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Welcome to the Roxbury Congregational Church, UCC website. We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way.
Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the message found in the word of God.
The Roxbury Congregational Church has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the wider community.
We hope you will join us for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ. Come, be our guest!
"We are a Community Seeking to Share God's Love"
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News and Happenings
(For upcoming Events click on the Events tab above.)
The Reverend Dr. Donald H. Westerberg
Our former Pastor, Rev. Dr. Don Westerberg died Tuesday afternoon, November 1, 2016, at the hospital in New York City where he has been for quite some time. Don was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2008 and underwent a lung transplant earlier this year.
Rev. Westerberg served the Roxbury congregation from 1983-84. He served with care and compassion. He was a native of Nebraska and received his M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family including his wife, Bonnie, and children Peter and Linnea.
While not finalized, we believe that services will include calling hours at Lillis Funeral Home on Sunday and a service on Monday in New Milford at First Congregational Church, where he held his membership.
May he rest eternal with the One who loves us eternally!
Our Conference Minister, the Rev. Kent Siladi
visited us on April 17, 2016
and preached during the morning service.
His sermon can be heard here: LINK
2016 Mission Trip!
The 2016 Mission Trip to the
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota
was held July 2 - 9, 2016.
We once again worked with Simply Smiles,
with whom we have a long relationship with here in Roxbury.
We have posted pictures on the right side bar.
Welcome New Members!
Recently, we welcomed new members to Church.
February 20, 2016:
Barbara Mousted and Bill and Danielle Fredericks
November 20, 2015:
Steve and Linda Ross,
recently moved to New Milford and have worshipping with us for some time.
We are grateful for their presence among us and look forward to getting to know them better and serving along side them.
Seminarian Diane Meade Celebrated
We recently celebrated the journey of Diane Meade as she attends Andover Newton Theological School in Boston. A part-time student, Diane is studying for her Masters of Arts in Christian Education. We presented a prayer quilt with strings knotted for each prayer said for her and a stole, all made by Gretchen Collins from scraps of cloth.
Colby Kalisher Completes another Session of
Clinical Pastoral Education program
at Bridgeport Hospital.
Stress Busters for Teens
Seeking to share God's love by addressing the stress that our youth are under with school, outside activities and family life, we held a session we called "Stress- Busters for Teens." During it, we experienced different ways to deal with stress, from artistic expression to meditative walking, to Breating techniques, and guided imagery.
A Faith Story...
Read a recent Faith Story given by Vail Barrett
as part of our Stewardship Campaign.
Welcome New Members!
Mark and Karen Carlson, Susan and Sean Durkin
November 23, 2014
House Concert and Supper Held
Supports Simply Smiles and other organizations
On Thursday, November 13, members of the congregation and friends were welcomed into the home of Colby Kalisher for an intimate evening for food, music and inspiration.
After supper, Kristen Graves, Ct State Trubadour and spouse of Bryan Nurnburger, Simply Smiles founder, gave a concert and led a sing-a-long. She told tales of singing with Pete Seeger and Dar Williams and shared her orignal songs which spoke of love, justice and the human spirit.
The Annual Beef Barbecue
in September, 2014 raised nearly $3,000 to support the
Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen
in New Milford.
We are grateful for all who participated, donated and attended this event!
Mission Trip 2014 Participants
return with stories of hard work, relationships made or renewed
and sharing God's Love!
The group that traveled to LaPlant, SD was from our church with some from Middlebury UCC and Rowayton UCC joining us.
We completed a number of projects, served 3 community meals, provided a day camp for the children and established or renewed many friendships with the Lakota people there.
For some photos of the week go to: http://tinyurl.com/ml2fzuu
Purchase Cash Cards for
Big Y, Stop & Shop or ShopRite, and Major Retailers
AND Support Your Church!
Do you shop at these stores? Have you ever purchased their gift cards? As a church, we can earn “cash back” from these stores. Stop & Shop will give us 5% of all gift cards we sell, while Big Y offers 2% - (6% for October and April!) This is how it works: as a non-profit organization, we can purchase the cards at a discount and sell them to you at face value. The difference is our profit. It may not seem like much but it will add up quickly if we make these purchases as a group. Example: A $100 purchase from Stop & Shop, will give the church $5. Many of us easily spend that much in a week.
