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.

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Sunday 11/17/2013 Notes….

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:15 AM – Cantata Rehearsal – Grab a cup of coffee and come right up and join us!

No experience necessary.  Just a desire to sing.  Come give it a try!

12:00 PM – Adult Choir Rehearsal

5:00-7:00 PM – AA

GREETERS:  Howie Bradshaw & Nancy Rogers

LAYLEADER:  Jeanette Raymond

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  George Wityak

Please join us after the service in the Fellowship Hall for coffee hour. It is being hosted by Lynne Foreman, “Giving Thanks”. The Altar flowers are given by Lynne & Mackenzie Foreman in Support of and in Honor of anyone who has dealt with cancer, whether directly affected or supportive – you are all so special!

 SCRIPTURE 

Luke 21:5-19
We would be less than truthful if we said we knew precisely what to make of the Gospel lesson before us now. Falling Temples.
I understand what it means to have temples fall. I have driven by my old home. The tree I played in is gone. The grape vine I hid under is missing my old sacred temples are gone. My world has changed. My old high school still stands but the track field I ran on every day for four long years has been replaced. Many of my childhood places of discovery have been replaced by something unsacred. Another sacred temple removed.
Temples?  No, of course not. At least not in the way that Jesus speaks today.  But places that seemed permanent and immovable?  Yes, they were that.  Even so, all these changes do seem to fit into a natural order of what we might understand as progress.
So while I have not seen temples fall in the violent way that Jesus speaks of now, I do know the ache in my own soul to see so much of what I thought would always be, be no longer.  The older one gets, the surer one becomes of this.  The things that last are not always the things you think will last.  Not even the big, impressive, amazingly beautiful ones. No, not even the ones that helped make you who you are.
So while I sort of get the first part of this week’s Gospel reading, I can’t really begin to say that is so about the second part.  Except for what I catch on the evening news or skim on my news feed, I don’t know much of nations rising against nations.  I have experienced tremors some personal some external. But still I shook.

Do you hear Jesus’ words today as meant for us universally or cosmically, individually, or both/and?

  • When have you experienced ‘temples falling?’  What was that like?  Where did you discover grace?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Name tags for those who asked for them will be on the card table in the Narthex this Sunday.  Please wear yours in church and at coffee hour.  Take them home and wear them in the next Sunday.  Thanks!

  

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SNOWFLAKE FAIR
SATURDAY
November 23rd
 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

25 Craft and Specialty Vendor tables, offering hand-painted wooden Santa Claus figurines and ornaments; snow people and soft sculptured snowmen; silk flower arrangements; Amato’s Toy & Hobbies with children’s books, puppets, puzzles, games and craft kits; knitted and crocheted dog coats, towels, pot holders, sweaters, scarves, hats & purses; gift items for cats and the cat lover; wire sculptured jewelry; “Make a Bracelet” a “Thirty-One” rep, and another vendor will be in the choir room. Our own Deanna Imbro and the Sunday school will also have tables with items for sale. We will also have an author with her book “Wings Up” and reps from: Tastefully Simple, Origami Owl, Scentsy Candles, Silpada Designs, Party Lite and Tupperware. Raffles for: Gift baskets, wreaths, homemade quilt and decorated trees; ladies boutique, baked goods table, craft area for kids on the stage and breakfast & lunch served in the Snowflake Café. Silent auction for angel-themed tree will benefit the prayer & serenity garden and youth activities; silent auction for a wreath will benefit the church.

        Donations for the baked goods table and desserts for lunch can be dropped off Friday night from 4:30-7:30 p.m. or the morning of the fair. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated to help us offset costs. Food bank donations will be accepted at the door. Thanks to everyone who has helped/donated so far ~ please come and support our vendors and our church on the day of the fair! NOTE: please park in the grass lot behind the church to save the paved lot for our outside patrons!

In light of the devastating result of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, we are going to be requesting donations during Coffee Hour that will be sent to Americares along with $200 from the Outreach Committee that will hopefully help them help the 10,000+ people in need of food, water, and medical aid.

The United Church of Christ today issued an appeal to church members and friends for $250,000 to support Typhoon Haiyan response efforts.  Initial support grants funded by One Great Hour of Sharing have been sent to the ACT Alliance and UCCP.  How you can help:  Pray for the people impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, UCC partner organizations active in response efforts, and all humanitarian workers.  To assist people in recovering from this disaster, please make a gift payable to Seymour Congregational Church with “Typhoon Haiyan” in the memo line.

 The Churches of Seymour and Oxford invite you to the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service, Wed., November 27th at 7:00 PM at Great Hill UMC, 225 Great Hill Road, Seymour.  We come together to give God thanks for our blessings!  We will celebrate Holy Communion and join voices with an ecumenical choir.

Advent Worship Opportunity – an early worship experience during Advent, “55 Alive”.  At 8:55 AM each Sunday morning, we will offer a brief 30 minute worship experience in the church sanctuary for those who find the holidays busy and hectic – or are just looking for a quiet reflective experience.  This service will be a quiet meditative service of music, the word and communion.  The first service is on Dec. 1st.  Interested or have questions, see Rev. Ed.

Community-Wide Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing – Dec. 1st at 3:00 PM, Broad St. Park (across the street) sponsored by the Friends of the Park and Seymour Congregational Church.  This will be followed by a Hot Chocolate Social downstairs.  All are invited.

The Parish Life Committee will again this year sponsor a Craft Night/Movie Night for children.  It will be held on Friday, Dec. 6th from 6-9 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

The children will make a Christmas themed craft and then watch a movie.  Popcorn and juice will be provided. There is no charge and parents need not attend.

Bring a friend.  Sign up sheet is posted.  Contact Karen Schuttler or any member of Parish Life for further information.

WHITE GIFTS – On Sunday December 8th, we will begin to prepare for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ with the “Hanging of the Greens” service.  We will also have our annual “White Gifts” collection to benefit the Valley Toys-for-Tots. On that Sunday, we ask you to bring a new toy for a boy or girl, wrapped in white (or any color) and place it under our sanctuary Christmas tree. These gifts will be delivered to TEAM, Inc. in Derby for distribution to needy children in the lower Valley towns. There is a special request for gifts suitable for older kids; they typically get lots of things for the littlest angels. No child should be without a gift on Christmas morning, be a cheerful giver!  Thank you for sharing your blessings.   Yours in the Spirit of Christmas,

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 2014 FLOWER CHART IS READY AND WAITING FOR YOUR NAME

The new flower chart can be found in the Narthex by the side door.  If you would like to order flowers, just write your name and any “Dedication of,” “In Celebration of,” or “In Memory of” on the line next to the date you would like to have flowers.  If you would like to TAKE your flowers home after church, just put a big “T” next to your name.  Or if you would like to LEAVE  the flowers so that our Parish Life Committee can bring your flowers to a shut in or ill parishioner, just put a “L” next to your name.

The flowers will be ordered and delivered to the church for you.   The cost is $25.  Please make your check out to Seymour Congregational Church and either give it to me or place it in the “Flower” mail box in the office. This is a wonderful way to share your joys with your church family.  It is appreciated by all.

Thank you,

Karen Baker

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