Week of November 13, 2016

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Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.                                      Pope John XXIII

 

 

 Sunday, November 13, 2016

 OLD TESTAMENT         Isaiah 12

 GOSPEL              Luke 21: 5-19

 SERMON   “God is Building Us into a Living Temple”      Rev. Allyson Glass

The flowers today are given in loving memory of Gordon and Jane Carrington

by Edyth Carrington.

 

Building a Strong Church Together

Sitting around the table at the new member orientation meeting several weeks ago with members of several committees, we each took a turn to speak about what this church means to us and how important it is to be an active part of our community. I was so taken by each person’s story about what brought them to the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC and how important their membership has been to them.  I believe we all come to this church to be part of a loving church family who worship together with hearts filled with gratitude for God’s grace and mercy in our lives. We come to be a shining light in our community through our faith in Jesus Christ. It is our privilege to welcome three new members into our church family on Sunday.

As we approach our Stewardship Sunday on November 20, 2016 please prayerfully consider your pledge because together, we can continue to grow and follow God’s plan for us.

 

God builds no churches! By His plan

That labor has been left to man.

The humblest church demands its price

In human toil and sacrifice.

Across the valley of despair

Men still must build God’s House of Prayer.

God sends no churches from the skies,

Out of our hearts must they arise.

–Edgar A Guest


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Stewardship Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stewardship is a total giving of ourselves,

A balance of time, talent and treasure.

 

Prayerfully consider your pledge.

Together, we can continue to grow and follow God’s plan for us!


THIS WEEK

 

Monday, Nov. 14

4:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, Nov. 15

6:15 PM GS #135

6:15 PM Tenor & Bass Sectional Cantata Rehearsal

7:00 PM Council

Wednesday, Nov. 16

6:00 PM GS #60306

Thursday, Nov. 17

7:30 PM Masons

Saturday,  Nov.19

9 AM-3 PM   Snowflake Fair

 

Birthdays This Week

November 14 – Besty Entwisle, November 15 – Gladys Gilbert

Happy Birthday!

(Please let office know if we missed your birthday)

 


snowflake-fair

DURING THE WEEK:

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*

*Donations for the baked goods table and desserts for lunch can be dropped off the night before from noon-7:00 p.m. or the morning of the fair (Please have pre-packaged, marked if it contains nuts and priced, if possible).

Thanks to everyone that has helped/donated so far ~ There are still a few empty spaces on the sign-up sheet to work the day of the fair(on back table at coffee hour). We can also always use extra help around 3 to help clean up.

Please remember to wear your name tags and park on the grass if you are working at the fair. See Laura or Lynda if you have any questions.

Quilt Raffle Tickets and pictures are available.  See Sandy Barber during coffee hour or call 203-888-4328.


 

 

stewardship.jpgSTEWARDSHIP SUNDAY –  NOVEMBER 20th

Stewardship, defined as “an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources”.  The Stewardship Committee hopes that you will support the ministries of our Church through generous gifts, and not just financially but also by contributing of your time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission, with a profound sense of gratitude and joy for all that you receive through your relationship with God and each other.  Everyone has different “gifts” and all are welcomed and graciously appreciated – this is how our Church has been able to minister faithfully for over 225 years!

Please take some time to reflect on what the Church means to you, your family, your fellow parishioners, and the community.  Whatever draws you to the Seymour Congregational Church, UCC, please pledge as generously as you can.  If you have not already submitted your pledge, we will be collecting pledge cards during worship on Nov. 20.

Peace and Blessings, The SCC Stewardship Committee


feed the hungry

Thanksgiving …the season to remember all that we have to be thankful for…

Let’s share our blessings and make this holiday season a little brighter for others by donating non-perishable items to help those families in need through the Seymour-Oxford Food Bank.  This Sunday we will have a collection bin in the main entry and afterwards we will deliver to the Food Bank for them to make their special holiday packages just in time for Thanksgiving.

God Bless You!

We thank you for your support, the SCC Outreach Committee.

 


 

JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION OF THANKSGIVING WORSHIP

with the Seymour and Oxford Community

on SUNDAY EVENING,

NOVEMBER 20 AT 7:00 P.M.

Seymour United Methodist Church,

90 Pearl Street

Please bring non-perishable food items for our

Seymour/Oxford Food Bank as your offering.


 

Good morning all,

The Seymour Oxford Food Bank is in need of volunteers to help with our food drive from the Boy Scouts, Schools and Seymour Police Dept. to date, separate, and box up food on November 19th from 10 o’clock on all day.

We will also need help to put together the Thanksgiving baskets on Tuesday, November 22nd from 9 o’clock until noon. We are putting together 80 thanksgiving dinners. Please meet at 20 Pine St. Seymour for both events.  Without your help it will be very difficult to serve our community this Thanksgiving. If you could please put this in your church bulletin, tell your friends and family, and if you know of any organizations that are looking to do some volunteer work for the holidays please let them know. If you need any more information please contact me at t06478@comcast.net or call 203-888-7826.

