News & Update
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
Sun. Feb. 14
9:30 a.m. Worship, Sunday School - Habits of the Heart
10:45 a.m. Fellowship Time - Bake Sale
11:00 a.m. Grace Connexion - The Call: The Life and Ministry of the Apostle Paul
Mon. Feb. 15
7:00 a.m. Mondays@7 - Fellowship Hall
Tues. Feb. 16
12:00 p.m. Interfaith Council Meeting - Fellowship Hall
Wed. Feb. 17
7:30 p.m. Covenant Bible Study - Library
Thurs. Feb. 18
8:00 p.m. Choir Practice - Fellowship Hall
Habitat for Humanity Work Day
GRACE CONNEXION - Join us as we begin a six-part DVD series on the Apostle Paul, “the Call” This SUNDAY, February 14, at 11:00 in the Library featuring Adam Hamilton on location in modern-day Greece and Turkey. All are invited!
COVENANT BIBLE STUDY - During Lent pastor Ed will lead an eight-week series that explores many key biblical themes. Participants commit themselves to daily Bible readings and are asked to attend as many of the sessions as possible beginning Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the church library. No bible knowledge is needed, just a desire to learn and grow in your faith! Contact Pastor Ed if you're interested.
VALENTINE’S BAKE SALE - At Fellowship Hour SUNDAY, confirmand Abby Liu is hosting a Bake Sale to raise monies for “Wishes For Horses”, an organization in Norwalk that provides horses a second chance and underprivileged children with opportunity to experience horseback riding. Please stop by and support her and the organization by purchasing a sweet treat for yourself (or a friend!).
FURNITURE DONATION NEEDED - Pierre d'Haiti from Faith Community Church, which is a member of The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport is asking for help. One of the women in his congregation needs a twin size bed, linen, and bedroom furniture. Currently she is sleeping on the floor. For info contact Lauren Strickland
CHURCH WIDE LENTEN CELEBRATION - Join our entire church family as we begin a series of Lenten Celebrations. A children’s program begins at 5:45 p.m. We will then feast and participate in fellowship starting at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7:00 p.m. by a half hour intergenerational worship service. It all starts February 24 and continues March 2, 9, and 16. Everyone is invited!
SECRET PALS - Beginning February 28, we need an equal amount of Adults and Children to be Secret Pals. A Luncheon will be held March 13, in the Fellowship Hall to celebrate. More details are in this week’s Youth announcements. Sign up sheets are located in the Narthex or inside this bulletin. Register with Nancy Everson to participate in this fun event for all ages!
UMC SOUND TIGERS DAY - Join fellow UMC members for a fun family outing at the Sound Tigers Game, Sunday February 28th, at 5:00 p.m. Discounted Tickets are $16.00 for Center Ice Seats. Please sign up in the Narthex and return checks to George Hanze or Jim Hisey by Sunday, February 21st.
ADULT VOLUNTEER NEEDED -We have two wonderful youth who plan to attend UM ARMY, our United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth. You have seen various groups show presentations regarding the great work they do to help the needy and the elderly repair and rebuild their homes and living spaces. BUT, we need at least one (preferably two) adults to attend the camp with them. Heather usually attends but will be recovering from childbirth and is not able to attend this year. Please prayerfully consider spending a week, July 10-16, with an amazing group of senior high youth, helping out a community serving Christ.
MONDAYS@7 NETWORK GROUP - Monday in Room 20, 7:00-9:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend. See Bob Trinka for any questions. www.Mondaysat7.org
REFUGEE RESETTLMENT - Volunteers Needed Six congregations in Westport and Weston have formed a coalition to resettle a refuge family in our area. Three other local faith communities have agreed to support the effort financially. The coalition, to be called Westport-Weston Interfaith Settlement (WWIRS), will partner with IRIS, a resettlement agency in New Haven, to bring us a family hopefully in April. To begin the process, member congregations of WWIRS are soliciting volunteers to serve in various roles and perform a wide range of tasks in such areas as education, healthcare, transportation and all the needs that will come with bringing a new family into our midst. One critical immediate need is to locate housing for the family; another is to provide communication and IT support for the coalition. If you have an interest in contributing time and talent to this effort, or if you are aware of housing for a family of four at a reasonable cost in our area, please make your interest known to John or Celeste McGeehan.
Join us March 6 for a wonderful Sunday where our children and youth serve "side by side" in worship with our adult volunteers. Plan to attend an exciting, upbeat worship service as a family. Children and youth can volunteer to usher, greet, read Call to Worship or Scripture, take up the offering, sing in the choir, and more! Sign up sheet for children and youth will be in the Narthex next week.
2016 Secret Pals
Who can be a secret pal? Everyone from age 3 to 103 is encouraged to sign up! Our 2016 Secret Pals program will begin on Sunday, February 28. If you sign up to participate, we will assign you a Secret Pal. You will make or purchase (no more than $5) a small gift for your pal for two Sundays, Feb. 28 and March 6, and leave it in the Fellowship Hall for your pal to pick up. On the final Sunday, March 13, you will bring a larger gift ($10-15). We will have a special luncheon shortly after church when you will sit between the pal you’ve been giving to and the person who has been giving to you. We do ask that you sign up only if you can be present on March 13. 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. 23. By Feb. 25 you will receive your secret pal’s name, age (if appropriate) and interests.
If you have any questions, please call Nancy Everson (203-648-3152) or email:email@example.com. If you will not be in church on either Feb. 28 or March 6, please leave your secret pal’s gift in the church office before you go!
Save the Date!
The Council of Churches
of Greater Bridgeport’s
Saturday, April 16, 2016
“A Very Good Year”
At UCC Church, 877 Park Ave, Bridgeport
tickets $75 per person (substantial hors d'oeuvre included)
Come enjoy the New Paradigm Theatre’s Broadway performers
singing all your favorite jazz & Sinatra tunes!
If you haven’t already, sign up TODAY to buy through UMCmarket. It is an online service where a percentage of all your purchases through their sponsored stores will be donated to our church. There are hundreds of stores you probably already shop at and we are already reaping the benefits having received our first check. For more information refer to the display in the narthex and take a copy of instructions home to start shopping!