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March 16, 2017

Guest Soloist Sunday

Dear Church Family,

On Sunday, Krista Adams Santilli will be our guest singer. Krista, an accomplished soloist, will offer us several selections accompanied by Eun-Hee Park as our special music for the day. I’ll offer part two of my sermon series on the Spirituality of the Twelve Steps, “Getting Real,” and how God is always ready to hear what’s on our mind and heart.

Grace Connexion continues its DVD-series on the Gospel of John.

And don’t forget our Lenten Family Fellowship Dinner for our entire church family on Saturday (see the note below).

Hope to see you this wintry weekend. And don’t give up hope: Spring is on the way!

Grace and Peace,


Prayer Concerns: Please keep of all these persons in your prayers: Helen Sunday (Cindy Glover’s aunt), George Hanze, Martha Deegan, Eleanor and George Weigle, Mark Audley, the Al Maassri Family, Shirley Reynolds, Janice Hood, Mary Kinser, Avery Brumit, Sarah Rodgers, victims of terror, the world’s refugees.

BIRTHDAYS: Mark Audley (3/20), Patricia Farmer (3/25)


Mar. 19
9:30 a.m.
Worship and Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion, “John the Gospel of Light & Life” – Session Three, The “I Am” Sayings of Jesus – Library
Mar. 20
7:00 a.m.
Mondays@7 Networking Group – Fellowship Hall
Mar. 21
12:00 p.m.
Interfaith Council Meeting – St. Luke Church – Westport
7:00 p.m.
Confirmation Class – Youth Room (Rm. 21)
7:30 p.m.
Trustees Meeting – Library
Mar. 22
1:00 p.m.
Bereavement Group - Library
7:30 p.m.
Lenten Bible Study – Library
Mar. 23
7:30 p.m.
Facility Use Committee – Library
Mar. 24
5:00 p.m.
Trip to Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park – Trumbull
Mar. 26
9:30 a.m.
Worship and Sunday School – One Great Hour of Sharing
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion, “John the Gospel of Light & Life” – Session Four: The Farewell Discourse – Library
12:00 p.m.
Confirmation Class Trip to Chapel on the Green, New Haven


Our First All-Church Lenten DINNER will be held this Saturday, March 18, at 6:00 p.m. Join us for an evening of food and fellowship — crafts and activities for the children too! Please RSVP to the church office if you’re coming!

GRACE CONNEXION STUDY ON JOHNOn Sunday, March 19, we continue Adam Hamilton's six-week church-wide study on “John, the Gospel of Light and Life” which brings his message of hope for the Lenten season. Session Three: The “I Am” Sayings of Jesus. Grace Connexion meets at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.

LADIES’ NIGHT OUT BINGO will be held on Tuesday, March 21, at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Julie Gray, 17 North Pasture Road, Westport (easy access: a flat lot and just a few steps up into the house). Please bring a salad or main dish to share – and $20 for the bingo pot. We’re collecting the following items for the Council of Churches in Bridgeport and Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services: Shaving Cream, Razors, Toilet Paper, Dish Washing Detergent, Laundry Detergent, Bath Soap, Shampoo/conditioners, Toothpaste/tooth brushes, Feminine Hygiene Products. Please RSVP Ellyn Gelman at

Finding Comfort in Our Time of Loss – A new eight-session bereavement group will meet in the Library on Wednesdays, from 1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m., beginning March 22. Please join us as we support one another in a shared loss while knowing that our grief experiences are unique to each one of us. Constellation Hospice’s Jan Cowles, Bereavement Coordinator and Celeste McGeehan, MSW will co-facilitate the group. There’s no charge but pre-registration is required. Please call Jan at 203-497-3872.

LENT RETREAT DAYOn Saturday, April 1, you are invited to take a day away to reflect and grow spiritually with fellow members of our church in a Lenten retreat led by Ed and Sara Horne. The retreat will take place at Ed and Sara’s home in Goshen, CT, just over an hour from our area. Those who would like to come up the night before for a little pre-retreat food and fun are most welcome! Please sign up in the Narthex.

FILM SCREENING OF “SALAM NEIGHBOR” AT STAPLES HIGH SCHOOL – The film, produced by two graduates of Westport schools, who were granted permission by the U.N. to live in a Syrian refugee camp, will be shown on Saturday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m. A panel discussion featuring Mohamed Almassry and John McGeehan follows. Suggested Donation is $10.00. All proceeds will go to local international refugee charities.

