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November 2, 2018

Dear Saints and Sinners,
With the fun of Trunk or Treat and Halloween behind us, we turn to All Saints Sunday and the remembrance of our loved one who now rest from their faithful labors in the heavens.  All are invited to light a candle in memory of their saints this Sunday.
Following worship, I will lead Grace Connexion in a presentation and conversation about the future of the United Methodist Church.  There are three plans to be presented at the Special Session of the General Conference in February 2019.  We will look at the basics of these plans and have some question and answer time.  I expect this will be the beginning of further conversation.  Please continue to pray for the UMC and the Council of Bishops who meet this week.
Tonight, say a prayer and light a candle for our Jewish brothers and sisters.  May this Shabbat be a night of peaceful remembrance.
See you in church!
(cell: 203-913-8148)
Prayer Concerns:  Please pray for all on our Prayer List: Ellyn Gelman’s father, Doug Mears; Jennifer Ikeda Faugust; Marilyn Carrara; Don Roth’s niece, Kathy Gunter; Kathy Wardrip; Linda Bergquist; Mary Kinser, and all victims of natural and human-caused disaster.
BIRTHDAYS:  Donald Roth (11/7), Karol Brumit (11/8), Carson Gray (11/8), Jessica Brown (11/9)
Correction: Last week’s “The Week Ahead” indicated there would not be Sunday School on the 4thWe will have our regular Sunday School this Sunday!
The Week Ahead
24th Sunday after Pentecost – All Saints’ Sunday
Nov. 4
8:45 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal
9:30 a.m.
Worship Service & Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall
They’re back!
10:45 a.m.
Tech help with High Schoolers – Fellowship Hall & Room 21
10:45 a.m.
M&M’s (Music & Movement) – Room 20
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion – Library
12:00 p.m.
Confirmation Class Info Meeting – Library
Nov. 5
7:00 a.m.
Mondays@7 Job Networking Group – Fellowship Hall
Nov. 6
12:00 p.m.
Westport/Weston Clergy Group – Unitarian Church, Westport
11:00 a.m.
Interfaith Class – Temple Israel, Westport
Nov. 7
7:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer Group – Library
7:30 p.m.
Bible Study – Library
Nov. 8
7:00 p.m.
Pub Theology – Dunville’s Pub, 41 Saugatuck Ave., Westport
Nov. 10
3:00 p.m.
Kairos Fundraiser at Jesse Lee Memorial UMC, Ridgefield
25th Sunday after Pentecost
Nov. 11
9:30 a.m.
Worship Service & Sunday School
10:45 a.m.
Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall
10:45 a.m.
Tech help with High Schoolers – Fellowship Hall & Room 21
11:00 a.m.
Grace Connexion – Library
12:00 p.m.
Confirmation Class Info Meeting – Library
(Click here to see full calendar.)  Please contact the church office ( if need anything added, deleted or changed on our website calendar.
(* An asterisk denotes new or updated information)

November 4, 2018
All Saints’ Sunday
GRACE CONNEXION – Today Pastor Heather will lead a presentation and discussion on the United Methodist Church Way Forward Commission, which was tasked to present plans to the Special Session of the General Conference taking place in February 2019, regarding human sexuality and the future of the denomination.  Grace Connexion meets at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  All are welcome!
CONFIRMATION CLASS MEETING – There will be an informational meeting in the Library today at 12:00 p.m., for students, 7th grade and up, who are interested in becoming confirmed as full church members, and their parents. This will require a commitment to classes, worship, mentoring and service projects.  Confirmation Sunday will be held in May. 
TECH SUNDAY TODAY! – Tech Sunday takes place on the first Sunday of every month during fellowship hour.  Our High Schoolers will be available to help you next week with technological difficulties you’re having on any of your electronic devices.  The students will talk with you in Fellowship Hall during fellowship hour or Room 21, if a quieter place is needed.  Donations will be graciously accepted; all contributions will go to a charity of the youth group’s choice.
UMCOR HURRICANE DISASTER RELIEF – Bishop Bickerton is calling for a special offering for UMCOR Hurricane Disaster Relief on Sunday, November 4.  He writes, "Our UMCOR disaster coordinators are working rapidly to assess the damage and set in motion the level of response that people have come to expect and depend upon from our United Methodist connection.  This response is being done simultaneously with ongoing efforts to re-build places like Puerto Rico as well as the US and British Virgin Islands."  100% of what you give will go directly to relief efforts.  Check should be made payable to UMC of Westport and Weston (with UMCOR noted in the memo line), so that one donation can be combined and sent to UMCOR.  Thank you for your generosity.
MISSIONS FUND RAISING DINNER – Join your church family and friends at the home of Dan and Julie Gray on Saturday, November 17, at 6:00 p.m., for a great evening of fun, fellowship and delicious food.  Please bring a new wrapped item for the Missions Committee auction.  Every cent raised will be donated to worthy non-profits that help those most in need.  Let us know if you need help with transportation.  Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex or contact Les Papay ( or 203-227-9660) to let us know you’re coming.
* Kairos, a prison ministry, is holding a fundraiser concert at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 10, at Jesse Lee Memorial UMC in Ridgefield.  Chris Coogan and his Gospel Choir are the featured musicians.  Scott Semple, Commissioner of Corrections, State of CT will be the keynote speaker.  Questions?  Please contact Serge Karpow at
PUB THEOLOGY IN NOVEMBER – We’ll meet at Dunville’s Pub in Westport one week later than usual on Thursday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy one another and discuss some thought-provoking questions over our favorite libations.  If you’re planning to come, please R.S.V.P. to Dan Gelman ( or Pastor Heather (  We hope to see you at Dunville’s!
* IT’S TIME TO MAKE BEDTIME BAGS!  Each Bedtime Bag is filled with a book, a small stuffed animal, a children’s toothbrush & toothpaste plus washcloth with mild soap.  These bags are given to children of homeless and working poor families who are served at Bridgeport Rescue Mission’s mobile kitchens and to children who come to their main campus for the Christmas party.  Last year we donated over 120 bags.  We’ve already had a marvelous response from our Sunday School families.  Here’s what we still need:
  • 90 small stuffed animals
  • 56 bars of mild soap
  • 38 books
  • 90 gift bags
You may sign up in the Narthex or email Heather Hisey to let her know what you will donate.  Either way it’s important that we know so we have an accurate count. Drop off donations at the church anytime.  We need all donations by Sunday morning, November 18.  That day we will pack the Bedtime Bags during Sunday School.
* GENTLY USED COATS REQUESTED – The Bridgeport Rescue Mission is in need of gently used coats in all sizes for men, women and children.  Children's coats (all sizes) and adult men's coats sizes 2XL-5-XL are needed most.  The Missions Committee is supporting this effort by collecting coats here at church.  Please bring your coats to the Narthex by Sunday, November 11 and place in the collection box.
* HAVE YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER CATERED BY “FEED” – The Center for Food Equity & Economic Development.  Click for menu and ordering information.  Questions?  Please contact George Hanze.
*The Annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Worship Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, at the Unitarian Church in Westport.
*A FREE THANKSGIVING DAY FEAST – will be hosted for the community on Thanksgiving Day, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport.  Volunteers are needed!  Please visit the Saugatuck Church’s website, for more information.
* TRUNK or TREAT & SIDE by SIDE THANKS – Thanks go to everyone who participated, donated and helped with the Trunk or Treat!  What a fun day we had, and we took 880 pounds of food, plus 21 pounds of candy and $58 in cash to Person to Person in the evening.  They are so grateful for our gifts!  And a wonderful Thank You to those who served in our Side-by-Side worship service!  It was so uplifting and encouraging to see so many families sitting together, loving on each other, and enjoying worship together.  Your service in worship added another spontaneous, heart-warming, and exciting dimension to our time together.  Thank you all!  Love, Heather H.
FALL CLEAN-UP FOR OUR CHURCH MEMBERS IN NEEDOn Saturday, November 10 or Saturday, November 17, we’ll have a small team of able bodied UMC helpers who can: remove A/Cs; turn off outside spigots; put hoses away; and do other helping-hand odd jobs. Please contact Pastor Heather (, George Hanze ( or Bob Trinka (
HELP PLAN THIS YEAR’S ADVENT & CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES – The Advent and Christmas season this year runs from December 2 to January 6, and Pastor Heather is looking to assemble a team of people interested in helping to create inspiring worship experiences during the Advent and Christmas season.  The team will meet once or twice as a large group to brainstorm ideas and make plans.  Then individuals and small groups will carry out those plans throughout the season.  All ages, gifts and levels of experience are welcome.  Liturgy is the “work of the people,” so come and be a part of that work in this holy season.
STEW LEONARD’S CARDS – Whether you’re packing school lunches, bringing snacks to the soccer game or just restocking the pantry, it’s time to pick up your Stew Leonard’s gift cards again.  They’re sold during Fellowship Hour every Sunday.  Ten percent of each purchase you make goes to the church!
United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston
49 Weston Road
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 227-4707 ~ fax (203) 227-6979

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