This Week at The Congregational Church
July 25, 2021
This Week's Message: "Cracks in the Church's Foundation?"
We need to challenge our preconceptions about size and health when it comes to church and ministry. Is the goal we need to meet statistical or is it scriptural? Are we better because we are bigger or because we are faithful? We, The Church, needs to return to our first love - serving Jesus in mission and ministry. Because we have listened - without any foundation of knowledge - to the pseudo-intellectuals babble about areas of study where they hold only baseless opinions - the church has been led to the edge of the abyss. The result of their ignorance and the foolishness of church membership has led to the closing of scores of churches and missionary enterprises. We now find ourselves in a spiritual and cultural war without the leadership or the spiritual weaponry to turn the tide of the conflict. The local church and the church around the world must rebuild on the solid rock.
SCRIPTURE LESSON: 1 Corinthians 3:10-23
Read by Deacon Karen Deutsch
GREETERS: Gil and Libby Regan
USHERS: Dorothy Robertson and Larry Landermann
Deacon Of The Month: Dorothy Robertson 
Altar Flowers & Bulletins
The Altar Flowers and Bulletins are given by Carol Andreasian in loving memory of her mother, Nicoleta Andreasian. 
The floral centerpiece on the altar is given by Danny and Pam Sabo in celebration of their 48th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary!
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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

MUSIC MINISTRY THIS WEEK. When this week's soloist is with us our hearts are always touched and we are inspired. Pastor Jim always says when Ben is with us we actually have CHURCH! Yes, Ben Simmons will be with us to sing solos and lead the hymn singing with Kevin at the keyboards.
You will hear: "Falling In Love With Jesus", "Peace Like a River", "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "We Have Come Into His House", "The Church's One Foundation", and "Old Time Religion". 


Harriet Dawson will play the Memorial Chimes to begin and end our worship. and Kevin O'Connell will accompany Ben on the Keyboard and direct our music.

Holy Communion
HOLY COMMUNION: OUR NEXT HOLY COMMUNION will take place on Sunday, August 1st.


CELEBRATION OF LIFE. There will be a Celebration of Life and time of remembrance for Rose Reitmyer on Saturday, August 14th at 11 a.m. The service will be held in the church sanctuary followed by a light luncheon in Fellowship Hall. Your attendance would be a blessing and appreciated by the family. If you plan to attend sign the sheet in the narthex or call the church office so we have a count for the luncheon.
July Mission Projects
THIS WILL BE THE LAST SUNDAY TO SUPPORT OUR JULY MISSION PROJECTS. The mission of Operation Shoebox is to show our troops deployed here at home and around the world that we care by sending packages, letters, and bulk items to them during their deployment. 100% of our donations to Operation Shoebox go to our troops. There are over 1,300 dedicated volunteers, including members of our congregation, who are assisting in this vital work. Your mission gifts during July will help Operation Shoebox and our Infant and Toddler Pantry. Thank you for your support.

July Birthdays
Harriet Dawson (3), Carol Brooks and Bill Deysher (4), Dorothy Robertson (9), Carol Coburn (11), Jim Gallagher (12), Bill Lewis (13), Leslie Adams and Annelle Baird (15), Dave Elle (17), Don Seifried (21), Joyce Hutchinson and Joyce Mason (24), Ted Beeman (25), Eva Norris and Susan Sullivan (28), Terry Robinson (29), and Sheila Hathaway (30).

(If we missed your birthday, please, let us know. We will add you to the list.)
Building Fund
GREAT NEWS! Our church has received a gift of stock to be used to pay down our indebtedness.
The stock has been sold and the proceeds applied to our mortgage. We are thrilled to announce that the balance on our loan is now approximately $75,000. The total building project and property purchases here on our campus amounts to around 2.7 million dollars. In less than fifteen years God has allowed us to carry out amazing mission efforts and build a wonderful church family together. OUR GOAL is to finish paying the remaining mortgage and to continue the Building Fund as a source for dealing with future major repairs and improvements (roof replacements, sewer hook-ups, etc). Your gifts toward paying down the remaining $75,000 would be a blessing. Consider a leaf on the "Tree of Life" or a monthly Building Fund contribution. Thank you to everyone who has given so generously and sacrificially. Special thanks to Tony Katsune for his generous gift in loving memory of his wife, Jane.  Also, for his love for this church and his faith in God's work in this place.
August Movie Night

MOVIE NIGHT is Friday, August 20th. The film is a lighthearted Disney Pixar story titled "UP". A retired balloon salesman, is part rascal, part dreamer who is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement. He finds that sometimes life's biggest adventures aren't the ones you set out looking for.

Gift Cards
GIFT IDEA! The Mission Board and the Infant and Toddler Pantry (thanks to a grand idea from Janet Moe) are now selling gift cards. These can be used for birthdays, a memorial remembrance, Christmas, Easter or just a "Thinking of You" gift. The card states that a gift has been made to the Infant and Toddler Pantry in the name of the person being honored or remembered. This is a great way to help the children of the Pantry and a tool to teach our family members and grandchildren about the importance of giving. See Janet Moe after services to make you purchase of these attractive cards. Three cards are just $30 with all proceeds going to the Infant & Toddler Pantry.
Covid-19 Update
The latest rulings regarding public gatherings during the COVID crisis have been considered by our church and we are making a few changes. First, we will no longer be taking temperature checks as you enter. Masks are now recommended (not required) and you can use the type of mask you choose. Seating distances will remain the same, Hymnals and name tags will not be used, and we are asking you to use common courtesy in contact with others. It is our hope that if the current progress continues we can return to "normal" operation August 1st.
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

THE MEMORIAL GARDEN continues to develop and additional granite markers have been installed. Thank you to Jack Baird for all his efforts on this important area of our church property.

If you are interested in information about the memorial garden contact the church office.
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
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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!!!
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.
                 
Thought for the Week

"The cinema has done more for my spiritual life than the church. My ideas of fame, success and beauty all originate from the big screen. Whereas Christian religion is retreating everywhere and losing more and more influence; film has filled the vacuum and supports us with myths and action-controlling images." - John Updike
Prayer Requests for July 25th, 2021
Prayer Request help needed! When a difficult time arises and we are in need of prayer it is easy to make a call or send a message asking for prayer. However, when God answers and the need is no longer pressing we forget to contact the Prayer Team with an update. Some requests therefore linger on the list long after the need has been satisfied. Since there are more than 250 people who look to the church for ministry in this way it would be most helpful if you would take a moment to send a note advising of the current status of your situation, friend, or loved one. Thank you for your help!  Together we are making a difference in the lives of people who need the comfort and help of prayer. 
The Dawson's ask for Prayers for Bob's nurse's family who reside in Cuba. Her relatives lack access to food, medicine and internet access. Maylin has found a way to sent supplies at a cost of $300.00 per package with no guarantee on how long it takes to arrive there.

Please continue to pray for Mary Ellen Kresel's brother Louis as his dementia is worsening. Please pray for Mary Ellen and family for comfort and understanding.

Prayer request from Jessica: Please pray that GOD will bring my soul out of prison. I need freedom and deliverance on the inside. I want to walk in the will of GOD. Please also, my bloodline, and Russell W from Oklahoma for restoration of hearing and salvation, Ben W for a new heart after heart failure, mikka P and their families. I will send a praise report back to you, prayer warriors. Thank you so much. Please ask friends and family to pray for us also if you would and put us on a weekly prayer chain we are expecting and watching for GOD to move and believe with you thank you. Also for revelation of who Christ is and what he has done for us. Also for my children. Raymie, Riley, Kolbi, Damara and Nathan and complete physical restoration after drug addiction for these families.

Carol Andreasian is requesting prayers for her friend Pat Sheridan in Chestnut Hill, MA. Pat is having cardiac issues and she and her family needs our prayers.

Penny Lisle is home recuperating following a recent stay in the Villages Hospital. Pray for healing and recovery.

Libby Regan is asking for prayers for their great grandson, Jeremiyah, who is 19 years old. Jeremiyah is in the hospital with dabetic ketoacidosis. This young man is very ill and needs are prayers for healing and encouragement.

Please pray for Jeri Falk and her family. Her brother, Bill Jonah passed away recently. Bill's wife, Grace, is also going through some health problems.

Harriet Dawson is asking for prayers for a friend, Carole Clausen. Carole had recent hip surgery and is now suffering from extreme post surgical pain. Your prayers for comfort, healing and relief will be a blessing.

Diane Dresbach is asking for prayers for Helga York, a member who moved up north to be closer to family. She fell and fractured her neck at levels C1,C2 and is in a hard neck collar for at least 3 months. Please pray for healing, pain relief and comfort.

Cathy and Mike Koons are asking for prayer for Evie Read from Minnesota.. She has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer throughout most of her body. She is very pleased with her prayer shaw requested by the Koons'. Please pray for healing, strength and comfort for this sweet lady.

Pray for Bonnie Pearson. Bonnie had a reverse shoulder replacement surgery on June 25th. She is home and working hard doing her rehab. Pray for a quick recovery for our friend Bonnie.

Prayer request from Darla Webb: Please pray for friend and neighbor Frances Singer. She has been diagnosed with Colon Cancer.

The children who visit our Infant and Toddler Pantry and their families.

