Tuesday, April 24, 2018

This Week April 24, 2018

Dear Folks,

I would like to once again thank everyone for the cards, flowers, food, prayers, and thoughts during this sad time for my family and myself.  Mom was a great woman and will be remembered fondly with smiles and laughter.  I would like to especially thank Sue and Laura for coming all the way to Barnesville, Pennsylvania to attend Mom's funeral, to Pat, Justine, and James for handling the Sunday service, to Joe and Joan for taking such good care of Lexie and Luna, and, of course, to Karen for so wonderfully holding down the fort.  I am so blessed by you all!  You are in my heart!

This Sunday, April 29, is the Fifth Sunday of Easter.  The service will feature the 2017 Auction winners:  The Fassbender's sermon and the Melsenti-Wilson's hymns.  The scripture is Genesis 1.  The sermon is "What A Wonderful World".  You still have time to send me pictures of people, places, and things that bring you joy.  Definite deadline is Thursday, April 26.

Congratulations to Denise Melsenti Wilson who will be honored on Saturday by the Connecticut Women of the United Church of Christ at their annual meeting in Mystic.  We are so grateful for all she does!

It's almost here, the 10th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction on Saturday, May 5th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. It's Cinco De Mayo, so, the Auction will have a Mexican flair!  There is still time to sign up, so please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

Let us pray.  O Holy God, the circle of life continues to turn.  You are the loving, eternal  hub.  Thank you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

This Week April 10, 2018

Dear Folks,

Winter is still hanging on, but, I hear that soon the warmth will come!  Keep your fingers crossed!

This Sunday, April 15, is the Third Sunday of Easter.  The scripture is Luke 24:36b-48.  The sermon is "Witnesses".  We will be having a Bag Message with an item provided by Lucy McCarthy.  Laura Salvio, our Moderator, will also have a Moderator Moment.

The Auction sermon for the Fassbender's and the Auction hymns for the Melsenti-Wilson's will be on April 29.  As part of the presentation, please send me pictures of the people, places, things, etc. which bring your life meaning, purpose, and happiness. 

The 10th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching!  Come, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us, Saturday, May 5th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. For more info, please contact Linda or Bob Sember.  

Time to do some work on our church grounds!  If you are able to help with the Church Ground Clean-Up on Saturday, May 19th beginning at 8:30 a.m., please sign up on the poster in the alcove and don’t forget to bring your tools. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Rain date is May16th.

Let us pray.  O Holy God, now that we are days past from the celebration of Easter, may we not lose the new life it inspired in us.  Help us to be Easter people 365 days a year, spreading love, hope, and joy!  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This Week April 3, 2018

Dear Folks,

Christ is risen, Christ is risen, indeed!  Life, love, and hope abound!

This coming Sunday, April 8, is the Second Sunday of Easter.  The scripture is John 20:19-31.  The sermon is "And Let It Begin With Me".  We will be celebrating the baptism of Owen Gary Reichert.

It's coming, the 10th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction, Saturday, May 5th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hal.  Please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

Speaking of the Church Auction, the Fassbender's Auction Sermon will be on April 29.  As part of the presentation, please send me pictures of the people, places, things, etc. which bring your life meaning, purpose, and happiness. I would appreciate those pictures sent to me via my email or text by April 23.  Thank you all for your time and help!

Let us pray.  O God, even when the sky is cloudy, the sun still shines. Even when life is complicated, your love still reigns. Even when death looms, the resurrection looms even larger. Thank you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

This Week March 27, 2018

Dear Folks,

As we travel this road through Holy Week, may we all be truly blessed by the knowledge of the God who will stop at nothing to love us.

Quiet Hour will meet Wednesday at 10 A.M.

Maunday Thursday will be commemorated by the Seder at 6:30 P.M. (reservations required), followed by the Tenebrae at 7:45 P.M.

Good Friday will have two opportunities to hear once again Christ's last words on the cross, Noon and 7 P.M.

The all choir practice will be held on Saturday at 4 P.M.

Easter dawns gloriously on the hill at Jones' Family Farm at 6:30 A.M.  Our services at 9 A.M. and 11 A.M. will be filled with joy!  Joins us!  The scriptures are Job 19:25-27a, and Mark 16:1-8.  Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services.

