Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This Week September 19, 2017

Dear Folks,

Prayers rising for those in the path of Maria.  What a hurricane season!

This Sunday, September 24, is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost and our Rally Sunday.  Sunday School begins!   The scripture is Matthew 20:1-16.  The sermon is "God's Extravagance".  Children will begin in the sanctuary and then leave for Sunday School after the Bag Message.

New Members' Class will be held after worship this Sunday in the library. All potential members and even present members are invited.

Sunday, October 1 is Shelton Day!  HCCUCC will have a booth. We would love some extra help, or just stop by and say hi.  Please contact Rev. Lucille for more info.

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

Huntington Center Nursery School is sponsoring a cookie fundraiser. Deadline for orders is September 28.  See any Nursery School Committee member or the office for order envelopes and more information.

NOTICE TO ALL COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS: All budgets are due to the Budget Committee no later than Sunday, OCTOBER 29, 2017. Please leave your budget in the Treasure’s box in the alcove.

Mark the date:  Pumpkin & Holly Fair, November 17 & 18!  Watch the bulletin and the Belfry for more details!

Let us pray.  O God of all creation, may your presence be powerfully felt in all the places and in all the hearts that are in need this day.  May your healing, strength, and comfort prevail. Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This Week September 13, 2017

Dear Folks,

I am sitting in my office, listening to the "Highland Rovers" as I write this, hanging onto the dwindling days of summer.

My prayer day is tomorrow, Thursday, September 14.  If you have any joys or concerns for me to lift up, please let me know.

This Sunday is our Outdoor Worship and Picnic, 11 A.M. at Pemberley (the parsonage, 160 Huntington Street).  Please bring a chair and a dish to pass.  It's $5 per person or $10 per family to cover the cost of the burgers and hot dogs.  Please give the money to Kirsten Keith. 

Sunday's scripture is Matthew 18:21-35.  The sermon is "From the Heart".

Sunday, September 24 is Rally Sunday.  Sunday School begins!!

New Members' Class will be held after worship on September 24th.  All potential members and even present members are invited!

Shelton Day is October 1.  We will have a booth!  Stop by and say hi!  Also, any help is welcome!

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

Huntington Center Nursery School is sponsoring a cookie fundraiser. Deadline for orders is September 28th.  See any Nursery School Committee member or the office for order envelopes and more information.

The Pumpkin and Holly Fair will be here in no time, November 17th & 18th. We need your help to make this event 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, Justine Connery.

NOTICE TO ALL COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS: All budgets are due to the Budget Committee no later than Sunday, OCTOBER 29, 2017. Please leave your budget in the Treasure’s box in the alcove.

Let us pray.  Grace-filled God, we come to you, trusting in your strength and comfort.  Help us to be your love in this world, living generously and faithfully.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

This Week September 5, 2017

Dear Folks,

Please continue your prayers for the folks cleaning up after Harvey and those in the way of Irma.

The emergency clean-up buckets are due by this Thursday.  I will be taking the first batch to Bridgeport on Thursday afternoon or Friday.  However, we will keep doing them as long as people want to support the cause.  With Irma looming, we will need many, many more!  The list is available at HCCUCC if you want to fill your own.  Or, you can make a donation by check or cash designated for the "Emergency Clean-up Buckets".

This Sunday, September 10 is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  The scripture is Matthew 18:15-20.  The sermon is “Two Or Three” .

Our All Church Outdoor Worship and Picnic will  be held Sunday, September 17th at 160 Huntington Street (the Parsonage). Worship will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the picnic. Bring your comfortable lawn chair, blanket, or chairs will be available. Please also bring a dish to share.  Please complete the registration form in this coming Sunday's bulletin and place, with your payment ($5 per person, $10 per family), in the offering plate.  It's a great time for young, old, and in between!!

Sunday, September 24th is Rally Sunday!  Come on back, everyone!  Sunday School begins!

New Members' Class will be held after worship on September 24th.  All potential members and even present members are invited!

The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be here before we know it – November 17th & 18th. We need your help to make this event 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, Justine Connery.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, whatever storms we face, may we know we are held safely in your loving presence.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Church World Service Clean Up Buckets

Hi Folks,

The clean up following the devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey is a monumental task.  Church World Service is calling for clean up buckets to aid the folks in that task.

There are four buckets waiting to be filled at HCCUCC.  If you feel so lead, please take one.  The list of items is available with the buckets as well as separate if you want to get your own bucket.  Please have all filled buckets back to HCCUCC by Thursday, September 7, so they can be delivered to the Center Congregational Church in Meriden for distribution.  The $3 cost for processing will be covered, so don't worry about it.

For more information, check out www.cwskits.org.

If you would like to help but do not feel you can fill the bucket, you can donate $75 for a bucket and someone will do the shopping for you.  Designate CWS Buckets on your check or envelope.

