Huntington Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

This Week March 10, 2020

Dear Folks,

I hope you’re enjoying the warmer weather!

Quiet Hour continues on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. during Lent.

The Shelton Ecumenical Lenten Service this Wednesday will be held here, March 11. Dinner will be at 6 p.m., the service at 7 p.m. The Rev. Joe Ekeberg from Trinity Lutheran will be preaching.

My prayer day is this Thursday, March 12. If you have any joys or concerns for me to raise up, please let me know.

During this time of increased cases of Coronavirus, please keep in mind these tips:

• Stay home if you are feeling sick.

• Do not travel while sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
• Disinfect surfaces used regularly.
• Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
• Practice these precautionary measures at home and pass this information along to family and friends.

We have already suspended the Passing of the Peace because of the flu and cold season. We will also not shake hands or share hugs on Sunday mornings. I favor the Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” hand signal, but, you can flash a peace sign, bump elbows, bow, or whatever you want to greet your church friends, as long as we don’t touch. The Council, Deacons, and myself will be looking at our other practices, such as Communion to see how we may make them safer.

If you do become ill, please notify me or another church member. If you need and help, we will do what we can to aid.

This Sunday, March 15, is the Third Sunday in Lent. The scripture is John 4:5-30. The sermon is “He Knows”. Six new members will be received: Kathie DeBaise, Donna Martin, Alicia & Timothy Sotolongo, and Linda & Dennis Tidrick. We welcome them into our church community!

There is still time to get your ticket for this Sunday’s Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner. Please do so ASAP. You can call the church office and leave a message. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. Hot dog dinners: 2 hotdogs w/vegetables-$8.00; 1 hot dog w/chips-$4.00. Proceeds will benefit the church’s Operating Budget.

The Huntington Center Nursery School will be holding its annual Butter Braid fundraiser in March. Items will be Braided Pastry & Joyful Traditions Cake Rolls. Order forms will be available after Sunday worship. Order returns by March 15th, pickup date is April 2nd or after worship on April 5th.

Also, there are openings in The Huntington Center Nursery School for our 2020/2021 school year for 3 & 4 yr. olds. If you are or know of someone who is interested in this wonderful program, please contact our Director Linda Rizzitelli at 203-929-7197 for more information. H.C.N.S. is open to the public.

Women’s Fellowship will prepare & sell Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder and a variety of homemade breads. To place your order, see the sign up on the sheet in the alcove or call the church office (203 929-1223). Pick-up will be on Sunday, March 29th. Chowder is $10 per quart. The prices on the homemade breads vary.

Let us pray. O Holy God, during this time of anxiety, fear, and trepidation, please help us to seek our solace in you. Help us to not turn our anxiety into panic, our fear into hate, and our trepidation into hostility. May you keep us sensible, reasonable, and compassionate. Amen.

In Christ’s love,

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