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December 28, 2017

Last Sunday of the Year


Dear Friends,

We’ll ring out the old and look to the new year in worship this Sunday as we continue our celebration of Christmas, remembering when Jesus was presented in the Temple as an 8 day-old and the joy that gave to two older people who had been waiting for the Messiah for years and years. We’ll also reflect on the year to come as we think about where God may be leading us. Ahyoung will present the Special Music with one of her beautiful piano pieces.

I hope you can join us for as we gather together to give thanks to God for the blessings of this past year and the ones that are to come.

Grace and Peace,


Prayer Concerns: Please continue to pray for all on our Prayer List: Gay Land, Nancy Humphrey, Chris Hisey, Linda Bergquist, Holly Wiemken, Abby Wiemken, Mary Kinser, Marilyn Carrara, all victims of natural and human-caused disaster.

Birthdays: Tom Hood (1/1), Will Hickson (1/1), Tess Maggio (1/4), Robert Papay (1/6)

The Week Ahead

1st Sunday after Christmas
Dec. 31
9:30 a.m.
Worship Service
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Hour
Jan. 1
Happy New Year! – Church Office Closed
Jan. 2
12:00 p.m.
Westport/Weston Clergy Meeting – Unitarian Church
7:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer Group – Library
Jan. 3
7:00 p.m.
Pastor’s Bible Study – Library
Jan. 4
7:00 p.m.
Pub Theology – Dunville’s Restaurant, 41 Saugatuck Ave., Westport
Jan. 5
4:45 p.m.
Gillespie Center Meal, 45 Jessup Road, Westport
Jan. 6
8:30 a.m.
Trip to the Met: Michelangelo Exhibit
Epiphany Sunday
Jan. 7
9:30 a.m.
Worship Service & Sunday School – Sacrament of Holy Communion
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Hour
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion

GRACE CONNEXION – What’s keeping you from being happy? No matter how hard we try, happiness can seem elusive. A new Grace Connexion series will begin on January 7. This four-week study uses the book Happy? what it is and how to find it by Matt Miofsky as well as basic theology and the words of Solomon and Ecclesiastes in learning what the Bible has to say about the subject. Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library. All are invited!

SUNDAY SCHOOL – Regular Sunday School classes will resume on Sunday, January 7. Childcare will be available for children through age five on Sunday, December 31.

MICHELANGELO – DIVINE DRAFTSMAN & DESIGNER – We have a group going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday, January 6, to see this exhibit. It’s not too late to sign up! Tickets are $25; $17 for seniors. Those who are interested in attending please see Jerry Eyster.

INTERFAITH CLASS – Co-sponsored by our church and other faith communities in our area and led by local clergy members, the course is free and open to all members of our congregations. The course meets on Tuesdays, from 11:00 a.m. – noon at Temple Israel on Coleytown Road, Westport. (Classes resume on January 9.) Everyone is invited!

LADIES BOOK GROUP will begin a new book, The Rewritten Life by Jessica LaGrone, on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the Library. Please let Cindy Glover know if you would like a book ordered for you. Come join us for great discussion and even better fellowship. Everyone is welcome.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION – The 12th Annual celebration, co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Westport and Weston, TEAM Westport and The Westport Country Playhouse, will take place on Sunday, January 14th, 3:00 p.m. at the Playhouse. The event is free of charge and open to the public. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for “Stamped from the Beginning.” The celebration includes musical, dance and spoken word presentations. Everyone is invited to this inspiring event!

2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES are now available. When you’re at church please check with Cindy, Susan or Paul to pick up your envelopes.

STEW LEONARD'S GIFT CARDS are on sale during Fellowship Hour year-round. From October 15 to January 15. Stew Leonard's gives our church a 10% Holiday Discount. Stock up on gift cards for your holiday purchases at Stew's and support our church at the same time. Contact Eileen Ludy at 203-226-9012 with any questions and/or large requests of $400 or more. Cash and checks accepted.

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




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