Tuesday, December 27, 2016

This Week December 27

Dear Folks,

I hope you all had a very lovely and love-filled Christmas!

This Sunday, worship will be at 11 A.M.  Please note the time change.  Following worship, we will be having brunch at no cost.  However, a free-will offering will be taken for Spooner House.  If you have not already signed up, please call the church office and leave a message: 203-929-1223.

Sunday's scripture lesson is Ecclesiastes 3:1-15.  The sermon is "...There Is A Season..."  Holy Communion will be celebrated.  Come, join the first feast of 2017!

Today I received this note from our friend Bryan from "Simply Smiles":

"Two days ago, we had a snow and ice storm that broke power lines across the Reservation leaving our friends in La Plant without electricity in freezing conditions. According to the utility company it will be days or weeks before electricity is restored. 

We need to purchase and distribute generators so that families can heat their homes and have the power they need to get through this storm - and future storms.

I don't have great photos of the weather conditions, just a few clips people have sent me from their cell phones. See attached.

I am heading out to South Dakota to personally purchase and install the generators. A kit containing a generator, propane tank and extension cords costs $1,500.

We are looking to purchase and install as many kits as we can - beginning with the 5 most needy families. Any amount you can contribute will be used in its entirety to purchase and install these generator kits. I'll keep you directly informed of the progress.

Link to the Simply Smiles donation page: www.SimplySmiles.org

With my sincerest thanks,

Bryan
Simply Smiles"

I hope you will find it in your heart to help out our friends on the Reservation.

In closing, I would like to share this poem by Howard Thurman:

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

May you all have a blessed New Year!

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

This Week December 20

Dear Folks,

The four Advent candles have been lit.  Mary and Joseph were placed in the Nativity Scene.  The time is coming...

Our 2016 Longest Night Service will be on Wednesday, December 21st, at 7 p.m., the longest night of the year. For many people, dark is symbolic of the harsh things of life. And, those harsh things become more evident in the light of the "shoulds" of Christmas time: we should be happy, we should be glad, we should be joyful. Well, sometimes our life is not conducive to the shoulds: we have lost a loved one, or a relationship, or a job, or whatever. We don't feel happy and glad. The Longest Night Service is a time to realize that for some, all is not goodness and light. We can come, acknowledge the darkness, but also look to the Nativity for our hope and our Light.  All are welcome.

Christmas Eve Services will be held at 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.  The early service is geared more toward families.  The late service is traditional Lessons and Carols.  This year, both with have a time of candlelight.  Come, celebrate the season!

Christmas Day worship will be at the regular time,9:30 a.m.  Service will be informal, so come as you are to the Fellowship Hall for cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, with Christmas carol and stories!!

For New Year's Day, worship will be at 11 a.m.  Please note the time change!  We will be starting off the year by celebrating Holy Communion.  Following worship will be a brunch.  A free-will offering will be taken for Spooner House. A sign-up sheet for brunch is in the Alcove or email me or Karen Boroski or call either of us.

Please have your 2016 pledge up-to-date by December 31, 2016. The church 2016 financial books for accepting pledge contributions will close on January 1, 2017; all checks must be dated December 31, 2016. Any contributions received after this date will be credited to the year 2017. PLEASE NOTE 2016 in the memo. Also, if you have not returned your 2017 Faith Promise/Pledge Card, please do so as soon as possible.  Your generosity is vital to our continued ministry here at HCCUCC.

The 2017 Offering Envelopes are available in the Alcove.

For Committee Chairs:  Annual Report are due on January 1, 2017.  Please make sure Karen, our Office Manager, has yours!

May you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Let us pray.  O Holy One of the Manger, may the hope, peace, joy, and love that you emanate fill us again so we may embody you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This Week December 13

Dear Folks,

May this unsettled weather not dampen the feelings and actions of hope, peace, joy, and love during this Advent season!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our Christmas Pageant this past Sunday, especially Kirsten Keith for her leadership, even without a voice!  What a trooper!  The Christmas "Wheel of Fortune" was so much fun!

This coming Sunday, December 18, is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  We will be lighting the "Love" candle.  The scripture is Matthew 1:18-25.  The sermon is "What's in a Name?"  We will also have a children's Bag Message.

THE CHRISTMAS FUND for the Veterans of the Cross and Emergency Fund is the primary source of annual income used to support and honor those who have served and are serving the United Church of Christ. Your gift to the Christmas Fund helps provide a lifeline of hope to many lower-income active and retired clergy and lay employees of UCC. We will be taking your offering in this Sunday. Donation envelopes can be found in the pews. Please remember that your generous contribution can and will make a difference in the lives of many.

Our 2016 Longest Night Service will be on Wednesday, December 21st, at 7 p.m., the longest night of the year. For many people, dark is symbolic of the harsh things of life. And, those harsh things become more evident in the light of the "shoulds" of Christmas time: we should be happy, we should be glad, we should be joyful. Well, sometimes our life is not conducive to the shoulds: we have lost a loved one, or a relationship, or a job, or whatever. We don't feel happy and glad. The Longest Night Service is a time to realize that for some, all is not goodness and light. We can come, acknowledge the darkness, but also look to the Nativity for our hope and our Light.  All are welcome.

Christmas Eve Services will be held at 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.  Come, celebrate the season!

Christmas Day worship will be at the regular time,9:30 a.m.  Service will be informal, so come as you are to the Fellowship Hall for cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, with Christmas carol and stories!!

For New Year's Day, worship will be at 11 a.m.  We will be starting off the year by celebrating Holy Communion.  Following worship will be a brunch.  A free-will offering will be taken for Spooner House. A sign-up sheet for brunch is in the Alcove.

Please have your 2016 pledge up-to-date by December 31, 2016. The church 2016 financial books for accepting pledge contributions will close on January 1, 2017 – all checks must be dated December 31, 2016. Any contributions received after this date will be credited to the year 2017. PLEASE NOTE 2016 in the memo. Also, if you have not returned your 2017 Faith Promise/Pledge Card, please do so as soon as possible.  Your generosity is vital to our continued ministry here at HCCUCC.

The 2017 Offering Envelopes are available in the Alcove.

For Committee Chairs:  Annual Report are due on January 1, 2017.  Please make sure Karen, our Office Manager, has yours!

Let pray.  As the old year winds down, O God, help us to look to 2017 as a year where our faith and our love shine brightly into the world.  In you is our hope and our peace.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

This Week December 6

Dear Friends,

The skies are gray, but the love and grace of God still shine brightly!

Thursday is my prayer day, so if you have a joy or a concern you would like me to raise up, please let me know.  Be assured that I hold you all in my prayers!

This coming Saturday is our Habitat for Humanity work day from 9a.m. to 2:30p.m., or any amount of time you can give. The work is fun, rewarding, and does not require any experience. Please consider helping for all or some of these hours. Contact Bob Moseley with any questions.

This Sunday, December 11, is our Christmas Pageant!  There will be full congregational participation, so come and join in the fun!  Following the service, everyone is invited to Fellowship Hall for our Happy Birthday Jesus celebration.

THE CHRISTMAS FUND for the Veterans of the Cross and Emergency Fund is the primary source of annual income used to support and honor those who have served and are serving the United Church of Christ. Your gift to the Christmas Fund helps provide a lifeline of hope to many lower-income active and retired clergy and lay employees of UCC. We will be taking your offering in December. Donation envelopes can be found in the pews Sunday, December 11 & 18. Please remember that your generous contribution can and will make a difference in the lives of many.

Mark your calendars for this year's Longest Night Service, Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m.

Please have your 2016 pledge up-to-date by December 31, 2016. The church 2016 financial books for accepting pledge contributions will close on January 1, 2017 – all checks must be dated December 31, 2016, please note 2016 in the memo. Any contributions received after this date will be credited to the year 2017.  Please also have your 2017 pledge cards returned as soon as possible. Your thoughtfulness and generosity is so appreciated and necessary as we continue to serve God through HCCUCC.

Let us pray.  As we travel deeper into the Advent season, O God, help us to know you travel with us.  Through the brightest sunshine-filled day and the darkest moonless night, your presence is constant.  Thank be to you, O God.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This Week November 29

Dear Folk,

I hope you all had a very blessed Thanksgiving Day!

BIG thank you to the Deacons and to Soren and Merle for decorating the sanctuary for Christmas.  You rock!!

This Advent, we will be doing something a little different with the lighting of the Advent candles.  If anyone would like to assist, please let me know.

The scripture for this Sunday is Isaiah 2:1-5.  The sermon is "Mistletoe and Evergreens".

There will be a meeting for all members of the Huntington Congregational Church, UCC immediately following the worship service THIS SUNDAY, December 4, 2016 for the purpose of presenting a draft budget for 2017.

Holly and Gerry Fassbender will be in the alcove after service this Sunday to collect money for food for the Spooner House Christmas meal, as well as gifts for the children. Please give generously.

There are 3 tags remaining on the Christmas tree in the Alcove for BHCare's "Under the Tree" gift project.  Please pick one up if you have not already done so.  All gifts are due back on December 11.  Thank you for your generosity!

Poinsettia order forms can be found in the alcove on the shelf. Orders are due December 11th.

Women’s Fellowship is offering Keep Christ in Christmas magnets for $4.00 located on the table under the coat rack. Please give your money to Sue Lindley or Karen in the church office.

Join us for a 45 minute interactive walking drama, "Journey to Bethlehem", telling the story of Jesus’ birth THIS SUNDAY, December 4th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring dinner and meet at 4:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. We will eat together and then drive to High Acres Church in Ansonia. C.E. will provide hot apple cider and drinks. Please RSVP to Kirsten Keith so she can plan on how many drinks are needed. Hope to see you there to kick off the true meaning of Christmas!

HCCUCC has a workday scheduled for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, December 10th from 9am – 2:30pm, or any amount of time you can give. The work is fun, rewarding, and does not require any experience. Please consider helping for all or some of these hours. There is a signup sheet in the alcove or contact Bob Moseley.

Let us pray.  As the days deepen further into Advent, may your Spirit, O God, deepen into our hearts, instilling in us hope, peace, joy, and love.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

This Week November 22

Dear Folks,

A heart felt thanks to all who helped out and attended our Pumpkin and Holly Fair this weekend.  It was a great success!

The Shelton Clergy Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service will be held TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 22nd, 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I will be preaching. Following the service will be a time of refreshment featuring pumpkin desserts. A donation of non-perishable goods will be collected for the Valley Food Bank. Monetary donations will benefit I.R.I.S, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services.

This Sunday, November 27, is the First Sunday of Advent. We will be doing something a little different with the lighting of the Advent candles.  If anyone would like to assist, please let me know.

The scripture for Sunday is Isaiah 2:1-5.  The sermon is "Mistletoe and Evergreens".

Holly and Gerry Fassbender will be in the alcove after service this Sunday to collect money for food for the Spooner House Christmas meal, as well as gifts for the children. Please give generously.

Everyone is invited to help decorate the sanctuary for Christmas following worship on Sunday. As the proverb says, “Many hands make light work”!

Pizza and Scenery hosted by the Christian Education Committee is this Thursday, December 1.  Everyone is invited at 6 p.m. to help get ready for the Christmas Pageant!

There will be a meeting for all members of the Huntington Congregational Church, UCC
immediately following the worship service on Sunday, December 4, 2016 for the purpose of presenting a draft budget for 2017.

Join us for a 45 minute interactive walking drama, "Journey to Bethlehem", telling the story of Jesus’ birth. The Christian Education Committee will be attending on Sunday, December 4th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Everyone is invited to bring dinner and meet at 4:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. We will eat together and then drive to High Acres Church in Ansonia. C.E. will provide hot apple cider and drinks. Please RSVP to Kirsten Keith at andrew.keith@sbcglobal.net so she can plan on how many drinks are needed. Hope to see you there to kick off the true meaning of Christmas!

Poinsettia order forms can be found in the alcove on the shelf. Orders are due December 11th.

May you all have a very blessed Thanksgiving.  We have so much for which to be grateful! God is good, all the time! 

Let us pray. O God, words are never enough to show our gratitude to you for all we have and all we are.  Help us not only to give thanks, but to live thanks.  May everything we say and do be a reflection of our thanks to you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

This Week November 15

Dear Folks,

I hope you all will take time this weekend to stop in at our Pumpkin & Holly Fair, Friday from 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Saturday from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.  Great food, wonderful crafts, and Santa's Attic!!  Something for everyone!

My prayer day is this Thursday, November 17.  If you have a prayer concern or joy you would like me to raise up, please let me know.

This coming Sunday, November 20, is Christ the King Sunday and Thanksgiving Sunday.  The scripture reading is Psalm 147: 1-12.  The sermon is "Thanks".  The sermon will be interactive, so please think about the things for which you are thankful.

This Sunday, we will be taking an offering for Master’s Table following worship. Master's Table Community Meals, Inc. provides a safe, clean, uplifting environment for individuals in need. They offer their guests hope for a better future. Every person who comes for assistance is welcomed regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religious preference, social needs, disability, or income. Master's Table serves the poor, hungry, and the lonely by providing healthy nutritious and appetizing meals to all who come. Free meals are served at the Assumption Church in Ansonia.

The Shelton Clergy Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd, 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I will be preaching. Following the service will be a time of refreshment featuring pumpkin desserts. A donation of non-perishable goods will be collected for the Valley Food Bank. Monetary donations will benefit I.R.I.S, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services.

Let pray.  O God, no matter what, may we continue to be your love and light to whomever we encounter.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Friday, November 11, 2016

"No Matter Who You Are..."

Dear Folks,

Huntington Congregational Church United Church of Christ is a faith community that encompasses folks of many different opinions and viewpoints.  Votes were cast by the people of this congregation for both Clinton and Trump, and perhaps Johnson and Stein.

We may have differing views, but, I believe that we have something in common, our love of Christ and our belief in God.  I hope that love and belief give us the strength and the conviction to live the greatest commandment, to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

In this spirit, I want to remind us all of the Open and Affirming Covenant that we adopted by a overwhelming majority on January 31, 2016. 


Open and Affirming Covenant

“No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.”

Huntington Congregational Church, United Church of Christ is called to spread the love and light of God like a beacon into the community and the world. We seek to embody Jesus’ great commandment to love God, and our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:25-27). In keeping with this calling, we, the members of Huntington Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, declare ourselves as "Everybody’s Church". We welcome and affirm all persons of every race, age, gender, marital status, physical or mental ability, socio-economic status, nationality, life history, faith background, and sexual orientation or gender expression or identity into the full life and ministry of this community of faith, including membership and leadership. We welcome and embrace the God-given gifts that each person brings to the life of our congregation.

As an Open and Affirming church, we join our sisters and brothers in the United Church of Christ and all persons who are committed to the struggle for justice, peace, love, equality, and inclusivity, with the example and teachings of Jesus Christ as our guide.

Our country is deeply divided.  There are protests in the streets. There is an up-tick in harassment and violence against women, minorities, and LGBTQ folk.  People are angry and fearful.

One little way we show love and support, besides with our prayers, is to wear a safety pin our our clothes, if so led.  This shows that we are a safe, supportive and non-judgmental person for someone who may be feeling fear and vulnerability.  There are safety pins available on the table in the Alcove outside the office.

It it up to all of us as Christ's followers to be on the side of love, justice, hope, and peace and to live out the greatest commandment.

As always, I hold you all in my heart and in my prayers during this uncertain time.  As always, I am available for conversation and prayer.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

This Week November 9

Dear Folks,

No matter who we voted for, I think we can all agree with the Grateful Dead, "What a long strange trip it's been."

The church will be open today for prayer and mediation and I will be available if anyone feels the need to chat.  I plan on hanging around until 6:30 P.M.  After that, you can call me either on my cell or land line.

This Sunday's scripture is Isaiah 65:17-25.  The sermon is "Get Out of the Way".

We will be starting the Pumpkin and Holly Fair set-up after worship.  All hands on deck!!

A reminder that we will be taking a non-perishable food collection during the holiday season.  The box is the Alcove or you can use the Wishing Well in Fellowship Hall.

On November 20, we will be taking a free-will offering following worship for "The Master's Table".  Master's Table Community Meals, Inc. provides a safe, clean, uplifting environment for individuals in need. They offer their guests hope for a better future. Every person who comes for assistance is welcomed regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religious preference, social needs, disability, or income. Master's Table serves the poor, hungry, and the lonely by providing healthy nutritious and appetizing meals to all who come. Free meals are served at the Assumption Church in Ansonia.

The Shelton Clergy Association's Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 7 P.M. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.  I will be preaching. Following the service will be a time of refreshment featuring pumpkin desserts. A donation of non-perishable goods will benefit the Valley Food Bank. Monetary donations will benefit I.R.I.S., the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services.

I would like to close with this quote from the Christian mystic, Julian of Norwich,
circa 1342-1416:

"All shall be well, all shall be well...
For there is a force of love moving through the universe
that holds us fast and will never let us go."

So be it!!

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Friday, November 4, 2016

Do Unto Others...


Opportunities to Give

Dear Folks,

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are ever more mindful of all the gifts we have received from God.  And, the best thanks we can offer to God is to share those gifts, especially to those in need.

There will be a box in the Alcove to collect non-perishable food items for the Valley Food Bank.  Please consider donating items that would give a needy family a wonderful Thanksgiving feast!

On Sunday, November 20, we will be taking an offering after worship for Master’s Table. Master's Table Community Meals, Inc. provides a safe, clean, uplifting environment for individuals in need. They offer their guests hope for a better future. Every person who comes for assistance is welcomed regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religious preference, social needs, disability, or income. Master's Table serves the poor, hungry, and the lonely by providing healthy nutritious and appetizing meals to all who come. Free meals are served at the Assumption Church in Ansonia.

Also, watch for more information about our Christmas collection coming in December for BHCare, the Under the Tree Project.

Thank you all for your generosity this season and always!

Peace,
Rev. Lucille
On behalf of the Missions Committee

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

This Week November 1, 2016

Dear Folks,

On this All Saints' Day, may we all pause a moment and remember those who came before us, passing on their faith in God.  We offer them honor and thanks!

Remember to turn your clocks back on Saturday night before you go to bed!  Day Light Savings ends early Sunday morning.  Don't be early for worship!!!

This Sunday we will be celebrating Holy Communion.  Come, gather around the table!

The scripture for Sunday is Luke 20:27-38.  The sermon is "Blinders".

The Pumpkin & Holly Fair is quickly approaching:  November 18 & 19!  Sign-up sheets are in the Alcove.  Any help would be appreciated!

You may bring your items for Santa's Attic to Reuman House at this time.

Also in the Alcove is a sign-up sheet for anyone interested in joining the choir or bell choir for the Christmas Season.  We would love to have you make a joyful noise!

Let us pray.  Thank you, O Holy One, for the faith of our fore bearers, those saints who have gone before us.  Thank you that they showed us your love and goodness.  Help us to be like them, to be saints for others.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

This Week: October 25

Dear Folks,

Thank you so much for your generosity and your kindness to me during this Pastors' Appreciation month.  I am so grateful for the well-wishes, the cards, the cake, the corsage, and the gift card.  I am blessed and humbled to be your pastor as we partner together to bring God's love and light to our piece of the world!  

This Sunday is "In Gathering Sunday", the culmination of our "Season of Generosity: Faith in the Future".  We will be receiving and dedicating our Faith Promise Pledge Cards.

The scripture for Sunday is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.  The message and presentation is "Faith in the Future."

Looking forward:  Day Light Savings ends early Sunday morning, November 6, so be sure to during your clocks back before going to bed on Saturday night!  You wouldn't want to be early to worship!!

On Sunday, November 6, we will be celebrating Holy Communion.  Come and share the feast!

Yes, it is that time of year!  The Pumpkin and Holly Fair is quickly approaching,  November 18 and 19!  There is a lot of work to be done!  Sign-up sheets to help out are in the Alcove.  Please help out!!

Let us pray.  Thank you, O God, for the people in our lives whose smiles bring us joy.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This Week October 18

Dear Folks,

I hope you are enjoying the little reprise of summer!!

This week is the third week of our Season of Generosity.  The scripture reading is Hebrews 11:1-3.  The sermon is "The Future".  Please think about your hopes and dreams for HCCUCC.

October 30 will be the culmination of our Season of Generosity:  "In Gathering Sunday", when we will offer our Faith Promise/Pledge cards for 2017.  If you have not yet received your Faith Promise/Pledge packet, they should be delivered shortly in the mail.  Also, an email will be going out in the next couple of days with electronic forms if you choose to go that route.  Extra copies are also available in the Alcove.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October is our latest "LEO" (Let's Eat Out).  We are going to the Twisted Vine, 285 Main Street, Derby at 6:30.  If you would like to go, please let me know ASAP.

Kirsten Keith will be hosting HCCUCC's Girl Night Out (GNO) on Thursday, October 20 at 7 P.M.  Please bring an appetizer; Kirsten will provide the beverages. Please RSVP ASAP to Kirsten at  andrew.keith@sbcglobal.net.

Let us pray.  O God, life is so full of surprises, like an 80 degree day in the middle of October.  But, some surprises are less pleasant.  Give us the wisdom and the grace to face whatever comes our way, knowing that you walk with us.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

This Week October 11

Dear Folks,

Please keep those places, especially Haiti, who have been ravaged by Hurricane Matthew, in your prayers.  The United Church of Christ's One Great Hour of Sharing funds are helping.  If you are interested in helping too, please write a check to HCCUCC and designate it for OGHS Haiti.

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

Sunday is our second week of our Season of Generosity, "Faith in the Future".  The scripture reading is James 1:17-27.  The interactive sermon is "The Present".  Please think of the things now at HCCUCC that are important to you.  The Stewardship Committee will be handing out the promise/pledge card packets following worship.

This Sunday at 6:30 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall, I will be presenting a travel log of my sabbatical.  Lots of rocks and lochs!!  Refreshments will be provided.

Our next LEO (Let's Eat Out) will be on Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 P.M. at the Twisted Vine in Derby.  Please sign up in the Alcove if you are planning on attending.

Kirsten Keith will be hosting HCCUCC's Girl Night Out (GNO) on Thursday, October 20 at 7 P.M.  Please bring an appetizer; Kirsten will provide the beverages. Please RSVP to Kirsten at  andrew.keith@sbcglobal.net.

Let us pray.  O God, just as the trees let go of the dead leaves, help us to leave go of any thing that is dead in our lives that prevents us from being truly alive, vibrant, joyful, and whole.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This Week October 5

Dear Folks,

The leaves are turning, the beauty of God's color palette is on display!

This Sunday is the kick off of our "Season of Generosity".  This year's theme is "Faith in the Future."  This Sunday's scripture is Hebrews 12:1-2.  The sermon is "The Past".  Sermons for this "Season of Generosity" will be interactive, so, for this Sunday, think about the prized memories you have of HCCUCC.  If you, for some reason, are unable to attend worship, please feel free to send me your memory and I will share it.

The United Church of Christ's offering, "Neighbors in Need" (NIN) will be taken.  NIN supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.  Neighbors in Need 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. 

Following worship, the Mission Committee is hosting a Pancake Brunch.  Ticket are $5.  If you have not yet purchased your ticket, please contact the church office ASAP to RSVP.

Let us pray.  Help us, O God, to breath.  Help us to fill our lungs with your force of life.  Help us to receive your presence.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This Week September 27

Dear Folks,

Ah yes, feel that little chill in the air...Autumn is here!

What a wonderful Rally Sunday!  It was so good to see you all and have Sunday School up and running!

This Sunday, October 2, is World Wide Communion.  We gather as Christ's followers around the table all around the world to remember that we are part of something much larger than our local faith community. Come and join the feast!

The scripture for Sunday is II Timothy 1:1-14.  The Sermon is  "Not Ashamed".

This Sunday, we will be taking our monthly offering for the Emergency Assistance Fund.  This fund is for members of our church and our wider Shelton community who have fallen on sudden hard financial times. The recipients of the EAF are held in confidence.  For more information, contact me or a member of the Mission Committee.

Following the service, we will be hosting a booth at Shelton Day.  We will be across from the Webster Bank on Howe Avenue.  Drop by and say hi!

October 9 will be our Season of Generosity kick off Sunday, "Faith in the Future".

Also on October 9, we will be taking our annual offering for Neighbors in Need (NIN),  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 (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.  Neighbors in Need 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.  

Following worship on October 9, the Mission Committee is sponsoring a Pancake Brunch to benefit our Emergency Assistance Fund and Neighbors in Need.  Ticket are $5 and can be purchased this Sunday.

Let us pray.  As the season changes from Summer to Autumn, help us all to rejoice in the variety of your creation and to embrace the diversity of life.  May you equip us with courage to face all the changes that we experience, trusting in your guiding presence.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Friday, September 23, 2016

Rally Sunday!

Hi Folks,

I just wanted to write a reminder that Sunday is Rally Sunday!  Everyone is welcome back from summertime slow down!  Sunday School begins, as well as the unofficial church year.

Our culture has certainly shifted from the days where, of course, no question, we went to church on a Sunday morning.  The church was the center of the community; people belonged because it was the thing to do.  Stores were closed.  School and sport events were never scheduled on a Sunday morning.   That is no longer true.  With school, sports, and other activities now taking over Sunday mornings, people are drawn away.  And, if we happen to have a free Sunday morning, we are too tired and want to rest from the busyness of our lives.  So, not going to church becomes a habit, just as going to church once was.

Church is no longer the center of our communities.  It is just another option of many we have in our lives.  And, more and more, people are opting out.  Attendance in worship and Sunday School has dropped across the board in churches.  Faith communities are faced with dwindling resources.  Churches are closing at an alarming rate. 

We here at our beloved HCCUCC are facing the same thing.  Our future is not clear,.

And yet, when I look at the state of our country and our world, it seems the church is the only place where we do hear the Good News.  We need the Gospel now more than ever.  We are bombarded with negative words and images in the media.  Our children face so many choices, many of which are not healthy.  People are torn down constantly from messages of "You are not good enough."

The church, our church offers a respite from this horrible hub bub.  The message of the Gospel is one of extravagant welcome, of extravagant acceptance, of extravagant love.  Where else do we hear this message?  This is a message worth hearing and sharing, a message that helps us to face the negativity swirling around us.

God is alive and active in our world.  Sitting in a pew, singing those hymns, praying those prayers, hearing those words of scripture remind us of that.  Children learning those ancient stories of a powerful, loving God remind us of that.  And, being in the presence of people, imperfect, but, eternally loved, we can be empowered and equipped to live our lives with faith and hope.

So, please, make the church not just another option, but a priority for yourself and your children.  It really is the only place where we can just be.

"No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."

Hope to see you on Sunday!

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This Week September 20

Dear Folks,

What a great picnic we had on Sunday!  Thanks to everyone who braved the elements!

This Sunday, September 25, is Rally Sunday!  We welcome everyone back from the hot days of summer.  Sunday School begins, so pack up the kiddies and come! 

This Sunday's scripture is Luke 16:19-31.  The sermon is "Life Now".

Please note this important announcement:

There will be a meeting for all members of the
Huntington Congregational Church, UCC
following the worship service on
Sunday, September 25, 2016
for the purpose of:
Presenting the latest offer for the purchase of the
5+ acres of land referred to as "The Bishop Property".
We have another offer to purchase the Bishop Property that will be presented to the congregation for consideration and to vote on continuing negotiations.
Please make every effort to attend this important meeting in the life of HCCUCC.
 
October 2 is World Wide Communion Sunday.  Come and share the feast!

HCCUCC will be hosting a booth at Shelton Day on October 2.  If you would like to help out, contact me.  Or, just stop by and say hi!

October 9 is Generosity Season kick off. This year's theme is "Faith in the Future".

The Mission Committee is sponsoring a Pancake Brunch following worship on October 9.  Tickets are $5 and will be available the next two Sundays.

Let us pray.  Holy God of love and light, may you continue to fill us with both!  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This Week September 14

Hi Folks,

Enjoy the last full week of summer!  The Fall Equinox will be Thursday, September 22.

Our annual Outdoor Worship and Picnic is this Sunday, September 18, 11 A.M., at Pemberley (the parsonage, 160 Huntington Street).  This is rain or shine!!!!  Please bring a chair or a blanket and a dish to pass. Please RSVP to the church office: 203-929-1223. The cost is $5 per person, $10 per family which covers hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks.  This is always a great time, so come bring your family, your friends, your neighbors...

The scripture lesson for this Sunday is Amos 5:21-24.  The sermon title is "Yeah, That".

Rally Sunday will be on September 25!  Come on back to church and Sunday School!  The children will be in church through the "Bag Message" and then will head on out to Sunday School.  We are looking forward to another great year of learning about God and all God's goodness!

HCCUCC will have a booth at Shelton Day on October 2, 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.  We will be on Howe Avenue across from Webster Bank in front of Dee's Kitchen.  Stop by and say hi!  If you would like to help out for any amount of time, please contact me.  We would love to have you!

The Mission Committee is sponsoring a Pancake Brunch on Sunday, October 9 following worship.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on Sundays, September 25 and October 2.  Proceeds go to benefit our Emergency Assistance Fund and the UCC Neighbors in Need offering.

