E Bridge – Week of 2/8/2015

Welcome to this week’s E-Bridge

What you will find here :
-Reflections on this week’s text
-What is happening at Seymour Congregational Church
-What is going on around the Conference. Please spend time to review the video on church interdependence found at the end of the E-Bridge.

We have two text this Sunday the First is from Isaiah 40:21-31

This time of year is rough on lots of people. In Connecticut winter has finally arrived. The snow while beautiful when fresh loses its luster soon. The full moon last night lit up my yard, Peg went into the old familiar words of the Christmas Eve Poem “gave a luster of midday to objects below”; After two days of moving the stuff, the luster, I will admit was wearing off. Short days and long nights have a negative effect on many. The grayness and short days often have a wearing effect. Some suffer from seasonal affective disorder, which leads to depression. So that leads me to our first text.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. [from Isaiah 40]
The prophet was of course speaking to a people in exile, who’d spent a lot of years away from home. They were tired. Tired of the distance, the longing, the not knowing, no luster, powerless.
The prophet’s words come to us also. We get tired. Exhausted, even. Lonely. Faint, the poet says. And what is the word we’re to hear?
Years back when studying biblical languages, I learned that triplets (three-line sequences) in Hebrew poetry, like the one at the end of this chapter, grew in emphasis from the first to the third. In other words, the last line is more important to the author than the middle, and the middle is more important than the first. In this case, that seems counterintuitive to me.
If he were thinking/writing/preaching the way I would, the poet would have said, “They shall walk and not faint, they shall run and not be weary, they shall mount up with wings like eagles.” But his order is just the opposite of what I’d expect.
Surely, I would say, flying like an eagle should be the pinnacle moment of this poem, not walking without falling down. That however is for me what it is all about. Walking and not falling down. How many times have I stood with someone who has broken a wing and is now learning to walk all over again. Walker in hands one step forward.
Here’s what I have grown to love in this poem: Sometimes, no matter how much we long to soar like an eagle, all we can do is barely manage to put one foot in front of the other, over and over and over again. Maybe that is all we can hope for. That the very best thing is simply to be able to walk, in faith and with strength, because God accompanies us.
And from Mark 9:2-9
This is one of those stories that woman hear different than men. There is Jesus doing his thing. Simon-Peter has brought his new found friends over for dinner. Only a guy would do this without calling ahead. And only a guy would have stopped to think if my mother-in law is sick maybe we should dine out and bring her something. I feel for this un-named woman. Who as the woman who read the text note, sick or not Jesus gets her up, a miracle well maybe and off she goes into the kitchen to cook and serve. The real miracle would have been if the men at least delivered some pizza.
See You Sunday


On February 7th at 9:00 AM, there will be a kitchen cleanup.
Please come and help out. Contact Teresa Kregling with any questions.

THIS Sunday, February 8 is our 2nd Annual Valentine’s Auction.

Get on the good side of your sweetheart! There will be a “healthy” Coffee Hour immediately after church service this Sunday followed by the Live Auction. So grab your coffee or tea, a little nosh, and a bidding paddle (and don’t forget your checkbook!) We have so many wonderful gifts for all ages that have been donated to bid on, including amazing sweet and tasty treats! Come on down to Fellowship Hall after service and join us in the fun!

For donations of baked goods or other food items – Please bring them in before the start of the service on Sunday and be sure to label what the item is and if it contains nuts or is gluten-free. Thank you.

In the event church is cancelled due to the weather, we will have the Auction on Sunday, Feb. 15th.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Peace and Blessings,

Your Parish Life Committee


** Next Sunday, Feb. 15th, the Choir will be starting to rehearse a new Cantata “Sanctuary” to be presented on Palm Sunday in Celebration of the Life of Regina Poniatowski, given by her family and friends. We’re inviting people that like to sing to come join us, be a “Sometime Singer” and sing in the Cantata and for Easter. Grab your coffee and come up to the Choir Room at 11:30 next week! No experience necessary. See You?

**Is any member of your family having a birthday or anniversary? Why not surprise them and put flowers on the altar for their celebration? Or remember a loved one. Flowers mean so much. Our Flower Chart in the hall is completely empty for February and March. Calling YOU to please sign up!!

**Please send your announcements to the church office by WEDNESDAY morning if you wish them to be included in next Thursday’s E-Bridge and Sunday’s bulletin.

**Tag Sale date will be Saturday, May 2nd, 8 am – 2 pm. Members who would like to unload some items can rent a table for $20. A sign up sheet will be posted in March for those wanting to rent a table and for volunteers to help set up/tear down, work at the sale, etc. Please hold off bringing in items until the week following Easter (April 6). Any questions, contact Laura Thompson. Thank you!

**BOOK CLUB: Our book club meets the first 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.


Sunday, February 8th 
10:00 AM – Worship
11:15 AM – Valentine’s Auction
No Choir Rehearsal Today

Monday, Feb.9:
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
7:30 PM Amaranth

Tuesday, Feb. 10
6:15 PM Girl Scouts #135

Thursday, Feb. 12:
7:00 PM AA

Saturday, Feb. 14:


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.

Conference News

News and Announcements
One of the new ideas taking place around the conference has been to assist congregations to find mutual ways to work together. Interdependent ministries recognizes that the difficulties the local congregation has when trying to stand alone. It call out to the benefits that occur when congregations find mutual ways to work together. You may wish to view the video by Rev. Siladi as he discusses this new approach.

VIDEO: New Vantage Point Begins Series on Interdependent Ministries  HARTFORD — In a new edition of Vantage Point released today via the Connecticut Conference’s YouTube channel, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi began a series of conversations with local church leaders engaged in interdependent ministries. In the first installment, four pastors joined Rev. Siladi in the Leadership Studio at United Church Center to briefly describe some of the ways they have shared in God’s work with members and ministers of another congregation. 02/04/2015

Conference Calls Michelle Hughes as Associate Conference Minister for Transitions – HARTFORD — In a message to church leaders around the state today, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi announced that the Rev. Michelle Hughes of Chicago, Illinois, has been called as the first Associate Conference Minister for Transitions, to support and collaborate with local congregations during leadership transitions. “We believe that many of our churches will reap rich harvests from the assistance and training she will be able to bring to them,” he said. 01/23/2015
And Yes ministries do die!

Sunset: the Christian Conference of Connecticut Concludes its Ministry – HARTFORD — With a single candle flickering at the front of the chapel in the Asylum Hill Congregational Church UCC in Hartford, friends, supporters, and admirers of the Christian Conference of Connecticut honored the ecumenical agency’s ministry in worship on Thursday evening, January 15th, as it concluded. Board Secretary the Rev. Bruce Steinway reflected, “To follow Jesus is to make one’s way to the cross — but the cross is not the last word.” 01/21/2015


The subject of our Sermon on February 15th will  be about global warming.  Please take a moment and watch this supporting video:

Global Warming – Preaching for the Planet



E-Bridge week of November 9-15



Happening in your church family this week;

In worship Sunday we will take a moment to honor all those who have served in the armed forces. If you are now or in the past served our country in the military please come so that we may recognize you.

We are in the mix of stewardship season.  This Sunday I plan to spend some time during the sermon to reflect upon the 10 maidens who trimmed or did not trim their lamps. Some ran out of oil – what would happen if the church ran out of oil? Have you ever ran out of oil? Have you ever ran out of spiritual oil? Did you get shut out?

If we are all family how is it that some run out of oil and others seem to have plenty? It’s all about oil this Sunday.


Family Time

Spirited Wednesday

Today’s reflection written by the Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton

November 05, 2014

Scripture: Joshua 24:15-18

Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’

Then the people answered, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.’


I recently spoke with a young mother interested in having her daughter baptized. She’d been raised in a Congregational church and hoped her daughter would one day get confirmed. But she wanted to be honest: they weren’t likely to be regular church goers. “Weekends are for family,” she explained. Maybe you’ve heard this, too, or said it: “Sundays are precious.” “It’s the only time we have together.” “We want to savor this time while our children are young.”

When did church stop being about family? “It didn’t. It’s all about family,” we church-goers might insist. If that’s true, then we have a PR problem, because increasingly, young families see church as an intrusion into family life, hours deducted from the really quality time they want to spend together. I wonder: What could we say about the power of practicing faith as a family, in the company of others? What stories can we tell about raising children within a wider faith community? How might we say, “As for me and my household, we go to church on Sunday,” without sounding, well, holier-than-thou?

More importantly: What would those families find, if we did persuade them to show up for church? Do we really create enough space for families to explore faith together? How often do we worship, do Bible study, or ask our most pressing questions as households? Where do parents and kids get to share their doubts and insights with each other? Who helps them to navigate those conversations?

Joshua began his speech to the Israelites by listing all the highs and lows of their wilderness journey. “Remember? How God set you free from slavery? How you turned your back on God again and again?” Joshua kept that story alive, to be passed from generation to generation: a living, breathing story about a living, breathing God who keeps covenant, even when we don’t.

I’m not saying that spotty attendance necessarily makes one a bad Christian. But I am saying this: As for me and my household, hanging out at church, with folks who are telling and learning from that same story about a living, loving God…that has made us a better family.


Teach us to be a church for all ages, so we can grow together – and maybe even learn from our kids! Amen.

The Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton is pastor of Saugatuck Congregational Church of Westport.








Here is what is needed the most:  Socks, Underwear and t-shirts – all sizes needed from small (just a few) to 3x, Denture cleaner, Denture adhesive, Reading glasses, Deodorant, Shampoo, Nail clippers and Lotion.

They really do not need any conditioner, shaving cream, soap or puzzles at this time.   However they gladly welcome anything!

Donations can be placed in the Veterans bin in the Outreach Room.  Thank you!




Snowflake Fair Updates

Another craft get-together has been scheduled for this Sat., Nov. 8th at 1:00 at Connie Wiesniak’s home. Bring scissors and glue gun if you have one.  Please let Laura Thompson or Connie know if you plan to come. 

29 Craft and Specialty Vendor tables, offering various types of hand-made, ornaments, wristlets, tote bags, aprons & snowmen; knitted and crocheted towels, pot holders, baby afghans, quilts, scarves, Christmas stockings, hats & purses; gift items for dogs, cats and dog/cat lovers; bath salts, sachets & tub tea; birdhouses, home-made candy, soy candles, wire sculptured jewelry; Amato’s Toy & Hobby will have a large variety of items, and Seymour Cinemas will be selling gift cards. We will have reps from: Tastefully Simple, Silpada Designs, Jamberry (nail wraps) and Tupperware. Two of our members, Jaclyn Kregling (Disney pin collection & note cards) and Jane Bitzer (scarves & bric-brac), will also have tables with items for sale. Raffles for: Gift baskets, wreaths, homemade quilt and 6’ “All That Glitters” decorated tree; ladies boutique, baked goods table, craft area for kids on the stage, find great deals on items in our Christmas Treasures Room, and breakfast & lunch served in the Snowflake Café. We will also be selling gift cards to various stores like WalMart and Stop & Shop (a % of purchase price goes back to the church).

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.

Please don’t forget to see Nancy Cretella on Nov. 9 to get a specific gift idea for our Covenant to Care children.

Help us build up our “Giving Tree” to benefit the Gellatly Scholarship Fund and the CT Food Bank (will be in place on November 16th at the top doors near the office).

Any donations for the “Boutique” would be greatly appreciated.  These include mainly jewelry, but also pocketbooks, scarves, and any other accessories that you no longer need.  There is a box marked “Boutique” downstairs as you enter the Fellowship Hall where you can leave items, or give them to Laura or Connie.  Thanks  

Quilt Raffle tickets are available from Sandy Barber.  See her during coffee hour.

Thanks to everyone that has helped/donated so far ~ there are still empty spaces on the sign-up sheet to work the day of the fair.



November 9th, 2014

10:00 AM – Worship

Please join us for coffee hour in fellowship hall following our service!

11:30 AM – Christmas Cantata Rehearsal-Last chance   to join the choir for the holidays and be a “Sometime Singer” and sing in the Cantata.  So grab a cup of coffee & come up & join us.

12:00 noon – Adult Choir Rehearsal 


Please send your announcements to the church office by WEDNESDAY morning if you wish them to be included in next Thursday’s E-Bridge and Sunday’s bulletin.


Meetings this week at Seymour Congregational Church


Monday, Nov. 10

3:30 PM                Weight Watchers

7:30 PM                 Amaranth

Tuesday, Nov.11

6:15 PM                 Girl Scouts #135

Thursday, Nov. 13

6:30 PM                Tenor/Bass Sectional

7:00 PM                 AA




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.

Snowflake Fair Basket Raffle

Basket Raffle Update!

We have over 60 Baskets!!  Yes, you read that right!!

Take a look at our Facebook page to view the album of beautiful baskets that you can win!

