Dear friends in Christ,
I hope all of you are doing well and are ready for the cold weather coming this weekend. We have a lot going on as we head closer to Lent:
Scout Sunday 2/5
This Sunday we’ll celebrate our (BSA) Scouts! Our church is the charter organization for Troops 5 and 6. We’ll be joined by scouts from our troops and other local troops, and we’ll hear some about the scouting program.
Tonight: Open & Affirming Winter Book Discussion
As part of our Open and Affirming process, we’re reading : Unclobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality by Colby Martin. Martin is a straight, evangelical pastor who changed his mind about LGBTQ people and the church. The book is part memoir of his journey of changing his mind and the impacts it had on his career and family, and the other part of the book is breaking down the common scripture passages people use to claim homosexuality is a sin or to exclude LGBTQ people from the church.
Dates for discussion are scheduled in the conference room for:
Wednesday, 2/1/23 @7pm: Chapters 7-8
Wednesday, 2/15/23@7pm: Chapters 9-10
Vote for MCC: Ion Bank Foundation Community Awards
For those with ION Bank accounts, you can vote for MCC to receive money! Keep in mind that for joint bank accounts each person on the account may vote. We’re listed in the Religion category. The link to vote is here: https://cap.ionbank.com/CAP/CAP.aspx
Tell your friends, too!
Valentines for Seniors: 2/5
The Watermark at East Hill in Southbury is looking for help spreading some love and joy this Valentine’s Day, so we will be making valentines for their residents in rehab, assisted living, and independent living after worship on Sunday 2/5. All ages welcome to participate! We will have supplies available in the Social Hall, and you’re also welcome to make a valentine or two for someone special to you!
Church Planning Breakfast: 2/11@8:30am
On Saturday, 2/11, we will be having a breakfast to plan for the coming year and talk about what our priorities are as a church. People from all aspects of the church are welcome to come; this is for anyone in the church who wants to be involved!
Souper Bowl Sunday: 2/12
Mark your calendars! The Mission Board is again going to sell soups for Souper Bowl Sunday on February 12th. We will have a variety of soups to sell for $6.00 a pint. If anyone wants to make their specialty to contribute to our fundraiser it would be greatly appreciated and you can get the pint containers in the kitchen. We are expecting a coconut curry lentil, best tomato soup ever, Lasagna soup, chicken soup and others. Last year we had a sell out so we are hoping for the same this year!
Jumpin’ Jambalaya: 2/21
Come on by to get your locally famous spicy bowl of goodness.
When: Fat Tuesday February 21, 2023 5:00-6:30
Where: MCC Social Hall (Pick up orders in kitchen)
Tickets: $8.00 per order
Our menu is straight from Bourbon Street: a steaming bowl of jambalaya, a side of rice, zydeco music and that feel good feeling of eating New Orleans food!
Advance orders are recommended.
We will prepare a few extras but don’t get left out in the cold! Please call the church office to leave a message with your pre-orders at 203-758-2671,
You can also order and pay by credit card here (small additional processing fee applied for credit card orders) https://middleburycc.breezechms.com/form/2bbdc2
Ash Wednesday Service: 2/22@7pm
Last year, the First Congregational Church of Watertown invited us to join them for their Ash Wednesday service, and I was the guest preacher. This year we’re going to try it again, but instead, we will have an Ash Wednesday service at 7pm on 2/22 at MCC, and Watertown’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Cindy Carr, will be preaching.
Sock-it-to-Homelessness: We are collecting new and gently used socks, including mismatched socks, for Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries. Socks are the most needed item of clothing for people experiencing homelessness. Donations can be left in the white bin near the Multiplication Table at the front of the sanctuary.
Mitten Line: We are collecting new and gently used hats, gloves, and scarves for GWIM. Donations can be left on the clothesline in the Social Hall.
If you’d like a copy of the 2022 Annual Report, there are hard copies in the church office that will also be available on Sundays. Or, you can email me, and I can send you an electronic copy.
The Cherub Choir did a wonderful job singing this Sunday, and I’ve attached a picture Valerie took of them singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”
In terms of the email that went out yesterday about the check theft MCC was affected by, so far we have not found any additional checks that were stolen. It is important that those of you who donate via check in the mail go through your records to make sure we’ve received all that you intended to donate. The checks the thieves stole and deposited in their own accounts are not endorsed/signed on the back. So, if your bank statements show pictures of the checks, that would be an easy way to check. We are working on getting a locking mailbox to help prevent this issue in the future.
Tomorrow is February 2nd, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which is when Jesus is presented in the Temple. This feast is also known as Candlemas because there are traditions where candles are blessed for the year that Sunday as symbols of Christ being the light of the world. Candlemas is the last official day of Christmas, so if you’re worried you haven’t gotten your decorations down, then you’ve got one more day before it’s not Christmas anymore!
I’ll see you on Sunday.