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We had a large crowd, beautiful weather, and a wonderful team of volunteers...
all made for a successful evening for all!
eFaith Matters
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

 Roxbury Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA

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

Next Sunday, September 4
United Worship at Apple Lane Pavilion - 10:30 am.

We will gather together with our friends from Christ Episcopal
and the Priest-in-Charge, Stephen Nagy for worship including communion.

We will have a picnic following. You are asked to bring a side dish to share.


Rev. Peters returns from Sabbatical on Thursday, September 1.

Beef Barbecue a Great Success!
We raised just shy of $3000 ($2987.53) for the work of the congregation.
We thank so many for their efforts... to all who baked, cooked, set up, served, and cleaned up.

Here are some photos from the day...

Sunday we celebrated the baptism of 
Luke Justice Capodiferro

son of John and Emily (Sears) Capodiferro.
John and Emily were married here
and their son was baptized a few years ago.
They live in Naugatuck.


Volunteer(s) Needed

We are looking for a person(s) who would be willing to prep and paint the ceiling in the balcony area near the organ. We have the paint,  brushes, and drop cloths.
If you are willing to do this, please speak with Rev. Peters.


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 September 2022 Faith Matters, our Church's newsletter 
will be available on the Church's Website later this week.
Last call for September news items...

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 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
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, Minister usually is in his office
Mon., Wed., Thurs., and Fri. from 9:30 -12:30

Liturgical Season: Pentecost

Tuesday, August 30      
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)                                         Kitchen
4:00 p.m. Piano Lessons - Hall - (Sandy K.)                                    Meetinghouse

Wednesday, August 31
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)                                         Kitchen

Thursday, September 1 Rev. Peters returns from Sabbatical
7:00 p.m.  Board of Deacons meeting (Mike Wilcox)                     Chapel Library

Friday, September 2
7:00 a.m. Kitchen being used (Susan Zappulla-Peters)                    Kitchen

Saturday, September 3
10:30 a.m. Mindful Meditation (Charlie Stauffacher)                    Chapel Library

Sunday, September 4
10:30 a.m.  United Worship                                                         Apple lane Pavilion                
                  picnic follow                                            


Save the Date...
Saturday, September 10 Tag / Bake Sale 9:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 11 - Homecoming Sunday
Sunday, September 18 Choir season begins
Sunday, September 25 - Mission Speaker - Greenwoods Counseling


The Steeple is lighted

during August, in memory of loved ones
by Katherine and Bruce Smith

During September it will be lit
Kathy & Rich Horrigan
in memory of their son, Tyler

To Keep in our Thoughts and Prayers – August 28, 2022
 Please remember their families and caregivers as well.

Terry Alfson,, 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 Poland, Ryan Wheeler, Mike Josefson, and Willy Steers.

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 resettling in the US, including New Milford.

Prayers for this week’s Mission Partner: 
New Milford Homeless Coalition and Weekend Breakfast program

Lifted up by the Congregation:
Rey, Leahjay, Bob
Mike Rice and family ( who died this morning 8/30/22 after a long battle with cancer)

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

If are willing to help with either of these - contact Rev. Peters EMAIL LINK
June Deacons: Mike Wilcox, assisted by Mark Wolmer
 Lay Reader & Greeters
               GREETERS                            READER                          
Sept. 4  Eliz. & Andrey Kutepov                  Elizabeth
Sept. 11: ____________________              _________
Sept. 18: ____________________              __________
Sept. 25: __________________           __________
Sept. 4  ________________
Sept. 11: ____________________  
Sept. 18: ____________________ 
Sept. 25: ____________________
Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
Sept. 4 United Worship at Apple Lane
Sept. 11: ____________________
Sept. 18: ____________________   
Sept. 25: ____________________

Fellowship Host
 As simple as some cookies with coffee/tea or ice tea/ lemonade
Sept.4   Picnic (Fellowship Committee)
Sept. 11: __________________
Sept. 18: ____________________
Sept. 25____________________

Steeple Lighting

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

August 2022: Katherine & Bruce Smith
September 2022: Kathy & Rich Horrigan
October 2022: Elizabeth and Andrey 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

The Great I Am

Kaji Douša

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” – Exodus 3:14 (NRSV)

Families like mine teach: Remember who you are. And whose you are.

Meanwhile, this world is designed to make you forget who you are as it teaches you the wrong “I ams”: An I am that turns into the wrong I can’t imposes very limiting script on your life. I am poor so I can’t go to school was a limiting script many of our ancestors lived out. I am American so I can’t know what it means to be safe from bullets is a limiting script for many of us today.

Some of these I ams we think. Some, as you can see, are forced on us with some evil You ares:

You are a felon so you can’t vote. You are trans so you can’t live. You are [any number of things] so you can’t be part of a church.

But some are personally imposed:

I am a terrible runner so I can’t sign up for that half-marathonI am awful at partnerships so I can’t commit to this person.

What, in your world of I ams has led you to conclude that you can’t?

Your I ams are faithful and true when they point you to the infinite: I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am made in the image of God. When we shift our I ams into God’s You ares, we remember who and whose we are.

Help me never to forget that I am your beloved.




Kaji Douša is the Senior Pastor of The Park Avenue Christian Church, a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, in New York City.

Tag and Bake Sale
Saturday, September 10

Our 18th  annual tag/bake sale is on Sat., Sept. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  It will be on the front lawn unless it rains, in which case it will be inside. Pray for a nice day!

Table rentals are $25 and spaces are $20.  If you have "stuff", but don't want to rent a table, donate it to the church table.  These donations may be brought to the Fellowship Hall beginning Monday, Sept. 5.

If you love to bake, we'd love to have your goodies for our bake table.  A light lunch will be available.

For information and sign-up, call Sue Stauffacher at 860-354-1274 before 7:00 p.m.
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:

The popular program coordinator is
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.

We would like to have a set day so it is easy to remember to order
and easy for 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.
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:

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.

For Monday eFaith Matters: by Monday 9:00 a.m.
For Friday eFaith Matters or Sunday Bulletin: by Friday 9:00 a.m.
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