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A scene during worship yesterday, May 8, 2022
 
eFaith Matters
Monday, May 9, 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... 


We Support Ukraine!
On Saturday evening, the Roxbury Church sponsored a Spaghetti Dinner benefiting 2 groups working on the ground with Ukrainian refugees and other citizens: UCC Ukraine Relief Fund and World Central Kitchen.
We raised over $1,000 for these efforts!

Thank you to all help cooked, served and came and ate.
We had some very generous guests !

 

 Spring Church Work Day
Saturday, May 14, 2022
 9:00 am until 12 noon
Come for as long as you wish...

Help out your church with small jobs
to help out buildings and grounds look loved and cared for.
 

WorkDay
 

Bible Study
Session 1 - May 15, 2022
in the Library and on Zoom

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.

The readings for the 15th are Job chapters 1 and 2 (It's not much as it sounds like.

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


 

Long River Concerts
Sunday, May 15, 2022

3:00 p.m.
in the Meetinghouse


LRC Artists
Program:
Shubert: String Trio, D. 581
IvesL Selected songs
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 60
 
Alissa Leiser, piano, Elizabeth Chang, violin, and Alberto Parrini, cello
will be joined by Jana Baty, mezzo-soprano and Zoe Martin-Doike, viola
 
Tickets $30 purchase online: 
LINK
 or at the door.


 

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


Liturgical Season: Eastertide


Tuesday, May 10         Rev. Peters' day off and he will be out of the office
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)
4:00 p.m. Piano Lessons - Hall - (Sandy K.)


Wednesday, May 11

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

Friday, May 13
5:30 p.m.   Art Show planning (Charlie Meade)                   Chapel Library


Saturday, May 14
8:00 a.m.  Men's Breakfast (Work Day women welcome)  Fellowship Hall
9:00 a.m. Spring Church Work Day (Trustees)
10:30 a.m. Mindful Meditation (Charlie Stauffacher)             Chapel Library


Sunday, May 15   Fifth Sunday of Easter 
9:15 a.m.     Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)                     Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m.  Morning Worship                                               Meetinghouse
             In-Person and on Zoom and Facebook Live
 
              Sacrament of Baptism - Laurel Curren
             Fellowship Hour follows                                           Fellowship Hall

11:45 a.m. The Book of Job & Us Study
3:00 p.m. Long River Concerts $30 online or at door          Meetinghouse

All the next week Rummage Sale set up
 

Save the Date...
 
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 and grandson in law, Ryan Wheeler.

by Doris and Chuck Farrell
 

To Keep in our Thoughts and Prayers – May 8, 2022
 Please remember their families and caregivers as well.
 
Terry Alfson, Alice Shaber, Diane Meade,  Stan Pasquale,
Jean Neff,
 Doris Farrell, Bill Cario


Celebration of Mothers Day thinking especially of mothers in Ukraine.
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, Ryan Wheeler 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 being resettled here
Those recovering from natural disasters across the US
Those living with a mental health disease (May is Mental Health Month)

Prayers for this week’s Mission Partner: 
Renewal House - Danbury

Lifted up by the Congregation:
Iracema, Kevin, Bob, Jeanine, Hank

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
March Deacon of the Month: Chris Childs
 Lay Reader & Greeters
 
               GREETERS                        READER                          
May 15: Janet & Chris Childs           Chris Childs          
May 22: Joan & Mike Temple           Joan Temple          
May 29: Nancy & Dick Callahan       Nancy Callahan  
June 5: ___________________       _____________  

               
Flowers                   
May 15: Dariel & Bill Curren
May 22: ____________

May 29: ____________
June 5: ____________
 
Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
May 15: Jerry Smith with Barbara Cover
May 22: Charlie Stauffacher

May 29: Jerry Smith
June 5: Elizabeth Kutepov with Charlie Stauffacher

Fellowship Host
 As simple as some cookies with coffee/tea.
May 15: Lindsay Mulhare & Susan Zappulla-Peters
May 22: Eliz. & Aundrey Kutepov
May 29: Collette family
June 5: _____________


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

 
Rummage Sale / Bake Sale
May 21 from 9:00 - 2:00
 
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.
 

One Hand

Kenneth Samuel

Again a message came to me from the Lord: “When your people ask you what your actions mean, say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take Ephraim and the northern tribes and join them to Judah. I will make them one piece of wood in my hand.’” - Ezekiel 37:15 & 18-19 (NLT) 

Celebrations and expressions of diversity always pique my interest. 

I’ve visited the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dekota and listened to Native Americans talk about why the memorial and the Black Hills region itself are so significant to their culture. 

I’ve talked to Muslims in Dubai during Ramadan and gained so much insight into why Muslims designate a special time of the year to abstain from certain pleasures in order to focus on spiritual integrity and family unity. 

I’ve dialogued with students in The Philippines, wrestling with the theological quest to be true to the Gospel of Christ while being responsible leaders in a repressive political context. 

Diversity allows us to discover ourselves through the lenses of people who are very different from us. 

Yet, the wondrous diversity of the globe must still acknowledge the oneness of the globe itself. All human diversity is some variant of the same humanity. 

Pandemics remind us that everyone on the planet is in the hand of one global environment. 

The universal need for sabbath reminds us that despite our religious distinctions, we are all in the hand of one transcendent Ground of Being. 

Elections in Paris, France remind people in Paris, Tennessee of how crucially interdependent the democracies of the world really are. Global economic stability rests upon the realization of divergent nations concerning their shared destiny, all in one hand. 

Prayer

Lord, when we allow our differences to divide us, please continue to remind us, that you’ve still got the whole wide world in your hand. Amen.
 

Rachel Hackenberg     ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, UCC, Stone Mountain, Georgia.

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.

 
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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.

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
 
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...


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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