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The Easter Lillies trumpet the news of Christ's resurrection.
Good News for you indeed!

eFaith Matters
Friday, April 15, 2022
Good Friday
 Roxbury Congregational Church

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA
Church Website: roxburychurch.org

This Sunday
April 17, 2022
Easter Day

6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service on Good Hill
Breakfast follows in Fellowship Hall
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:  
                                                                                                             

3 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
 

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!

Friday Notes from David

Be a congregation that practices Hospitality!
Every church I have talked to says that they describe themselves as a friendly church. And they no doubt have many friendly people in them. 
For those who are our guests on a Sunday morning, they may never get to know that here because they may attend worship and do not receive a welcome or invitation to refreshments afterwards or to return again.
It is said that a guest's impression is formed within the first 7 minutes. So as we see a guest arrive, we might want to welcome them and make sure they can find their way around for worship. (Just think about your first time here and the unease you may have felt.)
You are great people and friendly - lets let our lights shine!

 

Good Friday 
Meetinghouse Open Today for Prayer and Meditation

 

 

Easter Services and Events
6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service
Good Hill Road (Rt 317) at the Woodbury town line
on Upper Grassy Hill Rd. We have permission to park on the side of the road.
Dress warmly. Sunrise is 6:10 a.m.

Breakfast follows back in Fellowship Hall afterwards.
All from the Sunrise Service are invited

10:30 a.m. Easter Celebration in the Meetinghouse
simple refreshments follow



 

Maundy Thursday Meal and Service
A Meaningful Time for All



Thank you to all who helped set up, read, attended the meal last evening.
Thank you as well to Chuck Farrell, who fashioned many crosses out of the Palm branches from last Sunday.


Easter Flowers
Reminder that if you are placing your own Easter lily or other flowers,
please have them to the church by Saturday afternoon so we can arrange them.


Happy 99th Birthday
Barbara Hunicke on April 17th - Easter!

We wish her the best on her birthday. Formerly of Roxbury, she lives with her daughter Sara and her husband, Carl, in Massachusetts.

 

Earth Day - April 23rd in Roxbury
It is not just another day...

Earth Day is a time to pause and consider our stewardship of the earth that has been our gift to each of us by God.
What can we do and live out as good stewards?

Locally, we can participate in the Roxbury Earth Day roadside clean up on Saturday, April 23. 
It begins at 9:00 a.m. - trash bags and gloves can be picked up at the Transfer Station. Sponsored by the Recreation Commission

Go to our Church's Environmental webpage
Link
Climate Change Fact Sheet from Interfaith Power &Light   Link
 

Check out our new logo!
With the permission of the artist, Jeanne Steers, we are using her art piece that hangs on the wall in our meetinghouse as the basis for our new logo.
 

It was important in designing the logo that it not be about a building but about people. Each of us in our own way, sharing God's love in our daily lives. We are commissioned as followers of Jesus to be the light in a world that is darkened for many.
This logo hopes to embody that call to us.
 

Pandemic cautions: While we have loosened the measure put in place to protect ourselves and each other during the pandemic, I urge you to be conscious about your social distancing. The positivity numbers are predicably going up and down, and I'd hate to have someone to unknowingly spreading the virus among us. Just watch your distance, especially during coffee hour and when greeting each other. Use common sense.
 
If you can help out with this benefit dinner, please sign up on the Opportunity Table.
This Week at Church



The Meetinghouse Steeple is lighted
during April 2022
in loving memory of  
Robert (Bucky) Lowe and Tammy Lowe Hinckley
by Patricia Lowe
 
 
Liturgical Season: Lent /Easter
April Deacons of the Month:David Lincicome and Janice Steers
(Person to contact for more information)

Friday, April 15  Good Friday
Meetinghouse open all day for Prayer and Meditation - resources on the front table

Saturday, April 16
10:30 a.m. Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher)

Sunday, April 17,  Easter Day
6:00 a.m.   Sunrise Service on Good Hill (by airfield)
                  Breakfast follows in Fellowship Hall

9:15 a.m.   Choir
 rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)            Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m. Worship  - In-Person and virtual              Meetinghouse       
                  Fellowship Hour follows     Hall

Monday, April 18    All Church Offices closed for Easter holiday

Tuesday, April 19 (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, April 20 
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Fellowship Hall

Friday, April 22   Earth Day

Saturday, April 23
9:00 a.m.   Roxbury Earth Day roadside cleanup (bags and gloves at Transfer Sta.)
10:30 a.m.  Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher) Library & Zoom


Sunday, April 24  Second Sunday of Easter   
9:15 a.m.   Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)           Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m. Worship   in person and virtual             Meetinghouse
                  Fellowship Hour follows
2:00 p.m.   Silver Lake Award - honoring Rev. David Peters - Farmington

Save the Date
April 24 - Mother's Day cards go on sale after worship. - $10 each
April 30, 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 1   12 noon Ladies Luncheon - 1754 House Rest. $30 pp. (Jeanne Steers)
May 7, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Public Spaghetti Supper fundraiser 
May 15, 3:00 p.m. Long River Concert in the Meetinghouse $30 longriverconcert.org
May 21,
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.     Rummage and Bake Sale (Sue Stauffacher)

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
 
                    Greeters                                 Lay Reader               
April 17: Carol Goodwin & Barbara Biafore    Barbara    
April 24: Jan & Bill Steers                               Bill 

May 1: Linda & Steve Ross                            Steve  
May 8: Dariel & Bill Curren                             Bill  
 

               Flowers 
April 17: Easter Flowers
April 24: _____________
May 1: ______________
May 8: ______________

 Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
April 17: Barbara Cover
April 24: _____________
May 1: ______________

May 8: _____________
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.

April 17: _____________ (Easter)
April 24: _____________
May 1: Linda & Steve Ross

May 8: _____________
 



Steeple Lighting 
The Steeple is lighted each month in memory or celebration.
Listed below are those who have signed up.
April 2022: Patricia Lowe
May 2022: Doris and Chuck Farrell
June 2022: ________________
July 2022:  Jan & Bill Steers
August 2022: ______________
September 2022: ___________
October 2022:Elizabeth Kutepov
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

Good Friday

by Rev. Kaji Douša

“Abba, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, Jesus breathed his last. - Luke 23:46 (NRSV)

I once walked into a church that I found viscerally revolting. Not because it didn’t serve God—the church’s heart was clear. But the spirit was heavy in this church. Every single image was of Jesus on the cross. In this tiny chapel in a tiny town in the Mexican province of Michoacán, there was more art than I could count. 

Throughout the ages, churches have used art to tell the stories of the biblical narrative so that the people could know the Word. Even if they couldn’t read it. 

But in this church, the only Word was the Cross. 

I asked our guide, “Why did you bring us here? 

She explained that, in this town, there were only women and children. For generations, when boys came of age to work, they would leave, migrating north, with the promise to send money back home. Everyone left but the women and the children. And everyone mourned while they lived. 

And when they would enter their parish chapel—they saw the story of a God who knew their pain, intimately. 

This church didn’t catapult from Good Friday to Easter. This church lived with its people on the verge of death. 

On this Good Friday, I think we have to observe at the cross. Observe closely. Don’t look away. I think we have to look at the road to the cross. Stay with Jesus the whole way through. Stay the way. And you’ll notice: Those nails. That tree. That noose. The torches. The guns. But that’s not all you’ll notice. 

Stay the way, and you’ll see the women who stuck with him. Stay the way, and you’ll see the most remarkable thing we can easily forget. Lynched on that tree, with the crown of thorns they’d put on his head, Jesus looked at them. And he said:

“Father. Forgive them. For they know not what they do.”


Prayer

Show us the cross we need to see, O God. Amen.

image  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kaji Douša is the Senior Pastor of The Park Avenue Christian Church, a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, in New York City.

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
 
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.

 
 




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!
 
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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