This Week at The Congregational Church
April 11, 2021
This Week's Message: "The Walmart Church - The Marketplace"
When you travel to your local Walmart store to purchase a few items what are you expecting? Access to the items you want? The price you are used to paying? Pleasant staff who are knowledgeable about your purchases? Today the western church is a Walmart for your "spiritual" needs. We don't want to be challenged. We want all we need and more for the smallest possible price. No more "commitment" to the neighborhood shops.  Like a trip to Walmart if we don't find what we are looking for it will be off to the next "big box" church. Oh. Watch out Walmart Church - streaming church is available on the internet - Amazon Church may change everything. You will be able to jump from your Blog Church to thousands of other blogs. Surely you will find the blog church that teaches just what you already believe - no challenge, no growth necessary.
SCRIPTURE LESSON: John 2:13-21
Read by Deacon Nancy Doggett
GREETERS: Darlene Fortin and Cory & Bonnie Pearson
USHERS: Bill Deysher, Penny Lisle, and Nancy Doggett
Deacon Of The Month: Dave Zecher 
Altar Flowers & Bulletins
The Altar Flowers and Bulletins are given by the Stinton family in celebration of Joe Stinton's birthday. The floral centerpiece is given by Diane Nelli in celebration of her husband Rick Nelli's birthday.  Happy Birthday Joe and Rick!
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SPECIAL THANK YOU to everyone who signed up to support our altar flowers and our worship bulletins. Those who signed up have been contacted concerning their wishes. We will be taking the flowers to Hospice or sending them home with the donors.
Music Ministry This Week

Our special music this week will be provided by a Jazz Quartet featuring Valerie Gillespie. Kevin O'Connell and his band will take us on a spiritual jazz journey. You will hear "Peace Like a River", "Just a Closer Walk With Thee", "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", " What a Friend We Have in Jesus", "This Little Light of Mine", "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands", "and "When the Saints Go Marching In". Don't miss Kevin, Valerie, Billie and our guest musicians on Jazz Sunday.

Read More About: Valerie Gillespie







Holy Communion
HOLY COMMUNION will be served next on Sunday May 2nd. If you are watching online please prepare in advance by having bread and "wine" available. All are welcome at His table.
April Birthdays
Joe Stinton (6), Libby Regan and Babs Howard (9), Rick Nelli and Billie Thatcher (14), Penny Lisle (16), Dawn Keough (17), and Gunnars Kulikovskis (27).

(If we missed your birthday, please, let us know. We will add you to the list.)
April Mission Projects
The Christian Care Center in nearby Leesburg is our April Mission. The program serves those who are struggling and shares the love of Christ with them.. Our own Nancy Doggett is one of the volunteers at the Care Center. There are a variety of ministries under the Care Center umbrella: A Children's Shelter, The Samaritan Inn (for homeless families), Men's Residence (for drug and alcohol abuse victims), Women's Care Center (for women in crisis and abusive situations), A Benevolence Center (food, clothing and household items), Fresh Start Job Program, and a Community Medical Care Center. Our gifts, guided by the Mission Board of your church, will help where most needed. Half of the Mission offering will support The Care Center and the other half our Infant and Toddler Pantry.
Covid-19 Update
Although progress is being made in getting the vaccine to more people there is still an element of danger. We continue to have limited seating at our Sunday 10 a.m. service in our sanctuary. Temperatures will be checked, social distancing will be observed, masks are required and every possible step will be taken to keep everyone safe until the danger is passed. 
 
Reservations will need to be made by calling the church office (M-W-F from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Making a reservation means you will have a seat. They are not reserved seats. First come - first choice.
Face Mask Policy:

Please note that masks are required and every possible step will be taken to keep everyone safe. A face shield by itself doesn't protect YOU or the people around you. It must be worn with a face mask to protect yourself and others.  If you have difficulty breathing with a face mask, please consider watching Online from home.
Pastoral Care
Contact Pastor Jim Keough on his cell 352-250-6160 or email: RevJim46@aol.com. If you are ill or going to the hospital please let us know. We want to pray for you and be of service.
Important Notice: Hospitals and Rehab Centers are still limiting the visitation that can take place at their facilities. Clergy, including your pastor, are limited in their calling during the coronavirus crisis. Therefore, visitation will be limited to critical situations. Please be sure to check the "Prayer Request" section of our church website and pray for your church friends and their concerns. If you have someone you would like added to the list contact the pastor or the church office.
Church Memorial Garden
We are pleased that many in our church family are planning to use the beautiful new Memorial Garden as part of their end of life planning. We are currently reserving locations in Section A of the garden. Twenty one of the first section of 34 sites are already reserved. A $500 donation covers your internment site, granite marker, engraving, memorial service, and "perpetual care". If you want the best choice of locations in the garden now is the time to reserve. This is not a fund raiser for the church. It is to provide members and friends with a beautiful, yet economical, final resting place here at the church we all love. Contact the office for an informational appointment.
If you cannot attend services at the church you can follow us online. Invite your friends, family members and neighbors to worship with us online

Accessing our live stream worship service on Sundays
Please note: You do not need a Facebook account
to access our live stream broadcasts. No sign up necessary!

From your computer, smartphone or tablet, go to our website, www.thecongregationalchurch.org (using your browser of choice: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) (Give yourself a few minutes before the service to get set up.)

Click on the Facebook LIVE logo to go directly to our LIVE Service.
The broadcast will begin automatically.

If you would like to get a reminder of an upcoming Live event on Facebook,
click follow (optional).

Don't forget to SHARE the video stream with your friends when it begins.
Accessing our live stream worship service ANYTIME!
If you missed the LIVE broadcast,simply scroll down the home page (thecongregationalchurch.org) to the little block that says "Sunday Worship Service" and click. It will take you directly to the latest recorded service.
If you need the Bulletin to follow along with the service, CLICK HERE. 
BUILDING FUND AND GENERAL FUND GIVING! 
Two factors have begun to have an effect on our church giving. First of all the "seasonal residents" have now made their pilgrimage to the north country. This creates a drop off in giving each year. This year we have had this problem compounded by the COVID-19 closing of church facilities and programs. It was not as pronounced at first, however, the longer this situation continues the more people forget we must support the church for it to continue to provide ministry and service at the levels people expect. Your continued support of the Building Fund and the General Fund is "Essential". There will not be government funds available to bail us out. Your stepped up support during this time will be a blessing. 
Mail your gifts to: 
The Congregational Church,
P. O. Box 804,
Summerfield, Florida 34492. 

Or Give Online… Click the Donate button on our website, Then select the fund you wish to donate to.

Thank you!!!
2021 OFFERING ENVELOPES are available after church in the narthex. Using the envelope system helps the church treasurer provide you with an accurate record of your giving annually. In the box is an initial offering envelope that covers the cost to the church of providing the envelope system and the yearly donation we make to the national church. 

WE ARE GRATEFUL for your support of the Easter Remembrances and The Easter Offering. We will be able to pay a bit extra on our mortgage principle this month because of your generosity.
 
THANK YOU for your generous support of the Infant and Toddler Pantry during the Easter Season. We were able to restock our children's clothing, diapers and supplies. We also had bags of Easter candy available to give to each child who visited the pantry.
 
MEETINGS THIS WEEK: The Board of Deacons - Tuesday, April 13th at 3:00 p.m. The Mission Board - Wednesday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m.  The Board of Trustees - Wednesday, April 14th at 4:00 p.m.

OUR CHURCH JOURNEY. Get your copy of our beautiful book highlighting the journey of our church from the beginning in the Hampton Inn to our beautiful church facility and family of today. A gift of $25 to the Building Fund for each book. This is a limited edition volume, with a few copies available, so don't miss out. Available from the church office.

OUR DAILY BREAD daily devotional guides are available on the literature table in the narthex of the church. The books are printed in regular and large print editions. Feel free to take extra copies to give to friends and family.
                                
THE WALK OF FAITH - We continue to place Brick Pavers in both the Veterans Area at the flag poles and around the beautiful fountain area. Make a gift to the Building Fund of $100 and have a brick placed in honor/memory of a loved one or a veteran. You can place a brick in the fountain area walk-way to celebrate an event, memorialize a family member, or simply place your name on a brick to show your support for our church. Mail your check with "Brick Paver" in the memo section to the church along with the information you would like on your brick. There are three lines with 15 characters per line available on each brick. Contact the church office for more information.
                 
Thoughts for the Week
"When I did the Abyssinian mass, I went through the whole history of the church music and the gospel music, even with the Anglo American hymns, the Afro American hymns, the spirituals and how it developed, up to Thomas Dorsey and the Dixie Hummingbirds, going through the history of the music, jazz musicians." - Wynton Marsalis
 
Prayer Requests for April 11, 2021
Please pray for Jean Gorney and her family. Jean just was informed that she has 3 lumps on and near her pancreas and will be seeing a specialist to determine a definitive diagnosis. Pray for a not so grim diagnosis and comfort for Jean and her family.
 
Karen Roosa is requesting prayers for her "quilting sister" Mary Ann Sasenick, who is undergoing chemo treatments for breast cancer. Please pray for successful treatments and comfort for her and her family.
 
Please pray for the family of Mike Moorefield. Mike passed away suddenly on a trip to Indiana to visit family. Pray for Mary Lucas and all who will greatly miss this fine man. Mike raised and donated our palm trees that are in the sanctuary and outside the entrance doors.
 
Please pray for Terri Ratti, a neighbor of Mary Ellen Kresel. Terri had cardiac surgery and is in critical condition.
 
Ruth McGuy is asking for prayers for her dear friend Barbara O'Donnell whose colon cancer has come back and has spread to her chest and neck. She will be receiving chemo for a year. Please pray for sucessful treatment and healing.
 
Art Wilmeth asks for prayers for Cheryn Conly. Cheryn, a good Christian, is in rehab and working toward recovering from an illness.
 
Mary Ellen Kresel is asking for prayers for her friend Annie Edwards who had a golf cart accident.. Thank you to everyone who prayed for Annie. She is in rehab and making progress.
 
Leslie Adams is asking for prayers for 6 mo.old Amoya Lopez who is in the hospital in Gainsville waiting for a heart transplant. She is the infant of one of the women who come to the Infant and Toddler Pantry. Please pray for this little one and her family.
 
Bill Deysher is requesting prayers for his son-in-law Scott Rofofsky who has been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal and liver cancer. Please pray for comfort and successful treatment. Bill greatly appreciates your prayers and concern.
 
 Sylvia Walden is asking for prayers for her sister Suzanne who is visiting for a few months. Her sister just received an update on her stage 4 cancer that has been in remission and now has re-emerged with a new tumor in her hip and lesions on her liver. She will be getting radiation treatments here until 3/10. Prayers are needed for God's healing touch and pain relief.
 
Please pray for Irene Stackel. Irene is Melanie Rafferty's mother. She has directed our Pilgrim Singers group and attended services with her family at our church. She recently had cancer surgery and faces a long recovery. Pray for Irene and family.
 
Penny and Joe Stinton are asking for prayers for their good friend's 17 year old niece. She was just diagnosed with brain cancer, her name is Emily Monahan. She had just been accepted to Clemson. Penny sent an update on Emily, Dr. operated, tumor entirely encapsulated and removed. The biopsies revealed a stage 4 Glioma cancer of the brain. She will be going to Philadelphia Childrens Hospital for 6 weeks of radiation. Please pray for a miracle for Emily and her family.
 
Please pray for Gale Wigner. Gale, our amazing greeter, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. He had successful surgery on 2/22/21 and is at home recovering. Gale had an additional successful surgery today 3/2 and will be recovering at home. If you want to send a card: 6819 Williams Lake Rd., Waterford, MI 48329.
 
A special request from Darla Webb for a friend: Send a card, please! I would greatly appreciate if you could send a card to my grandson. He needs cheering up. Two & 1/2 months ago I had a successful kidney transplant. I am so grateful. However, at the same I was in surgery my grandson was air lifted to Duke Hospital for an open heart surgery. It was discovered that he has a cancerous tumor called Cardiac Angiosarcoma in his heart. Our grandson Jasper Jawanda is only 16 years old. The survival rate is 6-10 months. It is rare for much more. There is no cure. It would bring great joy to him if you could kindly send him a card. The message should just be that he is in your prayers. Thank you in advance. Send to: Jasper S. Jawanda, 660 N. Fort Bragg Rd., Southern Pines NC 28
 
Pray for calm, patience and peace for our world and society. The pandemic, troubles in Washington, economic distress and more are causing the very fabric of our lives to be ripped and shredded. Tension in homes and marriages. A rise in the suicide rate. Schools reporting increased behavioral problems. We need to pray for serenity and an end to the turmoil. Our bodies will have an increased negative reaction to this culture of anger. Sickness of every type will increase. Calm down and pray.
 
Penny Stinton asks for prayer for her water aerobics teacher, Jeanne Marciante. Last year Jeanne battled colon cancer successfully. She has now been diagnosed with brain cancer. Pray for Jeanne.
 
Pray for the family and friends of Billy Field. Billy was our sound tech and a good friend to our church. He passed away suddenly, at the age of 55, on January 28th,. The church has established a fund to help the Field family. Your gifts can be sent to the church with the check made out to the church and in the memo section "The Field Family Fund"..Please continue to pray for Shannon and children in this very difficult
 
Please pray for Pam Sabo. Pam had successful knee replacement surgery. Pray for a good healing/recovery. She is doing outpatient therapy presently and working hard for good results.
 
Please pray for Bob Gorney's brother, Anthony. Anthony is dealing with cancer and the treatments. Pray for strength and comfort.
 
Thank you for your prayers for Carol Brooks. Carol had a good report on her breast cancer biopsy. She is very grateful for your cards and prayers.
 
Please pray for infant, Mika Scott, he was born with several birth issues. He will have surgery soon in Orlando. He was born on 12/6/20 and weighed 6 lbs 9 oz. His family is assisted by our Infant and Toddler Pantry..
 
Please pray for John Robertson.  John has a number of medical issues.   Also, pray for his wife Dorothy as she helps him deal with the situation.
 
Please pray for Dawn Payzant. Dawn has attended our services many times and is a good friend of Nancy Doggett. Dawn lives in Nova Scotia. She is currently suffering from an advancing case of Parkinson's Disease. 
 
Pray for Steve Feustel. Steve is home having rehab and overcoming the effects of a stroke. Pray for Steve and Beth.
 
Please pray for Mike Howard. Mike is recuperating in rehab after a surgical procedure on his arm. He is healing well, is able to get out to visit 'Help is on the way' in Michigan. He will be staying at the rehab center for 2 more months.
 
Please pray for Janice Nystrom. Janice is the wife of Carl Nystrom. Janice had surgery at the Villages Hospital on 3/25 and will be going to rehab when well enough to do so. Please pray for pain relief, healing and a successful rehab. Thanks to all.
 
Please pray for Billie Thatcher's sister, Mary Lou Kovacs. Mary Lou is suffering with severe memory issues. Pray for her and husband Ron.
 
Please pray for Frank Szczepanski. Frank is having lung infection treatments that will last up to 24 months. The side effects from the medications have caused him to lose his hearing which will not likely return. Also pray for his wife, Vi, as they struggle through this difficult time together
 
Sally Gillies, a friend and from Michigan, is having procedures and treatments for stage 3 cancer. Please pray for Sally to have strength, hope and healing.
 
Please pray for Tami Blaze. Tami has worked in our Infant & Toddler Pantry. She has been bravely battling health issues for several years.
 
Continue to pray for Cathy Reitmyer as she is recovering from heart issues.  Please pray for Cathy and her Mom (Rose). Rose has severe arthritic issues and is in pain frequently in her back, hips, hands and feet. Please pray for pain relief and comfort.
 
Please pray for Bennie Exum's son, David, who suffers from pulmonary fibrosis.
 
Pray for Jerry Starkweather's long time friend, Les Hartzman, who was diagnosed with lung cancer and is going through chemo and radiation.
 
Pray for the necessary reforms to be brought about that will establish unity and justice for all citizens of our country. May economic justice, police reform and an end to racism be established.
 
Pray for the families of the police officers and individuals who have been killed in the recent violence in our country. Pray for the store and business owners who have lost everything to the senseless violence of the last few weeks.
 
Pray for peace to return to the cities and towns of our country. Pray to stop the violence, looting and hatred. Give our leaders the wisdom to take the actions necessary to restore order.
 
Please pray for Cathy Kivitt, the sister-in-law of Charles and Kathy Kivitt, she is battling cancer and other health issues. Pray for healing, comfort and strength.
 
Pray for the many people around the world who are suffering from the coronavirus. Pray to stop the spread of this virus, halt the panic, heal the many children and elderly it is afflicting.
 
The children who visit our Infant and Toddler Pantry and their families.
 
Pray for the success of our new church programs: The Memorial Garden, and The Infant and Toddler Literacy Program. Thank you.
If you have a prayer request contact Dawn Keough at: Nana6bn5g@aol.com
or call the pastor at 352-250-6160.

15421 S US Hwy 301
Summerfield, FL 34491

Mailing Address: 
The Congregational Church,
P. O. Box 804,
Summerfield, Florida 34492
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for more information:
Church Office: (352) 693-4545
Reverend Jim: (352) 250-6160