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On Saturday, July 30, the family and friends of Cindy Finch came together to celebrate her 90th birthday. Rev. Peters attended to bring greetings, representing her church friends. Here she is with her daughter, Linda Martin. Happy Birthday Cindy!
 
eFaith Matters
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

 Roxbury Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA


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

A Wonderful Time Was Had by All!
United Worship - September 4


We had a great worship experience and a picnic afterward
as we hear from Christ Church's new Priest in Charge, Stephen Nagy
and celebrated the common mission and fellowship 
our congregation share here in Roxbury!








Volunteer(s) Needed - Still...


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
as We Support Others and Change Lives!!


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
                 through Vanco

You can always send a check to the Church Office or drop one off.


The September 2022 Faith Matters, our Church's newsletter 
will be available on the Church's Website later this week.
Last call for September news items...
 

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
 
  
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 usually is in his office
Mon., Wed., Thurs., and Fri. from 9:30 -12:30


Liturgical Season: Pentecost

Tuesday, September 6      
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)                                         Kitchen
4:00 p.m. Piano Lessons - Hall - (Sandy K.)                                    Meetinghouse


Wednesday, September 7
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)                                         Kitchen

Thursday, September 8       Rev. Peters is taking a day off today

Friday, September 9
7:00 a.m. Kitchen being used (Susan Zappulla-Peters)                    Kitchen

Saturday, September 10
8:00 a.m. Men's Breakfast (Charlie Stauffacher)                          Fellowship Hall
9:00 a.m. - 2: 00p.m. Tag / Bake Sale (Sue Stauffacher)
 Serving Lunch too!
10:30 a.m. Mindful Meditation (Charlie Stauffacher)                    Chapel Library

Sunday, September 11 - Homecoming Sunday
10:30 a.m. Morning Worship                                                         Meetinghouse
                  In-person and Virtual (Zoom or Facebook Live)              

                 Refreshments follow                                            

 

Save the Date...
Sunday, September 18 Choir season begins
Sunday, September 25 - Mission Speaker - Greenwoods Counseling

October 2 World Communion Sunday
Saturday, October 8, 7 pm. Trivia Night - Community Event (Chris Childs & Joan Temple)
October 9, 1 p.m. Blessing of the Animals
October 16,  An afternoon concert with Sandy Kleisner and Lynne Abeles

 
Fall /Winter 2022    RCC  Events Listing
LINK
 

The Steeple Lighting


during September the Steeple is lit
by Kathy & Rich Horrigan
in memory of their son, Tyler

To Keep in our Thoughts and Prayers – September 4, 2022
 Please remember their families and caregivers as well.
 
Terry Alfson, Bill Cario
Mike Rice and family ( who died 8/30/22)

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.

Prayers for this week’s Mission Partner: 

Lifted up by the Congregation:

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
September Deacons: Mark Wolmer, assisted by  Mike Wilcox
 Lay Reader & Greeters
 
               GREETERS                                   READER                       
Sept. 11: Vail Barrett & _____________          Vail
Sept. 18: Diana & Phil deVries                       Phil
Sept. 25: Beverly & Mark Wolmer                  Mark
Oct 2: __________________                          __________

Flowers                   
Sept. 11: ____________________  
Sept. 18: ____________________ 
Sept. 25: ____________________
Oct 2: ______________________
 
Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
Sept. 11: ____________________
Sept. 18: ____________________   
Sept. 25: ____________________
Oct 2: ______________________

Fellowship Host
 As simple as some cookies with coffee/tea or ice tea/ lemonade
Sept. 11: __________________
Sept. 18: ____________________
Sept. 25____________________
Oct 2: _____________________

 


Steeple Lighting
 

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

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

Stubborn as Heck

Martha Spong

But they say, “It is no use! We will follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of our evil will.” - Jeremiah 18:12 (NRSVUE) 

Toddlers. Teenagers. Tyrants. These are some categories of human existence that first came to mind when I read this verse. Jeremiah the prophet is in conversation with God, who warns that if the people don't get their acts together, there will be dire punishment not just for individuals who transgress but for the whole community. I will show them my back, not my face, says God. There have been plenty of opportunities to make things right, but here we can see the divine head shaking slowly, side to side, discouraged and frustrated. They're going to follow their own will, no matter what.

Toddlers. Teenagers. Tyrants. Sure. But also ordinary, average people who consider themselves mature, in charge. People caught in traffic. A woman running errands at the mall, or a guy surfing the internet. An executive considering what move to make next. An adult with power over a child. A religious leader counseling a vulnerable person.

You, and me, too.

How often do we follow our will, not God’s? So often it barely rises to the level of a conscious thought. Multiply this by a community, by a country, to see how far out of a relationship we can fall. This story of people thousands of years ago feels right on time.

What choices lie ahead of me today that ask for discernment? How do I recognize when the stubborn-as-heck will that is winning is mine?

And how do we break the cycle?

Take a time out. Ground ourselves. Give back the power that was never really ours.

Prayer           Holy One, not my (stubborn as heck) will be done, but yours. Amen.


Rachel Hackenberg  ABOUT THE AUTHOR    Martha Spong is a UCC pastor, a clergy coach, and editor of The Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle, from The Pilgrim Press.
Tag and Bake Sale - Lunch too!
Saturday, September 10

Our 18th  annual tag/bake sale is on Sat., Sept. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  It will be on the front lawn unless it rains, in which case it will be inside. Pray for a nice day!


There will be a lunch served whether you come to shop or just stop by...  
Build a sandwich $7.00..
Ham & Cheese with Chips​​​​ or Turkey & Cheese with Chips​​​          
Humus & Cheese with Chips​​​​ only $6.00


Table rentals are $25 and spaces are $20.  If you have "stuff", but don't want to rent a table, donate it to the church table.  These donations may be brought to the Fellowship Hall now. (The usual caveats... if it belongs in the dump, please take it there, no athletic equipment or electronic)


If you love to bake, we'd love to have your goodies for our bake table.  A light lunch will be available.

For information and sign-up, call Sue Stauffacher at 860-354-1274 before 7:00 p.m.
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
 


The popular program coordinator is
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 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 

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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