Wednesday, February 1, 2023

This Week January 31, 2023

 Dear Folks,

 Hope you are well!  Let's hope the groundhog brings good news on Thursday!


This Sunday, February 5, is the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany.  The scripture is Matthew 5:13-16. The sermon is "Flavorful".  We will be celebrating Holy Communion, so be sure to have your elements ready.  The service will be on-site, and Facebook live-streamed.  


Sunday, February 12 will be Women's Fellowship Sunday and February 19 will be Scout Sunday.


VALLEY REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROJECT will soon be settling a well vetted refugee family! Volunteers needed! Donations are welcome! Please drop your donation in the basket on Sundays or use the on-line option on our website. For more info, contact the church.

 
Women’s Fellowship is collecting monetary donations for Church World Service Clean up buckets. Checks may be made out to HCC with “Buckets” on the memo line. You can drop your donation in the bucket on Sundays or you can use the on-line option on our website. Thank you.
 
The Valley Food Bank at Spooner House Items Needed: shelf stable milk and powdered milk, pancake mix and syrup, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit and applesauce, garbanzo and navy beans, canned tuna and chicken, oatmeal and other cereals, and pasta sauce.  There is a box in the Alcove and the “wishing well” in Fellowship Hall for donations. Also, our Blessing Box needs to be stocked, but for the winter, please only put in items that are not canned or in glass or would be harmed if frozen. Please be generous!
 
Please continue to support HCCUCC with your contributions.  Now more than ever, our mission of being the beacon of love and light on the Huntington Green and beyond is vital. Contributions sent in by mail are welcome. Please consider donating at our website, www.huntingtonucc.org. Electronic Fund Transfer giving is also available. Please email the church, hcc@snet.net if you would like a form to set that up. Any way you give is a blessing and is greatly appreciated.
 
O God, thank you for the comfort, strength, and love that you offer us every moment.  May we freely receive and freely give.  Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

This Week January 24, 2023

 

Dear Folks,

 Hope you are all well!  Stay safe and warm with the rainy snowy weather tomorrow!

 

This Sunday, January 29 is the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany.  The scripture is Matthew 5:1-12. The sermon is "Be".  The service will be on-site, and Facebook live-streamed.  

 

VALLEY REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROJECT will soon be settling a well vetted refugee family! Volunteers needed! Donations are welcome! Please drop your donation in the basket on Sundays or use the on-line option on our website. For more info, contact the church.

 
Women’s Fellowship is collecting monetary donations for Church World Service Clean up buckets. Checks may be made out to HCC with “Buckets” on the memo line. You can drop your donation in the bucket on Sundays or you can use the on-line option on our website. Thank you.
 
The Valley Food Bank at Spooner House Items Needed: shelf stable milk and powdered milk, pancake mix and syrup, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit and applesauce, garbanzo and navy beans, canned tuna and chicken, oatmeal and other cereals, and pasta sauce.  There is a box in the Alcove and the “wishing well” in Fellowship Hall for donations. Also, our Blessing Box needs to be stocked, but for the winter, please only put in items that are not canned or in glass or would be harmed if frozen. Please be generous!
 
Please continue to support HCCUCC with your contributions.  Now more than ever, our mission of being the beacon of love and light on the Huntington Green and beyond is vital. Contributions sent in by mail are welcome. Please consider donating at our website, www.huntingtonucc.org. Electronic Fund Transfer giving is also available. Please email the church, hcc@snet.net if you would like a form to set that up. Any way you give is a blessing and is greatly appreciated.
 
Holy One, may you continue to give us the strength to face the days, the love to heal our hearts, and the courage to be the people we were created and called to be.  Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

This Week January 17, 2023

 Dear Folks,

Hope you are well!

 This Sunday, January 22 is the Third Sunday after Epiphany.  The scripture is Matthew 4:12-23. The sermon is "Called Together".  The service will be on-site, and Facebook live-streamed. 


VALLEY REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROJECT will soon be settling a well vetted refugee family! Volunteers needed! Donations are welcome! Please drop your donation in the basket on Sundays or use the on-line option on our website. For more info, contact the church.

 
Women’s Fellowship is collecting monetary donations for Church World Service Clean up buckets. Checks may be made out to HCC with “Buckets” on the memo line. You can drop your donation in the bucket on Sundays or you can use the on-line option on our website. Thank you.
 
The Valley Food Bank at Spooner House Items Needed: shelf stable milk and powdered milk, pancake mix and syrup, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit and applesauce, garbanzo and navy beans, canned tuna and chicken, oatmeal and other cereals, and pasta sauce.  There is a box in the Alcove and the “wishing well” in Fellowship Hall for donations. Also, our Blessing Box needs to be stocked, but for the winter, please only put in items that are not canned or in glass or would be harmed if frozen. Please be generous!
 
Please continue to support HCCUCC with your contributions.  Now more than ever, our mission of being the beacon of love and light on the Huntington Green and beyond is vital. Contributions sent in by mail are welcome. Please consider donating at our website, www.huntingtonucc.org. Electronic Fund Transfer giving is also available. Please email the church, hcc@snet.net if you would like a form to set that up. Any way you give is a blessing and is greatly appreciated.
 
O Holy One, in this in between time of Christmas and Lent, help us to focus on all the good gifts you have given us.  We are richly blessed.  May we never take our blessings for granted.  Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

This Week January 10, 2023

 Dear Folks,

 

Hope you are well and having a good week!

 

My prayer day is this Thursday, February 12.  Please let me know if you have any joys or concerns you would like me to lift up.

 

This Sunday, January 15 is the Second Sunday after Epiphany.  The scripture is Isaiah 49:1-7. The sermon is "Let Your Light Shine".  The service will be on-site and Facebook live-streamed.  Sunday school will be held during the service.  Confirmation Class will be following the service.

 

Please note that the Choir will be singing on January 22, with practice at 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 19.

 

VALLEY REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROJECT will soon be settling a well vetted refugee family! Volunteers needed! Donations are welcome! Please drop your donation in the basket on Sundays or use the on-line option on our website. For more info, contact the church.

 
CWS CLEAN-UP BUCKETS NEEDED! Women’s Fellowship is collecting monetary donations for Church World Service Clean up buckets. Checks may be made out to HCC with “Buckets” on the memo line. You can drop your donation in the bucket on Sundays or you can use the on-line option on our website. Thank you.
 
The Valley Food Bank at Spooner House Items Needed: shelf stable milk and powdered milk, pancake mix and syrup, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit and applesauce, garbanzo and navy beans, canned tuna and chicken, oatmeal and other cereals, and pasta sauce.  There is a box in the Alcove and the “wishing well” in Fellowship Hall for donations. Also, our Blessing Box needs to be stocked, but for the winter, please only put in items that are not canned or in glass or would be harmed if frozen. Please be generous!
 
Please continue to support HCCUCC with your contributions.  Now more than ever, our mission of being the beacon of love and light on the Huntington Green and beyond is vital. Contributions sent in by mail are welcome. Please consider donating at our website, www.huntingtonucc.org. Electronic Fund Transfer giving is also available. Please email the church, hcc@snet.net if you would like a form to set that up. Any way you give is a blessing and is greatly appreciated.
 
O God of love and light.  When the days are dreary and we feel unlovable, open our hearts and minds to your healing light and remind us of our belovedness.  All shall be well. Thank you, O God!  Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

This Week January 3, 2023

  

Dear Folks,
 
Blessings on your 2023!
 
This Sunday, January 8 is the Baptism of Christ.  The scripture is Matthew 3:13-17. We will be reaffirming our baptism.  The service will be on-site and Facebook live-streamed.  Sunday school will be held during the service.
 
Following worship, we will be de-decorating the sanctuary.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
THE 299th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HUNTINGTON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC WILL BE HELD FOLLOWING WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2023, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING OFFICERS AND ACCEPTING THE 2023 BUDGET.
 
VALLEY REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROJECT will soon be settling a well vetted refugee family! Volunteers needed! Donations are welcome! Please drop your donation in the basket on Sundays or use the on-line option on our website. For more info, contact the church.
 
CWS CLEAN-UP BUCKETS NEEDED! Women’s Fellowship is collecting monetary donations for Church World Service Clean up buckets. Checks may be made out to HCC with “Buckets” on the memo line. You can drop your donation in the bucket on Sundays or you can use the on-line option on our website. Thank you.
 
The Valley Food Bank at Spooner House Items Needed: shelf stable milk and powdered milk, pancake mix and syrup, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit and applesauce, garbanzo and navy beans, canned tuna and chicken, oatmeal and other cereals, and pasta sauce.  There is a box in the Alcove and the “wishing well” in Fellowship Hall for donations. Also, our Blessing Box needs to be stocked, but for the winter, please only put in items that are not canned or in glass or would be harmed if frozen. Please be generous!
 
Please continue to support HCCUCC with your contributions.  Now more than ever, our mission of being the beacon of love and light on the Huntington Green and beyond is vital. Contributions sent in by mail are welcome. Please consider donating at our website, www.huntingtonucc.org. Electronic Fund Transfer giving is also available. Please email the church, hcc@snet.net if you would like a form to set that up. Any way you give is a blessing and is greatly appreciated.
 
O Holy One, at the dawn of this new year, may we clean away all the negativity that we accumulated in the past so we can move forward in faith with a clean slate.  May you lead us and guide us into this new year.  Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

This Week December 20, 2022

 Dear Folks,

 Christmas is drawing closer!  May we all be filled with the anticipation of Christ being born anew.

 

The Longest Night Service will be held on Wednesday, December 21 at 6:30 P.M.  This is a time to acknowledge the sadness of our world in the midst of joyous Christmas celebrations, yet still knowing we are held in God's comforting embrace.  The service will be on-site, and Facebook live-streamed at https://www.facebook.com/HCCUCC and will be available for viewing on Facebook and YouTube later at evening.   

 

Our Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols & Candlelight will be held at 4 P.M., on-site and Facebook live stream. 
 