Scott Tomberlin is asking for prayers for his friends Brian and Deb Delo of Holland, MI. Deb is a multiple Myeloma patient who has been in remission for 10 years. Recently her routine testing has shown it is back. Please pray for successful treatments and good results. She is going to need lots of encouragement through this difficult time.

Prayer request and update from Cindy Robinson: "Please pray for the granddaughter of a friend of mine. Her name is Fiona, 4 years old, and she had a Wilms tumor on her kidney. They removed the kidney and she has been going thru chemo for the past 8 months, in and out of the hospital, taking steroids and just having a hard time being a kid!" Let's pray for Fiona and her family. UPDATE 7/12/21: Fiona went into the hospital last month, again, for chemo. She had been on steroids and had gained 18 pounds - 2 pounds of water! She has recovered from all of that and the doctors have decided that she didn't need to have the last two chemo treatments. The plan is to check her frequently and keep a careful watch on her remaining kidney. God is Good! Please keep praying.

Pray for the success of our new church programs: The Memorial Garden, and The Infant and Toddler Literacy Program. Thank you.

Diane & Rick Nelli are asking for prayers for a friend and neighbor Charlotte Grubb, Charlotte is presently in the Rehab program at The Club in The Villages.

Please pray for Donna Changelo. Donna and Rocco attend our church regularly during the winter months. Donna had her surgery yesterday 6/21 and is home and doing well according to Libby Regan. Please pray for good results and recovery. If you want to send a card use Donna's summer address: 331 Springfield Road, Wilmington, NY 12997.

Mary Starkweather is requesting prayers for her friend's 69 yr old cousin in Thousand Oaks ,Ca. Please pray for Tom Mahan and family. Tom and his wife, Carol, thank everyone for their prayers and concern during his recent illness.

Pray for Pamela Hanover. Pamela is currently home in Massachusetts with her two puppies. She has been having a severe problem with pain that has effected her mobility. Pray for Pamela to find relief.

Please pray for Natalie Andrews. Natalie is having some atrial fibrillation issues. She is currently working with a doctor in Leesburg trying to find the best solution. Your prayers will help.

Prayer request from Penny Zwicker: "Would you please add my Niece (Karen Orcutt’s daughter) to the prayer list? Kerilyn Bristow, Woodstock VT fell down a flight of stairs and had surgery on her back for nerve damage and bone fragments to be removed. She also suffered a head wound and brain bleed and has been in severe pain. The prognosis is good and she is presently receiving home rehab. Thank you all for your continued prayers and concern.

Prayer request from Lynne Moyer: "I am asking for prayers for the 54 year old daughter of a lifelong friend who was just diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Also, my daughter's sister-in-law who was just diagnosed with the same glioblastic brain tumor. Both wonderful women and their families desperately need our love and prayer

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 28387."

A friend of Bev Greene is requesting prayers for Bill Edwards from Virginia. He has been newly diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Please pray for Bill and his family for successful treatment and outcome.

Prayer request from Karin Roosa: "My sister-in-law, Joan, has been fighting Multiple Myeloma for 7 plus years. She is currently in the hospital at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She has multiple problems. Update from Karin; My sister-in law has had surgery and radiation and has been released from Mayo Clinic. Her spirits are good and she is healing. Thanks for your prayers.

Danny and Pam Sabo are asking for prayers for Danny's brother Paul Van Jura. Paul was visiting family in NC, fell breaking his hip and had surgery. He is presently in a rehab center in Ohio.. He also has Parkinsons disease and needs prayers for healing and a successful rehab.

Please pray for Gale Wigner. Gale has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. He has had several surgical procedures If you want to send a card: 6819 Williams Lake Rd., Waterford, MI 48329.

Janet Moe is requesting prayers for good friends in New Hampshire. Pip and Cecile Adams. Pip had emergency surgery. Pip is presently home and prayers are still needed for a full recovery. Please pray for him and their family/friends.

Prayers are needed for a young woman named Danielle who lives here in Florida. She relapsed back into her drug addiction and she and her family are struggling to survive this challenge. Please pray for daily strength and healing.

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. Jean saw her Dr. today and he feels her masses are not cancer. She will have a MRI every 6 months to check things. Praise the Lord, He is good. Thank you all so much for your prayers and cards.

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 famiy.

Leslie Adams is asking for prayers for 6 month 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.

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.

Please pray for Bob Gorney's brother, Anthony. Anthony is dealing with cancer and the treatments. Pray for strength and comfor

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 in Michigan for the summer having rehab and overcoming the effects of a stroke. Pray for Steve and Beth.

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 Bennie Exum's son, David, who suffers from pulmonary fibrosis.

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.
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