Week of September 20, 2015

Seymour Congregational Church

Worship Service 10:00am every Sunday

Easy as ABC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Allyson

 

 

 


 

THIS WEEK

Monday, Sept. 21

3:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, Sept. 22

6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, Sept. 23

6:00 PM GS #60059

Thursday, Sept. 24

7:00 PM AA

Saturday, Sept. 26

10:00 AM Craft Get-Together

 


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

 


 

 

SNOWFLAKE FAIR – SATURDAY, 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.

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

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

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

Neighbors in Need

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SCC E-Bridge

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Welcome to this week’s E-bridge

Week of November 3, 2013

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DON’T FORGET TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR SATURDAY NIGHT!!!

Looking ahead to our scripture:

This week’s Scripture come to us from Luke 6:20-31. The powerful words of the beatitudes flow across the hillside and enter into the minds and hearts of those who sat on that hillside. All of them saints in the heart of the divine. You, too, are a saint, and this week we will remember the saints of the Seymour Church and community who have passed on to the eternal during this past year.

The festival of All Saints has become one of the more misunderstood celebrations in the Church year. In liturgical traditions the day has held a high place in the Church’s calendar of feasts and festivals, resounding with the joy of Easter and God’s promise of resurrection made concrete in the raising of Jesus Christ and granted in the particular to all Christians through Holy Baptism. In non-liturgical traditions, however, All Saints Day is scarcely known and rarely observed. In fact, the secular corruption of the festival, Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, stands as a nearly unrecognizable vestige of the festival and demonstrates the insignificant and even ominous place to which it has been relegated.

This Sunday we will raise up the banner so to speak – sing the powerful songs of the Saints, remember our past and maybe look around in the pews and witness today’s saints as we share in the bread and cup. You too are a saint.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

MC900117999[1]SNOWFLAKE FAIR

SATURDAY, November 23rd
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

24 Craft and Specialty Vendor tables, offering hand-painted wooden Santa Claus figurines and ornaments; snow people and soft sculptured snowmen; silk flower arrangements; Amato’s Toy & Hobbies with children’s books, puppets, puzzles, games and craft kits; knitted and crocheted dog coats, towels, pot holders, sweaters, scarves, hats & purses; gift items for cats and the cat lover; wire sculptured jewelry; “Make a Bracelet” and a “Thirty-One” rep will be in the choir room. Our Sunday school will also have tables with items for sale. We will also have an author with her book “Wings Up” and reps from: Tastefully Simple, Origami Owl, Scentsy Candles, Silpada Designs, Party Lite and Tupperware. Raffles for: Gift baskets, wreaths, homemade quilt and decorated trees; ladies boutique, baked goods table, craft area for kids on the stage and breakfast & lunch served in the Snowflake Café. Silent auction for angel-themed tree will benefit the prayer & serenity garden and youth activities; silent auction for a wreath will benefit the church.

Gift baskets, as well as donations for the Boutique and Christmas Treasures room, are due no later than Nov. 17th. Donations for the baked goods table and desserts for lunch can be dropped off the night before from 4:30-7:30 p.m. or the morning of the fair. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated to help us offset costs. Food bank donations will be accepted at the door. Thanks to everyone that has helped/donated so far ~ please come and support our vendors and our church on the day of the fair!

 

The Parish Life Committee

will again this year sponsor a Craft Night/Movie Night for children.  It will be held on Friday, Dec. 6th from 6-9 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The children will make a Christmas themed craft and then watch a movie.  Popcorn and juice will be provided. There is no charge and parents need not attend. Bring a friend.  Sign up sheet is posted.  Contact Karen Schuttler or any member of Parish Life for further information.

~ Anyone who would like to volunteer to light a candle during Advent, please contact the church office or see Rev. Ed.

~ Ministry opportunities!  Would you or your family like to support us so that we can order our Thanksgiving and/or Christmas bulletins and letterhead?

Thanksgiving – $10

Advent – $40 for 4 Sundays

Christmas Eve bulletin, letterhead and mailing – $90

Contact the church office if you are interested.

 

 

Sunday Worship Service

November 3, 2013

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – Coffee Hour

11:15 AM – Cantata Rehearsal – Grab a cup of coffee and come join us! No experience necessary.  Just a desire to sing.  Come give it a try!

