May 3 2015 - The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
2 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, Connecticut
(860) 434-8686
Steven R. Jungkeit, Senior Minister
Carleen R. Gerber, Senior Associate Minister
Christopher D. Solimene, Associate Minister
Simon D. Holt, Director of Music
May 3, 2015
9:00 AM
*Introit: Praise Ye the Father
*Hymn: #66 “O How Glorious, Full of Wonder”
*Call to Worship (from Psalm 145):
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
And his compassion is over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
And all your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power.
The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
Let us worship God.
*The Lord’s Prayer
Welcome and News of the Church
*Hymn: #259 “Awake, Awake to Love and Work” (verses 1 and 3)
Offertory Invitation
Offertory Anthem: Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise
Eugene Butler
*Doxology (#44 in the hymnal)
*Offertory Prayer
Children’s Sermon
Becky Crosby and SPF
*Hymn: #380 “We Are Not Our Own”
(children proceed to classes during the 1st stanza)
Pastoral Prayer
Pastoral Prayer Response: As We Are Gathered
Scripture: Mark 3: 20-35 (NT, pg. 35)
II Corinthians 4:13-5:1 (NT, pg. 170)
The Rev. Dr. Steven R. Jungkeit
*Hymn:: #492 “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling”
Benediction Response: The Lord Is My Shepherd
John Rutter
*Congregation Standing
We thank you for worshipping with us. Following the life and teachings of Jesus, we are a church that
strives to be a place of grace, welcoming all regardless of theological expression, age, race, gender,
sexual identity, national origin or financial means. In our Church Constitution we recognize that “each
member shall have the undisturbed right to follow the word of God according to the dictates of his or
her own conscience, under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.” The First Congregational Church of
Old Lyme, established in 1665, cherishes this proud Pilgrim tradition. We are honored by your
presence among us, and we invite you to help us become what we endeavor to be.
The flowers this morning are given by Jean and Jack Schaaf in loving memory
of Ken and Helen Dolph and John George Schaaf.
The hosts for coffee hour are Mary Tomassetti and Mark Bond.
The deacon on duty is Julie Martel.
Childcare is available every Sunday morning in the nursery downstairs at the 9AM service.
If you need help finding it, please ask the ushers to assist you.
If you are visiting us for worship this morning, we welcome you, and invite you
to join us in Fellowship Hall for fellowship and refreshments.
We invite you to pick up a “Welcome” packet, which can be found in the vestibule.
We hope this information will be helpful in acquainting you with
our church and its activities and programs.
Quiet Activity Bags for young children are in the vestibule.
They are colorful bags with quiet projects for our youngest members.
Please feel free to offer these bags to your children.
The Rev. David W. Good serves as our Minister Emeritus.
The Rev. Rebecca T. Crosby is our Minister for Haitian Outreach.
Erin K. Grayson serves this church as Minister of the South Lyme Union Chapel.
Starting Sunday, June 7th, we will begin our
normal summer schedule of one service only at 10:00 am.
Our fall schedule of two Sunday services, at 9:00 and 11:00 am,
will commence on September 13th.
Adult Forum Today: Russell Learned, Bob McCracken and Mark Waldo will discuss Solar
Energy and FCCOL's solar project. May 10: Mother's Day - No Forum. May 17: Frida
Berrigan will speak about her new book: "It Runs In The Family: On Being Raised By
Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood."
New Members It is our custom to receive new members twice a year – in May and again
next fall. If you have been attending, or visiting, and would like to talk about membership
(ask any question you might have), Steve, Carleen or Chris would love the opportunity to sit
down over a cup of coffee and chat! Please call any one of us and let’s set up a time and
place. Our May date for receiving new members is May 10th. The new members orientation
meeting will be Tuesday, May 5th, at 7:00 pm in the Sheffield Auditorium.
The LBS continues its monthly series of
Ladies Benevolent Society May Luncheon
luncheons and programs at noon on Tuesday, May 5, with a luncheon in Fellowship Hall.
Around 1 pm, church historians Betsey Webster and Carolyn Wakeman will speak about the
recent creation of the Church Archives and new discoveries about the origins of its dedicated
Ladies Benevolent Society. The talk on the historic grounds surrounding the Meetinghouse at
the corner of Lyme Street and Ferry Road, previously scheduled for May 12th, will be
rescheduled in the fall. Admission to the Luncheon is $5 plus canned goods for the Food
Pantry. Please call the church office at 860-434-8686 by Monday, May 4, to reserve a place.
Hunger along the Shoreline Children & adults in our own community go hungry everyday.
Find out why & what you can do to help. Lyme-Old Lyme HS is hosting a Hunger Banquet
on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:00 pm; a unique way for the whole family to understand hunger
and ways to help end it. All are welcome. Small donation requested. Proceeds to Shoreline
Soup Kitchens and Oxfam America. More info contact John McGannon, 860-434-1651.
Book Study Group on "Where the Heart Is" by Billie Letts Join us on Thursday, May
7th, at 10:30 am in the library for a discussion of this wonderful little novel. It was published
in 1996, so it’s possible that you might have read it some time ago. But it would be a treat to
re-read it. We'll interface the novel with some passages from the New Testament, and explore
the ways in which the life of Novalee Nation, the protagonist, brings to life some Biblical
truths we all hold dear. Martha Beaudoin and Carleen Gerber will lead the discussion.
