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May 25, 2017

Dear Friends,

This week we will gather for our annual time of remembrance on Memorial Sunday.  Our music will be provided by special guests, husband and wife musicians, Olivier Fluchaire and Yoojin Oh and, as is our custom, our worship service will end in the Memorial Garden as we lift up names of the saints and loved ones who now live with God.  It is always a moving and comforting time.

Following worship, we will honor our high school graduates with our Senior Banquet.  Lunch will be followed by videos of our young people, talks by church members and “wise ol’ elders” (college freshman), and presentations by the high school Sunday School class to our seniors.  This is always a special event to which everyone is invited (see the announcement below).  Come and celebrate with our seniors and their families!

AND DON’T FORGET THE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE ON MONDAY!  WE NEED A FEW MORE FOLKS TO REACH OUR MARCHING GOAL OF 20!  Come out and support your church while having a really good time!  Please let me know if you can join us!

Grace and Peace,


Prayer Concerns:  Please continue to pray for Abby Wiemken, who is still in Yale-New Haven Hospital with severe nerve pain, along with all on our Prayer List:  Jan Vaughn (Karol Brumit’s mother), Aki Ikeda, Helen Sunday, Martha Deegan, Mark Audley, the Al Maassri Family, Shirley Reynolds, Janice Hood, Mary Kinser, Avery Brumit, Sarah Rodgers, victims of terror, the world’s refugees.

BIRTHDAYS: Bryce Trinka (5/29), Edward Hickson (5/29), Jack Klaassen (5/29), Linda Bergquist (5/30), Lauren DeFeo Duchene (5/31), Felicity Kirwan (5/31), Lilibet Kirwan (5/31)


May 28
9:30 a.m.
Worship and Sunday School
11:00 a.m.
High School Senior Recognition Banquet
May 29
9:00 a.m.
UMC Marches in the Westport Parade!
Church Office Closed for Memorial Day
May 30
7:00 p.m.
Confirmation Class – Youth Room (Rm. 21)
7:30 p.m.
Facilities Use Committee – Library
May 31
7:30 p.m.
Pastor’s Bible Study – Library
Jun. 1
7:00 p.m.
Pub Theology – Dunville’s Restaurant, 41 Saugatuck Ave., Westport
Jun. 2
4:45 p.m.
Gillespie Center Meal, 45 Jesup Road, Westport
Jun. 3
8:00 a.m.
Men’s Breakfast – Fellowship Hall
June 4
9:30 a.m.
Pentecost Sunday & Confirmation
Worship and Sunday School – Sacrament of Holy Communion
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion – Library
12:15 a.m.
ELF Committee Meeting – Youth Room (Rm. 21)


THERE’S STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR RECOGNITION BANQUET Sunday, May 28, at 11 a.m.  Come and celebrate our graduating High School Seniors as they embark on the next phase of life.  Let's give them a hearty send-off!  $10 per person/$40 per family to cover the cost of food and gifts for seniors.  Please contact Heather Hisey at (

March in the memorial day parade ...and reach 10,000 steps on your Fitbit to receive your fireworks!!!  We’re looking for a minimum of 20 people to represent our church in the Memorial Day Parade on May 29, by walking with our banners.  You know…the signs at the entrance to our church.  Participate individually, as a team, or as a couple!!!  Sign up in the narthex or contact Dan Gelman at (  What a great way to represent our church and keep healthy!!!

STEW LEONARD'S GIFT CARDS are on sale during Fellowship Time year-round.  This time of year Stew Leonard's gives our church a 5% discount on these cards.  With Memorial Day BBQ's on your mind, why don't you stock up on gift cards this weekend for your BBQ purchases at Stew's and support our church at the same time.  Cash and checks accepted.

PUB THEOLOGY IN JUNE – We’ll meet at Dunville’s Pub in Westport Thursday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy one another and discuss some thought-provoking questions over our favorite libations.  If you’re planning to come, please email a quick R.S.V.P. to Dan Gelman ( or Pastor Ed (  Hope to see you at Dunville’s.

UNITED METHODIST MEN will meet on Saturday, June 3, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and a presentation.  All are invited!

UMCOR HEALTH KITS – Thank you for all your generous donations of health kit supplies!  All we need now are cash donations to complete the kits.  Volunteers will do all the shopping.

CORNERSTONE SUNDAY – Our worship service on June 18 will conclude with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laying of our cornerstone, followed by a picnic for all ages.

GRACE CONNEXION RESUMES ON JUNE 4 – This coming Sunday, we’ll all take part in one of our favorite youth events:  The High School Senior Recognition Banquet.  “How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian” resumes on Sunday, June 4, with session Four: Deuteronomy Rules.  Grace Connexion meets at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  Everyone is invited.

A NEW EVENING PRAYER GROUP – If you would be interested in joining together in prayer for an hour one evening per week with fellow church members, please contact Denise Papay: at (  During this time anyone with a joy or sorrow may ask the group pray about it together.  Prayers for ongoing world issues will be offered and there will also be a time for quiet, contemplative prayer.  The day and time will be chosen by the group.


CONFIRMATION SUNDAY IS JUNE 4.  Join us in celebration of eight confirmands as they commit to Christ in our church and share their statements of faith during a festive worship service, which is also Pentecost Sunday.  Following worship plan to stop by during Fellowship Time to welcome our confirmands, as they share their personal, meaningful mementos.

TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY – We are making special plans to recognize all the work our Sunday School teachers are doing.  Join us Sunday, June 11, in saying a BIG thanks to those who serve children.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOM PARTIES ON JUNE 18 – On the last day of Sunday School, kids and their teachers will celebrate another year of learning Bible lessons, growing in their Christian faith, and the beginning of summer!

One Room Sunday School – The fun and excitement, for children through 6th grade, begins on Sunday, June 25, as we continue to learn about the Bible and have fun this summer.  Middle School and Senior High students will remain in worship for our relaxed summer services. 



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