This Week at The Congregational Church
August 2, 2020
This Week's Message:  "Darkness Cannot Survive The Light"
In the first chapter of the Gospel of John it says "The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." In the difficult days we have experienced lately there seems to be a thick darkness with its attending fear, sickness and confusion. While some seem to relish in the anger and pain of the political upheaval and the COVID-19 statistics I believe their joy will be short lived. Our Savior, Jesus, the Light of the World and the Church that serves Him will once again shine a light to dispel the gloom. The history that some would try to erase teaches us after every time of darkness and unrest a revival of the church takes place. The time of trouble may not be over, but very soon we shall see the truth of His Word come to pass: "Arise, Shine for the LIGHT has come, and the Glory of the Lord has risen upon you."
SCRIPTURE LESSON Isaiah 60:1-5 and Matthew 5:1-9
Scripture Reading by Carol Dalbeck, Deacon
GREETERS : N/A
USHERS:  N/A
DEACON OF THE MONTH: Larry Landermann
THE ALTAR FLOWERS AND BULLETINS:

The Altar Flowers and Bulletins are given this week by Bev and Dick Greene in celebration of their 31st wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary to the Greenes! The floral centerpiece on the altar is given by Larry and Dottie Landermann in honor of their 39th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary to the Landermanns. Both couples serve our church as members of our Board of Deacons.
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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.
SHOULDN'T WE GET SOME PENALTY YARDAGE?  Football at almost every level from sandlot to pro has a penalty for "Piling On". The penalty is called when one or more players jump on top of a downed player or group of players after a tackle has been made. Someone needs to blow the whistle and call a penalty on life. We have been knocked down, tackled and injured in recent weeks. Yet there seems to be no end to additional problems "piling on". Perhaps the coach will come up with a new play or a new team leader will surface to help us back to a winning attitude. I'm just believing that we are going home with the trophy! Our team has no quit in it and we came to win. Right now your church has no fans in the stands. Our ticket sales and refreshment revenues are down. The player roster has a few key personnel on the injured list. But, we've been in tough games before and we can do this if everyone puts their heart into the effort. The problems are big - but our God is bigger.

Don't forget you can watch us online ANYTIME. Invite your friends, family members and neighbors to worship with us at. www.TheCongregationalChurch.org.
Music Ministry This Week
We are blessed to have for the second week in a row as our guest soloist Ruth Ann "Pinky" Bigley. Pinky will be performing at The Sharon in The Villages on October 9th with Kevin O'Connell and his band. Tickets are available at The Villages boxoffice. For this weeks service Pinky will be singing "The Power of His Love", "Christ Be Our Light", and a Sandi Patty song - "Shine Down".  Billie Thatcher will sing "To God Be the Glory", "Come, Share the Lord", "On Eagle's Wings" and "God Be With You till We Meet Again". Don't miss Kevin O'Connell playing our new church organ.
Organ Fund
OUR NEW ORGAN IS NOW IN PLACE.  Watch online services as Kevin plays this beautiful new instrument for our worship. The ORGAN FUND is looking for contributors to help cover the expense of this important addition to our sanctuary. A gift of any size will be a blessing. If you are able to give a $125 gift you will receive a special music note brick on the Walk of Faith. Watch your mail for information and a form to become part of this musical blessing.  Thanks!

Holy Communion
HOLY COMMUNION.   This week we celebrate the Lord's Super together. You may either get a piece of bread and some juice on your own to participate or stop by the church office to receive a pre-packaged communion serving.

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!!!
Movie Night
MOVIE NIGHT on Friday, August 28th at 6:00 p.m.. Social distanced in the sanctuary.  See "Dolittle" starring Robert Downey, Jr. A free-will offering for the Infant and Toddler Pantry will be received as you leave. (This activity is contingent upon us being back in our church facility again).

Watch the 10:00 AM Service LIVE!
Please note: You do not need a Facebook or YouTube account to access our live stream broadcasts. No sign up necessary!  Use your browser of choice (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) on your computer or the Facebook App on your Smartphone or iPad.

 Click  HERE  to go directly to our  LIVE recording of the 10:00 AM Worship Service   with music and message on our Facebook page for you to view.  The broadcast will start automatically. (give yourself a few minutes before the service to get set up).  You will receive a copy of the worship bulletin by USPS (regular mail) each week so you can follow along with the service.
If you need the Sunday Bulletin to follow along with the service, You can download it  HERE.
Watch the 10:00 AM Service ANYTIME!
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 Sunday Bulletin to follow along with the service, You can download it HERE.  
Church Directory
NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY AVAILABLE.  A beautiful spiral bound Church Directory is available from the church office or after service on Sunday in the narthex. You can pick one up Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.  

Church Memorial Garden
One of the decisions we all need to make, unless we intend to stick our family with the chore, is where we wish our earthly remains to be placed after our death. Since we have this beautiful property, and it is where we have worked and worshiped together, a Memorial Garden on site seems to be appropriate. The Walk of Faith area between our buildings with it's lovely fountain will be a grand location. Each burial site will be marked by an engraved granite marker (name, date of birth and death). The fee of $500 will cover the marker, engraving, internment of the cremains, a perpetual care fund amount, and memorial service. If you are interested call the church office to set up an appointment. You will receive a complete set of guidelines and the opportunity to select your plot.
August Birthdays:
Dave Zecker (4), Steve Falk and Cindy Robinson (5), Gale Wigner and Sue Gould (20), Bob Dawson (21), Ann Herrick (22),   Mike Howard (23), Charles Kivitt (24), Nelli Elle and Kevin O'Connell (27), Jessie Edwards (28), and Carol Andreasian (29). Happy Birthday to all!

(If we missed your birthday, please, let us know. We will add you to the list.) 
August Mission Projects
This month we will join together to support our sponsored child through Compassion International, six year old Luis Llugcha. During August your mission gifts will help us provide much needed help to Luis throughout the year. We will also send him a gift on his birthday and at Christmas time. The communications from the Rosa de Saron Student Center and from Luis' family indicate that our help is greatly appreciated and making a difference. Half the August mission offering will make all this possible and the rest will help children in our own community through the Infant and Toddler Pantry.
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 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.

TEDDY BEAR MINISTRY AND PRAYER SHAWLS.  We are still giving out and sending to those who are hurting, our prayer shawls and teddy bears. If you know someone who would be encouraged by receiving one contact the church office.  

INFANT AND TODDLER PANTRY
YOUR INFANT AND TODDLER PANTRY.  We continue to work together with many community churches and organizations to meet the needs of children in our area. Diapers, clothing, blankets, port-a-cribs, toys, baby food, formula, help with car seats and more are available through our pantry. Your financial support has made all this happen for nearly 12 years. This all volunteer ministry is the centerpiece of our mission program. Consider getting some of your friends and neighbors together and having a Baby Shower to support the Infant and Toddler Pantry.  

CHILDREN'S LITERACY PROGRAM.  We are putting together a new outreach program to the children of the area to be part of our Infant & Toddler Pantry. It will be a child literacy effort bringing books and story times to the little ones. We will emphasize children's books that teach the Bible and Christian principles. There will also be wholesome stories which provide parents with a chance to read and interact with their children. You can help by donating financial support directed to the program, children's books, or volunteering to read at one of our future "Story Time" sessions. Thank you to Sandy Hoffmann for starting us off with a donation of children's books for the program.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL BOOKS . If you would like a copy of "Our Daily Bread" for your personal daily prayer and devotions they are available at the church office. Call the office 352-693-4545 (M-W-F 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) to schedule picking up a copy.
                                
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..  
                 

Prayer Requests
Contact the Church Office 352-693-4545.  The Welcome center table has a supply of cards to register your prayer requests. Our church website also has a prayer request section for your use. Your prayer requests are listed on the church web site and sent out by email to church members and friends.

Bill and Ginny Klenk have both tested positive for COVID-19. The doctors believe that the cases are treatable and the prognosis appears to be good. Pray for Bill and Ginny.

Rick Nelli and his wife Diane are asking for prayers for Diane’s daughter, Debbie. Debbie has been dealing with a number of issues and your prayers will be a blessing. Also pray for Diane who will have a breast lump tested in 2 weeks. Praying for a negative outcome.

Pray for Nancy Doggett who has had some recent medical tests and is waiting for a definite diagnosis.

Pray for Janet Doggett, the wife of Nancy Doggett's son Tim. Janet is waiting for word on a potential transplant.

Pray for Dawn Payzant, a friend of Nancy Doggett from Nova Scotia. Dawn has attended our church many times. She is suffering with Parkinson's.

Karen Orcutt is going through some very difficult treatments for her cancer. Your prayers and notes of encouragement would be a real blessing.

Dawn Keough’s shoulder surgery went very well. She is home from the hospital with home health nurses and physical therapy. Thank you for your prayers.

Dick Greene’s shoulder surgery was postponed. He will be rescheduled soon and we will let you know. 

Pray for Jason Mika who has been recently diagnosed with COVID-19. Jason is the husband of Jerry Starkweather’s daughter Alisa. 

Pray for Dick Simonet’s grandson and his wife, they are both doctors, they have been infected with COVID-19 and are under treatment.

Please pray for Allyson, a friend of Diane Dresback, who has wounds on her foot and calf which are not healing well.

Pray for Lisa, a 60 year old woman with breast cancer who is receiving intensive radiation therapy.

Pray for the family of Camilla who recently died of a heart attack. Diane Dresback lived with this family for 10 years.

Please pray for Carol Spano, a friend of Diane Dresback, whose husband, Dominick Spano, recently passed away.

Pray for Danny Bethard. Danny is Libby Regan’s nephew and he had a mass removed from one of his kidneys.

Please pray for Leslie Tate, she is the wife of Otto Souder. She is battling cancer and other health issues. Also son, Scott, in Maryville, TN, has MS and recently fell and fractured his sternum.

Pray for Bob Brooks’ son, Rob, who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19.

Pray for Annelle Gillow who is at The Club, in the Villages. Annelle is the wife of Mary Starkweather’s brother Bill.

Pray for Louise Tucker, the sister of Jean Gorney, who had a stroke and has liver problems. 

Pray for Mike Howard who is still in the rehab facility in Michigan.

Pray for Colin Henderson. Colin is the husband of an Infant & Toddler Pantry volunteer, Ina Henderson. Colin had a cardiac issue.

Please pray for Bev Huey, a friend of Cathy Reitmyer, who has been diagnosed with kidney failure and had a recent heart procedure.

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.

pray for Jerry and Lisa Sears from Michigan who were severely injured in an explosion at their vacation cabin.

Please pray for Cathy Kivitt, the sister-in-law of Charles and Kathy Kivitt, she is battling cancer and other health issues. 

Pray for Ed Schneitzer. Ed is having chemo treatments for cancer. 

Please pray for Frank Szczpanski who is suffering with an ongoing lung infection.

Please pray for Roger Marvin. He is in Hospice care where he fell and broke his hip. He and his wife, Shirley, need our prayers.

Cathy Reitmyer, recovering from heart issues.  Please pray for Cathy and her Mom (Rose).

Please pray for Joan Abbett, a friend of Penny and Dave Zwicker. Pray for Joan, who is battling cancer, and her husband Mark.

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.

Carol Carlson. Pray for Carol who is having health issues. Carol is one of our Infant & Toddler volunteers and church family. Her husband Oakley also needs our prayers.

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

Pray for the success of our new programs: The Memorial Garden, The Infant and Toddler Literacy Program and The Organ Fund..  

If you have a prayer request contact Dawn Keough at: Nana6bn5g@aol.com or call the pastor at 352-250-6160.

Thoughts for the Week: "When we pray for the Spirit's help ... we will simply fall down at the Lord's feet in our weakness. There we will find the victory and power that comes from His Love."             - Andrew Murray
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