Click on the picture below to go our FB album

basket_raffle logo

E Bridge week of June 15, 2014




June 15, 2014

Worship Service

10:00 AM

Coffee Hour – 11:00 AM

Adult choir rehearsal – 11:30 AM

This Week


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

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


Monday, June 16 4:00pm Weight Watchers
Tuesday, June 17 6:15pm Girl Scouts #135
7:00pm Council
Thursday 19 7:00pm AA
7:30pm Masons



Thank you to everyone for helping us make this year’s Basket Raffle and Turkey Dinner such a success.  A very big thank you to my helpers on Friday morning and everyone who worked at the dinner and helped with the cleanup.  It could not have been done without you.       ~  Teresa


June 15 – Snowflake fair planning meeting

Following worship (location to be announced).  Anyone interested is invited to join us!

This summer, be on the lookout for the following needed items:

  • A 4’ – 6’ tree for our “Giving Tree” in the foyer (will be used for donations to the Gellatly Scholarship Fund and the CT food bank).
  • Pink items for our “positively pink” basket ($ collected for this basket will go to Seymour Pink)
  • Items for baskets ~ if you don’t want to donate a full basket, Leslie will be making a box for donations that we can put together for the raffle (and we may put together a few small baskets for sale).
  • Ornaments for our “All that Glitters” tree (we have enough balls, look for misc. glittery decorations)
  • We do have a good start on our “Christmas Treasures” items from the tag sale, but will always make room for more!
  • Supplies: Clear wrap, wired ribbon, and medium and large sized baskets

If you have a craft idea, let Laura or Jeannette know – we plan on having at least 2 craft get-togethers.


George Wityak & John Maiorino   Post 10 – Memorial Day

If anyone knows of a Seymour Veteran who is buried at a cemetery in another town and does not have a flag on the grave, please contact George Bashura at 203-888-7734 or Michael Kearney at 203-888-7813, and they will provide a flag to the family to place at the grave.  Thank you.

Altar Flowers

There are many openings for June, July and August on the Flower Chart.  You may want them to be ordered or you may bring in your own.  Please indicate on the Flower Chart whether you would like to take them home or leave them to be given to shut-ins or someone who is sick.   T-take, L-leave



334 Boston Post Road

Orange, CT  06477

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

 They are now offering House-Cleanouts.  Donated items will reduce the cost of the clean out.



The Food Bank is very low on the following items:

Urgent need – 1 lb. boxes of spaghetti.

Jello, pudding, spam, jam, jelly, canned fruit, instant potatoes, canned white potatoes.



New Baskets added to Snowflake Fair Raffle


2013 Basket Bonanza

Drawing to be held at SNOWFLAKE FAIR on Nov. 23, 2013

Pictures of all the baskets can be seen on the church’s facebook page:

Seymour Congregational Church and go to Snowflake Fair Basket Raffle album

Tickets for baskets & wreaths are $1 each or 12 for $10; trees are $2 each

1.    Avon baby ~ Car seat cover with seat belt pillow, shopping cart cover and sensory toy.

2.    Ambrosia Maple Wooden Bowl ~ hand made by Woodstock, NY artist (Lee Dayton’s father)

3.    Shop WalMart ~ WalMart $20 gift card and snowman fingertip towel

4.    Avon Holiday Extravaganza ~ Diffuser set, 2 24-oz bubble baths, 4 mini bubble baths, 4 hand creams, 8 lip gloss & 2 mini emory boards.

5.    Bake for the Cure ~ 3 mixing bowls, 3 nesting measuring cups, silicone baking sheet, Komen for the Cure tote bag, spatula, oven mitt, all resting on a metal cookie sheet.

6.    Arden Assortment ~ Elizabeth Arden “Interlude” body spray, “Pretty” body lotion, “Red Door” perfume, and Elizabeth Taylor’s “White Diamonds” body powder

7.    For the Birds 1 ~ Bamboo bird feeder, with 2 packages of suet

8.    Night at Ozzie’s ~ $25 gift card donated by Ozzie’s Family Restaurant & Pizzeria, Seymour

9.    For the Birds 2 ~ Double suet feeder, with 10 packages of suet

10.   Cardinal Garden~ stepping stone, solar light, 2 garden ornaments, garden gloves.

11.   Cozy Quilt ~ Beautiful twin/full quilt with 2 pillow cases

12.   All Things Pumpkin II ~ Pumpkin: pancake mix, salsa, syrup, seeds, napkins, liquid soap, marshmallows, bread, pie filling, cheesecake cookies, dishes, cider

13.   Breakfast Anyone? ~ Waffle stick maker with mix & syrup

14.   Snowmen Steppers: Lighted snowmen on ladder and Christmas tree “Lights in the Night” night light

15.   Beautiful Noise ~ Beautiful tones to this “Shenandoah Melodies” set of chimes

16.   Let’s go to Rio ~ Anchor  Hocking 16-piece Anchor Hocking “Rio” glassware

17.   Kitchen collection ~ Santa jello mold, 3-piece hand graters, reindeer salt & pepper shakers, Santa wine topper, and 2 mugs, all resting in a rod iron fruit bowl

18.   The Cat’s Meow ~ Scratching post, grooming brush, 3 cat toys, food & treats, resting on a disposable litter tray with small bag of litter.

19.   Winter Reading ~ Ken Follett’s “Winter World”, Dan Brown’s “Inferno” and 4 Daniel Silva books

20.   Tea Time ~ Tea and cookies in a Princess House “Biscuit Barrel”

21.   Just for Kids ~ Sticker activity book with play scenes, 5 “Top Hat” books, and 2 “Little Squirts” drink bottles

22.   Christmas Table ~ 6’ table runner, 8 reversible napkins & 4 cristal d’arques “Combourg” wine glasses

23.   Teen Tote ~ 200-piece nail design kit, Bath & Body Works vanilla verbena sugar scrub, 2 “Soft Lips”, emery board, manicure kit, shower gel, and blue & pink nail polish, in acolorful corduroy-lined tote

24.   Winter Warmth ~ 50” x 70” plush throw, pair of gloves, scarf, Christmas mug, and 4-pack of hot chocolate mix

25.   Scrapbooking Selection ~ Everything you need to keep your special memories organized and looking great – too much to list!

26.   The Weekender ~ 3-piece Weekender luggage, Colleen Coble’s “Rosemary Cottage”, a first aid kit, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner & hair spray

27.   A Night for Reading ~ Mary Jane Clark’s “The Look of Love” and “Dying for Mercy”, coffee mug, tin of International French vanilla coffee, box of assorted Bigelow teas, and 3bags of snacks

28.   Jewelry Box ~ Vernier watch with interchangeable bands and 3 bracelets: onyx, honey jade & amethyst

29.   Girl Scout Cookies ~ 8 boxes of everyone’s favorites!

30.   Deck the Halls ~ Musical plush sled with snowman, dog & penguin that plays “Sleigh Ride”, 2 lighted snowflake window clings, a snowman door hanger,  Santa tea light holder,green box ornament, and 5 hibiscus silk flowers.

31.   “The Christmas Tree” ~ Beautiful print by our own artist, Lynne Traverse

32.   “Betsy” ~ print #2 by Lynne Traverse

33.   Cookie Time! ~ Bake up a batch of cookies with this sugar cookie mix, holiday sprinkles, 3 cookie cutters, a baking mitt, and  2 Christmas spatulas, with a glittering “Joy” sign.

34.   Tool Time! ~ Kobalt set of tools, in a handy storage case: screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, wrench, utility knife, bit set & more!

35.   Mitford Years ~ Jane Karon’s 7-book set of “The Mitford Years”, plus “Light from Heaven” and a box of Bigelow Tea.

36.   Christmas Reading ~ Debbie Macomber’s “The Christmas Basket, “Where Angels Go” & “The Perfect Christmas”, plus a box of Bigelow tea

37.    The Dog’s Woof ~ various items for your pooch!

38.    I’m Puzzled ~ Puzzles for kids, a plush snowman toy & ??

39.    Ladies Only ~ a purse, pewter cross, mug, scarf & a box of Bigelow Tea

40.    Cozy Evening ~ Bottle of pinot noir, 2 wine glasses, and a Christmas


WREATHS #1, 2 & 3 are part of the $1 raffle; final wreath will be a silent auction wreath.


TREE RAFFLE (#1 and #2) –tickets are $2 each




Bacon, Egg and Cheese
Pumpkin -Waffle/Pancakes

Hot open Turkey Sandwich…
Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich
Meatball Grinder
Sausage and Pepper Grinder
Baked Potato (stuffed)
Baked Sweet Potato (stuffed)
(Broccoli, cheese, bacon, butter)
Hot Dog
Quiche (spinach/mushroom)w/side salad
Quiche (Lorraine) w/side salad

Pie and Cakes

Coffee and Tea
Orange Juice