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March 1, 2018

Subject:  Side by Side Sunday

Dear Church Family,

Our children and youth with help lead us in worship on Sunday as they stand side-by-side with adults to usher, read Scripture, sing and serve Holy Communion.  Our church band will provide upbeat music and hymn-singing, in what is always a fun and uplifting service.

At Grace Connexion, a new series will begin on the deeply-spiritual movie, The Shack, which will focus on the themes of redemption, faith and forgiveness. It also gives a very interesting portrayal of God.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for a renewing morning of worship and praise!

And don’t forget Planning Day tomorrow, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, which is a critical day in planning for our church’s future every year.  This year we will zero in on building up our spiritual body as we look to the changes and challenges before us. New members are especially invited to join in this visioning process.

Until then, stay warm and stay safe!

Grace and Peace,


Prayer Concerns:  Please pray for Susan Jordan who had successful hip surgery earlier this week; and John Orr, who had a minor stroke but is recuperating well.

We lift up prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of Lyla Faye Gury to Alissa (Brumit) and Dan Gury yesterday. Everyone is doing well, including Brian and Karol who are in California with the happy family.

And please continue to pray for all on our Prayer List: Nancy Humphrey, Linda Bergquist, Holly Wiemken, Abby Wiemken, Mary Kinser, Marilyn Carrara and all victims of natural and human-caused disaster.

Birthdays:  Haynes Farmer (3/4), Jean Hazard (3/5), Janice Ullrich (3/8), Nora Duchene (3/9), Joseph Galvin (3/9), Mary Kinser (3/10)

The Week Ahead

3rd Sunday in Lent – Side by Side Sunday – Scout Sunday
Mar. 4
9:30 a.m.
Worship Service, Sacrament of Holy Communion
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Hour
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion – Movie, “The Shack,” Part 1
Mar. 5
7:00 a.m.
Mondays@7 Business Networking Group – Melanie Szlucha & Toni Gelineau – Legal Aspects of Starting a Business
Mar. 6
11:00 a.m.
Interfaith Class at Temple Israel – Westport
7:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer Group – Library
Mar. 7
7:30 p.m.
Lenten Bible Study – Library
Mar. 8
Bible Study Group leaves for Washington, D.C.
Mar. 10
Bible Study Group returns from Washington, D.C.
4th Sunday in Lent – U.M.C.O.R. & Bible Sunday
Mar. 11
9:30 a.m.
Worship Service & Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Secret Pals Celebration


SAVE THE DATE!  Sunday, June 3, after the worship service – Pastor Ed’s Retirement Celebration!

U.M. Men’s breakfast – Saturday March 3, 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the church Library Start the day with a time for fellowship.  Food for Mind, Body and Spirit!  Breakfast is provided by the UMC Men.  George Hanze will give the presentation: "Knowing and Facing our Fears."

All-Church Planning – On Saturday, March 3, all members of the congregation are invited to help make plans for the coming year and beyond in our all-church Planning Day, which will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to help shape the direction of our church, and new members are especially invited to take part.

Side-by-Side Sunday on March 4!  – This is a wonderful worship service when our children and youth serve side by side with the adults.  We will not have Sunday school as we will all be busy serving in worship!  This will be a lively service complete with the band and great music.  We will also be honoring our Boy & Girl Scouts on the same day, so please wear your uniform to church!

A NEW GRACE CONNEXION SERIES BEGINS ON MARCH 4 – We’ll focus on “The Shack,” the best-selling book by William Paul Young and the movie of the same name.  On Sunday we’ll show one-half of the movie and have a discussion afterward.  Grace Connexion meets on Sundays, at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  Everyone is welcome!  (Grace Connexion will not meet next Sunday, March 11, so we can all enjoy the Secret Pals Celebration in Fellowship Hall.)

M&Ms – That’s Music & Movement! The M&Ms are singing with the band on Sunday, March 4 and after worship, please join us from 11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in Room 20 to prepare for dancing on Easter.

UMC SOUND TIGERS DAY – SIGN-UP DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, MARCH 4! – Join fellow UMC members for a fun family outing at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey game, Sunday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $16.00 (discounted from $34.00) for Center Ice Seats.  Please sign up in the Narthex or contact George Hanze or Jim Hisey by Sunday, March 4.  Make checks out to UMC and note “Sound Tigers” in the memo line.  Please return checks to George or Jim.

Take yourself out to the NY Mets vs. AZ Diamondbacks ball game on Sunday, May 20, 1:10 p.m.  Sign-up in the Narthex or contact Dan Liu ( and let him know how many tickets you want to order.  Tickets are $29 for adults and $22 for kids 18 and under.  Checks should be made out to UMC Westport with "Mets game" in the memo line.  Let’s go Mets!

Bible Sunday – March 11 – Join us in worship as we celebrate Bible Sunday by giving our third grade students their very own age-appropriate Bibles as a gift from our church!  Bring your own Bible, too, as we lift up the Word of God.

Lenten Fellowship Dinner – Saturday, March 17, 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 games, fun, and 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 will dig into Lent with a hands-on craft (appropriate and meaningful for children and adults!).  Please bring from home: a large rock (3"- 5" diameter) and 6 small, sturdy twigs 6"- 12" long).  Don't miss this soul-feeding event!  

IT’S TIME TO ORDER EASTER FLOWERS!  Click for printable order form

LENTEN RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE TO TAKE HOME Adults, Teens, Children and Family Activities!  Please stop by our “Lenten Resources” tables in the Narthex.  We have booklets of daily devotions and reflections for adults and teens; Lent “action plans” and calendars; and some fun children’s activities and ways for the whole family to talk about their faith.  Please help yourself!

STEW LEONARD’S CARDS – We’ve stocked up on even more gift cards at a 10% discount so please keep buying your Stew Leonard’s cards during Fellowship Hour every Sunday.  Ten percent of each purchase you make goes to the church!

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.  Rev. Pete Powell, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, will teach “Biblical Theology through the Eyes of the Gospel According to John” on February 25, March 6 & 13.  Everyone is invited!  

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

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