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Community Matters!
One example of Roxbury Church fulfilling its role as a pillar of the community is our Trivia Night where people come together, have fun, share, and test their trivia knowledge.  A Great Time Was Had By All!
 
eFaith Matters
Wednesday, May 2, 2022

 Roxbury Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA


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

Always Start the Day With Gratitude... 


I would like to thank Chris Childs, Joan Temple, Janet Childs, & Judy Larson
for their organizing of another successful Trivia Night!


It was our largest yet. Raised over $1100 and a whole heap of goodwill and community spirit! Thank you to them and all who attended.
Next one will be probably this summer.

 

Blessing of the Motorcycles- 2022
 at Delavignes Gourmet Food & Gifts - 197 Huntingdon Ave, Waterbury, CT 06708

Rev. Peters gave the prayers for the Blessing of the Motorcycles this past Saturday.
De'lavignes is owned by David and Laura (Montesi) Miller.
  
Roxbury Church was represented with motorcyclists as well.
 

Wear Your Support
for the people of Ukraine


There have been many expressions of support for those in the midst of war, 
a simple way is wear a ribbon pin! Only $2 each - available in Fellowship Hall.
All proceeds go directly to support on the ground relief efforts in Ukraine.

 

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:

                                                              
      Electronic Giving for Offering                             or Give using Venmo
           or  Memorials Gifts
 


The May 2022 Faith Matters, our Church's newsletter 
is now available on the Church Website
LINK
 

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 to 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.


Still Need to Pick up That Mother's Day Card?
Consider getting the unique card that helps others
and Honors the One Receiving the Card at the Same Time!

Consider Purchasing a Church World Service Card
supporting their Blanket Program.
$10 after worship in Fellowship Hall
A few styles are available...

Sponsored by the Mission Committee

Our Church This Week
 
If you have something for the Sunday Bulletin, please have it to the office
by Friday 9:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Kutepov, Church Secretary, will be in the office
Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rev. David Peters is normally in his office Mon., Wed., Thurs., and Fri. from 9:30 -12:30


Liturgical Season: Eastertide


Tuesday, May 3 Rev. Peters' day off
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)
4:00 p.m. Piano Lessons - Hall - (Sandy K.)


Wednesday, May 4

6:00 p.m.  Cub Scouts - (Jason Mckay)                               Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Jason Mckay)                                   Fellowship Hall

Thursday, May 5
7:00 p.m.    Deacons meeting (Mike Wilcox)                         Chapel Library

Friday, May 6
12:00 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive (Brooke Wheeler)         Fellowship Hall
5:30 p.m.   Art Show planning (Charlie Meade)                   Chapel Library


Saturday, May 7
10:30 a.m. Mindful Meditation (Charlie Stauffacher)             Chapel Library

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner benefit - Ukraine              Fellowship Hall

Sunday, May 8    Fourth Sunday of Easter  - Mother's Day
9:15 a.m.     Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)                     Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m.  Morning Worship                                               Meetinghouse
             In-Person and on Zoom and Facebook Live
         
             Fellowship Hour follows                                           Fellowship Hall
             Mother's Day Cards for Church World Service on sale (Mission Committee)

 

Save the Date...
 
May 15: 11:45 a.m. The Book of Job & Us Study begins on Sundays
May 21, 9 -2 Rummage & Bake Sale (Sue Stauffacher)

June 12   Confirmation Sunday and Church Picnic
June 17, 18, & 19  Art Show & Sale

 

The Steeple is lighted during May



 in honor of our military members 
including our grandson, Ben Farrell
(Army medic serving in Poland)
by Doris and Chuck Farrell
 

To Keep in our Thoughts and Prayers – May 1, 2022
 Please remember their families and caregivers as well.
 
Terry Alfson, Alice Shaber, Diane Meade,  Stan Pasquale,
Jean Neff,
 Doris Farrell, Bill Cario


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 central Poland.

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 being resettled here
Those recovering from natural disasters across the US
Those living with a mental health disease

Prayers for this week’s Mission Partner: 
Daily Bread Food Pantry - Danbury

Lifted up by the Congregation:
Iracema, Kevin, Clarise, Judy, Grace

Your Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
   Who are you praying for: ________________
   For what or who are you grateful: ____________
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
 

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
 Lay Reader & Greeters
 
               GREETERS                        READER                          
May 8: Dariel & Bill Curren               Bill Curren              
May 15: Janet & Chris Childs           Chris Childs          
May 22: Joan & Mike Temple           Joan Temple          
May 29: Nancy & Dick Callahan       Nancy Callahan     
               
Flowers                   
May 8: Barbara Biafore
May 15: Dariel & Bill Curren
May 22: ____________

May 29: ____________
 
Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
May 8: Charlie Stauffacher
May 15: ____________

May 22: ____________

May 29: ____________

Fellowship Host
 As simple as some cookies with coffee/tea.

May 8: Vail Barrett
May 15: Lindsay Mulhare & Susan Zappulla-Peters
May 22: Eliz. & Aundrey Kutepov

May 29: Collette family


Steeple Lighting
 

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

May 2022: Doris and Chuck Farrell
June 2022: ________________
July 2022:  Jan & Bill Steers
August 2022: ______________
September 2022: ___________
October 2022: Elizabeth and Andrey Kutepov
November 2022: Dale Pinchbeck
December 2022: Diane & Charlie Meade
 
Steeple Lighting: $25 for the month, payable to RCC and goes into the Memorial Fund - See Rev. Peters
The Book of Job & Us - A Bible Study
beginning May 15 after worship


Our own Jerry Smith will be offering a weekly series on the Book of Job.
The study will be held in the Chapel Library - bring your coffee and join us...

The week's themes include:
May 15   "Why Must I Suffer So?"
May 22   "With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?"
May 29   No Session today
June 5    Robust Faith--Faith That Stands Up To Suffering
June 12  The Experience Of The Inexperienced
June 19   Out Of The Whirlwind
June 26   Job's Hope And Our Gift

 

Tune My Heart

Vince Amlin

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. - 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NRSV)

Last week, my wife and I went to the Milwaukee Art Museum. In one of the galleries, there was a video installation playing on a loop. As we made our way into the next wing, my wife started humming a quick, four-note pattern.

“That’s the music that was playing over that video,” she said, and hummed it again.

“Uh…no it wasn’t,” I insisted. “It sounded like this.” And I sang a slow, descending three notes.

We both looked at each other confused.

“Now we have to go back,” she said. And we did.

The moment we opened the doors to the gallery, I heard those quick four notes she had hummed.

“You were right,” I admitted.

But even as I said it, underneath them came my slow, descending motif. We were both right. Both lines had been playing over and over, and each of us had heard only one of them.

Another example of the way the Spirit is made manifest, the way beloved community is built.

Not by choosing one line to sing in unison, but by learning each of our parts well enough to find the rich harmonies between them.

Not by convincing others to hear God’s voice the way I hear it. But by encouraging everyone to listen deeply to what the Spirit may be saying only to them.

Prayer    Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing your grace.

 
Rachel Hackenberg   ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vince Amlin is co-pastor of Bethany UCC, Chicago, and co-planter of Gilead Church Chicago, forming now.

If you are able to help, please let Rev. Peters know. email link
Table Set up and Kitchen help come by 3:00 p.m.
Servers come by 4:30 pm
Rummage Sale / Bake Sale
 
Our church Rummage/Bake sale will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 9:00 - 2:00.  We take gently-used clothing, household items, small working appliances, linens, garden items, plants, small furniture, etc.  We do not take exercise equipment, computers, luggage, baby cribs, electronics, and text books.  If you are undecided, you may call Sue Stauffacher at 860-354-1274 before 7:00 p.m. to ask and to volunteer.

Items may be dropped off beginning Monday, May 16 through Thursday, May 19.  The door into Fellowship Hall will be unlocked all week.

Clothing donations MUST be clean and in good condition.  Items must be either on hangars or folded in boxes.  
Clothing in garbage bags or plastic grocery bags will NOT be accepted.  


At 1:30, we offer a $5 bag sale - everything you can fit into a paper grocery bag for $5.

I know many of you just love to bake, so please plan to bake for the sale.  Some people come just for our wonderful baked goodies :)  We offer free coffee all day.
 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the UCC
 
UCC Mental Health Network states that “Mental illness and disability are part of the natural diversity of creation, neither a flaw nor a blessing, but one of the diverse ways of being an embodied creature. The image of God is not as a set of capabilities that can be listed and measured according to standards of exchange value, such that their absence makes someone less human; rather, it is a sign of intrinsic goodness and preciousness that is vulnerable and expressed differently in each person.” 

Did you know...One-third of high school students experience poor mental health, including frequent feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts, during the pandemic (Jones SE, Ethier KA, Hertz M, et al., 2022*). Poor mental health and thoughts of suicide are even higher among LGBTQ+ youth. 

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.

About half of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, with symptoms starting by age 24 for the majority of people.

 
he community can improve mental health during and after the pandemic.community. Connections with others at home, in school and in tWe can work to improve mental health in our


5 Simple Things You Can Do
to make the world a better place
for people with mental health challenges and their families

1. Be a friend. Provide companionship and compassion on the road toward recovery. Offer a ride to church or to a local support group. Listen without judgement. Pray for those you know with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and for their family members.

2. Share your story. Has mental illness impacted you or your family in some way? Your story may empower others to seek treatment or have hope.

3. Watch your language. Pay attention to the words you use and avoid stigmatizing labels. Do not refer to people as “crazy,” “psycho,” “lunatic” or “mental.”

 4. Be a “StigmaBuster.” Challenge negative attitudes toward mental illness among your friends and acquaintances and in the media.

5. Learn the facts. Educate yourself about the various mental health challenges, substance use disorders, neu- rodevelopmental differences, and other brain disorders. Check out the resources at the UCC Mental Health Network (www.mhn-ucc.org), take a Mental Health First Aid class  and check out the facts at the National Institute of Mental Health (www.nimh.nih.gov), the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (www.samhsa.gov), the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org). 

If you are in need of support or feel like your life is out of control, please know that we are here to be supportive. Reach out to Rev. Peters for referrals or call 211.

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...

NEXT ORDER DATE IS THIS SUNDAY, MAY 8.

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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