Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This Week September 29

Dear Folks,

It seems that we sometimes think our community is immune to the pain and suffering that we read about in other places.  But, it is not.  Our hearts and prayers go out to Lisa Infante's family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy.

This Sunday is World Wide Communion.  Here at HCCUCC, our 2015 "Season of Generosity" continues.  This year's theme is "Everybody's Church".  This week we will be focusing on Mission and Outreach.  The remaining ministries are Pastoral Care, Christian Education, and Community Life.  It's EVERYBODY'S honor, privilege, and responsibility to support EVERYBODY's CHURCH, HCCUCC.

This Sunday is also our Neighbors in Need offering. Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. NIN grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the NIN offering.

Due to the NIN offering, will be NOT be taking a second offering following worship.

The Scripture will be Matthew 25:31-46.  The Message and Presentation will be on Mission and Outreach with a message from Edwina Corner.

The Vitality Team will be personnelling the HCCUCC table at Shelton Days this coming Sunday, from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.  Everybody is welcome to help out!  We could use a few cases of water, so, if you are so inclined, please drop one at the church.  For more info, contact me or Gordon Harris.

It’s always fun to eat out, isn’t it?  Well, our next LEO is on Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 P.M. at Wild Kanji, 514 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton.  We will be doing the hibachi!  There will be a sign-up in the alcove.  Mark your calendars and Let’s Eat Out!

Let us pray.  Even in the midst of senseless tragedy, O God, we trust in your unending compassion and eternal love.  May we feel your healing.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

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