Week of 1/8/2017

January 8, 2017

TODAY

10:00 AM – WORSHIP SERVICE CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW AND ICY CONDITIONS. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal

 

There is nothing we can do to make God love us more.  There is nothing we can do to make God love us less.    

~ Philip Yancey

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT         Isaiah 60:  1-6

EPISTLE                Ephesians 1: 3-14

SERMON      “A Mystery Revealed”      Rev. Allyson Glass

 


 

The flowers today are given in memory of Ethel A. Marshall

by the Marshall Family.

Please join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for coffee hour.

It is being hosted by the Outreach committee.

 

GREETERS:  Tom & Alyce Wells

LAY LEADER:  Gail Catlin

DEACONS OF THE MONTH:  Kreglings & Catlins

Christmas Carols were played on the Memorial Chimes by Bethany Catlin on Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Many thanks.

 

 


Miracles

 I love the delightful stories that people send me through email, often they provide a smile when I most need one.  They also give me pause to think about how I view situations.  Hopefully the following story will make you smile but also make you think about what it would take to give your faith a boost.

Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas.  As luck would have it, a Texaco gasoline station was just a block away.  She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas.  The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was returned.  Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car.  She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was taking to her patient.  Always resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.  As she was pouring the gas into her tank, two Baptists watched from across the street…one of them turned to the other and said, “If it starts…I’m turning Catholic.”

May your new year be filled with laughter and many miracles, Pastor Allyson


Weekly Prayer

Gracious God, you are with me each hour of the day. For all I have seen with my own eyes today, for all others have helped me to see, I give thanks.  For those things I did not notice; signs of beauty and kindness, evidences of your grace, I pray that you will improve the eyes of my faith so that I can see more clearly, and follow you more nearly, tomorrow, and all of my tomorrows.  Amen

 


 

 THIS WEEK

 

Monday, Jan. 9

4:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:30 PM Amaranth

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10

6:15 PM GS #135

7:00 PM Deacons

 

Wednesday, Jan. 11

6:00 PM GS #60306


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Annual Report – To those who prepare a report for the Annual Meeting, please email me your report to seymourchurch@snet.net byJanuary 8.  Thank you,

Connie

 

RE:  2017 Seymour Congregational Church Annual Meeting

To the Members of the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC

 

Please be advised that the Annual Church Meeting will be held Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 12:15 P.M. following a Pot-Luck Dinner at 11:30 A.M.

The Agenda of the meeting will be:

The review and acceptance of:

Minutes of 2016 Annual Meeting

2016 Committee Reports

Nominating Report, including election of any new Officers and Committee Members

Financial Reports, including approval of the 2017 Annual Budget

To consider any concerns that may come before the Governing Body.

All members of the Seymour Congregational Church are both urged and expected to attend this meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Dawn Ryan

Secretary of the Church

Seymour Congregation Church, UCC

 


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NEW FLOWER CHART:

Our new Flower Chart for 2017 is up if you would like to put flowers in church for a Sunday Service.  It can be found in the Narthex by the side door.  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 are taking your flowers home after church, please put a big “T” (for Take) next to your name, or if you would like to leave them for a shut in, please put “L” (Leave) after your name.  The flowers will be ordered and delivered to the church for you.  The cost is $25.00.  Please make the check out to the Seymour Congregational Church and either give it to me at the organ or place it in the “Flower Mailbox” in the church office.
This is a wonderful way to share your joys with your church family.  It is appreciated by all.  Thank you.  Cherie Weiss


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Food Bank Volunteers Needed

 

The Seymour/Oxford Food Bank is in need of volunteers to assist in meeting the growing needs in our community.  The Food Bank needs help Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 11:00 am so if you have a spare half an hour or a few hours we can find a job for you.  We are in need of people to pick up food from local grocery stores, people to act as “shopping pals” for clients as they pick up food, someone to answer the phone and schedule appointments, and help stocking shelves.  If you would like to help in any way, please call the Food Bank at        203-888-7826 and leave your name and contact information.

Thank you for any time you can give to this important community resource.

