This Week at The Congregational Church
June 13, 2021
This Week's Message: "The Parousia, The Eschaton, The Second Coming"
The "Apostle's Creed" declares "He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead." The promise of Christ to his followers and the belief of the early church point us to the return of Jesus Christ. It has been called the Parousia, the Eschaton, the Second Coming, but regardless of the name or theological variations Christ has promised to return in power and rule over the earth. Perhaps as we see our world, our culture and our loved ones in turmoil we might find ourselves praying with the early church and the words of Revelation "Even so, come, Lord Jesus". 
 
SCRIPTURE LESSON: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Read by Deacon Penny Lisle
GREETERS: Dale and Darla Webb
USHERS: Penny Lisle and Dorothy Robertson
Deacon Of The Month: Penny Lisle 
Altar Flowers & Bulletins
The Altar Flowers and Bulletins are given by Bob and Babs Howard in celebration of their 60th 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

Our guest soloist is Lamar Young. We first met Lamar and his wife, Colleen, when our church rented from the Lady Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church. We have been good friends ever since and enjoyed the ministry of this fine gentleman on numerous occasions. Lamar will be singing: "God Leads Us Along", "Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know", and "Are You Ready for Jesus to Come?"  

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Billy Thatcher will lead with worship songs "Surely the Presence" and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again".

Harriet Dawson will be filling in for Kevin at the keyboards and on the chimes. (Kevin is in New York visiting his grandchildren). Harriet will play "Jesus The Very Thought of Thee" (on the organ) and "Day by Day" and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" on the chimes. 

Holy Communion
HOLY COMMUNION will next be celebrated on Sunday, July 11th.  


June Mission Projects
The designated mission for the month of June is LOVE INC. Love INC unites and supports all local Christian churches in service, regardless of denomination. They call this “mobilizing” which entails helping Christians serve with any talent they may have, or any gift they would like to contribute. This has the power to transform lives and communities by responsibly meeting needs. LOVE INC helps refer and coordinate between various local missions like our Infant & Toddler Pantry. Half of our June mission dollars will support LOVE INC and the other half will go to our Infant & Toddler Pantry.
YOUR SURVEY IS DUE SUNDAY, JUNE 13TH! This is an important project in the life of our church and our future directions. Please fill out the information and return it this week. You can mail it to the Church Post Office Box 804, Summerfield, FL 34491 or drop it in the container provided in the church narthex. Thank you for your participation.

ATTENTION CHURCH MEMBERS. There will be a brief Congregational Meeting next Sunday, June 13th, following our morning worship service. The purpose is to vote on several updates to our Church By-Laws. Members should receive a copy of the proposed changes in the mail. If you do not get your copy contact the church office.

THANK YOU for the amazing response to our May and June "Prayer Shawl Ministry" effort. We are in a position to bless dozens of church family and friends. At this writing more than 30 people have received a shawl during this current distribution. Since the Prayer Shawl Ministry began more than 250 people have gotten a shawl and our prayers
June Birthdays
Jim Keough (2), Bob Turner (3), Karin Roosa (5), Wayne Hathaway and Irshel Hocker (6), Jack Baird (7), Donna Austin (8), Jonas Glidden III (9), Mattie Gallagher (10), B. L. Bearce (18), Rochelle Boyd (19), Jeff Edwards (23), Mary Anne Klussendorf and Doug Moe (24), Barry Evans and Diana Shimpeno (29). Happy Birthday!

(If we missed your birthday, please, let us know. We will add you to the list.)
HONOR YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER

LAST WEEK TO TURN IN YOUR - "HONOR YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER" form with a gift to our Infant and Toddler Pantry. Father's Day (June 20th) you can add the name of your Mother and/or Father to the listing in our church bulletin. If you wish to add to the list of mothers and fathers to be published on Father's Day, June 20th your submission must be received by Sunday, June 13th.
 

June Movie Night

MOVIE NIGHT is Friday, June 25th at 6:00 p.m. This month's film will be "CATS". Cats is a feature film adaptation of the musical of the same name, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T S Eliot. The film had its world premiere at the Lincoln Center in New York City on December 16, 2019.



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.
Welcome New Members
NEW CHURCH MEMBERS. Joining our church fellowship as members last Sunday were:
  
Candy DeGarmo, 707 Del Rosario, Lady Lake, FL 32159. Phone: (630) 881 - 0607. Email: candydegarmo@gmail.com. Birthday: May 10th. The DeGarmo's anniversary: June 1st.
 
Bob and Babs Howard, 1607 Snelling Ave., The Villages, FL 32162. Phone: (352) 430-1330.
Email: bhowardva@aol.com. Bob's birthday: Nov. 16th. Babs birthday: April 9th. The Howard's anniversary is June 10th
 
Russ and Marion Tarbell, 203 Modesto Road, Lady Lake, FL 32159. Phone: (330) 571-4500.
Email: rftarbell@gmail.com. Russ's birthday: March 1st. Marion's birthday: October 13th.
The Tarbell's anniversary is December 27th.
 
Sharon Ebol, 13334 SE 86th Circle, Summerfield, FL 34491. Phone: (352) 203-3849. Email:
stac1944@icloud.com. Sharon's birthday: August 4th. The Ebol's anniversary January 31st.
 
Doug and Janet Moe, 2973 Buttercup Way, The Villages, FL 32163. Phone: Janet (603) 289-1635 and Doug (603) 493-0749. Email for Janet: janet.moe@icloud.com. Doug's birthday June 24th.
Janet's birthday: January 14th. The Moe's anniversary March 7th. 
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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If you would like to get a reminder of an upcoming Live event on Facebook,
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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!!!
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
“For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side.” – C.S. Lewis (The Case For Christianity)
Prayer Requests for June 6th, 2021
Pray for Don Peterson, our sound and streaming company owner. Don, and wife Barbara, have become good friends and most helpful to our church. Pray for Don who is having a partial knee replacement surgery on June 25th. 

Pray for Bonnie Pearson. Bonnie will be having a reverse shoulder replacement surgery on June 25th. Pray for successful surgery and 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.

Please pray for Rose Reitmyer. Rose is currently in the Villages Hospital in ICU. They are running tests to find the cause of her difficulty. Rose and her daughter Cathy are members of our church and in need of our prayers.

Prayer request from Penny Stinton: "My friends husband had a fall at his church and broke his hip. He is in rehab in Ocala. Pray for John Bellacicco". Thank you. UPDATE 6/1/21  "John is home from rehab and recovery is looking good. Thanks for your prayers."

Penny Stinton asks for prayer for the family of her water aerobics teacher, Jeanne Marciante.  Jeanne lost her battle with colon cancer this morning 6/3/21. May God give her family and friends peace and comfort.

Prayer Request 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 5/31/21: "I just got an update on Fiona. She was supposed to come home from the hospital but now she has a fever and some fluid on her lungs. She's on some oxygen to help her breathe. They don't think it's an infection but might be a virus. She's a tough little cookie!" We are sending a prayer shawl to Fiona that we dedicated in our service Sunday. Please keep praying.

Diane & Rick Nelli are asking for prayers for a friend and neighbor Charlotte Grubb, Charlotte was recently diagnosed with a rare and inoperable form of Hip cancer. She is unable to walk. She is currently being treated with radiation by Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Please pray for Charlotte for a good outcome.
 
Prayer request from Mary Starkweather: Our neighbor Carol McKinney passed away today, 6/4/21, after battling throat and lung cancer. . Please pray for Carol's family during this difficult time

Please pray for Donna Changelo. Donna and Rocco attend our church regularly during the winter months. Donna is having surgery on her Achilles Tendon on June 26th. 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 who is in ICU with internal bleeding. He lives in Thousand Oaks ,Ca. Please pray for Tom Mahan and family.

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.

Pray for Carol Andreasian who will be having aortic valve replacement surgery in near future. Pray for successful surgery and quick recovery.

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 for her recovery but it will be lengthy. It was necessary to put a rod in her back. Thank you in advance. Keri has attended church here in the Villages many times when she was with her parents Karen and Bill Orcutt." Join us in prayers for Kerilyn.

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 prayers!"

Please pray for Star and Jay Steward, friends of the Keoughs in Michigan. They were in a car accident recently. Jay was recently released from ICU and Star is home. Please pray for healing and a successful outcome. Thank you.

Prayers are needed for a good friend of Mary Ellen Kresel from Arizona. Maureen
Pugsley is in the final stages of cancer and has chosen not to do any more chemo. She is trying to live out her life with dignity and peace.

Prayers are needed for Mary Ellen Kresel's sister-in-law, Pat Coburn. She is under a great deal of physical and emotional stress.

Please pray for the family and friends of Terri Ratti who passed away on 5/14/21.

Mary Ellen Kresel is asking for prayers for her brother and family as his alzheimer's is worsening. The family is looking for daycare for additional assistance. This is a very difficult time for Mary Ellen and her family. Please pray for comfort.

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. Please pray for peace, strength, and courage. Thank you." Karin.

Please pray for Mike Howard. Mike has been recuperating in rehab after a surgical procedure on his arm for several months. Now Mike is scheduled for a knee replacement surgery on May 25th. Your prayers will be appreciated.

Please pray for Carl Nystrom. Sadly his wife, Janice, passed away recently and is in the arms of our Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carl and their families.

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 NC and will be returning to Ohio in 10-12 days when he is well enough. He also has Parkinsons disease and needs prayers for healing and a successful rehab. The Sabo's thank everyone for your prayers.

Please pray for Kevin Hensley. Kevin is an Air Force veteran and the donor of the United States flag that is displayed in our church narthex. He flew the flag in Afghanistan on one of his deployments and donated it to our church for display. Kevin has been leading a national effort to get benefits for "Burn Pit" victims and their families and our church has supported him financially and with prayers..
Kevin now has COVID and it is very serious because of his lung damage from service time.

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 fami

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 successful 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.

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.

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.

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 comfort.

Thank you for your prayers for Carol Brooks. Carol had a good report on her breast cancer biopsy. She will be receiving radiation treatments in the near future. 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 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.

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.
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