This Sunday, December 25, is Christmas Day! The scripture is Luke 2:8-20.  This is a casual Christmas celebration so come as you are!  The service will be on-site and Facebook live-streamed. 
  
VALLEY REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROJECT will be settling a well vetted refugee family in 2023! Volunteers needed! Donations are welcome! Please drop your donation in the basket on Sundays or use the on-line option on our website. For more info, contact the church.
 
CWS CLEAN-UP BUCKETS NEEDED! Women’s Fellowship is collecting monetary donations for Church World Service Clean up buckets. Checks may be made out to HCC with “Buckets” on the memo line. You can drop your donation in the bucket on Sundays or you can use the on-line option on our website. The need now is urgent. Thank you.
 
The Valley Food Bank at Spooner House Items Needed: shelf stable milk and powdered milk, pancake mix and syrup, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit and applesauce, garbanzo and navy beans, canned tuna and chicken, oatmeal and other cereals, and pasta sauce.  There is a box in the Alcove and the “wishing well” in Fellowship Hall for donations. Also, our Blessing Box needs to be stocked, but for the winter, please only put in items that are not canned or in glass or would be harmed if frozen. Please be generous!
 
Please continue to support HCCUCC with your contributions.  Now more than ever, our mission of being the beacon of love and light on the Huntington Green and beyond is vital. Contributions sent in by mail are welcome. Please consider donating at our website, www.huntingtonucc.org. Electronic Fund Transfer giving is also available. Please email the church, hcc@snet.net if you would like a form to set that up. Any way you give is a blessing and is greatly appreciated.
 

 O Holy God of hope, peace, joy, and love.  We offer you our praise and thanks for this holy Advent season and for the glory of Christmas.  May Christ be born anew in our hearts and in our world.  Amen.

 

In Christ's love,

Rev. Lucille

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

This Week December 13, 2022

 Dear Folks,

 The Advent light increases.  May it illuminate the hope, peace, joy, and love we have in Christ.

 

This Sunday, December 18, is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  The scripture is Isaiah 52:7-10.  The special Christmas program will be:  "Is It or Isn't It?".  We will be lighting the Advent candle of "Love". The service will be on-site and Facebook live-streamed.  Sunday school will be held during the service.


Following Sunday's service, the Choir and the Sacred Dancers will be practicing. Confirmation Class will be also meeting.
 
DECEMBER 18: THE 2022 CHRISTMAS FUND/VETERANS OF THE CROSS OFFERING:  The Christmas Fund has been caring for active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ for over 100 years, providing emergency grants, supplementation of small annuities and health premiums, and Christmas “Thank You” gift checks each December to our lower-income retirees. Envelopes will be available as in the pews and in the Alcove.  You may also give via our website: www.huntingtonucc.org 
 

December 21st is the longest night of the year. For many people, the lack of light is symbolic of the harsh things of life. And those harsh things become more evident in the light of the "shoulds" of Christmas time: we should be happy, we should be glad, we should be joyful. But sometimes life is not conducive to the shoulds: we lost a loved one, or a relationship, or a job, or whatever. We don't feel joyful. The Longest Night Service is a time for us to face the darkness, but also look to the Nativity for hope and light.  This service will be held at 6:30 p.m., on-site and Facebook live stream.

 

Our Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols & Candlelight will be held at 4 p.m., on-site and Facebook live stream.

 

VALLEY REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROJECT is ready to settle a well vetted refugee family! Volunteers needed! Donations are welcome! Please drop your donation in the basket on Sundays or use the on-line option on our website. For more info, contact the church.
 
CWS CLEAN-UP BUCKETS NEEDED! Women’s Fellowship is collecting monetary donations for Church World Service Clean up buckets. Checks may be made out to HCC with “Buckets” on the memo line. You can drop your donation in the bucket on Sundays or you can use the on-line option on our website. The need now is urgent. Thank you.
 
The Valley Food Bank at Spooner House Items Needed: shelf stable milk and powdered milk, pancake mix and syrup, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit and applesauce, garbanzo and navy beans, canned tuna and chicken, oatmeal and other cereals, and pasta sauce.  There is a box in the Alcove and the “wishing well” in Fellowship Hall for donations. Also, our Blessing Box needs to be stocked, but for the winter, please only put in items that are not canned or in glass or would be harmed if frozen. Please be generous!
 
Thank you to everyone who has returned their Faith Promise cards.  If you have not, please do so as soon as possible. It really helps in planning the 2023 budget.  Thank you for your faithfulness!
 
Please continue to support HCCUCC with your contributions.  Now more than ever, our mission of being the beacon of love and light on the Huntington Green and beyond is vital. Contributions sent in by mail are welcome. Please consider donating at our website, www.huntingtonucc.org. Electronic Fund Transfer giving is also available. Please email the church, hcc@snet.net if you would like a form to set that up. Any way you give is a blessing and is greatly appreciated.
 
Let us pray.  Holy God, may we open our hearts to the gifts you offer us this season and always.  May we be filled with compassion, generosity, and joy. Amen.
 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Lucille