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A Scene from Yesterday's Corned Beef Takeout Dinner...

eFaith Matters
Friday, March 18, 2022

 Roxbury Congregational Church

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA

This Sunday
March 20, 2022
Third Sunday in Lent

10:30 a.m. Worship In-Person & Virtual
 on Zoom or the Church's Facebook page

Fellowship Hour follows

Be our guest as we gather
to hear the word of God;
meditate upon its meaning
and purpose for our lives;
to be empowered to go out
and share God's love in our daily lives;
and to bask in the peace that Christ gives.


We are a Community Seeking to Share God's Love!


This Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Worship Where You Are At  in -person or virtually!

You are invited to worship this Sunday. 
With the return to in-person worship and activities 
we ask that as we come back together that we wear our name tags for worship.

Bulletin: LINK 
 (The link remains the same each week)
There will be a bulletin posted for each week posted by late Saturday.
 
Guest Book: LINK

Online Offering: LINK  or point your smartphone camera at the image:  
                                                                                                             

4  Ways to Join Us For Worship:
1. In-person worship  - We are now worshipping in person! Mask-optional for those fully vaccinated (2 shots and booster)
                                                                                                                    
2. Worship using Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone:  Zoom LINK
                            Meeting ID: 623 572 023     Password: 718688    


NOTE: We ask that you keep your computer microphone MUTED, except for the virtual coffee hour, or to share a prayer concern or celebration at the beginning of worship. Thanks!


3.  Worship Using Facebook LIVE at   Facebook LINK
(You do not have to have a Facebook Account to watch) Be patient, the FB feed is turned on after prayer concerns and celebrations are shared - for privacy reasons... typically by 10:35 a.m.  www.facebook.com/RoxburyChurch


4. Listen in by Telephone:   +1 646 558 8656 US (NY)
      Meeting ID: 623 572 023     Password: 718688     Mute your phone if possible. Press * 6              (Press * 6 to unmute)

Prayer List Submissions can be communicated by emailing Rev. Peters, during the welcome at the beginning of worship. If speaking during the worship, use only first names to protect privacy.

Unofficial printed Prayer List guidelines:  for non-member names - one week, which can be requested to remain on for one month, renewable. Deaths - are listed for 1 month;

 

"See" you Sunday morning at 10:30 for worship!

Another Successful Corned Beef Dinner!

We thank all those who planned, baked cookies, and those who worked at the event yesterday. We ran out of food!
We served 150 and probably could of sold 200+!
Net profit from the church is still be calculated and we will let you know soon.
Welcome Elizabeth Kutepov - our New Church Secretary!
We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth Kutepov of Roxbury
as our new Church Secretary.
Elizabeth will be in the office on Tursday and Friday mornings (9:30 - 12:30p.m.)
and is learning the ropes.
Many will recognize her as a regular on Sunday mornings in our pews.
We thank Nancy as she retires and appreciate not only her years of service but her mentoring Elizabeth as she begins her work here.

 
Lenten Video Series
Basic Christianity by Rev. David Peters
based on A Course in Basic Christianity by Rev. Richard L. Floyd

LINK
Each week a 10-15 minutes video discussing an aspect of Christianity
Session 1 3/3: How Do We Know God?
 
Session 2 3/10: How Do We Interpret the Bible? 
Session 3 coming soon: What meaning do the Creeds and Doctrines have for the Church today?
 

Cash 4 Causes Card Program
awakens from the Pandemic Slumber...



The popular program is back with a new coordinator and an emphasis
on the local grocery stores.

Susan Zappulla-Peters (355-8830 - zappullapeters@mac.com)
has taken over from Heidi Neff, who spearheaded the program from its beginnings.

It is hoped that you would consider getting in the habit, like some,
to purchase your cards on a monthly basis on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

The concept is simple.
- You buy the card at the face value (ex. $100) and we purchase a cash card from the store.
- They charge approx. 5% less and the church keeps the difference.
- You spend the same amount, but by using the card, your Church gets a 5% benefit!!

We work primarily with Stop & Shop, Big Y and Shop Rite cards

Contact Susan directly or speak with her on Sundays after worship.
She will try to have a few cards for the different stores with her.


 

COVID -19 Home Tests

By the generous donation of a church member, we have a few home tests available
if you have an immediate need and can not obtain them for other sources.
If you need a test, please speak with Rev. Peters.

 
An important message from Rev. David Peters and the Board of Trustees
Dear Congregation members,
On February 13, 2022, we approved at the Annual Meeting an operating budget for 2022.
In the interest of transparency I wanted all church members to be aware of an error made in our budgeting process for 2022.

The budget included as income, an estimate of income of $172, 395.  Unfortunately, a directed gift of $15,000 was listed under Directed Gifts and also mistakenly included into the computation of pledges. This discovery results in a larger deficit for the budget. The approved budget estimated a deficit of ($16,127.92) which was well within the 5%  ($35,625) reasonable withdrawal policy from our investment account. The new estimated deficit is $38,267.92 which is slightly greater than current policy. While this was expected to be a year in which a withdrawal from our investment account would be needed to balance the budget I have great faith that armed with this reality we can all come together to, at a minimum, reduce any needed withdrawal from our investment account to a level within current policy and hopefully more. For your review I have placed both the approved budget as well as an updated version on the Church’s website under the Documents tab.. Do not hesitate to reach out to me should you have any questions. Faithfully yours, David
 
Your Trustees and I wanted to make the congregation aware of this for your information in a timely fashion.

We are receiving financial donations to help the fleeing refugees from Ukraine in Poland. We are working with partner churches in Poland to provide aid and support.

Checks can be dropped off to the church
or you can use the online donation site to give.
Please put Ukraine in the memo.

100% of all donations go directly to ministries on the ground without any overhead.

For more information check out of denomination's Ukraine Appeal page:

https://tinyurl.com/yvsyj5zp
 
This Week at Church



The Meetinghouse Steeple is lighted
during March 2022
in loving memory of  
Lorraine Felladore
by Katherine and Bruce Smith

 
 
Liturgical Season: Lent
March Deacons of the Month: Mark Wolmer and Mike Wilcox
(Person to contact for more information)

 
Saturday, March 19
10:30 a.m. Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher)

Sunday, March 20,  Third Sunday in Lent
9:15 a.m.   Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)           - Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m. Worship  - In-Person and virtual             - Meetinghouse       
                 Fellowship Hour follows     Hall

Tuesday, March 22 (Note: Rev. Peters will be taking today off)
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)
4:00 p.m. Piano Lessons - Hall - (Sandy K.)

Wednesday, March 23 
3:00 p.m. Loaves and Fishes meal service (Mike Wilcox) - New Milford
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts (Jason McKay) - Fellowship Hall

7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Jason McKay) - Fellowship Hall

Saturday, March 26
10:30 a.m.  Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher) Library & Zoom
7 p.m.         Bingo Night for the James Fitzgerald IV Foundation - Hall

Sunday, March 27  Fourth Sunday in Lent             One Great Hour of Sharing offering
9:15 a.m.   Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)           Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m. Worship   in person and virtual             Meetinghouse
                  Fellowship Hour follows

3:00 p.m.   Long Rivers Concert - Meetinghouse -  $30 ea. Tickets 

Save the Date
April 3, 7:00 p.m. Trivia Night - Fellowship Hall Contact Chris Childs to reserve a table of 6 - less than 6 will be added to make a table
May 19, Rummage and Bake Sale (Sue Stauffacher) 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Reminder: If you have any community events that you would like lifted up, please submit them to the church office by 9:00 a.m. on Fridays so they can be printed in the bulletin. We would like to keep spoken announcements to those pertaining to the Roxbury Church.
 
 

If are willing to help with either of these - contact Rev. Peters EMAIL LINK
March Deacon of the Month: Mark Wolmer assisted by Mike Wilcox


   reader underlined 
 Lay Reader & Greeters


March 20: Andy Huber & Marilyn Huang 
March 27: Vail Barrett_&___________
April 3:     Jerry Smith &___________
April 10: __________& ___________

               
Flowers 
March 20: Barbara Cover
March 27: ______________
April 3: _____________
April 10: Palm Sunday palms
 
Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
March 20: Charlie Stauffacher
March 27: Barbara Cover
April 3: _____________
April 10: _____________
We are looking for a couple of people who can help us with this. See Rev. David

Fellowship Host
 As simple as some cookies with coffee/tea.
March 20: Charlie Meade
March 27: _____________
April 3: _____________
April 10: ____________

 


Steeple Lighting 

The Steeple is lighted each month in memory or celebration.
Listed below are those who have signed up.
March 2022: Bruce & Katherine Smith
April 2022: Pat Lowe
May 2022: Doris and Chuck Farrell
June 2022: ________________
July 2022:  Jan & Bill Steers
August 2022: ______________
September 2022: ___________
October 2022: _____________
November 2022: ___________
December 2022: Diane & Charlie Meade
Steeple Lighting: $25 for the month, payable to RCC
and goes into the Memorial Fund - See Rev. Peters
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)  is one of four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ. This Lenten Offering supports the disaster, refugee, and development ministries of the United Church of Christ within Wider Church Ministries.

We here at Roxbury Church will join with UCC congregations across the country to receive this special offering on Sunday, March 27.
We encourage your historic generosity. There will be specially marked envelopes in the Sunday Bulletin that day to use or you can mail your donation to the church with a check payable to RCC and "OGHS" in the Memo.

A video that explains and makes the case for supporting OGHS:  LINK

A Sharing calendar can be found at LINK

Dare to Stand in Your Suffering

by Rev. Henri Nouwen

I really want to encourage you not to despair, not to lose faith, not to let go of God in your life, but stand in your suffering as a person who believes that she is deeply loved by God. When you look inside yourself, you might sometimes be overwhelmed by all the brokenness and confusion, but when you look outside toward him who died on the cross for you, you might suddenly realize that your brokenness has been lived through for you long before you touched it yourself.

Suffering is a period in your life in which true faith can emerge, a naked faith, a faith that comes to life in the midst of great pain. The grain, indeed, has to die in order to bear fruit and when you dare to stand in your suffering, your life will bear fruit in ways that are far beyond your own predications or understanding. . . . Spend some time each morning doing nothing but simply sitting in the presence of God and saying the Jesus Prayer. Gradually, God will enter your heart in a new way and bring new light into your struggle.

Mindfulness Meditation Group – Saturday mornings
Feeling Stressed?   Overwhelmed by the Pandemic?

You are invited to be a part of the Mindfulness Meditation Group which meets Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Chapel Library and on Zoom. Open to any and all in the community, regardless of any religious affiliation.

The Link to join is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/762243509?pwd=SkFGTXlPSm5HZ1pMZnRMQ3NyZ2NrQT09

Contact Charlie Stauffacher for information at 860-354-1274.


Silver Lake Camp and Retreat Center
223 Low Road, Sharon, CT
860-364-5526

Summer Conferences - 2022
Registrations are now open!
Conferences fill f a s t ! - So plan now or you may not be able to attend when or what you desire!

Learn more about summer camp at Silver Lake, view the 2022 summer brochure, and look through the upcoming sessions at https://www.silverlakect.org/summercamp

The Summer Conferences feature week-long sessions for those entering grades 4-12 in the fall.
Also, there are Family Camps- half-week sessions!

Silver Lake provides life-changing experiences of God's love in creation!
Speak with Rev. David with any questions as well to apply for a grant from the Chuch to go towards the cost of a session at Silver Lake! The Camp is American Camping Association certified.

 
Winter / Spring Silver Lake Events coming up

Maple Sugaring Family Day
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
March 19 or 26

Photos from past Maple Sugarings

This day retreat is for all ages.
Tiered Pricing: $50/$40 per person includes lunch
Families choose the per person price that they can afford

From tap to table, experience nature’s renewal and its sweet gifts at Silver Lake
We will tap the camp’s sugar maple trees, collect the sap, and boil it over a big outdoor stove
as we participate in the transformation of sap into syrup.
See firsthand God’s gift of Resurrection in the coming Spring.


 

2022 Silver Lake Award Celebration

Come celebrate as we honor the Rev. David Peters!

Sunday, April 24, 2-5 pm
Farmington Gardens
999 Farmington Avenue (Rt 4)
Farmington, CT 06032

The Silver Lake Award recognizes someone whose life has been visibly shaped by the core values of Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center and who, in turn, live their life and faith in a way that reflects the formative experiences they have had at Silver Lake. This person truly takes Silver Lake home with them beyond Low Road. 

$60 per person - Register Now!

Silver Lake requires all guests to our site and participants at our in-person events to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.



Silver Lake Vaccine Requirement Announcement

Silver Lake requires all guests to our site to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Those who are not able to be vaccinated due to a medical condition may show proof of a negative PCR test taken not more than 3 days before the event.


 



Star Island Summer Conferences

Isle of Shoals, off the coast of New Hampshire

A wonderful place for adults and youth where during week-long conferences, one is able to relax, learn, and just be.
Star Island was founded on the traditions of Unitarian Universalism and the United Church of Christ. We strive to contribute to our world by providing a sacred and meaningful space for a vibrant intergenerational community. Their founders believed in liberal religious traditions, and we carry on with their mission today.


Registration for Summer 2022 is now open!

Charlie and Sue Stauffacher as well as Nancy Desmond, have been frequent attenders and would happy to share their reflections of a week on "Star"

More information here: LINK    A listing of the 2022 program are here: LINK

Covid Policy as of March 2022

We are back to Mask-Optional for those who are fully vaccinated and boostered.
If you are not vaccinated or have not yet received the booster, we ask that you continue to wear a mask at all times while in the church building.
We also ask everyone to be sensitive to those who continue to wear a mask while gathering for variety of reasons.

Fellowship Hour is once again having food and drink. We ask that you still be conscious of personal space.

Please remember that the Covid virus is still out there and infecting others. Thankfully with our high percentage of folks here who are fully vaccinated and have received the booster, and the low infection numbers in our town, we can remove the "everyone masked" policy. If we have an increase again, we will have to put it back in place. Thank you for your understanding. We are all in this together!


This event is to benefit the James Fitzgerald Foundation. James, 5, died of brain cancer and is the son of Beth (Martin) and Mike Fitzgerald and grandson of Linda and Jim Martin.

The event will be in our Fellowship Hall on March 26, 7:00 p.m.
$20 for adults and $10 of kids.
BYOB snacks.

Tickets at the door.

More info:  https://www.jamesmfitzgeraldivfoundation.org
Sunday, March 27, 2022 
3:00 p.m. Long Rivers Concert - in the Meetinghouse -  $30 ea.
Tickets 

Mozart: Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478      Stravinsky: Suite Italienne      
        Dvorak: Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65    
More Info
 
If You Want - Just Click the Link Below

Responding to those in need (hurricanes/wildfires / Refugees / Other Special Appeals

Supporting the Church and its ministries with your Offerings

Information about Cash for Causes - (buying gift cards AND benefiting the Church!)

Support for you during these days 

Summer Camp or Conferences at Silver Lake or Star Island

Become a member of The Thomas Canfield Society

Light the Meetinghouse Steeple for a Month


 
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