Welcome to This Week’s E-Bridge
“God does not demand that I be successful. God demands that I be faithful.”
OLD TESTAMENT Joel 2: 23-32
GOSPEL Luke 18: 9-14
SERMON “Open Your Heart and God Will Hear You” Rev. Allyson Glass
The flowers today are given by the Noyack Trust as a provision of the will of Mildred Noyack in fond remembrance of her marriage to Edward Noyack.
In the early 1980’s, Mrs. Noyack left our church 50% of her stocks & cash. The church voted to place this in a separate fund as the Noyack Trust to be used for renovations and some scholarship and charitable donations. We are thankful for her generosity which has allowed us to maintain and renovate our beautiful church building.
Please join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for coffee hour.
It is being hosted by Parish Life.
GREETERS: James and Jamie Matheson
LAY LEADER: Elwin Jimmo
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Elwin Jimmo
TODAY – October 23, 2016
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:30 AM – New Member Meeting
11:20 AM – Christmas Cantata Rehearsal – Still looking for “Sometime Singers.”
11:45 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal
It is no secret that I love the ocean. When I am on the beach I feel surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. This past week I had the pleasure of not only spending time with friends but having the opportunity to walk the beach together. I included a picture of some of the “treasures” I found as we walked. We all set out looking for sea glass, making sure the bits we found had been tumbled by the surf and thus their jagged edges had been smoothed. However, as I looked for the sea glass I found the heart shaped rock and smiled thinking that it was placed just so on the beach where I would find it and be reminded of God’s love. As I moved aside some seaweed I noticed the perfect scallop shell and thought about the elegance of God’s creation.
Looking at my small collection of beach treasures this morning I thought about how we need to be alert to the treasures that are lovingly placed all around us, just waiting to be discovered. The reading this morning in Our Daily Bread is about noticing the glory of God’s creation as we go about our day. David Roper paraphrases psalm 116 when he writes, “… others see beauty, they say “Thank you, God”. May your week be filled with the discovery of the many small treasures our loving God has placed there to bring light into our lives.
Loving God, we praise You because You are good. Thank you for infusing Your creation with beauty and purpose and for placing us here to enjoy it as we discover You. Your love endures forever! Amen
Monday, Oct. 24 4:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, Oct. 25 6:15 PM GS #135
7:30 PM Survivors of Suicide
Wednesday, Oct. 26 6:00 PM GS #60306
Saturday, Oct. 29 4:30 PM Polish Dinner
New Member Meeting today, Sept. 23 after coffee hour
Pastor Allyson will be meeting with anyone who is considering joining the church today in the “gym” at 11:30 am. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to learn more about our denomination and the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC.
Attending this session does not obligate you to join the church, but does provide you with information to make a decision about membership. Of course, whether you choose to attend the class or not, you are welcome to continue to worship and fellowship with us.
Please feel free to contact Pastor Allyson with questions you might have regarding membership.
Trip to Ireland – Mary Ellen Midgely of the First United Methodist Church in Ansonia will be visiting with us on Sunday morning to share details about a trip to Ireland that her church is sponsoring. She will be available during coffee hour to discuss the trip during coffee hour for anyone who is interested.
Name Tags – Please let Connie know if you need a name tag. Maybe you misplaced yours or maybe you never had one. I will be making them during the week. Thank you.
A TASTE OF POLAND DINNER
HOMESTYLE POLISH FAVORITES
SATURDAY October 29
4:30 pm to 7 pm
Potato Pancakes, Pierogi, Stuffed Cabbage
Kielbasa and Kraut, Dessert and Coffee
Seymour Congregational Church
Broad Street & Derby Ave in Seymour, CT
Call 203-888-6729 or 203-881-2027 for Tickets
10 to 64 $15
65 and up $14
Kids under 10 $5
SNOWFLAKE FAIR – SATURDAY, NOV. 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
31 Craft and Specialty Vendor tables, offering various types of hand-made ornaments, tote bags, aprons, snowmen and hair accessories pottery a doll collection bath “bombs” floral designs hand-painted glasses paper crafting/cardsshadowboxesembroidered, knitted and crocheted towels, pot holders, tee-shirts/sweatshirts, baby afghans, throws, shawls, hats & scarvesgift items for cats & cat lovers home-made candy custom jewelry Lizzie’s Corner will have a table, and we will have reps from Tastefully Simple, Jordan Essentials (natural body, skin care & oils) and Tupperware. Four of our members will also have tables with items for sale: DeAnna Imbro (personalized glitter ornaments), David Wheeler (cookbook collection), Sharen Taber (crocheted scarves), and Jaclyn Kregling (Disney items, note cards and misc. memorabilia). Also find various crafts/wreaths made by the ladies of our church in front of the stage Raffles for: gift baskets, homemade quilt and 6’ Angel-themed decorated tree ladies boutique baked goods table craft area for kids on the stage find great deals on new and used items in our Christmas Treasures Room breakfast & lunch served in the Snowflake Café. Please bring in Completed gift baskets NOW, as well as donations for the Boutique and Christmas Treasures room ~ due no later than Nov. 13th. Donations for the baked goods table and desserts for lunch can be dropped off the night before from 3:00-7:00 p.m. or themorning of the fair. See reverse side for upcoming dates that we can use help with! 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 (on back table at coffee hour). See Laura Thompson or Lynda Boynton if you have any questions.
Our Schedule – any help is appreciated!
Oct. 27, 6 p.m. – Craft night at DeAnna Imbro’s home.
Nov. 5, 10 a.m. – Decorate tree on stage and set up tree for raffle on main floor
Nov. 6-Children invited to decorate angel-themed tree (& pick the topper!) after church
Nov. 13 – move baskets to nursery following worship
Nov. 14-16, 6-8 p.m.– Set up/price Christmas Treasures room (Boutique, Tuesday eve only)
Nov. 17, 1-4 p.m.– Decorate hall and set up tables, Boutique set up/pricing
Nov. 18, Noon -7 p.m.– Finish decorating, finish pricing Treasures & Boutique (if needed), early vendor set up and baked goods drop-off*.
*IMPORTANT: Please have your baked goods prepackaged and priced (if possible) and marked if they contain nuts. Also, if you are working, please wear your name tags (see Connie if you do not have one) and park in the grass behind the church to allow the public closer access. Thanks everyone for making our fair a success!
A Season of Praise
A Time of Community Praise for Seymour and Oxford
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Chili Dinner – 6:00 PM
Praise Service – 6:30 PM
Hosted by the Seymour Evangelical Baptist Church
104 Mountain Road, Seymour
Seymour Oxford Food Bank
1. The Seymour High School Music Department has included the Seymour Oxford Food Bank in their fundraising efforts by allowing the public to directly donate a 10lb. box of oranges to the Food Bank for $23.
Using the link of https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/811237 , click on Shop All Products and there will be a Make A Donation button on the bottom that will allow you to donate to the Food Bank. The clients of the local communities in Seymour and Oxford will benefit from the fresh produce you donate.
2. Volunteers are needed to help separate food items and organize them into Thanksgiving Baskets for the clients of the Seymour Oxford Food Bank on Tuesday, November 22, from 9-11:30am at the Food Bank, 20 Pine Street (Seymour Community Center). Any questions, please contact the Food Bank 203-888-7826.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry? Please contact Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473. Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune. For more information go to www.shawlministry.com. To request a shawl, call Lynda (203-888-5473) or leave a message at the church office 203-888-6729.
PRAYER CHAIN: The Prayer Chain is open to everyone. There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer. To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 203-881-2027. If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.
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.