Wednesday, July 25, 2018

This Week July 25, 2018

Dear Folks,

Giving thanks for the much needed rain, but also sending prayers for those dealing with flooding!

If you are planning to attend the Concert on the Green tonight, please check first.  It may be postponed due to weather.

Tomorrow, Thursday, July 26, is my prayer day.  If you have any joys or concerns you would like me to raise up, please let me know.

This Sunday, July 29, is the Tenth Sunday After Pentecost.  Weather permitting, we will have an outdoor service.  Please bring a comfy chair, if you wish.  If the weather is not so good, we will be in the building wherever is cooler!  The scripture is Ephesians 3:14-21.  The sermon is "All the Fullness of God".

Let us pray.  O Holy One, as the waters swirl around us, as the wind rages against us, as the darkness falls heavily on us, please keep us mindful of your ever loving presence.  We are held tightly in your arms.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

This Week May 1, 2018

Dear Folks,

Happy May Day!  Hope you are enjoying the spring weather!

It's almost here, the 10th Annual Treasures, Talents, and Tastes Auction!  It's this Saturday, May 5, 6 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall. If you have not already, please register by calling HCCUCC at 203-929-1223. Registration is $10 and worth every penny! The food alone is worth it!

This Sunday is May 6, the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The scripture is John 15:9-17. The sermon is "Advocate". We will be celebrating Holy Communion.

Now that the days are warmer, it is time to do some work on our church grounds. If you are able to help on Saturday, May 19 beginning at 8:30 A.M., please sign up on the poster in the alcove and don’t forget to bring your tools. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Rain date is May 26.

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!

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!

Let us pray.  O Holy One, as the days march into weeks, the weeks into months, the months into years, please fill our hearts with your assurance that you are with us every step of the way, offering us love, peace, hope, and joy.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

This Week April 24, 2018

Dear Folks,

I would like to once again thank everyone for the cards, flowers, food, prayers, and thoughts during this sad time for my family and myself.  Mom was a great woman and will be remembered fondly with smiles and laughter.  I would like to especially thank Sue and Laura for coming all the way to Barnesville, Pennsylvania to attend Mom's funeral, to Pat, Justine, and James for handling the Sunday service, to Joe and Joan for taking such good care of Lexie and Luna, and, of course, to Karen for so wonderfully holding down the fort.  I am so blessed by you all!  You are in my heart!

This Sunday, April 29, is the Fifth Sunday of Easter.  The service will feature the 2017 Auction winners:  The Fassbender's sermon and the Melsenti-Wilson's hymns.  The scripture is Genesis 1.  The sermon is "What A Wonderful World".  You still have time to send me pictures of people, places, and things that bring you joy.  Definite deadline is Thursday, April 26.

Congratulations to Denise Melsenti Wilson who will be honored on Saturday by the Connecticut Women of the United Church of Christ at their annual meeting in Mystic.  We are so grateful for all she does!

It's almost here, the 10th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction on Saturday, May 5th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. It's Cinco De Mayo, so, the Auction will have a Mexican flair!  There is still time to sign up, so please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

Let us pray.  O Holy God, the circle of life continues to turn.  You are the loving, eternal  hub.  Thank you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

This Week April 10, 2018

Dear Folks,

Winter is still hanging on, but, I hear that soon the warmth will come!  Keep your fingers crossed!

This Sunday, April 15, is the Third Sunday of Easter.  The scripture is Luke 24:36b-48.  The sermon is "Witnesses".  We will be having a Bag Message with an item provided by Lucy McCarthy.  Laura Salvio, our Moderator, will also have a Moderator Moment.

The Auction sermon for the Fassbender's and the Auction hymns for the Melsenti-Wilson's will be on April 29.  As part of the presentation, please send me pictures of the people, places, things, etc. which bring your life meaning, purpose, and happiness. 

The 10th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching!  Come, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us, Saturday, May 5th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. For more info, please contact Linda or Bob Sember.  

Time to do some work on our church grounds!  If you are able to help with the Church Ground Clean-Up on Saturday, May 19th beginning at 8:30 a.m., please sign up on the poster in the alcove and don’t forget to bring your tools. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Rain date is May16th.

Let us pray.  O Holy God, now that we are days past from the celebration of Easter, may we not lose the new life it inspired in us.  Help us to be Easter people 365 days a year, spreading love, hope, and joy!  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This Week April 3, 2018

Dear Folks,

Christ is risen, Christ is risen, indeed!  Life, love, and hope abound!

This coming Sunday, April 8, is the Second Sunday of Easter.  The scripture is John 20:19-31.  The sermon is "And Let It Begin With Me".  We will be celebrating the baptism of Owen Gary Reichert.

It's coming, the 10th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction, Saturday, May 5th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hal.  Please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

Speaking of the Church Auction, the Fassbender's Auction Sermon will be on April 29.  As part of the presentation, please send me pictures of the people, places, things, etc. which bring your life meaning, purpose, and happiness. I would appreciate those pictures sent to me via my email or text by April 23.  Thank you all for your time and help!

Let us pray.  O God, even when the sky is cloudy, the sun still shines. Even when life is complicated, your love still reigns. Even when death looms, the resurrection looms even larger. Thank you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

This Week March 27, 2018

Dear Folks,

As we travel this road through Holy Week, may we all be truly blessed by the knowledge of the God who will stop at nothing to love us.

Quiet Hour will meet Wednesday at 10 A.M.

Maunday Thursday will be commemorated by the Seder at 6:30 P.M. (reservations required), followed by the Tenebrae at 7:45 P.M.

Good Friday will have two opportunities to hear once again Christ's last words on the cross, Noon and 7 P.M.

The all choir practice will be held on Saturday at 4 P.M.

Easter dawns gloriously on the hill at Jones' Family Farm at 6:30 A.M.  Our services at 9 A.M. and 11 A.M. will be filled with joy!  Joins us!  The scriptures are Job 19:25-27a, and Mark 16:1-8.  Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services.

The 10th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching, Saturday, May 5th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

My Sister’s Place bin is 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.

Scholarship Applications for Silver Lake Summer Camp: If your child has enrolled in the Silver Lake Summer Conference camp program, they are eligible for scholarships from HCCUCC and Fairfield East Association. See Rev. Lucille for an application.

Let us pray.  O Holy God, help us not to shy away from the tragic moments of Holy Week, just skipping to Easter morning joy.  For in those moments are the assurance of your eternal love and care in all our tragic moments as well.  You are the God of all forever.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This Week March 20, 2018

Dear Folks,

Happy Spring!  Only, Winter Storm Toby or Genny didn't get the memo!

Speaking of snow, Quiet Hour is canceled tomorrow morning.  The Ecumenical Lenten Service tomorrow evening is also canceled. Spread the word!

This Sunday, March 25 is Palm Sunday.  The scripture is Mark 11:1-11.  The sermon is "Expectations".  The children will be handing out the palms during the first hymn and then going to Sunday School.

We will be receiving the offering this Sunday for One Great Hour of Sharing.  OGHS sends our help near and far, all over the world where ever help is needed.  It is our way to touch people with God's love.  Please be generous!

If you have ordered clam chowder, pick up is this Sunday.

SUNDAY is the final deadline for Easter flower orders. Order forms can be found on the shelf in the alcove and can be given to Judy Tucker or left in the Flower Chair mail slot above the coat rack.

The Butter Braids and Crisps will be available March 26 and can be picked up during the week or Thursday evening. Please call the church office (203-929-1223) for a pick-up time.

The 10th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching. Make sure you have Saturday, May 5th, 6 p.m. on your calendar!  Please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

Let us pray.  O God, whenever things do not go our way, help us to take a nice deep breath, pause, and remember you are always there.  You offer us strength, hope, and love at every turn.  Thank you!  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This Week March 13, 2018

Dear Folks,

Well, the nor'easter wasn't as wicked as expected, a good thing!

Quiet Hour will continue tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

The Ecumenical Lenten Dinner and Service this Wednesday will be at First Baptist Church. Dinner is at 6 p.m., the service at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 15 is my prayer day. Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up.

Women’s Fellowship will hold their Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner this coming Saturday, March 17th at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children 10yrs. old and under. Hot dog dinners: two hot dogs w/vegetables are $8 and one hot dog w/chips is $4.00. If interested, please call the church office ASAP!

This Sunday, March 18 is the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The scripture is Jeremiah 31:31-34. The sermon is "A New Covenant". We will also be having a Bag Message with Lukas Zinsky bringing the bag!

Women’s Fellowship will be preparing Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder and a variety of homemade breads. To place your order, sign up on the sheet in the alcove or call the church office at (203) 929-1223.  Pick-up will be on Sunday, March 25th. Chowder is $10.00 per quart. The prices on the homemade breads vary.

Please check the sign-up sheets in the Alcove for our upcoming Maundy Thursday events.  Reservation are needed for the Seder dinner.  2 readers are still needed for the Seder.

Women's Fellowship is collecting items for Church World Service Kits now through April 8th. A full list of these Items can be found on the CWS table in Fellowship Hall. Also, your donations can be left in the CWS box or Women’s Fellowship box. Please see Laura Salvio with any questions.

Let us pray.
O God, may you give us...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer. Amen. (adapted from a traditional Irish prayer)

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Reminder: March 7 Lenten Service Canceled

Hi Folks,

Hope you are staying safe and warm!  The worst is yet to come...

Just a reminder that this evening's Ecumenical Lenten Service is canceled.  In it its place, please take a moment for a deep breath and a brief prayer:

O Holy God, as we travel the Lenten path, make clear to me the places in my soul that keep me from a better relationship with you.  Help me to heal those places with your love that I may fully live up to my creative purpose: to be your love and light in this world.  Amen.


Peace.
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This Week March 6, 2018

Dear Folks,

Batten down the hatches!  We have another nor'easter coming!  Stay safe and warm!

In anticipation of this storm, Quiet Hour will be canceled tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.  We will make up the session on March 28.

The Ecumenical Lenten Dinner and Service on Wednesday evening at St. Lawrence is also canceled.

Remember to turn your clocks ahead before going to sleep on Saturday night.  You do not want to be late for church!

This Sunday, March 11 is the Fourth Sunday in Lent.  The scripture is John 3:11-21.  The sermon is "Earthly and Heavenly".  We will also be celebrating the baptism of Thomas James Corrone.

We will will be collecting this coming Sunday for the 30th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit for The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence.  Judy Tucker and Rita Boland will be in the Alcove after worship to receive your gift.  Please make checks out to Huntington Congregational Church with Bowl to Benefit in the memo. Thank you for your generosity!

Women’s Fellowship will hold their Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 17th at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children 10yrs. old and under. Hot dog dinners: two hot dogs w/vegetables are $8 and one hot dog w/chips is $4.00. Tickets will be on sale after church.

The Huntington Center Nursery School will be holding its annual Butter Braid fundraiser. Items will be Braided Pastry & Crisps. Order forms will be available after Sunday worship in Fellowship Hall today and are due this Sunday.

Women’s Fellowship will be preparing Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder and a variety of homemade breads. To place your order, sign up on the sheet in the alcove or call the church office at 203 929-1223.  Pick-up will be on Sunday, March 25th. Chowder is $10.00 per quart. The prices on the homemade breads vary.

Please check the sign-up sheets in the Alcove for our upcoming Maundy Thursday events.  Reservation are needed for the Seder dinner.  Readers are needed for the Seder and the Tenebrae. 

Women's Fellowship is collecting items for Church World Service Kits now through April 8th. A full list of these Items can be found on the CWS table in Fellowship Hall. Also, your donations can be left in the CWS box or Women’s Fellowship box. Please see Laura Salvio with any questions.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, may your loving presence be ever in our hearts as we journey through our lives.  May we be conduits of compassion, forgiveness, peace, and justice.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

This Week February 27, 2018

Dear Folks,

May you enjoy this lovely day, a harbinger of Spring!