Let us pray.  Sometimes, O God, the problems in our lives and in our world see insurmountable.  May your loving, strengthening presence help us to cope.  May your powerful, enlivening Spirit help us to find joy.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

This Week September 6

Dear Folks,

Well, Hermine isn't the threat that we thought it was going to be, good thing!  Still, stay dry and safe!

This Sunday's scripture is Luke 15:1-10.  The sermon is "Finding Ourselves".  We will also observe a moment of remembrance to commemorate 9/11.

Our All Church Outdoor Worship and Picnic will be on Sunday, September 18, 11 A.M. at Pemberley (the parsonage, 160 Huntington Street).  It's $5 per person, $10 per family which included burgers and all the fixings and drinks.  Please bring a dish to pass and a chair or blanket.  Contact the church office to RSVP and/or for more details.

Rally Sunday is on September 25, a big welcome back to everyone!

Let us pray.  O God, help us to trust in you when the storms swirl around us, when the world seems to be going mad, and when our hearts are cold and empty.  O God, help us to trust in you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This Week August 30

Dear Friends,

It's been a long time!  I am back from my sabbatical and looking forward to our continuing ministry here at HCCUCC!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready!

I found this on Facebook today and it summed up what I've been feeling:


For those of you who have not been attending worship for awhile, I hope you will consider joining us again for our new "unofficial" church year!  We start off with Holy Communion this Sunday, September 4.  The scripture lesson is from Philemon.  The sermon is "Separate No More".

Our annual outdoor worship and picnic will be on Sunday, September 18 at 11 A.M. at Pemberley (the parsonage at 160 Huntington Street).  Please note time change!

Rally Sunday is September 25, with Sunday School commencing.

Please mark your calendars for these wonderful events!

Let us pray.  O Holy One, as we face the coming days, may we all feel a fresh infusion of your Holy Spirit.  Keep us faithful, keep us loving, keep us real.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Dear Folks,

I wanted to express my appreciation to you all for the lovely sabbatical send-off today.  I did not expect it!

Thank you to Sue Lindley and Soren Ibsen for their kind words when they presented me with a lovely corsage.  The corsage even matched my dress!

Much gratitude to the Diaconate who put out a delicious spread for a reception following worship.

For all the well-wishes and warm hugs; thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I love you and I will miss you.  In all my summer comings and goings, I will hold you all tightly in my prayers and in my heart.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This Week May 31

Dear Friends,

I do hope you all had a very pleasant Memorial Day weekend and also took some time to remember and to honor our fallen heroes.

This coming Sunday, June 5, will be my last Sunday before my summer sabbatical.  The scripture lesson is Luke 7:11-17.  The sermon is "Rise!"   Both the sacrament of Baptism and Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, may we feel the power of your presence in every breath we take, every move we make.  You are watching us, offering us your hope, peace, and love.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This Week May 24

Dear Folks,

We have ourselves some typical New England weather: glorious one day, gloomy the next!  As the old saying goes, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute."

This Sunday is Music Sunday!  The Choir, Bell Choir, and the Sacred Dances will share some very lovely moments!  We will also spend some time in remembering our fallen loved ones in commemoration of Memorial Day.  The scripture reading for Sunday is Luke 8:32-38.  The sermon is "It's a Challenge".

Women’s Fellowship annual Outdoor Tag & Bake Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot.  Rain date is Saturday, June 11th. The cost is $20 per spot and/or donate your proceeds to Women’s Fellowship for their projects and missions. Each spot is the size of a parking space. Spaces are open to everyone & anyone so tell your friends, neighbors, and coworkers! You may donate items to be sold with profits going to Women’s Fellowship projects/mission. We are also looking for donations of baked goods. Reserve a spot NOW! Contact Denise Wilson to reserve your spot.  Yard signs are available, so please take one and advertise this great event!

My last Sunday before my Sabbatical is June 5. 

VBS needs your help! We will be learning God's words and works Monday, June 20th thru Thursday, June 23rd from 5:30-7:45pm with the program, "Surf Shack". We need help in all areas! If you'd like to volunteer to help during VBS set up, organize the dinners, cook, there's some way everyone can help. Please contact Kirsten Keith if you're able to help in any way. 

The bin for My Sister's Place is back! All gently used items are welcomed!  My Sister's Place thrift store in Ansonia mission is to aid the victims of domestic abuse and their families.

Please put the Gospel Concert on the Green on your calendar.  This event, sponsored by the Shelton Clergy Association is on Sunday, June 26 at 5 P.M.  Share the joy, share the love!

Let us pray.  O Holy One, may your ever present Spirit remind us that you are all in all, in the rain and in the rainbow, in the joy and in the sorrow.  We are never alone.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This Week May 18

Dear Folks,

May the fire of Pentecost still be burning in our hearts now and always!

This coming Sunday, May 22,  is Children's Sunday.  We will also be remembering Robert Wilson and all the dairy farmers.  In celebration, please join us for an ice cream social, graciously provided by Gertrude Wilson, following worship.

The scripture reading for Sunday is Luke 18:15-17.  The sermon will be a Bag Message.  The bag item will be provided by Spencer Keith.

After the ice cream social, we can walk off all those calories on our Prayer Walk.  Make sure you wear your walking shoes and your church T-shirt if you have one!

Music Sunday is May 29, so please plan on attending for some great tunes!

Our church offers its 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 or to have one e-mailed to you. The due date for applications is THIS SUNDAY, MAY 22. Scholarships will be presented during the worship service on Graduate Sunday, June 12th.

Women’s Fellowship annual Outdoor Tag & Bake Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot.  Rain date is Saturday, June 11th. The cost is $20 per spot and/or donate your proceeds to Women’s Fellowship for their projects/missions. Each spot is the size of a parking space. Spaces are open to everyone & anyone so tell your friends, neighbors, and coworkers! You may donate items to be sold with profits going to Women’s Fellowship projects/mission. We are also looking for donations of baked goods. Reserve a spot NOW! Contact Denise Wilson to reserve your spot.  Yard signs will be available this Sunday, so please take one and advertise this great event!

