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 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

This Week May 7, 2019

Dear Folks,

Enjoy the sun two days in a row! 

A reminder that Chris Schoennagel's Memorial Service will be tonight, May 7, 6:30 p.m. here at HCCUCC.  Please continue to keep Gail, Vicki, and the rest of Chris's family in your prayers.

All are invite to help out at the Auction Set-Up on Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m..  Please let Linda and Bob know so they know how much pizza to get.

And, that leads us to the Auction on Saturday, May 11 at 6 p.m.  If you haven't registered already, please do so by Friday by contacting Pat Tober.  Also, watch for another reminder email later today with more details!!!!  It's a great time, so be sure to come!

This Sunday, May 12 is the Fourth Sunday of Easter.  Also, a big happy Mother's Day for all our moms and for all who have been like moms to us.  The Confirmation has created and will be leading the service for Children's/Robert Wilson Sunday.  Everyone is invited after the service to fellowship hall for ice cream provided by a generous donation from Gertrude Wilson to celebrate Robert Wilson and all dairy farmers.

Church World Service Blankets offering will be taken on Sunday, May 19. Please be generous!

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 19. Scholarships will be presented during the worship service on Graduate Sunday, June 16.


Women’s Fellowship’s Annual Outdoor Tag & Bake Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 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/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.

 “Miles for Marie”: Marie Adams was our Nursery School Director from 2000-2005. Miss Marie passed away in 2018. Join us for the inaugural launch of “Miles for Marie”, a charity walk in memory of Marie Adams on Sunday, June 9, at the Shelton Riverwalk.  All former students, family, coworkers and friends are invited to simply celebrate Marie and her amazing spirit. Monies raised will be donated in Marie’s honor to The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp which was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman with one simple premise in mind:  that every child, no matter their illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand with camp. In addition, a scholarship will be created allowing Marie’s memory to forever live on. For more information or to donate, see Karen in the church office.

Let us pray.  Just as the sun always shines even if we do not see it or feel it, your presence shines, even if we do not see it or feel it.  Thank you for your everlasting love.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

This Week May 1, 2019

Dear Folks,

Holding Gail and her family in our prayers...

This week, May 5, is the Third Sunday of Easter.  The scripture is John 21:1-17.  The sermon is "Tend My Sheep". We will be celebrating Holy Communion.

We will also be taking our monthly Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) offering. Our Mission Committee developed EAF 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!

Sunday, May 5th, City Historian Robert Novak will lead participants on a walking tour of the historic Huntington Green. The illustrated talk will begin inside HCCUCC 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. Ten dollars per person will benefit the Shelton Historical Society. In case of rain, the tour will take place on May 19th.

The 11th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching, Saturday, May 11th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

May 12 will be a big Sunday!  It's Children's/Robert Wilson Sunday and will be developed and lead by the Confirmation Class. An ice cream social will follow in honor of Robert Wilson and all dairy farmers. Thank you to Gertrude Wilson who's generous contribution makes the ice cream possible!

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 19th. Scholarships will be presented during the worship service on Graduate Sunday, June 16th.

Let us pray.  O God, may you hold us tightly when the days are fair and when the days are gray.  May you hold us tightly will life is good and when life is bad.  May you hold us tightly when our prayers are fluent and when they are incoherent.  May you hold us tightly.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

This Week April 17, 2019

Dear Folks,

We are in the midst of the most profound week of the Christian calendar, Holy Week.  May we walk the way with Jesus with open eyes and open hearts.

The Passion of Christ unfolds on Maundy Thursday, April 17.  For those of you with reservations, the Seder with Scenes from the Last Supper of Our Lord is at 6: 30 P.M.

Tenebrae includes the deepening of the shadows at 7:45 P.M.

The Seven Last Words of Jesus will be read and Christ's death relived on Good Friday, April 18, Noon and 7 P.M.

April 21, Sunday will dawn triumphant!  The Sunrise Service at Jones Family Farm is at 6 A.M. The scripture is Luke 24:1-11.  The sermon is "An Idle Tale".  I will be preaching.

Worship at HCCUCC will be at 9 A.M. and 11 A.M.  The scriptures are Acts 10:34-43 and John 20:1-18.  The sermon is "The Face of God".

Let us pray.  As we walk the way with Christ, O God, may we feel your deep love and your profound care for each of us every step of the way.  In Christ's life, death, and resurrection, may we know for certain that nothing can ever separate us from you.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

This Week April 9, 2019

Dear Folks,

Can you believe it?  Sunday is Palm Sunday!  Time is flying!

The last Lenten Quiet Hour for 2019 will be tomorrow morning at 10 A.M.

Our outdoor Spring Clean Up is this Saturday, April 13, starting at 8:30 A.M.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

As mentioned, Sunday, April 14, is Palm Sunday.  The scripture is Luke 19:28-40.  The sermon is "Palms to Nails".

Sunday is the final deadline for Easter flower orders. Green order forms can be found on the shelf in the alcove and can be given to Judy Tucker, Mary Jane Liddel, or left in the Flower Chair mail slot above the coat rack.

Butter Braid Fundraiser for the nursery school can be picked up on Sunday in Fellowship Hall, OR call the church office (203-929-1223) for a pick-up time.

Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder orders can also be picked up after worship on Sunday. 

Sunday is the deadline for Seder reservations, Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall. A sign-up sheet is posted in the alcove or call the church office. Payment is due at the time of sign-up to Pat Tober. Cancellations will be taken up until April 14. If you cancel after that and there is not a fill in, you may have a takeout order, but money will not be refunded. The cost is Adults: $15; Children: $10.

The 11th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction is fast approaching, Saturday, May 11th, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.

Let us pray.  O God, as our Lenten Season comes to a close, help us to not have our reflection, repentance, and renewal comes to a close as well.  May we cultivate our relationship with you at all times and in all places.  Amen.

In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

This Week April 2, 2019

Happy April!!
Quiet Hour meets tomorrow morning at 10 A.M.
Tomorrow evening's, Wednesday, April 3, Ecumenical Lenten Service will be at St. Lawrence.  Dinner is at 6 P.M., the service at 7 P.M.  This will be the last Ecumenical Lenten service for 2019.
Sunday, April 7 is the Fifth Sunday of Lent.  Holy Communion will be celebrated.  The scripture is John 12:1-8.  The sermon is "A Gift From the Heart".  Charlie Kuchenbrod, the Executive Associate Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference UCC will be sharing his Lenten Testimony.
A sign-up sheet is posted in the alcove for the 6:30 p.m., April 18 Seder Meal reservations. Payment is due at the time of sign-up to Pat Tober. Cancellations will be taken up until April 14. If you cancel after that  and there is not a fill in, you may have a takeout order, but money will not be refunded. Adults: $15; Children: $10.
There are still open slots for Seder and Tenebrae readers. Please sign the sheet in the alcove if you would like to be a participant or call the church office.
Women’s Fellowship will prepare and sell Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder and a variety of homemade breads. To place your order, see the sign up on the sheet in the alcove or call the church office (203 929-1223). Pick-up will be next Sunday, April 14. Chowder is $10 per quart. The prices on the homemade breads vary.
Help needed for our church grounds clean-up, on Saturday, April 13 beginning at 8:30 A.M. Please signup in the alcove and don’t forget to bring your tools. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.
The 11th Annual Treasures, Talents and Tastes Auction will be held on Saturday, May 11, 6 P.M. in Fellowship Hall.  Please see Linda or Bob Sember for more info.
O Holy God of All, help us to trust in your eternal goodness, love, and grace, so we may face the days with hope, compassion, and courage.  Amen.
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille