour after worship


Meetings this week

Monday, July 21                      4:00 PM                       Weight Watchers

Thursday, July 24                    7:00 PM                       AA


church secretary



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

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

Dear Friends,

This week’s text falls directly upon last week’s, sort of like we are still in the field.  I have a rock garden that is being overtaken by weeds and flowers. I am no longer sure which is which. They all flower so why is it important.

Jesus is still sharing parables and they are very much about weeds and seeds. Jesus spent a lot of time suggesting how we are to behave in the garden.  This good earth is the Lord’s garden and maybe we should take a lesson from that. If Jesus spends so much time talking about the garden, maybe we should spend some reflective time about how behave in the garden. Do we feed the birds and chase away the squirrels? Do we share the crop? Do we help the person in the next garden tend to the soil? Who’s garden is it any why? See you Sunday.

Here is this week’s conference Spirted Wednesday for your reading.  Jack is an old friend. He is a retired Navy Chaplin who serves in the Connecticut Conference.

How Does It Grow

Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Jack Shackles, Jr.

Matthew 13: 16-17 (The Message)

But you have God-blessed eyes – eyes that see! And God-blessed ears – ears that hear! A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance.


How does a garden grow? I am not a gardener or farmer, but I am told that well planned gardens start with the correct soil mixture. Organic or natural, please. Straight furrows are prepared for seeds that have been carefully selected. Are they heirloom, open-pollinated seeds?

Every seed goes in their carefully prepared furrow, each to its own furrow. There is no indiscriminate tossing of seeds in these gardens. They are environments that are controlled to promote the best growth of the plant. Fences surround the gardens to keep away unwanted pests that might harm the plants.

What then do we make of the actions of the farmer in Jesus’ parable? He scattered seeds everywhere, not just on good soil. There were seeds on the road. Seeds in the gravel. Seeds in the weeds. Some might say he was full of new wine by the way he scattered seeds regardless of where they might land.

Others might say he was a farmer who sowed seeds in all places and trusted the growth to God. Some of the seeds he scattered fell on good soil. From those seeds, God grew an abundant harvest.

We are servants in fields the Holy Spirit has prepared and are called to proclaim the Good News at all times and in all places. We engage in acts of justice and show mercy to all. Our work is marked by extravagance trust that the seeds we scatter will reach those who are eager to hear and believe. God will grow the Kingdom from the seeds we plant and nurture.


Gracious God, make us extravagant sowers of seeds. We are co-workers in your fields. Forgive our desire to control the outcome and increase our faith and zeal for the work of your Kingdom. Amen.

The Rev. Jack Shackles, Jr. is pastor of Taftville Congregational Church, UCC.







Our video technician is taking a well deserved vacation and will return Mid August.  Videos of our worship services will resume at that time.



Next Sunday, July 27th, Grace Farmer will be 99 years old.  For those who would like to send her a card, her address is Shady Knoll, 43 Skokorat St., Seymour 06483.  Cherie will also have a card here at church for anyone who would like to sign it.  We will be forming a group to go visit her and have a little birthday celebration immediately following worship.  We will leave here at 11:00 AM, have a short visit, and leave Shady Knoll at 11:45 AM. There is a sign up sheet downstairs at coffee hour for those who would like to attend.  Plan on carpooling.

feed the hungry

The Seymour/Oxford Food Bank is in need of the following items:

1 lb. boxes of spaghetti.

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


“Lunch Bags of Love”

The Seymour Congregational Church Youth would like to help those children less fortunate have a hunger-free summer.  They have selected the following items to be donated to the Food Bank:

Breakfast:  Cereal, canned fruit, powdered milk, evaporated milk, instant oatmeal, pancake mix, pop-tarts, granola bars, cornbread or muffin mix, juice – cans and juice boxes.

Lunch:  Velveeta shells and cheese, Easy Mac, canned tuna or chicken, canned pasta, spam, canned or “cup of” soup, peanut butter, jelly, fluff, honey, Nutella, pudding or gelatin cups, fruit cups, applesauce, snack cracker packs, fruit snacks, Gatorade and flavored water.


-unfortunately we cannot accept perishable items, but anything else is most appreciated-

Please bring items to Seymour Congregational Church




E Bridge week of June 15, 2014




June 15, 2014

Worship Service

10:00 AM

Coffee Hour – 11:00 AM

Adult choir rehearsal – 11:30 AM

This Week


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

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


Monday, June 16 4:00pm Weight Watchers
Tuesday, June 17 6:15pm Girl Scouts #135
7:00pm Council
Thursday 19 7:00pm AA
7:30pm Masons



Thank you to everyone for helping us make this year’s Basket Raffle and Turkey Dinner such a success.  A very big thank you to my helpers on Friday morning and everyone who worked at the dinner and helped with the cleanup.  It could not have been done without you.       ~  Teresa


June 15 – Snowflake fair planning meeting

Following worship (location to be announced).  Anyone interested is invited to join us!

This summer, be on the lookout for the following needed items:

  • A 4’ – 6’ tree for our “Giving Tree” in the foyer (will be used for donations to the Gellatly Scholarship Fund and the CT food bank).
  • Pink items for our “positively pink” basket ($ collected for this basket will go to Seymour Pink)
  • Items for baskets ~ if you don’t want to donate a full basket, Leslie will be making a box for donations that we can put together for the raffle (and we may put together a few small baskets for sale).
  • Ornaments for our “All that Glitters” tree (we have enough balls, look for misc. glittery decorations)
  • We do have a good start on our “Christmas Treasures” items from the tag sale, but will always make room for more!
  • Supplies: Clear wrap, wired ribbon, and medium and large sized baskets

If you have a craft idea, let Laura or Jeannette know – we plan on having at least 2 craft get-togethers.


George Wityak & John Maiorino   Post 10 – Memorial Day

If anyone knows of a Seymour Veteran who is buried at a cemetery in another town and does not have a flag on the grave, please contact George Bashura at 203-888-7734 or Michael Kearney at 203-888-7813, and they will provide a flag to the family to place at the grave.  Thank you.

Altar Flowers

There are many openings for June, July and August on the Flower Chart.  You may want them to be ordered or you may bring in your own.  Please indicate on the Flower Chart whether you would like to take them home or leave them to be given to shut-ins or someone who is sick.   T-take, L-leave



334 Boston Post Road

Orange, CT  06477

Helping Hands is proudly partnered with over 175 local non-profit organizations

 They are now offering House-Cleanouts.  Donated items will reduce the cost of the clean out.



The Food Bank is very low on the following items:

Urgent need – 1 lb. boxes of spaghetti.

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



New Baskets added to Snowflake Fair Raffle


2013 Basket Bonanza

Drawing to be held at SNOWFLAKE FAIR on Nov. 23, 2013

Pictures of all the baskets can be seen on the church’s facebook page:

Seymour Congregational Church and go to Snowflake Fair Basket Raffle album

Tickets for baskets & wreaths are $1 each or 12 for $10; trees are $2 each

1.    Avon baby ~ Car seat cover with seat belt pillow, shopping cart cover and sensory toy.

2.    Ambrosia Maple Wooden Bowl ~ hand made by Woodstock, NY artist (Lee Dayton’s father)

3.    Shop WalMart ~ WalMart $20 gift card and snowman fingertip towel

4.    Avon Holiday Extravaganza ~ Diffuser set, 2 24-oz bubble baths, 4 mini bubble baths, 4 hand creams, 8 lip gloss & 2 mini emory boards.

5.    Bake for the Cure ~ 3 mixing bowls, 3 nesting measuring cups, silicone baking sheet, Komen for the Cure tote bag, spatula, oven mitt, all resting on a metal cookie sheet.

6.    Arden Assortment ~ Elizabeth Arden “Interlude” body spray, “Pretty” body lotion, “Red Door” perfume, and Elizabeth Taylor’s “White Diamonds” body powder

7.    For the Birds 1 ~ Bamboo bird feeder, with 2 packages of suet

8.    Night at Ozzie’s ~ $25 gift card donated by Ozzie’s Family Restaurant & Pizzeria, Seymour

9.    For the Birds 2 ~ Double suet feeder, with 10 packages of suet

10.   Cardinal Garden~ stepping stone, solar light, 2 garden ornaments, garden gloves.

11.   Cozy Quilt ~ Beautiful twin/full quilt with 2 pillow cases

12.   All Things Pumpkin II ~ Pumpkin: pancake mix, salsa, syrup, seeds, napkins, liquid soap, marshmallows, bread, pie filling, cheesecake cookies, dishes, cider

13.   Breakfast Anyone? ~ Waffle stick maker with mix & syrup

14.   Snowmen Steppers: Lighted snowmen on ladder and Christmas tree “Lights in the Night” night light

15.   Beautiful Noise ~ Beautiful tones to this “Shenandoah Melodies” set of chimes

16.   Let’s go to Rio ~ Anchor  Hocking 16-piece Anchor Hocking “Rio” glassware

17.   Kitchen collection ~ Santa jello mold, 3-piece hand graters, reindeer salt & pepper shakers, Santa wine topper, and 2 mugs, all resting in a rod iron fruit bowl

18.   The Cat’s Meow ~ Scratching post, grooming brush, 3 cat toys, food & treats, resting on a disposable litter tray with small bag of litter.

19.   Winter Reading ~ Ken Follett’s “Winter World”, Dan Brown’s “Inferno” and 4 Daniel Silva books

20.   Tea Time ~ Tea and cookies in a Princess House “Biscuit Barrel”

21.   Just for Kids ~ Sticker activity book with play scenes, 5 “Top Hat” books, and 2 “Little Squirts” drink bottles

22.   Christmas Table ~ 6’ table runner, 8 reversible napkins & 4 cristal d’arques “Combourg” wine glasses

23.   Teen Tote ~ 200-piece nail design kit, Bath & Body Works vanilla verbena sugar scrub, 2 “Soft Lips”, emery board, manicure kit, shower gel, and blue & pink nail polish, in acolorful corduroy-lined tote

24.   Winter Warmth ~ 50” x 70” plush throw, pair of gloves, scarf, Christmas mug, and 4-pack of hot chocolate mix

25.   Scrapbooking Selection ~ Everything you need to keep your special memories organized and looking great – too much to list!

26.   The Weekender ~ 3-piece Weekender luggage, Colleen Coble’s “Rosemary Cottage”, a first aid kit, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner & hair spray

27.   A Night for Reading ~ Mary Jane Clark’s “The Look of Love” and “Dying for Mercy”, coffee mug, tin of International French vanilla coffee, box of assorted Bigelow teas, and 3bags of snacks

28.   Jewelry Box ~ Vernier watch with interchangeable bands and 3 bracelets: onyx, honey jade & amethyst

29.   Girl Scout Cookies ~ 8 boxes of everyone’s favorites!

30.   Deck the Halls ~ Musical plush sled with snowman, dog & penguin that plays “Sleigh Ride”, 2 lighted snowflake window clings, a snowman door hanger,  Santa tea light holder,green box ornament, and 5 hibiscus silk flowers.

31.   “The Christmas Tree” ~ Beautiful print by our own artist, Lynne Traverse

32.   “Betsy” ~ print #2 by Lynne Traverse

33.   Cookie Time! ~ Bake up a batch of cookies with this sugar cookie mix, holiday sprinkles, 3 cookie cutters, a baking mitt, and  2 Christmas spatulas, with a glittering “Joy” sign.

34.   Tool Time! ~ Kobalt set of tools, in a handy storage case: screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, wrench, utility knife, bit set & more!

35.   Mitford Years ~ Jane Karon’s 7-book set of “The Mitford Years”, plus “Light from Heaven” and a box of Bigelow Tea.

36.   Christmas Reading ~ Debbie Macomber’s “The Christmas Basket, “Where Angels Go” & “The Perfect Christmas”, plus a box of Bigelow tea

37.    The Dog’s Woof ~ various items for your pooch!

38.    I’m Puzzled ~ Puzzles for kids, a plush snowman toy & ??

39.    Ladies Only ~ a purse, pewter cross, mug, scarf & a box of Bigelow Tea

40.    Cozy Evening ~ Bottle of pinot noir, 2 wine glasses, and a Christmas


WREATHS #1, 2 & 3 are part of the $1 raffle; final wreath will be a silent auction wreath.


TREE RAFFLE (#1 and #2) –tickets are $2 each


Hello and welcome to all of our visitors, old and new!

We are changing things up a bit and hosting our information here on this wordpress blog as we transition to a new website in the near future.  All of our events, sermon notes, notices and important information will be posted here.  We are looking forward to meeting all of you and answering any questions you may have.

Join us on facebook, visit us here often to see what’s going on in our church family, community and outreach.

What’s happening at our church?

We just had a wonderful homemade polish dinner on October 19th.  Almost 200 diners enjoyed pierogies, kielbasa, sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, potato pankes and tons of wonderful desserts.  All made by our wonderful volunteers. Pictures will be posted soon!  If you missed this event, join us at our Snowflake fair in November!  Our kitchen will be open again with homemade specialties and desserts!

Our Choir is working on the Christmas Cantata, and as the Holidays fast approach, we look forward to celebrating  the Season of Jesus.

 Join us for our Christmas Eve Service that is sure to inspire you!

Come in and spend some time in faith with us…and bring a friend! – All are welcome here!