VBS needs your help! We will be learning God's words and works Monday, June 20th thru Thursday, June 23rd from 5:30-7:45pm. We need help in all areas! If you'd like to volunteer to help during VBS set up, organize the dinners, cook, there's some way everyone can help. Please contact Kirsten Keith if you're able to help in any way. 

The bin for My Sister's Place will magically reappear in Fellowship Hall next Tuesday.  All gently used items are welcomed!  My Sister's Place thrift store in Ansonia mission is to aid the victims of domestic abuse and their families.

Let us pray.  O God, the day of Pentecost has passed, but may the fire and fervor of your Holy Spirit still burn and dwell in our lives.  May we be fueled and inspired to share the Good News of your unconditional love and extravagant acceptance.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Friday, May 13, 2016

Gospel Concert on the Green Sponsored by the Shelton Clergy Assocation, June 26

Hi Folks,

The Shelton Clergy Association, of which I am president, is sponsoring a Gospel Concert on the Green on Sunday, June 26 from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M.   The Gospel duo, Edmund and Gisela Bullock from Massachusetts is called "Devoted".  You can check out their music on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgCkLs7cXG8NigRMFXtzg5w

Each church is being asked to have at least 2 folks on the planning committee.  This planning committee will meet on Friday, May 20, 7 P.M. here at HCCUCC.

As you know, I will be on sabbatical this summer, so, I will not be available after June 5.  So, it is very important that we have folks from HCCUCC on the planning committee and willing to help out.  Please let me know if you are interested. 

Thanks so much!  This is an exciting outreach opportunity!

Peace,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This Week May 10

Dear Folks,

I hope you are all looking forward to Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of Christ's Church!

I will be having my prayer day later this week.  If you have any joys or concerns to lift up, please let me know.

We will be celebrating Pentecost Sunday with the reception of three new members to HCCUCC:  Charles Bures, Daniel Oliva, and Eva Washenko.  We warmly welcome them into our community of faith!

The Rev. Dr. Michael Ciba, Senior Regional Minister of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ will be with us on Sunday.  He will be presenting us with our "Open and Affirming" Certificate as well as our "5 for 5" Certificate.  He will also be preaching.  The scripture is Acts 2:1-21, the sermon title is "In Our Own Language".

May 22 is Children's Sunday.  Let's show how much we appreciate our children and our Sunday School teachers!  Following worship, we will going on a Prayer Walk.  For more info, contact me.

May 29 is Music Sunday.  Come and celebrate this very important part of our worship!

Let us pray.  O Holy One of goodness and grace, open our hearts to your love.  Urge us not to hoard it, but to share it.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

This Week May 3

Dear Folks,

Hope you are keep warm and dry on this chilly and rainy day!

There is still time to register for the 8th Annual Treasures, Talents, and Tastes Auction here at HCCUCC on this Saturday, May 7 at 6 P.M.  For more info and to peruse the catalog, check out our website:  huntingtonucc.org.  Click on the "Auction" button at the top right of the page, and there you go!

This Sunday's scripture is Acts 16:16-34,  The sermon is "Set Free".

This Sunday, we will be taking the Church World Service Blankets and Tools offering.  Please be generous!

Our next LEO (Let's Eat Out) will be on Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 at Maria V's restaurant in the White Hills Plaza.  Please sign up in the Alcove by this Sunday, May 8.

College Scholarships: HCCUCC offers its 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 or to have one e-mailed to you. The due date for applications is May 22nd. Scholarships will be presented during the worship service on Graduate Sunday.

Let us pray.  O God, may your calming presence be upon us when we are less than calm.  Help us to keep breathing in your breath of peace.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Monday, May 2, 2016

Do not be daunted...

Auction Catalog On-Line!

Hi Folks,

As you know, our 8th. Annual Treasures, Talents, and Tastes Auction is coming up on this Saturday, May 7, at 6 P.M.

The Auction catalog is now on-line at the HCCUCC website:  www.huntingtonucc.org.

On the top right, click on "Auction".  On the next page, click on the second box on the top, "Auction Catalog".  There you can see all the great stuff available!

If you have not registered, there is still time. 

See you all on Saturday!

Peace,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

HCCUCC This Week April 27

Dear Folks,

Blessings abound on this lovely day!

We sure could use some help this coming Saturday, April 30, at 9 A.M. for our Church Grounds Spring Clean-up!  Coffee and donuts will be provided.

This coming Sunday's scripture is John 14:23-29.  The sermon is "It's Coming".  We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

I am looking for your favorite hymns for the summer services.  There will be an insert in the bulletin this Sunday, or you can e-mail me your favorites.  Please use the "Pilgrim Hymnal" to respect copyrights.

I sure hope you have this on your calendar!  The 8th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching, Saturday, May 7th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  If you are unable to attend, please consider using the absentee bidding option.  There are lots great deals to be had!  The action catalogs will available late next week.  Please contact Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

HCCUCC offers its 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 or to have one e-mailed to you. The due date for applications is May 22nd. Scholarships will be presented during the worship service on Graduate Sunday, June 19th.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, keep us ever vigilant to the needs of our world.  Help us to help where, when, and how we can, spreading your love.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This Week April 19

Dear Folks,

I do hope you are enjoying this glorious, albeit, windy day!

Congratulations to Laura Salvio, who will be honored at the Connecticut Women of the UCC's spring meeting this Saturday for her faith, work, and commitment.

This Sunday's scripture is Revelation 21:1-6, and John 13:31-35.  The sermon is "Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth".  The hymns for Sunday were purchased at the 2015 Church Auction by Gordon Harris.

This Sunday following worship, the Women's Fellowship is inviting all women for a light brunch and wonderful program.  Do you want to learn techniques to quit smoking, build self- confidence, obtain weight loss, or reduce stress among other things? Then please plan to join us to hear our speaker who will enlighten us on ways to achieve these and other goals.  If you are planning to attend and have not signed up, please contact Sue Lindley ASAP.

