January 24 — Rev. Jennifer Whipple
Join us for virtual worship as we consider not only the ways that God speaks to us, but the ways we communicate with God and how we share our faith with others. Are we only communicating when we sit or kneel down to pray? Do we need words? What are some of the ways we are perhaps in continual communication with God? What do others know of our faith and the passions to which it directs us? Pastor Jen will share some thoughts on these questions in her message "Continual Communication" this weekend based on 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 and 5:13-24.
We are blessed to have some of our church family members join us in leadership for Sunday's worship, including Wendy Elsen who will share a message on behalf of our Stewardship Committee and Serina Quinsland who will be our scripture reader from out-of-state through the power of technology. We will also have some beautiful originally composed piano music from our Music Director, Toni Sullivan, and a new virtual anthem, "God Is Here Today" , from our combined Alleluia & Chancel Choirs. You can join us for our weekly Kids' Worship service too with our special guest, Miss Wendy.
Because of rising Covid-19 infection rates
in our area, Indoor Prayer Meeting has been
CANCELED until further notice.
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Pastors Fund Thanks & Information Our 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.
Note from Stewardship Committee
We may not be meeting together these days, but your church is still here, hoping to meet people’s needs, whatever they are. We are still the church – looking for ways to be God’s hands and feet in the world around us, even when we are not together on Sunday mornings! SO….
- Utilities + office supplies = YOUR CHURCH
- Payroll + Sunday School supplies = YOUR CHURCH
- Committees + building repair = YOUR CHURCH
- Supporting needs around us + uplifting music = YOUR CHURCH
- Choirs + internet and phone service = YOUR CHURCH
Please continue to give to our special church in whatever way you were used to giving before, if you are able, so that your church will be there for you, throughout this crisis, and beyond!
Your Pastors are Here for You!
Pastoral Care Appointments
Friday Morning Meditation
Labyrinth & Children's Garden:
In response to our Governor's orders and in the interest of public safety, our church campus is closed until further notice.
Our ministries continue, however, through our electronic connections.
Know that "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!"
You can still reach us by phone at 203-775-1259. (Messages are forwarded via email to the Pastors, who are working from home.)
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.