The Deacons will be setting up for our Wednesday Lenten Service this evening (Tuesday).  We could use a couple of strong backs, so if anyone is available at 8 P.M. for about 1/2 hour, please come by the church.  Thank you in advance!

Speaking of the Lenten Service, we are hosting tomorrow evening.  Dinner is at 6 P.M., the service at 7 P.M.  The Rev. Ken Smith is preaching.

Quiet Hour continues tomorrow morning at 10 A.M.  We will be looking at the section, "With Our Everyday Things."

Sunday, March 4, is the Third Sunday in Lent.  We will be celebrating Holy Communion.  We will also be taking the Emergency Assistance Fund offering.  The yellow envelopes will be in the pews.  The scripture is Exodus 20:1-17.  The sermon is "Love in Action".

Shelton native, Rabbi Eliana Falk, will present a program on the Jewish Passover on this Sunday, March 4 at Noon.  The HCCUCC Deacons will host a brunch following worship preceding the presentation.  Please call the church office to reserve your seat!

Women’s Fellowship will be preparing Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder and a variety of homemade breads. To place your order, sign up on the sheet in the alcove or call the church office at 203 929-1223.  Pick-up will be on Sunday, March 25th. Chowder is $10.00 per quart. The prices on the homemade breads vary.

We will do not have a Team this year in the 30th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence but we will be collecting for those who would like to donate to this event during worship service on Sunday, March 11th.  Please make checks out to Huntington Congregational Church with Bowl to Benefit in the memo.

Women’s Fellowship will hold their Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 17th at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children 10yrs. old and under. Hot dog dinners: two hot dogs w/vegetables are $8 and one hot dog w/chips is $4.00. Tickets will be on sale after church or you may see Karen in the office.

Women's Fellowship is collecting items for Church World Service Kits now through April 8th. A full list of these Items can be found on the CWS table in Fellowship Hall. Also, your donations can be left in the CWS box or Women’s Fellowship box. Please see Laura Salvio with any questions.

The Huntington Center Nursery School will be holding its annual Butter Braid fundraiser. Items will be Braided Pastry & Crisps. Order forms will be available after Sunday worship in Fellowship Hall today and are due by March 11th.

Let us pray.  O God of all creation, may we always give you thanks for the many blessings we enjoy.  Help us to not take anything for granted.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This Week February 21, 2018

Dear Folks,

I hope you are enjoying this taste of Spring today!!

This evening, the Ecumenical Lenten Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Rocky Rest and Long Hill Road.  Dinner is at 6 P.M., worship at 7 P.M.  I will be preaching.

This Sunday, February 25 is the Second Sunday in Lent.  We will also be celebrating Scout Sunday.  Aaron Corcino will be recognized for his completion of the God and Church program.  The scripture reading is Genesis 17:1-8, 15-16.  The sermon is "Legacy".

Women’s Fellowship is bringing back Rebecca Miller for a special tax workshop this Sunday following our service.   Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Shelton native, Rabbi Eliana Falk, will present a program on the Jewish Passover on Sunday, March 4 at Noon.  The HCCUCC Deacons will host a brunch following worship preceding the presentation.  Please sign up in the alcove to reserve your brunch seat!

Women’s Fellowship will be preparing Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder and a variety of homemade breads. To place your order, sign up on the sheet in the alcove or call the church office at 203 929-1223.  Pick-up will be on Sunday, February 25th and Sunday, March 25th. Chowder is $10.00 per quart. The prices on the homemade breads vary.

We will not have a Team this year in the 30th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence but we will be collecting for those who would like to donate to this event during worship service on Sunday, March 11th.

Women’s Fellowship will hold their Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 17th at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children 10yrs. old and under. Hot dog dinners: two hot dogs w/vegetables are $8 and one hot dog w/chips is $4.00. Tickets will be on sale after church or you may see Karen in the office.

Women's Fellowship is collecting items for Church World Service Kits now through April 8th. A full list of these Items can be found on the CWS table in Fellowship Hall. Also, your donations can be left in the CWS box or Women’s Fellowship box. Please see Laura Salvio with any questions.