The 10th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching, Saturday, May 5th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

My Sister’s Place bin is in Fellowship Hall for you to make your tax- deductible donations by filling out the donation form, take your copy and attach or enclose their copy in with your items.

Scholarship Applications for Silver Lake Summer Camp: If your child has enrolled in the Silver Lake Summer Conference camp program, they are eligible for scholarships from HCCUCC and Fairfield East Association. See Rev. Lucille for an application.

Let us pray.  O Holy God, help us not to shy away from the tragic moments of Holy Week, just skipping to Easter morning joy.  For in those moments are the assurance of your eternal love and care in all our tragic moments as well.  You are the God of all forever.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This Week March 20, 2018

Dear Folks,

Happy Spring!  Only, Winter Storm Toby or Genny didn't get the memo!

Speaking of snow, Quiet Hour is canceled tomorrow morning.  The Ecumenical Lenten Service tomorrow evening is also canceled. Spread the word!

This Sunday, March 25 is Palm Sunday.  The scripture is Mark 11:1-11.  The sermon is "Expectations".  The children will be handing out the palms during the first hymn and then going to Sunday School.

We will be receiving the offering this Sunday for One Great Hour of Sharing.  OGHS sends our help near and far, all over the world where ever help is needed.  It is our way to touch people with God's love.  Please be generous!

If you have ordered clam chowder, pick up is this Sunday.

SUNDAY is the final deadline for Easter flower orders. Order forms can be found on the shelf in the alcove and can be given to Judy Tucker or left in the Flower Chair mail slot above the coat rack.

The Butter Braids and Crisps will be available March 26 and can be picked up during the week or Thursday evening. Please call the church office (203-929-1223) for a pick-up time.

The 10th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching. Make sure you have Saturday, May 5th, 6 p.m. on your calendar!  Please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

Let us pray.  O God, whenever things do not go our way, help us to take a nice deep breath, pause, and remember you are always there.  You offer us strength, hope, and love at every turn.  Thank you!  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This Week March 13, 2018

Dear Folks,

Well, the nor'easter wasn't as wicked as expected, a good thing!

Quiet Hour will continue tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

The Ecumenical Lenten Dinner and Service this Wednesday will be at First Baptist Church. Dinner is at 6 p.m., the service at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 15 is my prayer day. Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up.

Women’s Fellowship will hold their Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner this coming Saturday, March 17th at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children 10yrs. old and under. Hot dog dinners: two hot dogs w/vegetables are $8 and one hot dog w/chips is $4.00. If interested, please call the church office ASAP!

This Sunday, March 18 is the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The scripture is Jeremiah 31:31-34. The sermon is "A New Covenant". We will also be having a Bag Message with Lukas Zinsky bringing the bag!

Women’s Fellowship will be preparing Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder and a variety of homemade breads. To place your order, sign up on the sheet in the alcove or call the church office at (203) 929-1223.  Pick-up will be on Sunday, March 25th. Chowder is $10.00 per quart. The prices on the homemade breads vary.

Please check the sign-up sheets in the Alcove for our upcoming Maundy Thursday events.  Reservation are needed for the Seder dinner.  2 readers are still needed for the Seder.

Women's Fellowship is collecting items for Church World Service Kits now through April 8th. A full list of these Items can be found on the CWS table in Fellowship Hall. Also, your donations can be left in the CWS box or Women’s Fellowship box. Please see Laura Salvio with any questions.

Let us pray.
O God, may you give us...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer. Amen. (adapted from a traditional Irish prayer)

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Reminder: March 7 Lenten Service Canceled

Hi Folks,

Hope you are staying safe and warm!  The worst is yet to come...

Just a reminder that this evening's Ecumenical Lenten Service is canceled.  In it its place, please take a moment for a deep breath and a brief prayer:

O Holy God, as we travel the Lenten path, make clear to me the places in my soul that keep me from a better relationship with you.  Help me to heal those places with your love that I may fully live up to my creative purpose: to be your love and light in this world.  Amen.


Peace.
Rev. Lucille