What's Happening this Week at
The
Congregational
Church
September 19, 2021
This Week's Message: "How to Find God's Direction For Your Life"
The psalmist concludes that a good life has not brought him wealth or freedom from troubles and therefore has been "in vain". But this unmasks his heart. His obedience was not a way of pleasing God but rather a means of getting God to please him. When you say to God "I'll serve you only when a certain set of circumstances appear," then it is the circumstances we love and God is just a necessary apparatus for obtaining it. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God" means just what it says. Your interpretation or the inconvenience of the moment are not relevant. 
SCRIPTURE LESSON FOR SEPTEMBER 19TH
Exodus 3:10-20
 Read by Deacon Karen Deutsch
GREETERS: Darlene Fortin and Nancy Doggett
USHERS: Karen Deutsch, Darla Webb, Nancy Doggett and Dawn Keough
Deacon Of The Month: Karen Deutsch 
Altar Flowers & Bulletins
  • The Altar Flowers and Bulletins are given this morning by The Stinton Family in celebration of Tom Stinton's birthday. Happy Birthday Tom! The floral centerpiece on the altar is given by Jim and Dawn Keough in honor of their 45th wedding 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: Our guest soloist is Donna Francis. Donna will sing "My Father's Eyes", "I Can Only Imagine", and "Let It Be". 

Read more about Donna Francis at: thecongregationalchurch.org

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Billie Thatcher will sing and lead our worship music with "God of Grace and God of Glory", "I Believe", "Jesus Calls Us", and "Freely, Freely". 

Harriet Dawson will open and close the service on the Memorial Chimes. 
Kevin O'Connell will play the piano prelude and direct our music.



Holy Communion
HOLY COMMUNION will be observed on Sunday, October 3rd. This will be World Communion Sunday. We invite everyone to join at the Lord's Table on this important occasion.

THANK YOU!  The Memorial Service for Becky Landry was an inspirational one. Thanks to all who took the time to attend. Special thanks to Cathy Reitmyer and the kitchen volunteers for the delicious lunch. It was wonderful to get back into our Fellowship Hall. The music was outstanding at the service with Kevin O'Connell, Billie Thatcher, Harriet Dawson, and Ben Simmons.
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.

--- ALSO COMING THIS FALL! ---
 
Friday, Oct. 8th @ 6:00pm: Lorrie Gill and the Notebenders in concert. Kevin O'Connell and Ben Simmons will participate. This event is to raise funds for our Infant and Toddler Pantry. Invite friends for this great evening of entertainment. Tickets are $20.00 each and are now available following the Sunday morning service in the narthex. ..There are only 35 tickets still available..

Thursday, Nov. 4th @ 10:30am: 11th Annual Ladies Luncheon/Style Show at Cheers (Stonecrest).  Fashions by "Anthony's". Tickets are $25.00 and are now available before and after the Sunday morning service in the narthex. There are only 100 tickets, so get yours before they are gone. 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!


** Erinn Abu

** The Magic of Bronze (Nov. 20th).

** Kevin O'Connell Christmas Concert with Billie Thatcher, Bob Stehman, Kevin's Trio, and more.
** 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!
September Mission Projects
Families in our area go to bed hungry and many are homeless. Your mission contributions this month will help two local hunger programs. We will send support to The Wildwood Soup Kitchen and The Christian Food Pantry in Lady Lake. Also, we will be assisting the work of The Infant and Toddler Pantry. Your gifts to "missions" will make this possible.

September Birthdays
Carolyn Crimmins (2), Alice Ralph and Nannette Martin (4), Dale Webb and Tony Katsune (8), Rollin Tomberlin (12), Carolyn Baker (13), Barb Robertson and Barb Newman (15), Dan Sabo (16), Ray Gould and Julia Deyo (17), Gerry Kring (20), Tom Stinton (21), Lynne Moyer and Marje Van Renesse (24), and Bonnie Thorpe (30).

(If we missed your birthday, please, let us know. We will add you to the list.)
Movie Night

The next MOVIE NIGHT is TBA 


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.
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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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.)

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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!
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
“Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do".                                                                                                   - Charles Stanley    

“For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be". - Thomas Merton
Prayer Requests for September 19, 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.
 
Dottie Landermann is requesting prayers for her son, Danny Coombs. Danny lives in Albany, NY and is in the hospital (at this writing) waiting for surgery. Please pray for Danny to receive the treatment he needs.
 
Mary and Jerry Starkweather are asking for prayers for their long time friend Frank Elliott. Frank fell on 9/6 breaking his hip. He is recovering from surgery. As with all surgery and hospital stays recently COVID complicates visitation and family interaction.
 
Ginny Poe is asking for prayer for Debi Soper who is undergoing 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 Bob Atkins who is in the hospital in Ocala. Bob is having tests to determine what treatments he needs. Bob is a friend of Ginny Poe and her late husband, Bill Klenk.
 
Please pray for Kathy Hall, a golfing friend, who is presently in Leesburg Hospital with 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 Diane Dresbach: Her nurse CNA Liz at Freedom Point , lost her husband Ramon last Sat. night after a long battle of illnesses. They were married for 51 years. Please pray for peace and comfort for Liz and her family.
 
Prayer request from Ginny Poe: "Please add Mindy Parker to our prayer list. She 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!
 
Prayer request from Diane Dresbach: "Please pray for Mary Ann Cantebury who is in the last stages of her battle with cancer. Mary Ann is the mother of Nina, who works at Freedom Point, who is a caregiver for Diane Dresbach."
 
Please pray for Julia Deyo and family. Julia's daughter, Erin, passed away yesterday, August 24th. Our sympathy and prayers in this difficult time.
 
Pray for Rev. Scott DeWitt, the Keough's son-in-law. Scott had eye surgery on 8/26. Scott is recovering well, won't know if surgery was successful for a few more weeks. Please continue to pray. Thank you.
 
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.
 
Please pray for Sandy Hoffmann's cousins in California. A number have been evacuated due to the wildfires and their homes are in danger. Also, the same families are being affected by COVID. Let's pray for them to be kept safe and well. Pray for Sandy as she is worried about them and her friend Diane who is currently in Ocala in the hospital.
 
Our friend Becky Landry passed away while in Hospice care. Please pray for those who mourn her death and a prayer of thanks for her life of kindness and of service in the medical field. A Memorial Service for Becky was held at The Congregational Church on Thursday, September 9th at 11 a.m. 
 
Pray for the family and friends of local physician, Dr. Raymond Dominic. Dr. Dominic passed away recently from COVID.
 
Ken and Linda Owens niece, Terry Elaine Herremans, passed away August 31. Please pray for peace and comfort for Ken and Linda Owens and their families. Thank you.
 
Bonnie Pearson asks for prayers for Jim Hamuka, a new friend to our church. Jim recently had an important surgery postponed at Gainesville. It will be rescheduled soon. Please keep praying.
 
Pray for Diane Dresbach. Diane had a fall and she has been transferred to Freedom Point in The Villages. She is receiving physical therapy. Please pray for increasing strength and comfort.
 
Gary Nankervis is requesting prayer and a prayer shawl for Kitty Burke Evans who is experiencing cardiac issues. Please pray for healing and comfort.
 
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.
 
Prayer request from Mary Starkweather: "Please add my longtime friend’s cousin, Lucy Hughes, to our prayer list. She has just gone through Whipple surgery for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer plus surgery for retinal detachment! Now having duo Chemo & radiation! Thank you." We sent a prayer shawl to Lucy, and she sent us a wonderful thank you and a picture of her wrapped in the shawl. She wore it to go to church.
 
Mary Starkweather is requesting these names to be added to the prayer list: Rosanne Argentieri recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She is the younger sister of our friend & neighbor Jim McDonnell. His sister-in-law Theresa McDonnell has been diagnosed with stage 4 neuro-endocrine cancer. Please pray for effective treatment and a good prognosis for these people.
 
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 who fell and broke bones in his knee and ankle. No surgery was deemed necessary and 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.
 
Mary Ellen Kresel is requesting prayers for her friend Colleen Coleman. She received one of our prayer shawls and uses it every evening. Currently she is in rehab trying to regain strength.
 
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.

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 shawl requested by the Koons'. Please pray for healing, strength and comfort for this sweet lady.
 
Prayer request from Darla Webb: Please pray for friend and neighbor Frances Singer. She has been diagnosed with Colon Cancer.
 
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.
 
Pray for 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.
 
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 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.
 
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.
 
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 Parkinson's disease and needs prayers for healing and a successful rehab.
 
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 infant, Mika Scott, he was born with several birth issues. He will have surgery soon in Orlando. His family is assisted by our Infant and Toddler Pantry.
 
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.
 
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