What's Happening this Week at
The
Congregational
Church
October 17, 2021
This Week's Message: "The Battle For The Soul of America - Part I".
President Joe Biden said in one of his speeches "We are in a battle for the soul of America!" The fact that we are in such a war is apparent from the anger, mean spirited attitudes, and carelessness with which the people of our nation have treated each other in the last decade. Violence and disrespect for others is on the rise. Poverty and alienation continue to spread a feeling of hopelessness. In generations past the church would rise up in a spirit of revival and pour love and reconciliation of these societal wounds. Unfortunately, there is an element in our culture who out of an ignorance of history have decided the church is to blame for the discord and they are attempting to destroy the church and eliminate "God" from our world. The only hope we have is being foolishly pushed out of the equation and not given a place in the solution of humankinds problems
SCRIPTURE LESSON FOR OCTOBER 17th
Psalm 14:1-7 and Isaiah 12:1-6
 Read by Pastor Jim Keough
GREETERS: Gil and Libby Regan
USHERS: Nancy Reid, Darla Webb, Nancy Doggett and Dawn Keough
Deacon Of The Month: Libby Regan 
Altar Flowers & Bulletins
The Altar Flowers and Bulletins are given this morning by Dorothy Robertson in memory of her son, John Perna.

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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: Harriet has been working with one of our favorite soloists, Lamar Young, who will be singing this week. Lamar's songs will include; "Thanks For Sunshine" (by The Gaithers), "God Speaks", and Some Golden Daybreak". 

To learn more about Lamar Young:

Sunday morning music on October 24th will feature Ben Simmons and Billie Thatcher. October 31st we welcome back "Pinky".  
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Billie Thatcher will sing a hymn medley featuring "In The Garden" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". Billie will also sing our Prayer Hymn "Surely the Presence of the Lord" and our closing medley "God Be With You Till we Meet Again" and "Happy Trails".

Kevin O'Connell will be on vacation. We are very fortunate to have our own Harriet Dawson to direct our music ministry for the worship service.

Nancy Doggett will play the Memorial Chimes.

Holy Communion

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated on Sunday, November 7th. Plan to begin this month of Thanksgiving at the Lord's Table.
 COFFEE HOUR RETURNS! 
We are now having conversation and coffee in the Fellowship Hall after our Sunday morning services. Please join us! Thanks to Cathy Reitmyer for continuing to head up the kitchen and this important social time for the congregation. If you would like to donate baked goods or other snacks contact Cathy at (860) 276-7806. Thank you.
Women’s Fellowship: Wednesday, October 20th will be a Day at the Grumbles House Antiques & Garden Shop, Dunnellon sponsored by Womens Fellowship. Meet at the church at 10:25 am; we can carpool to Grumbles. Or, you are welcome to meet us there. (20799 Walnut St. Dunnellon, FL 34431) There are several places for lunch either at Grumbles or locally on the river. Everyone will be paying for their own lunch; however, Candy DeGarmo offered to coordinate a group lunch reservation for us. Take a look at Grumbles website Home - Grumbles House Antiques & Garden Shop (dunnellonfloridaantiques.com). It looks like a fun day!
Contact: Candy DeGarmo - 630 881-0607 - candydegarmo@gmail.com

SPREAD THE WORD! Let your friends and neighbors know that we will sponsor a huge paper shredding event in our parking lot on Friday, October 22nd from 10 a.m. until Noon.  Bring your old documents and tax files and have them disposed of in a safe and secure fashion. A giant shredding truck will be here to take care of your needs. The cost? A donation to the Infant & Toddler Pantry or a box of diapers.

Monday, October 25th: LOVE INC will hold a fellowship breakfast with the latest news on this important area wide ministry. The event will take place at the Rohan Recreation Center on Monday, October 25th at 8:30 a.m. Sign-up by calling the church office or by adding your name to the sign-up sheet in the narthex.

