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May 25, 2018

Subject:  Memorial Sunday

Dear Church Family,

We will remember our loved ones and others who have sacrificed for us this week at our annual Memorial Sunday service. Our choir will sing and we will conclude the service in the Memorial Garden as we do every year on this day.

Grace Connexion will conclude its series, Happy, with a session, "A Way of Being.”

I hope you can join us for this meaningful Sunday.

Grace and Peace,


Prayer Concerns: Kathy Wardrip and Linda Bergquist have been discharged from Norwalk Hospital. Kathy is at home and Linda is at Notre Dame rehab center in Norwalk.

Please pray for the John Humphrey and the family of Nancy Humphrey, a long-time church member who passed away this week in Portland, Oregon.

Please continue to pray for all on our Prayer list: Holly Wiemken, Abby Wiemken, Mary Kinser, Marilyn Carrara and all victims of natural and human-caused disaster.

Birthdays: Leonard Krebs (5/27), John McGeehan (5/29), Bryce Trinka (5/29), Jack Klaassen (5/29), Linda Bergquist (5/30), Lauren DeFeo Duchene (5/31), Felicity Kirwan (5/31), Lilibet Kirwan (5/31), Padraic Spencer (5/31), Nancy Sengstacken (6/1), Ryan Searles (6/2), Riley Dize (6/2)

The Week Ahead

1st Sunday after Pentecost – Memorial Sunday
May 27
9:30 a.m.
Worship Service & Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Hour
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion – “Happy?” Session 4: A Way of Being
May 28
Memorial Day – Church Office Closed
May 29
7:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer Group – Library
May 31
7:30 p.m.
Pastor’s Bible Study – Library
8:00 p.m.
“Flyin’ West” at Westport Country Playhouse
Jun. 1
4:45 p.m.
Gillespie Center Meal – 45 Jesup Road, Westport
8:00 p.m.
“Flyin’ West” at Westport Country Playhouse
Jun. 2
8:00 a.m.
Breakfast hosted by UMM – Fellowship Hall
2nd Sunday after Pentecost – Sacrament of Holy Communion
Jun. 3
9:30 a.m.
Worship Service & Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Hour
11:30 a.m.
Retirement Brunch for Pastor Ed – Inn at Longshore, Westport

(Click here to see full calendar.)


* New or updated announcements

* GRACE CONNEXION, Sunday, may 27 – HAPPY?What’s keeping you from being happy? Do you really have to lose weight or find a new job before you can say you’re happy? In this study author Matt Miofsky helps you discover that contentment isn’t dependent on the “things” of life. On May 27 we’ll meet for the last session of this four-week study. It uses basic theology and the words of Solomon and Ecclesiastes in learning what the Bible has to say about the subject. Sunday’s session is “A Way of Being.” Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library. All are welcome!

* FLYIN’ WEST” AT THE WESTPORT PLAYHOUSE – Local church communities are invited to see Flyin’ West at the Westport Country Playhouse on Thursday, May 31 and Friday June 1. A story of bravery, pride and sisterhood, the play is set in 1898 in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas, which was founded after the Civil War and offered a refuge for many formerly enslaved people. At one homestead lives a family of courageous and sharp-witted women determined to make a place for themselves. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Discussion follows the play. The Westport/Weston Interfaith Council has reserved a block of tickets at the discounted price of $35.00. Tickets may be purchased at the Playhouse box office, 25 Powers Road, or by calling: 203-227-4177. Mention “Interfaith Tickets” to receive the discount.

* Westport’s Sunrise Rotary Club presents The Great Duck raceSaturday, June 9, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Parker Harding Plaza at the Saugatuck River, Westport. Every year the race generates at least $20,000...all of which is distributed to local and international charities! There will be activities, food and fun for all ages! You may buy duck tickets ($20.00 each) from Pastor Ed or any Rotary member – $10,000 in prizes will be awarded!

BREAKFAST HOSTED BY THE UNITED METHODIST MENSaturday, June 2 from 8:00a.m. – 9:30 am. in Fellowship Hall: All are welcome: friends, spouses and significant others. Let’s start the day with prayer, hymn and fellowship while we enjoy a light breakfast together. Our program will be: "Being a Christian Doctor," presented by Ernie Terranova.

* A NEW GRACE CONNEXION BEGINS ON JUNE 10 – “SIMPLY CHRISTIANWhy do we expect justice? Why are relationships often so painful? And how will the world be made right? In his book, Simply Christian, N. T. Wright argues that each of these questions takes us into the mystery of who God is and what he wants from us. For two thousand years Christianity has claimed to answer these mysteries, and this renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop shows that it still does today. Wright makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up. He speaks both to believers, suggesting new perspectives on their faith, and doubters, inviting them to take a second look. Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library. All are welcome!

* TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY – We are making special plans to recognize all the work our Sunday School teachers are doing. Join us Sunday, June 10, to say a BIG Thank You! to those who serve children.

* Climate Talk for Middle & High School YouthDawn Henry of the CT Fund for the Environment, who gave a presentation at Grace Connexion last month, will be returning to our church to speak to our middle and high schoolers during Sunday School on Sunday, June 10.

* SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOM PARTIES ON JUNE 17 – On the last day of Sunday School, kids and their teachers will celebrate another year of learning Bible lessons, growing in their Christian faith, and the beginning of summer!

ONE ROOM SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED From June 24 to September 2, for children up through 6th grade. We’ll continue to learn about the Bible and have fun this summer. No experience is necessary! Use our curriculum or work with Heather to create your own. Sign up in the Narthex. Questions? Please speak to Heather.

PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY – We have three very special ways that our children and youth can participate in worship EVERY WEEK: Bell Ringer, Acolyte and Call to Worship Reader. You can sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex, or just let Heather know you are interested!

* STEW LEONARD’S CARDS – Doing some shopping for your holiday picnic? Remember to pick your Stew Leonard’s cards during Fellowship Hour on Sunday. Ten percent of each purchase you make goes to the church!

United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston
49 Weston Road
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 227-4707 fax (203) 227-6979




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