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Yesterday we had Julia Jagger as our Mission Speaker during worship. Julia is Community Outreach & Recovery Navigator with Greenwood Counseling & Referrals. Greenwoods is one of our mission partners based in Litchfield. She shared the message of mental health and their expansion into addiction services in Litchfield County including Roxbury.  
Our Mission Committee and Deacons encourage such speakers each quarter.
 
eFaith Matters
Monday, September 26, 2022

 Roxbury Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Roxbury, Connecticut, USA


We are a Community Seeking to Share God's Love!
 
The Overview
 
Yesterday was a good day. We heard from Julia, one of the staff people from Greenwoods Counseling which we support. We have been doing that since the beginning many years ago. We like their mission/ministry - that is to help people navigate the system of insurance, counselors, and fees to bring people and providers together with a sliding scale fee. For this those who need short-term help or longer can get the help they need.
I often use them when one of you comes to me with a situation. Sometimes, we can talk thru the situation or problem, but sometimes it is larger, and more complex than I have training for. 
So I am grateful that Greenwoods is there. They meet with you and coordinate the best match for each person.

 

You will note that each week lately, the days I am taking off(2) is shifting from week to week. This is to accommodate my railroad schedule. I pay attention to be sure the pastoral, as well as the office tasks, are completed. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
 


Your Generosity Supports the Work of the Roxbury Church
as We Support Others and Change Lives!!


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
                 through Vanco

You can always send a check to the Church Office or drop one off.


The October 2022 Faith Matters, our Church's newsletter 
is going "to press" this week and will be available on the Church's Website 
 

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.
EMAIL

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, September 27      
9:00 a.m.  Kitchen Rental (Lisa & Kristen)                                         Kitchen

Wednesday, September 28 
2:00 p.m. Piano Lessons - Hall - (Sandy K.)                                    Fellowship Hall
6:00 p.m.  Cub Scouts (Jason Mackay)                                           Apple Lane
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Jason Mackay)                                            Apple lane
 
Friday, September 30 Rev. Peters is taking a day off today
7:00 a.m. Kitchen being used (Susan Zappulla-Peters)                Kitchen

Saturday, October 1
10:30 a.m. Mindful Meditation (Charlie Stauffacher)                    Chapel Library

Sunday, October 2 - World Communion Sunday
9:30 a.m.    Choir Rehearsal (Sandy Kleisner)                               Meetinghouse
10:30 a.m. Morning Worship                                                         Meetinghouse
                  In-person and Virtual (Zoom or Facebook Live)          

                 Refreshments follow                                          

 

Save the Date...

October 8, 8:00 a.m. Men's Breakfast (Charlie Stauffacher)
October 8, 7 pm. Trivia Night - Community Event (Chris Childs & Joan Temple)
October 9, 11:45 a.m. Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting  in the Meetinghouse
October 9, 1 p.m. Blessing of the Animals
October 16,  An afternoon concert with Pianist Sandy Kleisner and Soprano Lynne Abeles

 
Fall /Winter 2022    RCC  Events Listing

LINK
 

The Steeple Lighting


during September the Steeple is lit
by Kathy & Rich Horrigan
in memory of their son, Tyler

To Keep in our Thoughts and Prayers – September 25, 2022
 Please remember their families and caregivers as well.
 
Terry Alfson, Bill Cario
Family & friends of Mike Rice( who died 8/30/22 - Funeral was Friday at St. Patricks)

The people of Ukraine and those fleeing in fear and harms way. For the end of warfare.
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: 
Christian Community Outreach Ministries - Danbury

Lifted up by the Congregation:
Andre
Anna

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
October Deacons: David Lincicome assisted by Jan Steers
 Lay Reader & Greeters
 
               GREETERS                                   READER                       
Oct 2: Vail Barrett & Mike Wilcox                     Vail
Oct 9: Barbara Biafore & __________               Barbara
Oct 16: Brian Neff &  __________                     Brian
Oct 23: Elizabeth Kutepov &  __________        Elizabeth

Flowers                   
Oct 2: ______________________
Oct 9: ________________________  
Oct 16: ________________________ 
Oct 23: __________________
Zoom Virtual Worship Tech
Control and switch between the camera and sharing the bulletin on the screen.

Oct 2: Barbara Cover with Nancy German
Oct 9: Charlie Stauffacher
Oct 16: Barbara Cover   
Oct 23: __________________
 

Fellowship Host
 As simple as some cookies with coffee/tea or ice tea/ lemonade
Oct 2: _____________________
Oct 9: ________________________
Oct 16: ________________________
Oct 23: __________________


Steeple Lighting
 

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

September 2022: Kathy & Rich Horrigan
October 2022: Elizabeth and Andrey Kutepov
November 2022: Dale Pinchbeck
December 2022: Diane & Charlie Meade

January 2023: Michael Wilcox
February 2023: ___________
 
Steeple Lighting: $25 for the month, payable to RCC
and goes into the Memorial Fund - See Rev. Peters

From Your Lips to God's Ears

Vince Amlin

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. … In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From God’s temple God heard my voice, and my cry to God reached God’s ears. - Psalm 18:1-2 & 6 (NRSV)

I was sitting in the sanctuary one morning trying to practice centering prayer, a form of prayer in which you empty yourself of thoughts and just rest in the presence of God.

But I didn’t feel restful. I felt agitated, anxious, and afraid. Things were bad and had been for weeks. I hadn’t been sleeping well. I was always on the verge of tears. I needed some peace. I needed to stop thinking about the issue I spent every moment thinking about.

So I tried again to settle my mind. I breathed deeply and attempted to release the thoughts as they came.

And then, outside, a child started crying. From the sound of it, a preschooler who refused to be consoled.

As a parent, it pulled at me. The longer it went on, the more I felt a primal urge to scoop them up and make sure they were OK.

That’s what we've evolved to do, I realized: to cry and to respond.

It was what I had been doing too. Crying out. And if my own instincts were to care for that child, how much more would God desire to scoop me up? If I am made for love, how much more the one who made me?

Prayer

God in your love, hear my prayer.

Rachel Hackenberg 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vince Amlin is co-pastor of Bethany UCC, Chicago, and co-planter of Gilead Church Chicago, forming now.

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
 


The coordinator foir this popular program is
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.
Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11

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: 
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 

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:


October 2  Roxbury Tractor Parade 12 pm. at Hurlbut Park on Apple Lane. Food, tractors, floats ( Worship will get out before the parade begins.)
 

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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