Welcome to This Week’s E-Bridge
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
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!
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
9 AM-3 PM Snowflake Fair
Birthdays This Week
November 14 – Besty Entwisle, November 15 – Gladys Gilbert
(Please let office know if we missed your birthday)
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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-888-7826.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 203-800-6222