The Huntington Center Nursery School will be holding its annual Butter Braid fundraiser. Items will be Braided Pastry & Crisps. Order forms will be available after Sunday worship in Fellowship Hall on March 4th and are by March 11th.

Let us pray. O God, may you walk our Lenten journey with us. Help us to reflect, repent, and return to you.  May your Holy Presence fill us with meaning and purpose.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 18, 2018 Sunday School Canceled Due to Winter Storm

Hi Folks,

Due to Winter Storm Oliver, Noah, or Dakota, depending on the news outlet, Sunday School is canceled tomorrow morning.

The Corrone baptism is also postponed until March 11.

Concerning worship tomorrow morning, please watch your email tomorrow morning and/or check WTNH or WFSB.  If you do not see an email or announcement, worship is on. The decision to cancel or not will be made around 8 A.M.

As always, if we do have worship, use your judgement on attending and please err on the side of caution.  We know that roads in Shelton vary wildly in conditions.  Be safe!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Peace,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This Week February 13, 2018

Dear Folks,

With Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday falling on the same day this year, I hope you all will be reminded of God's great love for us, in all its human and divine forms.

Lenten Quiet Hour begins tomorrow morning and continues Wednesdays in Lent at 10 a.m. in the church library. We continue with the book, “SIMPLE WAYS TOWARDS THE SACRED” by Gunilla Norris.

Our Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service will be tomorrow evening here at HCCUCC at 7 p.m.  Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.  If anyone cannot make the service, but would like to receive ashes, please contact me.

My prayer day is this Thursday, February 15.  Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to raise up.

February 18 is the First Sunday in Lent.  The scripture is Mark 1:9-15.  The sermon is "Getting Away From It All".  We will be celebrating the baptism of Thomas James Corrone.

Sunday, February 25 is Scout Sunday. 

Women’s Fellowship is bringing back Rebecca Miller for a special tax workshop on Sunday, February 25, following our service.   Refreshments will be served and all are welcome—bring a friend!  Sign up is in the alcove.

Shelton native, Rabbi Eliana Falk, will present a program on the Jewish Passover on Sunday, March 4 at Noon.  The HCCUCC Deacons will host a brunch following worship preceding the presentation.  Please sign up in the alcove to reserve your brunch seat!

Women’s Fellowship will be preparing Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder and a variety of homemade breads. To place your order, sign up on the sheet in the alcove or call the church office at 203 929-1223.  Pick-up will be on Sunday, February 25 and Sunday, March 25. Chowder is $10.00 per quart. The prices on the homemade breads vary.

We will not have a Team this year in the 30th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence but we will be collecting for those who would like to donate to this event during worship service on Sunday, March 11.

Let us pray.  O God, help us to enter this Lenten season with open ears, eyes, and hearts as we seek your presence.  May we greet the end of the 40 days with a renewed faith and commitment to you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Dear Folks,

Another week, another winter storm predicted!  Stay safe and warm!

This Sunday, February 11, is Transfiguration Sunday.  We will also be celebrating Women's Sunday and the baptism of Mila Liddel.  Full day!!  The scripture is Mark 9:-2-9.  The sermon is "Forever Changed".

Following worship this Sunday, the Christian Education Committee will be sponsoring a MARDI GRAS PANCAKE AND GAME BREAKFAST. Come for some delicious pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. We will also be playing Pictionary! There will be a free-will offering to help defray the Sunday School budget.

Our annual Lenten Quiet Hour will begin on February 14, 10 a.m. in the library.  We will be continuing the book, “SIMPLE WAYS TOWARDS THE SACRED” by Gunilla Norris. The discussion will be led by Rev. Lucille.  The sign-up sheet is located in the alcove or call the church office at 203-929-1223.

Ash Wednesday Service will be held here at HCCUCC on February 14 at 7 p.m.

