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Sunday Worship during July will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Don't be the one who drives up to the church as everyone else is leaving!

eFaith Matters
Friday, July 1, 2022
 Roxbury Congregational Church

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA
Church Website:

9:30 a.m. Worship In-Person & Virtual
 on Zoom or the Church's Facebook page

Refreshments and Conversations follow

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!

July & August Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Worship Where You Are At  - in-person or virtually!

You are invited to worship this Sunday. 

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 9:35 a.m.

Prayer List Submissions can be communicated by emailing the church office (office@roxburychurch.or by Friday 9:00 a.m.) , 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 mornings during July and August at 9:30 for worship!

Friday Notes

Mission Trip Summer 2022?
Are you interested in going on a mission trip this summer?
If so, the Bridgewater Church has invited folks from Roxbury to join them
as they travel to Philadelphia from July 31 - to August 5.
(Adults can choose their length of stay -1-5 nights)
The trip is open to youth and adults.

The Church returns once again to Philly
they stay at the Old First Reformed UCC in inner-city Philadelphia. The church there plans out the missions that the group will be working at including St Francis Inn, The Bethesda Project, and MANNA. There will be free time to explore the city and even search out the best Philly Cheesesteak!

If you are interested, please speak with Rev. Abby Gackenheimer 860-354-8232 or 
Candy Smith 203-947-6675.


The July / Auigust edition of Faith Matters
will be up on the Church's Website very soon.
You can also find printed copies in the Entrance Foyer and Fellowship Hall


There are still Ukraine Pins available
in Fellowship Hall

$2 per pin.
all proceeds go to relief efforts


Please Wear Your Name Tag
when here for worship.

The printed name tags are located in the Entrance Foyer
and in Fellowship Hall.

Do not assume that everyone knows your name...
we have guests among us 
as well as many who have been away during Covid.

If you have misplaced or can't find your name tag,
please let Elizabeth in the Church Office know.

 At Church

The Meetinghouse Steeple is lighted
during July 2022
 in memory of Loved Ones
by Jan and Bill Steers

Liturgical Season: Pentecost

July Deacons are Jan Steers & David Lincicome
(Person to contact for more information)

7:00 a.m. Kitchen use (Susan Zappulla-Peters)

10:30 a.m. Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher)


9:30 a.m. Worship  - In-Person and virtual              Meetinghouse  
                 Refreshments and Conversations follow     Fellowship Hall

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

7:00 a.m. Kitchen use (Susan Zappulla-Peters)         Kitchen

10:30 a.m.  Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher) Library & Zoom

Save the Date
July 3 - 9:30 a.m. Summer Worship time for July and August
July - Rev. Peters is on vacation and out of the office
August - Rev. Peters is taking one month of his sabbatical leave and is released from pastoral duties.
August 27 Annual Beef Barbecue

September 10   Community Tag 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
July Deacon of the Month: David Lincicome assisted by Jan Steers
                    Greeters                                 Lay Reader               
July 3: Barbara Biafore & ____________     Barbara
July 10: Vail Barrett & _______________      Vail

July 17: David Lincicome & Mark Wolmer      David
July 24 Joan Temple & ______________       Joan
July 31______&________                            ___________

July 3: ______________
July 10: _____________

July 17: ______________
July 24:Donald Wheeler
July 31: ______________

 Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
July 3: Barbara Cover
July 10: ______________
July 17: ______________
July 24: ______________
July 31: ______________
Fellowship Host
 As simple as some cookies with water. ice tea or lemonade, coffee/tea.

July 3: ______________
July 10: ______________

July 17: ______________
July 24: ______________
July 31: ______________

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

July 2022:  Jan & Bill Steers
August 2022: Katherine & Bruce Smith
September 2022: Kathy & Rich Horrigan
October 2022: Elizabeth 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
Rev. Peters' Vacation and Sabbatical time

During July, David will be on vacation and released from his normal pastoral duties 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.

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.

For Pastoral Emergencies: The Rev. Robyn Gray, Pastor at the First Congregational Church of Washington is providing pastoral coverage for David. For pastoral emergencies only (hospitalizations, crises, etc.) email

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- 9:30 a.m.!)
Cash 4 Causes Card Program

The popular program is back with a new coordinator
Susan Zappulla-Peters (860-355-8830 -
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.
The next time will be Sunday, July 10th

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.

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:
 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 is in the summer edition of Faith Matters - the Church Newsletter.
Mindfulness Meditation Group – Saturday mornings
Feeling Stressed?   Overwhelmed?

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:

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

Silver Lake Camp and Retreat Center
223 Low Road, Sharon, CT

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

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

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

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

(None submitted at press time...)
Please submit other community events to be listed here by email only to 
by Friday 9:00 a.m.
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