6:30pm - St. Patrick's Day Ladies Night Out at The Gelman's
8:30am - Advanced Lay Servant Ministry Classes, led by Jerry Eyster - Fellowship Hall
GILLESPIE ANGELS - There are still openings for the remainder of the year (April through June). Please sign up on the bulletin board or either contact the church office or Beverley Stanley at email@example.com. If you need to use our church kitchen, let Millie know the date.
WORSHIP IN LENT will center on the theme, “Varieties of Worship,” for six weeks beginning next Sunday, March 9, when we will reflect on our Jewish roots and our guest preacher will be Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn, leader of the Conservative Synagogue of Westport. Following weeks will feature Chris Coogan on March 16, a healing service, a service of quiet contemplation and a communion service from the Iona Community in Scotland.
MONDAYS @ 7 NETWORK GROUP - Monday, March 10, 7:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The group will sponsor a presentation by Ian Kennedy, president of the Schegg Group, an outplacement services & recruiting firm. Ian brings broad business perspective to his work as both a Career Transition and an Executive Performance coach.
LENTEN CALL-IN BIBLE STUDY - Beginning on Wednesday, March 12, at 12:00 noon, Pastor Ed will offer a five-week Bible Study in which members can call in from wherever they are to participate in a conference call discussion. Each session will last forty-five minutes and will focus on the readings for the upcoming Sunday. If you’re interested, please sign up on the board in the parlor or email Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRACE CONNEXION - Part 2: Homosexuality & The UMC, Sunday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m. in the Library, led by Pastor Ed. In light of recent trials involving UM clergy, Ed will share the history and current stance of the UMC on the issue of homosexuality and gay marriage, where we are today and possible paths that our church might take in response.
BOOK STUDY - Next study will be Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. in the Library. Join Pastor Ed for a study of the engaging book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, by Rob Bell.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY LADIES NIGHT OUT - Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Ellyn Gelman, 5 Brook Lane, Westport. Come join us for a traditional Irish meal in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. We will collect birthday party supplies for DVCC (Domestic Violence Crisis Center) in Norwalk. RSVP: Ellyn Gelman at email@example.com.
LADIES MORNING BOOK GROUP - Next meeting will be Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. in the library. We will be reading What We Talk About When We Talk About God, by Rob Bell. The Ladies Morning Book Group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the library.
LIVING OUR UNITED METHODIST BELIEFS - Saturday, March 15 and 22, 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Fellowship and Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Come explore our Methodist heritage of message, mission and struggle. Lay Leader Jerry Eyster will be presenting. Cost for this two-day course is $15. For further details, please contact Mary Brevigleiri at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 307-4611.
JOINT WORSHIP WITH AREA UM CHURCHES - beginning on Wednesday, March 26, the pastors and members of Jesse Lee UMC, Easton and Fairfield-Grace UMC will join us for a rotating series of services in the three churches on three successive Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The theme for the three-week series is The Three Simple Rules of John Wesley: Do No Harm. Do God; Stay in Love With God. Each service will include preaching by one of the pastors, special music and participation by lay representatives from each church. The offerings each week will benefit the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
IT’S A BABY SHOWER! Our wonderful organist and soon-to-be-mother, Eun-Hee Park, and her husband will be welcoming their first baby into the world on April 14th. The UMC Choir is delighted to be hosting a baby shower for her on Saturday, March 29, in Fellowship Hall from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Contact Paula Castiglia at email@example.com. Thank you!
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, UM COALITION BUILD - The construction will start in the Habitat Bridgeport Indoor Workshop. The 2014 UM Coalition house is located at 59-61 Whitney Place. It is a duplex similar to the last build. The dates are: March 29 and May 3. I will share additional dates as they become available. As in the past, selection is based on first come, first serve basis. Please check your calendars and let me know what date works for you or sign up on the bulletin board at church. Remember if we cannot fill an entire day we can combine churches. Any questions please contact George Hanze.
AUTHOR & FORMER WESTPORTER KENAN TREBINCEVIC ON HIS BOOK: The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return - Saturday, March 29, 3:00 p.m. at the Westport Library. Kenan Trebincevic, who, along with his family, found refuge in Westport after fleeing Bosnia and the genocide there in 1992, speaks about his book (co-authored with Susan Shapiro), which tells of his return to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his family.
FORUM ON PALESTINE AND ISRAEL - Sunday, March 30, 3:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The Reverends John and Faye Buttrick will be presenting on their experiences and reflections as Ecumenical Accompaniers for three months, mid July through mid October 2010, in the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem.
CHURCHES CHANGING COMMUNITIES & THE WORLD - Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. (8 a.m. breakfast/registration opens) at Southbury Crowne Plaza, 1284 Strongtown Rd., Middlebury, CT. Learn about five behaviors to become a more vital church, no matter how small or how large your is church. Come with your church team for this hands on event and learn how you can help your congregation to make disciples for the transformation of the world. Please see Jerry Eyster or Pastor Ed if you are interested in joining our church’s team at no cost. Registration fee has already been paid.
ALTAR FLOWERS are provided by church families each week to honor or in memory of loved ones. We have been blessed to have very faithful donors for many years. At this time, we need some additional help. If you wish to help please sign-up on board in the Narthex or contact Kathy Wardrip 203-227-2283.
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. Contact Eileen Hart Ludy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or large requests of $500 or more. Cash and checks accepted.