Just bring a check to the church office – payable to RCC - in the amount you wish to purchase (your cost is the face value of the card) and let us know which store you would like. There are also forms and envelopes on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall and they can be placed in the offering plate on Sunday.
In 2013, the “Cash Back” program offered by these stores, have benefitted our ministries over $1200.! Please consider using this program to pay for your groceries whenever you shop. The percentage may not seem like much, but it will add up quickly if we make these purchases as a group. You do not have to be a congregation member to participate. It’s a great way to support the church by doing what you do anyways.
For more information, contact Heidi Neff 860-354-3177 for questions or cards.
AND now... more options for places to purchase!!
Roxbury Congregational Church has enrolled in "Scrip Fundraising", an on-line program offering over 300 gift cards for purchase (similar to the gift card kiosk at grocery stores & pharmacies). Scrip is another way to pay for everyday purchases using gift cards in place of cash, checks, and credit cards. Due to its' success, I will also continue the Stop & Shop, ShopRite and Big Y "Cash For Causes" program.
The concept is the same: You order gift cards at face value, the church purchases them at a discounted price and the difference is an instant rebate for the church. Each store/restaurant/gas station on the program has a separate cash back percentage.
A complete listing of participating retailers will be posted in Fellowship Hall, or can be found on Scrip's website: shopwithscrip.com. If you would like to create an account to place orders online, please use Enrollment Code 8F15BD7143454 to link the account to RCC. For payment, you have the option to sign up for PrestoPay (similar to PayPal), or write a check to RCC.
Here is a sampling of the retailers in the area that are on the program along
with its' cash back:
LL Bean's 16%
Land's End: 16%
Shell Gas 2.5%
Panera Bread 9%
Gulf Oil 1.5%
Orders will be placed each Monday and the cards will be available for distribution the following Sunday. Orders must be prepaid.
As always, feel free to contact Heidi at 860-354-3177 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions you may have.
Girls Night Out Was A Blast!
On April 5th, women from the congregation and community joined together at The Village Center for the Arts on the Green in New Milford.
They had an evening of fun, creative art, and fellowship.
Thank you to the staff of The Village Center and organizer Jeanne Steers.
Messiah Sing Continues Church and Roxbury Tradition
The Church and The Shepaug Friends of Music once again co-sponsored
the Annual Messiah Sing on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
In addition to 4 soloists and instrumentalists,
members of the community gathered to raise their voices
and celebrate the Christmas season.
Congregation Supports the
Santa Fund program of Greater New Milford
We received gifts for over 40 children
as we once again continued the tradition of
providing a clothing item and a toy item as well as the fixings for a Christmas dinner.
We thank the congregation for its long time generousity coordinated through
the New Milford Social Services Department.
Church Hosts residents
from Christian Community Outreach Ministries of Danbury
We held a picnic and welcomed residents of the transistional housing ministry from our mission partners, CCOM on October 5 at the church
Congregation Hosts the 8th Annual
Art At The Meetinghouse
June 21-23, 2013
Confirmation Class and Parents
visit Temple Shalom in New Milford
Discussion of Judaism and Friday evening service
March 15, 2013
Rabbi Norman Koch spoke with the class, mentors and parents.
Confirmands include: (LtoR) Bianca Gomez, Allie Steers, Kendra Huber and Allyssa Cicio.
Roxbury Church hosts Rev. Bert Marshall, NE Regional Director,
Church World Service on March 10, 2013
L to R Charles MacMillan, guest Rev. Bert Marshall, and Bill Brockett
talked after Mr. Marshall sang, gave the children's sermon and preached about the ministry of Church World Service, which our church supports.
Church Schoolers lead the way in creating a "Circle of Love"
prayer chain around the Meetinghouse.
Paper circles are being made, each with a person or concern or celebration to be prayed about. They are being fashioned into a chain that will loop around the balcony in the Meetinghouse during Lent.
When there is a significant snowstorm, our ordinary practice will be to proceed with worship as scheduled, unless an official emergency is declared or other factors make it prudent to cancel services. In the rare instance in which it is necessary to cancel worship, notification will be made via announcements on the church website, an email broadcast, and on telephone answering message, as well as on local TV stations. Notice of cancellation or postponement of programs, meetings, and other church events will be made by the leaders of those events via telephone or email.
Above all, safety and common sense drive our routine, and we want those same guidelines to drive your own decisions about coming to church during bad weather!