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					                                                                      March 2010 Issue

                                     Saugatuck Welcomes
                                        Howie & Betsy Tobak
                                 A special cake for Howie and Betsy
                                 Prayer Shawls for Howie & Betsy made
                                 by the Healing/Prayer Shawl Group
                                 A delicious luncheon hosted by the
                                 Deacons’ Fellowship
                                 Floral centerpieces by Cece Saunders

Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880
                                   March 2010
        Worship Services: Each Sunday 8 & 10 am and Wednesday nights at 7 pm
            Lenten Communion Service each Wednesday during Lent at Noon

     Sun                Mon            Tue                  Wed                  Thu               Fri           Sat
No 8 am Worship
Service on 3/7
                    1             2               3                        4                   5                6
                    8:30 Career   9:30 Crafters   9 am Bible Class         8:14 Men’s Group 9:15 Yoga
                    Support                       12 Lenten Commun-                         9:30 Sauga-
Greens Farms &                                    ion                      6:30 Handbell C tuck Plays
                                  6:30 Yoga
Saugatuck Choirs                                  1:30 Healing Prayers     7:30 Sanctuary C
                                  7 Personnel
will perform
                    7:30 Boy      7 Christian Ed. 6pm Earthcare            7:30 Membership
“Elijah” at 10 am
                    Scouts        7:30 Missions 7 Serenity Service
service                                           8 Lenten Exploration

7                   8             9               10                        11                 12               13
9 Children’s C.     8:30 Career   9:30 Crafters   9 am Bible Class          8:14 Men’s         0:15 Yoga        12 am
9 Confirmation      Support                       12 Lenten Commun-         Group              9:30 Sauga-      Turn
9:15 Teacher’s C.                                 ion                                          tuck Plays       Clocks
Combined G.         6pm Evening   6:30 Yoga       1:30 Healing Prayers      6 Stephen Min-                      Forward
Farms & Sauga-      Career Sup-   7:30 Deacons                              isters                              1 hour
tuck Choirs         port                          7 Taizé Service           6:30 Handbell C
11:45 New Mem-      7:30 Boy                      8 Lenten Exploration      7:30 Sanctuary
bers Info Mtg.      Scouts                                                  Choir

14   Communion      15            16                  17                    18                 19               20
9 Youth Choir       8:30 Career   9:30 Crafters       9 am Bible Class     8:14 Men’s       0:15 Yoga           Herald
9 Children’s C.     Support       9:30 Invest-        12 Lenten Commun- Group               9:30 Sauga-         Deadline
9 Confirmation                    ment C.             ion                                   tuck Plays
One Great Hour of   7:30 Boy                          1:30 Healing Prayers 6:30 Handbell C
Sharing             Scouts        6:30 Yoga                                7:30 Sanctuary C
Noon Women’s                                          7 Healing Service    7:30 Trustees
Spirituality G.

21                  22            23                  24                                       26               27
9 Youth Choir       8:30 Career   9:30 Crafters       9 am Bible Class                         0:15 Yoga
9 Children’s C.     Support                           12 Lenten Commun-     25                 9:30 Sauga-
9 Confirmation                    6:30 Yoga           ion                  8:14 Men’s          tuck Plays       Men’s
                    6pm Evening
Irish Music         Career Sup-   7:30 pm             1:30 Healing Prayers Group                                Retreat
11:15 Pot Luck/     port          Church
Workshop in                       Council             7 Evening Medita-     6:30 Handbell C
                    7:30 Boy
Hoskins Hall                                          tion                  7:30 Sanctuary C

28                  29            30                  31
9 Youth Choir       8:30 Career   9:30 Crafters       9 am Bible Class     3/28 8:30 & 10:30 Palm Sunday Services
9 Children’s C.     Support                           12 Lenten Commun- 3/31 Noon Lenten Communion Service
9 Confirmation                    6:30 Yoga           ion                  4/1 6:30 pm Agape Meal,
Palm Sunday         7:30 Boy                          1:30 Healing Prayers      7:30 pm Maundy Thursday Service
Special Music       Scouts                                                      Prayer Vigil
Walk Through                                                                4/2 7:30 pm Good Friday Service
                                                                            4/4 6:00 am Sunrise Service
Holy Week                                                                       8:30 & 10:30 Worship Services

T      he experience of packing up one’s belongings and moving from one home to
       another, as Betsy and I just did, can be quite discomforting. Matter of fact,
each of life’s many transitions comes with the potential to discomfort. Yet transitions    Howie Tobak,
                                                                                           Transition Minister
also carry with them the potential to re-energize us and to expand the scope of our
awareness. It’s all a matter of attitude. Certainly, such transitions -- those we plan for
and those that overtake us -- have the ability to rouse thoughts, memories, and emotions long-buried under the
passage of time. Yet the unpacking of such baggage may also afford us a unique opportunity for reflection and
re-dedication. Given sufficient time and commitment, we might utilize a life transition to try out a new ap-
proach to an old problem, to make needed adjustments to our life’s “habits,” to plan for something new, or to re
-assess our priorities. And to be sure, as a people of faith, the same could be said with regard to transitions in
the life of the church, and especially during this Season of Lent when we are reminded of Jesus’ grace and for-
giveness, and of the need to renew our faith, and to recommit ourselves to the work of Christ and Christ’s

In what ministries do we want our church to be engaged, and for what faithful purposes? Do we have the organ-
izational structures, people, and funds to bring these about? Are we availing ourselves of our resources well,
respectful of each other’s time and life commitments? And is what we are doing now enabling us to live into
the future with hope, love, and joy? What changes need to be made? What needs to be sustained? What needs to
be re-thought? The possibilities are endless. Purpose, design, structure, and atmosphere (calling); these are all
important considerations. Given sufficient time, direction, and energy, we might fashion a church home that
truly reflects our needs, our beliefs, what we cherish, and where God is calling us, if only we avail ourselves of
the opportunity.

Then too, isn’t “taking the time to reflect” a part of the church’s life at its core? As you know, there are impera-
tives of faith for our lives, and there are imperatives of faith for the church as well. Shouldn’t this church say
something about who you are and what you believe -- about the scope of your mission here in Westport and
beyond? And then, what do you need to do to live these out, and what talents for ministry do you need to help
you get there? For, this interim time, this time of transition in the life of Saugatuck Congregational Church,
United Church of Christ, is a prime time for examining all these and more. It’s a time for looking back and for
looking ahead. It’s a time for airing out and celebrating the memories, for envisioning the future, and for striv-
ing together to make that vision for the church come true. And so, it’s a valuable time—the opportunity of a
lifetime. Let us not forsake that opportunity. But let us strive together for the faith of the gospel, abiding this
time of transition with patience, diligence, and vigor, contributing of our bounty and of our time, that we might
live out the church’s mission together under an awning borne of God’s grace. Let us act not with haste, but with
a dedicated spirit of commitment and a vision for the future—a shared vision—that our church may flourish in
the service of God, and of Jesus Christ our Lord, now and evermore.

                                  By Michael Hendricks

If you haven’t had the chance to thank the members of the Interim Pastor Search Committee yet, I hope you
make a point to do that.

I’ve been a member of Saugatuck Church now for just around 20 years, and, depending on how I count, I’m
working through either my third or fourth Interim Pastor. On the other hand, after spending some time with
our new Interim Pastor, Howie Tobak, discussing issues that affect the future of this congregation, I feel
that I may be working with my first.

Over the past few months, I’ve received communication from some members of the congregation indicating
that they were hoping we can get through the interim period we just entered as quickly as possible. And I

It’s hard not to look at the Interim position as something akin to a caretaker, someone to watch over us and
make sure the house doesn’t burn down until the real pastor shows up. Maybe it’s the word “interim.”
How invested can someone become in our community, and in the issues of our lives, when even before they
ever show up they know they will be leaving? Who would join a church if they don’t know who the real
pastor will be?

But my conversations with Howie, even in the short time that he’s been here, convince me that he has real
skills for helping churches make transitions, and that he sees the role of the Interim as much more than sim-
ply a caretaker. I am convinced that our congregation will benefit greatly from the time that we spend to-

Over the next few months we will have opportunities, as a congregation, to reflect on who we are, what
energizes us and what drains us, and how we can identify the changes we need to make it better to live our
vision. Howie has had significant experience helping other churches do exactly that kind of reflection.
And he can help us, too. More importantly, he also has experience in helping churches take concrete and
specific steps to become the churches they can be.

It is my belief that the more we take advantage of the gifts that Howie brings, the more likely it is that we
will grow as a congregation during this time of transition, and that we will attract the Settled Pastor we
need. Again, please join me in thanking the Interim Pastor Search Committee.

A special note about Davida Foy Crabtree

By now most of you have heard that our Conference Minister, The Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree will be
retiring May 15. Davida has been a real force in our Conference. She helped strengthen our partnership
with the Kyung-ki Presbytery in South Korea and established the partnership with the Iglesia Menonita de
Colombia. She helped support the mission of Amistad America, and helped launch the “Now for the Future
Campaign: the Churches’ Campaign for Silver Lake Conference Center” (Sharon, CT). And, of course,
she helped host General Synod for the 50th Anniversary of the United Church of Christ.

There will be occasions to honor Davida for her service to the Connecticut Conference and to thank her for
all she has done. Please watch the Herald for further news.

               Saugatuck Congregational Church UCC -- History of Ministry
                         All members and friends are encouraged to attend
                      a Potluck Lunch, and a 1½-2 hour Workshop Sunday, March 21,
                             immediately following the 10 am service.
                                     Childcare will be provided.

                   Come join us for a fun and meaningful time
             as we fill in the time-line of our church’s History of Ministry,
         and seek to discern trends that will inform the next ministerial search.
   What specific events in the life of Saugatuck Church have fed you and your Spirit,
     (mission, education, fellowship, history, music, drama, spiritual, stewardship).
          And what are the diverse gifts of the ministers who have served here.
 Come and be prepared to share food and memories as we plan for our church’s future.
 Leadership for the workshop will be provided by our transition minister, Howie Tobak.

Maundy Thursday and
The Service of Tenebrae

                                                   At the last supper, Jesus gathered the disciples in the upper
                                                   room for the Passover feast, a ritual time of joy commemo-
                                                   rating God’s saving act of deliverance of those who would
                                                   become the people of Israel. And while they were eating, Je-
                                                   sus offered them the bread and the cup. By those acts, sym-
                                                   bolizing the impending sacrifice of his own body and blood,
                                                   Jesus sought to prepare the disciples for his approaching
                                                   death – his crucifixion. And as we celebrate the Sacrament of
                                                   Holy Communion throughout the year, we recall Jesus’ self-
giving love that very night. But it is on Maundy Thursday that this act of Holy Communion is uniquely solem-
nized within the context of Jesus’ last days.

Maundy is Latin for the English word commandment. And Jesus’ commandment to ‘love one another even as I
have loved you’ is the focus of our Maundy Thursday service on April 1. But it is not the final word. For, Jesus’
instituting of Holy Communion is also part of The Office of Tenebrae that night, during which we will recount
in Scripture and music Jesus’ last days among us -- his betrayal, the desertion and denial of his friends, and his
crucifixion -- thereby recalling the last supper among the events surrounding it. It is a time of shadows, in keep-
ing with the opening words of a 4th century worship service recounting Jesus’ passion -- Tenebrae Factae Sunt
(all is shadows). So, this Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday on March 28, let us gather often and as
one people, to prepare our hearts and our minds, and to offer our abundant gratitude to God; for salvation has
been given us as a gift.

My Fellow Parishioners,

March is many things to many people; Birthdays, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break, Day Light Sav-
ings Time, Baseball Training Camp, March Madness and of course the Vernal Equinox, March 20th.

As a child growing up in New Jersey, spring was represented in school with bulletin boards illustrating May poles and
phrases such as “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb” and “April Showers Bring May Flowers”. It also
provided us with the opportunity to head back outside for recess resuming our many games of kick ball and double
dutch jump rope. As an adult, I lived in cities, the longest in Boston for ten years. Spring didn’t exist in Beantown, as
the heat was on until June 15th, and the summer immediately followed. I never really gave spring a second thought
other than the inconvenience it brought with it’s rainy weather-most days carrying an umbrella, stepping into puddles
and ruining many good pairs of shoes. But moving to the suburbs changed all of that!

                      Raising a family and getting involved in gardening has made me appreciate the changes that are
                      vital to a successful crop. I have become an avid gardener, relishing in the rains, the puddles and
                      I become especially excited by all of the changes-the crocus peeking through the snow, buds
                      forming and developing into the leaves on maple and oak trees that will provide us shade during
                      the heat of the summer and the color, the joyful color of the variety of flowers such as the tulip,
                      alliums, rose and lily. Change, whether good or bad, is always an event, is inevitable and most
                      of the time turns out to be joyful. Spring is probably the biggest change we incur, as far as
mother nature is concerned, as it truly requires all parts to be working in harmony to ensure a beautiful and prosper-
ous summer and an autumn worth remembering.

We at Saugatuck are experiencing Spring as well, and we will be going through many changes for some time. We will
endure many rainstorms, large and small puddles and many days without sun. But the rewards, oh the rewards will be
plentiful, as long as we are open to the joys of transition, reaching deeply into our roots and creating a new summer.
We are the daffodils, the roses and the daisies of our congregation. We will succeed and have our day as long as we are
here to support each other. We need to nurture the process and one another. It is through smiles, hugs, warm hand-
shakes and mostly listening to each other’s ideas that will allow us as to move forward, grow stronger and continue to
be the congregation we all wish to be. Our interim minister, Howie Tobak, will be instrumental in assisting us with
this process, but it is the Congregation that has to deliver. We have the opportunity to enrich the soil, turn up to the
sun and absorb all the rain in order to grow and produce a bountiful harvest. We have a proud heritage and a strong
foundation. Let us all come together both new member and long time member and reach across the aisle and listen.
Listen to the birds sing, peepers croak and the rain drops fall. We have a beautiful summer ahead of us as long as we
garden together!

In peace and love, Lisa Parrelli Gray, Deacon

                             A big “THANK YOU!!!” to all of you who supported the High School Youth
                            Group’s Brunch fundraiser on February 7. Granted, if you were attending the
                            church’s Annual Meeting, you were kind of a captive audience, but we appreciate
your support nonetheless. Thanks to the culinary skills and hard work of chef Susie Benton, and sous-chefs Sue
Ellison, MaryEllen Hendricks, Sara Walsh, Liz Shaffer and the youth, a delicious country breakfast was served.
The net amount raised was over $1,000, and it will all go to sending the youth to Pipestem, West Virginia for their
2010 Mission Trip.

In preparation for the trip, the High School Youth Group took time on January 31 to see a DVD recommended by
Russ Brenneman concerning mountaintop removal (for the purposes of getting at coal). It’s a serious environ-
mental and social issue facing folks in and around the area we will be visiting. We also discussed the hillbilly
stereotype. On February 21, the high schoolers relaxed over dinner at Layla’s Falafel Restaurant (Arabian food) in

On February 12, the Middle School Youth Group enjoyed a very special invitation to the home of Vi Takahashi. It
is the Year of the Tiger for Asian and Asian-Americans, and Vi treated us to a snack of udon noodles, edamame,
and rice crackers. She wrote out our Japanese names and read the story of how different animals became associated
with the lunar new year. We also learned how to make origami elevators.

Georgette Huie

                 Youth Groups Schedule:
                 Sunday, March 7 - 5:30pm to 7pm - High School Youth Group - An Evening with
                 Vi Takahashi - Fellowship Room

                 Sunday, March 14 - 11:30am to 12:30pm - Middle School Youth Group - discuss
                 upcoming trip to Heifer International - Rooms 7/8

                 Sunday, March 21 - 11:45am to 12:45pm - High School Youth Group - a conver-
                 sation with Patricia Wei, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale
                 University - Fellowship Room

                 Friday, March 26 - 5:45pm to 10pm - Middle School Youth Group - Mystery Trip

                 Sunday, April 4 - Easter Sunday - NO YOUTH GROUP

                 Friday, April 9 - time TBD - Variety Show and Art Exhibit

                      Save the Date!
           Friday, April 9 (evening – times TBD)
            Variety Show & Youth Art Exhibit
        Proceeds to benefit the High School Youth Group Mission Trip

                BOOK TALK by Marta Campbell
SECRETS OF EDEN by Chris Bohjalian
A small-town Vermont minister is at the center of this story which combines a
murder mystery with a crisis of faith with a hard look at spousal abuse. Single and
somewhat aloof, the Reverend arouses suspicion, while he undergoes his own cri-
sis of faith. The author perfectly captures the character of various people, including
a 15-year-old girl and a best-selling author who believes strongly in angels and is
herself a daughter of abusive parents. A good read grounded in important psycho-
logical and social issues.

Braestrup’s first book, Here if You Need Me, took us into the world of the Maine
Warden Service where she works as chaplain to the game wardens as they go about
their adventurous jobs. Now, she has applied her warm and incisive observations to
her recent marriage and those of other couples whose weddings she has performed.
This book is about the roles of God and love in everyday life – told bluntly, but
with compassion and stylish good humor.

