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eFaith Matters
Friday, June 3, 2022
 Roxbury Congregational Church

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA
Church Website:

This Sunday
June 5, 2022
Pentecost 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.

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

Greetings! I hope that this Friday email mini-newsletter finds you well, happy and safe, and secure in the knowledge that God loves you, and that we love you here at your Church!
We had a wonderful exchange with our 3 young confirmands last evening with our Deacons as Autumn, Hailey, and Lindsay presented their Testimony of Faith followed by a lively discussion by all.

A common theme was the sense that we are all a part of a special community
people are loved by God as God's "perfectly imperfect people" as one put it last night.

Being a part of this particular community has certain advantages and responsibilities.
One of those is the keep ourselves informed as to what opportunities are out there for us as well as to be able to share with our neighbors and fellow citizens
all that this Church is and does.
The latest edition of the Church Newsletter, Faith Matters, is linked below
to assist you.

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


The New Standby Power Generator
was put in service this past Wednesday.

The final step is planting some bushes to screen the view of the generator from the road.

Many thanks to our anonymous donor, Hantsch Electricians, Mitchell Propane,
Mark Lowe of Earth Artist Excavating, Brian Neff P.E., and our Trustees!


There are still Ukraine Pins available
in Fellowship Hall

$2 per pin.
all proceeds go to relief efforts


Sunday, June 12
Rite of Confirmation for 3 young women
we are once again having the Spring Church Picnic
after worship on the front lawn of the Chapel.

A larger Grinder is being provided - we ask you to bring a side dish/dessert to share.


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.

6/5 & 6/12    No meeting
6/19   Chapter 38
6/26   Chapter 41:1-11; 42

For more information or questions: Jerry Smith 
 ‭(781) 789-7823‬ -

Zoom Link for those who can not be here in person:
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 4
10:30 a.m. Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher)

Sunday, June 5,  Pentecost Sunday - wear something red
9:30 a.m.   Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)            Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m. Worship  - In-Person and virtual              Meetinghouse  
                  Fellowship Hour follows                          Hall
11:45 a.m.   Art Show planning (Charlie Meade               Chapel Library
no             Bible Study: Job and Us (Jerry Smith)

Tuesday, June 7       (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)

Wednesday, June 8
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Fellowship Hall

Saturday, June 11
8:00 a.m.    Men's Group Breakfast (Charlie Stauffacher)  Fellowship Hall
10:30 a.m.  Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher) Library & Zoom

Sunday, June 12 Pentecost 1
9:30 a.m.    Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)           Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m.  Worship   in person and virtual             Meetinghouse
                    Rite of Confirmation
Church Picnic follows on the front lawn - bring a side dish to share
                     Father's Day Card sale (Mission Committee)
                     Cash for Causes card orders taken (Susan Zappulla-Peters)

no     Bible Study: Job and Us   (Jerry Smith)

Save the Date
June 17, 18, 19    17th Annual Art at the Meetinghouse - Art Show & Sale (Charlie Meade)

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 5: Beverly & Mark Wolmer                   Mark
June 12: Autumn & Hailey Collette              Autumn
June 19: Marilyn Huang & Andy Huber        Andy

June 26: Elizabeth & Andrey Kutepov         Elizabeth


June 5: ______________
June 12: Mentors- in honor of Confirmands
June 19: _____________
June 26: _____________

 Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.
June 5: Charlie Stauffacher
June 12: Barbara Cover
June 19: ____________
June 26: ____________
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 5; Carol Goodwin & Callahan
June 12: Tom & Christine Farrell
June 19: Barbara Cover
June 26: ______________

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: ______________
September 2022: ___________
October 2022:Elizabeth 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

In Such a Time

Talitha Arnold

May the glory of the Lord endure forever. - Psalm 104:31 (NRSV)

Several years ago, I joined a 21-day do-it-yourself raft trip through the Grand Canyon. Every day everyone loaded the boats, rowed, set up camp, cooked, cleaned, and packed up the next morning. Most days we also hiked the side canyons.

One person had more sense than the rest of us. In the middle of a hike or setting up her tent, she’d simply stop and look around. Sometimes she’d lie down, gazing in silence at the sky or the canyon walls. When someone asked if she was okay, she simply said, “I’m having a beauty attack.”

This reflection comes only days after the massacre of school children in Uvalde and two weeks after the slaughter of African Americans doing their Saturday grocery shopping in Buffalo. Perhaps as for you, the images of grief-stricken families and terrorized children are seared in my mind. Perhaps like you, I am angry beyond words that we continue to let such carnage happen in this country.

I initially thought this reflection would focus on today’s text from Galatians 6:7-10, where Paul proclaims, “God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.” His judgment of the Galatians could be titled “Letter to the Americans.”

But perhaps like you, I cannot live on anger alone. I am grateful that today’s lectionary pairs Paul’s prophetic words with Psalm 104’s praise of God’s creation and the reminder that God’s intention is not carnage and suffering, but glory and even joy. Like the psalmist and my friend, I need to be open to God’s “beauty attacks.” Perhaps you do, too.


May your glory endure forever, O Lord. May we have the sense to see it and trust it, even in this time, especially in this time. Amen.

Talitha Arnold is Senior Minister of the United Church of Santa Fe (UCC), Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of Mark Parts 1 and 2 of the Listen Up! Bible Study series and Worship for Vital Congregations.
Father's Day Cards supporting Church World Service's 
Tools of Hope Program
go on sale this Sunday after Worship

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:
Being Received next 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:

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 and 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.

Silver Lake Camp and Retreat Center
223 Low Road, Sharon, CT

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

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

You are Encouraged to Support these Community Events
and Neighboring Congregations:

(None submitted)
Please submit other community events to be listed here by email only to 
by Friday 9:00 a.m.
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