Tuesday, July 9, 2019

This Week July 9, 2019

Dear Folks,

I sure hope you are enjoying this lovely day!

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

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

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

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

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

Huntington Center Nursery School 3 & 4 yr. old registration is now open. Registration forms can be found on the HCNS bulletin board in the alcove or contact our Director, Linda Rizzitelli at 203-929-7197.

My Sister’s Place bin is back in Fellowship Hall for you to make your tax-deductible donations by filling out the donation form, take your copy and attach or enclose their copy in with your items.

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

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Friday, July 5, 2019

This Week July 5, 2019

Dear Folks,

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

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

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

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

Summer Concerts on the Green are in full swing on Wednesdays during the summer! The Men’s Group will sell hot dogs in our parking lot. All men are encouraged to come and help. Our Vitality Team will continue to hand out free water and hold a free gift card give away during this time. If anyone would like to help out, you are more than welcome to come. We also appreciate donations of water and/or a $25 gift card to a local store or eating place.  Thank you!

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

Huntington Center Nursery School 3 & 4 yr. old registration is now open. Registration forms can be found on the HCNS bulletin board in the alcove or contact our Director, Linda Rizzitelli at 203-929-7197.

My Sister’s Place bin is back in Fellowship Hall for you to make your tax deductible donations by filling out the donation form, take your copy and attach or enclose their copy in with your items.

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

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

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This Week June 11, 2019

Dear Folks,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

This Week June 4, 2019

Dear Folks,
I hope you are enjoying this lovely day!
This Thursday, June 6 is our "LEO" (Let's Eat Out). We're heading to Arooga's on Bridgeport Avenue near Big Y at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to join the group, please let me know ASAP so I can have the correct number when I make the reservation.
This Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date is June 15) is the Community Tag Sale hosted by our Women's Fellowship. There are still spaces available! The cost is $20 per spot and/or donate your proceeds to Women’s Fellowship for their projects/missions. Contact Denise Wilson for more info. Also, baked goods are needed for the bake sale. If you would like to bring some, please have it to the church by 8:30 a.m. Thank you!
This Sunday, June 9 is Pentecost. We will be confirming three of our young people, Kelsi Boath, Aaron Corcino, and Trevor Kellogg. The scripture is Acts 2:1-21. The sermon is "The Spirit's Power".
The “Strengthen the Church” offering will also be taken Sunday. 90% of the offering will go to ministries in Connecticut: Silver Lake Conference Center, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and Faith Formation programming. The other 10% will be used by the national UCC for similar ministries. The envelopes are in the pews. Please be generous!
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 16 worship service. We will need the names for the Graduate Sunday bulletin.
Let us pray. Holy God, help us to always open our hearts to the movement of your Spirit that we may truly be the people and the church that we were created and called to be.  Amen.
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

This Week May 21, 2019

Dear Folks,

I hope you are enjoying this lovely day!

May you all have a safe Memorial Day Weekend.  Do not forget to take a moment to remember and honor those who have passed, especially those members of our Armed Forces.

This Sunday, May 26, is the Sixth Sunday of Easter.  The scripture is John 14:23-29.  The sermon is "State of the Heart".  We will have a moment to commemorate Memorial Day.  We will also have the reception of new members.

June 2 will be Music Sunday.  Come, celebrate our Music Ministry!

The Women’s Fellowship annual outdoor Tag Sale will be June 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date June 15). Spaces are open to all. Each spot is the size of a parking space. The cost is $20 per spot and/or donate your proceeds to Women’s Fellowship for their projects/missions. Having so many people together prompted more people to browse. We will also be looking for bake sale items. For more information, contact Denise Wilson.

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 immediately. Applications are overdue. Scholarships will be presented during the worship service on Graduate Sunday, June 16.

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 16 worship service. We will need the names for the Graduate Sunday bulletin.

There will be a congregational meeting on June 2, 2019 immediately following church worship service to review the progress and recommendations of the Budget Committee and to vote on any matters that are brought forth. Please make every effort to attend this very important and informational meeting. child care will be provided.
 
Let us pray.  O Holy God, may you offer us your strength as we face constant change all around us.  Help us to trust that your love for us never changes.  We offer you our thanks and praise.  Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

This Week May 14, 2019

Dear Folks,

Thank you to everyone who made the Church Auction this past Saturday a great success.  A special thank you to Linda and Bob Sember!

A big thanks to the Confirmation Class who did such a great job with worship on Sunday.  Kudos!

My prayer day will be this Thursday, May 16.  Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up.

This Sunday, May 19 is the Fifth Sunday of Easter.  Ms. Janice Lautier, the Director of the Spiritual Care Department at Griffin Hospital will be delivering the message, "What Is the Desert?"  The scripture is Mark 1:1-15.  Please welcome her!

I will be away this Sunday for the baptism of my grandniece, Olivia Michaela Eshleman.

Also on Sunday, City Historian Robert Novak will lead participants on a walking tour of the historic Huntington Green. The illustrated talk will begin inside the Huntington Congregational Church, where parking is allowed, at 1:00 p.m. It will offer glimpses into the historic churches, municipal buildings, and monuments where Shelton’s history is hidden in plain sight. $10.00 per person will benefit the Shelton Historical Society.

The sign up sheet for our next "LEO" (Let's Eat Out) is up!  We're going to Arooga's on 387 Bridgeport Ave. on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 P.M.

HCCUCC offers its 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 or to have one e-mailed to you. The due date for applications is Sunday, May 19th. Scholarships will be presented during the worship service on Graduate Sunday, June 16th .

There will be a congregational meeting on June 2, 2019 immediately following church worship service to review the progress and recommendations of the Budget Committee and to vote on any matters that are brought forth.  Please make every effort to attend this very important and informational meeting.  Child care will be provided.

Let us pray.  O God, help us to know that "this too shall pass" when we are faced with troubles and trials.  Time does march on, and you are at our side offering us strength, peace, and hope.  We thank you and praise you.  Amen.


In Christ' love,
Rev. Lucille