CELEBRATING 350 YEARS OF OUR HISTORY The Senior Choir will perform
Vivaldi’s Gloria on Sunday, May 31st, at 4:00 pm. Please save the date and join us to
celebrate our 350th Anniversary with this important event.
The church has a new email address: <[email protected]>.
To respond to the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal, we are continuing collection
for One Great Hour of Sharing. This important fund is administered through the
National Council of Churches and enables a quick response to natural and
humanitarian disasters world-wide. Last year we raised almost $10,000 for OGHS.
If you have not yet made a contribution, and wish to do so, there are envelopes in the
pews, vestibule and coffee hour or you may send a check to our office, made out to
FCCOL, with a memo designation to OGHS Easter Collection.
Growing Through Grief C. S. Lewis said, "Grief is like a long, winding valley where any
bend may reveal a totally new landscape." The next Growing Through Grief meeting will be
on May 22nd at 10 a.m in the Library. Come share the journey with others on the path. If
you have questions about this group, give Cynthia Robbins a call at (860) 608-7996.
Green Grass Journey Our annual trip to Green Grass, South Dakota, is set for June 23rd July 2nd. This year marks our 30th year of partnership, so there is much to celebrate!
Travelers are meeting on Thursday, May 14th, at 7:00 pm in the library. Questions? Call
Stephanie Kenny at 860-884-3875 or email at [email protected]
Care Givers Group There are some in our fellowship who shoulder the responsibility of
caring for a family member or friend. We have a time to get together to offer encouragement
and perhaps help one another along this journey of care giving. Our next meeting will be
Wednesday, May 13, at 10:30 am in the Hoag Parlor. Carleen will be there to convene the
meeting, which should be about one hour long. Please call Carleen with any thoughts or
questions, 860-434-0058.
Memorial Flowers February 8th is available for Sunday Memorial Flowers. Please call
Susan Griggs at 860-434-7660 for more information.
BJ’s Members If you get a coupon booklet but don’t use the diaper coupons, please donate
them to the Diaper Bank. Put them either in the offering plate or in Louise Lynch’s mail
slot outside the church office, top right. Thanks.
Sweet Saturday Nite with Braiden Sunshine & Friends! Our next concert will be
Saturday, May 9th 7-9:30 pm in the Sheffield Auditorium with "A Trio of Duos" with Eat
Candy for the Soul, featuring Braiden Sunshine and Laura Spinetti. For reservations email
<[email protected]> or call Nightengale Café at 860-434-1961.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Meets May 19 Whether you’re an old pro or a first-time knitter,
you’re invited to crochet or knit shawls that can be given by our ministers to those in hospital
or needing the comforting tangible sign of our faith community’s love and healing prayers.
Join us at 4 pm on May 19 in Hoag Parlor for an opportunity to have all prayer shawl creators
(or those with an interest) gather for a time of sharing ideas and fellowship. See or contact
Chris Solimene at [email protected] or call 860-434-8686 for more information or to receive
materials. Thank you to all those who are sharing in this very special ministry.
White Elephant Sale Get out your calendars out and mark these dates, Friday, July 10th,
from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm and Saturday, July 11th, from 8:00 am - Noon. This is a good time of
the year to sort through the cellar and attic to put aside some of those treasures for this year’s
sale. Hold those goodies until the first intake day, Thursday, June 26th.
Help wanted: Coffee & Donuts, Kitchen, Toys and Pots and Pans all need co-chairs and dept
help - please volunteer.
Intake needs a daily staff of 8-10 folks to unload cars and sort donations 6/25 to 7/3 from 9-2
pm (except for Sunday 6/28). Please call the office, 860-434-8686, press option #5 and
volunteer - it will help us to ensure daily staffing needs. All are welcome for as long as you
can stay, even if you just drop in and help. Great way to meet folks and see what the WES is
all about. Thank you in advance
If you have donated any of the following stocks, please call Julie at the church office
(860) 434-8686: Exxon Mobil, 24 shares, 12/5/14; 3m Company, 2 shares, 12/23/14;
Bristol Myers Squibb, 85 shares, 2/10/15.
Calendar of Events & Meetings for This Week
God’s Neighborhood Sunday School TODAY at 9:00 am.
Sewing Group Monday, May 4th at 10:00 am in the Sheffield Auditorium.
LBS Luncheon Tuesday, May 5th at 12:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.
New Members Orientation Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm in the Sheffield Auditorium.
Poetry Group Wednesday, May 6th at 4:30 pm in the Hoag Parlor.
All-Age Choir Wednesday, May 6th at 6:15 pm in the Sheffield Auditorium.
Board of Missions Wednesday, May 6th at 7:15 pm in the Library.
Senior Choir Wednesday, May 6th at 7:30 pm in the Sheffield Auditorium.
Who Am I? Thursday, May 7th at 9:30 in the Library.
Book Group Thursday, May 7th at 10:30 am in the Library.
Board of Youth Ed Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 pm at Chris’s home.
New Members Received Sunday, May 10th at the 9 & 11 am services.
79th White Elephant Sale [ 2015 ]
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Sort & Price
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Big Tents &
Sport Goods
Tents Go up
outside set up
Small Tents
& tables set
up outside
6:00 – 8:00pm
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Unload Barns
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& Snacks
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