HOLY LAND TRIP – Ed and Sara Horne will lead a pilgrimage of our church members to Israel/Palestine next February and everyone is invited, including friends. The trip, which runs from February 13-22, 2018, will include visits to Jesus’ home region of Galilee, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Qumran, the Dead Sea and many more holy sites. Additional add-on’s to Petra or Egypt are also available. If you’re interested, contact Pastor Ed for more information and a brochure. Early-bird discounts are available.

ELF LOANS FOR COLLEGE — The Educational Loan Fund (ELF) is contacting High School Seniors who are planning for their college education. ELF offers high school seniors, who are members of the church (or in the immediate family of a member of the church), a modest loan, determined by need and availability of our funds. The loan is paid back, interest free, after you leave college. Application deadline is May 14, 2017. If you have not received a letter from Debbie Fryer, 2017 Co-Chair of the ELF Committee please contact her at (

Lenten Devotional Material – Be sure to stop by the literature tables in the main hallway to pick up reading material to help you and your family in your Lenten journey. There are pamphlets, leaflets and calendars for adults, children and families. Help yourself!

FELLOWSHIP HOUR HOSTS NEEDED – We all enjoy the food and fellowship of our gathering time after worship on Sundays. Please consider hosting a Fellowship Hour this spring. The sign-up poster is in Fellowship Hall every Sunday.

YOUR EASTER FLOWERS FOR THE SANCTUARY – Once again we’re inviting you to help us decorate the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 16, with beautiful spring flowers. Click here for a printable Easter Flower Order Form. Donors may have a memorial, dedication or celebration message printed in the Easter worship bulletin.


Family trip to Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park in Trumbull, CT. For all ages of children! On March 24, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (The time is flexible. Come when you can!) Gather your group and bring your friends for jumping, foam jousting, rock climbing, and more. RSVP to Heather so that we can plan for the families who will attend, and save a space for everyone!

Side-by-Side Sunday Scheduled for April 2Side-by-Side Sunday is coming to our church on April 2. This is a special worship service in which children, youth and adults serve together in worship, side by side. Children and youth who are interested in participating should sign up on the board in the Narthex or see Heather Hisey or Pastor Ed.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR VBS – We are considering a “condensed week” for this summer’s Vacation Bible School and need “all hands on deck” to make it a success. Please contact Karol Brumit or Heather Hisey and let us know if you are available. VBS will be held during the week of June 19-23. The length of the program is to be determined.

CHECK OUT HEATHER’S BULLETIN BOARD – The Youth and Children’s bulletin board outside Heather’s office has lots of information about exciting, upcoming events you won’t want to miss. There’s also a Lenten Library right on the bulletin board. We have a collection of brand new books for all ages about the first Lord’s Supper, the week that led to Easter and many more topics. There’s even a collection of Bed Time Bible Stories and a Lenten Devotional for youth. Borrow a book today!

M&M’s...THAT’S MUSIC AND MOVEMENT Today from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Children ages 4 years through 5th grade are invited to join Heather for singing, instruments, dancing, creative movement and lots of fun.

YUMM’S – That’s young United Methodist Music Makers…today from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. for youth, ages 6th grade and up. Join Paula for singing, dancing, and lots of fun!

INSPIRE OUR CHILDREN! We are looking for Sunday School helpers! We have a dedicated group of teachers, but we desperately need adults who are willing to assist in Sunday School and shepherd the hallways to protect our children. Please let Heather Hisey know when you are willing to volunteer so that our children always have a safe place to learn about God.

PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP – We have three very special ways that our children and youth can participate in worship. You can sign up on the bulletin board near Heather's office or just let her know you are interested!

Bell Ringer – Attendees of any age can call us all to come to church! Join Heather at 9:25 a.m. "behind the scenes" to ring the church bell, an historic symbol of calling everyone in town to come and worship God.

Acolyte – Students from 3rd to 8th grade bring the Light of Christ into the Sanctuary each week. You will don your white robe, cross and belt, joining Pastor Ed as you prayerfully enter the Sanctuary to begin our worship service. You carry the flame and light the Christ Candle at the center of the altar table.

Call to Worship Reader – Children and youth who are ready to read aloud in front of an audience can lead us in preparing our hearts for worship. Initiating the call to worship gives you the responsibility of setting the tone for each of our wonderful worship services.




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