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July 20, 2018
Sunday: Ephesians sermon series and special music from an old friend
Dear Friends,
The power of healing prayer is at work among us!  We give thanks to God that Bob Searles is home and recuperating well.  Let us keep in prayer the Reynolds family as they remember Shirley who passed this week.
Worship this week will continue our “No Longer Strangers” series from Ephesians.  This week we’ll remember the “Close Encounters” we have with God through our relationships with church, community and the world.  Jesus is our peace!
We’ll welcome back the church’s former organist, Eun-Hee Park.  She will be our pianist for the day and has prepared a special piece from Bach’s “Birthday Cantata.” 
Remember the “Undie Sunday” collection next week at the Beach Service.  New men’s, women’s and children’s underwear in all sizes is greatly needed for our neighbors.
There will be one service on July 29 at 8:30 a.m. at Compo Beach.  Spread the word and invite your friends!
See you in church!
Pastor Heather
cell - (203) 913-8148
Prayer Concerns:  Please pray for all on our Prayer list: The Family of Shirley Reynolds, who passed away this week; Bob Searles, Linda Bergquist, Mary Kinser, Marilyn Carrara and all victims of natural and human-caused disaster.
Birthdays:  Sophia Hull (7/22), Mollie Hodgeman (7/25), Martine Trinka (7/25)
The Week Ahead
9th Sunday after Pentecost
Jul. 22
8:30 a.m.
Community Worship at Compo Beach, Westport
9:30 a.m.
Worship Service & One-Room Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion – “Uppity Women of the Bible,” Apocryphal Book of Judith – Library
Jul. 23
7:00 a.m.
Mondays@7 Job Networking Group – Fellowship Hall
Presentation: "Dramatic Changes to the Hiring Process,"
Dr. Marcia LaReau
Jul. 24
5:30 p.m.
Supper at the Beach – Compo Beach, Westport
Jul. 25
7:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer Group – Library
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Jul. 29
8:30 a.m.
Community Worship at Compo Beach led by Pastor Heather: 
We will not have a 9:30 a.m. worship service at the church.
* New or updated announcements
* SUNDAY, JULY 29, 8:30 a.m. – ONE SERVICE ONLY AT COMPO BEACH – On Sunday, July 29, we’ll all worship together at the 8:30 a.m. Community Worship Service at Compo Beach, Westport.  Pastor Heather will lead the service and our wonderful church musicians will lead us in song.  Everyone can park for free, even if you don’t have a Westport beach sticker – just tell the gate attendant that you’re attending the church service and look for us down by the water, near the historic cannons.  Remember to bring:
  • Your own beach chair (no seating is provided)
  • Beach toys for the children.  Stay after the service to play!
  • New underwear to donate for “Undies Sunday” (see details below)
We will NOT have a 2nd (9:30 a.m.) service in our church sanctuary that day, so please, join us for the earlier service at the beach!
* UNITED METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFAST – THIS SATURDAY!– We’ll switch from our monthly schedule and meet just twice over the summer: Saturdays July 21 and August 18, 9:00 a.m. at the Sherwood Diner, 901 Post Road East, Westport.  This is an informal gathering for conversation and fellowship.  If you plan to come, please contact Bob Trinka ( or George Hanze ( so we can hold appropriate seating.  All are welcome!
Nothing says you care like underwear!  Underwear is the most under-donated, and most needed, item of clothing.  No one should be deprived of the simple, daily necessity of clean underwear that many of us take for granted.  Hygiene and physical comfort are only a part of this basic human need.  New, clean underwear also provides dignity and self-esteem.  The Undies Project Inc. was started to fulfill this need.  (Visit  Donations will be collected during the Community Worship Service at Compo Beach in Westport, on “Undie Sunday, July 29, 2018.  All items donated will be distributed to local area organizations that help those in need.  è Please donate NEW ITEMS ONLY: women’s panties, men’s boxers and briefs and children’s underwear – All sizes and for all ages needed.
* SUMMER GATHERINGS WITH THE SINCLAIRS! – The Staff Parish Relations Committee is scheduling several small group gatherings, around 20 – 30 people, to welcome Heather, Skip, Grace and Sophia to our church family.  Celeste and John McGeehan will be hosting a potluck dinner on Saturday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.  If you are able to attend please sign-up in the Narthex or contact the church office ( and indicate how many will be attending and if you will be bringing a salad or main course item.  Stay tuned for more information about additional dates
GRACE CONNEXION TODAY: “UPPITY WOMEN OF THE BIBLE On Sunday, July 22, we’ll continue the study of the Apocryphal book of Judith using the “Uppity Women” series with Dr. Lisa Wolfe.  Copies of the text will be provided.  Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  All are welcome!
Save the Date: OUR NEXT Habitat for Humanity workday will be on Saturday, August 25.  We need volunteers for our next Habitat for Humanity workday.  We’ll carpool from church or you may go directly to the Habitat Workshop.  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.  We plan to finish at 4:00 p.m., depending on workload.  Sign up in the Narthex or contact George Hanze (
Thank you for wearing your nametag at church!  Every Sunday morning nametags are available at the Greeters’ table.  Please wear them into worship, fellowship and for any other activities in which you participate on Sunday.  Remember to return your nametag to one of the nametag baskets located in the Narthex, Library or on the tea table in Fellowship Hall before you leave for the afternoon.  Thank you!
MARILYN’S MAKING A CHURCH FAMILY BULLETIN BOARD – Please send me your favorite family photos!  I have a giant bulletin board next to my desk in the office, and I’m using less than a quarter of it.  I’ve thought for a long time that this would be a great spot for church family pictures, and what better time than now?  This will be so helpful for Pastor Heather!  The pictures don’t need to be directory-style family portraits – unless that’s your favorite one.  Just send pictures that you like looking at.  And you can send me two or three, if that’s what it takes to include all the family members.  Please send image files to me at, and please – include names and the date the picture was taken.  There’s no specific deadline on this.  I hope it will be an ongoing activity.  I’m looking forward to making great use of a dreary wall of grey burlap!  Thank you!
COMMUNITY BEACH SERVICES will be held on Sundays from July 1 through September 2, 8:30 a.m., at Compo Beach in Westport.  Each Sunday, worship will be led by one of five area churches:  Norfield Congregational, Saugatuck Congregational, Wilton Congregational, Greens Farms Congregational and our church.  Pastor Heather will lead the services on July 29 and September 2.
TUESDAY SUPPER AT THE BEACH – One of our favorite church traditions takes place every Tuesday evening throughout the summer as we gather at 5:30 p.m. at Compo Beach.  (Jun. 19 – Sep. 18).  Bring your picnic supper and beach chairs and head for the middle of the picnic table/grill area.  All are welcome.  Members with non-stickered cars are admitted free if they identify themselves as “The United Methodist Fellowship.”
One Room Sunday School – The fun and excitement, for children through 6th grade, begins on Sunday, June 24, 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.
ONE ROOM SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED From June 24 to September 2, for children up through 6th grade.  We’ll continue to learn about the Bible and have fun this summer.  No experience is necessary!  Use our curriculum or work with Heather to create your own.  Sign up in the Narthex.  Questions?  Please speak to Heather.
PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY – We have three very special ways that our children and youth can participate in worship EVERY WEEK:  Bell Ringer, Acolyte and Call to Worship Reader.  You can sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex, or just let Heather know you are interested!
GILLESPIE CENTER SEEKS ANGELS – There are always openings for volunteers to serve meals at the Gillespie Center.  Located at 45 Jesup Road in Westport, the center is a non-denominational shelter where volunteers, primarily from area churches, provide hot meals.  Please sign up on the bulletin board or contact the church office and help us fulfill the Westport/Weston United Methodist Church’s commitment to serve at the Gillespie Center on the first Friday of every month.
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!
United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston
49 Weston Road
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 227-4707 w fax (203) 227-6979

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