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September 13, 2019

A Great Goal for Missions


Dear Church Friends,


Our Mission FUNraiser event on October 19th is a little more than a month away!  Plans are well under way for a great evening of food, fellowship and fundraising for various local and global mission projects.  We are thrilled to announce that a donor has offered to match all tickets and auction sales up to $15,000!  The matching gift will go to UMCOR for International Disaster Relief to the Bahamas.  I give thanks for this generous and inspiring offer.  Let us work together to make difference in our community and the world.  All the information you need to volunteer, donate and buy tickets for the event will be found in this Sunday’s bulletin.  Here's a link to Bishop Bickerton's letter regarding UMCOR’s work in the Bahamas.


School Sunday begins this Sunday!  We welcome all children and youth to the beginning of Worship at 9:30am, then they will go to their classrooms following the Children’s Message.  Our seasonal worship theme is What Do Disciples Do?  This week, “Disciples Seek Others for Christ” and we’re “Launching a Search Party” with Luke 15:1-10 as our scriptural guide.


See you in church!




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


Please offer up your prayers to all on our PRAYER LIST:  Rev. John Blossom; the family of Marilyn Carrara who mourn her recent passing; Pam Papay; Bill Glass’s father, William Glass Sr., in hospice care; Joan Eyster; Shirley Lewis; Samantha Kinsky, the daughter of Jen Dize’s college roommate, diagnosed with lymphoma; Phil Richards; Aki Ikeda; Paul Deysenroth; Joel Hallas, a friend of Ralph Nebelung; Jocelyn, a friend of Trudie Gubitz, who is battling metastatic cancer; Linda Bergquist; Mary Kinser; all victims of natural and human-caused disaster; and the United Methodist Church, its leaders, congregations and members.


BIRTHDAYS:  Allie Stinchcomb (9/15), Tony Russo (9/19), Lynne Brumit (9/20), Heather Sinclair (9/20), Gloria Smithson (9/20), Grace Hisey (9/21)




14th Sunday after Pentecost


Sep. 15

8:45 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal



9:30 a.m.

Worship & Sunday School



10:45 a.m.

Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall



11:00 a.m.

Grace Connexion – Library


Sep. 16

7:00 a.m.

Mondays@7 Job Networking Group – Fellowship Hall


Sep. 17

5:30 p.m.

Tuesday Supper at the Beach – Compo Beach, Westport


Sep. 18

5:30 p.m.

Finance Audit Committee – Library



7:00 p.m.

Evening Prayer Group – Library



7:30 p.m.

Bible Study – Library


Sep. 19

7:30 p.m.

Finance Committee – Library



8:00 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal – Stage

15th Sunday after Pentecost


Sep. 22

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, September 15, 2019

14th Sunday after Pentecost

GRACE CONNEXION – Today we’ll complete our study of J. S. Spong’s “Unbelievable.” Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  All are welcome!


TUESDAY SUPPER AT THE BEACH – Summer’s not over yet!  We’ll gather at Compo Beach one last time this year on Tuesday, September 17, from 5:30 p.m. to sundown. 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.”


HELP FOR THE BAHAMAS – Because of the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian, UMCOR is already providing relief with daily essentials and counseling. Calls for volunteer teams will take place following conversations with mission partners in the Bahamas.  Read more at  The article is UMCOR starts efforts for Bahamas reliefTo donate, go online through the links in the article or write a check payable to UMC of Westport and Weston with UMCOR Advance #982450 on the memo line.   Your generosity will be a blessing to those in need.


LET’S HAVE AN EVENING OF FOOD, FUN AND FUNDRAISING!  Our Mission FUNdraiser Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 19, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Children are welcome!  There will be activities available for kids from 7:00 p.m. until the end of the evening.  The evening features:  Appetizers and Silent Auction in the Narthex, Dinner & Musical Entertainment and a Live Auction.  Everything wraps up at 8:30 p.m.  Get more information and fill out your reservation on this printable form.


WORSHIP IN SEPTEMBER – WHAT DO DISCIPLES DO? – We call ourselves disciples of Christ.  We are called to make and grow disciples of Christ.  But before we can do either of those things with integrity, we have to ask ourselves: What Do Disciples Do?  In September and October, we’ll explore what it means to be a disciple through the teachings of Jesus and the letters of Paul with the hopes of strengthening our personal call and mission to be and make disciples.

September 15Disciples Seek Others for Christ
Luke 15:1-10 – “Launching a Search Party”


September 22Disciples Know Their Spiritual Gifts
Ephesians 4:11-13 – “Taking Inventory”


September 29Disciples Use Their Spiritual Gifts
Galatians 5:22-26 – “Taste and See”


BIBLE STUDY– Adult Bible Study continues on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., in the Library.  Each week we explore the Scriptures and how they relate to our daily faith life.  During the fall we will follow the lectionary readings that coordinate with Sunday's sermon.  You are welcome to attend every week or as your schedule permits.  Most classes are led by Pastor Heather, with lay leaders facilitating from time to time.  Evening Prayer Group begins at 7:00 p.m.; Bible Study begins at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome.


GILLESPIE CENTER ANGELS ARE NEEDED ON OCTOBER 4 – If you are able to serve the evening meal on October 4, please sign up on the Missions bulletin board or contact Julie Gray (  All our other dates for 2019 have been filled.  Thank you to all our servers!


SAVE THE DATE FOR TRUNK OR TREAT! – Join in the Halloween festivities and host a trunk at our fourth annual day of fun for all children on Saturday, October 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  (Rain date:  Sunday, October 27)  We’ll need plenty of volunteers!  A sign-up poster will be posted in the Narthex soon!


WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY ON OCTOBER 6Together, we enable national and international graduate students to change the world.

United Methodist churches observe World Communion Sunday on the first Sunday in October.  It is an ecumenical celebration by people of many denomina­tions in an effort to promote unity among Christians around the world.  Offerings collected in United Methodist churches on World Communion Sunday are used to fund scholarships for young scholars and seminarians.  Offering envelopes will be provided in your bulletin on October 6.


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


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








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