Tuesday, February 5, 2019

This Week February 10, 2019

Dear Folks,

Hope you are enjoying the Spring-like weather while it lasts!

This Sunday, February 10, is the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany.  We will be celebrating Women's Fellowship Sunday.  The scripture is Like 5:1-11.  The sermon is "Casting Nets".

Sunday, February 17 is Scout Sunday.

For 2019, each member is asked to contribute $12 for membership dues for Connecticut Conference and Fairfield East Association. The Deadline is March 1st.  You may place your dues contribution in the offering plate OR by On Line Giving available at HCCUCC. If you need a convenient way to make regular offerings or for additional gifts, we encourage you to check out our electronic giving options.  Visit huntingtonucc.org or contact the church office for more information.

We are still in need of a few Sunday School teacher volunteers. There is a signup sheet in the Alcove for those who would like to help volunteer as a teacher or a helper for a Sunday. Just sign up on the Sunday you would be available.

We will be taking an offering on February 24 for the 30th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, help us to keep breathing in the breath of your Spirit that we may feel your healing, your strength, your peace, and your love.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

This Week January 29, 2019

Dear Folks,

Stay safe and warm on this wintery day!

Karen Boroski's sister, Kathie Withenbury passed away on Friday.  Please keep Kathie's family, especially Karen in your prayers.  In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to HCCUCC or Sloan Kettering in Kathie's memory.

Thank you to all who helped out and or/contributed to Julie Chase's memorial service.  Please continue to keep the Chase family in your prayers.

This Sunday, February 3 is the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany.  We will be celebrating Holy Communion.  The scripture is Luke 4:21-30.  The sermon is "Closed Up".

We will also be taking the Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) offering this Sunday. 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 for collection. We thank you for your generosity in supporting this outreach effort.

Following worship, the New Member's Class will be held. For more information, please contact me.

We are in need of Sunday School teacher volunteers. There is a signup sheet in the Alcove for those who would like to help volunteer as a teacher or a helper for a Sunday. Just sign up on the Sunday you would be available. Thank you to all who have already volunteered.

For 2019, each church member is asked to contribute $12 toward the Membership Dues for Connecticut Conference and Fairfield East Association. The Deadline is March 1st. You may place your dues contribution in the offering plate OR by On Line Giving available at HCCUCC. If you need a convenient way to make regular offerings or for additional gifts, we encourage you to check out our electronic giving options. Visit huntingtonucc.org or contact the church office for more information.

We will be taking an offering on February 24 for the 30th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services.

Let us pray.  O Holy God, when life gets hard, may your healing Spirit be ever more evident in our lives.  Help us to trust in your strength and love, knowing you will never abandon us.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

This Week January 22, 2019

Dear Folks,

Hope you all had a safe weekend and are thawed out!

Just a reminder that the Memorial Service for Julie Chase will be this Saturday, January 26, 2 P.M. at HCCUCC.  Please continue to keep her family in your prayers.

This Sunday, January 27, is the Third Sunday after Epiphany.  The scripture is Luke 4:14-21.  The sermon is "Fulfilled".

THE 295th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUNTINGTON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING OFFICERS, ACCEPTING THE 2019 BUDGET, AND ANY OTHER BUSINESS THAT PROPERLY COMES BEFORE THE MEETING.
CHILD CARE WILL BE PROVIDED.

Please help us continue to teach the love of God to our children! We are in need of Sunday School teacher volunteers. There is a signup sheet in the Alcove for those who would like to help volunteer as a teacher or a helper for a Sunday. Just sign up on the Sunday you would be available.

New Member's Class will be held following the service on Sunday, February 3.  For more information, please contact Rev. Lucille.

Let us pray. O Holy One, you are the Creator of all that there is, yet know us and love us just the way that we are.  Help us to trust in that fact, not in what the world tells us. Help us to find our worth and our confidence in you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille 


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

This Week January 16, 2019

Dear Folks,

Tomorrow, Thursday, January 17 is my prayer day. If you have any joys or concerns you would like me to raise up, please let me know.

This Sunday, January 20, is the Second Sunday after Epiphany. The scripture is John 2:1-11.  The sermon is "Changed".

THE 295th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUNTINGTON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING OFFICERS, ACCEPTING THE 2019 BUDGET, AND ANY OTHER BUSINESS THAT PROPERLY COMES BEFORE THE MEETING. CHILD CARE WILL BE PROVIDED.  SNOWDATE: THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019

Due to the iffy weather predicted this weekend, please check your emails Saturday night and Sunday morning in case we need to cancel the service and/or postpone the annual meeting. If there is no email from me, we are all set to go!

We are in need of Sunday School teacher volunteers. There is a signup sheet in the Alcove for those who would like to help volunteer as a teacher or a helper for a Sunday. Just sign up on the Sunday you would be available. Please help us continue to teach the love of God to our children!

New Member's Class will be held on Sunday, February 3 following worship. For more information, contact Rev. Lucille.

Let us pray. When the road gets hard and the terrain uneven, when we find that our comfort zone is being challenged and our security threatened, help us to trust in you, O God.  You do not promise us an easy life, but you promise a sustaining presence. Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

This Week January 8, 2019

Dear Folks,

Even if the sun is obscured by the fog, it's still there.  It's the same with God.  Even if God is obscured by the circumstances of our lives, God is still there.

This coming Sunday, January 13, is the Baptism of Christ.  The scripture is Luke 3:1-15. The sermon is "Washed Away".

Following worship, the Women's Fellowship will be holding their Annual Meeting.  All women of the church are invited.  The purpose of the meeting us to elect board members and to vote on their budget.  Along with the fellowship, they will have an activity that they hope will be thought provoking and relaxing. Refreshments will be provided.

It’s not too late to submit your 2019 Pledge Card. Cards can be found on the shelf at the alcove entrance to the Sanctuary. If you have not returned your pledge card, please do so as soon as possible.

THE 295th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUNTINGTON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING OFFICERS, ACCEPTING THE 2019 BUDGET, AND ANY OTHER BUSINESS THAT PROPERLY COMES BEFORE THE MEETING. CHILD CARE WILL BE PROVIDED.  SNOWDATE: THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019.

Let us pray.  O Holy One, in your wisdom and strength, may you lead us confidently through the ups and downs of our lives.  Help us to trust in your guidance.  Help us to be hopeful and faithful.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

This Week January 2, 2019

Dear Folks,

Happy New Year! May 2019 be filled with hope, peace, joy, and love!

My deepest thanks to you all for the gifts, cards, and well-wishes during this Christmas Season. I am truly blessed to be your pastor!

This Sunday, January 6, is Epiphany. The scripture is Matthew 2:1-12.  The sermon is "Shine". We will be celebrating Holy Communion. Come start the new year with this blessing!

We will also be taking the Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) 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 in supporting this outreach effort.

Following the service on Sunday, we will be de-decorating the sanctuary. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

It’s not too late to submit your 2019 Pledge Card. Cards can be found on the shelf at the alcove entrance to the Sanctuary. If you have not returned your pledge card, please do so as soon as possible.

THE 295th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUNTINGTON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING OFFICERS, ACCEPTING THE 2019 BUDGET, AND ANY OTHER BUSINESS THAT PROPERLY COMES BEFORE THE MEETING. CHILD CARE WILL BE PROVIDED.  SNOWDATE: THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019.

Let us pray. O God, as another new year dawns, may you continue to walk with us on our journey through this life. May we feel your presence upon us as we seek to serve you faithfully now and always.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille