Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This Week June 26, 2018

Dear Folks,

This coming Sunday, July 1, is the Sixth Sunday in Pentecost.  We will have a patriotic hymn sing preceding worship.  The scripture is Mark 5:21-43.  The sermon is "Reaching Out".  We will be celebrating Holy Communion.

Also on Sunday, we will be receiving the Emergency Assistance Fund offering. The Mission Committee has 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 offering envelopes (yellow) will be available in the pews. Thank you for your generosity!

6th Annual Bruce E. Hartel Antique Car Show will be on Sunday, August 26.  During the summer, we are collecting donations of water and soda that can be left in Fellowship Hall marked with a "Car Show" note.  Food and beverage proceeds will benefit HCCUCC’s General Operating Fund. All other proceeds will benefit the Organ Fund and the American Cancer Society.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the car show, please contact Robin Hartel.

Summer Concerts on the Green continue on Wednesdays through August 29, except July 4! The Men’s Group will sell hot dogs in our parking lot. All men are encouraged to come and help. Our Vitality Team will continue to hand out free water and hold a free gift card give away during this time. If anyone would like to help out, you are more than welcome to come. We also appreciate donations of water and/or a $25 gift card to a local store or eating place.  We need only four more gift cards!  Thank you to all who have donated, who will donate, and who help out!

Let us pray. O God, in spite of uncertain times, we know that your love and care is ever-present and everlasting.  May you fill our hearts with strength, hope, and courage, but most of all, love.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

This Week June 20, 2018

Dear Folks,

Hope this day finds you sensing God's loving presence around you!

PLEASE NOTE: Vacation Bible School is canceled due to very low registration.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered or contributed in any way.

Tonight is the first Concert on the Green.  The Vitality Team will be handing out water and signing up folks for the free gift card giveaway and the Men's Group will be selling hot dogs.  The Vitality will be short handed due to a prior commitment with Women's Fellowship, so help would be appreciated. But, keep an eye on the weather!  If anything changes, I will send out an email blast.  Donations of $25 gift cards and water would be greatly appreciated!

Tomorrow is my Prayer Day.  If anyone has any joys or concerns they would like me to lift up, please let me know.

This Sunday, June 24, is the Fifth Sunday After Pentecost.  The scripture is Mark 4:35-41.  The sermon is "All in the Same Boat".  It is the United Church Christ Open and Affirming Sunday, so we will be reaffirming our ONA covenant.

Just as a follow up to my sermon on Sunday, I would like to offer this website for those interested in more information on what action to take concerning the separation of families:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSlGbJ_hCLNs3qF0h4br7rBfvASsAMQlGqMx12xnMiSdR9jyHHu5Hvi_QgR3kD59TYqCaiFAILEyQNA/pub

On June 30 at 4 P.M., we will have a Families Belong Together Prayer Vigil at HCCUCC.  It will be a quiet time of scripture and prayer.  

We will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity workday on Saturday, June 30th. (We will be done in time for the vigil.) The signup sheet is in the alcove. Each person is now required to register so please contact Bob Moseley for a form.

Please take note of the poster in the Alcove with suggested items for the Valley Food Bank bin in Fellowship Hall.  The June suggestion is canned tuna.  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!

Let us pray.  O Holy God, Mother and Father of us all, we pray for all families, especially those in crisis of any form.  May you give strength and assurance, courage and comfort.  And, may you inspire those who can help to do so.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

This Week June 12, 2018

Dear Folks,

Thank you all for a wonderful Children's/Robert Wilson Sunday!  It was so good to have Gertrude Wilson with us as to celebrate Kirsten Keith's Christian Education ministry among us!

This Sunday, June 17, is Graduate Sunday.  James Bruni and I will be singing a special duet in honor of our grads and for Father's Day. The scripture reading is Mark 4:26-32.  The sermon is "Scatter That Seed".

Vacation Bible School is June 25 through June 28, 5:30 to 7:45 P.M.  It's coming up quickly! If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Kirsten Keith.

HCCUCC will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity workday on Saturday, June 30. The signup sheet is in the alcove. Each person is now required to register so please contact Bob Moseley for a form.

The Concerts on the Green will begin Wednesday, June 27. The Men’s Group will sell hot dogs in our parking lot. All men are encouraged to come and help. Our Vitality Team will continue to hand out free water and hold a free gift card give away during this time. If anyone would like to help out, you are more than welcome to come. We are also asking people to donate water and/or a $25 gift card to a local store or eating place. Please consider it!  Thank you!

Let us pray.  O God of love and compassion.  Help us not to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear on those crying out for justice and peace.  Help us to do what we can to bring your grace filled Realm into fruition.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

This Week June 6, 2018

Dear Folks,


Brr! It feels like early April rather than early June!


Anyway...


The Women's Fellowship Community Tag Sale is this Saturday! There is still time to secure your spot and/or donate items to sell. Contact Denise Wilson.


This Sunday, June 10, is Children's/Robert Wilson Sunday. Children will be awarded attendance pins, Robert Wilson will be honored by Gertrude Wilson, we all will honor Kirsten Keith on her retirement from the Director of Christian Education position, and ice cream will be served following worship. The scripture will be Psalm 138, the sermon is "Gathered to Praise".


The "Strengthen the Church" offering will also be taken this Sunday. 10% of the funds go to our United Church of Christ national setting, with the Connecticut Conference retaining 90%. Those funds go toward our Silver Lake Conference Center, youth and young adult ministries, and faith formation. Envelopes will be inserted in your Sunday bulletin, or feel free to go to our website, www.huntingtonucc.org and hit the online giving link at the top. You can also download the "Give Plus+" app on your phone. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Our next “LEO” will be on Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. at Wild Kanji, 514 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton. Please sign up in the alcove. The more the merrier!


Sunday, June 17 is our Graduate Sunday. Please let Karen know if you are graduating from College, University, High School, Tech School so it can be included the Graduate Sunday bulletin and in the Summer Belfry newsletter.


This year's Vacation Bible School theme is Rolling River Rampage. We will be learning God's words and works Monday, June 25 thru Thursday, June 28 from 5:30-7:45pm. If you'd like to volunteer to help, contact Kirsten Keith.

We will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity workday on Saturday, June 30. Please watch for the signup sheet in the alcove. Each person is now required to register so please contact Bob Moseley for a form.


Let us pray. O God, thank you so much for the people we can count on for a solid shoulder, an open ear, and caring heart. They truly are a reflection of you! Amen.


In Christ's love,

Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

This Week May 22, 2018

Dear Folks,

May you all have an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day weekend.  Don't forget to stop for a moment to remember and to give thanks to those who gave their all for our freedom.

Tomorrow's LEO (Let's Eat Out) will be at Calorosa, 100 Center St., Shelton at 6:30 P.M. Please let me know ASAP if you would like to come!

If the rain stops, we will be having our outdoor clean up day at the church on Saturday, May 26 at 8:30 A.M.  Bring your gardening tools and your enthusiasm!  Coffee and donuts will be provided.

This Sunday, May 27 is Trinity Sunday.  The scripture is Isaiah 6:1-8.  The sermon is "Here Am I".  We will be celebrating the baptism of Rocklin Thor St. Germain.

Women’s Fellowship’s Annual Outdoor Tag & Bake Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th (note date change) from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. in the church parking lot. The cost is $20 per spot and/or donate your proceeds to Women’s Fellowship for their projects and missions. We will also be looking for bake sale items. For more information, contact Denise Wilson.

GRADUATES! We want to hear from graduates of high school, vocational school, and colleges (both under-graduate and graduate degrees). These adults & young adults will be recognized at the June 17th worship service. We will need the names for the Graduate Sunday bulletin.

We need help in all areas! This year, VBS's theme is Rolling River Rampage. We will be learning God's words and works Monday, June 25 thru Thursday, June 28 from 5:30-7:45 P.M.  If you'd like to volunteer to help during VBS, contact Kirsten Keith if you're able to help in any way. 

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! Thank you!

My Sister’s Place bin is back in Fellowship Hall for your tax-deductible donations of lightly used clothing & household items. 

Let us pray.  O Holy One, we offer our thanks for the passion you instilled in those who came before us who strove for freedom, justice, and peace.  May we continue to work in their memory to increase freedom, justice, and peace for all in whatever way we can.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

This Week May 15, 2018

Dear Folks,

As the Day of Pentecost approaches, may our hearts be open to the movement of God's Spirit!

This Thursday, May 17, is my prayer day.  If you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up, please let me know.

