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January 4, 2019


Subject:  On the tenth day of Christmas…


Dear Friends,


Yes, it is still Christmas!  We will complete the telling of the birth narrative of Jesus this coming Epiphany Sunday with Matthew 2:1-12.  Along with the Magi, we’ve followed the star to the Christ Child.  Where will our challenging journey of faith take us next?


Our Epiphany celebration is heightened this year with the performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are still available, see details below.  Our District Superintendent, Rev. Alpher Sylvester and his wife, Carlene, will be our guests on Saturday evening.  Please join me in welcoming them.


The new year brings new schedules.  Beginning, January 7, I will be taking Mondays as my day-off and reserving Fridays as out-of-the-office sermon writing days.  I will be in the office, at meetings, visits, etc. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  While you are always welcome to stop by the office, I encourage you to call (email or text) ahead to make an appointment, so that we don’t miss each other.


See you in church!




Pastor Heather

Prayers:  Kathy Wardrip; Lisa Hanze; Chris Hisey; Ellyn Gelman’s father, Doug Mears; Jennifer Ikeda Faugust; Marilyn Carrara; Don Roth’s niece, Kathy Gunter; Linda Bergquist; Mary Kinser; and all victims of natural and human-caused disaster.


Birthdays: Robert Papay (1/6), Elaine Deysenroth (1/10), Christopher Hisey (1/11), Matthew Griffin (1/12)


This Weekend –

AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS tickets are still available but must be purchased at the door , beginning 30 minutes before each performance. (The ticket website has been closed.)  Please bring cash or checks only to the church. Credit cards will not be accepted.  The performances are Sat., January 5, at 7:30 pm and Sun., January 6, 3:00pm.  All ticket proceeds support the missions and ministry of the church.


The Week Ahead:

Epiphany of the Lord – Sacrament of Holy Communion


Jan. 6

9:30 a.m.

Worship Service & Sunday School



10:45 a.m.

Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall



11:00 a.m.

Grace Connexion: “Breaking the Code” – Library



3:00 p.m.

Amahl & the Night Visitors Performance – Sanctuary


Jan. 7

7:00 a.m.

Mondays@7 Job Networking Group – Fellowship Hall


Jan. 8

12:00 p.m.

Westport/Weston Clergy Group – Unitarian Church, Westport


Jan. 9

10:00 a.m.

Ladies Book Group – Library



7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer Group – Library



7:30 p.m.

Bible Study – Library


Jan. 12

8:00 a.m.

UMM Breakfast – Fellowship Hall

1st Sunday after Epiphany – Baptism of the Lord


Jan. 13

9:30 a.m.

Worship Service & Sunday School

Special Guest Preacher:  Rev. David A Gilmore,
Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization for the NYAC of the United Methodist Church



10:45 a.m.

Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall



11:00 a.m.

Grace Connexion: “Breaking the Code” – Library



Here’s a first look at announcements for Epiphany Sunday –

Announcements for

Sunday, January 6, 2019


GRACE CONNEXIONToday we’ll continue the series, Breaking the Code – Understanding the Book of Revelation.  On Sunday, January 20, we’ll begin a study of Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton’s book, What Are We Fighting For?  Coming Together Around What Matters Most.  With all the issues facing The United Methodist Church today, there are plenty of theories and opinions about what we should do. Frankly, many of us are weary of the relentless squabbling associated with all the rhetoric. What are we fighting for? This question not only points us to the futility of our disunity but also compels us to consider what we are fighting for – what deserves our greatest intensity and effort as we seek to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ.  Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  All are welcome!


Jesus Doesn’t Care... 

…about the things we tend to worry about the most – what we wear, what people think of us, money, numbers, partisan politics, etc.  “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Jesus asked in Matthew 6:27.

What does Jesus care about?  YOU, your heart, your soul, your love for others, your faithful discipleship and more.

Throughout January and February, Pastor Heather will be preaching a sermon series on the things Jesus does and does NOT care about and how we can re-align our lives to focus on the things that matter most.  Come and worship…because Jesus…and all of us care to see you in church!


2019 OFFERING ENVELOPES  are now available. If you requested envelopes, the Stewardship Committee will have them available to you during Fellowship time.  Please check with Cindy, Susan or Paul to pick them up.


THE UNITED METHODIST MEN invite you to breakfast on Saturday, January 12, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Start the day with a prayer, fellowship and a meal shared together.  A presentation will follow breakfast.  Men, women, church members and friends –  All are welcome!


LADIES’ BOOK GROUP – meets in the Library from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.  Come join us on January 9 for wonderful fellowship and help us select our next book.  We look forward to seeing you!


GILLESPIE CENTER SEEKS ANGELS – There are always openings for volunteers to serve meals at the Gillespie Center.   Located at 45 Jesup Road in Westport, the center is a non-denominational shelter where volunteers, primarily from area churches, provide hot meals.  Please sign up on the bulletin board or contact the church office and help us fulfill the Westport/Weston United Methodist Church’s commitment to serve at the Gillespie Center on the first Friday of every month.

Remember to pick up your Stew Leonard’s Gift Cards after worship during Fellowship hour. Ten percent of each card purchase goes to the church.


13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

with Pulitzer Prize Winner James Forman, Jr.

Sunday, January 20, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


The 13th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration features keynote speaker James Forman, Jr., the 2018 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. The event will also include performances from the Serendipity Choir and the Regional School of the Arts.

The celebration is co-sponsored by The Westport Library and Westport Country Playhouse in partnership with TEAM Westport and the Westport/Weston Interfaith Council. Complimentary refreshments will be served in the Playhouse lobby after the presentation.


We are One in Christ


This UMC prayer movement is a response to the Council of Bishops initiative called Praying Our Way Forward.  We invite all—across the denomination—to pray for God’s guidance as we approach the special-called session of General Conference to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis.


Here’s how:

  • Join
  • Pause and Pray four minutes from 2:23 through 2:26 AM or PM.
  • Participate in a weekly Wesleyan fast from Thursday after dinner
    through Friday afternoon.
  • Use the prayer calendar to pray for delegates and bishops by name.


Visit to learn more and get involved.


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