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April 12, 2019


Holy Week begins with Palm/Passion Sunday


Dear Friends,


Grace and peace to you!


This Sunday begins the holiest week of the Christian year when we are invited, in a variety of ways, to hear and reflect on the Passion and Resurrection of Christ.  I look forward to worshipping through this week for the first time with you.  The full schedule is below, but here are a few special notes:


Sunday’s Palm and Passion Sunday will begin in the narthex, so that we can process joyfully into the sanctuary.  Come a few minutes early to join the parade!


Maundy Thursday will begin with a soup and bread dinner in Fellowship at 6:15pm.  Worship will begin at 7pm around the tables, then move into the Sanctuary.  We will need a few volunteers on Thursday afternoon to help with set-up.


I pray that you will take part in the services of this week.  If you are traveling this week, I encourage you to worship and pray where you are.  Heather Hisey has a great devotion for families to journey through Holy Week linked here:  Parent Handout


We are looking for a photographer to record the events of this week.  If you have those gifts, please let me know.  If you take pictures of your experience of Holy Week and Easter, please share them.


See you in church!




Pastor Heather


Rev. Heather A. M. Sinclair

Pastor, United Methodist Church

  of Westport and Weston

49 Weston Road, Westport CT 06880

office - (203) 227-4707

cell - (203) 913-8148


Please Pray for: The Mears and Gelman families as they mourn the loss of Doug Mears, Ellyn Gelman’s father, who passed away last weekend.


Please pray also for all on our Prayer List:  Joan Eyster; Eleanor Weigle; Paul Deysenroth; Chris Hisey; Joel Hallas, a friend of Ralph Nebelung; Jocelyn, a friend of Trudie Gubitz, who is battling metastatic cancer; Don Roth’s niece, Kathy Gunter; Linda Bergquist; Marilyn Carrara; Mary Kinser; the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi; the U.S. Midwest as they recover and rebuild; and all victims of natural and human-caused disaster. 


Birthdays – Jeannette Buchholz (4/15), Susan Jordan (4/15), Ray Wolfe (4/16), Machielia Krebs (4/17), Kevin Ludy (4/19)


This Weekend:


The Week Ahead:

6th Sunday in Lent –  Palm/Passion Sunday


Apr. 14

8:45 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal



9:30 a.m.

Worship Service



10:45 a.m.

Fellowship Hour & Easter Egg Hunt – Fellowship Hall



11:00 a.m.

Grace Connexion – Library


Apr. 15

7:00 a.m.

Mondays@7 Job Networking Group – Fellowship Hall


Apr. 16

12:00 p.m.

Westport/Weston Interfaith Council – Christian Science Church,
55 Compo Rd South, Westport.


Apr. 18

6:15 p.m.

Dinner in Fellowship Hall followed by Service in Sanctuary



8:00 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal – Stage


Apr. 19

12:00 p.m.

  – 3:00 p.m. Prayer Stations & Labyrinth at Saugatuck Church,
245 Post Rd. East, Westport



6:30 p.m.

Stations of the Cross here at UMC W/W



8:00 p.m.

Taize & Prayers at Christ & Holy Trinity Church,
75 Church Lane, Westport

Easter Sunday


Apr. 21

6:15 a.m.

Sunrise Worship at Compo Beach – Greens Farms
Congregational Church leads worship.



10:00 a.m.

Celebration of the Resurrection Worship Service



11:30 a.m.

Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall



More on the church website calendar:  If you’d like to add your church event to the web calendar, please contact Marilyn at

Here’s a first look at announcements for Sunday –

(* red asterisk indicates new or updated information.)



Sunday, April 14, 2019

Palm/Passion Sunday


* GRACE CONNEXION – Today we begin a new study, Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Servant.  Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call.  Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today.  Grace Connexion meets on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Library.  All are welcome!


OUR ANNUAL  EASTER EGG HUNT – today during Fellowship Hour – for the young and the young at heart!  Bring your Easter baskets to church and join the fun!

A NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY! – Today is last day to have your photo taken at church and to check your listing for corrections!  Note: If you already have a favorite family photo that you would like us to use in the directory, just email or text it to Eileen Ludy ( or 203-610-2662).


A NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY! – the Senior High Sunday School Class is currently editing a new UMC Member Directory, which will include photographs of our members. Directory listings, generated from our church’s database, will be in the Narthex for the next few Sundays for you to review.  Please be sure your information is correct and up-to-date.  After worship high school students will be available to take pictures of those members and families who would like a photograph included with their listing in the Directory. The last day for photos and corrections will be Sunday, April 14.


è Note: If you already have a favorite family photo that you would like us to use in the directory just email or text it to Eileen Ludy ( or 203-610-2662).


We’re Collecting Loose Change for C.H.A.N.G.E.

Clothing, Housing, Addiction Recovery, Nutrition, Groceries, Education

Did you know that for just $2.50 the Bridgeport Rescue Mission can provide a meal for a hungry person?  With the goal of providing many meals for the hungry in Fairfield County, the Senior High Sunday School class will be collecting your loose change for the rest of the school year.  There will be collection bins in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall into which you may drop your loose change and bills to help feed the hungry.  Thanks for your support!


T.G.I.G.F. – THANKING GOD IT'S GOOD FRIDAY! APRIL 19 – Join us for a quick road trip (25 minutes) up to Jesse Lee Memorial UMC in Ridgefield, CT for some interactive and innovative activities for our children (preK – 5th grade).  We’ll meet at our church at 8:15am and carpool/caravan up to 207 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.  Sign up in the Narthex to let Heather Hisey know you’re coming.  You must fill out a permission form found on the Jesse Lee UMC website:  Program:  9:00am - 12:30pm.  Registration begins promptly at 8:45am.  We’ll have a quick lunch in Ridgefield after the program and return home by 1:30 or 2pm.  Please join us, and bring your friends!


* FUN CLUB SOCIAL TIME!  Tuesday, April 16, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Nancy Everson and Don Roth have generously invited all of our Sunday School students – nursery through senior high – to come for a "hang out" time at their lovely home at 17 Pleasant Valley Lane, Westport.  We will enjoy each other's company, do crafts, watch a movie, and experience Don's amazing model trains.  Come have fun together!


ELF LOANS FOR COLLEGE – The Educational Loan Fund (ELF) offers high school seniors, who are members of the church (or in the immediate family of a church member), a modest loan for their further education determined by their need and availability of our funds.  The loan is paid back, interest free, after you leave college.  Application deadline is May 15, 2019.  If you are a high school senior and have not already received an application from the ELF Committee, please contact Paula Castiglia ( or Pastor Heather (




SENIOR RECOGNITION BANQUET!  MAY 5 – Come celebrate our graduating seniors as they embark on this next amazing journey!  We will honor them with a lovely luncheon and program.  $10 per person / $40 per family.  Sign up will be in the Narthex soon.

* FATHER'S DAY / SUNDAY SCHOOL CELEBRATION DAY!  SUNDAY, JUNE 16 – Our final days of regular Sunday School classes before we begin our Summer Sunday School and worship.  Join us to celebrate our fathers and to party with our classes!


Remember to pick up your Stew Leonard’s Gift Cards during Fellowship. Ten percent of each card purchase goes to the church.


The UMW Tag Sale – Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18

New Hours this Year (changes in bold print)

Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for Early Birds; $10 fee applies.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

New Contributions Policies this Year

  • No Large Pieces of Furniture will be accepted; only items that can be carried by one person, such as: dining chairs and end tables.
  • No Used Computers or related devices (printers, keyboards, mice, etc.) will be accepted.
  • No “tube” TVs; flat-screen TVs are OK.

PUBLICATION DEADLINES è Any material that you would like printed in “The Messenger,” our church’s monthly newsletter, should be submitted to Bob Searles by the 20th of the preceding month.  Please email material to Bob at: è Announcements to be printed in the Sunday worship bulletins or sent by email on Fridays should be sent to Marilyn ( by the end of the day on the preceding Wednesday.  Thank you


United Methodist Church
  of Westport & Weston
49 Weston Road
Westport, CT  06880








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