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September 17, 2017

Dear Church Family,

Following up on our fantastic Welcome Back Sunday at which both our Bishop and District Superintendent were present (and a great picnic, too!), this week’s service will feature special music from our own Chris & Heather Hisey and Dennis & Paula Castiglia.  We’ll also spend some time reflecting on the theme of forgiveness: how to do it and why we should.

Grace Connexion begins a new series on the Protestant Reformation on this, the 500th Anniversary of its inception when Martin Luther published his “95 Theses of Protest” about practices in the Roman Catholic Church.  It promises to be a fascinating eight weeks as we delve into the people and the issues that formed our Protestant family of faith.

Hope to see you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,


Prayer Concerns:  Please pray for Mary Kinser who is in Norwalk Hospital with an infection and broken bone.

We celebrate with Mike and Katie (Galvin) MacDonald on the birth of their son, Logan Emmitt, on September 12 in San Francisco.  Logan is the first grandchild of Jeanne and Joe Galvin (Jeanne was present for the big event) and the first great-grandchild of Don Roth.  Everyone is doing well. 

Prayer List:  Please also hold these people in your prayers:  Susan Lewis, Linda Bergquist, Holly Wiemken, Abby Wiemken, Marilyn Carrara, Jan Vaughn, Aki Ikeda, the Al Maassri Family, Shirley Reynolds, Janice Hood, Avery Brumit, victims of hurricanes, and the world’s refugees.

BIRTHDAYS:  Tony Russo (9/19), Lynne Brumit (9/20), Gloria Smithson (9/20), Grace Hisey (9/21)

The Week Ahead

15th Sunday after Pentecost
Sept. 17
9:30 a.m.
Worship & Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion:  Reformation Overview:  John Wycliffe, “The Morning Star”
12:15 p.m.
“Black Lives Matter” Banner Re-dedication, Unitarian Church, Westport
Sept. 18
7:00 a.m.
Mondays@7 Networking Group – Fellowship Hall
Sept. 19
11:00 a.m.
Interfaith Class at Temple Israel, Westport
12:30 p.m.
Interfaith Council Meeting, Assumption Church, Westport
5:30 p.m.
Tuesday Supper at Compo Beach, Westport
7:30 p.m.
Trustees Meeting – Library
7:30 p.m.
SPR Meeting – Room 21
Sept. 20
6:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer Group – Library
7:30 p.m.
Pastor’s Bible Study – Library
Sept. 23
8:15 a.m.
Habitat for Humanity Work Day, Bridgeport
6:00 p.m.
50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner – Fellowship Hall
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Sept. 24
9:30 a.m.
Worship & Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion: Reformation Overview:  John Hus – Continuation of Wycliffe’s work
2:00 p.m.
Funeral Service for Maggie Fleckenstein


GRACE CONNEXION – In observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, on Sunday, September 17, we will begin a series on some of its leading figures, along with the major movements and denominations that evolved over the years.  The study will use a variety of DVD and other resources to examine both the history and the theology of Protestantism, of which our church is a part.  The first session will focus on John Wycliffe, a figure who advocated for many of the ideas of the Reformation almost two hundred years before it began.  Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  All are invited!

BLACK LIVES MATTER BANNER RE-DEDICATIONOn Sunday, September 17 at 12:15 p.m., the Unitarian Church in Westport will re-install a new banner replacing the one that was recently torn down from their property.  This is an important opportunity to stand with our neighbors in the face of hate.  Everyone is welcome.

IT’S OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY!  At 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, we will celebrate the golden anniversary of the Westport/Weston United Methodist Church.  The gala will include dinner, music and a look at our five decades of history on Rabbit Hill, including special recognition of people who have been members since this building was first visualized.  Please R.S.V.P. to the church office ( by Monday, September 18.  You may pay by cash or check any time up to and including the 23rd.  Please make checks payable to United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston and write “Celebration Dinner” in the memo line.  Thank you!

INTERFAITH CLASS – Temple Israel is hosting a yearlong comparative study of important themes in our various religious traditions.  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 purpose of this course, which meets on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. – noon at Temple Israel on Coleytown Road, Westport, will be “to listen and share with mutual respect and openness in order to achieve greater understanding of others and ourselves.”  Topics will include Creation, Revelation, Redemption, Covenant, Good and Evil and many more.  See Pastor Ed for more information.  Everyone is invited – No reservation necessary.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  We need volunteers for Habitat for Humanity’s next workday on Saturday, September 23.  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 on the board in the narthex or contact George Hanze for more information (

HURRICANE RELIEF – If you would like to make a contribution to help those who have suffered the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, please make out a check to our church and write “Hurricane Relief” in the memo line.  We will forward your donation to the United Methodist Committee on Relief which is currently addressing these emergencies.  Thank you.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MAGGIE FLECKENSTEIN will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary.  A reception, to which everyone is invited, will be hosted by the family at a local restaurant

Westport First Selectman Candidates ForumWednesday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m.  Challenging political times require sure leadership on every level of government.  As Election Day approaches several faith communities will host a forum for candidates for Westport First Selectman.  This will be an opportunity for us to hear the candidates’ views on some of the most important issues before our community, and to pose questions of the candidates as well.  This event is free and open to the public and will be held at Temple Israel, Westport.

TRUNK OR TREAT – Join in on the Halloween festivities and host a “trunk” in our second annual day of fun for all children on Saturday, October 28, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  See the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. 


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.




Celebrate in worship
Sunday: 9:30 am

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