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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 Posted in Announcements | No Comments »

“We Gather Together” – An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service

November 25, 7 PM at First Baptist Church, Shelton

Pastor Chung will be preaching!  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

 

House Tour Meeting

There will be a House Tour meeting on Sunday, Nov. 30th  after Coffee Hour in the Meeting  Room.  Please make every effort to attend.  Time is running out and we want this to be a great success!!!

 

United Methodist Student Day

On Sunday, Nov. 30th we will celebrate United Methodist Student Day, one of the special Sundays we support.  An insert has been placed in the bulletin  if you would like to give.  This offering helps with scholarships to students pursuing an education.

 

UMW December Meeting / December 4

Please note the change of time for our December meeting.  It will take place on Thursday, December 4th at 4:00 PM as we will enjoy dessert and coffee together and then set up for the House Tour.  There will be no meeting for the month of January.

 

Attention Cookie Bakers Needed!

Our ever so popular COOKIE WALK needs cookies for the two evenings of the House Tour.  Both men and women cookie bakers are needed – the more the merrier. You may drop your cookies off on the evening of December 4th while the UMW is setting up for the House Tour, or you may bring them in on the evening before the House Tour begins. Dairy, peanut and gluten free cookies are a big hit.  Please label your ingredients if they contain these.

Thank you! – Lou Zarrella and Dotty Cedergren.

 

Spooner House Meal Volunteer Needed for December 14

A volunteer is still needed on December 14th..  Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in Bovee Hall.

 

Christmas House Tour

Our Christmas House Tour will take place this year on Friday, December 5,      5:30-9:30 PM and Saturday, December 6, 3:00-7:00 PM.  Ticket price: $18.00.  Tickets are now available every Sunday after worship and also at the church office during the week.

 

Alternative Christmas Fair

The Alternative Christmas Fair will take place on December 13, from 10 AM – 2 PM, rain, shine or snow!  This is a good opportunity to purchase a gift, in the name of, for the person that is “hard to buy for,” at Christmas.  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.  All Gifts given to the charities are tax deductible. Call Sue DeZolt at 203-521-6631, or e-mail suebri40@aol.com. for any questions.

 

SWS Needs Seeking Donation Gift Cards

We are having a staff holiday party and needed gift cards for games we are playing.  If you would like to donate a gift card or 2 it would be greatly appreciated.  The gift cards can be $5-10 to Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Soup Thyme or Center Deli.  We would need the donations by November 30 to Roberta at SWS Office, 203-925-1076.

 

SWS Thanksgiving Feast

Many thanks to Linda Reznik and her friend Pat and HUMC members that donated turkeys to our Thanksgiving Feast.  Also,  thanks to Dave Miccinello, who came in on the morning of the feast to carve the turkeys and make gravy.

Our SWS room parents helped set up and each 4 and 5 year old class made side dishes for the feast.   Everyone sat together and enjoyed the wonderful food that was made.

Mrs. Redin taught the children and SWS staff Thanksgiving songs and those were sung before and at the end of the feast.  Everyone had such a wonderful time and I really loved that everyone worked together – church and school to create a special experience for the children.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! – Roberta Cenci, Director

 

Friday, November 7th, 2014 Posted in Announcements | No Comments »

Youth Group Event

This afternoon our youth group will be making Tie-Dye-t-shirts and other items to sell at the House Tour Craft Fair fundraiser.  The time for this event is 2-4 PM. We are thrilled that we received all the t-shirts we needed and would like to thank the HUMC family so much for your generosity!

Parents:  Please send your child this afternoon ready to work.  We will show them how to tie dye and we will all be working together – so they shouldn’t worry that they won’t know how to Tie-Dye.  Be sure they come in old clothes as there is a fairly good chance that they will get dirty!

On November 23, the youth will participate in a food drive for Spooner House and a mystery dinner (. . . will be explained as we get closer to the date!)

International Pot Luck Luncheon

On Sunday, November 16 after the 10:00 AM Worship Service, we will celebrate Thanksgiving with an International Potluck Luncheon. Celebrate with your HUMC family by bringing a salad, main dish or dessert that reflects your heritage.

Please sign up on the bulletin board in Bovee Hall and enjoy a culinary trip around the world!  - Membership & Evangelism Committee

 

Operation Christmas Child Is Back

Shoeboxes for your gifts along with a brochure of suggestions and information may be picked up in the Narthex.  The boxes may be placed on the platform in front of the altar when filled.  The final collection date is November 23.

Spooner House Meal

Thank you to all who have prepared meals for Spooner House in the past.  A volunteer (or volunteers) is still needed for the December 12th meal.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in Bovee Hall if you are able to prepare a meal for Spooner House on that date.  Thank you again for all your help, Diane Walsh

“We Gather Together” –  Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service

This year’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will take place on November 25, 7 PM at First Baptist Church, Shelton. Pastor Chung will be preaching. Worship will be followed by fellowship and pumpkin desserts. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the food pantry and monetary offerings made out to “SCA” will be given to the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. Sponsored by the Shelton Clergy Association.

Alternative Christmas Fair / Save The Date!

The Missions Committee has chosen the date of December 13 from 10 AM – 2 PM, rain, shine or snow!

You will have the opportunity in the coming weeks to pick a charity to sponsor.  If you would like more information on this event, please call Sue DeZolt at 203-521-6631, or e-mail suebri40@aol.com.

This is a good opportunity to purchase a gift, in the name of, for the person that is “hard to buy for,” at Christmas.  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. All Gifts given to the charities are tax deductible.

Christmas House Tour

Our Christmas House Tour will take place this year on Friday, December 5,  5:30-9:30 PM and Saturday, December 6, 3:00-7:00 PM.  Ticket price: $18.00.  We need people to sign up in a few weeks to be hosts at the houses, to help set-up (Thursday) and take down (Saturday) Bovee Hall, and to donate gently used Christmas items for the Nearly New Christmas Decorations (2nd Time Around Table) also, to donate home baked cookies for the Cookie Walk!  Thanks, Cindy Savoie and Karen Allen.

Charge Conference / December 14

On Sunday, December 14 at 3 PM we’ll gather for our annual Charge Conference. We’ll celebrate the ministries of 2014, elect Trustees, receive nominations from the Committee on Lay Leadership, and more.  Please join us!

HUMC WORK DAY / NOVEMBER 15!

The trustees have scheduled a Work Day at HUMC for Saturday, November 15.  All hands and helpers are welcome!  A light breakfast will be served at 8:30am-9:00am before we get started.

We hope to have a general clean up of the grounds, i.e., leaf removal, clean gutters, power wash siding and wash windows.  Also, many small projects to do inside.

Won’t you come for an hour or two or for however long you can stay to help? All help is appreciated!  For more information, please contact Larry Zarrella at (cell) 203-339-2553 or email at:  larry_zarrella@yahoo.com.

Covenant to Care for Thanksgiving Needs

Covenant to Care is seeking donations for Thanksgiving!  Preferred items are Gift Cards to Big Y, Shop Rite and Walmart.

We are also looking for heart soups/stews, canned vegetables and fruit, canned ham/tuna/chicken/turkey, cereal and oatmeal and shelf stable milk.  A donation box is in the Narthex.  Thank you, Louise Ryon

SWS Open House Signs

If anyone would like to help SWS advertise their Open House set for November 20, please pick up a sign for your yard as you exit Bovee Hall doors.

SWS Big Thanksgiving Feast

SWS is cooking turkeys for their Big Thanksgiving Feast.  Roberta Cenci, SWS director will be cooking the turkeys on Sunday afternoon, November 23 at the church. If any church member would like to donate a turkey for this school event, please contact Roberta at SWS (203) 925-1076.  Thank you.

Dear Friends of the Huntington United Methodist Church,

I would like to take this moment to thank all of you for keeping us in your prayers during my mother’s illness.  Your support kept me strong and I was able to be there for my family members reassuring them that the beauty of life will go on.  God brings us to it and takes us through it (with a little help from our friends).  Amen!

To my choir brothers and sisters in Christ and Pastor Chung:  On one of the saddest days of my life, your presence at the church service brought me such comfort and happiness.  For this I am ever grateful.  I am so blessed to be a part of something so wonderful.  Thank you all!  - Donelle Toner and dad, Donald Scinto

Classroom Reminder

On Sundays please only use the classrooms designated for Sunday School.  This year the church and SWS are not using a cleaning company and the SWS teachers are now cleaning their own rooms.  They clean and set up the classrooms on Friday so they are ready for classes on Monday.  Thanks for understanding.

Playground Reminder

Just a friendly reminder to please remember to pick up, put away toys and cover the sandbox after the children use the playground on Sundays.  Many Thanks!

Genesis HealthCare at St. Joseph’s Center

St. Joseph’s Center welcomes day time volunteers.  If you have a special Interest or Hobby that you would like to share with our Residents, please call St. Joseph’s Center.  A few examples are knitting, crocheting, baking, painting, puzzles or playing cards.  We have a Men’s club and will be starting a Women’s club after January 1.  What a great way to make use of your spare time and inspire someone.

Please contact Sharon Lockshier, Coordinator of Volunteer Services at 203-220-2823, Tuesday – Thursday, 8 AM – 4 PM.  St. Joseph’s Center is located at 6448 Main Street, Trumbull, CT.  Thank you very much. – Sharon Lockshier

Friday, October 17th, 2014 Posted in Announcements | Comments Off

Membership & Evangelism Meeting Today

We will be meeting after worship and coffee hour this morning in the Meeting Room to plan an International Pot Luck lunch sometime in November.  – Sheri Szymanski

Alternative Christmas Fair / Save The Date!

The Missions Committee met last Sunday to discuss the Alternative Christmas Fair. They have chosen the date of December 13 from 10 AM – 2 PM, rain, shine or snow!

You will have the opportunity next week and in the coming weeks to pick a charity to sponsor.  If you would like more information on this event, please call Sue DeZolt at 203-521-6631, or e-mail suebri40@aol.com.

This is a good opportunity to purchase a gift, in the name of, for the person that is “hard to buy for,” at Christmas.  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. All Gifts given to the charities are tax deductible.

Calling All 8th & 9th Graders

All 8th and 9th graders, along with their parents who are interested in Confirmation (classes would begin sometime in January 2015) are asked to contact Pastor Chung.

Acolytes & Readers Needed For Sundays

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Reader and/or an Acolyte during the worship service, please see Pastor Chung.  Also, see the sign-up sheet in Bovee Hall.

Special Coffee Hour / October 26

One of our longtime members of HUMC will be celebrating a very special birthday.  Lillian Emery turned 100 years old on October 8, and we are planning a special Coffee Hour to celebrate her birthday.   Please bring a little something for our Coffee Hour table on Sunday, October 26.  Thanks, Lou & Dotty

All Saints Sunday – November 2

Join us on this special Sunday as we honor the saints among us and the saints who have gone before us recently.  Their names will be read during the worship service on November 2 along with lighting a candle in their memory.  November 2nd is also Family Sunday and we look forward to joining together for intergenerational worship.  Reminder: Children in grades 2 and up are invited to stay in the Sanctuary for worship.

HUMC Work Day / Mark Your Calendars

The trustees have scheduled a Work Day at HUMC for Saturday, November 1st.  Our rain date will take place on Saturday, November 15.  All hands and helpers are welcome!  A light breakfast will be served at 8:30am-9:00am before we get started.  We hope to have a general clean up of the grounds, i.e., leaf  removal, clean gutters, power wash siding and wash windows.  Also, many small projects to do inside. Come for an hour, a few hours, or the whole day. All help is appreciated!   For more information, please contact Larry Zarrella at (cell) 203-339-2553 or email at:  larry_zarrella@yahoo.com.

 

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

Christmas House Tour

Our Christmas House Tour will take place this year on Friday, December 5, 5:30-9:30 PM and Saturday, December 6, 3:00-7:00 PM. Ticket price: $18.00.

We need people to sign up in a few weeks to be hosts at the houses, to help set-up (Thursday) and take down (Saturday) in Bovee Hall, and to donate gently used Christmas items for the Nearly New Christmas Decorations (2nd Time Around Table) also, to donate home baked cookies for the Cookie Walk!

Please save these dates and plan to attend one of the evenings. Thanks, Cindy Savoie and Karen Allen.

Donations For House Tour

Kathy Miccinello and Shirley Starkey are looking for donations for the House Tour’s Nearly New Christmas Decorations table.  If you have donations, please contact Kathy, or call Shirley at 203-915-6565.

Operation Christmas Child Is Back

Shoeboxes for your gifts along with a brochure of suggestions and information may be picked up in the Narthex.  The boxes may be placed on the platform in front of the altar when filled.  The final collection date will be Sunday, November 23.

United Methodist Women

We will be meeting on Tuesday, November 4 at 10 AM in the Meeting Room. We will be working on crafts for the House Tour.

Wesley Village Christmas Wish Program

Pastor Jim Stinson, Director of Spiritual Life, has sent us some forms if anyone wishes to be a part in the Christmas Wish program at Wesley Village.  Please check the table in the Narthex for forms and Christmas Wish Lists for Wesley Heights and Bishop Wicke Health Center.

Communion Schedule

Our church family will celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month along with all Sundays during Advent and Lent.  We will continue to celebrate weekly communion at the 8:30AM service.

Sunday School Hour

If your child isn’t yet registered, please pick up a form from the Narthex and fill out  the necessary paperwork and return the forms to either the church office, Priscilla Codere or Kate Kieley.  Sunday School is now in session every Sunday after the Children’s Sermon.

Important Message from Church Office

Please contact Sandy at the church office by Wednesday of each week with your announcements, planned events and schedules.  It is important that they appear on the church calendar and also announced in our weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters.

Playground Reminder

Just a friendly reminder to please remember to pick up, put away toys and cover the sandbox after the children use the playground on Sundays.  Many Thanks!

Classroom Reminder

On Sundays please only use the classrooms designated for Sunday School.  This year the church and SWS are not using a cleaning company and the SWS teachers are now cleaning their own rooms.  They clean and set up the classrooms on Friday so they are ready for classes on Monday.  Thanks for understanding.