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eFaith Matters
Monday, June 27, 2022

 Roxbury Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA


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

A TIme of Sadness
It is with a heavy heart that we let you know that Diane Meade has died.
Diane entered the Danbury Regional Hospice on Friday and passed away in the early morning hours of June 26 after an over 20 year battle with cancer.
Services have not been set as of press time.

Diane and Charlie moved here and lived on Blueberry Lane for many years with their sons, Tim and Jeff. After the boys left in adulthood, they moved to their current home in New Milford. Diane served a number of years as our Christian Education Director and then went back to school at Andover Newton Theological School receiving a Master of Arts degree in Religion in 2017. She led multiple Vacation Bible School sessions and went on the first Mission Trip with Simply Smiles to South Dakota, returning that Christmas to help with the Christmas celebration there. She served the church in numerous ways and she saw hospitality as a central focus of her ministry among us. Rest easy Diane.

 

Thank you to Jerry Smith for his leadership of the 
Book of Job Bible Study.

He will be back in the early Fall 
with a study of the Book of Rith.


We were treated to the singing of Julia Lane on Sunday
during worship. Julia is one of Sandy's vocal students 
and will be attending school in Florida in the fall.





 

Rev. Peters's Vacation and Sabbatical time

During July, David will be on vacation and released from his normal pastoral duites including worship.
The Rev. Walter "Scooter" Pitman will be filling the pulpit during July. 

During August, David will take one of his four months of sabbatical leave. During this time, he will be free to read, relax, plan, ponder and recharge for the good of the church and his ministry.
On August 7 & 21, Mr. David LIniciome will lead worship. On August 7, the  Rev. Jerry Smith will also be celebrating the communion liturgy via zoom. On Sunday, August 14, Rev. Jim Robertson will return to the pulpit and lead worship. On August, 28, the day after the Beef Barbecue, David Peters will return to his active pastoral duties and lead worship.

From David: I ask that you help me to take time off by not calling on me during these days. As you know, I tend to slip back into doing things because I love this church and its people. I will be present and pastoring though, for any church member deaths, such as the upcoming one for Diane Meade.

Please help to make our visiting preachers feel welcome!
(And don't forget to come to church worship during July and August!)


Church Generator Project Completed!
We are delighted to say that the shading plantings were put in place on Friday and the project is now complete.
Thank you to our vendors and our benefactor for this project, including the bequest of Mary Elizabeth Peck,
Hantsch Electric, Mitchell Fuels/St. Pierre/, Brian Neff, Howie Bronson, Fabian Mejia.





 

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:

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      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 
NOW

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 28        
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)                                         Kitchen
4:00 p.m. Piano Lessons - Hall - (Sandy K.)                                    Meetinghouse


Wednesday, June 29
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)                                         Kitchen

Thursday, June 30 Rev. Peters' day off and he will be out of town.

Friday, July 1
7:00 a.m. Kitchen being used (Susan Zappulla-Peters)                    Kitchen


Saturday, July 2
10:30 a.m. Mindful Meditation (Charlie Stauffacher)                    Chapel Library

Sunday, July 3
9:30 a.m.  Morning Worship                                                         Meetinghouse
                    In-Person and on Zoom and Facebook Live 
                  refreshments follow                                               Fellowship Hall

 

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


During July it is lit
Jan & Bill Steers
in memory of loved ones
 

To Keep in our Thoughts and Prayers – June 19, 2022
 Please remember their families and caregivers as well.
 
Diane Meade in end-of-life care, 
Terry Alfson, Stan Pasquale,
Jean Neff, Doris Farrell, Bill Cario, 
Claudia, Kevin, Amrit, Iracema
Family and Friends of Alice Shaber, death May 26, 2022
Family and Friends of Diane Meade, death June 26, 2022
Dariel Curren and family, father's death


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.

Prayers for this week’s Mission Partner: 
United Church of Christ through Basic Support

Lifted up by the Congregation:
Bob, Bresnan family, Heidi Ford. Tricia

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                          
July 3:(9:30)  __________________          __________
July 10: ____________________              _________
July 17: ____________________              __________
July 24: ____________________             __________
 
Flowers                   
July 3:(9:30)  ________________
July 10: ____________________  
July 17: ____________________ 

July 24: ____________________
 
Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
July 3:(9:30)  Barbara Cover
July 10: ____________________
July 17: ____________________   
July 24: ____________________

Fellowship Host
 As simple as some cookies with coffee/tea or ice tea/ lemonade
July 3:(9:30)  ________________
July 10: __________________
July 17: ____________________

July 24: ____________________


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

Like Every Day

Mary Luti

God’s steadfast love never ceases; God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. - Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)

Among Christians, even in the United Church of Christ, opinions about abortion vary. So I don’t know how gratified or sad you’re feeling after Friday’s Supreme Court decision. I don’t know if you’re heading out to protest, raising a celebratory toast, or weeping on the phone with a terrified friend. I don’t know if the bottom has fallen out of your life, or whether your prayers have been answered. And I don’t know whether any of us have yet to fully comprehend what is happening in this land.

But I know this: In ways that really count, today, so shattering for many, is no different from any other day in which we awake to life. Like every day, even days laden with evil, it’s a gift from God, a mercy. It’s a precious clearing in which to meet the Steadiness that undergirds each change and chance, and in that meeting to know again that no matter what befalls our fragile lives, or our fragile democracy, God will not fail to hold us night and morning. God will not fail to will and work the good of all creation. God will not fail to be God.

Which is not to paper over the dangerous divide among us, nor to deny the deep foreboding that stirs in the attentive heart. It’s only to bend the knee and pray, to bow the head and confess a bedrock, the unchanging Reality in whose heart we live. It’s only to say there is at least one sure thing.

It’s a place to begin, and to begin again.

Prayer

Unceasing are your mercies, new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Luti is a long time seminary educator and pastor, author of Teresa of Avila’s Wayand numerous articles, and founding member of The Daughters of Abraham, a national network of interfaith women’s book groups.

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
 
Time Flys
and the Community Tag Sale will be here before you know it!

The Tag Sale will be held Saturday, September 10th from 9-2 on the Church's front lawn
(inside if raining)

To reserve a space contact Sue Stauffacher: 860-354-1274
More information in the summer edition of Faith Matters - the Church Newsletter.
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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