Thank you,

Teri Archer


Hello …

It’s that time again we will be sponsoring our Warm Winter Blanket Drive from Dec. 5-9. Drop off will be 9-5 @ the Miller-Ward Funeral Home. The drive will benefit The Salvation Army and The St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Shop. All blankets welcomed for both adults and children.

We hope you will place our drive information in your weekly bulletin for all to see.

Thank you for your support.


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.

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.

CHURCH OFFICE 203-888-6729

REVEREND – Allyson Glass    pastorallyson.scc@gmail.com 203-800-6222

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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.


GREETERS:

Tony Calzone and Luanne Smith

LAY LEADER:

Karl Kregling

DEACON OF THE MONTH:

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)


THIS WEEK

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


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Save the Date:

May 15 – Confirmation Sunday

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

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP

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.

 

 TAG SALE ~ SATURDAY, MAY 14th

  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

TURKEY DINNER AND BASKET RAFFLE  Sat., June 4th

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.

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.


 

 

Week of March 20, 2016

Worship 10:00am

Coffee Hour immediately following

Retreat

 

When you hear “Retreat!” you think of the dictionary definition: “moving away from a place or situation especially because it is dangerous or unpleasant.  This definition most certainly does not describe our wonderful Confirmation Retreat this past weekend at Silver Lake. In fact, we moved toward a safe and nurturing place, a beautiful place where we worshipped together, learned together, and played together.

Thank you to our chaperones, Nancy Rogers and Elwin Jimmo, for their enthusiasm and support during our time at Silver Lake.  In addition to visiting the Labyrinth and hiking around the camp, the retreat provided us with opportunities to meet with other teens from around CT to discuss many spiritual topics including baptism, discipleship, and the scriptural basis for the six core values of the United Church of Christ denomination.  Our confirmation class has decided that our church truly exemplifies the UCC core value; “We Are People of God’s Extravagant Welcome” and we talked about how our group can be part of that welcome. What a blessing for us to share our faith with each other as we experienced God together in such an inspiring setting.   

So sound the Retreat, head for a safe and comforting place and spend some quiet time with God and with friends this week.  I’m sure glad we did!

 Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Thank you God,

Not just for life,

But for our journey through life.

Life is a miracle,

And a journey through life is so full of so many more miracles

If we travel with our Heartsongs,

Thank you God for blessing me with the gift of Heartsongs,

So that I can enjoy my miracles.

~Mattie J.T. Stepanek, 11 yr. old struggling with Muscular Dystrophy, April 1998

 


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MAUNDY THURSDAY:  We will be having a pasta dinner prior to the Maundy Thursday service, 5:30 pm, March 24th in Fellowship Hall.

 It would be helpful if we had an approximate headcount so please sign up at coffee hour.

We will be serving pasta (including a gluten free option) and three sauces: Howie Bradshaw’s famous meat sauce, turkey Bolognese, and plain marinara; salad & garlic bread.

Donations of pasta (spaghetti) and sauce (marinara) would be greatly appreciated (leave items in the kitchen). Please contact Michelle Mann if you can help out in the kitchen. We will be there at 3pm to start cooking and could use help with clean up as well.  We did this last year and had a good turn out. Hope you can make it.

 


 

 

Breakfast-with-Easter-Bunny

Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, March 26, 2016

8 – 11 am

$7 per person – $4 children 10 and under

Free Children’s Easter Craft Table

Proceeds provide camperships to Silver Lake Conference Center and funding for Youth Group and Church School activities

DON’T MISS THE FUN – BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!

Volunteer and Donation Sign-up sheets are in Fellowship Hall for the Bunny Breakfast. We need help with set up and bacon cooking on Friday 3/25 and help from beginning to end on Saturday 3/26. Any amount of time you can share with us is appreciated. Don’t miss the fun and satisfaction of knowing you are helping fund programs for our youth and church school children!

Tickets for the breakfast will be available soon!

Please bring in your raffle basket or items to be added to a basket as soon as possible so that we will have a good number of baskets at the Bunny Breakfast, and can sell tickets for the drawing in June at the Turkey Dinner.

Basket Ideas:  Gardening, Wine/Beer, Baking, Kitchen, etc.

Thank you,

The Christian Education Committee

 


 

 

tag sale

T A G   S A L E

SAT., MAY 14TH

8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Our annual tag sale is fast approaching – mark your calendars NOW!

This year, we will have around 7 tables inside for members ($10 per table) and non-members ($20 per table). We will also offer a limited amount of 10’ x 10’ spaces outside for $15 (must provide own table). Interested members need to advise Laura Thompson if interested by March 31st before we advertise for outsiders.

Items can be dropped off in the gym the week after Easter. Items should be clean and in good condition (NO clothing, unless hats, purses or scarves). Any unsold items will be donated to Helping Hands. If you need your items picked up, please call the church office or Laura.

We will also have coffee and baked goods for sale, and any donations will be gratefully accepted (no lunch will be offered).


Church-bus

Need a ride to church??

The Seymour Senior Center is now offering transportation to church services for Seymour Residents who are no longer able to drive themselves.  We will be offering transportation to the following Sunday Services:

Seymour Congregational, Broad St., 10:00 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal, Church St., 10:00 a.m

St. Augustine Catholic, Washington Ave., 10:30 a.m.

Other churches may be included  if requested and times do not conflict with the schedule.  Reservations required.  Call 203-888-0406 before 4:00 p.m.  Calls made after 4:00 p.m. will not be accepted. Transportation will be provided by the Senior Mini-Bus.

It is free – first come, first serve.

 


 

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


 

THIS WEEK

Monday, March 21 4:00 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, March 22 6:15 PM GS #135

6:30 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 24 5:30 PM Pasta Supper

7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service ~ Special music by the Adult Choir.

 

 

Week of January 23, 2016

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Worship service and all meetings are cancelled for Sunday January 24, 2016 because of severe weather conditions and unsafe driving conditions.

Stay safe, see you next week!


Annual meeting postponed!

Please be advised that the Annual Church Meeting, originally scheduled for January 24, 2016, has been postponed one week.  

The rescheduled 2016 Annual Church Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2015 at 12:15 P.M. following a Pot-Luck Dinner at 11:30 A.M.

The Agenda of the meeting (unchanged) will be:

The review and acceptance of:

~Minutes of 2015 Annual Meeting

~2015 Committee Reports

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

~Financial Reports, including approval of the 2016 Annual Budget

~To hear a final report from our Property & Renovations Committee regarding the lift project; and

~to consider any other concerns that may come before the Governing Body.

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


 

We Are One Body

I am looking forward to my first Annual Meeting here at the Seymour Congregational Church.  It is interesting that our lectionary reading this week is 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a. In the reading entitled “One Body with Many Members” the apostle Paul writes to the church in Corinth about the privilege and responsibility of membership in the Body of Christ.  I have found that the members of the SCC really understand that we are all given different gifts to use in supporting our church and spreading God’s word to the world.

On Sunday we will celebrate this incredible year in the life of our church with a time of fellowship while we enjoy a Pot Luck meal and then during our Annual Meeting.  Truly this has been a wonderful year in the life of this church; we celebrated 225 years as a congregation, we worked hard to raise money for a handicap lift to make our church buildings accessible to everyone, and we began our ministry together when I was called to be your Pastor.  Reading through the Annual Report I am amazed at the community outreach we do in so many ways, some large like Spooner House and others done quietly like donations to the food bank and the veterans.  We pray for each other and for friends and for those we may never meet and knit and crochet prayer shawls.  We share our beautiful church with the community through our Snowflake Fair and our Bunny Breakfast.  

Truly we are a Body of Christ who understands that there is no way of belonging without participating.  Through our mutually shared union with Christ our bond is so real that we share each other’s joys and sorrows.  While the unity of our church maybe different for each of us; we are all enlivened by the same Spirit bestowed on us by Christ to do Christ’s work in the world.

So, enjoy our time together on Sunday and pat yourselves on the back and say, “job well done, good and faithful servant.”

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


Weekly Prayer

O dear Savior, be not impatient with us – educate us for a higher life, and let that life begin here.  May we be always in school, always disciples, and when we are out in the world may we be trying to put into practice what we have learned at Jesus’ feet.  What he tells us in the darkness may we proclaim in the light, and what he whispers in our ear in the closets may we sound forth upon the housetops.

Charles H. Spurgeon



Announcements

The new Flower Chart is up for 2016.  Why not celebrate a birthday, memorial, or special date with flowers?  There are plenty of dates available.  The flowers are $25.00 and can be left in the “Flower Box” in the church office or given to Cherie after church.

Memorial Service

A Memorial Service for Linda Wheeler will be held here on February 7 at 2 PM.

PIEROGI MAKING TIME….

We will meet every Friday starting on Feb 12th 9am to 11 am for the fillings (potato, Sweet potato and Kraut)  5pm to 8pm for the dough making and assembling the pierogi. We really need as much help as we can.  Many hands make light work.

See you on the 12th  (bring a friend)

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY 

A meeting will be held Sunday, Feb. 7th following church service.  Get your coffee and meet in the gym to discuss:  what shawls you are working on, any comments you have gotten about the shawls given.  Are you having problems/help with knitting or crocheting?  Where have all the prayer squares gone?  Come to the meeting to find out. 


 

ash Wednesday

.“Along the Road” Worship Series

Ash Wednesday – February 10th

Ecumenical Services of Communion and Imposition of Ashes

WHERE? WHEN? TIME?

* 12 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church

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 *6 pm at Seymour Congregational Church

Light Meal of Soup and Bread followed by 7 pm Worship

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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 Sunday’s bulletin.  

 

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.

 

Tag Sale

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Indoor Tag Sale!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

8:00 am – 2:00 pm

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INDOOR tag sale in the church hall, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hundreds of items for all ages donated by our church family. We will also offer coffee and delicious, home-made baked goods for sale and a $2.25 lunch special (hot dog, chips and beverage) in honor of our 225th anniversary. Raffle tickets or dinner tickets for our turkey dinner in June are also available.