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March 8, 2019


2nd Sunday in Lent


Dear Friends,


I woke this morning to the heartbreaking news that the peace of Friday prayer in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand had been violently interrupted by gunfire and the tragic loss of live of 49 people.  We lift our prayers for peace and healing in the midst of grief and pain.  There is so much brokenness and fear in the world.  Our call as Christians is to love our neighbors and our enemies.  To love those we will sit in the pews with on Sunday morning.  And to love those whose hearts do not know the love of God.


In this Sunday’s scripture reading from Genesis 15:1-6, we hear God promising Abraham that his descendants will be more numerous than the stars in the heavens.  Remember that some of Abraham’s descendants, through the lineage of Ishmael, are our Muslim neighbors.  We are all beloved children of God.  Let us pray for peace.  And let us live and love in peace.


Tomorrow, March 16 is the Special Session of the New York Annual Conference at Purchase College called by Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton to review and discuss the Special Session of General Conference.  Livestream begins around 9:30am and can be found at  Pray for the NYAC and the UMC and that all who gather may listen to each other and the voice of God with open hearts and minds.


See you in church!




Pastor Heather


Rev. Heather A. M. Sinclair

Pastor, United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston

49 Weston Road, Westport CT 06880

office - (203) 227-4707

cell - (203) 913-8148


Prayers:  Paula Castiglia; Paul Deysenroth; Ryan Searles; Chris Hisey; Joel Hallas, a friend of Ralph Nebelung; Jocelyn, a friend of Trudie Gubitz, who is battling metastatic cancer; Ellyn Gelman’s father, Doug Mears; Don Roth’s niece, Kathy Gunter; Linda Bergquist; Marilyn Carrara; Mary Kinser; and all victims of natural and human-caused disaster. 


Birthdays:  Avery Brumit (3/18), Mark Audley (3/20)


The Week Ahead:

2nd Sunday in Lent – Sacrament of Holy Communion


Mar. 17

8:45 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal



9:30 a.m.

Worship Service & Sunday School



10:45 a.m.

Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall



11:00 a.m.

Grace Connexion – Library


Mar. 18

7:00 a.m.

Mondays@7 Job Networking Group – Fellowship Hall


Mar. 19

12:30 p.m.

Westport/Weston Interfaith Council – Christ & Holy Trinity Church



7:30 p.m.

Trustees Meeting – Library


Mar. 20

7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer Group – Library



7:30 p.m.

Bible Study – Library


Mar. 21

7:30 p.m.

Communications Committee – Library



8:00 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal – Stage


Mar. 23

8:00 a.m.

Lay Servant Ministry Advance Class – Fellowship Hall



6:00 p.m.

Lenten Fellowship Dinner – Fellowship Hall

3rd Sunday in Lent – Sacrament of Holy Communion


Mar. 24

8:45 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal



9:30 a.m.

Worship Service & Sunday School



10:45 a.m.

Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall



11:00 a.m.

Grace Connexion – Library


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, March 17, 2019

2nd Sunday in Lent


AT GRACE CONNEXION: “Fail; What to Do When Things Go Wrong” by Matt Miofsky.  Your perfect plan just turned into a disastrous disappointment. What are you supposed to do now? How do you pick yourself up and move forward when you really want to sit in the corner and cry? Jeremiah probably felt the same way.  While trying to fulfill God’s calling, he was met with ridicule, persecution, punishment, and suffering.  Fail examines the life of “the weeping prophet” and how he persevered and trusted God during extremely trying times. We’ll spend the next few Sundays learning how God used his failures and how God can use our failures as well. Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  All are welcome!

* A NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY!  For their next service project the Senior High Sunday School Class will be editing a new UMC Member Directory, which will include photographs of our members. Directory listings, generated from our church’s database, will be in the Narthex for the next few Sundays for you to review.  Please be sure your information is correct and up-to-date. After worship high school students will be available to take pictures of those members and families who would like a photograph included with their listing in the Directory. The last day for photos and corrections will be Sunday, April 14.

* LET’S HAVE SPRING-BREAK VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL! Is your family in town for Spring Break, April 14 – 21?  Would you love to have an event or "fun day" (or couple of days) at church?  Please let Heather Hisey know your schedules as she and Pastor Heather would love to plan an event for our kids (of all ages) who will be in town.



* Easter Egg Hunt Palm Sunday, April 14, during Fellowship Hour for the young, and the young at heart!

* Senior Recognition Banquet Sunday, May 5, 11:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall – Celebrate our graduating Seniors in high school with a grand luncheon and program!

