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Re-Think Church III:
Taking the Church to the World 

Sun.  Jan. 25    
9:30 a.m. - Worship and Sunday School   Guest Preacher:  Rev. Cass Shaw
10:45 a.m. - Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m. - Grace Connexion - The Jesus Fatwah
Mon. Jan. 26    
7:00 a.m. - Monday’s @7 Networking Group - Fellowship Hall
7:30 p.m. - Church Council Meeting - Library
Tues. Jan. 27  
7:00 p.m. - Worship Committee Meeting -  Room 21
Wed. Jan. 28  
10:00 a.m. -  Ladies Morning Book Group
7:30 p.m. - Pastor’s Bible Study - Library

Thurs. Jan. 29  
3:30 p.m. - Confirmation Class - Room 21
7:30 p.m. - Staff Parish Relations   Committee -  Library
8:00 p.m. - Choir  Practice

Sat. Jan. 31    
10:00 a.m. - District Resource Day - Newtown
Re-Think Church IV
The Beloved Community

Sun. Feb.1       
9:30 a.m. - Worship and Sunday School 
                  ‘Souper Bowl’ Sunday
10:45 a.m. - Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m.  - Grace Connexion  -  The Jesus Fatwah

Mon. Feb. 2      
7:00 a.m. - Monday’s @7 Networking Group - Fellowship Hall
7:30 p.m. - Church Council Meeting - Library

Tues. Feb. 3      
7:00 p.m. - Mission Committee  - Library

Feb. 5 – Pub Theology, Dunville’s
Feb. 17 – Shrove Pancake Dinner
Feb. 18 – Ash Wednesday
Feb. 26 –  Church Wide Fellowship and Lenten Worship
March 1 – Sound Tigers Hockey Game
March 3 – UMW Ladies Night Out
March 14 – Planning Day led by Rev. Derrick-Lewis Noble
March 15 – Secret Pals Luncheon
March 28 – Mission Fundraiser and Cabaret



GRACE CONNEXION ON ISLAM -  In January, Grace Connexion is focusing on the faith practiced by the vast majority of Muslims around the world. In the DVD series, The Jesus Fatwah, Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith. Today’s session is, “Islam in America.”  Everyone is invited, 11:00 a.m. in the Library.
WE WELCOME  - to our pulpit today the Rev. Cass Shaw, President and CEO of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport.  The Council, of which our church is a member, is a faith-based, ecumenical organization serving the needs of “at-risk” and "in crisis" people and families in the Greater Bridgeport Area since 1945.  An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA, Cass came to her current position in June, 2013, after serving as General Presbyter of Albany Presbytery, which consists of 70 Presbyterian churches in eleven counties in upstate New York.  She has also served churches in New Jersey, New York City and Tamil Nadu, India.  She is a graduate of Smith College and Princeton Theological Seminary. 
CHARGE CONFERENCE – there will be a special Charge Conference for the purpose of approving the Pastor’s salary on Monday, January 26, 7:30 p.m. in the Library.  This will be held at the start of the Church Council meeting on that evening at which the 2015 operating budget will be adopted.
DISTRICT RESOURCING DAY – On Saturday, January 31, 10:00-noon, our Connecticut District will offer its annual Resourcing Day for church leaders.  Workshops will be offered on Social Media, Finance, Music for Multicultural Worship, Listening to Youth, Staff, Parish and Prayer (each participant chooses two).  See Pastor Ed if you would like to attend.
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY – The Confirmation Class again this year will take part in a national food drive on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1.  Please bring non-perishable food items to worship on that day for collection. The Confirmands will receive the food and take it to Person-to-Person food pantry (formerly CCA) in Norwalk.
MENS BREAKFAST - Saturday  February 7th, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Presenter Paul Deysenroth; presentation to follow.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: United Methodist Coalition Home Build. - The UM Coalition has a work day on Saturday, February 14. Please let George Hanze know if you are interested in working that day. There will be additional days in a couple of weeks.
2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES - are available in the Narthex. Please pick up your envelopes and use them when making your offering. If you have not already  made your Financial Commitment for 2015, there is still time! Please fill out a pledge card (on the table by the office) or see Cindy Glover.
ALTAR  FLOWERS - sign up sheet for the 2015 altar flowers is now available in the Narthex.
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

M&M …that’s Music and Movement -Today from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Children ages 4 years through 6th grade. Join Heather for singing, instruments, dancing, creative movement and lots of fun. New and exciting things are coming! Our next appearance in worship will be February 4th.
COMING SOON !! Middle School Music Program. Sundays 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. We will sing and we will dance, so bring your instruments
Secret Pals Are Coming ...

Beginning March 1st !  Secret Pals is a very special event for our church family - children, youth, and adults - to get to know each other better.  It is a wonderful way for us all to make new connections and create caring relationships that will last.  Each pal purchases or makes a small gift (no more than $5) for their secret person on March 1st and March 8th  and leaves it in Fellowship Hall to be picked up by the recipient.  On March 15, each pal brings in a larger gift ($10-$15) to be given to the recipient at the
Secret Pal Luncheon, where the Pal is revealed!  You get to sit next to your pal while you enjoy a lovely lunch (immediately after church) and get to know him or her even better.  If you have never been a part of it, please sign up!  It's a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day too.
Who can be a secret pal? Everyone from age 3 to 103 is  encouraged to sign up! Our 2015 Secret Pals program will begin on Sunday, March 1st. If you sign up to participate, we will assign you a “Secret Pal” to whom you’ll give a small gift each Sunday for two weeks, March 1st and March 8th. On the final Sunday, March 15th  we will have a special luncheon when your Secret Pal will be revealed. We do ask that you sign up only if you can be present March 15th. A donation will be requested at the luncheon to defray costs.
If you and/or your children want to participate, please put your completed sign-up form in the box in the church foyer or via email, by Tuesday ­­­­Feb. 24th. By Feb. 26th you will receive your secret  pal’s form so you will know who it is and what that person’s interests are. If you have any questions, please call Nancy Everson (203)-648-3152) or email:
If you will not be in church on either March 1st or March 8th, please leave your secret pal’s gift in the church office before you go! Thank you.
                                  SECRET PAL SIGN-UP FORM
I would like to be a Secret Pal!
NAME____________________________  Telephone___________________________
Some of my hobbies and interests are :­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________________________________
Age ( if under 21)­­­_________
Parent’s Signature (if under 12) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________





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