The Food Bank Executive Board

 

SUNDAY, February 12th, is our 4th Annual Valentines Auction

Get on the good side of your sweetheart!  There will be a “healthy” Coffee Hour immediately after Church service that day which will be followed by the Live Auction!

We are in need of donated items for the Auction.  If anyone is interested, please see Lynne Foreman.  We will also be accepting donations of baked goods or other food items on the day of or day before.

Peace and Blessings,

Your Parish Life Committee

 


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

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 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.


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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 Sundays bulletin.

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Welcome to Seymour Congregational Church

We welcome our new pastor,

Reverend Allyson Glass

Allyson is a graduate of Springfield College with a BS degree in Physical Education and Southern CT State University with a MS degree in Adaptive Physical Education and a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership.  She retired as the Principal of Rock Hill Elementary School in Wallingford after a 34 year career in education.  Allyson graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in May 2012 graduation and completed her Chaplain Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.  She was ordained by the Middlesex Association of the UCC on November 10, 2013 at the Congregational Church in Killingworth, CT where she was a member for 32 years.  She served as a Hospice Chaplain with Valley Health Care in New Jersey for two years before being called the Ministry at the Seymour Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.

Allyson was married for 43 years to her beloved husband Stephen who passed away after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer in 2010.  They lived in Killingworth, CT where they raised their two daughters, Laura and Teresa.  Teresa lives in Rocky Hill, CT with her husband Brian and their son Desmond.  She is a speech pathologist with the Region #4 School District.  Laura lives in Holly Springs, NC with her two children Madelyne and Zachary.  She is the Senior VP for Quality and Systems Improvement with the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association.

 Join us this Sunday to meet her!


Sunday September  13, 2015

Worship Service – 10:00am

Join us for coffee hour immediately after!


This Weeks E Bridge Announcements

 

 

Rally Day

What a gift Rally Sunday will be for me as your new Pastor.   This is a Sunday to celebrate our community of faith as we come together to feast and celebrate.

We will first feast on The Word through worship.  I cannot help but smile as I see the names of the children and young people who will participate in our Rally Day service.  You will be warmly greeted by Bethany Catlin, Jaden Rogers, Molly Tripp and Emily Soss. We will have special music provided  talented young musicians,  and the return of our choir after a summer hiatus.  Our altar flowers are given by Janet Horton to celebrate Grandparent’s Day.  Yes, we will truly celebrate the gift of our children and young people as we begin the new church school year.

Following worship we will feast on delicious food.  We will be treated to a BBQ and to side dishes provided by members of the congregation.  Our dessert will be the entries in our annual baking contest. This is a wonderful time for us to gather at the table together to share our summer fun and our hopes for the upcoming year.

Our feast of fellowship will continue after lunch with opportunities to participate in a number of games.  What a great opportunity to spend the afternoon having fun together.

 I look forward to our feast,

Pastor Allyson


CHURCH PICNIC SUNDAY!

Tickets are still available only $5 pp  –  see Lynne Foreman


 

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


MEETINGS HAPPENING THIS WEEK

Monday, Sept. 14
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, Sept. 15
6:15 PM GS #135
7:00 PM Council

Wednesday, Sept. 16
6:00 PM GS #60059

Thursday, Sept. 17
7:00 PM Masons
7:00 PM AA

Friday, Sept. 18
8:00 PM Eastern Star


CHURCH SCHOOL  

Join us on September 20th for the start of our Church School season. We have an exciting year planned where will be exploring a new curriculum and a confirmation class will be starting lead by Reverend Allyson Glass.

SNOWFLAKE FAIRSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st ~ 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.

225th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

We will be having a birthday party for our Church on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Antonio’s Restaurant in Southbury.  We have a lot to celebrate!  The Reverend Allyson Glass answered our call to our Church, so we have a full time pastor.  Our Church is 225 years old, having started the same year as President George Washington’s first inauguration!

We will be having a buffet, and the cost is $30.00 per person; kids are $15.00. That price includes everything but we will have a cash bar.   The party will be 12-5 with lunch being served some time after 1:00 P.M.   The buffet will include:  Verde Salad- Penne Vodka- Lemon Chicken- Roast Beef- Stuffed Sole- Potatoes- Vegetables.   There will be soda, coffee, tea and assorted cookies and a Birthday Cake.

