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September 14, 2018


Subject: Following Three Simple Rules


Dear Church Family,


Rules, rules rules.  Our everyday lives are govern by thousands of rules from traffic laws to dog clean-up rules to household rules about chores and bedtime.  What about spiritual rules?  John Wesley knew that Christians need purposeful rules by which to guide their faith life.  His “General Rules” (1) Do Not Harm; 2) Do Good; 3) Stay in Love with God), serve as “simple,” but not easy, rules for living as Christian.  For the next three weeks, my sermons will explore these rules and how we can follow them on the path of discipleship.


There is lots going on in the next few weeks: Bible Study, Memorials Services for beloved church members, Church Council, Sunday School, Trunk or Treat and more.  See below for all the details.  Thanks in advance for all you do to serve.


Continue to pray for those in the path of Hurricane Florence, Super Typhoon Mangkhut and the residents of Massachusetts affected by gas leaks, fires and explosions.


See you in church!






(cell: 203-913-8148)


Prayer Concerns:  Please pray for all on our Prayer List: Ryan Searles, Don Roth’s niece, Kathy Gunter, the Weigle family mourning the loss of George; Kathy Wardrip, Bob Searles, Linda Bergquist, Mary Kinser, Marilyn Carrara and all victims of natural and human-caused disaster.


Birthdays:  Tony Russo (9/19), Lynne Brumit (9/20), Heather Sinclair (9/20), Gloria Smithson (9/20), Grace Hisey (9/21)


The Week Ahead


17th Sunday after Pentecost


Sept. 16

9:30 a.m.

Worship Service & Sunday School



10:45 a.m.

Fellowship Hour



11:00 a.m.

Grace Connexion, “Short Stories by Jesus” – Library


Sept. 17

7:00 a.m.

Mondays@7 Job Networking Group – Fellowship Hall
Noted stylist for both men and women, Ann Lindsay, will be speaking on "Looking the Part.”


Sept. 18

5:30 p.m.

Supper at the Beach – Compo Beach, Westport


Sept. 19

7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer Group – Library



7:30 p.m.

Bible Study – Library


Sept. 22

2:00 p.m.

Memorial Service for George Weigle – Sanctuary
A reception in Fellowship Hall follows the service.

18th Sunday after Pentecost


Sept. 23

8:30 a.m.

Worship Service & Sunday School



11:00 a.m.

Grace Connexion, “Short Stories by Jesus” – Library



11:00 a.m.

Teachers’ Meeting – Room 20


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* New or updated announcements


GRACE CONNEXION BEGINS “SHORT STORIES BY JESUS” – We’ll begin a new series “Short Stories by Jesus” on Sunday, September 16. Jesus knew that in order to get his message across he needed to relate to the people who gathered to listen – first century Jews – who lived in a very different world than the one in which we live today. Author Amy-Jill Levine explains how original audiences understood Jesus’ parables. You’ll learn how new interpretations of the parables continue to challenge and provoke contemporary readers 2,000 years later. This will be a six-week study. Grace Connexion meets at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  All are welcome!



BIBLE STUDY BEGINS NEXT WEEK – Please join Pastor Heather for weekly Bible Study beginning on Wednesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m.  Each week we will study the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday and reflect on how God is speaking to us through the Word.  There is no required homework; you are welcome to stop by any time.


* A POTLUCK DINNER WITH HEATHER, SKIP, GRACE & SOPHIA! – If you weren’t able to join the Sinclair Family for the “getting to know you” dinner hosted by the McGeehan’s this summer, the Staff Parish Relations Committee invites you to a potluck dinner at Matt and Jane Jones’s home on Saturday, September 29, at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., 6 Bruce Lane in Westport.  If you’d like to attend, please sign-up in the Narthex or contact the church office ( and indicate how many will be attending and if you will be bringing a salad, dessert or main course item. 


SAVE THE DATE FOR TRUNK OR TREAT! – Join in on the Halloween festivities and host a “trunk” in our third annual day of fun for all children on Saturday, October 27, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We’ll need plenty of volunteers!  Please sign-up sheet in the narthex. 


SERVICE FOR GEORGE WEIGLE – A memorial service celebrating the life of George Weigle will be held on Saturday, September 22, at 2:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary.  There will be a reception in Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.


SERVICE FOR SHIRLEY REYNOLDS – A memorial service celebrating the life of Shirley Reynolds will be held on Sunday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary.  There will be a reception in Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.


BEREAVEMENT GROUP – A new series of bereavement support sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. Sessions will be held each Wednesday (except for Nov. 21) through December 12. It will be facilitated by Jan Cowles, Bereavement Coordinator and Celeste McGeehan, LMSW, of Constellation Hospice.  You are warmly invited to attend. While free of charge, registration is requested by calling Jan at (203) 497-3872.  We welcome your call.


PASTOR HEATHER IS EAGER TO MEET AND CHAT WITH YOU about your connection to and vision for the church.  Please call the church office or her cell phone (203-913-8148) to schedule a time.  Fridays are days off and Wednesdays are usually reserved for sermon prep. 


* ALTAR FLOWER CHOICES – Hansen’s Flower Shop, our usual supplier for altar flowers, has notified us that they will begin charging a delivery fee of $12.95, so unfortunately we need to ask that the extra amount be added to your contribution whenever flowers are bought for worship services.  You are always welcome to provide your own flowers, whether purchased from another florist or picked from your own garden, as long as the floral arrangements are in place in the sanctuary 30 minutes before worship begins.  We will continue to order from Hansen’s for you whenever that is requested. Note: orders placed by the church are exempt from sales tax.  If you have any questions, please speak to Thoumma Russo or contact the church office. Thank you!


TUESDAY SUPPER AT THE BEACHSummer’s not over yet!  We’ll gather at Compo Beach one last time this year on Tuesday, September 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Compo Beach. Bring your picnic supper and beach chairs and head for the middle of the picnic table/grill area.  All are welcome.  Members with non-stickered cars are admitted free if they identify themselves as “The United Methodist Fellowship.”


STEW LEONARD’S CARDS – If you’re packing school lunches again, bringing snacks to the soccer game or just restocking the pantry, it’s time to pick up your Stew Leonard’s gift cards again.  They’re sold during Fellowship Hour every Sunday.  Ten percent of each purchase you make goes to the church!




*GOD’S GOT YOUR BACKbackpack tags are still available.  If you were not at church last Sunday, be sure to find Heather Hisey or Claire Railton-Jones to get your tag and have it laminated to last.  It will help you remember:  God’s got your back!


* Student Needed!  Would you like to be a production assistant?  Each Sunday one of our church members prepares and shows the PowerPoint slides for worship.  These people would love to have a student (elementary, middle school, or high school), who likes to work with technology, assist them!  Please see Bob Trinka or Heather Hisey to volunteer.


* MORE PAINTING IN SUNDAY SCHOOL! – We will continue painting murals in Sunday School this week, too!  Middle school students have chosen memory verses, and are creating works of art in their room.  Elementary students have painted their Bible Superheroes on the canvas, and are clamoring for more, so we will design our own Superhero masks (with paint) this week.  Wear clothes appropriate for painting, but not to worry, the paint is washable and we wear smocks.  We can't wait to see you!


*Youth Fundraising Day! Sunday, September 30, 2018.  The Senior High class will begin the day early with the Car Wash, so bring your dirty cars and $10 for missions.  The elementary age group will host a Bake Sale during Fellowship Hour with all sorts of goodies for all different prices.  Each group will choose a charity to support with the proceeds they make.  Please come out and support our youth!


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49 Weston Road

Westport, CT 06880

(203) 227-4707 w fax (203) 227-6979



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