This Week at The Congregational Church
October 18, 2020
Notice: We will no longer be able to mail out a Sunday Bulletin each week. You will receive an email copy of "This Week at the Congregational Church" and the weekly bulletin will be available on the church website. Thank you for your support and patience during this difficult time.
This Week's Message: "Jesus For President! How Would You Vote?"
Last Sunday Billie Thatcher sang the wonderful old hymn, "Living For Jesus". The first verse says, "Living for Jesus a life that is true, striving to please Him in all that I do, yielding allegiance, glad hearted and free, this is the pathway of blessing for me." Could we really live for Him? Does our belief system please Him?
He prayed "that they all may be one". Can we say that is the desire of our heart? His church in the scripture cared for the less fortunate and sacrificed to provide for them. Are we willing to follow this leading? Can you imagine the political ads on television if Jesus were a candidate?
Yet, the answer to bringing our world together and healing all our ailments is found in the teaching of Jesus Christ and voting with our lives for Him. The only one who has never broken a promise and can be trusted with our lives no matter what befalls us is not a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Socialist or Independent. He is "Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  No matter what the election results are on November 3rd if Jesus is Lord of your life - everything will be all right. Don't depend on an elephant or a donkey to save you - trust in the lamb!

SCRIPTURE LESSON:   Luke 9:51-62
Scripture Reading by Larry Landermann, Deacon
GREETERS : Dick & Bev Greene
USHERS:  Dick & Bev Greene
DEACON OF THE MONTH FOR October is Bev Greene

The Altar Flowers and Bulletins are given this week by Dave and Sherri Zecher in celebration of their wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary! The floral centerpiece on the altar is given by Joyce Hutchinson in loving memory of her husband, Dick Hutchinson, in remembrance of his birthday.
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
We will welcome back this week Ben Simmons. Ben will sing an up tempo version of "Just a Closer Walk", "Falling in Love With Jesus", and a song that will have everyone lifted up by the beat "Oh I Want To See Him".  We get numerous requests for the familiar old hymns. Billie Thatcher will get our worship started with a medley of "In the Garden", "Amazing Grace" and "What a Friend We Have In Jesus". Billie will also sing, "Surely the Presence", "God Be With You" and "Happy Trails". Harriet Dawson will play the memorial chimes and Kevin O'Connell will play piano/organ and direct..

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Holy Communion
HOLY COMMUNION. The next Lord's Supper will be observed Sunday, November 1st. It will be celebrated in our sanctuary and online. 

THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PILGRIM LANDING. On Sunday, November 15th we will observe the 400th anniversary of our pilgrim forefathers coming to New England. Two services will be held on Nov. 15th. The first at 10 a.m. will include sweet rolls, fruit, and beverages at tables in the sanctuary. The second will include sandwiches, chips and beverage at 12 (noon). The service will include a presentation by Kirk and Patti Lytle on the Pilgrims. Reservations are required. More information to follow.

Front Entrance Doors
STAINED GLASS ABOVE OUR FRONT ENTRANCE DOORS. Thank you to Mary and Jerry Starkweather for the beautiful stained-glass butterfly scene above our entry doors in the narthex. The stained-glass artist, from Mount Dora, is working on finishing the project with additional glass in the four small panes on each side of the doors. We are looking for donors who will make the eight small windows possible. *** A gift of $100.00 per window will make this possible. Notify Mary in the office if you are interested.
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Church Directory
NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY. .   If you have not picked yours up - PLEASE - do so as soon as possible. 

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.
October Birthdays
Jan Sellers (1), John Crimmins (10), Mike Koons (11), Donald Kudner (13), Judie Parker (19), Elaine Glidden (20), Donna Kudner, Kathy Koons and Scott Tomberlin (22), Pam Sabo (23), Marion Parker (24), Ginny Klenk (25), Penny Stinton and Wayne Warner (28), and Ruth McGuy (30)..  

(If we missed your birthday, please, let us know. We will add you to the list.)
October Mission Projects
THE OCTOBER MONTHLY MISSION PROJECTS are The Leesburg Center of The Salvation Army and their Thanksgiving meal program for the homeless and needy. Half of the Mission Offering will support this great work and half will support our own Infant and Toddler Pantry.  We will also be collecting Thanksgiving food items for The Lady Lake Food Pantry. They need canned turkey gravy, canned cranberry sauce, canned green beans, and canned sweet potatoes. Drop these items off in the narthex in the box provided. Thank you.

Worship Services
Join us each Sunday at 10 a.m. in our sanctuary. Temperatures will be checked, social distancing will be observed, masks are required and every possible step will be taken to keep everyone safe. Your cooperation will be a major component of our successful return to our building. The service will be similar to the one we have been using online. Reservations will need to be made by calling the church office (M-W-F from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The Online streaming of the service will continue to be available for those who cannot attend in person.
Friday Night at the Movies
on Friday, October 30th 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.
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!!!
Pastoral Care
Contact Pastor Jim Keough on his cell 352-250-6160 or email: 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.
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 currently giving out children's books to the families visiting our Infant and Toddler Pantry.

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.

Pray for Shirley Boothroyd. Shirley is a member of our Mission Board and is going through a difficult time with health issues. Shirley will have a medical procedure on Monday, October 12th.

Please pray for Cathy Reitmyer’s niece, Renee. Renee has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. She is only 37 years old and has 4 young children.

Please say a prayer for Dottie Landermann. Dottie is having surgery to remove a lump from her arm by a dermatologist. The procedure is scheduled for Oct. 30th.

Please pray for Pam Sabo. Pam has been dealing with blurriness in her eye and is going through testing.

Please pray for Ruth McGuy. Ruth, a long-time member of our church, had surgery recently in Massachusetts. She will be having radiation treatments in a few weeks. Ruth’s address is 6 Mary Avenue, Seekonk, MA 02771.

A close friend of Bob and Harriet Dawson, Ernie Groves, suffered a stroke on 9/25.  He is alert and communicative, however, he is unable to walk and lacks balance.  Ernie is in Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He anticipates being transferred to the hospital’s Rehab Facility for extensive therapy to learn to walk again. Please pray for Ernie and family.

Update on Ann Ellenwood, neighbor of Virginia Hampton. She finished chemo in August and starts radiation today, 9/29, 6 weeks 5 times a week. Unfortunately, she’s having to reside in a hotel room due to rains wetting her ceilings during a roof replacement which caused mold. Continued prayers are requested during this trying time as if the COVID-19 wasn’t enough already.

Janet Moe has asked for prayers for her Dad, Ken Bradeen. Ken just turned 99 years old and was doing well until a fall which caused an ankle fracture and some other injuries. Pray for Ken and family.

Please pray for the sister-in-law or my friend Sue Aulgur in Michigan. Her name is

Marie France. She is 81 years old and is very frail with lung cancer. She recently had an aortic valve replaced and had some bleeding issues. Marie’s husband, Bill, Sue’s brother has dementia, and this further complicates the situation.  Pray for this family, please.

Long time member of our church family, Becky Landry, heard recently that her only sibling, brother Roger, is in a rehab center in Texas with COVID-19. Please pray for Roger.

Please pray for Barb Robertson. Her husband, Dean E. Robertson, passed away suddenly on 9/16/20. Pray for Barb and family as they go through this difficult time.

A friend of Ginny Klenk named Cindy and both of Cindy’s parents have COVID-19. The mother, Linda Crego, is in the hospital. Please Pray.

Please pray for Gail Meloni, a friend of Bonnie & Cory Pearson. She seeks a miracle as she undergoes testing for lung cancer.

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 Terry and Cindy Robinson’s son, Nathan and grandson, Ethan. Both tested positive for COVID-19.

Please pray for Tami Blaze. Tami has worked in our Infant & Toddler Pantry. She has been bravely battling health issues for several years.

Nancy Doggett will be having cancer surgery on October 7th.  Keep praying for Nancy.

Please pray for Pam Albright. Pam, age 50, is an elementary school teacher in Michigan. Pam is in the hospital on a ventilator battling COVID-19.

Please pray for Michelle Mindak Makas. Michelle had cancer surgery recently in New Orleans and is now back home in Florida recuperating.

Please pray for Joe and Penny Stinton’s daughter, Amy, she recently had surgery and is recovering at home.

Pray for Bob Mitchell, Annelle Baird’s cousin, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatments. He is 87 years old and lives in Lexington, KY.

Continue to pray for Cathy Reitmyer as she is recovering from heart issues.  Please pray for Cathy and her Mom (Rose).

Pray for Carolyn Baker. She is having pain in her hip and is receiving treatment.

Please pray for Bennie Exum’s son, David, who suffers from pulmonary fibrosis. He has a treatment at Mayo Clinic each month.

Pray for Jerry Starkweather’s longtime friend, Les Hartzman, who was diagnosed
with lung cancer and is going through chemo and radiation.

Please pray for Jean Gorney. Jean had a fall at home and broke her left shoulder along with several other painful injuries. Pray for her and husband Bob as she recovers.

Please pray for Billie Thatcher’s sister, Mary Lou Kovacs. Mary Lou is suffering with severe memory issues. Pray for her and husband Ron.

Pray for Danny Bethard. Danny is Libby Regan’s nephew, and he had a mass successfully removed from one of his kidneys and is now having chemo. Thank you for your prayers and keep praying!

Please pray for Tom Pannett. Tom is a friend of Mike Howard’s son, Jim, and is currently in rehab.
Continue to pray for our friend Ginny Klenk after the loss of her husband, Bill Klenk.

Pray for Sandy Hoffmann. She is suffering with terrible headaches. Pray for relief from the pain.

Biff McBee is asking for prayer for a good friend, Bob Huizing. Bob is dealing with cancer and the start of chemotherapy. Also, pray for Bob’s wife Ginny as she seeks to help him through this.

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. If you want to send a note of encouragement: Leslie Tate, 13670 SE 97th Terrace Rd., Summerfield, Florida 34491.

Prayers are needed for Louise Tucker, the sister of Jean Gorney, who has been suffering due to a stroke and liver problems.

Pray for Mike Howard who recently had successful surgery on his arm. Mike is still in the rehab facility in Michigan.

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 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.

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

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

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: or call the pastor at 352-250-6160.

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father
who sees in secret will reward you.” [Matthew 6:6]

“Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” [Romans 8:26]
Thought for the Week

“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." -- Abraham Lincoln
15421 S US Hwy 301
Summerfield, FL 34491

Mailing Address: 
The Congregational Church,
P. O. Box 804,
Summerfield, Florida 34492
for more information:
Church Office: (352) 693-4545
Reverend Jim: (352) 250-6160