Thursday, Nov. 4th @ 10:30am: 11th Annual Ladies Luncheon/Style Show: There are no more tickets remaining for our annual fund raiser for the Infant and Toddler Pantry. Fashions by Anthony's will be on display with our members acting as models. A basket raffle and charity auction will raise funds for diapers and baby supplies. And for the first time - our event will take place at Cheers in Stonecrest. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. It's not too early to start collecting Gift Cards from your favorite restaurants, stores, hair salons, etc. to be used for the Auction! They can be turned into the Church Office!

Saturday, November 13th: We will be decorating the outside of our church with Christmas lights and our giant nativity Saturday, November 13th @ 7:00 a.m.

Monday, November 15th: CHURCH SUPPER AND ESTATE PLANNING SESSION. Join us on Monday evening, November 15th @ 6:00 p.m. for a delicious meal and a presentation by a local attorney on estate planning. If your will or trust was written in another state you may want to come and ask questions about Florida law. How can you avoid probate and excessive taxation? Tickets to cover the cost of the meal will go on sale shortly.

Saturday, November 20th: THE MAGIC OF BRONZE. We are thrilled to welcome back this talented group of musicians Saturday, November 20th at 4:00 p.m. The theme "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Tickets for this outstanding concert of musicians from the Orlando area are $20 with proceeds going to the Infant and Toddler Pantry. Tickets are available following the morning worship or you can call the church office. Due to COVID tickets are limited and are only available at the Church office or after services.

Saturday, November 27th: (The Saturday after Thanksgiving), we will decorate the inside Saturday, November 27th @ 7:00 a.m. in preparation for Advent/Christmas which begins Sunday, November 28th.

** Kevin O'Connell Christmas Concert with Billie Thatcher, Bob Stehman, Kevin's Trio, and more.

** Friday, December 10th: Erinn Abu will be here with a special Holiday program Friday, December 10th @ 6:00 p.m.

** Details will be available soon.
Gift Baskets for Style Show in November
We need your help for the most important fund raiser of the year in support of the Infant and Toddler Pantry! Each year we have a drawing for themed gift baskets. Those baskets are created and donated by members and friends who wish to support the work of our children's ministry. If you can put together a themed basket (kitchen, golf, theater, book nook, tool box, or other novel idea) it would be a great help to making our event a success. See Harriet Dawson on Sunday at church or give her a call at 612-718-0586 for more specifics or to volunteer.  Thank you for your support!
October Mission Projects
THE LEESBURG CENTER OF THE SALVATION ARMY. The year 2021 has brought many challenges. Those who provide help to the less fortunate in our community have felt the impact of another difficult year most severely. In order to provide a Thanksgiving meal in 2021 the Salvation Army will need a miracle of generous support. Our church wants to be part of that miracle with our October mission giving. Help put a delicious turkey dinner in front of a hungry family with your gifts. Half of your mission dollars will make this possible and the other half will touch lives through our own Infant and Toddler program. Thank you for caring!

October Birthdays
Jan Sellers (1), Jerry Denne (9), John Crimmins (10), Mike Koons and Bennie Exum (11), Donald Kudner (13), Judie Parker (19), Elaine Glidden (20), Donna Kudner, Cathy Koons, and Scott Tomberlin (22), Pam Sabo (23), Marion Parker (24), Ginny Poe (25), Penny Stinton and Wayne Warner (28), Ruth McGuy (30), and Jean Gorney (31).

(If we missed your birthday, please, let us know. We will add you to the list.)
October Movie Night
"The Chosen". For the first time ever, the greatest story ever told is being presented as a multi-part show. Digging deeper into the backstories and context of the people and events of the gospels. You will be introduced to Simon Peter, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, Matthew and of course Jesus in a way never before seen on film. Also, we will view the film "I Am Israel" a 35 minute trip to the land of the Bible that will set the stage for our viewing of "The Chosen". Join us Friday, October 29th at 6 p.m.

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 Precautions
The number of COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths has been on the rise in recent weeks. Fortunately, those who have been vaccinated amount to less than 1 % of those experiencing severe infections. Our church continues, as we have from the beginning of the pandemic, to encourage caution and protect the safety of our church family. We encourage you to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from other people. Hand sanitizers are stationed throughout our facilities.
COVID-19 Warning
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By entering our church facilities you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
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 livestream worship service on Sundays
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To get a notice of all upcoming live events, follow us on Facebook.

Don't forget to SHARE the video stream with your friends when it begins.
Accessing our livestream 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! 
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!
SURVEY RESULTS. Several weeks ago our church family participated in a church-wide survey. An outline of the survey results is available on the literature table in the narthex. If you have questions on the survey or the summary contact the church office.
 
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
"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best." - St. Jerome

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough".   - Albert Einstein
Prayer Requests for October 17, 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 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.
 
Our friend, Cahal Dunn, will return next spring to entertain us with his music and Irish wit. In the meantime please pray for Cahal's son who is a police officer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pray for his safety during this difficult time. Thank you.
 
Cathy and Mike Koons have advised us that their friend, Evie Read from Minnesota has passed away. She had a brave battle with cancer. Pray for Evie's family and friends as they grieve her loss. Thank God that the fight and pain are over and she has peace.
 
Please pray for Karen Roosa and family as her sister-in-law Joan Heikkila passed away this am. Pray for comfort for the families. Thank you.
 
Please pray for Norman Newsome. He is suffering from Sickle Cell Disease. His mother is on the staff of the USB bank on Route 441. Pastor Jim has known Norman's mother for many years. Pray for comfort and healing.
 
Good News! Tony Katsune is now home following his hospitalization and rehab stay with COVID. Let's keep praying for Tony to win this battle.
 
Mary Starkweather is requesting prayers for Barbara Beach a Spruce Creek south resident and a friend of Jerry's caregiver. Her 51 yr. old son was hospitalized yesterday at Ocala Regional and passed away. She is devastated and needs are prayers for comfort. Thank you.
 
Please pray for Kemi and Zach Froman of California. Their Dad, Michael Froman, Godson of Dale and Maryann Barton, passed away suddenly recently. Pray for all Michael's friends and family during this difficult time.
 
It's come to our attention that Jan Doren is at home recovering from COVID. Please pray for a full and speedy recovery. Thank you.
 
Please pray for Libby Regan as she is experiencing shortness of breath and weakness. Pray her breathing becomes easier and she regains her strength.
 
Please pray for Bonnie Pearson as she developed a problem with her left shoulder replacement while being overseas. Pray for speedy healing and comfort.
 
Please pray for Kathy Kivitt, Charles' wife, as she had a slight stroke a few days ago. She is presently ay home recovering and doing fairly well according to Charles. Pray for comfort and a complete recovery for Kathy and peace of mind for Charles.
 
Pam Hanower is requesting prayers for Carol Andreasian. Carol is having Aortic Valve surgery at Advent Health in Orlando on October 20. Please pray for a successful surgery guiding the surgeon hands, and a successful rehab. Thank you.
 
Please pray for Deanna Gomez and family. Deanna is the daughter of our sound company owners, Don and Barb Peterson. We have worked with Don since our building was built six years ago. Deanna's husband, Justin, passed away from COVID recently. He leaves his wife and three children (Xander, Lily, and Bryson). Pray for God's comfort and direction for this wonderful family.
 
Karen Lewis is requesting prayers for her husband Bill. She says he has had a difficult summer and has been in and out of the hospital twice. He has been diagnosed with COPD and emphysema. He also has a lower intestinal ulceration. Please pray for healing and comfort for Bill and peace of mind for Karen. Thank you.
 
Ginny Poe is asking for prayer for Debi Soper who has undergone a painful surgery to reconstruct her jaw which she injured in a car accident.
 
Please pray for Courtney Stein. Courtney is the young mother of a ten month old who is about to have her third brain surgery. She and her husband both have worked regularly and now find themselves in need of our Infant & Toddler Pantry for help. Pray for successful surgery and healing.
 
Please pray for Kathy Hall, is recuperating at home from cardiac issues. She lives in the village of Santo Domingo and her daughter Beth is here in Florida to help in her recovery. Pray for comfort and a speedy recovery. Thank you.
 
Jan Doran is requesting prayers for Dolores L'Homedieu. Dolores has kidney cancer, needs surgery and possible kidney donation/transplant. Please pray for a successful surgery, treatment and outcome.
 
Prayer request from Ginny Poe: "Mindy Parker is a young single mother with 3 young children and is scheduled for surgery for stage 3 breast cancer. It's an aggressive cancer and she needs prayers,"  Please pray!
 
Pray for Rev. Scott DeWitt, the Keough's son-in-law. Scott, who has preached at our church, will be on a mission trip to Kenya in October. It is a medical mission trip and Scott is going along to meet with Kenyan pastors and churches.
 
Mary Starkweather is requesting prayers for Jenn Harvey, a home health aide. She has been diagnosed with ALS since April and the disease is progressing rapidly. Prayers for comfort and peace would be greatly appreciated.
 
Bonnie Pearson asks for prayers for Jim Hamuka, a new friend to our church. Jim recently had a 6.5 hour surgery at Shands in Gainesville. The stents and aneurism look good but there are some issues with drainage tubes. Let's pray for Jim and his wife Barb as they go through the healing and recovery process.
 
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.
 
Pray for our friend Jean Gorney. Jean has been going through numerous health issues. She is looking for medical answers and a new doctor (her doctor retired). If you would like to send a card or note of encouragement it would be a blessing. Jean Gorney, 17849 SE 105th Terr., Summerfield, FL, 34491.
 
Karin Roosa who recently fell and had several fractures in her arm had surgery in Erie, PA on Friday, August 6th.. Please pray for a successful outcome, pain control and rehab.
 
Dan and Pam Sabo are requesting prayers for their daughter Vickie Sabo. She is presently at home and will be seeing a specialist in the near future Pray for healing and pain relief.
 
Please pray for Jerry Starkweather fell and broke bones in his knee and ankle. He is at home with nursing care. Please pray for healing, comfort for Jerry and also for his wife Mary.
 
Bonnie Pearson is requesting prayers for Russ Stehle who is experiencing internal bleeding. He is having testing done to locate the source of the bleeding. Please pray for a swift diagnosis and treatment plan. Pray for his wife Kathy as she helps him through this difficult time
 
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.
 
Diane Dresbach is asking for prayers for Helga York, a member who moved up north to be closer to family. She has just recently been diagnosed with cancer and will be moving into an assisted living facility. Please send cards of greetings and encouragement to Helga York, 66 Hawthorne Dr. Apt. 215, Bedford, NH 03110.
 
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.
 
Pamela Hanower. Pamela is currently home in Massachusetts with her two puppies. She has been having a severe problem with pain that has affected her mobility. Pray for Pamela to find relief.
 
Please pray for Natalie Andrews. Natalie is having some atrial fibrillation issues. Your prayers will help.
 
Please pray for Gale Wigner. Gale was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He has had several surgical procedures The latest news is that recent tests show him to be clear of cancer. If you want to send a card: 6819 Williams Lake Rd., Waterford, MI 48329.
 
Prayers are needed for a young woman named Danielle, a friend of Diane Dresback and Sandy Hoffmann, 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.
 
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.
 
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 comfort.
 
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. Steve will soon be having cataract surgery. 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. The most recent report is that Tami will be going to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for new treatments.
 
Please pray for Bennie Exum's son, David, who suffers from pulmonary fibrosis. David recently had COVID and pneumonia. He is now on a heart and lung transplant list. Please pray for David and his mother Bennie.
 
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.
 
Prayer request from Rick Nelli: "Please pray for my friends Melinda and John Thompson. John is at home with advanced prostate cancer and the prognosis is not good. Melinda spends most of her time as his caretaker. Pray for them both, please."
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