12:00 PM – Adult Choir Rehearsal

Get your creative juices flowing and join us during coffee hour to make crafts to contribute to the Youth Group Table at the Church Fair.

GREETERS:  Elwin Jimmo

LAYLEADER:  David Tripp

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  George Wityak

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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

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Calendar of Events

Monday, Nov. 4

3:30 PM   Weight Watchers

Tuesday, Nov. 5

6:15 PM   Girl Scout #135 7:00 PM    Diaconate Mtg.

Thursday, Nov. 7

6:30 PM     Special Adult Choir Rehearsal

6:30 PM     Girl Scout #135 Leader’s Mtg

7:00 PM     A.A. Meeting

 

About All Saints Day 

Some thought gleaned over the years on the particular of All Saints Day.

One of the primary meanings of All Saints is as simple as it is straightforward: we gather to give thanks to God for the Saints of every time and place to whom we are joined in eternal fellowship; for those who have been particularly important to us and who, having died, now live in the nearer presence of God; and for God’s mighty raising of Jesus Christ from the dead so that we might have hope not only in our dying but also in all of our living. In this regard, a reading from Ephesians 1:11-23 would be helpful to you. This reading places forward the inheritance we have in Christ Jesus to live in faith now and to be joined to Christ and all the saints in the life to come.

At the same time, however, the “Festival of All Saints” has become one of the more misunderstood celebrations in the Church year. In liturgical traditions the day has held a high place in the Church’s calendar of feasts and festivals, resounding with the joy of Easter and God’s promise of resurrection understood in the raising of Jesus Christ and granted to all Christians through the sacrament of Baptism. In non-liturgical traditions, (free churches and faith expressions that have drifted away from the lectionary calendar) All Saints Day is scarcely known and rarely observed. In fact, the secular corruption of the festival, Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, stands as a nearly unrecognizable vestige of the festival and demonstrates the insignificant and even ominous place to which it has been relegated. Where then is the “Festival”?  Who remembers the saints?

Some thinking about the word “saint” could help here.

First, it’s helpful to know that All Saints Day was originally set aside to commemorate all those martyrs from the early persecutions whose names were never recorded and thus whose memory was in constant peril of being lost. Over time, this celebration was extended to remember all who have lived and died in the faith and now rest eternally and triumphantly from their labors. We continue this aspect of the celebration when we name those persons of our individual parishes who have died in the last year and live now in the glory of God.

A second dimension of the word “saint” was added during the Reformation. (Yes it is I our traditional roots)  The reformers reclaimed the New Testament confession that all those who have been baptized into Christ and declared righteous by grace are, in fact, living saints of God.  In this regard, it is notable that the Apostle Paul addresses even the Christians in Corinth, those whom he has rebuked and castigated for many and various moral offenses, as saints, or holy ones. (1 Cor. 1:1-9 )  Clearly, then, their sanctity – and our own! – is not one of moral achievement, nor even a complete triumph of grace in their lives, but rests, rather, upon their having been made holy by God’s declaration in Baptism.  For this reason, we now celebrate All Saints not by contrasting the saints over there — those who have died and gone on to glory before us — with the would-be saints still over here.  Rather we recognize and celebrate our union with those for whom Christ died in every time and every place, a union secured by Christ’s death once and for all, established by our common baptism, nurtured by our life together, and brought to fulfillment in the age to come.

Third, a final thought of the word “saint” emphasizes that a saint is not only one who is made holy, but also one who is blessed by God. It’s in this final context that the reading for this Sunday comes to us from the beatitudes. Luke’s starker, sparer rendition of Jesus’ teaching that we read this year underscores the peculiar, even radical understanding of blessing that animates the Christian tradition. Blessing, according to Jesus, far from being about material abundance, is to enjoy the regard and favor of God. And the God of Israel to whom Jesus bears witness reserves special regard for the poor, the maligned, the downtrodden. This God shows particular favor, that is, to those in need. This Sunday come in need of standing in grace. While this may at first seem threatening to those of us who enjoy so much of the world’s bounty, it also clarifies our calling to identify and help those in need, and it promises that God stands also with us in our moments of loss, distress, and poverty. The heart of the God we hear described in these verses is full of mercy and compassion, abounding in steadfast love.

Blessings,

Rev ED