This Saturday, May 19 is our grounds clean up day.  Bring your tools and join us at 8:30 A.M.  Coffee and donuts will be provided!  Many hands make light work!

This Sunday, May 20, is Pentecost, commonly recognized as the Birthday of the Christian Church.  We will also be celebrating our Music Ministry with Music Sunday.  The scripture is Acts 2:1-21, the sermon is "Follow Your Passion".

Following worship, we will be heading out on a Prayer Walk, followed by lunch at Sassafras.  Please join us!  In case of rain, we will just do lunch!

HCCUCC offers official church members college scholarships for those who are continuing their education in the fall (not restricted to high school seniors). Please contact the church office for an application form due ASAP! Scholarships will be presented during the worship service on Graduate Sunday, June 17th. We would also like to hear from graduates of high school, vocational school, and colleges (both under-graduate and graduate degrees). These adults & young adults will be recognized at the worship service. We will need the names for the Graduate Sunday bulletin.

Our next LEO (Let’s Eat out) will be on Wednesday, May 23 at Calorosa, 100 Center St., Shelton at 6:30 p.m. Please sign up in the alcove. Come one, come all!!

Following worship on June 3, join us for a coffee hour conversation in Fellowship Hall on how our faith-based community can have an impact on the opioid epidemic! Participants will learn about the epidemic, how communities can address the epidemic, and gain information and awareness on effective prevention strategies. The presenter is Pam Mautte, BHCare Division Director, Alliance for Prevention and Wellness. This event is jointly hosted by HCCUCC and St. Paul's.

Women’s Fellowship’s Annual Outdoor Tag & Bake Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot. The cost is $20 per spot and/or donate your proceeds to Women’s Fellowship for their projects/missions. Having so many people together prompts more people to browse. We will also be looking for bake sale items. For more information, contact Denise Wilson.

This year, Vacation Bible School's theme is Rolling River Rampage. We will be learning God's words and works Monday, June 25 thru Thursday, June 28, 5:30- 8 p.m.  HELP IS NEEDED!  If you'd like to volunteer to help during VBS, contact Kirsten Keith.

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! Thank you!

The bin for My Sister's Place is back in Fellowship Hall, just waiting for your gently used donations!!

Let us pray.  O God, you never force your Spirit on us, only inviting us to allow it to blow through our lives, bringing about change, challenge, and renewal.  May we be receptive to its power and passion.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

This Week May 9, 2018

Dear Folks,

Don't you just love when the lilacs are blooming?  I sure do!

This Sunday, May 13, is the Seventh Sunday of Easter.  Happy Mother's Day!  The scripture will be John 17:6-11.  The sermon is "As We Are One".  We will be celebrating the baptism of Tessa Pearson.

This Sunday, we will also be taking the Church World Service Blanket Offering. This offering provides blankets, tents, and emergency supplies in the wake of disaster.  The funds also provide material assistance, education training and small enterprise loans as part of sustainable development programs.  Envelopes for donations can be found in the pews.  Please give generously and help those less fortunate with a gift of hope.

To emphasize the importance of blankets, the Mission Committee requests that folks bring in their favorite blanket with an explanation of why it’s so special. Blankets will be displayed and explanations read. If could bring them before May 13, that would be great, but, the morning of is OK, too.

Check out the bulletin board in the Alcove!  Missions Committee has put together a list that attempts to target items for the Valley Food Bank that may be needed more during certain seasons or months.  Of course, all items are gratefully accepted! Thank you!

On Pentecost, May 20, we will be celebrating the Birthday of the Church.  We will also be celebrating Music Sunday!  The Choral and Bell Choirs will be offering their gifts of music as well as the Sacred Dancers offering their gift of dance.  

Following coffee hour on May 20, we will have a Prayer Walk!  We will take a stroll down Church and Huntington Streets and then head to Sassafras for lunch.  Join us!  If you have a HCCUCC T-shirt, please wear it!

Our next LEO (Let's Eat Out) will be on Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 P.M. at Calorosa, 100 Center Street in Shelton.  Watch for the sign up sheet in the Alcove!

Put June 9 on your calendar of our annual Tag Sale.  More info will be coming out soon.

Let us pray.  You, O God, have made the beauty of each flower bud and of each human face.  In each of them we see you.  Thank you!  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille