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Earthquakes, drought, cyclones, civil conflict and other disasters occur around the world almost daily. Most of these events go unreported in our media. Gifts to the International Disaster Fund enable the UCC to respond more fully to worldwide crises. Other situations in our world also require our attention and support such as violence against women and girls. With your help, the United Church of Christ stands with those in need in such situations. Your undesignated gifts allow the church to respond where most needed, or you may support a specific disaster, for example, by writing "Women and Children in Nigeria" in the comment section.

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North Stonington Congregational Church

P.O. Box 66

89 Main Street

North Stonington, CT 06359

 

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Phone: 860-535-0379

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Benefit Breakfast for next
YOUTH  MISSION  TRIP

     Sunday, January 4th

8:30 - 9:45 am
Hewitt Hall

Most scrumptious way to help …
                   Please come to the Breakfast …

Any donation is acceptable.

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                                         January 4, 2015
                                         February 1, 2015  
                                         March 1, 2015
                                         April 5, 2015
                                         May 3, 2015
                                         June 7, 2015

 

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Welcome to:

North Stonington Congregational Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are an Open and Affirming Church

Staff:

 Rev. Susan G. Latourette, Pastor 860-535-0379

 Mr. Michael G. Noonan, Director of Music / Organist

 Mrs. Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator

 Mrs. Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary

  Mr. Robert Janda, Sexton

We worship God in Christ Jesus faithfully, engage in Bible study and prayerful contemplation, serve joyfully, and seek justice passionately, with the Holy Spirit as our guide.

We are an Open and Affirming Church: We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family regardless of their race, age, gender, nationality, marital standing, economic status, mental or physical challenges, or sexual orientation. We promise to support one another in our personal struggles, to understand and accept differences in one another, and pray to strengthen our love and acceptance.

 


"Open and Affirming"

Congregational Church of North Stonington

Sunday, December 14th

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December 14th  at the Congregational Church of North Stonington...

Third Sunday of Advent
10 a.m. Worship with Church School and nursery care


All season we are invited to see the world "through the eyes of a child..."
The third "Friendly Beast" is placed in the Manger Scene  
and a family will Light the Candle of Joy.

With Children:  One of the children will be invited to place the Cow in our manger.  
Pastor Sue will offer a children's message and children then attend church school. 
The Word:  Isaiah 61:1-11 and John 1:6-8, 19-28.  The prophet tells us that it's about time for a change.  Mourning will be changed into an opportunity for gladness.  John the Baptist tells the Pharisees he's not who they think he is, and they need to watch for the one who is coming. 
The Sermon:  "Well, It's About Time!"  One pastor reflected that Advent isn't really a time of perfection and happiness.  If things were hunky dory, God wouldn't have "bothered" to come to us in Jesus.  We all need this season of carols and candles to carry comfort to us because we all miss something or someone.  God took a chance on us, why not take a chance on God?    
In Music: 
Prelude:  “Rejoice, for Christ Is Coming” - Corelli
Senior Choir Anthem:  “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers” – K. Lee Scott
Offertory:    “The Journey to Bethlehem” - Franck
Postlude:  “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers!”
Our Hymns:  Advent Response - Drawing Nearer; Arise Your Light has Come; and O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
Serving in Worship:  Mary Wilska, Matthew Sander, Bob Kimball, ushers; Monica Eppinger, Bob Kimball, deacons; children’s sermon, Sue Latourette; Monica Eppinger, lay reader.


 

Live Nativity - on the Lawn
Tuesday, December 16th
6 p.m. with music by our Senior Choir


Great for the whole family! 
Dress warmly! 

(Event will be cancelled ifInclement weather -sleet-freezing rain.)

 

LOOKING AHEAD:
Today       Confirmation Class after Worship
                 15th, 7 PM:  Deacons.
                 16, 6 PM:  Live Nativity.
                 20th:  “Chimes” deadline.
                 24th:  Christmas Eve.
                      5 PM:  Family Candlelight Service.
                      10:30 PM:  Prelude Music.
                      11 PM: Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols.
                25th:  Building closed in observance of Christmas.
                30th, 9 AM:  “Chimes” Ringers.
                                       NO Senior Choir.

Fellowship of Concern:  please keep in your prayers: those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; for all working to bear the burdens of others; Nick Doroshevich; Nancy Olimpo (Sue Pianka’s sister); Ruth Howard; Bob Kimball; Shawn Murphy; Vinnie, Mary Wilska’s brother; Antoinette Apessos; Rev. Catriona Grant and the Ledyard UCC; Ruth Schmidt (Lois Turrell’s sister), Laszlo, (friend of the Hager’s) whose cancer has returned; and Mark Ball (Pat Danley's son).      

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Needs


Each month we try to meet specific needs of the clients who visit the PNC.  All of December we are collecting Breakfast Cereals!  Can be boxed cereals or instant hot cereals are welcome. 

As always, other items for the personal use closet (such as soaps, lotions) and non-perishable food items for the pantry are very Welcome!! 

 

 

 

For Your Information: 

Concerned or have questions about Ebola?  Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website for information and the response to the Ebola epidemic at www.cdc.gov.

 

Want to research what our town is addressing?  Visit the Town of North Stonington Website at http://www.northstoningtonct.gov/Pages/index

A silent video has been released by the Affordable Housing Committee in which you may recognize a church member or friend there!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KavsQhOVFrk&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

Benefit Breakfast for next
YOUTH  MISSION  TRIP

     Sunday, January 4th

8:30 - 9:45 am
Hewitt Hall

Most scrumptious way to help …
                   Please come to the Breakfast …

Any donation is acceptable.

SAVE the DATES:     
                                       January 4, 2015
                                         February 1, 2015  
                                         March 1, 2015
                                         April 5, 2015
                                         May 3, 2015
                                         June 7, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


WELCOME TO THE NORTH STONINGTON UCC!!

 