Please see Dave Lawson, Karl or Teresa Kregling, Peggy Frazine, Sandy Barber, Mandy Hicks or Dave Bell if you are going to attend.  Thanks.

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 kreg5@comcast.net 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.

 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, 888-0394.

 

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.

HELPING HANDS: Your donation of clothing, furniture, etc. to Helping Hands benefits our church also. When an item is purchased at one of their stores that was donated by us, we receive a portion of the sale price. Your donations are tax deductible. They will pick up furniture.

 

E-Bridge – Week of February 15, 201

E-Bridge Week of June 1, 2014

Missed the Service of 5/25/2014?  Click on the image below to view the video!

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OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

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

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

Reflections of the Text for Sunday June 1st Communion Sunday

Questions from my youth –

OK did Jesus change water into wine, and if so why do we drink grape juice? Is the Bread and Wine REALLY the body and blood of Christ, Was Mary a Virgin, (remember I went to an all male Catholic school, ) was Mary Assumed into heaven and did Jesus body and all ascend into heaven?

Going up anyone! 

The Ascension of Jesus (celebrated Sunday, June 1st this year) is a peculiar day in the Christian calendar. In a de-centered, non-hierarchical world, most of us don’t know which way is up! The idea that Jesus ascended to a God “up there” is just as strange as Harold Camping’s prediction of the end of the world for May 11, 2011. And his image of corpses flying up to the sky along with today’s believers. ( for those who don’t know about Camping – who recently died he was a radio preacher who was amusing for his predictions. )

Some Christians still live in a three-story universe—heaven above, earth between, hell below—but few people believe, that if you get into a space ship and fly far enough, you’ll find a place called “heaven.”

What are we to make of Jesus’ Ascension? Of course, it’s not out of the question that Jesus defied gravity, but is that the real point? Is the Ascension about gravity or spirituality, geography or vocation?

Acts 1:1-6 describes the Ascending Christ. But not until the disciples quiz him about the timing of fulfillment of history. Jesus’ response is vague, and still remains good counsel for those who seek a precise date for judgment day. We get a prediction at least once a year.  “It is not for you to know the times or periods.” Rather, we are to await the coming of God’s Spirit and the missional power that comes from the Holy.

Finished with his counsel, Jesus is lifted up, and the disciples are left gazing into the heavens until an angel admonishes, “Why do you stand looking toward heaven?” The angel promises Jesus’ ultimate return, but that’s not the point. The point is that the disciples’ mission and our own is right here—in our time and place and on our planet not some far off sphere. So is ours. We are to stop gazing at the stars or our belly buttons and take a real look at the possibilities for ministry right here.

The point of Ascension is perspective. Rising to the clouds gives us a broader perspective on our lives and the planet. Rather than individualistic images of salvation and personal well-being, Ascension challenges us to bring heaven to earth, that is, to live Jesus’ values in our world.

When we live from a higher perspective, we can transcend our own self-interest to embrace the well-being of the whole earth, including strangers, enemies, and non-humans.

So can we be Ascension christions what would that look like . We catch a glimpse of Ascension living by reflecting on the Day of Pentecost, described in in Acts 2.

The Spirit Jesus promises will embrace all creation.

The Spirit reconciles rather than divides.

It promises wholeness and salvation for all people, not just a select few.

It promise is global and all-inclusive, not parochial and limited, in contrast to individualistic and limited visions proclaimed by persons such as was by Camping and his apocalyptic companions. As Acts 2 proclaims:

God will pour God’s Spirit on all flesh,
And your sons and daughters shall prophesy;
And your young men shall see visions
And your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit;
And they shall prophesy.

On Ascension Day, we are called to “go up” and maybe even get up to gain a vision and mission that is larger than ourselves or our communities. Our mission is here—to heal, to embrace, to welcome, and to love. We don’t need to wait for a far off day of perfection and rapture. If God is always with us, then right here and now can be the day of transformation and fulfillment.


Rev Ed


Announcements

 

Saturday, June 7th, is the Annual Turkey Dinner and Basket Extravaganza.  Dinner is around 5:45.. Hoping to have everyone eating by 6 so we can start the drawing around 7-7:30.  There is limited seating – only 100 tickets.  Tickets are $14 for Adults and $5 for Children.  Full Turkey Dinner, stuffing, potatoes, veggies and dessert..If you would like to come please see me at church on Sunday.  Teresa

 

Called to Care:   Have you ever wanted to visit someone who was ill, but you did not know the right words.

Seymour Congregational Church is introducing a visiting ministry called “Called to Care”.

This is a visiting, caring ministry for members who will commit themselves to the ministry of caring and visiting. We are seeking several members who are willing to submit themselves to the necessary training in order to become a vital part of this ministry.

There will be a four session training program for those interested in discovering more about this ministry. There is a signup sheet located in the church office. Or you may wish to contact Rev. Ed directly to obtain more information.

 

Book Club – Our last book club meeting was full of surprises. We actually had an iPad FaceTime discussion with Help for Haunted  author John Searles. It was so fascinating to talk real time about why he chose to write, how he writes  and his growing up in Monroe.   What a treat for our little book club!!  Thank you, Charlene.

Now on June 6th we will meet to discuss A Secret Gift by Ted Gup. Talk to Jackie Calzone if you are interested in joining us.

Karen Baker


This Week

Monday, June 2 4:00pm Weight Watchers
Tuesday, June 3 6:15pm Girl Scouts #135
7:00pm Diaconate
Thursday, June 5 6:30pm Girl Scout #135 Leaders
7:00pm AA
Friday, June 6 8:00pm Eastern Star
Saturday, June 7 5:30pm Turkey Dinner & Raffle

The Family of

Edward F Cornell, Jr.

Acknowledges with grateful appreciation

The members of the Seymour Congregational church

For your kind expressions of sympathy


I just want to say Thank you to all of you for also being so selfless and giving of yourselves to help out with the Hot Dog Stand for the Memorial Day parade – what a huge success!!  It was so wonderful just to look around the church lawn and see all the different people talking, laughing, eating hot dogs, sweet treats, and enjoying a well-deserved cool drink.  The set-up and clean-up were relatively quick and easy; and the cooking and keeping up on the hot dogs was perfectly executed.  Everyone jumped in to make sure our ‘neighbors’ were welcomed and well taken care of.  With all of the incredible donations that we received we were able to feed about 500 people!!

Everyone was so appreciative of our kindness and thoughtfulness in reaching out to them.  It was wonderful to say that everything was donated by our church members!  We were able to portray ourselves in a most positive light as individuals and as Christians and showed the community one of our many fine characteristics as a congregation that truly cares. I would like to say thank you to Craig Michael, Jaden, Becca, Brittany, and Mackenzie who were so wonderful to help us out!!  We need more young people like you.  AND a Very Special Thank You to Michelle Mann for being the mother of this brainchild – this would not have been possible without your vision!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!!

Peace and Blessings,

Lynne Foreman


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 or Michael Kearney, 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

Thank you.


 

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334 Boston Post Road

Orange, CT  06477

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

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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.

 


 

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Presenting the
Bowl-2-Benefit 2014
Top Fundraising Teams

 

Congratulations to….

 

New Haven Family Condors

$10,000

Seymour Congregational Church

$3,850

Oxford Center School (Youth)

$3,620

Trinity Lutheran Church

$2,590

Oxford High School Hope Club (Youth)

$1,515 

 

Thanks to you, your fellow captains, teammates, sponsors, donors, virtual bowlers, and everyone else who played a part in this event, the 2014 Bowl-2-Benefit raised over $92,000 in support of The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS), a program of BHcare.

THANK YOU!

 

SAVE THE DATE

27th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit UCDVS

March 14, 2015

Registrations Begin in December 2014

 

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Visit us online: BHcare.org

Shoreline Office: (203) 483-2630

Valley Office: (203) 736-2601

UCDVS Crisis Hotline:
(203) 736-9944 and (203) 789-8104.
Toll-free 1-888-774-2900

 

NEW LOOK, NEW WEBSITE!!

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

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

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

What’s happening at our church?

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

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

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

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