News & Update
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
Habits of Highly Effective Christians:
Sun. Nov .23 9:30 a.m. Worship and Sunday School - Operation Christmas Child for
all Sunday Schoolers
10:45 a.m. Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m. Charge Conference - Sanctuary
11:00 a.m. Pageant Rehearsal - Room 20
Mon. Nov. 24 7:00 a.m. Monday’s @ Seven Networking Group
Wed. Nov. 26 10:00 a.m. Ladies Morning Book Club
First Sunday of Advent
Sun. Nov .30 9:30 a.m. Worship and Sunday School - Jordon Kassabaum Preaching
10:45 a.m. Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m. Grace Connexion
11:00 a.m. Pageant Rehearsal - Sanctuary - Room 20
Mon. Dec. 1 7:00 a.m. Monday’s @ Seven Networking Group
Wed. Dec 3 7:30 p.m Bible study - Library
Thurs. Dec. 4 5:30 p.m. Confirmation Class - Room 21
7:00 p.m. Pub Theology
8:00 p.m. Choir Practice
Sat. Dec. 6 8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast - Fellowship Hall
CHARGE CONFERENCE– all church members are asked to remain following worship THIS Sunday for our annual meeting at which we review our past year as a church, elect Trustees and other officers for the coming year and consider important church matters. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Ken Kieffer, will preside and also preach at our morning worship service. Please try to attend.
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT REHEARSAL – THIS Sunday we continue learning and discussing speaking parts for our annual Children’s Christmas Pageant. This year we will focus on the angels and what an amazing part of the story they tell. Combining M&M Music, Middle School Music, ALL CHILDREN and YOUTH ( INCLUDING Middle and High Schoolers who can help!) who are interested in being a part of the pageant please come to room 20, 11-11:30 a.m.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – THIS Sunday, during Sunday School. We will bring school supplies, hygiene items, toys and small trinkets to be packed and shipped with love to children who urgently need these things. Come and be a part of worldwide Christmas Gifts! See bulletin board in Narthax for details.
SUAN CONCERT - THIS Sunday November 23, 3:00 p.m. - Join the Westport School of Music ‘s Faculty Concert in our Sanctuary as they share their talents. The wonderful afternoon of music will feature UMC members Heather Hisey and Eun Hee Park. By generous sponsorship of the Andre and Elaine Suan Foundation, admission is free!
All CHURCH ADVENT FELLOWSHIP - Dec.5 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join our church-wide fellowship time with good food, caroling, tree decorating, crafts, and good cheer to ring in the season! All ages welcome
EBOLA CONTRIBUTIONS – Donations towards the Ebola relief efforts of the United Methodist Committee on Relief in West Africa will now be doubled by one of members. Contributions up to $5,000 received by our church in the month of November will be matched. If you would like to make a contribution, make a check out to our church and earmark it “Ebola” and then place it in the UMCOR envelope available from the ushers or on the literature table. Remember that 100% of donations to UMCOR go to the cause for which they are designated.
STEW LEONARD’S GIFT CARDS - are on sale during Fellowship Time year round. Look for our wonderful Pat Farmer. From October 15th to January 15th, Stew Leonard gives our church a 10% Holiday Discount. So for every $100 gift card we sell our church gets $10.00. Stock up on gifts and support our church at the same time. Contact Eileen Hart Ludy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or large requests of $400.00 or more. Cash and checks accepted.
MONDAYS@7 NETWORK GROUP - Monday, in the Fellowship Hall 7:00– 9:00 am. All are welcome to attend. See Bob Trinka for any questions www.Mondaysat7.org
DUPLICATE BRIDGE The church has a duplicate bridge group that meets monthly, only 7 times a year from 1 – 5 p.m. on some Sunday afternoons. If you are a bridge player and are interested in joining our group, please contact Jean Hazard at 203-354-0280. You do not have to know the duplicate format in order to play. You just have to know how to play bridge.
THANKS TO OUR CONGREGATION - The Fairfield and the Westport-Weston Clergy Associations thank us for our participation in a successful beginning to persuade for-profit nursing homes, retirement homes and other long-term care facilities to employ at least one skilled spiritual care provider (non-sectarian, professional chaplain) to care for their elderly patients or residents. The first proprietary facility in all of Fairfield County to step forward is The Carolton (Chronic and Convalescent Hospital). Their CEO, Carmen Tortora, Jr. agreed to a one-year demonstration, with church and synagogue backing. If it is beneficial, Carolton will continue the program. We are one of 30 churches and synagogues who have committed to this project to show support for our elderly who, when in long-term care, can feel isolated, lonely and anxious about the end-of-life. But we can all grow spiritually, especially as we become older.