Tuesday, October 16, 2018

This Week October 16, 2018

Dear Folks,

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers and the delicious cake for Clergy Appreciation Sunday.  I am so blessed to be your pastor!

My prayer day is this coming Thursday, October 18.  If you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up, please let me know.

Tonight, Tuesday, October 16, HCCUCC is hosting a Narcan Training, 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  Walk ins are welcome!

Saturday, October 20 is the AED/CPR training, noon, in the Fellowship Hall.  Please call the office ASAP if you are interested.

This coming Sunday, October 21, is our third Sunday in our Season of Generosity, "Overflowing Joy, Abundant Generosity".  This Sunday's theme is "How Does Our Joy Inspire Our Generosity?"  Robert Margolies will be sharing his thoughts on this.  The scripture lesson is John 10:7-10.

The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be here before we know it – November 16th & 17th. We need your help to make this event a success. It’s never too early to think about how you would like to contribute. Please contact the co-chairs: Terri Johnston, Jaqui Olivo, Judy Tucker, Justine Connery.

Please take note of the poster in the Alcove with suggested items for the Valley Food Bank bin in Fellowship Hall. Of course, all items are gratefully accepted, but the Missions Committee put together a list that attempts to target items that may be needed more during certain seasons or months. The need is great, so please be generous!

Let us pray.  O Holy God, in times when people seem so much more eager to hate than to love, help us to show forth your compassion and love more and more and more to all. May our hearts and our hands be open to share.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

This Week October 9, 2018

Dear Folks,

Greetings today on this dreary, warm, and muggy day!  Hmm, the calendar says October, but...

This evening, Tuesday, October 9 at 6 p.m., the  Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services invites all to join for a candlelight vigil honoring victims and supporting survivors of domestic violence on the Huntington Green. In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in our Fellowship Hall.

On Wednesday, October 10, the Valley Interfaith Council invites all to a screening of the National Geographic film, "Jerusalem".  Following the film will be a panel discussion with three representatives of the world's three major religions. This event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Center Stage, 54 Grove Street, Shelton.  Admission is free, but freewill donations are welcomed. Refreshments will be served.

This Sunday, October 14, our Season of Generosity, "Overflowing Joy, Abundant Generosity" continues.  Sue Lindley will be sharing during the Moment for Generosity.  The scripture is Psalm 95. The sermon is "How Do We Keep Joy Alive?"

During worship on Sunday, we will be taking the "Neighbors in Need" offering. Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Two-thirds of this 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 UCC 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. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. 

Sign-up sheets are in the Alcove for our two upcoming training events: Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 is the Narcan Training.  This event is free of cost.  Saturday, October 20 is the AED/CPR training at Noon. This event is $25, $30 if you want a book.  Both of these trainings are very important, so please make every effort to attend.

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!

Fundraiser: The Huntington Center Nursery School is holding an Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough & Lyman Orchard Crisps fundraiser! Orders will be taken through October 19th. Delivery will be November 2nd.  See any Nursery School Committee member or the office for order envelopes and more information and support our nursery school.

The Pumpkin & Holly Fair will be here before we know it, November 16th & 17th. Watch your future bulletins for more information or contact co-chairs: Terri Johnston, Jaqui Olivo, Judy Tucker, Justine Connery.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, may you open us up to appreciate all the diverse facets of your creation.  May we seek and find beauty in everyone and everything.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

This Week October 3, 2018

Dear Folks,

It's that time of year: the Season of Generosity!  Sunday, October 7 begins our four week series, "Overflowing Joy, Abundant Generosity".

This Sunday, the scripture is Philippians 4:1-7.  The theme is "What Brings Us Joy?"  Jaqui Olivo will be presenting the Moment for Generosity.

This Sunday is also World Wide Communion.  Come, celebrate the feast with all Christians around the world!

This Sunday, we will also be taking our offering for the Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF).  The Mission Committee developed the EAF 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 in advance for your generosity!

After worship, we will be heading to Longhorn for our LEO (Let's Eat Out).  If you are interested, please contact the church office so we can have a count to give the restaurant a heads up on how many of us will be attending.

Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services invites all to join for a candlelight vigil honoring victims and supporting survivors of domestic violence. Tuesday, Oct. 9th 6 pm on the Huntington Green. In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in our Fellowship Hall.

Sign-up sheets are in the Alcove for our two upcoming training events: Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 is the Narcan Training.  This event is free of cost.  Saturday, October 20 is the AED/CPR training at Noon. This event is $25, $30 if you want a book.  Both of these trainings are very important, so please make every effort to attend.

October 14, we will be taking the "Neighbors in Need" offering.  Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Two-thirds of this 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 UCC 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. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities. 

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!

The Huntington Center Nursery School is holding an Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough & Lyman Orchard Crisps fundraiser! Orders will begin October 5th – 19th. Delivery will be November 2nd.  See any Nursery School Committee member or the office for order envelopes and more information and support our nursery school.

Let us pray.  O God, may the circumstances of our lives never dampen the spirit of joy that being your beloved children brings us.  May our hearts be filled with a continuing sense of your loving presence.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille