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and have every more impact together!

The Strengthen the Church Offering
will be received in church across the UCC this Sunday including ours
 

eFaith Matters
Friday, June 10, 2022
 
 Roxbury Congregational Church

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA
Church Website: roxburychurch.org

This Sunday
June 12, 2022
First Sunday after Pentecost
Trinity Sunday

Confirmation Sunday

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

We are busy around the Meetinghouse this week...

1. We are preparing for the Annual Art at the Meetinghouse Art Show & Sale next week
The Fellowship Hall is in the process of being transformed into an art gallery
under the direction of the Art Show committee.
Don't forget to put the Show including the Opening Reception next Friday
on your calendars.

2. This Sunday we are celebrating three young women,
Lindsay, Hailey, and Autumn, 
who are being confirmed during worship.
We are very happy for them and their families.
They will now be adult members of the Church.

3. Also on Sunday, we will be holding our annual Spring Church Picnic
on the front lawn of the Chapel. 
Please bring a side dish to share as the Fellowship Committee 
is providing sandwiches and drinks.

4. And to round off the busy day,..
at 2:00 p.m is the Memorial Service for Alice Shaber. It is being held virtually from New York City.
I recorded prayers and readings to be shared. 

5. Also at 2:00 p.m., The Litchfield South Association will be Installing
the Rev. Abby Gackenheimer as the Pastor and Teacher
at the Bridgewater Congregational Church.
All are invited to either the Memorial Service or the Installation Service.

 

The previously announced Mission Speaker for June 26
has had to reschedule to a later date.
We will keep you posted - probably in September.

 

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.

6/12    No meeting
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)

Saturday, June 11
8:00 a.m.   Men's Group Breakfast meeting (Charle Stauffacher)    Hall
9:00 a.m.   Art Show drop off by artists. (Charlie Meade & committee)   Hall
10:30 a.m. Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher)


Sunday, June 12
9:30 a.m.   Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)              Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m. Worship  - In-Person and virtual              Meetinghouse  
                 
Rite of Confirmation
                 Father's Day Card sale (Mission Committee)
                 Cash for Causes card orders taken (Susan Zappulla-Peters)
 
                 Church Picnic follows                              Chapel front lawn

no             Bible Study: Job and Us (Jerry Smith)
2:00 p.m.  Memorial Service Virtual for Alice Shaber
2:00 p.m.  Installation Service for Bridgewater Minister


Tuesday, June 14       (Note: Rev. Peters will be taking today off)
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)
4:00 p.m. Piano Lessons - Hall - (Sandy K)
4:30 p.m. Art Show Committee (Charlie Meade)

Wednesday, June 15
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Fellowship Hall

Thursday, June 16       Rev. Peters is taking today off

Friday, June 17
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Art Show & Sale opening reception  Awards at 7:30 p.m.

Satur
day, June 18
8:00 a.m.    Men's Group Breakfast (Charlie Stauffacher)  Fellowship Hall
10:30 a.m.  Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher) Library & Zoom

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Art Show & Sale                      Fellowship Hall

Sunday, June 19 Pentecost 1
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

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.   Art Show & Sale (Charlie Meade   Fellowship Hall

Save the Date
July 3 - 9:30 a.m. Summer Worship time begins
August 27 Annual Beef Barbecue

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 12: Autumn & Hailey Collette            Autumn
                   Lindsay Mulhare            
June 19: Marilyn Huang & Andy Huber        Andy

June 26: Elizabeth & Andrey Kutepov         Elizabeth
July 3: ___________________                    ___________
 

               Flowers 

June 12: Mentors- in honor of Confirmands
June 19: _____________
June 26: _____________
July 3: ______________

 Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
June 12: Barbara Cover
June 19: ____________
June 26: ____________
July 3: ______________
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 12: Picnic
June 19: Barbara Cover
June 26:Doris & Chuck Farrell
July 3: ______________ 

 



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

Very Good/Not Perfect

by Rev. Anthony Robinson

God saw everything that [God] had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. - Genesis 1:31 (NRSV)

Did you ever notice what God says when God is all done creating the heavens and earth, the perch and porcupines, the golden retrievers and evening grosbeaks, and after God has blown the breath of life into a clay figure made in God’s own image? God says, “Very good.”

“Very good.” Not “perfect.” 

For which we can be grateful. Perfect would have been like, “Don’t touch a thing.” “It’s perfect, don’t mess it up.” It’s complete, finished … perfect.

But “very good” is like, “This is cool, this is great, but not all done or finished.” Which is a way of saying that there’s a place for you and me and something for us to contribute here. “Very good,” but not finished.

And another thing, did you notice how a day works in the Bible? A day is not from morning to evening. In the Bible it is from evening to evening, night and day make “a day.” The day doesn’t start when I get out of bed in the morning (this came as a blow to my ego). The day has been in progress for a long time (without me). While I was dead to the world, God was busy. Morning light invites me to join a work-in-progress.

When I got used to it, this evening-to-evening day was a big relief. God was in charge. Not me, not you. It doesn’t all depend on us. But then, “very good” says, “You do have a part to play, a contribution to make. We need you.”

Go easy into this day—it doesn’t all depend on you. But go into it with joy—you have a part to play and a contribution to make, and without you it won’t be the same.

Prayer

Thanks, God, for being such a wise and good God and creating a very good world with a place for each and every one of us to make a contribution. Amen.

 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

This devotional by Tony Robinson also appears in This Is How We Begin: Devotionals and Prayers to Start Meetings, a collection of devotionals intended to center church meetings in God’s wisdom. Order This Is How We Begin here.

 
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
 
Being Received THIS Sunday...
UCC's Strengthen the Church Offering.

This offering is being received in most of our UCC congregations across the country.

 

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.

There will be specially marked offering envelopes in next week's bulletin to use.
Donations can also be mailed to the Church or you can give on our online giving portal:
LINK

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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