Huntington Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

This Week August 29, 2023

Dear Folks,

It’s my first day back after my 12-week sabbatical!  Thank you all so much for the opportunity for study and refreshment.  

A big thank you to the office manager, Karen Boroski, the Deacons, our organist, Deb DeMusis, and our supply preacher, Lillian Steinmayer, for holding down the fort in my absence. 

Back to our normal programming… 

This Sunday, September 3, is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  We will be celebrating Holy Communion, so be sure to have your elements ready.  The scripture is Ephesians 4:31-32.  The sermon is “I Forgive You”.  This week is our Auction Sermon won by David Beardsley.

Every Communion Sunday, we take an offering for the Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF):  HCCUCC’s Emergency Assistance Fund assists people within the Shelton community and/or our church community who have an urgent, unexpected need for financial assistance. EAF offering envelopes are available in the pews on Communion Sundays. Thank you for your generosity!

CALLING ALL SINGERS!  Will be having a choir planning and practice on Thursday, September 7 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All are invited, no prior experience necessary!  Contact Rev. Lucille for more details.

SAVE THE DATE: Outdoor Worship & Picnic – Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. at the HCCUCC lower parking lot near the kitchen.  More info to come!! 

Wednesday Evening devotions a new 5-week series begins September 20 through October 18.  The booklet, “Identity: Finding Myself in God” is available in the Alcove.  There is a suggested donation of $2, if you are able. Devotions are at 7 p.m. via ZOOM.  The link is in the “This Week” email.

The Valley Food Bank at Spooner House – Items Needed: See list in the Alcove. Please use the box in the Alcove for donations. The Blessing Box also needs to be stocked! Note our Spooner House Meal is now the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Questions–see Holly or Gerry Fassbender.

Funds for Clean-up Buckets Needed – Women’s Fellowship is collecting monetary donations for Church World Service Clean up buckets. Checks may be made out to HCC with “Buckets” on the memo line. You can drop your donation in the bucket on Sundays or you can use the on-line option on our website. The need now is urgent.

The Women’s Fellowship is also asking for donations for the Church World Service school kits and backpacks for our local students.  Please see more info in the Alcove.

Please continue to support HCCUCC with your contributions.  Now more than ever, our mission of being the beacon of love and light on the Huntington Green and beyond is vital. Contributions sent in by mail are welcome. Please consider donating at our website, Electronic Fund Transfer giving is also available. Please email the church, if you would like a form to set that up. Any way you give is a blessing and is greatly appreciated.

Let us pray.  O Holy God, thank you for all the variety of times in our lives: work, play, rest, and just being.  You are always with is in all the places and spaces and seasons, offering us your love.  Amen.

In Christ’s love,

Rev. Lucille

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