eChimes for Tuesday, August 29 - September 4, 2017
Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ
131 Middle Road, Sayville, NY 11782-3158
631-589-1519; www.sayvilleucc.org
Ray Bagnuolo, Pastor; 631-827-8611; ray@sayvilleucc.org 

Email Heather Corcoran, Editor

Office HoursMonday - Thursday for 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Bible Talk on Mondays and Tuesdays - All are welcome!
Mondays at 11:45 AM and Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

Upcoming Leadership Meetings:  Elders - Mon., Sept. 11; Trustees - Mon., Sept. 18; 7 PM

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Tinkering with balance… 

It’s understandable if balance has seemed a bit elusive lately… 

The enormous flooding in Texas and Louisiana have upended any notion of equilibrium for millions, reminding us of the unpredictable unstoppable forces of nature,

So, we continue to pray our sisters and brothers reeling and recovering, at the same time. 

If you are looking for ways to help with financial assistance, the United Church of Christ Emergency USA Fund is one of many options. For more information, follow this link.

And, there is more going on. We also have the human created disruptions to equilibrium and life as we know it. The tensions with North Korea is just one of many global hotspots that makes us wonder at its leadership and how inconceivably dangerous the human mind with power can become. The examples are too many and we know them all through too much media.

Then the Good News...

We come together as a worshipping community, a faithful gathering of those who strive to follow the teachings of Jesus and The Way. We come together for the assurance of God’s unfolding plan, rooted in both balance and promise; we acknowledge how in the midst of living life we tend to the immediate rather than the eternal. After all, God has God’s work to do and we have ours. Still, while acknowledging our limitations, we wish God would do more and do it a little more quickly. We ask God to inform our leaders with those tenets of justice and love and to reduce the tensions between us, so that we can join with our neighbor instead of clearing the path for a militarized police force in our hamlets and cities and towns. 

Still, still… the quiet voice in each of us breaks through, if we just give it a chance. It breaks through with those powerful words: “You are not alone”; “Be not afraid”; “I am with you, always”. 

So... we do what we can; believe that God is still involved; and we love each other like it was nobody’s business! :)

On Monday, I had a chance to speak with Pastor Dwight Lee Wolter of our sister church, the Congregational Church of Patchogue. He had just returned from an amazing trip and retreat in Ireland. We talked about many of the same things in this posting, and Dwight related how one of the leaders of the group repeatedly reframed challenges and obstacles as spiritual opportunities to grow - and especially to tap into The Power. 

We do this "reframing" all the time, don’t we? It’s seeing our lives and one another with “a God’s-eye perspective”, as referred to in The Book of Joy. Here’s the the passage from p. 199:
“Taking a ‘God’s-eye perspective’…allows us to transcend our limited identity and limited self-interest. One does not have to believe in God to experience this mind-altering shift in perspective. The famous Overview Effect is perhaps the most profound example. Many astronauts have reported that once they glimpsed the Earth from space—a small blue ball floating in the vast expanse, lacking our human-made borders—they never looked at their personal or national interests in quite the same way again. They saw the oneness of terrestrial life and the preciousness of our planetary home.”

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Perhaps this is how "God’s-eye" sees us; as God paces the horizon waiting for us to catch up.

Friends, we are closer to God than we know. The horizon, I think, is inside us. God moves and waits; is still and nudges; and, yes, balances us in  reminding us of how loved and precious we are.

The enormous power of prayer is real and has no need to be proven, when we believe. "Be stil and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10) and pray. And believe. And pray. And love. And...

Oh, yes… and make a call: to say, “Hello!”, to let someone know you were thinking of them, or maybe even to ask if they’d like to pray…if that is something you do.

Always, please stay in touch; I enjoy your visits and calls, too! And I welcome your feedback on these comments of anything else that comes to mind.

Love
Ray
631-827-8611, ray@sayvilleucc.org

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Prayer Requests... 

  • Prayers for Don Ketcham who is having surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital today.
  • Prayers for Judy and Mike Jayne's great-grandson Anthony (4 1/2 month old) struggling with illness.
  • Prayers for Malcom and Barbara Bertram in Massachusetts. 
  • Continued prayers for Karl Hasselriis' healing
  • Prayers for the safety of our troops serving in Southwest Asia during this prolonged conflict and for cool heads in dealing with conflicts around the world.
  • Prayers for Bea Buxton's friend, Linda Lane, as she continues to struggle with cancer.
  • Prayers for Susan Ryan's sister-in-law, Celia Muller, receiving chemotherapy for several cancer outbreaks
  • Prayers for C. and all those who are dealing with drug problems.
  • Prayers for Brenda Jayne Young whose surgery takes place on Thursday, August 31st.
  • Prayers for the continued healing of Roberta and Patsy's daughter Wendy. Wedny is doing well and has returned to work. Thank you for all the prayers...
  • Prayers for Karen Maust's sister, Marilyn, as she continues chemotherapy treatment.
  • Prayers of thanksgiving for Carole Bennett, friend of Bob and Gail Acker, who hs been taken off the ventilator and is now breathing on her own.
  • Prayers for Jack Nix's continued healing.
  • Prayers for Elaine Mimbs, daughter of Walter and Linda David, who had out-patient surgery which will require several months of healing.
  • Healing prayers for Susan McCarthy and Art Metzler who are dealing with major health issues.

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Birthday Wishes
August 31st
Gail Taylor

September 4th
Judie Jayne, Tony Kelly-Morgan and Chris Lypen


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Sharing a Meal Fundraiser

Please join us for a performance of the musical “Dream Girls” at the CM Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  

Tickets are $30 and include a pre-show wine and cheese reception (7:00-7:45), basket raffle and the 8:00 pm performance. A portion of each ticket will benefit our soup kitchen - Sharing a Meal (formerly Having Friends INN).

To order tickets please call Al at 631-563-8203.  If you have any questions please see or contact (631-363-6696) Jerry Avolio or Gini McLaughlin.

Sunday, September 3rd Stewards

Liturgist ~ Craig Hicks
Music Director ~ Sean Cameron
Greeters & Ushers ~ Jean Gill and Jane MacGowan
Projectionist
Projection Slides ~  Kimberley Reiser
Building Close
Hospitality
                           
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All are welcome!  

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Accompaniment Ministry Opportunities
Members and friends of our congregation continue to accompany individuals appearing before immigration courts, both on Long Island and in New York City. Accompaniment is a powerful way to witness – just by your presence – that folks facing immigration hearings have community among us. If you would like to learn more about accompaniment or be placed on the email list to learn of upcoming accompaniment opportunities, please contact 
​Ray at 631-827-8611 or 
ray@sayvilleucc.org





Stop & Shop Cards are available at coffee hour each week.
They make great gifts and are great way to purchase your groceries
while supporting Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ.

Giving:
United Church of Christ congregations pays its own bills, hires its own staff, and maintains its own facilities from the voluntary gifts of members and friends. Donations are accepted in the basket on Sundays, as well as through our online giving program or through direct payments. Please call Heather in the office to answer any questions you may have about how we can best to accommodate your gifts.  And, please consider buying Stop & Shop Gift Cards to support the church. Available at coffee hour each week, a portion of their cost goes to Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ.

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Please let us know if anything is incorrect or needs to be edited. Thanks!

Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ
131 Middle Road, Sayville, NY 11782-3101
631-589-1519; churchadmin@sayvilleucc.org
 www.sayvilleucc.org; www.facebook.com/sayvilleucc
         Heather Corcoran, Church Administrator; eChimes Editor
Ray Bagnuolo, Pastor, 631-827-8611; ray@sayvilleucc.org