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eFaith Matters
Friday, September 16, 2022
 
 Roxbury Congregational Church

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA
Church Website: roxburychurch.org

This Sunday
September 18, 2022
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

10:30 a.m. Worship
In-Person & Virtual
 on Zoom or the Church's Facebook page

Refreshments  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!

Refreshment Hosts Needed
You may have noticed that last Sunday, we left worship and came into Fellowship Hall and there were no refreshments awaiting us. 
We hope you may consider hosting for one of the open Sundays listed below. It does not have to be anything elaborate....



The September edition of Faith Matters
is now available for viewing or downloading 
at roxburychurch.org/documents
This Week at Church



The Meetinghouse Steeple is lighted
during September 2022
 in memory of Tyler Horrigan
by Kathy & Rich Horrigan

 
 
Liturgical Season: Pentecost

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

Saturday, September 17
10:30 a.m. Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher)

Sunday, September 18
9:30 a.m.    Choir Rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)
10:30 a.m. Worship  - In-Person and virtual         

                 Refreshments follow                                                     

                
Tuesday, September 20  Rev. Peters is taking today off
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)
4:00 p.m. Piano Lessons - Hall - (Sandy K)

Wednesday, September 21
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Apple lane
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Apple Lane

Thursday, September 22     
5:00 p.m.  Wedding Rehearsal                                    Meetinghouse
7:00 p.m.   Roxbury Housing Trust (Charlie Stauffacher)   Library


Friday, September 23
8:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental
4:00 p.m.  Wedding Veillette / McGuinn                       Meetinghouse

Satur
day, September 24
10:30 a.m.  Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher) Library & Zoom

Sunday, September 25 Pentecost 16
9:30 a.m.   Choir Rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)          Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m.  Worship   in person and virtual             Meetinghouse
                         
Mission Speaker from Greenwoods
                    Refreshments follow                             Fellowship Hall
11:45 a.m.   Church Council (Brian Neff)                 Library   


 

Save the Date
 October 8 Trivia Night 7:00 p.m. (Chris Childs)
October 9 Blessing of the Animals 1:00 p.m.
October 16 Musical Concert (with S. Kleisner / L. Abeles) 3:00 p.m.

October 30 Laity Sunday

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 any of these - contact Rev. Peters EMAIL LINK
September Deacon of the Month: Mark Wolmer assisted by Mike Wilcox
 
                    Greeters                                 Lay Reader               
September 18: Diana & Phil deVries                  Phil
September 25: Beverly & Mark Wolmer              Mark

October 2: ____________________              _______________
October 9: ____________________              _______________
 

               Flowers 
September 18: ___________________  
September 25: ___________________  
October 2: ____________________
October 2: ____________________
          

 Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
September 18: Barb Cover
September 25: Charlie Stauffacher
October 2: Barb Cover
October 9: Charlie Stauffacher
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.

September 18: Doris & Chuck Farrell  
September 25: ___________________
October 2: __________________ 
October 9: __________________ 

 



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 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

What about Him?

Mary Luti

They came to the Gerasene region, and immediately a man with an unclean spirit met him. He lived among the tombs, and no one could restrain him anymore, for he broke the shackles in pieces. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. - Mark 5:1-5 (NRSV abridged) 

I once preached a sermon on this story that was all about the pigs. (Read past verse 5, you’ll find them.) The demons make a deal with Jesus: they’ll leave the man if they can enter the pigs. Apparently, even demons have to be someplace. 

They should’ve thought it through a little better. Jesus should’ve seen it coming, too. The crazed pigs charge into the sea and drown. And I preached an earnest sermon about the questionable ethics of killing innocent animals and the unfairness of saddling the herdsman with debt for their loss. Clever, creative, justice aware. 

Afterwards, a parishioner had a question, “I cried when it said the man was hitting himself with stones. You didn’t talk about him. What about him?” 

Well, I thought to myself, we’ve done him already, a million times: man afflicted with demons, Jesus casts them out. Ho-hum, another healing story. 

“I was going for a justice angle,” I replied. 

“But it was awful, what he went through,” he said. 

Thankfully, some people still hear the gospel. 

It’s not all about the pigs. It’s about a person’s desperate suffering and the compassion that relieves it. You can’t hear that story enough, can’t feel it enough, can’t weep over it enough. For in preaching and in life, if you can casually sidestep a howling man on your high-minded march to justice, you’re the one who needs the healing. 

Prayer

Tell me the same old story, Jesus. About human suffering and your compassion. I can never hear it enough.

 
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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.

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.
 
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 

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)
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Please submit other community events to be listed here by email only to 
office@roxburychurch.org 
by Friday 9:00 a.m.
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