Friday, September 21, 2018

Reminders for Sunday, September 23, 2018

Hi Folks,

Just a quick reminder of two important things coming up this Sunday:

SUNDAY SCHOOL STARTS!!  Yes!  Children please go directly to the church library.

SAFETY SEMINAR FOLLOWING WORSHIP!!  Please, go to Fellowship Hall, grab a drink and a treat, and come back to the Sanctuary.  Two Connecticut State Police and a Shelton officer will have a very informative program on what to do and how to keep ourselves safe in case of an emergency.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!

See you on Sunday!

Peace,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This Week September 18, 2018

Dear Folks,

Hope you are keeping dry!  Prayers rising for all those still suffering from the hurricane and the typhoon.

Thursday, September 20 is my prayer day.  Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to raise up.

This Sunday, September 23, is the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  It's the beginning of a new Sunday School year!  Children please go directly to the library!

Sunday's scripture is Mark 9:30-37.  The sermon is "The Little Ones".

On Sunday, following worship, the Shelton and the Connecticut State Police will be presenting a safety seminar for our congregation. Please plan on joining us for this informative program.

There will be a meeting of potential Confirmands and their parents/guardians following worship on September 30.

Sign up sheets are in the Alcove for our two upcoming training events: Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 is the Narcan Training.  This event is free of cost.  Saturday, October 20 at noon is the AED/CPR training.  This event is $25, $30 if you want a book.  Both of these trainings are very important, so please make every effort to attend.

The Huntington Center Nursery School is holding an Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough & Lyman Orchard Crisps fundraiser! Orders will begin October 5 and end on the 19th. Delivery will be November 2.  See any Nursery School Committee member or the office for order envelopes and more information.  Please support our nursery school.

HCCUCC Women’s Fellowship will be participating in filling the Gifts of the Heart school bag kits in the spring of next year. Since school supplies are now readily available and reasonable, please help us fill our goal of school kits by donating one or more of the following items: ~ 3 spiral notebooks (70 count) ~1 pair blunt scissors (rounded) ~ 1 hand-held pencil sharpener ~ 6 new pencils w/erasers ~ 1 12” ruler (30 centimeters) ~1 box 24 crayons (only 24) ~ 1 large eraser. Please leave any gifts in the CWS Box in Fellowship Hall.

Let us pray.  O God of all that is, bless us with the assurance of your ever present love and care.  May we rest in the shelter of your comforting wings.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This Week September 11, 2018

Dear Folks,
I would venture to say all of us remember exactly where we were 17 years ago on this day.  Please, let us all take a moment to remember and to honor those who were lost on September 11, 2001. May God continue to bring healing and hope.
A BIG thank you for the wonderful Leadership Retreat we had this past Saturday!  I am so appreciative for the spirit and commitment folks brought to the table.
Another BIG thank you to Aaron and Hannah Corcino for sharing their musical talents with us on Sunday.  And, wasn't it great to have James back?!  Blessings abound!
This coming Sunday, September 16, is our Outdoor Worship and Church Picnic.  It will be held at Pemberley (the parsonage) at 11 A.M. rain or shine!  Please note the time!  There will be no service at the church building.  If you have not already registered, please drop an email, give a call, or just show up!  We ask for $5 per person, $10 per family to defray the cost of the burgers, hot dogs, and buns.  You can pay that day!!  So, bring a chair or a blanket, and a dish to pass.  It's always a great time!!
The scripture for Sunday is Mark 8:27-38.  The sermon is "Who are you, Jesus?"
Please join us for the SAFETY SEMINAR following worship next Sunday, September 23. A program developed by the CT State Police who will be presenting along with Lt. Kozlowsky of the Shelton Police Dept. for our congregation. Please plan on joining us for this informative program followed by a question & answer period. We hope to see you there.
There will be a meeting of potential Confirmands and their parents/guardians following worship on September 30.
HCCUCC will have a booth at Shelton Day, October 7! We would love some extra help!  Please contact Rev. Lucille.

Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services invites all to join for a candlelight vigil, Remembrance, Healing & Hope, honoring victims and supporting survivors of domestic violence, Tuesday, Oct. 9t, 6-7pm on the Huntington Green. In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in our Fellowship Hall.
The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be here before we know it on November 16th & 17th. 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.
Please take note of the poster in the Alcove with suggested items for the Valley Food Bank bin in Fellowship Hall. Of course, all items are gratefully accepted, but the Missions Committee put together a list that attempts to target items that may be needed more during certain seasons or months. The need is great, so please be generous!
Gifts of the Heart School Supplies Needed: HCCUCC Women’s Fellowship will be participating in filling the Gifts of the Heart school bag kits in the spring of next year. Since school supplies are now readily available and reasonable, please help us fill our goal of school kits by donating one or more of the following items: ~ 3 spiral notebooks (70 count) ~1 pair blunt scissors (rounded) ~ 1 hand-held pencil sharpener ~ 6 new pencils w/erasers ~ 1 12” ruler (30 centimeters) ~1 box 24 crayons (only 24) ~ 1 large eraser. Please leave any gifts in the CWS Box in Fellowship Hall.
Let us pray.  Help us, O God, to seek your comfort and strength when the days are cloudy and sad.  Help us to know that you are the God of all, not just at this moment, but for all of eternity.  No one is lost.  Amen.
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

This Week September 4, 2018

Dear Folks,
 
I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!  Summer sped by so quickly!
 
This coming Sunday, September 9, is the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost.  The scripture is Mark 7:24-37.  The sermon is "Be Open".  Aaron Corcino will be sharing his music talent with us.  And, our own James Bruni will be back, dipping his foot in the musical water!  It's also James' birthday on Sunday, so be sure to wish him a happy one!
 
Connie Glenn, one of our Parish Nurses, will be presenting a workshop on Advance Directive Planning following worship.  “Let’s Talk – Let’s Plan” is the overall theme for this workshop.  We’ll discuss what happens if you or someone you are close to is in an accident, suddenly becomes ill , or for some reason cannot communicate. What are your wishes and how would you like to be cared for?  What are the wishes of your loved one and what would they want?  Patterned after the “Five Wishes” program, during this brief workshop, we will discuss beginning steps that each one of you can take to make those wishes more of a reality.  Talking and planning and having the ‘hard conversations about the “what if’” can really not only be helpful but can be comforting as it opens the door toward better understanding. Please join us for this important topic!
 
Our Outdoor Worship and Church Picnic will be on Sunday, September 16, 11 A.M. at Pemberley (the parsonage, 160 Huntington Street), rain or shine!!!  Please bring your chair, blanket, and a dish to pass.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages, paper products, and condiments will be provided.  We are asking for $5 per person, $10 per family to help defray the cost.  It's always a great time, so be sure to come!  
 
Following worship on September 23rd, the Shelton & CT State Police will be presenting a safety seminar for our congregation. Please plan on joining us for this informative program.
 
There will be a meeting of potential Confirmands and their parents/guardians following worship on September 30th.
 
Please take note of the poster in the Alcove with suggested items for the Valley Food Bank bin in Fellowship Hall. September's item is toilet paper. Of course, all items are gratefully accepted, but the Missions Committee put together a list that attempts to target items that may be needed more during certain seasons or months. The need is great, so please be generous!
 
HCCUCC Women’s Fellowship will be participating in filling the Gifts of the Heart school bag kits in the spring of next year. Since school supplies are now readily available and reasonable, please help us fill our goal of school kits by donating one or more of the following items: ~ 3 spiral notebooks (70 count) ~1 pair blunt scissors (rounded) ~ 1 hand-held pencil sharpener ~ 6 new pencils w/erasers ~ 1 12” ruler (30 centimeters) ~1 box 24 crayons (only 24) ~ 1 large eraser. Please leave any gifts in the CWS Box in Fellowship Hall.
 
Let us pray.  O Holy One, breath into us all a new sense of wonder for the amazingness of your creation, of your people, of your presence.  Sweep away our jadedness and fill us with joy!  Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

This Week August 28, 2018

Dear Folks,

What a great weekend it was!  Thank you to everyone who participated in any way with the 6th Annual Bruce E. Hartel Memorial Car Show. Fabulous event!

Speaking of the car show, if you have yard signs, please return them ASAP so we can safely store them for another year.

This Sunday, September 2, is the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost.  The sermon is the 2018 Auction Sermon for David Beardsley.  The scripture is John 6:1-21. The title is "It's A Miracle!"  Holy Communion will be celebrated.

We have a very full September coming up, so please note these dates:

September 9:    Advance Directive Planning Seminar by Connie Glenn following worship
September 16:  Outdoor Worship and Picnic!  Note, the time will be 11 A.M. at Pemberley (the Parsonage).
September 23:  Safety Seminar following worship
September 30:  Meeting for potential confirmands with parents and guardians

We will be starting choir practice on September 13, 7:15 P.M. in the sanctuary.  I will be pulling together some simple songs so we can keep the voices rising as we await James's return.  New voices are always welcome!  No experience necessary, just a willing spirit.  

Let us pray.  O God, as the seasons pass, summer to fall, fall to winter, winter to spring, spring to summer and on and on and on, fill us with the assurance of your steadfast, eternal presence, no matter the clime or the climb.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

This Week August 21, 2018

Dear Folks,
 
Just a reminder that this Thursday is my prayer day.  If you have a joy or concern you would like me to lift up, please let me know.
 
I hope you are all coming out this Sunday, August 26, for the 6th Annual Bruce E. Hartel Memorial Car Show!  It will be held in the HCCUCC parking lot from Noon to 4 P.M.  Great cars, great food, great day!
 
This Sunday, August 26, is the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost.  The scripture is John 6:66-69.  The sermon is "Words of Life".
 
HCCUCC Women’s Fellowship will be participating in filling the Gifts of the Heart school bag kits in the spring of next year. Since school supplies are now readily available and reasonable, please help us fill our goal of school kits by donating one or more of the following items: ~ 3 spiral notebooks (70 count) ~1 pair blunt scissors (rounded) ~ 1 hand-held pencil sharpener ~ 6 new pencils w/erasers ~ 1 12” ruler (30 centimeters) ~1 box 24 crayons (only 24) ~ 1 large eraser. Please leave any gifts in the CWS Box in Fellowship Hall.
 
4th Annual F.A.D.E. Walk/ 5K Run for Overdose Awareness will be on Thursday, August 30, 5:30 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the Shelton Pavilion and 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.
 
Let us pray.  O Gracious One, through the good times and the bad, you are our constant strength and guide.  May we be grateful.  Amen.