E-Bridge 9/14/2014

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Did you miss our Worship Service on 8/31/14?

Click on the photo below to view it at your leisure!

August 31

Matthew 18:21-35

21Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. 23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

 

Today is the anniversary of 9-11 and God’s lays this text at our feet. Forgiveness is so difficult when you hurt so much. I lost friends that day. I still grieve the moment how can I forgive when I have been hurt… But I must forgive although I do not wish to ever forget.  That is way it is so necessary – in order to get past the hurt – the anger – the pain for our own healing God offers to us the grace of forgiveness. It is only in our forgiving that our soul can move toward completeness. It is in forgiveness that we discover rebuilding and in forgiveness that relationships are reformed.

Rev Ed


 

Passion For Peace

Spirited Wednesday

by the Rev. Rochelle A. Stackhouse
September 10, 2014

Exodus 14: 19-31 (NRSV)

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Reflection:

In Steven Spielberg’s telling of the story of Moses (Prince of Egypt), this scene at the Red Sea has all the drama of the old Cecil B. DeMille version, but then something just a bit different. At the end of the story, after the children of Israel have crossed the sea on dry land and the water has rushed back in to drown the chariots and chariot drivers, Moses hears his adoptive brother, the Pharaoh, crying out from the other side of the sea. Moses sits on a rock, looking out at the pieces of chariots floating by and knowing their drivers have now drowned, knowing that he is severed forever from his family in Egypt, and he is obviously distraught at what has just happened. For just a moment before the great victory song, we are reminded that this victory came with multiple losses.

Thirteen years ago the towers of the World Trade Center fell, and the planes flew into the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. In the thirteen years since then, our nation has fought two wars, and both Iraq and Afghanistan continue to be places of struggle and death. Wars pile up one loss after another, and each loss brings cries of pain and breaks families and communities. In Moses’ song in chapter 15, we find the words “the Lord is a warrior,” and it seems that the three great faiths who honor Moses, including the one which claims to honor the Prince of Peace, all are quick to insist that God the warrior is on their side. Perhaps the way out is to pause for a moment in all the warring, to stop the rush to the victory song, and to recognize the loss upon loss in every conflict. Perhaps if we did not charge so quickly out of sadness and grief and into triumphalism, we might be more motivated to be peacemakers. This week, as we remember 9/11, let us sit on that rock by the sea with Moses, and remember all those of many nations who have lost lives since then. Out of our lament, perhaps, will come a passion for peace instead of a song of victory.

Prayer:

For a time of prayer today, sit in silence and let the sadness of the world flow through your mind. Then lift each hurt, each loss, each pain up to God in silent lament. End by praying for peace for all.

The Rev. Rochelle A. Stackhouse is pastor of the Church of the Redeemer in New Haven.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Our Church phone system is down indefinitely.  You can still call in and leave a message or send an email to seymourchurch@snet.net               Rev. Ed can be reached at revedcornell@comcast.net .

*Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine:  On Sunday, October 5th, Stephanie and the UCONN Pharmacy students will be running their annual Flu Shot clinic.  Stephanie will also have the Pneumonia and Shingles shots available.   To sign up please see Teresa.

  

*22nd Annual Polish Dinner:  Saturday, November 1st, 5 to 7 pm.  We would love to have you join us again this year.  We will need many hands to make this another successful year.  Any donations are welcome. Thanks, Teresa


MC900026980[1]SNOWFLAKE FAIR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please be sure to post this note on your refrigerator to keep these dates at hand!

All are welcome to come to any/all of our get-togethers – Your help is needed! Children & Youth are especially invited to help when we’re setting up trees*!

 

Now-Oct. 26: Drop off items to be incorporated into raffle baskets (boxes at back of church hall).

Sept 26:        (Friday) 5:30 pm, craft night at Lynne’s (please let her know if you plan to attend). Bring $5 for pizza, a box cutter (if you have one), and a small-medium sized paintbrush, along with any other craft idea you may have.

Oct. 5-26:     Bring in your completed baskets, so we can have on display for the Polish Dinner on Nov. 1st.

Oct. 16:         (Thurs) 5:30 pm: Craft night at Leslie’s (likewise, let Leslie know if you plan to attend). Bring $5 for pizza and a glue gun, if you have one. Leslie will have material to make ornaments, or bring a craft idea.

*Nov. 2:       Decorate stage, following worship

Nov. 2-16:    Christmas Treasures Room and Boutique donations can be placed in boxes at back of church hall.

Nov. 9:         See Nancy Cretella during coffee hour to get a gift idea for a “Covenant to Care” child.

*Nov. 15:     (Sat) Decorate the nursery and set up our “Giving Tree” and “All That Glitters” tree, 1 p.m.

Nov 16:        * Purchase your Giving Tree ornament (before or after church) by donating $1 and up to either the Gellatly Scholarship Fund or the CT Food Bank; or by donating a gift to TEAM “white gifts”, Covenant to Care gifts, or items for the VA Hospital. Let’s show the community our support we have for these missions by putting a big dent in filling up the tree! Donations will also be taken on the day of the fair.

                     *Help carry baskets (and the shelving~men needed please) up to the nursery following coffee hour.

Nov. 17-19:  Set up/price items in Treasures Room, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; see Doris Raymond if you can help during the day)

Nov. 19&20: Help set up boutique, around 9:30 a.m. (see Connie)

Nov. 20:       Set up vendor tables, complete decorating hall, 2:00 p.m. – ?

Nov. 21:       Baked goods can be dropped off between 4:30 and 7 p.m.; otherwise, bring early on day of fair (items should be wrapped/bagged and priced ~ be sure to indicate if includes nuts).

Nov 22:        Fair Date ~ please sign-up if you can help on day of fair. Please come & support our vendors & your church!

           


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Dear Churches authorized ministers, MID’s, and delegates ,

The content of this email is from the Assistant Conference Minister. Please let your congregation and delegates know of these opportunities to attend  Pre- CT Conference Annual meeting hearings.  All are welcome to attend.

 

Pre-Annual Meeting Hearings: In an effort to allow more time for the
spirit to move through Annual Meeting there will be Regional Hearings
presented in September to learn about the Resolutions, the Budget and to
hear some reflections from Rev. Kent Siladi, Conference Minister. There
is a flyer enclosed to be posted and shared with others. The schedule is
as follows:

*  Saturday, September 13, 2014       10 AM First Congregational Church, Guilford

*  Saturday, September 13, 2014      2:30 PM Liberty Christian Center,Hartford

*  Sunday, September 14, 2014        3 PM Congregational Church of Brookfield

*  Wednesday, September 17, 2014        7 PM First Church of Christ in Mansfield

We look forward to seeing you at one of these hearings.

Cecile Gilson
Assistant to the Conference Minister

Connecticut Conference UCC
125 Sherman Street
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 761-7109

 

 

 

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E-Bridge 9/6/14

Friends,

Remember, Sunday is Communion Sunday – Come hungry and ready to be fed!

The text this week comes to us from Matthew 18-

“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

This is one of these text that we silently wink at and then each other we will unpack it a bit Sunday in church but for now let’s at least begin

            If another member of the church sins against you… what do we do – just talk about them behind their back.

            If another member of the church sins against you…just call a bunch of people in the church to complain about them. You may even want to start a letter-writing campaign against them.

            If another member of the church sins against you…just send them a nasty email. Copy the clergy. And, while you’re at it, CC the Senior Deacon or the Regional Minister.

            If another member of the church sins against you…don’t say anything. Just avoid them. Un-friend them on Facebook. And, if you can’t avoid them on Sundays, then just leave the church.

…No.

In the eighteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus talks directly to his followers to tell us what our fellowship is to be like. If a brother or sister in the faith hurts you, angers you, saddens you, or does you wrong in any way…you go and talk to them about it directly, one on one. You don’t send someone else in secret – or start a whispering campaign – you don’t go around corners – someone is not happy with something you did – sounds like middle school drama – I know something you don’t know – or kindergarten sandbox – Jesus is clear – go directly to them.

Not only does this manner of working out difficulties lead to forgiveness, it also does so in a graceful way. The offended party isn’t dragging the offender through the mud. If it gets worked out here, no one else needs to know.

            Forgiveness is available without fear of embarrassment in the fellowship. It can be done quietly. Lovingly. Gracefully.

However, when that doesn’t work, you bring another person or two with you. This “ratchets” things up a bit, but still provides for grace amidst discretion.

And then, if things can’t be worked out there, you bring it to the whole church.

            I’ve seen churches be totally undone by backbiting and whisper campaigns. It can be devastating-and not just to attendance and finances-but it’s devastating to the Christian witness of that faith community, and the Universal Church.

For when that happens, the church ceases to be a place of forgiveness, grace, and mercy. One might say that it ceases to be a church in any discernible fashion.

            Forgiveness is meant to be at the core of who we are, and to be honest with you, if we can’t do it between ourselves in the church, how can we ever be agents of reconciliation in the world? Right here, Jesus gives a clear blue-print for how our communities might be holy places where holy relationships might flourish. And, it’s something that we need to practice until it is so ingrained in our DNA, we can’t imagine living another way.

Because, for Jesus, there isn’t another way.


This week’s Connecticut Conference Spirit reflections come to us by Kathy Peters. Kathy is the pastor of Chester Congregational Church.

Dog Days

Spirited Wednesday

Romans 13:8-14 (NRSV)

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Reflection:

The Dog Days of summer are gone and school has begun. The end of Labor Day festivities indicates that the lazy days are over and “real” life is back. (The fact that the lazy, hazy days of summer are just a perception and that we are not always good at taking Sabbath time or allowing ourselves such days is a topic for another time!) This by all accounts has been a difficult, war-filled summer, and perhaps we are “happy” to see it end. We live in a world that seems to have forgotten the “law” of love.

My dog is a lover! No matter who you are, what you look like and if you smell a bit funky all the better…he loves you! His tail wags in greeting and his whole body moves with joy if you say hello and pet him. He is one bundle of unconditional love. He does not hold grudges or remember that you called him “bad dog” when he ate the garbage. He will never take anything that is yours though he will look longingly at your dinner plate. He has never killed anything…well maybe an occasional moth or a bug. He will sit by your side, listen without offering a bit of unsolicited advice and is always willing to accompany you on a walk. When you return home at the end of the day, his bounding joy at your presence just fills your soul. You just cannot hurry through life when taking a moment to love like my dog!

Dog Days of the summer kind have been around since ancient times and there is even a reference to them in the 1611 edition of the King James Bible. (Google it!) But if every day we could adopt the ways of my dog: unconditional love, joy in experiencing life, napping often, living the law of love, imagine the possibilities. I hope each day to “wake up” and be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.

Love does no wrong to a neighbor, and we are all neighbors. When will we learn to love?

See you Sunday

Rev Ed

  


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Coffee Hour This Sunday 

We need volunteers.  Any goodies would be greatly appreciated.  Clean up would also be helpful.  Lynne and Mackenzie will be there early to set up and make coffee, juice and tea.  Thanks so much.


Hunger Action MonthIt’s Hunger Action Month supported by the Citizens Bank Foundation!

Each September, Hunger Action Month gives Connecticut Food Bank the opportunity to encourage others to take action to solve hunger!

Nearly half a million Connecticut residents, including more than 155,000 children, don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.

Connecticut Food Bank urges you to wear orange – the color of hunger relief – on Thursday, September 4, as part of a nation-wide effort to increase awareness about hunger in our communities. Then send your photo to cfb@ctfoodbank.org for posting on our website and social media channels.

Make plans to join us for two special Hunger Action Month events:

  • September 4 – Wear orange and get a free orange donut from Tony’s Orangeside Donut Truckparked outside Citizens Bank, 209 Church Street in New Haven from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • September 30 – Volunteers needed for a Connecticut Food Bank Volunteer-a-Thon. Groups and individuals are welcome. Email kdamien@ctfoodbank.org to schedule a time.

Here are some other ideas to get involved:

  • Find us on Facebook and “like” our page.
  • Tweet photos to @CTFoodBank
  • Update your Facebook status to share a hunger fact with your friends
  • Take the SNAP (food stamp) challenge and live on a $4.15 a day food budget.
  • Download our 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar for more ideas!

Hunger Action Month is supported by the

                                    Citizens Bank Foundationl green logo


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22nd Annual Polish Dinner

Saturday, November 1st, 5 to 7 pm.

We would love to have you join us again this year.  We will need many hands to make this another successful year.  Any donations are welcome.

Thanks, Teresa


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SNOWFLAKE FAIR – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Various forms, information, and important dates are on the back table in the fellowship hall. Be sure to check out our “Positively Pink” basket today to see what we have collected so far ~ more items are needed (proceeds from tickets sold for this basket will go to Seymour Pink ~ last year we rounded up to an even $100). A box for donations of miscellaneous items to be incorporated into our basket raffle will be in the hall the end of August. Our first craft nightwill be Friday, September 26th at 5:30 p.m. at Lynne F.’s home. Please bring $5 for pizza and any craft idea you may have. Please see Laura or Jeannette if you have any questions or call the church office.


SUNDAY FLOWERS:  We still have several Sundays available in September for you to sign up in the church vestibule to give flowers – In celebration of joyful friendships & special thanks, someone’s birthday, anniversary, or  in memory of someone, and to the greater glory of God!


 

 

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.


PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Our church’s shawl ministry is appreciated by many and we continue with its mission.  Lynda Boynton has agreed to guide this endeavor with new ideas, patterns and prayers that she has gathered from other prayer shawl groups.  If you would like to learn more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry of our church, please join us in the gym at 11:15AM TODAY.


CHOIR NEWS

Here’s a fantastic opportunity for you to be part of the fun and fellowship as well as providing the important music ministry of our church.  No experience necessary – on the job training available.  Just drop in and join us this Thursday at 6:30 PM.  The following Thursday, Sept. 18, we are going to have a Pizza Party!  Someone was very kind to treat us to pizza.  After that we will be having rehearsals on Sundays which is convenient for people that travel from Thomaston, Oakville, West Haven, Derby and Ansonia, and Naugatuck too!


Attention Youth: Our next Give2 event is on Saturday, September 13th, when we will be going to Locket’s Meadow farm in Bethany. This farm is special in that it’s a sanctuary for at-risk farm animals. There are over 40 horses and many are used for therapeutic work and to entertain visitors. We will have more details (time, etc.) by next week. Please let know Mandy know if you are interested in participating.


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Flu and Pneumonia VaccineOn Sunday, October 5th, Stephanie and the UCONN Pharmacy students will be running their annual Flu Shot clinic.  Stephanie will also have the Pneumonia and Shingles shots available.   To sign up please see Teresa.

 

8-10-2014

Weekly Newsletter of

Seymour Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

August 10, 2014

Worship Service 10:00 AM

Did you miss our Worship Service on August 3rd? Click on the image below to view it!

August 3, 2014

 

“Celebrating Our 225th Anniversary”

HI Folks I am away – or almost on vacation – It is a time to dream- or reflect on this past year and the next. Peg and I will be at Chautauqua Institution for the two weeks. With our grandkids for the first week, then with their parents for week two, along with our second son and his significant other ( we need a better word for that) then Tonya’s parents are coming for a few days-  so my reflection time will be limited. But I do dream – and hold to the vision.

While I am away simply call the office if you have a question. Call a deacon for pastoral concerns.

Also while I am away I have left copies of the survey in fellowship hall for your reading and discussion. I have placed on the walls graphs and printouts of data gleaned from the survey. This is excellent information and the congregation should spend some time reflecting on its significance.

One interesting observation is that 84% feel that the minister needs to be very or essentially important to be a fellow traveler, 70% counselor / healer;  67% celebrant or worship leader and 61% spiritual guide. These roles are slightly higher than church administrator (51%) . or witness /Evangelist (29%)

The numbers are numbers and are an education to look into. So go at it and have some fun.

Rev Ed

Speaking of reflecting and dreaming –

Below is this week Spirited reflection from the Connecticut Conference site;


Spirited Wednesday

I  Am That DREAMER (And So Are You)

by Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo
August 06, 2014

Genesis 37:19 (NLT)

“Here comes the dreamer!” they said.

Reflection:

Usually we hear about dreams around February, when Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I had a dream” speech once more becomes important. Or maybe dreams are part of your everyday thought process, as you try to remember that dream that startled out of a deep sleep in the middle of the night. Or, that poem that you learned in your youth sticks in your head as a reminder of living out your potential, Langston Hughes asked, “What happens to a dream deferred?”

When we meet Joseph, his brothers call him a dreamer, and he was. But aren’t we all dreamers at some point, with stars in our eyes, knowing that we are meant for SOMETHING. ANYTHING.

Some of us have heard God’s voice speak greatness into our lives and yet, we stay still and much like a raisin in the sun, we dry up. But we are meant for greater things. We are meant to dream big. Because when we dream big and put our fears aside, we allow faith to take over and walk us into our destiny.

Peter walked on water when all he had was a notion of a dream. How else can you explain daring to ask Jesus to call him over and allow him to walk on water? When you dare to ask God, you get a guide. And for Peter, Jesus was his guide. When Peter truly opened his eyes and realized that the impossible had become possible, he fell into the water, more afraid of the known than the unknown.

We need to be like all those dreamers who came before, who paved a way for us. Joseph was a dreamer, and though his life was complicated, he lived the life of a dreamer. Peter, when he dreamed, was able to walk on water. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, and we are still living towards that dream. Langston Hughes knew that dreams left untreated and unfulfilled could someday explode.

But I envision that explosion as an explosion of God’s glory pushing you forward, towards something you remember once having wanted. Be a dreamer. Live towards God’s dream.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

“Kevin Tucker, son of Debra and Alan Tucker, is our Lay Leader this morning.  Kevin is attending U Conn – Waterbury studying kinesiology for physical therapy and is expected to graduate in 2017.

This summer besides vacationing in Rhode Island and Florida, he has been taking chemistry and volunteering at Life Designs in Shelton.  Life Designs is a rehabilitation center and Kevin is helping patients who have suffered from strokes, spinal injuries and cerebral palsy.  We wish him continued success this year as he continues pursuing his degree.”

THANK YOU!!

 

Many thanks to Jeannette Raymond and Christine Murphy, guest Pianist, for sharing their talent with us this morning!

 

Please join us after church in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by Dawn Ryan and Mary Jo Chevarella.

 

The altar flowers are given by Connie and Stan Wiesniak in loving memory of

their dad, Ralph Mann on his birthday today.

 


OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK

 

Reverend – On vacation

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

 

Rev. Ed will be on vacation until Tuesday, August 26.  Please contact Karen Baker, Deacon Chairperson at 203-888-0924 in his absence.

 

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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 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Plans are under way for our 26th annual Snowflake Fair! Many of our vendors will be returning, but we do have some spaces left. If you know anyone who would be interested in renting a space ($25 for members, $35 for non-members), forms will be in the entry way and in the fellowship hall, or see Laura.

Along with our normal Basket and Quilt Raffles, Snowflake Café, Boutique, Bake Sale Table, Christmas Treasures Room and Kids’ craft area, we will have a “Giving Tree” for donations to the Gellatly Scholarship Fund and the CT Food Bank (donations can be anywhere from $1 up ~ would like to have a good start on filling the tree before the fair, so we will have donation forms available the week prior). Also, the stage area will have decorated boxes for donations to TEAM “white gifts”, the Veteran’s Hospital, and “Covenant to Care” to bring community awareness to the missions we support.

As always, we cannot have a successful fair without your help! We will be collecting items starting by the end of August for our basket/ raffle (if you cannot do a whole basket, there will be a separate box in the hall for items we can incorporate into full baskets) ~ we will plan on starting to collect and display the baskets in late September or early October. If you plan on donating a basket (approx. $25 in value), please be sure to take a form to list all items included so we don’t miss anything in the description. Forms will also be downstairs for business donations; if anyone knows of a business who may want to donate a gift card or basket, please take a letter and indicate where you are delivering.

Don’t forget to collect items for our “Positively Pink” basket (proceeds from tickets sold for this basket will go to Seymour Pink); we will display what we have so far in mid August.  Other miscellaneous items we can use NOW include: clear wrap for our gift baskets and wired ribbon; donations for our “all that glitters” tree, the Christmas Treasures Room, and the Boutique will be collected starting in mid October.


Sunday, September 14th

Rally Day

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Church Picnic

Come join us as we celebrate our beloved Church

together with friends and family

 

The picnic will offer plenty of food and fellowship

and there will be lots of activities for

the young and young-at-heart

 

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Thank you to all who visited Grace Farmer on her 99th birthday.

Happy Birthday Grace!!!