Worship with us Sunday, July 25th at 9:30am
“Get By With a Little Help”
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he writes to the budding community of Christ followers in Ephesus about Christ’s amazing love and about the inner strength that he prayed each of these new followers would find in and through that love. He writes about how God works within us on a spiritual level and does more than we can ever imagine. As we hear these words this week and think about what they mean for us in a time when we have had to rely on our inner strength perhaps a bit more than we had ever imagined, we will also explore the courage and strength it takes to hear God’s voice from beyond ourselves - to take the risk to reach out for help when we need it and to use our stories, experiences, and gifts to help others as well.
Pastor Jen preaches, “Get By With a Little Help” on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (3:14-21). We welcome Richard Nyers as our scripture reader and will be blessed by special music from Toni Sullivan and her hammered dulcimer. We will also have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism with three of our young people.
We hope you will join us for this opportunity to bind our spirits in worship with each other. A recording of our 9:30am Outdoor Chapel service will be shared via email and posted on our website at uccb.org on Sunday afternoons. You can access all our Sunday worship recordings on our CCB YouTube page at "uccbvideo".
In Person Worship, Sunday, July 25th: 9:30am in the Outdoor Chapel
We hope to meet outside in our Outdoor Chapel (weather dependent) for our in person worship. You will find the sign up link below. We ask that people intending to join us for In Person Worship sign up and include how many people and the names of those who will be attending worship with you. You can register for our In Person Worship using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca8af28a4f94-930am28
Note: If the weather is not conducive to outdoor worship in the Outdoor Chapel, we will move inside our Meetinghouse.
Nursery Sign Up for In-Person Worship at 9:30am:
Our Nursery is open during our In-Person Worship on Sunday mornings. Following state guidelines means that there can be up to four children in the Nursery, and there will be special considerations in place to be sure that we keep our children and Miss Debbie safe and healthy to the best of our ability. If you plan to join us for In-Person Worship and need Nursery care for your child(ren), we invite you to sign your child(ren) up in advance using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CA8AF28A4F94-nursery3
In Person Church School Sign Up:
Children can join Mama T and Mrs. Crandell for our One Room Schoolhouse on Sunday morning as they begin a summer series using the PRAY Curriculum. This curriculum uses everyday objects to share Bible stories and to grow in faith. Children will also have the opportunity to earn badges throughout the summer as they work their way through the curriculum. Children can be signed up for our In Person Church School using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CA8AF28A4F94-inperson11
Updated Worship Recording Information:
Pastors Fund Thanks & InformationOur pastors wish to thank you so much for your generous support of the Pastors Fund during these difficult and ever-changing times. With your help bills have been paid to cover housing costs, medical bills, and emergency repairs as well as to cover other everyday costs like food, gas, and clothing for members & friends of our church and wider community. The Pastors Fund is supported through the honorarium from the funerals/memorials that our pastors officiate, as well as through the generous gifts of members and friends of our community. The Thrift Shop has supported the Pastors Fund with gifts from sale profits, and the Pastors Fund is also one of the options for holiday support through our Virtual Giving Tree this year.
If you are feeling moved to make a direct gift to the Pastors Fund, gift cards for groceries and gas are always welcome, as are donations made payable to Pastors Fund.
Stewardship Information: Envelopes & Pledges
- If you use envelopes for your pledges and have not yet picked them up from the Church Office, they are available for pick up outside the main Courtyard Office door. There is a blue bin with the envelopes inside. Please feel free to stop by and pick up your envelopes at your convenience.
- If you pledge online, please remember to check and update any pledge information through our PushPay app or your bank.
- Know that our Stewardship Counters will be counting every few weeks, so please be patient as your donations are input into our system. Please feel free to send an email to our Office Administrator, Jeannine McCullough (email@example.com), if you have any questions about your pledges.
Your Pastors are Here for You!
Pastoral Care Appointments
Friday Morning Meditation
Labyrinth & Children's Garden:
CCB Summer Office Hours
Summer Office Hours began the week of June 14th, and will run through the end of August. During that time, the Church Office will be open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-12pm and closed on Mondays & Fridays. If you plan to stop by the Church Office we ask that you wear a mask. If you need to contact someone through the Church Office after office hours you can leave a message on our main line (203-775-1259) or through a staff extension (by following the prompts). All voicemail messages are delivered through staff emails as well.
We are an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.
Know that "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!"
At Home Electronic Worship Options
- Would you enjoy the guidance of fellow seekers to help you support your children's growth into strong and compassionate moral thinkers?
- Are you looking for a place where you can bring your deepest joys and sorrows and find real companionship in celebration and suffering?
- Do you long for a place where you and your family can learn to love one another and care for the world in a compassionate faith community?
Watch this space for more information about our programs and ministries in the future.
As always, we also care about your spiritual health, so know that although your pastors are working mostly through remote connections, we want to respond to your needs and concerns promptly. Be aware, however, that may not always be possible. Our church phone system delivers your phone messages (to 203-775-1259) to our email, or you can email us directly at Bryn@uccb.org or Jennifer@uccb.org.
Let us continue to reach out to care for one another, and pray for one another and our world, as we face this global pandemic together, remembering the Apostle Paul's powerful affirmation of faith in these verses from chapter 8 of his Letter to the Romans:
31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.