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June 28, 2019

Sunday Worship at the Beach; Morning Prayers at Church

Dear Church Friends,
Following last Sunday’s inspiring sermon from Rev. Randy Day, several of you have asked how we can help the migrant children at the US southern border.  This article from the United Methodist News Source provides some information about what UMCOR can and cannot do in this situation, as well as links to further opportunities:  UM News; UMCOR & Immigration
As Christians, our first call is to prayer as we seek justice.  We will lift these children in prayer in worship this Sunday and I encourage you to pray about how you are called to do more.
This Sunday’s Worship will be at 8:30am at Compo Beach.  Dress casual, bring your beach chair, sunscreen, sunglasses and beach toys and prepare your spirit to worship in the glory of God’s creation.  My sermon will be “From Goo to Gorgeous” based on Galatians 5:1, 13-25 and Luke 9:51-62.  You do not need to be a Westport resident to enter the beach – just tell the gate attendant you are there for worship.  For those who are unable to attend beach worship, there will be Morning Prayer led by Shirley Lewis at 9:30am in the church library.
Don’t forget to submit your questions for my upcoming Summer Sermon Series!  They can be emailed to me.  Questions of faith, scripture, and church are all welcome and will be prayed over, as I discern sermons for this summer.  At the moment, I have not received any questions, so ask away!
Please continue to pray for Eleanor Weigle who is in her final days of journeying to her eternal home.  Kim, Kristen and Robin are grateful for your thoughts and prayers.  May God grant all of them peace and comfort.
See you in church (at the beach!)!
Pastor Heather
Rev. Heather A. M. Sinclair, Pastor
United Methodist Church
  of Westport & Weston
49 Weston Road
Westport, CT  06880
(203) 227-4707 office
(203) 913-8148 cell
P.S. Note that the church office will be closed next Thursday and Friday for the holiday.  The bulletin and announcements for July 7 will be printed on Wednesday, so please get information to Marilyn no later than Tuesday morning.  In case of pastoral emergencies, you may reach me at 203-913-8148.
Prayers:  Nineteen-year-old Samantha Kinsky, the daughter of Jen Dize’s college roommate, diagnosed with lymphoma; Eleanor Weigle; Phil Richards; Chryssa, a friend of Gary; Aki Ikeda; Joan Eyster; Paul Deysenroth; Chris Hisey; Joel Hallas, a friend of Ralph Nebelung; Jocelyn, a friend of Trudie Gubitz, who is battling metastatic cancer; Linda Bergquist; Marilyn Carrara; Mary Kinser; our neighbors at the Triangle Community Center; all victims of natural and human-caused disaster; and the United Methodist Church, its leaders, congregations and members.
BIRTHDAYS:  Katie MacDonald (6/30), Craig Gelman (6/30), Dayna Gelman (6/30), Ron Glover (7/5)
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Jun. 30
8:30 a.m.
Worship at Compo Beach – UMC leads the service!
9:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer led by Shirley Lewis – Library
Jul. 1
7:00 a.m.
Mondays@7 Job Networking Group – Fellowship Hall
Jul. 2
5:30 p.m.
Tuesday Supper at the Beach – Compo Beach, Westport
Jul. 4
Independence Day – Church Offices Closed
Jul. 5
Staff Holiday – Church Offices Closed  (For pastoral emergencies, Pastor Heather may be reached at 203-913-8148)
4:45 p.m.
Serve the Evening Meal at Gillespie Center, Westport
4th Sunday after Pentecost
Jul. 7
9:30 a.m.
Worship & Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion – Library
See more on the church website calendar:  If you’d like to add your church event to the web calendar, please contact Marilyn at

Here’s a first look at announcements for Sunday –
(* red asterisk indicates new or updated information.)
Sunday, June 30, 2019
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at Compo Beach

GRACE CONNEXION – Next Sunday, July 7, we’ll cover session five, “Cowardice to Courage,” in our series, Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Servant.  Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call.  Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today.  Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  All are welcome!
Sunday COMMUNITY Worship Services at Compo Beach – Our church is leading the service this morning and on August 4, at 8:30 a.m.  See you at the beach!
SUMMER SERMON SERIESGot Questions?  This summer Pastor Heather invites you to ask questions.  The Sunday Sermons will be based on your questions, on the Bible, theology, and faithful living.  Any question may be asked, but know that not every question will be answered.  Pastor Heather promises to pray over all the questions and will seek to answer (or at least wrestle with) those questions that God is calling us to reflect on as a congregation. Questions may be submitted by email ( or by the card in your worship bulletins. 
* TUESDAY SUPPER AT THE BEACH One of our favorite church traditions has resumed!  We gather at Compo Beach every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to sundown, throughout the summer for a meal together.  Bring your picnic supper and beach chairs and head for the middle of the picnic table and grill area.  All are welcome.  Members with non-stickered cars are admitted free if they identify themselves as “The United Methodist Fellowship.”
* we’re making Lunches for Kids – Sun., July 21 – Thurs., July 25For some children in our area, the end of the school year means the end of free breakfasts and lunches provided at their schools.  Every summer, Bridgeport Rescue Mission enlists the help of religious organizations to ensure that Norwalk school kids continue
to get the proper breakfasts and lunches their own families cannot afford.  We’ll need lots of food donations and volunteers to make sandwiches and pack a total of 945 lunch bags.  The first crew begins at 5:00pm, Sunday, July 21.
Evening Crew:  5-7pm each evening, Sunday through Wednesday:  This group decorates bags (optional) and fills them with non-perishable food items.  We’ll need 220 bags each night, except Wednesday when we’ll need 285. 
Morning Crew:  7:30-9am, each morning, Monday through Thursday: This group makes sandwiches and fills the bags with perishables food items.  We’ll need 220 bags each day, except Thursday when we’ll need 285
We need at least one family to deliver lunches each morning by 10am to the location in Norwalk designated by B.R.M. 
Please donate some of the following lunch items or consider making a monetary donation to cover our costs.  (Please make checks out to UMC Westport and write “lunch bags” in the memo.) We’ll need:
945 Total of each item listed below:
  • Paper lunch bags
  • Bread for Sandwiches
  • Slices of Turkey or Ham & Cheese
  • Juice or Water Bottles
  • Granola Bars
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Piece of “non-smooshy” fruit or applesauce w/ a spoon
  • Napkin
Questions?  Contact Heather Hisey (  Sign-up sheets will be in the Narthex next week.
UNITED METHODIST MEN’S BREAKFAST: SUMMER SCHEDULE – We’ll switch from our monthly schedule and meet just twice over the summer: Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, August 10, both at 9:00 a.m. at the Sherwood Diner, 901 Post Road East, Westport. This is an informal gathering for conversation and fellowship. Please contact Bob Trinka ( or George Hanze ( so we can hold you a seat.  All are welcome!
* pub theology will not meet on july 4go out and enjoy the fireworks!  Our next get together has not been scheduled yet.  We’ll let you know the date in upcoming bulletins and church emails.
* Prayer Group and Bible Study will be meeting on Thursdays through the summer, except for July 4.   Our topic for Bible Study will be Road Trip to Corinth, the challenges and blessings of the early church and how those lessons can guide the church today.  All are welcome.
ONE ROOM SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED From June 23 through September 1, for children Pre-K 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 Hisey.
LADIES BOOK GROUP  meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.  We will continue to meet during the summer months as we continue reading Michelle DeRusha's 50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith.  Throughout history, countless women have boldly stepped out in faith and courage, leaving their indelible mark on those around them and on the kingdom of God.  In addition, and a departure from our normal genre, we’ve selected Amor Towles’ bestseller A Gentleman in MoscowA story set in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel.  He must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.  Brimming with humor, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.  We’ll read this individually during the month of June and discuss as a group on Wednesday, July 10.  If you’ve already read the book, please come and join our discussion.  Contact Cindy Glover if you would like a copy of either book.  Please join us for wonderful fellowship – everyone is welcome – not just ladies.  We look forward to seeing you!
OUR ANNUAL MISSIONS FUN-DRAISER – will be held on Saturday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  You won’t want to miss this stellar event, so mark your calendar now to have fun and raise money to help the needy.
GILLESPIE CENTER ANGELS – will be needed on these dates:  September 6, October 4, November 1 & December 6.  Please keep these dates in mind as you plan your fall calendar. Thanks go to the families who have served so far this year!
The Missions Committee is looking for ways to reduce our church’s consumption of single-use paper and plastic products.  Mugs will be set out on trays for fellowship time and run through the dishwasher after Grace Connexion.  Please leave used mugs on the counter.  The dishwasher is commercial grade, very hot, hygienic and fast, once it has heated up for the first run, making it feasible to use the church dishes for many events.  If you’re planning an event where some paper goods are needed, please check our supplies before purchasing anything new.  è We have hundreds of large hot drink cups, small cold drink cups and paper plates in the closet near the outside exit in the kitchen.  è Lots of plastic utensils may be found in kitchen cupboards.  è Most of the tablecloths are now on hangers to keep them unwrinkled and ready for use.  We hope to reduce the use of paper and plastic tablecloths too.  If you have further suggestions, please contact Pam Papay, Les Papay, Don Roth or Nancy Everson
A LITTLE REMINDER – Please remember to drop off your name tag before you leave church.  A few  tags are missing, and we want to be sure they’re always ready to wear on Sunday mornings.  Thank you!
Remember to pick up your Stew Leonard’s Gift Cards during Fellowship Hour today.  Ten percent of each purchase goes to the church!
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  of Westport & Weston
49 Weston Road
Westport, CT  06880

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