Also, please remember if you would like to help in another way, write a check to HCCUCC with "Hurricane Harvey" in the memo, or go to our website, www.huntingtonucc.org, click the "Online Giving" button at the top, use the "General/Miscellaneous" category, and then put "Hurricane Harvey" in the provided box.  Or, visit  http://www.ucc.org/disaster_hurricane_harvey directly.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.  Let's be God's hands in helping how we can.

Peace,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

This Week August 29, 2017

Dear Folks,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.  If you would like to help, please write a check to HCCUCC with "Hurricane Harvey" in the memo, or go to our website, www.huntingtonucc.org, click the "Online Giving" button at the top, use the "General/Miscellaneous" category, and then put "Hurricane Harvey" in the provided box.  Or, visit  http://www.ucc.org/disaster_hurricane_harvey directly.

Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the Dallaire Family on Seth's passing. Calling hours for Seth are at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 210 South Main Street, Bradford, MA  01835 on Thursday, August 31 from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.  The funeral will be there on Friday, September 1 at 11 A.M.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped out and/or donated to the 5th Annual Bruce E. Hartel Car Show!  It was a great success!  We raised $800 for the HCCUCC current operating expenses, $1,000 for the HCCUCC organ fund, and $325 for the American Cancer Society.  We also gave out $1,500 worth of prizes, all donated!  We received enough water and soda for future events, like our All Church Picnic and the Pumpkin and Holly Fair.  Thank you so much! 

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 30, is our final Concert on the Green outreach.  Stop by, say hi, and grab a hotdog and a bottle of water!

This coming Sunday, September 3, is the Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost.  The scripture is Romans 12:9-21.  The sermon is "Love in Action".  We will be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion.  We will also be taking our Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) offering.  The HCCUCC Mission Committee developed the Emergency Assistance Fund to assist people within the Shelton community and/or our church community who have an urgent, unexpected need for financial assistance. EAF yellow offering envelopes will be available in the pews.

New Members' Class will be held after worship on September 24.  All potential members and even present members are invited!

The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be held Friday and Saturday, November 17th & 18th. We need your help to make this event 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, Justine Connery.

Let us pray.  O God, please strengthen and comfort those suffering in Texas and anywhere where there is disaster, natural or human made.  And, please inspire us help however and where ever we can.  Amen.

Peace,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

This Week August 23, 2017

Dear Folks,

Hope you are all well!

This coming Sunday, August 27, is the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost.  The scripture is Matthew 16:13-20.  The sermon is "The Rock".  No, the sermon is not about Dwayne Johnson.

The 5th Annual Bruce E. Hartel Car Show is on Sunday at noon.  Come on down and see the great cars! There will be great food as well.  Make an afternoon of it!

The 3rd Annual F.A.D.E. Walk/5K Run for Overdose Awareness will be held on Thursday, August 31, 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the Shelton Pavilion & Riverwalk. All proceeds will benefit BHCare’s Alliance for Prevention & Wellness, formerly known as VSAAC (the Greater Valley Substance Abuse Action Council) to support its drug awareness/prevention programs.

Mark you calendars for our All Church Picnic on September 17 at 11 A.M. at Pemberley (the parsonage).  Rally Sunday is September 24.  Get ready for a new church program year!

The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be here before we know it – November 17th & 18th. We need your help to make this event 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, Justine Connery.

My Sister’s Place bin is back 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.

Huntington Center Nursery School 3 & 4 yr. old registration is now open. Registration forms can be found on the HCNS bulletin board in the alcove or contact our Director, Linda Rizzitelli at 203-929-7197.

Let us pray. O Holy One, how magnificent is your creation!  We thank you for the beauty all around us, above us, and below us. May we never take your creation for granted.  May we treat it with care respect.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This Week August 15, 2017

Dear Folks,

Reminder that I will be leading a prayer service this evening, "Hate Will Not Win", 6:15 in the sanctuary.

The Rev. Carol Rawls will be preaching this Sunday, August 20.  Rev. Rawls is a retired Disciples of Christ pastor, now living in Redding, CT.  The scriptures are Genesis 45:1-15 and Psalm 133.  The sermon is "Unity: The Precious Gift".

5th Annual Bruce E Hartel Antique Car Show will be held on August 27 starting at Noon. We are in need of gift cards to present as awards. If you can solicit or donate, it will be very appreciated. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the car show, please contact Robin Hartel.

As the end of Summer draws near, it’s time to shift our attention to the Fall. The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be here before we know it, November 17th & 18th. We need your help to make this event 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, Justine Connery.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, strengthen us with your courage to stand up to any form of hate, oppression, intolerance, and injustice.  Help us to be Christ to our world, living love and peace.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille