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November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving/Commitment/Hymn Sing Sunday

Dear Friends,

We have a lot going on this Sunday at church:  It’s Thanksgiving Sunday and also our Commitment Sunday when we thank God for our blessings as we offer our commitments of service and substance for the coming year.  And our special musical guests will be…us (!) as we choose and sing our favorite hymns.  We’ll also see a couple of cool videos about giving thanks for our blessings.  Should be fun!

Grace Connexion concludes its series on the Reformation with a session on Pentecostalism, which may not be well-known to many of us but is one of the fastest-growing movements around the world.

And we’ll also have a second Church Growth meeting, at which we’ll build on the ideas shared at our first meeting last month and probably come up with more.

I hope you can join us for this morning of gratitude, commitment and joy!

Grace and Peace,


Prayer Concerns:  Please continue to pray for Chris Hisey as he recuperates from his recent surgery.  Chris is still at home but is beginning to feel stronger.

Please also pray for Linda Bergquist, who returned home from the hospital last week.

And, as always, keep all of these friends and loved ones in your prayers:  Jane Pascale (Mary Jane Hood’s mother), Phil Brumit (Brian Brumit’s father), Holly Wiemken, Abby Wiemken, Mary Kinser, Susan Lewis, Marilyn Carrara, Jan Vaughn, the Al Maassri Family, Shirley Reynolds, Janice Hood, all victims of natural and human-caused disaster.

Birthdays:  Elizabeth Von Kohorn (11/19), Jonathan Quell (11/19), Madison Kashetta (11/19), John Ludy (11/19), Kristen Witt (11/20), Kristoffer Singleton (11/20), Abby Wiemken (11/21), Graham Papay (11/22), Max Singleton (11/23), Paula Castiglia (11/14), Lura Paschal (11/15)

The Week Ahead

24th Sunday after Pentecost – Thanksgiving/Commitment Sunday
Nov. 19
9:30 a.m.
Worship & Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion: Reformation Overview – Pentecostalism, Library
11:00 a.m.
Church Growth Meeting – Youth Room (Rm. 21)
3:00 p.m.
Annual Suan Concert – Sanctuary
Nov. 20
7:00 a.m.
Mondays@7 Networking Group – Fellowship Hall
Nov. 21
11:00 a.m.
Interfaith Class at Temple Israel, Westport
7:00 p.m.
Trustees Meeting – Youth Room (Rm. 21)
7:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer Group – Library
Nov. 22
10:00 a.m.
Ladies Book Group – Library
Nov. 23
                    Office Closed – Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 24
                    Office Closed – Thanksgiving Holiday
Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King Sunday
Nov. 26
9:30 a.m.
Worship & Sunday School – UMC Student Sunday
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion: Telling Our Story – Library

Movie Night – “Jerusalem” Our next movie night on Friday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m., will feature two short films on the city of Jerusalem.  One movie provides some of the rich history of that city which is the center of three great faiths; the other tells the story of three young women – Muslim, Christian and Jew – who live in Jerusalem today and how they navigate the waters of such a shared and divided city.  Everyone is invited – popcorn and soda are provided!

GRACE CONNEXIONOn Sunday, November 19, we conclude our series on the Reformation with a session focusing on Pentecostalism.  Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  All are invited!

Church Growth meeting – Pastor Ed invites anyone in the church, who is interested in planning ways to help our church grow in numbers, especially in young families, to a brainstorming session on Sunday, November 19, at 11:00 a.m.  We’ll build on the ideas shared at our first meeting last month and probably come up with more.

THE ANNUAL SUAN CONCERT will be held Sunday, November 19, at 3:00 p.m. in our church sanctuary.  The Westport School of Music will present their annual Chamber Music Concert sponsored by the Andre and Elaine Suan Family Foundation.  There is no charge for admission.  Parents are encouraged to bring the children, and everyone in the community is invited to attend.  Our own Heather Hisey is a faculty member who will play in a vocal and flute duo with piano.

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.  The November 21 session will be led by Rev. John Morehouse of the Unitarian Church on   Process Theology.  Everyone is invited!

DINNER WITH THE BISHOP – On Tuesday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m., our Bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton, will unveil “2018 and Beyond,” a conversation about the mission, vision, values, goals and strategic plan for the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. The event will be held at Golden Hill United Methodist Church, 210 Elm Street, Bridgeport (GPS address at 345 Golden Hill Street). If you wish to attend, contact our church office no later than Thursday, November 30.  Please consider joining Bishop Bickerton in envisioning the future for “the people called Methodist” in New York and western Connecticut.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORKDAY DECEMBER 2 – We need volunteers for our Habitat for Humanity workday on Saturday, December 2.  Please plan to arrive at the workshop at 1542 Barnum Avenue in Bridgeport by 8:15 a.m. Work starts at 8:30 a.m., with a lunch break.  We plan to finish at 4:00 p.m., depending on workload.  Sign up in the narthex or contact George Hanze (

CHARGE CONFERENCE is our church’s annual meeting at which we review the past year’s activities, look forward to the year ahead and elect officers. This important meeting will take place following worship on Sunday, December 3, at 11:00 a.m.  The Rev. Alpher Sylvester, District Superintendent, will preside at the meeting and preach at our morning worship service.  All members are encouraged to attend the meeting.

TOY STORE - Person to Person is asking us to help make Christmas merry for the children in their client families.  Tags with requested toys, games and books for various ages will be available in the narthex on Sunday, Nov. 19 and 26.  Gifts must be brought to church on Sunday, Dec. 3, or delivered to Don Roth’s home by Monday, Dec. 4.  Monetary contributions are also welcome; please make checks payable to United Methodist Church with “Toy Store” on the memo line.  Questions?  Contact Don Roth (203-984-8432) or Nancy Everson (203-648-3152 or

LADIES BOOK GROUP meets on in the Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month.  We’ve just begun Andy Andrews' The Traveler's Gift.  Please join us for wonderful fellowship.  And please contact Cindy Glover if you need a book.  We look forward to seeing you!

HOLY LAND TRIP – Ed and Sara Horne will lead a pilgrimage of our church members to Israel/Palestine next February and everyone is invited, including friends.  The trip, which runs from February 13-22, 2018, will include visits to Jesus’ home region of Galilee, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Qumran, the Dead Sea and many more holy sites.  If you’re interested, contact Pastor Ed for more information. 

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.

A BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP meets from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., every Wednesday in the Library.  This session will run through December 13, except for Nov. 22.  The group is free of charge, open to the community and meets at our church.  It will be facilitated by Jan Cowles, Bereavement Coordinator and Celeste McGeehan, LMSW, of Constellation Hospice.  You are warmly invited to attend.  While free, registration is requested by calling Jan at (203) 497-3872.  We welcome your call.


BEDTIME BAGS NOVEMBER 19 - Thank you for all your contributions!  We’ll be stuffing the bags on the 19th during Sunday School.  Bedtime Bags contain a book, a small stuffed animal, a children’s toothbrush & toothpaste plus washcloth with mild soap and will be given to children who receive goods from the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.  Last year we stuffed over 100 bags!  Our goal this year is 110. 

ADVENT WORSHIP PARTICIPATION – December 3 – 24   During Advent each year, a different family offers a reading and lights the Advent wreath during worship on Sundays and at the Christmas Eve services.  Please let Heather know if your family is interested in serving in this lovely capacity.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT REHEARSALS COMING SOON!  Please let Heather know if your child or youth is interested in being a part of the Christmas Pageant.  It promises to bring lots of joy for the season!  The pageant will be presented during worship on Sunday, December 17.

ALL CHURCH ADVENT FELLOWSHIP!  This year we will have a potluck gathering immediately after worship on Sunday, December 10.  Bring your warm, comfort food and enjoy fellowship, singing, decorating, and crafts for the entire family!

THE CHRISTMAS EVE EARLY SERVICE on Sunday, December 24, 5:00 p.m., is designed just for our children and youth and given by them!  Please let Heather know if your child can participate by reading, singing or serving in worship.

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

PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP!  We have three very special ways that our children and youth can participate in worship.  Just let Heather know you are interested!  Speak to her on Sunday or email:  (

Bell Ringer – Attendees of any age can call us all to come to church!  Join Heather at 9:25 a.m. "behind the scenes" to ring the church bell, an historic symbol of calling everyone in town to come and worship God.

Acolyte – Students from 3rd to 8th grade bring the Light of Christ into the Sanctuary each week.  You will don your white robe, cross and belt, joining Pastor Ed as you prayerfully enter the Sanctuary to begin our worship service.  You carry the flame and light the Christ Candle at the center of the altar table.

Call to Worship Reader – Children and youth who are ready to read aloud in front of an audience can lead us in preparing our hearts for worship.  Initiating the call to worship gives you the responsibility of setting the tone for each of our wonderful worship services.


United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston

49 Weston Road

Westport, CT 06880

(203) 227-4707 fax (203) 227-6979


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