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The Live Nativity is Alive with AnimalsPastor Sue Looks on from the NSUCC Church during their Live Nativity in front of Hewitt Hall Tuesday 17DEC2014. Mary and Joseph with Baby JesusThe NSUCC Church had their Live Nativity in front of Hewitt Hall Tuesday 17DEC2014. Mary and Joseph visited by Angels"Angels We Have Heard on High" was the Hymn Sang during the NSUCC Live Nativity in front of Hewitt Hall Tuesday 17DEC2014. The Wisemen come to the stableThe Wisemen (and Women) joined in at the Stable during the NSUCC Church Live Nativity in front of Hewitt Hall Tuesday 17DEC2014. The Kings Offer Gifts"We Three Kings OF Orient Are" was heard during the NSUCC Church Live Nativity in front of Hewitt Hall Tuesday 17DEC2014. 2014 Thankful DinnerA select Group of Church members and Friends were treated to a Thanksgiving Treat. 2014 Thankful DinnerAfter Church Service a Group of members and Friends gathered for a Thankful Dinner. Bicycle Clinic by Bike and BuildBicycles are reviewed and adjusted by the Bike and Build riders during the Clinic. MAEC Choir Festival 2014Our own Youth participate in the MAEC Choir Festival in Mystic The Shoreline Ringers w/MikeMike Noonan adds the Clip - Clop and Pete Larson does the Whip and Neighing to "Sleigh Ride" during the JAN2014 Concert 2014 Confirmation classNSUCC Confirmation Class (Left to Right) Emma, Mack, Jessica and Abi. Bike and Build TrailerWe hosted Bike & Build during their Coastal Drift Ride on Monday July 21st 2014. They did a Bicycle Clinic and stayed the night in the Church. Our own Village Ringers Our own Pastor Sue Latourette MAEC Choir Festival 2014aThe MAEC Choir Festival took place in Mystic on 30MAR2014 at Union Baptist Church. The HELO Haiti Mission Angels"HELO Haiti SEP/OCT2012 Mission Team" Rear: Cheryl Remsbecker & Sue Barker; Middle: Ingrid Stock, Sara Kennedy, Elisabeth Kennedy,Shirley Anderson; Front: Kristin Casey and Janet Lewis srchoir 07SEP2014 Bell QuartetBev, Monica, Steve and Brian performed a Bell Quartet, with Mike on the Piano, during NSUCC's Summer Music Program. The Shoreline Ringers Jan2014 Concert at NSUCC 31AUG2014 Bob Janda Solo Our own Bob Janda sang a solo on August 31st during our summer music program. Bike and Build BikesThe Bicycles take a much needed rest. 29AUG2014_The Gadaree Hand bell DuetSteve and Daughter Jennifer play a handbell duet with Mike Noonan's piano accompaniment, during NSUCC's Summer Music Progam. Bicycle Clinic by Bike and BuildJack Eklund, a Bike and Build rider, makes adjustments to a youth's bicycle during the Bicycle Clinic 10AUG2014_Alice Robbins and Mike Noonan DuetDuring the Summer Music Program at NSUCC, Alice and Mike sing a duet. 20JUL2014_Jennifer Gadaree SoloOur own Jennifer Gadaree sang a solo, "The Lord is my Shephard" during summer music here in North Stonington. 03AUG2014_Carl Chudy, BassonistCarl Chudy from Mystic Congregational Church in Stonington played the Bassoon with Mike on Piano, during our Summer Music Program. Bicycle Clinic by Bike and BuildPaul Dodson, a Bike and Build rider, makes adjustments to a youth's bicycle during the Bicycle Clinic 13JUL2014_Andy Wallace Handbell solosAndy Wallace, from Dunns Corners Comm Church Presbyterian, played two solos during our Sunday Morning Service for our Summer Music Program. 13JUL2014_Andy Wallace soloAndy Wallace, from Dunns Corners Comm Church Presbyterian, played two solos during our Sunday Morning Service for our Summer Music Program. Emma and Family Mac and Family Jessica and Family Abi and Family Memorial Sunday Planting flowers Memorial Sunday Planting flowers on the grave sites of North Stonington Church's Past Ministers Memorial Sunday planting flowersSteve Plants flowers on the Grave of Rev. Newell Bishop on Memorial Sunday, a Past Minister at North Stonington Congregational Church. 26APR2014 Church Ham Dinner 17APR2014 Tenebrae Service Thankful Dinner 24NOV2013 Hewitt Hall Church from Street SignA View of The Church from Main Street going North. A Tiffany Window's Detail steeple completed August 4, 2013 HELO Haiti SchoolThe Orphanage Children attend School with uniforms Shoreline Ringers w/MikeMike Plays organ with Bells during Concert JAN2014 Blessing of the Animals Sunday the 6th of October 2013 The steeple  before-afterThe After and Before of the Steeple's renovation by Valley Restorations HELO Haiti School House The HELO Haiti Mission Angels Getting Braided at HELO in Haiti The HELO Haiti ChildrenThe Children of Haiti were taught embroidery The HELO Haiti ChildrenThe HELO Haiti Children played a clapping game Bell Festival 2013Our own Village Ringers along with Mystic Union Baptist members attended the 2013 Bell Festival at University of New Hampshire. Bell Festival 2013The Village Ringers along with Mystic Union Baptist members share the UNH Hockey rink with ~650 other Ringers at the 2013 Bell Festival. The Church's KitchenWhere the famous North Stonington Church Pies are created. One of the Many Church's Tiffany Windows The Church's Hewitt HallUsed for Monthly Dinners, meetings by several town's organizations and Coffee hour!! Organ Pipes adds to the Architecture renovation_72213_pkValley Restoration, Professional Steeplejacks, began Restoration on the Church Monday July 22th Renovation work begins JULY 22, 2013_pkValley Restoration, Professional Steeplejacks, began Restoration on the Church Monday July 22th Renovation work begins JULY 22, 2013_pkValley Restoration, Professional Steeplejacks, began Restoration on the Church Monday July 22th The First Sign of RestorationValley Restoration, Professional Steeplejacks, began Rigging for Restoration on the Church Tuesday July 16th. Work to begin on July 22nd. Steeplejacks arrive on the sceneValley Restoration, Professional Steeplejacks, began Restoration on the Church Monday July 22th Steeplejacks by David Thaxton / slFront and sides of Church is prepared. steeplejacks_sl turkey vulture The RiggingThe Rigging lines are intricately tied just below the Dedicated Weathervane to the memory of Ed Fronzek. The Turkey Vulture looks on. Work continues 04AUG2013 Church's Back is scraped for painting; soon to match Hewitt Hall. Work continues 04AUG2013Front of Church is prepared. Work continues 04AUG2013
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