* GILLESPIE CENTER VOLUNTEERS – Many thanks go to the families who have served at the Gillespie Center so far this year.  (Our church serves the evening meal on the first Friday of each month.)  We need volunteers for our next date, April 5.  If you are available, please contact Julie Gray ( as soon as possible.  Thank you!

LADIES BOOK GROUP meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month.  On Wednesday, March 27, we’ll resume our progress through 50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith as we cover chapters 9–12.  In lively prose Michelle DeRusha brings into focus fifty incredible heroines of the faith.  Please join us for a morning of wonderful fellowship – everyone is welcome – not just ladies.  We look forward to seeing you!

ALL-CHURCH Lenten Fellowship SUPPER Saturday, March 23, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  The entire church family is invited to attend this inter-generational event to commemorate the season of Lent.  We will begin with feeding the body and continue with a Lenten reflection for all ages so that we feed our minds and spirits as we prepare our hearts for our Savior's Death and Resurrection.  * We’ll be doing a project based on the story of “The Three Trees.”  Please bring dried branches, three to five feet tall.  They should be the spreading type (maple, beech, etc.) that have lots of twigs and places to hang light-weight ornaments. * Please also bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Person-to-Person food pantry.  We’ll need volunteers to do set-up and clean-up; bring a main dish or dessert; or coordinate crafts.  Please sign up in the Narthex to help with this soul-feeding event!  Questions?  Contact Heather Hisey ( 

SAVE THE DATE – THURSDAY APRIL 4, 2019 – for The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport’s annual “Spring Fling” fundraiser!  This year’s presentation is “Sister Act” – the feel-good comedy smash based on the 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet and saying “Hallelujah!”  The evening begins at 6:15 p.m. with a reception at City Lights Gallery.  Then at 7:00 p.m., we’ll go right next door to the Cabaret Theater where The St. John Episcopal Church, Bridgeport will be presented with the Faith & Community Award. The Show begins at 7:30 p.m.  Look for sign-up sheet on the Missions Bulletin Board.  Questions?  See George Hanze.

Advanced Lay Ministry ClassesJerry Eyster will teach Living Our United Methodist Beliefs on two consecutive Saturdays, March 23 & 30, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall.  It is one of the five Advanced Classes that are required to become a Certified Lay Speaker.  Several Advanced and Basic classes will be taught at other Connecticut District churches this spring.  Please speak to Jerry or contact Mary Brevigleiri, CT Director of Lay Servant Ministries ( if you would like more information.  Flyers with sign-up information on Jerry’s class and two others are on the information table in the Narthex.

The UMW Tag Sale – Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18

New Hours this Year (changes in bold print)

Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for Early Birds; $10 fee applies.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

New Contributions Policies this Year

  • No Large Pieces of Furniture will be accepted; only items that can be carried by one person, such as: dining chairs and end tables.
  • No Used Computers or related devices (printers, keyboards, mice, etc.) will be accepted.
  • No “tube” TVs; flat-screen TVs are OK.

CALLING ALL UMC SPORTS FANS! – TRIPS TO HOCKEY & BASEBALL GAMES – The annual Westport/Weston UMC trip to see Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey game will take place on Sunday, March 31, at 3:00 p.m.  Discounted tickets are available in advance (not on game day).  For more info please contact George Hanze (

TAKE ME(THODISTS) OUT TO THE BALLGAME – SIGN-UP DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 31!The start of a new MLB season is just around the corner, which means another opportunity for UMC members to show support for the Mets (and share fellowship) by attending a baseball game together: NY Mets vs. the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, May 26, at 1:10 p.m.  With lots of new player faces, optimism abounds for the team making a 2019 playoff appearance.  A free Mets tote bag will be given to the first 15,000 attendees at the stadium.  Promenade box group tickets will cost $29 per adult, with tickets for families with kids under 18 priced at $25 each.  We typically car pool from church after the service.  Please respond to Dan Liu by Sunday, March 31, to let him know how many tickets you'd like, and Dan will place your order. You may use the sign-up sheet in the Narthex, email him at ( or speak to him at church.

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

PUBLICATION DEADLINES è Any material that you would like printed in “The Messenger,” our church’s monthly newsletter, should be submitted to Bob Searles by the 20th of the preceding month.  Please email material to Bob at: è Announcements to be printed in the Sunday worship bulletins or sent by email on Fridays should be sent to Marilyn ( by the end of the day on the preceding Wednesday.  Thank you


United Methodist Church
  of Westport & Weston
49 Weston Road
Westport, CT  06880





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