Week of 9/25/2016

Weekly Newsletter of the Seymour Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

203-888-6729


 

  The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy.  

 ~ An old proverb


 

Sunday Worship Service notes:

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Please join us for worship service at 10:00am

 

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SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Sara Gail Nesteriak
Parents: Beth and Bryan Nesteriak
Deacon Sponsor: Gail Catlin

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OLD TESTAMENT Psalm 91: 1-6, 14-16

EPISTLE 1 Timothy 6: 6-19

SERMON “Spirit, Mind and Body” Rev. Allyson Glass

The flowers are given today by Bob & Peggy Frazine in celebration
of their anniversary.

Please join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for coffee hour.
It is being hosted by the Music Committee.

GREETERS: Alyce and Tom Wells
LAY LEADER: Betsy Entwisle
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Howard Bradshaw

TODAY
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:30 AM – Craft Get-together
12:30 PM – Naugatuck Valley Fall Meeting


 

Managing Stress and Worry

In Philippians 4: 4-7, the Apostle Paul speaks to each one of us to let go of our worries when he writes, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”.  In this way we are urged to let go of our worry and our stress and to rejoice that the Lord is near.  

As Christians we hold the peace of Christ in our hearts with the comforting knowledge that our loving God is always near.  I admit that there are many times that I have difficulty putting to rest my anxiety and worries.  I know that there are times I worry too much about being able to get everything done when really I should be rejoicing in the opportunity to praise God.  I even worry that all my worrying will cause me to miss the beauty God places in my life each day.

A study about worry revealed that 40% of our worry is over things that will never happen, 30% of our worries concern the past, 12% is needless worries about health, 10% of our worries are about petty issues, and only 8% are legitimate concerns.  Yes, out of all the anxiety and worry in our lives, only 8% is relevant.  Paul tells us that we should not even worry about the 8%.

I recently read an interesting remedy to our worry getting in the way of rejoicing in our blessings.  It was suggested that you place a rubber band on one wrist and whenever you recognize you’re not rejoicing, flick yourself.  When you sense the lack of gentleness, flick it harder. When you begin thinking too much about what it wrong rather than what is right, snap yourself silly.  When you feel over taken by anxiety and worry, draw back that rubber band and get ready to say “Ouch!”

While this is may seem silly, the idea is spot on.  We have to constantly remind ourselves that our loving God is close by and wants us to have peace of mind.  It is through prayer and the knowledge that we are Children of God that our stress and worries, even those 8% of legitimate concerns, are diminished and we rejoice in our God.

Weekly Prayer

 Gracious God, when our spirits lift at the beauty of the day, you are Lord; and when the chaos threatens to overwhelm and we dread the next news cycle – still you are Lord.  Always you are creating, redeeming, sustaining.  Speak your mercy into our lives until we discover the courage to open our eyes, unclench our hands, and move toward our neighbors.   Amen

~Prayer from: Feasting On The Word


UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Need for diapers

Our congregation is participating in National Diaper Need Awareness Week, September 26 thru October 2.  Please consider a donation of diapers and baby wipes to assist in meeting the needs of families in our community.  Baskets will be available in the church lobby to collect your donation.

THIS WEEK

Monday, Sept. 26         4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, Sept. 27          6:15 PM GS #135  –  7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide

Wednesday, Sept. 28     6:00 PM GS #60306


 

Every Communion Sunday, we invite our members and friends to participate in two special offerings.

~THE DEACONS’ FUND

You will find an extra envelope in the pew on Sunday mornings.  Contributions included in this envelope go to the Diaconate Fund – a New England Congregational tradition associated with the observance of the Lord’s Supper and dating from colonial days.

This fund, administered by the Diaconate, is used to help individuals in the Seymour area who have an immediate need usually arising out of some tragedy.  Confidentiality is observed, and sometimes only the Pastor and the Chairperson of the Diaconate know the circumstances.  We invite you to observe this time-honored tradition as you are able and support our community outreach by remembering others when observing the Sacrament of Communion.

~THE SEYMOUR-OXFORD FOOD BANK

This is our second special offering. We encourage our members and friends to bring at least one non-perishable food item on Communion Sundays.  (Contributions are accepted at other times.)  These items are delivered promptly to the Food Bank at the beginning of the week.

Next Sunday, October 2nd is Communion Sunday.


 

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POLISH DINNER

SATURDAY OCTOBER 29, 2016

5 TO 7 PM

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Hope you all had a great summer.  With fall approaching, it’s time to get ready for our Annual Polish Dinner.  Mark your calenders!

We need many hands – Pierogi and stuffed cabbage making will be on

Friday, October 14th at 9:00 AM and then again at 5:00 PM.    See you then.

Contact Teresa at kreg5@comcast.net with any questions .

 


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SNOWFLAKE FAIR

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th ~ 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

IT’S CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!

TODAY, Dawn will be leading our bow-making craft time in the gym following coffee hour.

Once again, we will have our standard basket, quilt, and tree raffles, Boutique, Bake Sale Table, Christmas Treasures Room, Kids’ craft area on our stage, and our Snowflake Café will serve breakfast and lunch. As always, we cannot have a successful fair without your help! Donations ($1 or more) for our “Who says money doesn’t go on trees” can be put on the mini tree near the coffee hour table the next few weeks (goal this year is $50). Completed gift baskets (approx. $25-$30 value) can be brought in starting NEXT WEEK (leave at the back of the hall and don’t forget to fill in a form as to what is in the basket). If you don’t want to do a whole basket, just leave your donation in the box in the hall to incorporate into a basket. There is a list of some suggested items needed to complete several baskets that have been started. We would like to have as many completed baskets as possible by the end of October so we can have for our Polish dinner on the 29th. Donations for the Christmas Treasures Room and the Boutique can be given to Lynda Boynton or Laura starting in mid October. Please also consider making a donation for our baked goods table or a dessert for our lunch. A sign-up sheet to work the day of the fair is posted on back table at coffee hour – you do not need to work all day, just indicate the hours you can help. We especially welcome any newcomers to jump in and get involved! See or call Laura Thompson if you have any questions.

 

~Thank you to Annette Kreitler for the beautiful fall wreaths

she has donated for the front doors of the church.

 

~Our Seymour/Oxford Food Bank is in need of packages of cookies, canned fruit and fruit juice at the present time.

 

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.


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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.

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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.

 


 

 

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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

 


 

 

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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.

 

 

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.

E-Bridge – Week of February 15, 201

E Bridge – Week of 2/8/2015

Welcome to this week’s E-Bridge

What you will find here :
-Reflections on this week’s text
-What is happening at Seymour Congregational Church
-What is going on around the Conference. Please spend time to review the video on church interdependence found at the end of the E-Bridge.

We have two text this Sunday the First is from Isaiah 40:21-31

This time of year is rough on lots of people. In Connecticut winter has finally arrived. The snow while beautiful when fresh loses its luster soon. The full moon last night lit up my yard, Peg went into the old familiar words of the Christmas Eve Poem “gave a luster of midday to objects below”; After two days of moving the stuff, the luster, I will admit was wearing off. Short days and long nights have a negative effect on many. The grayness and short days often have a wearing effect. Some suffer from seasonal affective disorder, which leads to depression. So that leads me to our first text.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. [from Isaiah 40]
The prophet was of course speaking to a people in exile, who’d spent a lot of years away from home. They were tired. Tired of the distance, the longing, the not knowing, no luster, powerless.
The prophet’s words come to us also. We get tired. Exhausted, even. Lonely. Faint, the poet says. And what is the word we’re to hear?
Years back when studying biblical languages, I learned that triplets (three-line sequences) in Hebrew poetry, like the one at the end of this chapter, grew in emphasis from the first to the third. In other words, the last line is more important to the author than the middle, and the middle is more important than the first. In this case, that seems counterintuitive to me.
If he were thinking/writing/preaching the way I would, the poet would have said, “They shall walk and not faint, they shall run and not be weary, they shall mount up with wings like eagles.” But his order is just the opposite of what I’d expect.
Surely, I would say, flying like an eagle should be the pinnacle moment of this poem, not walking without falling down. That however is for me what it is all about. Walking and not falling down. How many times have I stood with someone who has broken a wing and is now learning to walk all over again. Walker in hands one step forward.
Here’s what I have grown to love in this poem: Sometimes, no matter how much we long to soar like an eagle, all we can do is barely manage to put one foot in front of the other, over and over and over again. Maybe that is all we can hope for. That the very best thing is simply to be able to walk, in faith and with strength, because God accompanies us.
And from Mark 9:2-9
This is one of those stories that woman hear different than men. There is Jesus doing his thing. Simon-Peter has brought his new found friends over for dinner. Only a guy would do this without calling ahead. And only a guy would have stopped to think if my mother-in law is sick maybe we should dine out and bring her something. I feel for this un-named woman. Who as the woman who read the text note, sick or not Jesus gets her up, a miracle well maybe and off she goes into the kitchen to cook and serve. The real miracle would have been if the men at least delivered some pizza.
See You Sunday


ANNOUNCEMENTS

On February 7th at 9:00 AM, there will be a kitchen cleanup.
Please come and help out. Contact Teresa Kregling with any questions.

THIS Sunday, February 8 is our 2nd Annual Valentine’s Auction.

Get on the good side of your sweetheart! There will be a “healthy” Coffee Hour immediately after church service this Sunday followed by the Live Auction. So grab your coffee or tea, a little nosh, and a bidding paddle (and don’t forget your checkbook!) We have so many wonderful gifts for all ages that have been donated to bid on, including amazing sweet and tasty treats! Come on down to Fellowship Hall after service and join us in the fun!

For donations of baked goods or other food items – Please bring them in before the start of the service on Sunday and be sure to label what the item is and if it contains nuts or is gluten-free. Thank you.

In the event church is cancelled due to the weather, we will have the Auction on Sunday, Feb. 15th.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Peace and Blessings,

Your Parish Life Committee

 

** Next Sunday, Feb. 15th, the Choir will be starting to rehearse a new Cantata “Sanctuary” to be presented on Palm Sunday in Celebration of the Life of Regina Poniatowski, given by her family and friends. We’re inviting people that like to sing to come join us, be a “Sometime Singer” and sing in the Cantata and for Easter. Grab your coffee and come up to the Choir Room at 11:30 next week! No experience necessary. See You?

**Is any member of your family having a birthday or anniversary? Why not surprise them and put flowers on the altar for their celebration? Or remember a loved one. Flowers mean so much. Our Flower Chart in the hall is completely empty for February and March. Calling YOU to please sign up!!

**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.

**Tag Sale date will be Saturday, May 2nd, 8 am – 2 pm. Members who would like to unload some items can rent a table for $20. A sign up sheet will be posted in March for those wanting to rent a table and for volunteers to help set up/tear down, work at the sale, etc. Please hold off bringing in items until the week following Easter (April 6). Any questions, contact Laura Thompson. Thank you!

**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, 888-0394.


THIS WEEK AT SEYMOUR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

Sunday, February 8th 
10:00 AM – Worship
11:15 AM – Valentine’s Auction
No Choir Rehearsal Today

Monday, Feb.9:
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, Feb. 10
6:15 PM Girl Scouts #135

Thursday, Feb. 12:
7:00 PM AA

Saturday, Feb. 14:
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!



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.


Conference News

News and Announcements
One of the new ideas taking place around the conference has been to assist congregations to find mutual ways to work together. Interdependent ministries recognizes that the difficulties the local congregation has when trying to stand alone. It call out to the benefits that occur when congregations find mutual ways to work together. You may wish to view the video by Rev. Siladi as he discusses this new approach.

VIDEO: New Vantage Point Begins Series on Interdependent Ministries  HARTFORD — In a new edition of Vantage Point released today via the Connecticut Conference’s YouTube channel, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi began a series of conversations with local church leaders engaged in interdependent ministries. In the first installment, four pastors joined Rev. Siladi in the Leadership Studio at United Church Center to briefly describe some of the ways they have shared in God’s work with members and ministers of another congregation. 02/04/2015

Conference Calls Michelle Hughes as Associate Conference Minister for Transitions – HARTFORD — In a message to church leaders around the state today, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi announced that the Rev. Michelle Hughes of Chicago, Illinois, has been called as the first Associate Conference Minister for Transitions, to support and collaborate with local congregations during leadership transitions. “We believe that many of our churches will reap rich harvests from the assistance and training she will be able to bring to them,” he said. 01/23/2015
And Yes ministries do die!

Sunset: the Christian Conference of Connecticut Concludes its Ministry – HARTFORD — With a single candle flickering at the front of the chapel in the Asylum Hill Congregational Church UCC in Hartford, friends, supporters, and admirers of the Christian Conference of Connecticut honored the ecumenical agency’s ministry in worship on Thursday evening, January 15th, as it concluded. Board Secretary the Rev. Bruce Steinway reflected, “To follow Jesus is to make one’s way to the cross — but the cross is not the last word.” 01/21/2015


UPCOMING SERMON NOTES:

The subject of our Sermon on February 15th will  be about global warming.  Please take a moment and watch this supporting video:

Global Warming – Preaching for the Planet

 

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.