Tuesday, November 21, 2017

This Week November 21, 2017

Dear Folks,

May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!  Don't forget to say grace!!

Thank to you everyone who made the Pumpkin and Holly Fair a great success!  It takes a village!

Tonight is the Shelton Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, 7 P.M. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal, 182 Coram Avenue.  The offering will go to Spooner House.  The imperishable food gathering will go to the Valley Food Bank. Pumpkin dessert are requested for the fellowship time following the service.

This coming Sunday, November 26, the Rev. Carol Rawls will be preaching.  The scripture is Matthew 25:31-46.  The sermon is "Where Love Is, There Is Christ".

Following the service on Sunday, the Diaconate will be decorating the sanctuary for Christmas.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

There will be a meeting for all members of the Huntington Congregational Church UCC
immediately following the worship service on Sunday, December 3, 2017 for the purpose of presenting a draft budget for 2018.

The Shelton Clergy Association will be sponsoring a Christmas Carol Sing on Sunday, December 3, at 4 P.M. at St. Paul's Episcopal "old" church.

After the singing, come back to our Fellowship Hall for Troop 101's Pancake Dinner, 3 to 6 P.M, $8 per adult, $5 per children under 5.  Visit Troop 101's Facebook page to reserve your seat!

Stop by in between singing and eating for the Christmas Tree lighting on the Green at 5 P.M.  December 3 is a busy day!!!

Let us pray.  The words of our mouths are never enough, O God, to offer you our gratitude for all that we have and all that we are.  But, may you accept them, as well as the good we do in your name.  In that good is our true thanksgiving.  Thanks and praise be to you, O God.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This Week November 14, 2017

Dear Folks,

Another day, another mass shooting.  Prayers, thoughts, and action...Lord, have mercy.

The Pumpkin & Holly Fair is this weekend, Friday, November 17, 5:30 to 8, Saturday, November 18, 9:30 to 2:30.  Lots of good stuff!!

Speaking of the Fair, we do need folks to help out tomorrow (Wednesday) night, around 6, to slice the cheese and package the pecans.  Any help would be appreciated!

Thursday, November 16 is my prayer day.  If you have any joys or concerns you would like me to raise up, please let me know.

This week will be celebrating Thanksgiving Sunday, November 19.  The scripture is Matthew 25:14-30. The sermon is "Good Stewards".  There will be a Children's Bag Message.

The Shelton Clergy Association Interfaith Thanksgiving service will be on Tuesday, November 21, 7 P.M. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal, 182 Coram Avenue.  The offering will go to Spooner House.  The imperishable food gathering will go to the Valley Food Bank. Pumpkin dessert are requested for the fellowship time following the service.

Let us pray.  O God, we pray for the day that we use compromise and discussion instead of bombs and bullets.  May that day come quickly.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

This Week November 7, 2017

Dear Folks,


Our thoughts, prayers, and our hopes for action go out to Sutherland Spring, Texas, and anywhere violence is a reality.  Lord, have mercy.

Tomorrow is our next "LEO" (Let's Eat Out).  We will meet at 6:30 at Bull and Barley 350 Bridgeport Avenue.  The burgers are great!

This coming Sunday, November 12, is the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.  The scripture is Amos 5:18-24.  The sermon is "Everflowing".  We will be celebrating the baptisms of Lea Boroski and Maya Boyd.

Also this Sunday, we will be taking an offering for Master’s Table. Master's Table’s goal is to help the less fortunate members of our community and includes veterans, elderly, unemployed, underemployed, poor, migrants and homeless – women, men and children. Master’s Table feeds the hungry by providing nourishment and clothing.  A basket will be available in the alcove for your offering.

Thank you to everyone who returned their Faith Promise/Pledge Cards.  If you have not yet returned yours, please do so.  Your support is vital and appreciated in keeping the conversation going.

The Pumpkin & Holly Fair is quickly approaching, November 17th & 18th. We need your help to make this event a success. Please contact the co-chairs: Terri Johnston, Jaqui Olivo, Judy Tucker, or Justine Connery if you would like to contribute and/or help in anyway.

Justine Connery, wrangler of the pecans and cheese, needs help slicing cheese and packaging the pecans.  If you can, please help out on Wednesday, November 15 at  6:30 P.M.  She especially needs some strong folks to handle the cheese. Thanks!

Be sure to mark you calendar for the Shelton Clergy Association Interfaith Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 21, 7 P.M. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal, 182 Coram Avenue.  The offering will go to Spooner House.  The imperishable food gathering will go to the Valley Food Bank. Pumpkin dessert are requested for the fellowship time following the service.

Let us pray.  O God, we know that the power of prayer is strong.  But, please inspire us to never us it as a substitute for action, if action is possible. Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Thursday, October 26, 2017

This Week October 26, 2017

Dear Folks,

Hope you are all warm and dry on this dreary, dampish day!

This coming Sunday, October 29, is the culmination of our Season of Generosity, "In Gathering Sunday". Please bring your "Faith Promise" (pledge) cards with you, as well as your completed Electronic Fund Transfer authorization forms, if you so choose.   

The scripture on Sunday is Psalm 138.  The "Keeping the Conversation Going..." topic is "How Can I Say Thank You To God?"  We will also be having our HCCUCC: A Year In Review presentation, which is always fun!!  Hope to see you all there on Sunday!

Our next "LEO" (Let's Eat Out) will be on Wednesday, November 8 at Barra in the Big Y plaza at 389 Bridgeport Avenue.  We will meet there at 6: 30 P.M.  Please sign-up in the Alcove.  If Barra is not open by then, we will meet at the Bull and Barley, 350 Bridgeport Avenue.  Please watch for announcements!!

It’s coming!  The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be here before we know it , November 17th & 18th. We need your help to make this event a success. Please contact the co-chairs: Terri Johnston, Jaqui Olivo, Judy Tucker, or Justine Connery if you would like to contribute and/or help in anyway.

Be sure to mark you calendar for the Shelton Clergy Association Interfaith Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 21, 7 P.M. at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 182 Coram Avenue.  The offering will go to Spooner House.  The imperishable food gathering will go to the Valley Food Bank.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, your love vaster than anything we could imagine.  Yet, each one of us is held tightly, yet gently in its eternal grasp.  Help us to rest in that love; help us to trust in that love.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This Week October 17, 2017

Dear Folks,

Feel the chill in the air?  It's sweater weather!

This coming Thursday, October 19, is my prayer day.  Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up.

This Sunday is our third Sunday in our "Season of Generosity".  This weeks topic is: "How how do we find the needs and then help fulfill the needs of our community?”  The scripture lesson is Luke 10:25-37.  Bob Margolies will be offering testimony.

Following worship this Sunday, Women’s Fellowship will sponsor an All Church event on “Downsizing” by Denise Melsenti Wilson.  All are welcome!

"In Gathering Sunday" will be on October 29.  Please bring your "Faith Promise" (pledge) cards with you, as well as your completed Electronic Fund Transfer authorization forms, if you so choose.  Later this week, I will be sending these items out electronically, so you can submit them via e-mail as well.

It’s coming!  The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be here before we know it , November 17th & 18th. We need your help to make this event a success. Please contact the co-chairs: Terri Johnston, Jaqui Olivo, Judy Tucker, or Justine Connery if you would like to contribute and/or help in anyway.

Let us pray.  O God, our prayers continue to rise to you for those in harms way: floods, storms, fires, war, violence, oppression, in justice.  May your peace prevail.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This Week October 10, 2017

Dear Folks,

I hope you are enjoying the last gasp of summer weather today!

This evening, Umbrella will be hosting a vigil for domestic abuse victims.  It will be held at 6 P.M. on the Huntington Green.  Refreshments will be served following the vigil in our Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, October 15 is the second Sunday of our Season of Generosity, “Keeping the Conversation Going…”  The scripture is John 14:25-27.  The conversation topic is: “What Brings Me Peace?”  Aaron Corcino will be sharing his Season of Generosity testimony.  We will also be handing our our Season of Generosity Faith Promise cards for 2018.

My English Pilgrimage Travelogue will be on this Sunday, October 15 at 6:30 P.M. in Fellowship Hall.  Refreshments will be served, so come hungry!

Following worship on Sunday, October 22nd, Women’s Fellowship will hold an All Church event on “Downsizing”.  All are welcome!

It’s coming!  The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be here before we know it , November 17th & 18th. We need your help to make this event a success. Please contact the co-chairs: Terri Johnston, Jaqui Olivo, Judy Tucker, or Justine Connery if you would like to contribute and/or help in anyway.

Let us pray.  O God, sometimes there does not seem to be enough words to express all our prayers of praise, thanks, and concern.  So, we trust that you will not only hear our words, but also hear the murmuring of our hearts.  We trust in you.  Amen.

In Christ’s love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

This Week October 3, 2017

Dear Folks,

It's getting to the point where I am afraid to look at the news in the morning.  Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  How long must we lament this continuing violence, O God?  Deep breath...

Our latest "LEO" (Let's Eat Out) will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4, 6:30, at Archie Moore's in Derby.  If you plan to attend and did not sign up, please let me know ASAP so I can make reservations.

This Saturday, October 7, 2 P.M. at HCCUCC will be the memorial service for Susan Hawley Taylor, mother of Tom Taylor. 

Our Season of Generosity starts this Sunday, October 8.  The theme this year is "Keep the Conversation Going..."  Our conversation starter is "Where do I feel closest to God?"  The scripture is I Kings 19:11-12.

Neighbors in Need (NIN) offering will be collected this Sunday, October 8.  NIN is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Envelopes will be in the pews.  Donations may also be made through our website, www.huntingtonucc.org.

Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services invites all to join for a candlelight vigil honoring victims and supporting survivors of domestic violence on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6-7 P.M. on the Huntington Green. In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in our Fellowship Hall.

I will be hosting my travelogue on my summer pilgrimage in England on Sunday, October 15 at 6:30 P.M.  Refreshments will be served, so come hungry!

Following worship on October 22, Women’s Fellowship will hold an All Church event on “Downsizing”. Watch your bulletin for more information.

We need your help to make the Pumpkin & Holly Fair (November 17 & 18) a success! Future Belfry articles will discuss the different areas of the fair where volunteers are needed, but it’s never too early to think about how you would like to contribute. Please contact the co-chairs: Terri Johnston, Jaqui Olivo, Judy Tucker, and Justine Connery.

Let us pray.  O God, may we never become apathetic to the suffering around us.  May our prayers be fervent and our actions be peaceful.  Help us to work for solutions, rooted in our faith in you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille