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Friday, June 27th, 2014 Posted in Announcements | No Comments »

Summer Worship Hour

Sunday, June 29th is our last service at 10:00 AM.  Beginning in July we will move to our summer worship hour of 9:30 AM.  There is no Sunday School during the summer but there is child care for grades 1 and below after the Children’s Sermon.

Our church office hours for the summer are 9 AM – Noon, Monday-Friday.

 

Welcome Bill Robinson to the Pulpit on Sunday, June 29th

Bill Robinson, a member of our church, will be our guest preacher.

 

Sunday School Registration

Please be sure to register your child for the 2014-2015 Sunday School year.  There will be a table set up in Bovee Hall for the next few weeks.  Please stop by and fill out the necessary paperwork.  Once you have the students registered, we will be able to determine the age groups and class sizes for next year.  Please take a few minutes to fill out and return the forms.  Thank you.

 

Bridgeport Bluefish at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Aug. 9

The Bridgeport Bluefish invite you and your families to join us for 2014 United Methodist Church Night at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard!  $6 of each ticket sold goes directly to Habitat for Humanity.  Date:  Saturday, August 9th at 6:05 PM.  Ticket price:  $15.  Fireworks after the game!  To reserve your tickets, please contact Stacy Toy Kweder at (203) 881-1588 (home) or (860) 681-5793 (cell) or preferred – email at sltoy@icloud.comDeadline for Ticket Sales is JULY 7th.  Payment due at that time.

 

Troop 55 Bottle Drive

This Sunday Troop 55 will be collecting bottles to help raise funds for their end of year trip to Tennessee.  Bottles may be dropped off in the receptacle by the driveway to the kitchen (in the courtyard) and will be collected by Troop 55 later this morning.

 

Covenant to Care Request

(This request is from our Covenant to Care Social Worker.)  I have a family, a single mother with 8 minor children, that were displaced and is currently residing in a homeless shelter in New Haven.  They are in desperate need of food items and clothes for the children.  The mother is requesting help with gift cards to Walmart or any departmental store that also sells food items.  The family would be very grateful for your assistance.  Please let me know if you can assist.  Thank you, Louise Casinelli Ryon (203)-944-0265.

 

Christmas House Tour Jobs Needed to Fill for 2014

Please contact members of the UMW, Finance, or the Church Office if you can help out in any of these areas.  Thank you!

Ticket distribution & $ collection (includes selling tickets at church)

Finding 6 homes;  Finding up to 5 vendors for Bovee Hall during Tour

Parking Attendants

Kitchen help

Decorate Bovee Hall  (stays for House Tour & Alternative Christmas)

2nd time around table attendants (gently used Christmas items donated)

Selling tickets on Friday and Saturday evening at Bovee Hall

Setting up Bovee Hall Thursday night before the Tour – few volunteers

Clean-up crew for Saturday night of the tour – few volunteers

 

Birthright of the Valley Thank You

Just a short note on behalf of my volunteers and our clients to thank you for allowing Birthright to be the beneficiary of the baby bottle drive at your church.  We are all so grateful for the generosity of your members.  We will do our best to continue to be available to women and hold out our hands to help steady them when an unexpected pregnancy occurs.  Thank you again! – Rosemarie Lewis, Director

 

Information to Add or Change in HUMC Pictorial Directory

Christopher & Emily Chapman, 62 Capitol Avenue, Shelton,, CT.  Phone: 203-513-2127.

Debra Samorajczyk, 57 Cloverdale Avenue, Shelton, CT.  Phone: 203-513-7562.

Richard & Sandie Skudlarek’s phone number: 203-929-3033.  (CORRECT NUMBER)

Sandy Kershaw moved: 27 Pearl Street, Seymour, CT, 06483.  Phone: 203-828-6300.

 

Small Group Get-Togethers with Pastor Chung

Please join us in getting to know Pastor Chung at one of four informal gatherings throughout July and August.  These will be held at four different homes.  There will be sign-up sheets in Bovee Hall or you can contact Cindy Savoie at clsavoie@ymail.com or 203-218-6812 to sign up.  Please bring a small snack or dessert to the gathering. The dates are as follows:

Wednesday, July 16, Karen Allen, 15 Valley Road Shelton, from 6:30-8 PM.

Wednesday, July 23, Priscilla Codere, 11 Sunrise Circle, Shelton, from 6:30-8 PM.

Saturday, August 9,Tony & Erin Gasbarro, 16 Millbrook Road, Shelton, from 4-5:30 PM.

Wednesday, August 13, Lisa Tabtabai, 35 Mulberry Lane, Shelton, from 6:30-8 PM.

 

Summer Giving

Friends, please remember that the church is here even when we are not.  Summer vacation plans always reduce our attendance numbers but they need not affect our finances.  If you will be away, please mail us your pledge.  Our faithfulness in maintaining your pledge enables our church family to worship and to serve throughout the year.

 

Four Generations Celebrated

Recently George and Gloria Ward gathered together and celebrated four generations of family: George Ward, his son Gerald Ward, Gerald’s son, Dr. Jeffery Ward and Jeffery’s 6 month old son, Benjamin Ward.

 

Lunch Bunch is Back!

The Lunch Bunch meets every 3rd Wednesday, 11:30 AM at the Stockbridge Restaurant for fellowship and food.  Please call Shirley Starkey (203) 915-6565 if planning to attend.  Everyone is welcome!

 

Men’s Breakfast

The Mens Breakfast meets every 2nd Saturday, 8 AM at the Riverdale Diner.  If you would like more information or need a ride, please contact Charlie Kestler at charliekestler@yahoo.com or call 203-924-9733.

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 Posted in Announcements | Comments Off

Worship Times

For the remainder of June we will have one service only at 10 AM and beginning Sunday, July 6 we will move to our summer worship hour of 9:30 AM.  Our church office hours for the summer are 9 AM – Noon, Monday-Friday.

 

Sunday School Party

On Sunday, June 15 there will be a Sunday School Ice Cream Party after the Children’s Sermon.

 

Change of Date: UMW Pot Luck Gathering / June 10

Our last gathering for the summer has been moved to Tuesday, June  10 at 6 PM in Bovee Hall.  All women are welcome to join us!  Please bring either a main dish, side dish or a dessert.  This will be our last gathering for the summer.  Hope to see you all there!

 

HOLD THE DATE  / NEXT SUNDAY JUNE 8!

Join us for a celebration service and luncheon in honor of Pastor Tim’s ministry on Sunday, June 8, after worship.

 

Christmas House Tour Jobs Needed to Fill for 2014

Please contact members of the UMW, Finance, or the Church Office

Ticket distribution & $ collection (includes selling tickets at church)
Finding 6 homes
Finding up to 5 vendors for Bovee Hall during Tour
Making and distributing votive bags for the homes on tour
Parking Attendants
Distributing signs for homes
Coordinator for hosts & hostesses
Decorate Bovee Hall  (stays for House Tour & Alternative Christmas)
Kitchen help
2nd time around table attendants (gently used Christmas items donated)
Selling tickets on Friday and Saturday evening at Bovee Hall
Setting up Bovee Hall Thursday night before the Tour – few volunteers
Clean-up crew for Saturday night of the tour – few volunteers

Positions filled or partially filled are below:

(Chairpersons, Karen Allen & Cindy Savoie)
(Pen & Ink paintings of homes by May Wentz)
(Craft table by UMW ladies)
(Publicity – Sheri Szymanski)
(Description/write ups for ticket brochure – Donelle Toner)
(Help to set up Bovee Hall Thursday night & kitchen help – Sandie Skudlarek)
(Tickets (make / design) – Cindy Savoie)

Bridgeport Bluefish at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard

The Bridgeport Bluefish invite you and your families to join us for 2014 United Methodist Church Night at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard!  $6 of each ticket sold will go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County.

Date:  Saturday, August 9th at 6:05 PM.  Ticket price:  $15.  Stay after the game for Fireworks night!!  To reserve your tickets, please contact Stacy Toy Kweder at (203) 881-1588 (home) or (860) 681-5793 (cell) or preferred – email at sltoy@icloud.com.

Deadline for Ticket Sales is JULY 7th.  Payment due at that time.

 

Trails Day Weekend

Trails Day weekend is coming up.  Brochures are in the back of the Narthex if interested.  This family event takes place on June 7 & 8 for anyone who loves the great outdoors!   For more information or questions, please email Richard & Sandie Skudlarek at:

skudlare@snet.net.  All are welcome to attend!

 

A Word About Coffee Hour

We want to thank everyone for your help in making Coffee Hour such a nice time of fellowship for our congregation and for our visitors.

Coffee Hour is a casual but important ministry of our church, offering people time to reconnect and build relationships.  The Membership and Evangelism Committee makes every effort to design our schedule so that people aren’t called upon to host coffee  hour more than once every 3-4 months.

The Coffee Hour spread can be as simple or elaborate as the host wishes.  If you have any questions about hosting or about the schedule, please contact Kate Kieley, Coffee Coordinator at 203-225-0890 or email: katekieley@hotmail.com.

           

Calling All Angels!

The Angel Ministry needs your help in replenishing our afghans and blankets for babies and children who are baptized at HUMC.  Our supply is almost depleted! – and we could use your talents in knitting and crocheting blankets for boy and girl babies.  If you can contribute in any way, please contact Dotty Cedergren at (203-261-8478) or Lou Zarrella at (203-925-9077).  You can also drop them off at the church office with a note attached.  Thank you to those of you who have already responded, they’re beautiful! 

 

Habitat for Humanity – Sign Up Now!

Volunteers are needed for Habitat for Humanity on June 21st.  If you are interested or want more information, contact Sandie Skudlarek at email: rivercamping1@gmail.com.

Thank you, Richard & Sandie Skudlarek.

 

From the Finance Committee

We are looking for ideas for new fundraisers and need your help!  Do you have ideas of fundraisers that the church could do that would help financially and serve to reach out into the community?  We are looking for any and all ideas and we are looking for people that have the passion and energy to help make those ideas a reality.  If you have an idea or want to help, talk to anyone on the Finance Committee or email Luke at luke.eddinger@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing your great ideas! -  Luke Eddinger

Friday, May 16th, 2014 Posted in Announcements | Comments Off

Confirmation Sunday

Join us as we welcome Julia Codere, Marie Frese, Samantha Galbraith, Riley Kweder, Courtney Litts and Olivia Vanghele into full membership as they are confirmed this morning.  Congratulations and welcome!

 

Early Service

Our final 8:30 AM service will be held on Sunday, May 25.  Please join us for this special time to be in conversation about the scriptures, to pray, and to celebrate holy Communion.

 

Lunch Bunch is Back!

The Lunch Bunch will meet on May 21st at 11:30 AM at the Stockbridge Restaurant for fellowship and food.  Please call Shirley Starkey (203) 915-6565 if planning to come.  Everyone is welcome!  (We meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month.)

 

Save The Date!  Special Guitar Concert, June 1st

Special Guitar Concert at HUMC on Sunday, June 1. Save the date!  Time: 5 PM. Trevor Babb is a PhD candidate at Yale’s School of Music. This concert is a component of his degree process.  A suggested donation of $5 to $10.

 

Music Ministry Sunday at HUMC, June 1

Celebrate the Music Ministry of our church on June 1, with lots of congregational singing, special music and a wonderful choral anthem.

 

We will also welcome to the pulpit Cass Shaw who is the Executive Director of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport.  Cass will highlight the ministry that the CCGB does in our name in the greater Bridgeport area.  (HUMC has been a member of the CCGB for many years, but from time to time it is nice to renew our understanding of their work!)

 

HOLD THE DATE!!!

Join us for a celebration service and luncheon in honor of Pastor Tim’s ministry on Sunday, June 8 at 10:00 AM.

 

Christmas House Tour Jobs Needed to Fill for 2014

Tickets (make / design)

Ticket distribution & $ collection (includes selling tickets at church)

Finding 6 homes

Descriptions & write-ups of homes for tickets

Finding up to 5 vendors for Bovee Hall during Tour

Making and distributing votive bags for the homes on tour

Parking Attendants

Distributing signs for homes

Coordinator for hosts & hostesses

Decorate Bovee Hall

Kitchen help

2nd time around table (gently used Christmas items)

Selling tickets on Friday and Saturday evening at Bovee Hall

Setting up Bovee Hall Thursday night before the Tour

Clean-up crew for Saturday night of the tour

(Chairpersons, Karen Allen & Cindy Savoie)

(Pen & Ink paintings of homes by May Wentz)

(Craft table by UMW ladies)

(Publicity – Sheri Szymanski)

Please contact members of the UMW or the Church Office if you can help out.

 

Birthright of the Valley: Our goal is to have all bottles returned today!

The Missions Committee’s baby bottle drive to help BIRTHRIGHT in Ansonia is coming to a close.  Please consider taking home a baby bottle (or two!) and filling it with spare change, currency or a check.  Bottles are available in Bovee Hall after the 10:00 AM service.  Birthright of the Valley offers free services and HOPE to pregnant women in crisis.

You might consider honoring a loved one with your donation by filling out the insert provided in each empty bottle.  BIRTHRIGHT will acknowledge your gift by sending a lovely card of appreciation to each recipient.  Please contact either Linda Reznik at (203) 929-3849 or Priscilla Codere at (203) 944-0121 with today if you are interested.  The Missions Committee thanks you for your consideration and support.

 

Spooner House Meals

A volunteer for Spooner House meal in the month of December is still needed. Your help in this vital ministry is very much appreciated!  Please see sign-up sheet in Bovee Hall.

 

Church Office Hours Change
Beginning May through August the church office will be opened from 9 AM – 12 Noon, Monday-Friday.

 

UMW Pot Luck Gathering – June 3

Our last gathering will take place on Tuesday, June 3, 6 PM in Bovee Hall.  All women are welcome to join us!  Please bring either a main dish, side dish or a dessert.  This will be our last gathering for the summer.  Hope to see you all there!

 

Calling All Angels!

The Angel Ministry needs your help in replenishing our afghans and blankets for babies and children who are baptized at HUMC.  Our supply is almost depleted! – and we could use your talents in knitting and crocheting blankets for boy and girl babies.  If you need more information or can contribute in anyway, please contact Dotty Cedergren at (203-261-8478) or Lou Zarrella at (203-925-9077).  You can also drop them off at the church office with a note attached.  Thank you!

 

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers are needed for Habitat for Humanity on June 21st.  If you are interested or want more information, contact Sandie Skudlarek at email: rivercamping1@gmail.com.

Thank you, Richard & Sandie Skudlarek.

 

From the Finance Committee

We are looking for ideas for new fundraisers and need your help!  Do you have ideas of fundraisers that the church could do that would help financially and serve to reach out into the community?  We are looking for any and all ideas and we are looking for people that have the passion and energy to help make those ideas a reality. If you have an idea or want to help, talk to anyone on the Finance Committee or email Luke at luke.eddinger@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing your great ideas!

~Luke Eddinger

 

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 Posted in Announcements | Comments Off

Lenten Labyrinth / Prayer Stations

As we make our way through Holy Week this Lenten season, HUMC will again be offering a prayer labyrinth, as well as contemplative prayer stations, in order to provide some time and space for deepening the spiritual journey.  The purpose of these experiences is to allow for prayer and spiritual reflection; to experience God, to speak to Him, and  to listen.  Please consider setting some time aside directly after the Good Friday service.  The labyrinth and the stations will remain open until 9:30 PM.  Feel free to invite a friend!  For more information, contact Trish Cleary, tlcleary@sbcglobal.net.

 

Youth Cooking For Spooner House

Today from 2-4:30 PM the youth group will prepare the meal for Spooner House and then deliver and serve the meal at 5 PM. 

 

Good Friday Choir Volunteers Always Welcome  

There’s still time to join the choir for the Good Friday service.  Our next rehearsal is Friday, April 18 at 6 PM.  Our regular practice  take place every Sunday at  9 AM and 11:30 AM. 

 

Monday Evening Small Group

Our next Monday evening Small Group will meet on April 28, 7 PM at the home of Karen Allen.  We will only meet once a month on April 28, May 12 and June 2.

 

Spooner House Meals

Volunteers for Spooner House meals are needed for May, July, September and December, 2014.  Please see the sign-up sheet in Bovee Hall.  

 

UMW Bake Sale Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014

Sweets to the sweet, they always say,

So please visit our table on Mother’s Day,

Delicious goodies you’re sure to find.

Something special for Mom who is one of a kind.

(Written by Margaret Rose)

Dates to Remember:

May meeting, Tuesday, May 6, 10 AM in the Meeting Room.

May 11th:  Mother’s Day Bake Sale after the 10 AM service.  Bake table and the ever popular Cookie Walk.   Everyone is welcome to come and donate baked goods!  Please hold the cream and if possible label any peanut or nut ingredients.  Thanks to all for your support in the past, we’re looking forward to another successful event. 

June 3:  Pot Luck Supper (time to be announced)   

 

Thank You

Covenant to Care would like to thank all of you for your donations.  We distributed $40 in Shop Rite gifts cards, 8 Easter Baskets and  non-perishable food. -  Louise Ryon

 

New Book by Rev. Jim Stinson

Rev. Jim Stinson has recently released a new book – “Just Because I Am Old” a practical and Theological Guide to caring.  You are invited to a book signing with Jim on Thursday, May 1 at 2 PM at United Methodist Homes in the Wesley Heights Activity Room.  RSVP to msalvesen@umh.org or 203-925-4952. 

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 Posted in Announcements | Comments Off

Good Friday Choir Volunteers Wanted

Please consider joining the choir for the Good Friday service. Our rehearsal schedule is taking place on March 30 and April 6 at 12 Noon, (tentative, Wed., April 16 at 7 PM) and Friday, April 18 at 6 PM.  Please join us to reflect musically on the message of the cross.  Our regular practice will take place every Sunday (3/23-4/13) at 11:30 AM.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Team Courtney is back in action this year for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for the 5th year in a row!  Thanks to all of our families, friends, co-workers, classmates and more, we’ve been able to raise $9,690 in the last 4 years!  I can’t tell you what this has meant to us and the fact that it goes to help fight childhood cancer makes it even more impactful.  It’s absolutely amazing!!!

Our goal for this year is $2,014.  If you can help, it is always appreciated.  THANK YOU!!! – Team Courtney

To donate:  http:/www.stbaldricks.org/teams/teamcourtney 2014.  To find out more about where the money goes:  http://www.stbaldricks.org/see-the-impact.

Easter Egg Donations Needed

During worship on Palm Sunday our kids will participate in an Easter Egg hunt.  We’re looking for donations of plastic eggs as well as candy and content that we can put in the eggs.  Please bring donations to church over the next few Sundays and place them in the Narthex.

Dear HUMC Family and Friends

A huge thank you for coming together last week for Margaret’s service.  What a wonderful tribute to a one-of-a-kind lady!)  She would have been proud of all of us I believe!  You could feel her presence in Bovee Hall everywhere that day.

Everyone was so generous with their time, cooking/baking skills, clean up, etc.  It was truly amazing.  Thank you all so much for pitching in to make it a great tribute to a truly terrific lady.

~Marybeth McGuire, Dotty Cedergren and Lou Zarrella.

Invitation to “Inherit the Wind” Drama

“Inherit the Wind” at Center Stage Theatre on Grove Street in Shelton (the former Lafayette Elementary School) includes in its cast, Justine Critchley, who plays Sarah Brady the wife of the powerhouse lawyer, Matthew Harrison Brady …  this Drama takes place in a small town.  Show runs from March 28 to April 13 with three Sunday matinees and one Thursday show at 7 PM.  Call Box Office for details 203-225-6079 (Booking seats, book right side of theatre facing stage.)

“Margaret Rose was a tiny “Titanic” of a lady, full of prose and often dressed in “Royal” purple clothes from her head to her toes.  Everyone knows, she reigned “Supreme” as our “Queen!”  Our church doors would open and there she was – playing “hula hoop” with her adoring school children, or selling tickets behind “her booth,” she was never “Aloof” but warm, funny, fabulous forever our “One & Only” Margaret Rose.                                          Submitted by Justine Critchley

A Rose is a Rose

Copies of a poem written by Elisa Uhrynowski honoring Margaret Rose are available on the table in the Narthex.

Volunteers For Spooner House

Starting in the month of May and on we are in need of volunteers to cook meals for Spooner House.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

 

Wednesday Yoga Classes

Our spring session is starting up again for those who have enjoyed the Wednesday evening classes.  The second 8 week session will begin on March 26.

 

Ecumenical Wednesday Services for Lent

Theme:  “Beatitudes” from Matthew

Lenten Services / 6 PM for dinner / 7 PM for the Service.

April 2:          Huntington Congregational Church, 19 Church Street, Shelton.

Rev. Tim Hare will be preaching.

April 9:          First Baptist Church, 178 Leavenworth Road, Shelton.

Rev. Lucille Fritz will be preaching.

 

The offering collected during these services will be going to the Greater Bridgeport Council of Churches to aid victims of domestic abuse.  Please make checks out to Shelton Clergy Association.

 

HUMC Work Day – Saturday, April 12th

Volunteers are needed for helping to get our Church and grounds looking good for Easter. If you can give any time, whether an hour, a few or the whole day, we could use you!

We’ll start with a light breakfast at 8:30 am and then begin working at 9:00 am.

All are welcome and no special skills required!  Thank you, Larry Zarrella.

 

Formative Moment/Deadline April 6th

Our collection of “formative moments” is a special part of our ministry of hospitality in addition to being a wonderful devotional piece. I’m asking you to consider sharing one of your own for our third volume, which we will give to visitors whom we welcome on Palm Sunday and Easter.

Can you think of an experience that has helped to give shape to your faith?  Would you mind sharing it in our collection?  I’ll be happy to collect them and offer some editing.

Please email them to me at pastorhumc@sbcglobal.net by Sunday, April 6th.  On behalf of all who will benefit by reading them, thank you!

-Pastor Tim

 

Youth Cooking For Spooner House

On Sunday, April 13, from 2-4:30 PM the youth group will prepare the meal for Spooner House and then deliver and serve the meal at 5 PM.

 

Spooner House Meals

Volunteers for Spooner House meals are needed for May, July, August, September and December, 2014.  Please see the sign-up sheet in Bovee Hall.

 

Covenant To Care

Covenant to Care is seeking non-perishable food for Easter baskets.  Preferred items are canned hams, hearty soups, beans, canned vegetables, rice, mayonnaise, pasta and chocolate bunnies, small toys, etc. The collection box is in the Narthex. 

 

One Great Hour of Sharing

Your donation to the One Great Hour of Sharing enables UMCOR to serve children, families and communities when disaster strikes.  United Methodists relate to One Great Hour of Sharing by supporting UMCOR’s ongoing work, responding in times of disaster and telling the story of UMCOR’s ministry.    Please give generously in the special envelope in the bulletin on Sunday, March 30.

 

Fish Fry Lenten Dinners

The First UMC of Shelton invites you to their 12th Annual Lenten Fish Fry Dinners on Fridays, April 4 and 11.  Take-out available from 5:30-7:30 PM.  $15 adults, $13 seniors, children 12 and under $5.        

      

Mount Union College Choir Concert

The University of Mount Union Concert Choir (a Methodist school) from Alliance, Ohio (http://www.mountunion.edu/) will give a concert on Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 PM at the Nichols United Methodist Church, 35 Shelton Road, Trumbull, CT  06611.

The sacred and secular music of this Methodist-affiliated university has been performed and acclaimed world-wide.  The Greater Bridgeport UM Cluster is supporting Nichols UMC on this occasion.  Mary Taylor Memorial Church’s support is welcomed in these ways:  – Plan to attend!  The concert is free!

Volunteers are needed to host students overnight after the concert.  This means hosting two students by driving them home after the concert and back to Nichols the next morning for their departure, providing a light breakfast before the students leave your home.  It was very helpful to have volunteer hosts from Nichols when we had the bell ringers at HUMC.  Now, I’m wondering if we might return the favor.  Also, providing a covered dish prior to the concert (optional) if you wish.

If you can host or cook, please contact Jim and Marilyn Lang at 203.377.1747 or Jim@WizardJim.com.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Tim at  pastorhumc@sbcglobal.net.

 

Friday, March 7th, 2014 Posted in Announcements | Comments Off

Join The Choir For Good Friday  

Please consider joining the choir for the Good Friday service. Our rehearsal schedule is taking place on March 23, March 30 and April 6 at 12 Noon, (tentative, Wed., April 16 at 7 PM) and Friday, April 18 at 6 PM.  Please join us to reflect musically on the message of the cross.  Our regular practice will take place every Sunday (3/23-4/13) at 11:30 AM.

 

Wizard Jim At HUMC

Jim Lang is a professional magician from Nichols UMC in Trumbull. Youth groups from other Methodist churches in our area will be joining us at HUMC on Sunday, March 23 from 5-7 pm for a fun time to be in fellowship with one another, and of course, for a magic show! Check out his website: http://wizardjim.com. After the show we’ll have pizza dinner. Please bring $5 to help with expenses.

 

Cooking For Spooner House

This past fall we had the privilege of visiting and touring the Spooner House in Shelton.  At that time our youth group really wanted to make a meal for the residents.  On Sunday, April 13, from 2-4:30 PM the youth group will prepare the meal for Spooner House and then deliver and serve the meal at 5 PM.  As we get closer to April 13, more details will be sent out.  – Marybeth McGuire

 

Volunteers Needed

Starting in the month of May and on we are in need of volunteers to cook meals for Spooner House.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

 

Yoga Classes

There will be a spring session starting up again for those who have enjoyed the Wednesday evening classes.  The second 8 week session will begin on March 26.

 

Covenant To Care

Covenant to Care is seeking non-perishable food for Easter baskets.  Preferred items are canned hams, hearty soups, beans, canned vegetables, rice, mayonnaise, pasta and chocolate bunnies, small toys, etc. The collection box is in the Narthex.

 

Fish Fry Lenten Dinners

The First UMC of Shelton invites you to their 12th Annual Lenten Fish Fry Dinners on Fridays, March 14, 21, 28, April 4 and 11.  Take-out available from 5:30-7:30 PM.  $15 adults, $13 seniors, children 12 and under $5.

 

Ecumenical Wednesday Services for Lent

Theme:  “Beatitudes” from Matthew

Lenten Services will be held at 6 PM for dinner, 7 PM for the Service.

     March 12: Huntington UMC:  Rev. Jack Whritenour preaching.

     March 19: Trinity Lutheran Church, 183 Howe Avenue, Shelton.

                         Rev. Dai Hoon Lee preaching.

     March 26: First UMC of Shelton, 188 Rocky Rest Road, Shelton.

                        Rev. Ken Smith preaching.

     April 2:      Huntington Congregational Church, 19 Church Street, Shelton.

                        Rev. Tim Hare preaching.

     April 9:      First Baptist Church, 178 Leavenworth Road, Shelton.

                         Rev. Lucille Fritz preaching.

The offering collected during these services will be going to the Greater Bridgeport Council of Churches to aid victims of domestic abuse.  Please make checks out to Shelton Clergy Association.

 

Services for Holy Thursday and Good Friday will be updated as information is received.  The traditional Easter Sunday Sunrise Service will be held at Jones’ Tree Farm on April 20 at 6:30 AM.  The Rev. Lucille Fritz will preach.

Easter Flowers

The prices for this year’s Easter plants are listed below.  Please fill out the form in the bulletin and return it in the offering plate marked, “Easter Flowers/Church Office.”  Make checks payable to “Huntington United Methodist Church.”  Any questions, please contact Judy King (929-3039); judith4650@sbcglobal.net, or call the Church Office (929-5545).

Friday, February 21st, 2014 Posted in Announcements | Comments Off

Confirmation Class Trip

Our first outing will be on Wednesday, February 26.  We need to meet at HUMC at 6:30 PM for our visit to Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown.  We’ll participate in their Healing and Eucharist Service” at 7:15 PM.         

 

Sound Tigers Game Sunday, Feb 23rd!!!

Please remember to pick up your tickets at “Will Call.”  Doors open at 2 PM.  Arrive early for your bobble head!  In past events the kids from HUMC have been able to go down to the ice to greet the players as they head out for warm ups.  We’ll see about this time!

 

Ash Wednesday Service

Lent begins on March 5 with our annual observation of Ash Wednesday.  First UMC of Shelton will host the service at 7:00 PM.  We’ll join with members from the Huntington Congregational Church and First Baptist as well.  Pastor Tim will preach.

 

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If you are interested in supporting relief efforts in Syria or in other areas around the globe, please go to this website.  Because all administrative costs are funded by our “One Great Hour of Sharing” offering (March 30th) all donations are used entirely for the projects that you select.

 

Covenant To Care

Covenant to Care is seeking non-perishable food for Easter baskets.  Preferred items are canned hams, heart soups, beans, canned vegetables, rice, mayonnaise, and pasta.  We are also looking for chocolate Easter Bunnies, small toys, crossword puzzle books, board games and plush animals. The collection box is in the Narthex.  – Louise Ryon

 

 United Methodist Women

Hopefully our first meeting of the year will be March 4th at 10:00 AM in the Meeting Room.  We won’t even consider a snow date!  Think spring and green for St. Patrick’s Day!

The UMW would also like to thank everyone for their support of the Valentine  Bake Sale and Cookie Walk on February 9.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

 

Lenten Services

Theme:  “Beatitudes” from Matthew

Lenten Services will be held at 6 PM for dinner,

7 PM for the Service.

March 12:  Huntington UMC:  Rev. Jack Whritenour preaching.

March 19:  Trinity Lutheran Church: Rev. Dai Hoon preaching.

March 26:  First UMC of Shelton:  Rev. Ken Smith preaching.

April 2:      Huntington Congregational Church:  Rev. Tim Hare preaching.

April 9:      First Baptist Church:  Rev. Lucille Fritz preaching.

 

Small Group Gatherings

Our next meeting time is Monday, February 24 and beginning in March, March 3, 17 & 31.  Meetings are Monday evenings, twice a month at 7 PM at Karen Allen’s home.  There are finger foods, time for fellowship, and a video followed by discussion and prayer.  Interested?  Talk to Pastor Tim!

 

Compassionate Yoga Wednesdays – Join Us!    

Laurie Trupp is teaching “Compassionate Yoga” at HUMC on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 PM.  The cost is $13 per session or $88 for 8 sessions.  Classes have already begun but you can start whenever.  Please bring a yoga mat, bottle of water, and a beach towel or small blanket.  All experience levels are welcome.   Please see Pastor Tim if you have any further questions.

 

Cancellations!

If we have to cancel worship services, meetings or events, we will sent out an E-mail.  Additionally, we will post the change on the front of our website.  We will also do our best to indicate the cancellation on our church answering machine.

 

St. Joseph’s Adult Day Program

St. Joseph’s Center in Trumbull offers an adult day program that is caring and supportive with activities to enhance the lives of those with physical and cognitive challenges and limited social opportunities. Copies of their program regarding services and a calendar of activities are on the table in the Narthex, or call Adult Day Program for their free “Guest Day” which your loved one may join them for four hours to meet staff and experience their activities.  You may also contact Lisa Kelleher, Director, 203-220-2781.

 

Susanna Wesley School Registration

SWS has opened registration for the 2014-15 school year to the public. If you or someone you know is interested in registering for our preschool programs please contact the SWS office at 203 925-1076 or please visit our website at www.susannawesleyschool.com.

 

SWS / PTO Book Fair Coming!

Mark the date on your calendar for our annual Book Fair during the week of March 3rd.  The PTO invites the congregation to come and browse and/or purchase some wonderful books and other scholastic material on Sunday, March 2 during Coffee Hour.

 

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Confirmation Class – February Schedule

February meeting times: February 23: Class will take place at 11:30-12:45 PM.  Sunday, February 23 (optional):  Sound Tigers game at 3 PM.  Wednesday, February 26:  Healing Eucharist at Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown, 7:15 PM.  If you would like to discuss any thoughts or concerns, please email Pastor Tim or call at 1-860-307-9679.

Covenant To Care

Covenant to Care is seeking non-perishable food for Easter baskets.  Preferred items are canned hams, heart soups, beans, canned vegetables, rice, mayonnaise, and pasta.  We are also looking for chocolate Easter Bunnies,small toys, crossword puzzle books, board games and plush animals.The collection box is in the Narthex.  – Louise Ryon

Ash Wednesday Service – March 5

This year’s Ash Wednesday service will take place on March 5, 7 PM at the First United Methodist Church.  Pastor Tim will be preaching.

 

Lenten Services

Lenten Services will be held at 6 PM for dinner,

7 PM for the Service.

March 12:  Huntington UMC:  Rev. Jack Whritenour preaching.

March 19:  Trinity Lutheran Church: Rev. Dai Hoon     preaching.

March 26:  First UMC of Shelton:  Rev. Ken Smith preaching.

April 2:      Huntington Congregational Church:  Rev. Tim Hare preaching.

April 9:      First Baptist Church:  Rev. Lucille Fritz preaching.

 

Small Group Gatherings

Our next meeting time is Monday, February 24.  Gatherings are casual, pressure-free, comfortable (in homes,) and fun.  Meetings are Monday evenings, twice a month at 7 PM at Karen Allen’s home.  There are finger foods, time for fellowship, and a video followed by discussion and prayer.  Interested?  Talk to Pastor Tim!

UMW Meeting – March 4

Due to inclement weather (snow!) we had to cancel our February meeting which will not be rescheduled.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 4 at 10 AM in the meeting room.  – Margaret Rose

Compassionate Yoga Wednesdays – Join Us!    

Laurie Trupp is teaching “Compassionate Yoga” at HUMC on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 PM.  The cost is $13 per session or $88 for 8 sessions.   Classes have already begun but you can start whenever.  Please bring a yoga mat, bottle of water, and a beach towel or small blanket.  Laurie’s approach is not overly strenuous and she is able to offer modified movements when they are needed.  All experience levels are welcome.   Please see Pastor Tim if you have any further questions.

St. Joseph’s Adult Day Program

St. Joseph’s Center in Trumbull offers an adult day program that is caring and supportive with activities to enhance the lives of those with physical and cognitive challenges and limited social opportunities. Copies of their program regarding services and a calendar of activities are on the table in the Narthex, or call Adult Day Program for their free “Guest Day” which your loved one may join them for four hours to meet staff and experience their activities.  You may also contact Lisa Kelleher, Director, 203-220-2781.

Lunch Bunch Update

The Wednesday Lunch Bunch group will not be meeting for the months of January – March.  Please make a note of this on your calendar.  – Shirley Starkey

Cancellations!

If we have to cancel worship services, meetings or events, we will sent out an E-mail.  Additionally, we will post the change on the front of our website.  We will also do our best to indicate the cancellation on our church answering machine.  When in doubt, please check these places.

Susanna Wesley School Registration

On February 3, 2014 SWS opened registration for the 2014-15 school year to the public.

If you or someone you know is interested in registering for our preschool programs please contact the SWS office at 203 925-1076 or please visit our website at www.susannawesleyschool.com.

SWS / PTO Book Fair Coming!

Mark the date on your calendar for our annual Book Fair during the week of March 3rd.  The PTO invites the congregation to come and browse and/or purchase some wonderful books and other scholastic material on Sunday, March 2 during Coffee Hour.

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Sunday, February 9

Pastor Tim will be away on Sunday, February 9.  We’ll have one service at 10:00 AM, and Chuck Schif will preach and lead worship.

UMW Meeting, February 4th

We will have weather, whether or not.  That will be the deciding factor of our February 4th meeting this coming Tuesday. 

If the weather cooperates, we will meet at 10:00 AM in the Meeting Room.  If in doubt, call Margaret Rose at 203-929-3500.

Valentine Bake & Cookie Sale

Tired of the deep freeze?  Then, the U.M.W. Cookies Walk and Bake Sale on Sunday, February 9 will warm your heart.

As always, we invite the congregation to join us, and we thank you for all your support.  As we are not serving the public, there aren’t any baking restrictions this time around.   Happy Baking!  Thank you, Margaret Rose.

Confirmation Class Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 2nd

The Confirmation Class schedule for February is below.  As you’ll see, we’ll do most of our class time on Sundays in February and will do our field trips during March.  April will include Holy Week services as we as an excursion to the Mt. Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport.  (Confirmation Sunday might take place on May 4.)

            Our first meeting is this morning at 11:30 AM.

            Other meetings are Feb. 16 & 23 – Class, 11:30-12:45pm. 

            (Feb. 23 optional, Sound Tigers game at 3 pm) 

            Wednesday, February 26:  Taize Worship at Fairfield Grace, at 7pm.

Confirmation is always a great time of learning and growing together.  If you would like to discuss any thoughts or concerns, please email Pastor Tim or call at 1-860-307-9679.

Covenant To Care

Covenant to Care is seeking non-perishable food for Easter baskets.  Preferred items are canned hams, heart soups, beans, canned vegetables, rice, mayonnaise, and pasta.  We are also looking for chocolate Easter Bunnies, small toys, crossword puzzle books, board games and plush animals.  The collection box is in the Narthex.  – Louise Ryon

Compassionate Yoga Wednesdays

We’re happy to announce that Laurie Trupp will be teaching “Compassionate Yoga” at HUMC on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 PM.  The cost is $13 per session or $88 for 8 sessions.  The first class was Wednesday, January 15, but you can start whenever.  Please bring a yoga mat, bottle of water, and a beach towel or small blanket.  Laurie’s approach is not overly strenuous and she is able to offer modified movements when they are needed.  All experience levels are welcome.   Please see Pastor Tim if you have any further questions.

Who Likes Hockey?

Who likes hockey?  Who likes to hang out with members of our parish?  Well, now you can do BOTH!  On Sunday, February 23rd at 3 PM, HUMC and friends go to the Webster Bank Arena as the Sound Tigers face off against the Providence Bruins.  Tickets are $16 each.  Bonus for those in attendance, it’s Bobble head giveaway day!!  See Chris Courtney for details.   Forms are available in the Narthex.

Senior Citizen Opportunity

“Grandma Josie’s”, located at The Clock Tower Square in Monroe, which is a brand new candy shop and party place is looking to hire senior citizens a few times a week.  Hours would be from 11am – 3pm.  Please see Donelle Toner for details or contact her at 203-225-6376, or email: scintoner@aol.com.

Emergency Response Team Training

Saturday, February 15 from 9am – 5pm at Mary Taylor Memorial UMC, 168 Broad Street (“on the Green”)  Milford, CT.  Trainer: The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Fitzsimmons, UMC on Relief certified trainer and pastor of the Clinton (CT) UMC.  This required 8 hour training is for anyone not previously certified in ERT training.  Certification following training is good for three years.  It can also serve as a recertification for those previously certified.  A complimentary lunch will be provided by the host church.  Cost: $10 to cover required background check.  Registration deadline:  February 10, 2014.  Please contact Mary Lou Kampert at mtmumc@asbcglobal.net or 203-874-1982, Ext. 10.

Men’s Breakfast

We meet every second Saturday of the month.  Our next breakfast will be this coming Saturday, February 8, at 8 AM at Riverdale Diner, Shelton.  If you need a ride, please call Charlie Kestler at 203-924-9733.

Small Group Gatherings

Gatherings are casual, pressure-free, comfortable (in homes,) and fun.  Meetings are Monday evenings, twice a month at 7 PM at Karen Allen’s home.  There are finger foods, time for fellowship, and a video followed by discussion and prayer. 

Our next meeting time is Monday, February 3 and then on February 17.  Small group is the perfect way to carve out a little time for spiritual growth and self-care.  Interested?  Talk to Pastor Tim!

Lunch Bunch Update

The Wednesday Lunch Bunch group will not be meeting for the months of January – March.  Please make a note of this on your calendar.  – Shirley Starkey

Cancellations!

If we have to cancel worship services, meetings or events, we will sent out an

E-mail.  Additionally, we will post the change on the front of our website.  We will also do our best to indicate the cancellation on our church answering machine.  When in doubt, please check these places.

Susanna Wesley School Registration

On February 3, 2014 SWS opens registration for the 2014-15 school year to the public.  If you or someone you know is interested in registering for our preschool programs please contact the SWS office at 203 925-1076 or please visit our website at www.susannawesleyschool.com.

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Looking For A New Year’s Resolution

Why not make Small Group your resolution for 2014?  Gatherings are casual, pressure-free, comfortable (in homes,) and fun.  Meetings are Monday evenings, twice a month at 7 PM at Karen Allen’s home.  There are finger foods, time for fellowship, and a video followed by discussion and prayer.  Our January schedule is Monday, January 6 and Monday, January 20.  Small group is the perfect way to carve out a little time for spiritual growth and self-care.  Interested?  Talk to Pastor Tim!

 

A Word About Weekly Communion

At our December Council meeting we decided to give weekly Communion a try from now through Lent.  Because we believe that Communion offers the “real presence” of Christ in a very tangible and intimate way, it makes sense to celebrate the sacrament when we gather. 

On the other hand, we also value all the other components to our worship, and we don’t want our service to feel rushed.   Therefore, we’ll consider this time of weekly Communion to be a trial period.  After experiencing it for a while, please let me know your thoughts.  Thanks, Pastor Tim.

 

UMW February Meeting

The first get-together of the new year will be held in the Meeting Room on Tuesday, February 4 at 10:00 AM – weather permitting.  (We do not meet for the month of January.)   It’s not too early to consider this year’s crafts, so if you have any ideas or samples, please feel free to share them. We will also make tentative plans for upcoming events.  Hope to see you there!

 

New Address & Farewell

Joan and Cas Maucere will be moving on January 19th.  Their new address is: 3368 Tadmor Court, Jamestown, NC 27282.  We wish them the very best and much happiness in their new home.

 

VALENTINE BAKE & COOKIE SALE

Please mark your calendars and save the date.  Sunday, February 9, the United Methodist Women will sponsor their annual Valentine Bake and Cookie Sale after both services.  As always, we invite everyone to add their specialty to this event.  There aren’t any restrictions.  Cookies, pies, cakes, brownies, jams, jellies, candy – whatever your imagination allows.  Please label your donation, such as chocolate chip cookies, brownies, with or without nuts, etc.  The U.M.W. thanks you in advance for your continued support.  – Margaret Rose

 

Who Likes Hockey?

Who likes hockey?  Who likes to hang out with members of our parish?  Well, now you can do BOTH!  On Sunday, February 23rd at 3 PM, HUMC and friends go to the Webster Bank Arena as the Sound Tigers face off against the Providence Bruins.  Tickets are $16 each.  Bonus for those in attendance, it’s Bobblehead giveaway day!!  See Chris Courtney for details.   Forms are available in the Narthex.

 

2014 Offering Envelopes

Please be sure to pick up your 2014 Offering Envelopes on the table in the Narthex this morning.  Thank you, Delores Dreher.

 

Senior Citizens Opportunity

“Grandma Josie’s”, located at The Clock Tower Square in Monroe, which is a brand new candy shop and party place is looking to hire senior citizens a few times a week.  Hours would be from 11am – 3pm.  Please see Donelle Toner for details or contact her at 203-225-6376, or email: scintoner@aol.com.

 

Emergency Response Team Training

Saturday, February 15 from  9am – 5pm at Mary Taylor Memorial UMC, 168 Broad Street (“on the Green”)  Milford, CT.  Trainer: The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Fitzsimmons, UMC on Relief certified trainer and pastor of the Clinton (CT) UMC.  This required 8 hour training is for anyone not previously certified in ERT training.  Certification following training is good for three years.  It can also serve as a recertification for those previously certified.  A complimentary lunch will be provided by the host church.  Cost: $10 to cover required background check.  Registration deadline:  February 10, 2014.  Please contact Mary Lou Kampert at mtmumc@asbcglobal.net or 203-874-1982, Ext. 10.

 

“Sandwiched” An Education Series for Caregivers

Join us at Wesley Village on Wednesday, January 15th from 5:30 – 6:30 PM as we kick off our new series!  Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act for your Aging Loved One.  Don’t walk through the 2014 healthcare changes without the information you need!  Make sense of the many details within the new Affordable Care Act and learn how they affect your aging loved one.  To RSVP, contact us at 203-925-4952.  All programs will be held at Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community on the Wesley Village Campus at  580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton.  A light supper will be served.

 

Thanks To Everyone!

Thank you to everyone for providing a meal in 2013 for our local homeless shelter “Spooner House”.  HUMC along with other local churches provide one meal monthly for the shelter.  If you would like to get involved, please see the sign-up sheet in Bovee Hall. 

 

Alternative Christmas Fair Update

We had a great turn out and were able to raise nearly $5,000 in outreach ministries, locally, nationally and internationally.  We had a total of 13 charities sponsored as well as Beads For Life, Ten Thousand Villages and UMW sponsored a table for My Sisters Place.  We could not have accomplished this without the help of our church families and our own family and friends.  It was definitely a joint effort on all your parts which everyone involved should be proud of.  We give special thanks to Linda Reznik who helped us make this happen with her time, support and experience.  God Bless All! – Sue and Garry DeZolt.