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We are celebrating the Baptism this Sunday of 
Laurel Curren, daughter of Jamie and Sarah Curren
and granddaughter of Dariel and Bill Curren.

eFaith Matters
Friday, May 13, 2022
 
 Roxbury Congregational Church

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA
Church Website: roxburychurch.org

This Sunday
May 15, 2022
Fifth Sunday of Easter

10:30 a.m. Worship In-Person & Virtual
 on Zoom or the Church's Facebook page

Refreshments and Conversation 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!

Church Work Day
Saturday, May 14 Beginning at 9:00 a.m. 


We have a number of tasks
of differing skill levels

These tasks save the Church mission dollars
by having us complete them.

Wear work clothes, gloves, and willing spirit
to make our buildings and property
clean, inviting and something that we can continue to be proud of!

If you would like to see the list of projects, email Rev. Peters.

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!

Long River Concerts
Sunday, May 15, 2022
3:00 p.m.
 
LRC Artists
in the Meetinghouse
 
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.
Friday Notes from David


The Men's Group breakfast tomorrow morning at 8 am is open to men and women on the occasion of the Work Day happening right following.

Our Work Days in the spring and fall are important for our church for a few reasons
One, it brings together a variety of people from our congregation to work side by side
on tasks around our buildings and properties.
Second, the finished tasks show to those in our community and our guests
that this place is important and loved and cared for.
Thirdly, it saves us a good deal of money that can be used 
in our outreach efforts in sharing God's love.


Remember, this place is not only a place of prayer, worship and nurture,
it is also a place where disciples are sent from into the wider world.
Join us in helping tomorrow.


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.

 

The May edition of Faith Matters
is up on the Church's Website
You can also find printed copies in the Entrance Foyer and Fellowship Hall

 
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.

The readings for Sunday 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

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 May 2022
in honor of those serving in the military
including grandson Ben serving as a Army Medic in 
Poland 
and Grandson-in-law Ryan Wheeler
by Doris and Chuck Farrell 
 
 
Liturgical Season: Easter
May Deacon of the Month: Chris Childs
(Person to contact for more information)
Friday, May 13  
5:30 p.m.   Art Show planning meeting (Charlie Meade)      Chapel Library

Saturday, May 14
8:00 a.m.    Men's Group breakfast                Fellowship Hal
9:00 a.m.   Church Work Day (organized by the Trustees)
10:30 a.m. Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher)


Sunday, May 15,  Fifth Sunday in Easter   
9:30 a.m.   Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)            Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m. Worship  - In-Person and virtual              Meetinghouse  
                  Baptism of Laurel Curren    
                  Fellowship Hour follows                          Hall
11:45 a.m.  Bible Study: Job and Us, lead by Jerry Smith
3:00 p.m.   Long River Concert                                  Meetinghouse

Tuesday, May 17 (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)
6:00 p.m.   Litchfield South Association Spring Meeting   Washington First Cong'l

Wednesday, May 18
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Jason McKay)                       Fellowship Hall

Saturday, May 21
9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.   Rummage and Bake Sale (Sue Stauffacher)      Fellowship Hall
10:30 a.m.  Mindfulness Mediation Group (Charlie Stauffacher) Library & Zoom

1:30 p.m.   Memorial Service and Celebration of Sarah Johnson    Apple Lane

Sunday, May 22  Sixth Sunday of Easter  
9:30 a.m.    Choir rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)           Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m.  Worship   in person and virtual             Meetinghouse
                    Fellowship Hour follows

11:45 a.m.  Bible Study: Job and Us, lead by Jerry Smith
1:00 p.m.   Graveside service for Charles MacMillian      Bridgewater Center Cem.

Save the Date
June 5  Pentecost Sunday - wear something red
June 12  Confirmation Service and Church Picnic (bring a side dish to share)
June 17, 18, 19 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               
May 15: Janet & Chris Childs                         Chris
              Deacon for May 15 Baptism: Chris Childs
May 22: Joan and Mike Temple                      Joan
May 29: Nancy and Dick Callahan                  Nancy
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 assisting
May 22: Elizabeth. Kutepov with Charlie Stauffacher assisting
May 29: ____________
June 5: _____________

 
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.
May 15: Lindsay Mulhare & Susan Zappulla-Peters
May 22: Elizabeth and Andrey 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 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
Rummage/ Bake Sale
May 21st 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 
Our church's 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.
 
BAKED GOODS NEEDED
I know many of you just love to bake, so please plan to bake for the sale.  

Please bring them either Friday or early Saturday, packaged and labeled for sale.
Some people come just for our wonderful baked goodies :)
We offer free coffee all day.
 

But God

Anthony Robinson

“But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held by its power.” - Acts 2:24 (NRSV) 

We sometimes overuse the little word: “but.” We say something nice to our spouse or partner as a prelude to “But, dear...” Or we express appreciation for something said by a speaker while our words are a build-up to our “But...” We discard a good idea, saying, “But I can’t do that.” We scatter our little negations like weed seed. 

Here, however, it’s not our word of negation. It’s not our “but.” It’s God’s. 

Here in Acts, Peter has told the story of Jesus. He repeated all the sad words of the story: “betrayed,” “handed over,” “crucified,” and “killed,” each word a nail in the coffin. The world had done its worst. But that wasn’t the end of the story. Peter went on: “But God.” But God has the last word. And that word is life. That word is resurrection. “But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held by its power.”

Amid the terror of the Nazi years in Germany, a leader of the Confessing Church, Martin Niemoller, preached a sermon called, “But God.” He spoke of all the ways that Hitler, the Nazis, and their brutality and mendacity seemed to have utterly triumphed. Then he said, “But God.” “But God raised him up because it was impossible for him to be held by death’s power.” But God. God will have the last word.

When it seems the end has come, “but God.”

When you see no way forward or out, “but God.”

When death has done its work and it seems all hope is gone, “but God.”

Because of these two littles words, because of the defiant divine disjunction everything is different now.

Prayer

O God, we give thanks that you have both the first word and the last one. Trusting this, may the words we speak and the lives we lead between be faithful to your Word. 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.


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
 
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: 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!

There will be an Open House at Silver Lake, an excellent opportunity to tour and get a feel for your outdoor ministry site, on Sunday, May 15 from 1-5 pm.

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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