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February 16, 2017

Favorite Hymn Sunday

Dear Church Family,

On Sunday we’ll sing some of the most beloved hymns of our congregation as shown in the hymn survey conducted several years ago. We’ll also reflect further on the Sermon on the Mount as we consider Jesus’ instructions to love even the unlovable.

At Grace Connexion, Sara and I will begin a two-part series on prayer – what it is and some of the ways we practice it. We’ll learn some of the most effective ways to pray as we both talk about and experience prayer together.

I hope that, if you’re in town this weekend, you will lend your voice and your heart to ours and make a joyful noise to God!

Grace and Peace,


Prayer Concerns:

Martha Deegan has returned home safely from Tanzania and is receiving treatment for a broken foot, in which she also tore several ligaments.  Please pray for Martha and all on our Prayer List: Eleanor and George Weigle, Mark Audley, the Almasri Family, Shirley Reynolds, Janice Hood, Mary Kinser, Ellie Hale, Jerry Eyster, Avery Brumit, Tom Hood, Sarah Rodgers, victims of terror, the world’s refugees.



Feb. 19

9:30 a.m.

Worship and Sunday School



10:45 a.m.

Fellowship Time



11:00 a.m.

Grace Connexion Study on Prayer – Library


Feb. 20

7:00 a.m.

Mondays@7 Networking Group – Fellowship Hall




Presidents’ Day - Church Office Closed


Feb. 21

12:00 p.m.

Interfaith Council Meeting – Fellowship Hall



7:00 p.m.

Nominating Committee – Youth Room (Rm. 21)



7:30 p.m.

SPR Committee – Library


Feb. 22

10:00 a.m.

Ladies’ Morning Book Group – Library



7:30 p.m.

Pastor’s Bible Study – Library


Feb. 23

8:00 p.m.

Choir Practice – Stage


Feb. 26

9:30 a.m.

Worship and Sunday School – Sacrament of Baptism



10:45 a.m.

Fellowship Time - Shrove Sunday Pancake Breakfast



11:00 a.m.

Grace Connexion Study on Prayer – Library

BirthdayS: Ophelia Kirwan (2/19), Jack Olsen (2/24)


GRACE CONNEXION STUDY ON PRAYER – Immediately following worship on Sundays, February 19 and 26, Ed and Sara Horne will lead a two-session study on the basics of an effective prayer life at Grace Connexion.  We will look at various types of prayer, from the active to the contemplative, and spend some time in prayer as well.  See Ed and Sara for more info.

SHROVE SUNDAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST – The Confirmation Class and their mentors will host a pancake breakfast on the Sunday prior to the start of Lent, February 26, 11:00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES – The love, peace, passion, and joy we invest in our children is the single most significant mark we can leave upon this earth.  When do they internalize these crucial lessons aside from what they learn at home?  At church, of course!  And who teaches them?  We do!  Every member of our church has the opportunity ― and the capacity ― to make a difference in the life of a young person ― as a Sunday School Teacher.  We need you!  Our Sunday School teachers and assistants are working endlessly to support the Christian education of our children, but there are too few teachers.  We need your assistance to further the most valuable education our children and youth will receive.  Please contact me with any questions and to volunteer!  Call or text 203-913-0563 or email  Love, Heather

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP – As in previous years, we will have two identical worship services to mark the beginning of the Lenten season on Wednesday, March 1, one at noon and the other at 7:30 p.m.  Ashes will be available for those who wish to receive them.

KEN KIEFFER TO PREACH On Sunday, March 5, our District Superintendent will preach and help administer the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  This will be Ken’s last sermon here before his term ends in June.

PLANNING DAY – On Saturday, March 11, everyone is invited to help make plans for the coming year and beyond in our All-Church Planning Day, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at our church. This is a great opportunity to help shape the direction of our church, and new members are especially invited to take part.

LENT RETREAT DAYOn Saturday, April 1, you are invited to take a day away to reflect and grow spiritually with fellow members of our church in a Lenten retreat led by Ed and Sara Horne.  The retreat will take place at Ed and Sara’s home in Goshen, CT, just over an hour from our area.  Those who would like to come up the night before for a little pre-retreat food and fun are most welcome!

Sunday, March 12 - Scout Sunday.  If your daughter or son is a Girl Scout or Boy Scout, we would love for them to participate in worship by doing Call to Worship, Scripture Reading, helping with Children's Sermon, and many other things.  Let Heather or Pastor Ed know that your child is interested in helping.

Saturday, March 18 - Our First All-Church Lenten Fellowship!  This will mirror our famous Advent Fellowship with dinner and fellowship - Crafts and activities for the children as well.  Put it on your calendar now!

Family trip to Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park in Trumbull, CT.  For all ages of kids!  On March 24, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (The time is flexible. Come when you can!)  Gather your group and bring your friends for jumping, foam jousting, rock climbing, and more.  RSVP to Heather so that we can plan for the families who will attend, and save a space for everyone!

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

YUMM’S – That’s young United Methodist Music Makers…today 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.

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.


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