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Be our guest at the annual Art at the Meetinghouse event!
Art Show & Sale
begins this evening with the Opening Reception with the Artists!
Friday: 6:00 - 9:00 - Awards ceremony -7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00
Sunday: 12:00 -3:00

eFaith Matters
Friday, June 17, 2022
 
 Roxbury Congregational Church

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA
Church Website: roxburychurch.org

This Sunday
June 19, 2022
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Celebration of Music Ministry

10:30 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!


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

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.

 

It is not too late to contribute to last week's United Church of Christ
Strengthen the Church special offering.
Use the plain envelopes in the pews and mark "Strengthen" on them and place them in the offering plate on Sunday OR mail your check to the Church and mark "Strengthen"
You can also use the online giving website:  
LINK
 

In the last year, investments in technology allowed many United Church of Christ congregations to enhance their online worship services.

Other funds enabled new and renewing churches to grow their communities, one in a gentrifying neighborhood, others on a college campus and a town square.

COVID-19 grants empowered 50 churches to better serve their neighbors and their congregants gathering virtually during the pandemic.

All of these ministries and many more were supported through gifts to 
Strengthen the Church.  The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations.  By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.

 

The previously announced Mission Speaker for June 26
from Greenwood Counseling Referrals has had to reschedule to September 25.

 

The June edition of Faith Matters
is up on the Church's Website
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.

 
Job & Us - A Bible Study begins this Sunday after worship
in the Chapel Library

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 minute or until 12:30 at the latest.

You are welcome to attend on the weeks you can. Each session stands alone.
6/19   Job Chapter 38
6/26   Job Chapter 41:1-11; 42

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

Zoom Link for those who can not be here in person:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87685767020?pwd=uc_pRxh96CZGNYhCicVA-NM97VNG8h.1
Meeting ID: 876 8576 7020  Passcode: 545950

 
This Week at Church



The Meetinghouse Steeple is lighted
during June 2022
 in memory of Loved Ones
by Heidi and Brian Neff

 
 
Liturgical Season: Pentecost

June Deacons are Mike Wilcox and Mark Wolmer
(Person to contact for more information)

Friday, June 17
7:00 a.m. Kitchen use (Susan Zappulla-Peters)
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Art Show Opening Reception - Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 18
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Art Show and Sale
10:30 a.m. Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher)


Sunday, June 19
 Pentecost 2
9:30 a.m.   Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)              Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m. Worship  - In-Person and virtual              Meetinghouse  

                 Father's Day Card sale (Mission Committee)
                 Refreshments and Conversations follow     Fellowship Hall

11:45 a.m.  Bible Study: Job and Us (Jerry Smith)
11:45 a.m.   Church Council (Brian Neff)                      Meetinghouse
12:00- 3:00  p.m.  Art Show & Sale                              Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, June 21 
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)                     Kitchen
4:00 p.m. Piano Lessons  (Sandy K)                             Meetinghouse    

Wednesday, June 22
3:00 p.m.  Meal service at Loaves & Fishes (Mike Wilcox)   New Milford
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Fellowship Hall

7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Jason McKay)                         Fellowship Hall

Thursday, June 23       Rev. Peters is taking today off

Friday, June 24
7:00 a.m. Kitchen use (Susan Zappulla-Peters)         Kitchen

Satur
day, June 25
10:30 a.m.  Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher) Library & Zoom

Sunday, June 26 Pentecost 3
9:30 a.m.    Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)           Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m.  Worship   in person and virtual             Meetinghouse
                    Refreshments follow                             Fellowship Hall    
11:45 a..m.    
 Bible Study: Job and Us   (Jerry Smith)  Chapel Library


Save the Date
July 3 - 9:30 a.m. Summer Worship time begins 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
April Deacon of the Month: David Lincicome assisted by Jan Steers
 
                    Greeters                                 Lay Reader               
June 19: Marilyn Huang & Andy Huber        Andy
June 26: Elizabeth & Andrey Kutepov         Elizabeth
July 3: ___________________                    __________
July 10: ___________________                  __________

 

               Flowers 
June 19: _____________
June 26: _____________
July 3: ______________
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: Barbara Cover
July 10: _______________
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.

June 19: Barbara Cover
June 26:Doris & Chuck Farrell
July 3: ______________
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 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

I Swear to God

Rachel Hackenberg

Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, “Put your hand under my thigh and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will get a wife for my son Isaac.” - Genesis 24:1-4 abbreviated (NRSV) 

Well now, that’s one way to swear an oath: hand to thigh in the name of God. Quite different from right hand to the sky. Or hand to the Bible. Or hand on the heart. 

The intimacy and power and high stakes of the whole scene might make us blush: The servant swearing the oath has his hand literally caught under the man with power over him. At the same time, Abraham has his life and legacy—his femoral artery, his loins—in the palm of his servant. 

In the world of etymology, a theory exists that the word “testimony” shares a Latin root with the word “testicles”: testis, meaning “witness.” Some language lovers theorize that testis took on a figurative meaning: “testicles” as a “testament” to cis manhood. 

This titillating word history may or may not be true—it’s not a stretch to say that Abraham’s testicles bear witness to the servant’s oath—but the real provocation of it all is the idea that we hold another’s vulnerability in our hands every time we make a promise. Every time we say, “I’ve got you on this,” we choose to be caught up in another’s wellbeing even as we cup their tenderness in our palm. 

As I watch the swearing-in of witnesses before the U.S. House Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection, I yearn to believe that each person raising their right hand—and each person listening to their testimony—is intimately aware of the power and vulnerability at stake. 

But much more than that, I yearn to believe, to know, to live in a world where we all recognize the very high stakes of holding and being held by one another's lives. 

Prayer 

You call us to love one another. Forgive us for too casually promising to care. Forgive us for too carelessly ignoring the stakes. Do not shield us from the intimate vulnerabilities of the community. 

 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Hackenberg serves on the national staff for the United Church of Christ. She is the author of Writing to God and the co-author of Denial Is My Spiritual Practice, among other titles. Her blog is Faith and Water.

 
Father's Day Cards supporting Church World Service's 
Tools of Hope Program
On sale this Sunday after Worship - $10 each

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?

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

 
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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