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Dear Church Family,

On Sunday we will welcome the New Year with a Covenant Service in the tradition of the Wesleys, and by gathering around the Lord’s Table to receive Holy Communion.  We’ll also hear from my good friend and song writer Ed Deyton as he sings about the journey of the wise men to see Jesus.  To give us an extra hour after our New Year’s Eve revelry, we will gather at 10:30 a.m.  

Grace Connexion begins a new series, “Embracing Spiritual Awakening,” led by contemporary author Diana Butler Bass.

I hope you can join us to begin the year with your faith family.

Wishing you and those you love many blessings in the New Year.

Ed

PRAYER CONCERNS:  Chris Hisey, The Almassry Family, Shirley Reynolds, Janice Hood, Mary Kinser, Ellie Hale, Jerry Eyster, Avery Brumit, Tom Hood, Philip Brumit, Eleanor and George Weigle, Sarah Rodgers, victims of terror, the world’s refugees.
 
THE WEEK AHEAD
Sun. Jan. 1 10:30 a.m. Worship - Sacrament of Holy Communion
    11:30 a.m. Fellowship Time – Fellowship Hall
    11:45 a.m. Grace Connexion – Library
Mon. Jan. 2   Church Office Closed
    7:00 a.m. Mondays@7 Networking Group – Fellowship Hall
Tues. Jan. 3 7:00 p.m. Confirmation Class – Room 21
Wed. Jan. 4 7:30 p.m. Pastor’s Bible Study – Library
Thurs. Jan. 5 7:00 p.m. Pub Theology – Dunville’s Restaurant – 41 Saugatuck Ave., Westport
    8:00 p.m. Choir Practice – Stage
Fri. Jan. 6 4:45 p.m. Gillespie Center Meal – 45 Jessup Road, Westport
Sat. Jan. 7 8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast - Fellowship Hall
 
BIRTHDAYS:  Elizabeth Mortlock (1/1), Thomas Hood, Jr. (1/1), Will Hickson (1/4), Tess Maggio (1/4), Robert Papay (1/6) 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW YEAR’S DAY SERVICE – Since New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, we will worship together in a relaxed, family-oriented style.  The service will begin at 10:30 a.m.  We will welcome the New Year with Wesley’s Covenant Service and receive Holy Communion.  You are welcome to come in comfortable attire – even pajamas!

GRACE CONNEXIONOn Sunday, January 1 we begin a new series, “Embracing Spiritual Awakening.”  Part One is “Waking Up.”  This four-part series will be held on January 1, 8, 15 and 29.  On January 22, a counselor from Mountainside Treatment Center in Wilton will give a talk about the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction and how to respond or prevent it.  Our next movie night will be held on Friday, January 27 and will feature the recent movie, “The Race.”

PUB THEOLOGY – Join us on Thursday, January 5, at 7:00 p.m. for another lively evening at Dunville’s in Westport, as we gather to share thoughts, questions and always, interesting conversation

MEN’S BREAKFAST – United Methodist Men will host a light breakfast on Saturday, January 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Our topic will be “Health Care Trends – Looking Ahead,” presented by Bob Trinka.   All are welcome!

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMEMORATION – the 11th 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 15, 3:00 p.m. at the Playhouse.  The keynote speaker will be Professor Tricia Rose, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown University. Dr. Rose will address the legacy of Dr. King as it relates to the current state of race relations in this country. In addition, students from The Regional Center for the Arts will present a spoken-word recitation, a jazz group from Weston High School will perform and a gospel choir from Norwalk will sing.  Everyone is invited to this inspiring event!

PLEDGE ENVELOPES for 2017 are now available in the Narthex by the office door.  To date we have received Personal Stewardship Commitments totaling $297,344, which represents 96% of our pledge total for last year (2016).  If you haven’t yet returned a form, please consider submitting one today during worship or send an email to Cindy Glover at ckglover@optonline.net

CD SALES TO BENEFIT REFUGEE PROJECT – Our very talented organist, Eun-Hee Park is a member of a chamber music quartet called Enhakē (pronounced in-HA-kee).  The group has toured worldwide and appeared in such iconic venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall.  Eun-Hee is offering the quartet’s album, Piazzolla Project, for sale as a fundraiser for our refugee resettlement project.  CDs are $15.00.  For more information, contact Eun-Hee (eunheepianist@gmail.com).

STEW LEONARD'S GIFT CARDS are on sale during Fellowship Time year-round.  Look for our amazing saleswoman, Pat Farmer, in between coffee and snacks.  From October 15 to January 15, Stew Leonard's gives our church a 10% Holiday Discount.  So, for every $100 gift card we sell, our church gets $10.  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.

M&M’s...THAT’S MUSIC AND MOVEMENTSundays, from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m., for children ages 4 years through 5th grade.  Join Heather for singing, instruments, dancing, creative movement and lots of fun.

YUMM’S – That’s young United Methodist music makers…Sundays, from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m., for youth ages 6th grade and up.  Join Paula for singing, dancing, and lots of fun!

INSPIRE OUR CHILDREN!  We are looking for Sunday School helpers!  We have a dedicated group of teachers, but we desperately need adults who are willing to assist in Sunday School and shepherd the hallways to protect our children.  Please let Heather Hisey know when you are willing to volunteer so that our children always have a safe place to learn about God.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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