Saturday, April 30 is our day for Spring Clean Up on the church grounds.  Come on out around 9 and help spruce the place up.  Coffee and donuts will be provided.

The 8th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching, Saturday, May 7th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Please contact Linda or Bob Sember for more information.  Lots of good stuff, so make sure you register and attend, maybe bring a friend or two or three!!

Let us pray.  O God, with all the pain and suffering in the world, we often turn it off, fearing we will be overwhelmed.  Help us to offer that fear to you, to continue to keep the world in our hearts and in our prayers, knowing that prayer makes a difference. Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

This Week April 12

Dear Folks,

Hope you are keeping nice and dry on this drizzly day!

This coming Thursday is my prayer day.  Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up.  And, please know that I pray for you all!!

This coming Sunday, we welcome Robert Hitchcock as our supply organist.  The scripture readings are Psalm 23 and John 10:22-30.  The sermon is "Green and Still".

I am collecting favorite hymns for the summer services.  An insert will be in the bulletin, or you can contact me directly.  Please choose from the Pilgrim Hymnal for simplicity's and copyright's sake!

Women's Fellowship would like to invite all women of the church and a friend if they would like, to join us on Sunday, April 24th immediately following worship in the library. There will be a light brunch and a presentation on how hypnotism can aid in so many ways - relaxation, weight loss, stress relief, quitting smoking, building self confidence and more.  Please sign the sign-up sheet in the Alcove so we can plan accordingly. We look forward to a fun and fellowship!

The 8th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching on Saturday, May 7th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please contact Linda or Bob Sember.

The bin from My Sister’s Place is in Fellowship Hall for you to make your tax deductible donations. It will be there until the end of April. Please fill out the donation form, take your copy and attach or enclose their copy in with your items.

College Scholarships: HCCUCC offers its 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 or to have one e-mailed to you. The due date for applications is May 22nd. Scholarships will be presented during the worship service on Graduate Sunday, June 19th.

Let us pray.  O God, thank you for the people that you put in our lives.  Special blessing are those who show us your love, your forgiveness, and your joy! May we be those special blessings. Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

This Week April 6

Dear Folks,

Winter is hanging on tenaciously!  But, be patient; the warmth will return!

This coming Sunday is the Auction Sermon for the Margolies is "Abraham's Family".  The scripture is Genesis 15:1-6 and John 19:25b-27.

New Members’ Class will be held following worship on April 17. For more information, please contact Rev. Lucille.

The bin from My Sister’s Place is in Fellowship Hall for you to make your tax deductible donations. It will be there until the end of April. Please fill out the donation form, take your copy and attach or enclose their copy in with your items.

The 8th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is coming Save this date:  Saturday, May 7th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  For more info, please contact Linda or Bob Sember.

Let us pray.  O God, the holiday of Easter has come and gone.  But, we pray that the miracle of resurrection would never leave our hearts, just like your forgiveness and love.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Saturday, April 2, 2016

This Week March 29

Dear Folks,

May the power of the Risen Christ still be strong in your hearts!

This Sunday, April 3, we will be celebrating Holy Communion.  The scripture lesson is II Corinthians 5:14-17.  The sermon is "Schrodinger's Cat".

New Members’ Class will be held following worship on April 17. For more information, please contact Rev. Lucille.

The bin from My Sister’s Place is in Fellowship Hall for you to make your tax deductible donations. It will be there until the end of April. Please fill out the donation form, take your copy and attach or enclose their copy in with your items.

The 8th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is coming Save this date:  Saturday, May 7th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  For more info, please contact Linda or Bob Sember, 203-929-5853.

Let us pray.  O life giving God, may Easter morning not be just a passing moment, but a way of life.  Help us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, live with the living presence of Christ in our lives.  Amen.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dear Folks,

We are facing a truly eventful week, a journey that defines our faith as Christians.

Our first stop along the journey is our Seder meal with scenes from the Last Supper at 6:30 P.M., Thursday, March 24.  Reservations are closed.

Following the Seder at 7:45 P.M., everyone is invited to the service of shadows, Tenebrae.  We will journey with Jesus through betrayal, denial, arrest, beating, trial, and to the cross. 

Our journey then takes us to Good Friday, March 25.  Services are at noon and 7 P.M.  We stand at the cross and see our Savior die.

But, death cannot hold the Christ!  Easter morning brings us to Jesus' day of resurrection.  Our journey takes us to the empty tomb.

The Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:30 A.M. at Jones Family Farm, Sunday, March 27.  Worship at HCCUCC will be at 9 A.M. and 11 A.M.

But, our journey doesn't end.  This is only the beginning of our lives as committed, faithful followers of Christ.

Let us pray.  O God, as we walk with Christ this week, may we truly feel the enormity of it all and recommit our lives to Christ's service.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

P.S.  The choral choir, bell choir, and the Sacred Dancers will be practicing at HCCUCC at 4 P.M. on Saturday, March 26.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

This Week March 15

Dear Folks,

We are swiftly approaching Holy Week and Easter.  Please be sure to join in the commemoration and celebration as much as you can!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 16, will be our final Quiet Hour.  We will be completing the book, "Learning to Walk in the Dark".

The final ecumenical Lenten worship service will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.  The Rev. Barbara Schaffer from the First United Methodist will be preaching on the Thieves.  Dinner is at 6, worship at 7.

This coming Sunday, March 20 is Palm Sunday.  The scripture is Luke 19:28-40.  The sermon is "Signs Along the Way".  The children will be handing palms during the first hymn, then off to Sunday School for a very special program.  Following worship, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for all children.  How fun is that?

There are still spaces available for the Seder dinner.  Deadline for reservations deadline is this Sunday, March 20.  Please be sure you secure your seat!

The bin from My Sister’s Place is in Fellowship Hall for you to make your tax deductible donations. It will be there until the end of April. Please fill out the donation form, take your copy and attach or enclose their copy in with your items.

Let us pray.  O God, as we approach Holy Week, may you fill us again with a sense of awe and wonder at your boundless, eternal love, that will stop at nothing to greet us.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille