Week of October 23-October 29


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.


Tony Calzone and Luanne Smith


Karl Kregling


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)


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


Save the Date:

May 15 – Confirmation Sunday

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




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.



  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


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.


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 September 20, 2015

Seymour Congregational Church

Worship Service 10:00am every Sunday

Easy as ABC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Allyson






Monday, Sept. 21

3:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, Sept. 22

6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, Sept. 23

6:00 PM GS #60059

Thursday, Sept. 24

7:00 PM AA

Saturday, Sept. 26

10:00 AM Craft Get-Together



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





9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Neighbors in Need

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

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









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 7/13/2014

Weekly Newsletter of the Seymour Congregational Church

United Church of Christ


“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”


Worship Service 10:00AM

Some rambling thoughts about gardening

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

The text this week the sower gets us thinking about weeds and seeds – what do you do with the weeds in your garden. When harvest time arrives what will you harvest?

I had a client who recently told me that he was moving to a clean and sober house. He said that it did not matter which one, he just needed to get away from his current environment and into a clean place.  I suggested to him that it did matter, it matters a lot. I suggested that he be in a house where all the residences were committed to being clean and sober.

When considering the garden you choose to hang out in in matters a lot. It is not just about the good seed – it is also about the weeds. If you swim in a dirty pool you will mostly get sick. If you cannot change the water, change pools.

I have a friend who runs a clean and sober house for 38 people and they do a good job but not perfect as they would freely share. It is difficult to help people sort out their lives and find some stability and hope for the future. Especially when the environment is polluted. 

WE can relate to the parable of the sower, because we throw a lot of seeds and not all find good soil.”  Some find themselves near a dirty pool.

More than that what do we do after we toss out that good seed.  What do we do to nurture it and protect it? Who is untimely responsible for the pool water.  Or do just scatter it around and see what will develop.




The Spirit Calendar
A Weekly Devotional from the Connecticut Conference
United Church of Christ


This week’s author is the Rev. Kent J. Siladi, Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference.

Isaiah 55:10-13 (The Message)

Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.
So you’ll go out in joy,
you’ll be led into a whole and complete life.
The mountains and hills will lead the parade,
bursting with song.
All the trees of the forest will join the procession,
exuberant with applause.
No more thistles, but giant sequoias,
no more thorn bushes, but stately pines –
Monuments to me, to GOD,
living and lasting evidence of GOD.

Reflection: Closer to Earth

It is summer. Do you remember watching the snow falling outside your window and yearning for these lazy, hazy days? Do you remember thinking, “I can’t wait to plant my garden, go to the beach, play golf, take a hike, go on VACATION!”

Well it has arrived. We give thanks for the rhythm of the seasons and for the changes we see taking place here in the beautiful state of Connecticut.

Our youngest daughter Katrina is a gardener and an aspiring farmer. She works at the Edible Schoolyard program in New York City where she is the Head Garden Educator teaching urban children where their food comes from. She lives close to the earth and always has. She has taught me so much about caring for the earth and how interdependence is part and parcel of the fragile ecosystem that we are called to honor and protect.

The people of Isaiah’s day lived a lot closer to the land than most of us do in our time. This vision and image of the natural world joining together in praising God is a bit startling to those of us who are enamored by technology and machines and buildings.

I love the way this passage intertwines the relationship between humankind and the created order. Our responsibility as stewards of God’s Creation is clear and it is a high and holy calling. We don’t own the earth. The earth is God’s. We are part and parcel of a created order, and we are called to walk gently and to work for wholeness on behalf of the planet that we are a part of. In order to live the “whole and complete life” that Isaiah speaks of we must recognize our interdependence with the ecosystem that we inhabit and share with plants and animals, with oceans and birds, with sequoias and tomatoes.


Thank you God for this reminder that we are a part of the Earth and that as human creatures we are called to live in harmony with your Creation. As we enjoy this summer season open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us and remind us of our responsibility to be good stewards of your Amazing Creation. For all good gifts around us, we give you thanks and praise. Amen.

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THIS WEEK at Seymour Congregational Church


Sunday, July 13 11:30am Called to Care
Monday, July 14 4:00pm Weight Watchers
 Thursday, July 17  7:00  AA



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

Administrative Asst. – 9:30 – 1:30 Tues, Wed. & Thursday


The Food Bank is very low on the following items:

1 lb. boxes of spaghetti,Jello, pudding, spam, jam, jelly, canned fruit, instant potatoes, canned white potatoes.

Food Bank Needs Your Help!!

feed the hungry

ONE HOUR (OR LESS), OF YOUR TIME IS NEEDED!  The Food Bank needs volunteers to help this Sunday, June 21st at 3:00 pm to help unload food from the Seymour Ambulance Food Drive.  The more volunteers, the less time you are there!  With about 10 volunteers, it should only take 1/2 hour to unload the food.  Do the thought of those stairs deter you from helping? No climbing required,  the volunteers will simply form a chain and pass the food along. 

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.