ALL by Rev.Scotty MacLennan
You might remember the author as “Rev. Scott Sloan” often encountered in the
Doonesbury comic strip. The Stanford professor has written a “shout-out” to all
Christians to reclaim ownership and to champion the characteristics of rationality,
tolerance and freedom from religious authority that he recognizes in the life of Je-
sus. The book is meant to give voice to millions of Christians caught in the middle
between the secular left and religious right. It provides a bridge between extremes
and a guide for living in love and community based on the life of Jesus.

WORLD by Harold S. Kushner
Rabbi Kushner addresses the difficult faith questions (as he did in When Bad
Things Happen to Good People.) Encouragement is drawn from religious and
secular literature and the author’s personal experiences. Terrorism, natural disaster,
change, environmental ruin, rejection, growing old and death are the anxieties he
discusses. The book begins with a Mark Twain quotation: “Courage is not the ab-
sence of fear but the mastery of fear.” Kushner provides strategies for that mastery.

These books are available at the Westport Library.

 “Do you love me”, Jesus asked. They answered yes and Jesus said, “then, feed my sheep”.
                                                                           -John 21:15-17
 Dear Friends and Members of Saugatuck:
 On Sunday, March 14th, 2010, Saugatuck Congregational Church will join the wider UCC in
 supporting the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. The One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS),
 which is administered by Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM), is the refugee, relief and
 development fund of the UCC. It provides support to people in more than 80 countries.
 When the recent earthquake occurred in Haiti, many people wondered what they could do to help the Haitian
 people. When something devastating happens, people can feel a sense of helplessness and wish that they could do
 more than watch the tragedy unfold from afar. The great thing about the OGHS Offering is that there are people
 from our church who are already helping in Haiti, and in other war-torn and devastated regions throughout our
 country and the world. They are ready to aid people at the apex of each crisis and lend a helping hand with
 support through responding to disasters, ministering to refugees and building sustainable communities. By giving
 your offering to OGHS, you are doing more than simply giving money; you are supporting an organization that
 has the infrastructure already in place to respond immediately around the world to where the needs are greatest.
 Both urgency and joy fill the work of One Great Hour of Sharing. In his last conversation with the disciples after
 his resurrection, Jesus repeated the same message three times: If you love me, take care of the people I love. Jesus
 had given up everything to care for ordinary people. He called on his followers to now make a tangible difference
 in the lives of others. (John 21:15-17)
 May you join in helping OGHS to achieve their goals of outreach and life-changing action with a generous gift to
 the OGHS Offering. Please mail the enclosed response envelope or bring it to church with you on March 14th. It is
 extraordinary what our gift can and will do!
 Thank you for your support of the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering.
 The Mission Board of Saugatuck Congregational Church.

Haven’t seen Frank Basler in church recently?
             It’s because he has started a 5-6 month internship with First Church Congregational, Fairfield. This and
             an upcoming psychological assessment are his final “in care” requirements in preparation for ordination
             in the UCC.
              In addition to participating in worship each Sunday, Frank will be conducting a four week Lenten series
              entitled, “Discovering the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ Within,” based on Luke 17:21 where Jesus says, “The
              Kingdom… is within you.” He will also join those members of First Church who are working to engage
              the congregation in the “Sponsoring Committee’s effort to build an urban/suburban coalition of
churches to for collective influence on issues of mutual concern. Frank will still be around, helping out as needed
with Stewardship, attending Healing Vespers, and meeting with people one on one.

Bonnie Brown
Chair of Frank’s “In Care Committee,” which also includes Russ Brenneman and Bill Morse

      A Lenten Exploration of the Trinity: Chad Tanaka will continue his study group
      course on Wednesdays, March 3 & 10 in the Daniel’s Room at 8pm. All are invited to
      participate. Thought-provoking questions, learning how others understand the Trinity
      and how the Trinity can shape your life of faith.

Do We Recycle at Saugatuck?
• Saugatuck participates in a variety of conscientious recycling efforts:

• Each month the Deacons collect the plastic communion cups for recycling.

• There are collection boxes at the rear of the sanctuary for recycling printer toner/ink cartridges and old cell phones.
Anyone can drop in old toner/ink cartridges and phones.

• The Saugatuck staff collects office paper and cardboard boxes – sending them to the recycling center. Also, they
collect flip tabs/tops from cans to give to the Shriner’s burn center.

• David Doyle, Andrea Cross and Cece Saunders work as a team to deliver all the recyclables from the kitchen, of-
fice, and sanctuary to the Westport dump twice a month.

• The Saugatuck Youth are redeeming recyclable bottles from bins at the backdoor, recycling and adding to their
mission fund at the same time.

Hmmmm…..what else can we recycle? Have any ideas? Suggestions are welcome!
Cece Saunders, Earthcare/Earthshare

                                     WESTPORT/WESTON INTERFAITH COUNCIL 
                                         HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAM: 
                                  LIFE AND DEATH, KNOWLEDGE AND POWER: 
                            WHY KNOWING WHAT MATTERS ISN'T WHAT'S THE MATTER. 
                                SUNDAY MARCH 21, 2010, 4 pm, ST. LUKE’S CHURCH 
Our country is facing a frightening epidemic of rising obesity, chronic diseases, diabetes, and heart disease among 
adults and children.  How can we stop this trend?   Can our spiritual community help us practice high level wellness 
in order to maximize our potential? 
Keynote Speaker: David L. Katz, MD, MPH, Director and Founder of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.   
Dr. Katz will share his experiences and guidance to improve one’s health and well being and “turn the tide.”  He will 
emphasize the power of lifestyle over health, and the importance of a holistic, mind/body/spirit approach.  

The Spirit of Saugatuck is a lay‐caring ministry. The purpose of S.O.S. is to provide a truly Christian community 
of love, faith, compassion, concern, care‐giving and friendship. If you would like to help out with meals or transpor‐
tation to those in our church community who may need assistance, or if you are in need of assistance, please con‐
tact Marcia in the church office at 227‐1261 or fill out the form below and drop in the offering plate or return to the 
church office, 245 Post Road East, Westport, CT  06880.  Thank you  
                                Yes!  I would like to help with Meals     ______________ 
                         Yes!  I would like to help with Transportation     ________________ 
Name:  __________________________________________________________ 

Phone: ___________________________________  Email: ____________________________________________  
                                                                                Spirit of Saugatuck     
                             Music Notes by Charlotte Stacey
                                    Director of Music

There are lots of musical events occurring during this season of Lent that leads to Easter Sunday. For each
Sunday in March there will be special music, beginning with March 7th when Greens Farms Congregational
Church Choir and our choir join together for a special presentation of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” during the
10AM service. The choirs have been working hard for over six weeks to prepare for this event. On Sunday,
March 21, we will be having Bill Morse, and Nicole Mathias along with the choir present several pieces of
Sacred Irish Music. Most of you may know that Bill is an avid Irish Flute Player, and we will enjoy a variety
of Irish pieces very suitable for Church in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. On Sunday, March 28th, all the choirs
will join once again for some special Palm Sunday music to lead off Holy Week. In addition we will hear
from our Bell Choir too.

I have had fun these past few months giving you the 10 top reasons for joining the choir as a Soprano,
Alto, or Bass. This time we finish the 4 parts with

Top Ten Reasons for Being a Tenor
1. Tenors get high - without drugs.
2. Name a musical where the bass got the girl.
3. You can show the sopranos how it SHOULD be sung.
4. Did you ever hear of anyone paying $1000 for a ticket to see 'The Three Basses?'
5. Who needs brains when you've got resonance?
6. Tenors never have to waste time looking through the self-improvement section of the bookstore.
7. You get to sing along with John Denver singing "Aye Calypso."
8. When you get really good at falsetto, you can make tons of money doing voice-overs for cartoon
9. Gregorian chant was practically invented for tenors. Nobody invented a genre for basses.
10. You can entertain your friends by impersonating Julia Child.

All kidding aside, the real reason to join the choir is because you like to sing, and would love to use your
voice to enhance the music on a Sunday Morning. The gift is appreciating how music enhances the wor-
ship service and that you want to help. So if you do, Sanctuary choir will resume normal rehearsals on
Thursday Evenings at 7:30 PM beginning March 18th. If you like music but don’t have the ability to commit
to many Sundays, then consider joining the bell choir that meets on Thursday Evenings at 6:30. They play
only a few times a year and you do not need to read music in order to play.

Favorite Hymns
The congregation’s 2nd most favorite hymn is “Be Thou My Vision” which is an appropriate hymn to talk
about in the month of March since the hymn tune is based on traditional Irish folk song (Slane) and the
words written by an unknown poet in the 8th century which makes it one of our oldest hymns. It was used
in the worship service by (St.) Patrick who was born in Scotland but was taken as a slave to Ireland when
he was a teenager. He escaped, but because he felt called by God to evangelize, he returned to Ireland
and is credited with planting about 200 churches and baptizing 100,000 converts. “Be Thou My Vision” was
translated into English in 1905 and we have a tradition for singing it at our annual meeting each year as
well as several times during the year in our church service.

                           Silver High Tea at Saugatuck
                           Mary Ann West and her helpers hosted a splendid Silver High Tea on Sunday pm, February
                           28th. In addition to the abundance of goodies, the audience learned about the work of sev-
                           eral nun-profit organizations supported by our outreach programs. Representatives of Project
                           Return, Westport Human Services, Positive Directions, Habitat for Humanity, Covenant to Care
                           and Family Re-entry of Bridgeport were some of the organizations. Future plans include work-
                           shops for personal finance, legal questions and tax/insurance/medical information.

Dan Woog, popular writer for the Westport News,                     Rick and Totney Benson honored for ser-
interviewed Mary Ann West for his blog.                             vice to Westport community.
         “Mary Ann regularly contributes to the popular news                 “The third annual Westport First Awards
site/blog The Huffington Post. She began her Huffington Post        and Lincoln Day Dinner was held on Sunday, Feb.
career during the 2008 presidential campaign contributing           28th at Longshore. Totney and Rick Benson were
pieces to the ‘Off the Bus’ civilian journalist project. Her big    honored for their contributions to the community.
break came on August 7 of that year when her report on                       Totney Benson has been an active board
TEAM Westport’s open forum — asking whether America                 member of Project Return, and she also is the
was ready for a black president — was featured on the web-          founder of Project Return’s Birdhouse Auction
site’s front page. . .                                              annual fund raiser. She has served on the Board of
         Mary Ann often includes Westport references — one          Directors Saugatuck Child Care; various commit-
cited Homes for Hope as a great community response to               tees for Westport Young Women’s League, Spe-
homelessness—though her readers may be in Iowa, Israel or           cial Olympics Host Town Committee and West-
Istanbul. Bringing global issues to the local level — and vice      port Historical Society’s Holiday House Tour.
versa — is a key to successful blogging.                                     Rick is a trustee of the Westport Weston
         Still — and despite plenty of travel, like a recent        Family YMC a, a past president of the Westport
North American tour in which she interviewed a cross-section        Rotary Club, the former district governor of Ro-
of people about health care and the recession — Mary Ann            tary District,7980; former scoutmaster for Boy
remains committed to Westport. She is a Red Cross disaster          Scout Troop 39. He has served on the Westport
volunteer and is very active in the Saugatuck Congregational        Board of Finance, the Westport Planning and Zon-
Church.                                                             ing Commission and the Westport Conservation
         Among her church projects: the Farmers Market,             Committee.”
which last year donated 10,000 pounds of goods to a Bridge-                  Rick and Totney are members of Sauga-
port food pantry; an upcoming fundraiser for outreach efforts       tuck. Rick has contributed his skills and knowl-
and women oriented workshops; and June’s intriguing Field of        edge to many Saugatuck projects, i.e. the Steeple
Flags . . .”                                                        for our 175th Anniversary, the face-lifting of a
          If you would like to read the entire article go to        bathroom & etc.                    Excerpted from the 2/24/2010 issue of the Westport
#comments.                                                          News.
                               EASTER SUNDAY FLOWERS
  Bright pink or white tulips and Easter lilies will enrich the beauty of the Sanctuary on this glorious
   day. You are invited to share in this celebration by presenting flowers in memory of loved ones.

Please complete the order form below, attach a check for full payment, payable to the Women’s Fellowship,
Saugatuck Congregational Church. Place your order in collection plate or send it to Church Office, 245 Post
Road East, Westport, CT 06880. Orders must be received by Friday, March 26th. If you have any

                                        ORDER FOR EASTER FLOWERS

     Flowers                                            Quantity                    Cost

     Easter Lilies – 6” pot @ $12.50 each                _________                  _________

     Pink/White Tulips – 8” pot @ $16.00 each            ________                   _________

     In memory of            ______________________________________________________

     In honor of    _______________________________________________________________

     Presented by            ___________________________________________________

     Telephone number _________________________________________________

            _________ Please deliver to shut-ins or hospital patients.

            _________ I will take the flowers after the 10:30 worship service
                           (kindly wait until the conclusion of the Postlude)

                                                EASTER MUSIC
                                     Music helps guide us through the emotions of Holy Week:
                                   the joyful entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday,
                                   the agony in the Garden on Maundy Thursday,
                                     the despair at the Crucifixion,
                                   and the triumph over death of the Resurrection.

         You may wish to make a contribution to the special Holy Week music in honor or memory of a friend
         or family member. Memorial contributions for music and/or Easter Sunday flowers will be listed in
         the bulletin.

                               I/we wish to contribute to the Holy Week Music program:

                 ______$10                 ______$25                 ______Other

               Donated by: __________________________________

               In Honor of: __________________________________

               In Memory of: _________________________________

           Please make checks payable to Saugatuck Congregational Church and mark “Holy Week Music”
                                                   on the memo line.
         We will gladly accept your contributions at any time and we are most grateful for your help all through
             the year; contributions received by March 30 will be acknowledged in the Easter programs.

         Please save and post on your home refrigerator!                  INTERESTED in making a contribution to
                                                                          Saugatuck Congregational Church in honor of
             SAUGATUCK CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH                              or in memory of someone dear to you? We
      An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ   have a program for you! Donor Cards are
                 245 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880                   available in the church office and are on dis-
           203-227-1261                  203-226-8225 (FAX)               play at Fellowship Hour. Questions: Call Lynn
         (e-mail)                     Anderson at (203) 227-3917or contact Marcia
      (web page)                  in the church office (203) 227-1261).

    Ministers to the World                       All the Congregation
    Transition Minister                          Rev. Howie Tobak
    Minister Emeritus                            Ted Hoskins
                                                                             FLOWERS WANTED for the following
    Director of Music                            Charlotte Stacey                      Sundays:
    Director of Youth Music                      Craig Gillespie                    May 2nd and 30th
    Director of Children’s Music                 Georgette Huie
                                                                                       June 13th and 27th
    Director of Christian Education              Abby Peterson
                                                 Georgette Huie                         July 11th and 18th
    Acting Director of Youth Ministries
    Secretary                                    Marcia Harrington                         August 29th
    Building Manager                             David Doyle                         December 5th and 12th.
    Bookkeeper                                   Rosemary Smith           Anyone wishing to donate a floral arrangement
    Student Intern                               Chad Tanaka                may contact Marcia in the Church Office
    Moderator               Michael Hendricks               259-5507                    203 227-1261.
    Vice Moderator          Michelle Coppola Ames           226-8424
    Clerk                   Janet Canning                   226-1912                        Thanks!!
    Treasurer               John Loeck                      261-0465
    Financial Secretary     Patricia Dennis                 846-8634
    Church Historian        Barbara Van Orden               227-7577
    Communications          Mary Ann West                   554-3964
    Board of Deacons        Bob Yingling                    846-1414        I was hungry and you gave
    Board of Trustees       John Walsh                      254-8658
    Board of Missions       Jeff Boak                       226-0082      me food,
    Christian Education     Sue Ellison                     221-1451        I was thirsty and you gave
    Stewardship             Art Schoeller, Chair            227-5150
    Membership              Jim Goodenough, Co-Chair        227-7003
                                                                          me drink.
                            Bob Yeager, Co-Chair            838-2561
                            Lisa Tantillo, Vice-Chair       221-7093          March's Food Drive will be for
    Deacons Fellowship      Carolyn Meyer, Co-Chair         227-9476      Pivot House. Their current wish list is
                            Vonnie Spies, Co-Chair          226-5513      for canned goods (pork and beans, tuna
    Nominating C.           John Canning                    226-1912      fish, peas, corn, green beans, soup,
    Personnel Committee Tracy Flood                         227-7896
                                                                          etc.) and also rice, flour, sugar, spices,
    Small Group Ministries Russ Brenneman                   227-2822
    Stephen Ministry Team Anne Patterson                    227-1126      peanut butter and jelly.
                                                                          Thank you for your help.

                                                                          Elise Miller, Board of Missions
   Deacons On Call for March are Russ Brenneman 203 227-2822 and
                      Bob Yingling 203 846-1414

The Deadline for the April Herald is Saturday, March 20th. Please send
material to Jane Mangold 203 227-8564 or email


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