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Sunday, April 13th, 2014 Posted in Announcements | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

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.

 

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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).

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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.

 

UMCOR.COM

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.

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Toys For Kids

This year as in the past, we will be joining Christine Mallico’s SWS Pre-K class in collecting Toys For Kids.  The collection box will be in Bovee Hall beginning Sunday, Dec. 1st  through December 14th. 

Gifts should be unwrapped, but separate donations of wrapping paper are welcome.  Your gift could put a smile on some child’s face on Christmas morning.  Thank you.

Alternative Christmas Fair POSTPONED

Our Alternative Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, December 21st from 10 AM -2 PM in Bovee Hall. 

There will be plenty of hand-crafted gifts on sale through fair-trade outlets in addition to tribute gift options that make such a big difference around the world. Please save the date and spread the word about this unique shopping opportunity.

Youth Group Christmas Party

We’ll gather at the McGuire home from 4-6 PM on Sunday, December 15th to celebrate the Christmas season.  Please bring a $10 gift for our grab bag exchange.

Christmas Caroling – December 22nd

All are welcome to join the youth group as we go out caroling. We’ll meet at 4 PM at the church and return later for chili dinner.

Youth Group Schedule

Dates to keep in mind for future meetings are:  December 15th Youth Group Holiday Party; Dec. 14 – Alternative Gift Fair (youth volunteers needed from 10 AM – 2 PM); Dec. 22 – Christmas Caroling and Chili party; January 12 – Game night (either at church of the McGuire’s house); and January 24-26 – Community outreach opportunity, more information to come.

Calling All Chime Bell Ringers!!!

The Bell Choir will be playing at the 11 PM Christmas Eve service.  Anyone with minimal musical experience is welcome!  We will practice Sunday, December 15th and Sunday, December 22 at 11:45 AM in the balcony.  We’ll meet for our final practice on Christmas Eve at 10:30 PM.  Please contact Cindy Savoie at 203-218-6812 or email: clsavoie@ymail.com if you would like to participate!

Christmas Eve Service – December 24th

Please share the beauty and wonder of Christmas Eve by inviting friends and loved ones to worship with us! 

We’ll have two services on the 24th. The first will be a “family service” at 5 PM.  Children will be encouraged to remain in the sanctuary and participate in this very child-friendly service. (Hymn Sing, 4:30 PM – call out favorite carols)

Our second worship opportunity begins at 11 PM with a service of lessons and carols.  We’ll have candles, special music, and lots of singing.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to receive anew the Good News of Christ’s birth!

Poinsettia’s For Christmas

Would you like to place a Poinsettia(s) in our Sanctuary this Christmas Season in honor of, or in memory of a loved one?  (Donors are asked to please leave their plants for the Christmas Eve Service before taking home). Cost of the 6.5 inch pot Poinsettias are $10 each, with a choice of red or white.

Please take a moment to fill out the insert in the bulletin and give to an usher and/or place in the Offering Plate for the Church Office.  Checks may be made payable to “HUMC”.  If you would like more information, please call Judy Smith King at (203) 751-6048 or email at: judith4650@sbcglobal.net. The final deadline to order is December 15th!  Extra forms are available on the table in the Narthex.

A Word of Thanks Regarding House Tour

Thank you to all the staff, members and friends of Huntington United Methodist Church, and to those who had generously opened their homes and shared their Christmas spirit and customs with us.  Thank you to our sponsors: Jones Family Farm-Winery, and also the trees and greens they donated for the houses; Marks of Design, Huntington Rental, Warner’s Hair Design and Oronoque Farms and Gift Shop.  A special thanks also to May Wentz for her artistic renditions of the host homes and to Cindy Nigro for the brochure design.  More to come in the January newsletter.

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Worship Time This Morning

We welcome back our very own Chuck Schif who will preach and lead us in worship this Sunday, November 10th  at 10 AM.   We will return to two services next Sunday.  

 

Missions Meeting

Monday, November 11 at 7 PM upstairs by the church offices.

 

U.M.W. Meeting, Tuesday, November 12

Do you have a favorite apron?  Perhaps it was a gift, a family heirloom, a flea market find, or one that declares that you are the “Kitchen Diva”.  In other words, an apron that has a story to tell.  If so, please share it with us.  Where:  Meeting Room; When: Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 10:00 AM.  – Margaret Rose

 

Counting Our Blessings / November 17 & 24

Each year at Thanksgiving time, our altar is typically adorned with a Colorful Succoth Booth.  This year we would like to add food again to the Display.  On Sundays, November 17 & 24, we are asking everyone to bring in a non-perishable food item.  The children can bring a can of food during the Children’s Sermon.  The food will be boxed up and sent to our local Food Pantry.   All donations will be greatly appreciated. 

 

House Tour Meeting Update / November 17

There will be a House Tour Update meeting after worship and coffee hour on Sunday, November 17 in the Meeting Room.  – Stan Tait

 

Youth Group Outing

On Friday, November 15 at 5:45 PM the youth group will meet at Spooner House in Shelton (30 Todd Road, near Shelton WalMart) for a tour at the facility.  We would love if everyone could bring some non-perishable food items to stock the shelves of the food pantry on site.  After Spooner House, we’ll go back to the church for a pizza party and make Thanksgiving cards and Christmas ornaments for some special members of our community.  Kids can be picked up at 8:30 PM at the church.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that we have a head count for pizza. -  Mary Beth McGuire

 

We Gather Together

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service

November 26, 7PM at HUMC

 

Pastor Lee from First UMC in Shelton will be our preacher. Worship will be followed by fellowship and pumpkin desserts. Non-perishable food items will be collected for Spooner House and monetary offerings made out to “SCA” will be given to the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. Sponsored by the Shelton Clergy Association.

 *We are looking for volunteers to help provide a pumpkin coffee hour.  If you are willing, please contact Pastor Tim.

 

Habitat Workday

We have a few open spots for our workday with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, November 16th .  If interested, please contact Pastor Tim immediately.

 

Covenant to Care for Thanksgiving

Covenant to Care is seeking non-perishables for Thanksgiving.  Preferred items are gift cards to large supermarkets, hearty canned soups, vegetables, fruit, etc.  A collection box is in the Narthex.  Any questions, please see Louise Casinelli Ryon.

 

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Deadline

The Christmas Child Shoeboxes cut- off date is November 24.   If you would like to include a photo of you and/or your family packing the shoebox or give an example of how packing the shoebox has blessed you, please forward your information to Darlene Gosnell (dar1211@aol.com) to be included on the OCC website. 

 

Christmas House Tour

Our Christmas House Tour will take place this year on Friday, December 6 from 5:30-9:30 PM and Saturday, December 7, from 3:30-7:30 PM.  Save these dates and plan to attend on one of the evenings.  Tickets for our annual Christmas House Tour are on sale.  Please call the church office to reserve your ticket, 203-929-5545.  Cost is $15.

 

Reminder from UMW

Please save your nearly new Christmas items for the “Christmas Past for Christmas Present” table in Bovee Hall at the Christmas House Tour.  – Margaret Rose

 

Alternative Christmas Fair

Our Alternative Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, December 14th  from 10 AM -2 PM in Bovee Hall.  There will be plenty of hand-crafted gifts on sale through fair-trade outlets in addition to tribute gift options that make such a big difference around the world.  Would you or your family, or a group be able to sponsor a table this year or volunteer to help make the fair a success?  For more information, please see Garry & Sue DeZolt.  Thank you. 

 

Advent Season

During the Sundays of Advent, a season of preparation, we will celebrate weekly Eucharist and have services at 8:30 AM & 10 AM.  Sunday, December 1st begins the first Sunday of Advent. 

 

Christmas Eve

On Tuesday, December 24th  we offer a 5 PM “Family Service” and an 11 PM Candle-light service of Lessons and Carols.

 

Sunday, December 29

Our Christmas celebrations continue with worship at 10 AM.

 

Spaghetti Supper

Saturday, November 16th:  Spaghetti Supper with a concert following at the Long Hill UMC in Trumbull.  The supper starts at 5:30pm and includes: salad, spaghetti, bread, dessert and drink.  Cost: $11; $10  Seniors; $5 Children under 12.            Concert to follow at 7pm in the Sanctuary featuring Chris Coulter, Swing Jazz.  Location: 6358 Main Street.  Phone: 203-268-9090.

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Charge Conference

We welcome our District Superintendant Ken Kieffer to the pulpit on Sunday, November 3rd. Following worship he will preside at our Charge Conference.

All Saint’s Sunday – November 3rd

Join us on this special Sunday as we honor the saints among us and the saints who have gone before us this past year.  If you haven’t done so yet, please fill in the name of your recently departed loved one(s) on the form available in the Narthex.  Their names will be read during the worship service on Nov. 3rd.

Worship Times & Guest Preachers

On Sunday, November 3rd and November 10th there will be NO EARLY SERVICE. On the 3rd we welcome our District Superintendent to the pulpit and on November 10th we welcome back our very own Chuck Schif who will preach and lead worsihip.  Pastor Tim and Angela will be away from the church on the weekend of November 10th in celebration of a friend’s wedding.

Ecumencial Thanksgiving Worship

On November 26th at 7 PM, HUMC will host our annual ecumenical Thanksgiving worship service.  Pastor Lee from First UMC in Shelton will be our preacher.

Christmas House Tour 

Our Christmas House Tour will take place this year on Friday, December 6 from 5:30-9:30 PM and Saturday, December 7, from 3:30-7:30 PM.  Please save these dates and plan to attend one of the evenings.

There are several tables available in Bovee Hall at the Christmas House Tour for anyone who has a specialty they would like to offer.  To date we have two jewelry tables reserved.  Suggested donation is 10% of your proceeds.  If interested, please call Margaret Rose at: 203-929-3500.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

An Instructional brochure and donation envelope have been  placed  inside the empty shoeboxes on the platform  in the Sanctuary. The box can be wrapped (top separate from bottom) with Christmas paper, and secured with a rubber band.   (Please remember to give a check of $7.00 per box to cover shipping and other project costs.)  The boxes can be returned to the platform when filled.  

This year’s National Collection Week is November 24.  For more information, please contact Darlene Gosnell at 203-268-0177.

Alternative Christmas Fair, Dec. 14

Our Alternative Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, December 14 from 10-2 PM in Bovee Hall. Would you or your family, or a group be able to sponsor a table this year?   Our Missions Committee is working to organize the fair and will offer more details in future worship bulletins. If interested in participating by hosting a table, or for more information, please see Garry & Sue DeZolt.  Thank you. 

Habitat for Humanity

HUMC is leading a work day on Saturday, November 16.  Speak with Pastor Tim soon if you would like to participate. 

Annual Turkey Dinner Invite

Jesse Lee UMC will be serving their Annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday, November 2nd at 5:30 PM & 7:15 PM in Bennett Hall.  Jesse Lee is located on 25 Flat Rock Rd. in Easton.  Cost: $15.  Children under 12, $7 and uncer 5, free.  For dinner reservations, please call the church at 203-372-8250 or email: jesslee.umc@gmail.com