Women’s Fellowship will be preparing Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder and a variety of homemade breads. To place your order, sign up  in the alcove or call the church office.  Pick-up will be on Sundays, February 25 and March 25. Chowder is $10.00 per quart. Prices on the homemade breads vary.

Women’s Fellowship is bringing back Rebecca Miller for a special tax workshop on Sunday, February 25, following our service.   Refreshments will be served and all are welcome! Sign up is in the alcove. Snow date is March 4.

The HCCUCC Choir is looking for voices to sing for Easter.  James Bruni, our Minister of Music, has an epic anthem planned!  If you would to join, please contact James or come to practice on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m.  Let's make a joyful noise!

Women's Fellowship will be collecting items for Church World Service kits until April 8th. A full list of these Items can be found on the CWS table in Fellowship Hall. Also, your donations can be left in the CWS box or Women’s Fellowship box. Please see Laura Salvio with any questions.

Please submit your UCC/FEA dues of $12 per church member by March 1 to offset the cost for 2018. This can be done by Sunday offering, mail, mobile app, or through our website on-line giving. Thank you for your continued support and faithfulness.

Let us pray. O Holy One, may your Spirit dwell in our hearts, opening us up to our true purpose and potential in your Realm.  Help us to live your love.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

This Week January 31, 2018

Dear Folks,

It's hard to believe it's almost February! 

This week is the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, February 4.  We will be celebrating Holy Communion.  The scripture is Mark 1:29-39.  The sermon is "Everyone Is Searching".

The Emergency Assistance Fund offering will be taken this Sunday.  Mission Committee 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 yellow offering envelopes will be available in the pews  Thank you for your generosity!

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, if you have one, wear your favorite team jersey!  Doesn't have to be Eagles or Patriots!

The HCCUCC Choir is looking for voices to sing for Easter.  James Bruni, our Minister of Music, has an epic anthem planned!  If you would to join us for this day, please contact James or show up at practice on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m.  Come, make a joyful noise.

The Christian Education Committee will be sponsoring a MARDI GRAS PANCAKE AND GAME BREAKFAST following worship on February 11. Come for some delicious pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. We will also be playing Pictionary! There will be a free-will offering to help defray the Sunday School budget.

Our annual Lenten Quiet Hour will begin on February 14, 10 a.m. in the library.  We will be continuing the book, “SIMPLE WAYS TOWARDS THE SACRED” by Gunilla Norris. The discussion will be led by Rev. Lucille.  The sign-up sheet is located in the alcove or call the church office (203-929-1223).

The Ash Wednesday Service will be held here at HCCUCC on Wednesday, February 14 at 7 pm.

Women's Fellowship will be collecting items for Church World Service kits until April 8th. A full list of these Items can be found on the CWS table in Fellowship Hall. Also, your donations can be left in the CWS box or Women’s Fellowship box. Please see Laura Salvio with any questions.

Please submit your UCC/FEA dues of $12 per church member by March 1 to offset the cost for 2018. This can be done by Sunday offering, mail, mobile app, or through our website on-line giving. Thank you for your continued support and faithfulness.

Let us pray.  O God, no matter how hectic and chaotic our lives can get, help us to search for you.  It is only in you that we have our calm and our center.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

This Week January 23, 2018

Dear Folks,

Hope you are staying warm and dry on this wet, raw day!

This coming Sunday, January 28, is the Fourth Sunday After Epiphany.  The scripture is Mark 1:21-28.  The sermon is "What Have You to Do with Us?"

The Christian Education Committee will be sponsoring a MARDI GRAS PANCAKE AND GAME BREAKFAST on Sunday, February 11th following the church service.  Come for some delicious pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. We will also be playing Pictionary!!! There will be a free-will offering to help defray the Sunday School budget.

Women's Fellowship will once more be collecting items for the Church World Service kits during February and March until April 8th. School Kits:~ blunt scissors~ Box 24 crayons (only 24)~ Pencil sharpeners-hand held ~ Spiral notebooks-70 sheets~ 12 inch rulers ~ New Pencils w/erasers~ Large eraser. Hygiene Kits ~ Combs (wide tooth only)~ Bath size soap in wrapper~ Nail clippers~ 3” Band-aids~ Washcloths~ Hand towels~ Toothbrushes in original package. Layettes: cloth diapers~ Undershirts or onesies~ washcloths (infant size only)~ gowns or sleepers~ diaper pins (no regular safety pins)~ sweater or jacket (front opening)~ receiving blankets (no crib bankets). A full list of these Items can be found on the CWS table in Fellowship Hall. Also, your donations can be left in the CWS box or Women’s Fellowship box. Please see Laura Salvio with any questions.

All women of the church are invited, at no cost, to attend our annual six-week Quiet Hour sessions, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14th at 10 a.m. in the church library. We will be continuing the book, “SIMPLE WAYS TOWARDS THE SACRED” by Gunilla Norris. The discussion will be led by Rev. Lucille.  The sign-up sheet is located in the alcove or call the church office (203-929-1223). 

My Sister’s Place bin is 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.

In our ever changing world, we are trying to make things more convenient for your gifts to HCCUCC!  You can now contribute to HCCUCC through a mobile app! To get started, download Give Plus Church for free from the App Store or Google Play. Simply search for “GivePlus Church” to quickly find and download the app today. Then, you can easily make donations directly from your smart phone using your debit/credit card or checking/savings account. You can also choose to donate as a guest or set up an account that allows you to securely and conveniently schedule recurring donations and manage and review your giving history. We hope you enjoy this new way to contribute to our ministry. Thank you for your support! 

Let us pray.  Even if the earth shakes and the mountains crumble, O God, your love and care for us never wavers.  May we build our lives on that assurance.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This Week January 17, 2018

Dear Folks,

Be careful out there today!  We've been dealt another messy day!

This Thursday, January 18, is my prayer day.  If you have any joys or concerns you would like me to raise up, please let me know.  I will be holding you all in in my heart and in my prayers!

This coming Sunday, January 21, is the Third Sunday After Epiphany.  The scripture is Mark 1:14-20.  The sermon is "Going Fishing".  Josh Crawford will be bringing the bag for the Bag Message!

Just a reminder that the 294th Annual Congregational Meeting of the Huntington Congregational Church United Church of Christ will be held following worship on THIS SUNDAY, January 21, 2018, for the purpose of electing officers and accepting the 2018 budget.  Child care will be available.  The snow date is January 28.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, help us to find our comfort and our security in you, even as the world around us changes and shifts.  You, O God, are our constant.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

This Week January 9, 2018

Dear Folks,

Hope you are enjoying the brief reprieve from the frigid weather.

This Sunday, January 14 is the Second Sunday after Epiphany.  The scripture is John 1:43-51.  The sermon is "Known".

Just a reminder that the 294th Annual Congregational Meeting of the Huntington Congregational Church United Church of Christ will be held following worship on Sunday, January 21, 2018, for the purpose of electing officers and accepting the 2018 budget.  Child care will be available.  The snow date is January 28.

Let us pray.  O God, help us to reach out beyond our comfort zones to welcome the stranger, to service the unloved, and to love our enemies.  Your Son taught us that.  Help us to show that we listened.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

This Week January 3, 2018

Dear Folks,

I hope your holidays were filled with love and laughter!

For our HCCUCC Choir members:  Please watch your emails tomorrow. Choir Practice may be cancelled because of the weather. For everyone, stay warm and safe!!

This coming Sunday, January 7 is the Baptism of Christ.  The scripture is Mark 1:1-11.  The sermon is "Born Again".  Holy Communion will be celebrated.  Come, start the new year off right!

Following worship, the Deacons will be putting away the Christmas decorations.  Any help would be appreciated!

The 294th Annual Meeting of the Huntington Congregational Church United Church of Christ will be held immediately following the 9:30 A.M. worship on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for the purpose of electing officers, and accepting the 2018 budget.  Child care will be provided.  The snow date is January 28.

Let us pray.  O God, thank you for this new year.  May each of us start fresh with a renewed commitment to your and your service to the world.  In Christ's name we pray.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille