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Art at the Meetinghouse
Roxbury Regional Art Show and Sale
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday
over 70 artists - 130+ works of beautiful art!

Friday evening reception with the artists
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ~ Free
 
eFaith Matters
Monday, June 13, 2022

 Roxbury Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA


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

Confirmation Sunday 
Yesterday, 3 young women were confirmed
L-R in front: Autumn Collette, Hailie Collette, & Lindsay Mulhare
Congratulations!
and thank you to their mentors,
Diana deVries, Barbara Cover, & Susan Zappulla-Peters




 

The Second Bird-Meetinghouse for Roxbury Church
A special thank you to Dale Pinchbeck and her son, Christopher
for crafting a new birdhouse for the Church.



 

Thank you to our Fellowship Committee
for the wonderful Spring Church Picnic!
We have had many wonderful comments about the afternoon.



Offering Envelope #19
The mystery around the office these last few weeks is who is using Offering Envelope #19. It usually has cash in it and we want to credit it properly.
If you are using Envelope #19, please let Rev. Peters know so we can match up your giving with your financial receipt statement. 
Thank you!!
 

Strengthen the Church Special Offering
is still being received.
If you would like to help support churches as they adapt, change and seek to be relevant
send your donations in to the Church Office 
your check should be made out to RCC and "Strengthen" in the memo

 

There still are Ukraine Pins
available in Fellowship Hall



Only for a $2.00 donation.

Support Ukrainian Relief Efforts


Next Sunday, Father's Day Cards
are on sale - supporting the 
Church World Service's Tools of Hope





Each card is $10 and this helps to provide tools and supplies 
in developing countries.

Members of the Mission Committee will be selling the cards
during Refreshments after worship.


Father's Day is June 19th.
 

Volunteer(s) Needed


We are looking for a person(s) who would be willing to prep and paint the ceiling in the balcony area near the organ. We have the paint,  brushes, and drop cloths.
If you are willing to do this, please speak with Rev. Peters.

 

Your Generosity Supports the Work of the Roxbury Church!

You can send a check to the Church Office - 24 Church Street, Roxbury CT 06783

or online by one of two ways by pointing your smartphone camera  or clicking below:

                                                              
      Electronic Giving for Offering                             or Give using Venmo
           or  Memorials Gifts
 


The June 2022 Faith Matters, our Church's newsletter 
is now available on the Church's Website
LINK

Items for the Summer 2022 Faith Matters Newsletter are due in the Church Office 
by June 15th

We have returned to in-person worship
with Masks Optional for those fully vaccinated!
as well as on Zoom and Facebook Live.
(Note that we strive not to be judgmental about those who continue to wear them for their safety or yours.)

Fellowship Hour with food and drink has also returned

Please still be conscious of your physical distance with your masks lowered
to eat or drink.
  
Our Church This Week

If you have something for the Sunday Bulletin,
please have it to the office by Friday 9:30 a.m.
EMAIL

Elizabeth Kutepov, Church Secretary, will be in the office
Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Rev. David Peters, Minister is normally in his office
Mon., Wed., Thurs., and Fri. from 9:30 -12:30


Liturgical Season: Pentecost

Note: With the Art Show set up for next weekend's show & sale, the building will be locked all week.
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Tuesday, June 14        
4:00 p.m. Piano Lessons - Hall - (Sandy K.)                                    Meetinghouse
4:30 p.m.   Setting up the hall for the Art Show (Charlie Meade)    Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, June 15 
6:00 p.m.  Cub Scouts - (Jason Mckay)                                   Meetinghouse
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Jason Mckay)                                       Meetinghouse

Thursday, June 16 Rev. Peters' day off and he will be out of town.
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)                                         Kitchen


Friday, June 17
7:00 a.m. Kitchen being used (Susan Zappulla-Peters)                    Kitchen

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Art Show Opening & Reception with artists   Fellowship Hall

Saturday, June 18
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Art Show & Sale                                        Fellowship Hall
10:30 a.m. Mindful Meditation (Charlie Stauffacher)                    Chapel Library


Sunday, June 19 
9:30 a.m.     Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)                                Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m.  Morning Worship with Celebration of Music Ministry Meetinghouse
                    In-Person and on Zoom and Facebook Live 
                  refreshments follow                                               Fellowship Hall
12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Art Show & Sale                                                 Fellowship Hall
11:45 a.m.    The Book of Job & Us Study(Jerry Smith)                 Chapel Library
11:45 a.m.      Church Council (Brian Neff)                                     Meetinghouse

 

Save the Date...
July 3: Summer Worship Time begins - at 9:30 a.m.
July: Rev. Peters on Vacation
August: Rev. Peters on Sabbatical - through August 26

August 27: Beef Barbecue
 

The Steeple is lighted


during June, in memory of loved ones

  by Heidi and Brian Neff
 

To Keep in our Thoughts and Prayers – June 12, 2022
 Please remember their families and caregivers as well.
 
Terry Alfson, Diane Meade-in Danbury Hospital,  Stan Pasquale,
Jean Neff, Doris Farrell, Bill Cario, 
Claudia, Kevin, Amrit, Iracema
Family and Friends of Alice Shaber, death May 26, 2022


Victims of mass shootings and gun violence 
The people of Ukraine and those fleeing in fear and harms way. For the end of warfare.

Members of the Armed Services, including Ben Farrell, a National Guard medic stationed in Poland, Ryan Wheeler, Mike Josefson, and Willy Steers.

Those affected by or fearful because of COVID-19,
The healing of the nation amidst political and social polarization, and issues of racial justice and equality
Afghan families resettling in the US, including New Milford.

Celebration of our Confirmands: Autumn, Hailie, and Lindsay
Celebration of our high school graduates: Caroline Kibbe (attending Brown Univ.) & Sammantha Farrell (attending Goodwin College)

Prayers for this week’s Mission Partner: 
Southern New England Conference, UCC sneucc.org

Lifted up by the Congregation:
Alex, Those traveling this week, including Ashley, 
Robin -her brother's sudden death

Your Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
   Who are you praying for: ________________
   For what or who are you grateful: ____________

If are willing to help with either of these - contact Rev. Peters EMAIL LINK
June Deacons: Mike Wilcox, assisted by Mark Wolmer
 Lay Reader & Greeters
 
               GREETERS                            READER                          
June 19: Andy Huber & Marilyn Huang    Andy

June 26: Elizabeth and Andrey Kutepov  Elizabeth
July 3:(9:30)  __________________          __________
July 10: ____________________          _________
 
Flowers                   

June 19: ___________
June 26: _______________

July 3:(9:30)  __________________ 

July 10: ____________________    
 
Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.

June 19: Charlie Stauffacher
June 26: Jerry Smith
July 3:(9:30)  __________________ 
July 10: ____________________    

Fellowship Host
 As simple as some cookies with coffee/tea or ice tea/ lemonade
June 19: Barb Cover
June 26: Doris and Chuck Farrell
July 3:(9:30)  _____________
July 10: _______________


Steeple Lighting
 

The Steeple is lighted each month in memory or celebration.
Listed below are those who have signed up.

June 2022: Heidi & Brian Neff
July 2022:  Jan & Bill Steers
August 2022: Katherine & Bruce Smith
September 2022: Kathy & Rich Horrigan
October 2022: Elizabeth and Andrey Kutepov
November 2022: Dale Pinchbeck
December 2022: Diane & Charlie Meade

January 2023: ____________
February 2023: ___________
 
Steeple Lighting: $25 for the month, payable to RCC
and goes into the Memorial Fund - See Rev. Peters
Bible Study
Sundays after worship
in the Library and on Zoom

The Book of Job and Us


Get coffee and snacks, bring your bible or grab one in the Library!
We will start about 15 minutes after worship ends,
and meet for 45 minutes or until 12:30 at the latest.

June 19   Out Of The Whirlwind Chapter 38
June 26   Job's Hope And Our Gift Chapter 41:1-11; 42

For more information or questions: Jerry Smith 
 ‭(781) 789-7823‬ - jasmith0843@gmail.com

Secret Demons

by Rev. Donna Schaper

“My daughter is tormented by a demon.” - Matthew 15:22 (NRSV)

When my son asked me if we had much mental illness in our family, I said yes. I couldn’t bear lying. It felt mentally ill to lie. He wanted to know for a very personal reason, and I thought he already knew. My grandmother had tried to kill my mother in the 1920s – during postpartum depression, and before therapists and anti-depressants. A lot of immigrants experienced both; so did she. My father and brother drank themselves to death. I could go on but that’s enough for now. My mother lived to be a very happy 94-year-old, content for her last thirty years once her mother and husband and son were gone and less of a cumber to her joy.

Demons describe mental illness well. They possess the way depression does. “Why bother?” is their demonic question. “You’re no good, I own you, try to get free,” sneer the devils.

Jesus understood. We don’t know how he did or why the woman found the courage to approach him. She deserves a lot of credit. Most people suffer quietly with their devils. It feels too embarrassing to be exposed or too risky to expose the devils.

As with most of the healing stories, her faith makes her whole. Her trust has brought her to the threshold of healing. Her breaking of the rules about keeping your mouth shut does most of the work. The rest is done by the one we call Savior, who is said to cast out demons. I think the possessed and their families also help by hoping, faithing and trusting. It’s the new/old mutualism.

Prayer

Release us of our secrets, Precious One, and land us on the well-tested turf of mutual hope.

Rachel Hackenberg  ABOUT THE AUTHOR  Donna Schaper is Pastor at the Orient Congregational Church on the far end of Long Island, New York. Her newest book is Remove the Pews: Spiritual Possibilities for Sacred Spaces, from The Pilgrim Press.
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
 
Cash 4 Causes Card Program
awakens from the Pandemic Slumber...


The popular program is back with a new coordinator
Susan Zappulla-Peters (860-355-8830 - 
zappullapeters@mac.com)
and an emphasis on the local grocery stores.

It is hoped that you would consider getting in the habit, like some,
to purchase your cards on a monthly basis.


NEW: The second Sunday of each Month will be Card Ordering Sunday.

We would like to have a set day so it is easy to remember to order
and easy for the processing...


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 may have a few extra cards for the different stores with her.
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 or 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.
If You Want - Just Click the Link Below

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

 
You are Encouraged to Support these Community Events
and Neighboring Congregations:


None submitted this week
 

Classified for Congregation Members
If have items that you would like to sell or give away,
we are now offering to list that item in the monthly Faith Matters.
We are limiting it to 3 items per family. Submission must be in writing and submitted by the newsletter deadline of the 15th to the Church Office.


Deadlines:
For Monday eFaith Matters: by Monday 9:00 a.m.
For Friday eFaith Matters or Sunday Bulletin: by Friday 9:00 a.m.
Please submit events by email only to david@roxburychurch.org
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