Tuesday, August 6, 2019

This Week August 6, 2019

Dear Folks,
 
It's a week where my heart is heavy. How many times do we need to hear about the latest mass shooting? My opinion, and I stress, my opinion:  thoughts and prayers are great, but not enough. It is time for national commonsense gun laws. No one outside of the military or law enforcement needs an assault rife or an automatic or semi-automatic weapon. No one should be able to walk into a gun show or a Wal-Mart or any store and just buy a gun, no questions asked. Some people blame the shootings on mental health or violent video games. Those things do need to be addressed, but, they are present all over the world, yet, the United States has the most mass shooting by far. What's the difference?  Easily accessible guns. Some people claim the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Please note "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Well trained militia? I don't think any of these shooters were well-trained militia. Also, the guns of the day were musket loaders, not the firepower that now available. Background checks, licensing, training, and responsible gun ownership is a necessity for public safety. I know some people will disagree, and we can agree to disagree. If you would like to talk to me about it, please do.
 
Summer Concert on the Green is tomorrow night, weather permitting. The featured band is "Highland Rovers". Come out and say hi to our Vitality Team and our Men's Group!
 
My prayer day is this Thursday, August 8. If you have any joys or concerns for me to lift up, please let me know.
 
This Sunday, August 11, is the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost. The scripture is Genesis 15:1-6. The sermon is "Trusting the Promise". Elias Stone will be baptized. We congratulate him and his parents, Kristen and Jeffrey.
 
We are in are in the midst of our Season of Generosity. Please prayerfully consider your gift to HCCUCC and return your Faith Promise cards as soon as possible. 
Thank you for your faithfulness!
 
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! 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  Due to the State Fire Convention in Huntington Center, THE ALL CHURCH WORSHIP & PICNIC will be held SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th at 4 p.m.  at the Parsonage, 160 Huntington Street. Watch for more info!
 
Let us pray.  O God, may your hear our prayers that we cannot even utter. Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

This Week July 31, 2019

Dear Folks,
 
Stay safe and dry out there today! 
 
The Concert on the Green is postponed from tonight until tomorrow night, Thursday, August 1.  The featured band with be "Gunsmoke" instead of "Terrapin". Sorry for all the Grateful Dead fans, glad for all the country music fans!
 
Thanks to everyone who has donated gift cards for our Concert on the Green gift card give away.  We are all set for the rest of the concerts!  But, we will still need water, so donations would be appreciated.
 
This coming Sunday, August 4 is the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost.  We will be celebrating Holy Communion.  The scripture is Luke 12:13-21.  The sermon is "Investing for the Soul". We will also be welcoming back our Minister of Music, James Bruni!
 
The Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) offering will be taken this Sunday, as on every Communion Sunday.  EAF is 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. Thank you for your generosity!
 
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!
 
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.
 
Let us pray.  O God, for anyone in the way of storms, literally and figuratively, may you give strength, comfort, and hope.  Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille
 

Monday, July 22, 2019

This Week July 24, 2019

Dear Folks,

Calling hours and the funeral service of Evelyn and Richard Steinis will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23 at HCCUCC with calling hours from 9 to 11 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m. The burial will be at Lawn Cemetery East immediately following the funeral.  A repast will be served after the burial in our Fellowship Hall.  Please keep the Steinis Family in your prayers during this difficult time.

The Wednesday night Concert on the Green on July 24 begins with a children's program by "Lynn Lewis and Friends" at 6 p.m. followed by "Mia & the Riff" at 7 p.m.  The Vitality Team and the Men's Group will be out doing their thing!  Donations of water and 2 more gift cards would be greatly appreciated! 

This Sunday, July 28, is the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.  The scripture is Luke 11:1-13.  The sermon is "A Chat With God."

Please mark your calendar for September 15.  It's our Annual Outdoor Worship and Picnic at Pemberley (the parsonage), but, this year, it's a little different.  The State Firefighters' Convention is being hosted by the Huntington Fire Company; HFC is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  The parade, which will encompass the Green and beyond, will block the roads.  The firefighters are also using our church parking lot as a staging area. So, our picnic will be at 4 p.m. This day is also the 10th anniversary of our ministry together as pastor and congregation. So, keep watch for more info!

Let us pray.  O Holy One, may your all encompassing love and compassion envelop all those who are mourning, all those who are suffering, all those who are crying out for relief.  May you hear their and our prayers.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

This Week July 17, 2019

Dear Folks,
Try to stay cool in the hot and humid weather. Stay safe!
Please keep the Steinis family in your prayers on the passing of Richard.
Please check before venturing out for the Concert on the Green, especially if there are storms. If it's on, come on down and say hi to the Vitality Team and the Men's Group as we do our Wednesday night "thing". Tonight's featured band is "Gunsmoke".
This coming Sunday is our Outdoor Worship. We will be back on the lawn between the lower and upper parking lots. Please bring a chair and wear your favorite or funniest T-shirt! The scripture is Luke 10:25-37. The sermon is "Jesus' Definition".
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!
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.
Let us pray. O Holy God, help us at all times to remember all people are your people; all people are our neighbors. You told us to love them; help us to do so. Amen.
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

This Week July 9, 2019

Dear Folks,

I sure hope you are enjoying this lovely day!

Tomorrow night, July 10, is the Concert on the Green, featuring the Bernadettes.  The Vitality Team will be handing out water and getting sign ups for the free gift card give away.  The Men's Group will be selling hot dogs.  Come on down and say hi!  And, speaking of the Concerts on the Green, Vitality Team would be grateful for donations of bottled water and $25 gift cards to local establishments.  Thanks in advance!

My prayer day is on Thursday, July 11.  Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to raise up.

This coming Sunday is July 14, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.  I will be doing a sermon based on the theme of Kirchentag, the event I attended while in Germany.  The scripture is II Kings 18:19.  The sermon title is "What Confidence Is This?"

Sunday, July 21 is July's Outdoor Worship!  We will be outside near the maple tree at the edge of the parking lot, weather permitting.  If rain, we will be in the Fellowship Hall.  Come and worship al fresco! Bring a comfy chair and wear your favorite and/or funniest T-shirt!

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!

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.

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.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, Creator of All, may we trust in your strength, may we depend on your guidance, and may we listen for your voice.  It is in you we have our confidence.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Friday, July 5, 2019

This Week July 5, 2019

Dear Folks,

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable July 4th!

Thank you all for the opportunity I had to travel to Germany for Kirchentag and to visit some important sites in the Protestant Reformation.  I had an informative and enjoyable time.  My travelogue will be on Sunday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m., so please put that on your calendar!

It's not to late to attend the Habitat for Humanity work day tomorrow, July 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or for however long you can attend.  Please contact Bob Moseley if you plan on working and/or for more information.

This coming Sunday, July 7 is the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.  Prior to the service, we will had a patriotic hymn sing in honor of Independence Day.  The service will be in the Taize style, including Holy Communion. We will also be taking the Emergency Assistance Fund offering.  The yellow envelopes for the offering will be in the pews.

Summer Concerts on the Green are in full swing on Wednesdays during the summer! 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.  Thank you!

Sunday, July 21 is Outdoor Worship!  We will be outside near the maple tree at the edge of the parking lot, weather permitting.  If rain, we will be in the Fellowship Hall.  Come and worship al fresco! Wear your favorite and/or funniest T-shirt!

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.

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.

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!

Let us pray.  O Holy God, thank you for the freedom we enjoy, for all those who have fought and work for it, and for all those who do not have it.  May we all in our own way, strive for freedom and justice, not just for ourselves, but for all.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This Week June 11, 2019

Dear Folks,

What a glorious Pentecost we had on Sunday!  Three of our young people were confirmed into the Christian faith.  Come, Holy Spirit, Come!

This Thursday, June 13 is my prayer day.  If you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up, please let me know.

Continuing prayers for our Minister of Music, James Bruni, as he undergoes surgery today.

This coming Sunday, June 16, is Trinity Sunday.  We will also be celebrating Graduate Sunday, and a shout out to our fathers and all who have been like fathers to us.  The scripture is John 16:12-15.  The sermon is "Unity Amidst Diversity".

SUMMER BELFRY ARTICLES ARE DUE INTO THE OFFICE BY JUNE 17TH.

The end of the year All Women’s Fellowship Dinner will be on Wednesday, June 19th,  6:00 pm. at Linda Sember’s home.

The HCCUCC Vitality Team will once again be handing out water and giving away a gift card per week during the Shelton Concerts on the Green “Music Under the Stars” starting Wednesday, June 26. Donations of bottled water and $25 gift cards for local merchants would be greatly appreciated! Please put the water in the Fellowship Hall marked with “COG”. Please give Rev. Lucille, Karen Boroski, or any of the Vitality Team the gift cards. Thank you in advance for your generosity in keeping this community outreach going.


F.A.D.E. (Fighting Against Drugs Everywhere) Run and Walk will be held on June 27, 2019 (rain date June 28); 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Shelton Pavilion & Riverwalk. Proceeds benefit BHCare’s Alliance for Prevention & Wellness.

Let us pray.  As the memory of Sunday's power fades from our mind, may the Spirit's fire continue to burn brightly in our hearts as we strive for your peace, your justice, and your love in this world. Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille