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North Stonington Congregational Church
We are an Open and Affirming Church
àRev. Susan G. Latourette, Pastor 860-535-0379
àMr. Michael G. Noonan, Director of Music / Organist
àMrs. Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
àMrs. Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
à 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.
Christmas Eve and the First Sunday of Christmas Worship with us at the Congregational Church of North Stonington...
. . . with the eyes of a child we watch for the Star Candlelight Christmas Eve Services 5 p.m. Family Service - meet 2 mixed up shepherds who need your help to get to Bethlehem. with Cherub Choir, Youth Choir, soloists Katie Thaxton and Alice Robbins, and Dir. of Music Michael Noonan. 10:30 evening service Musical Prelude with organ, voice and bellchoir. 11 p.m. Lessons and Carols with specials readings to bring in the Light.
with Music by Senior Choir, Handbell Choir, soloist Renee Celey, and Dir of Music Michael Noonan.
First Sunday of Christmas 28 December 2014 10 a.m. Worship
"...your servant departs in peace ...for I have seen your salvation..." The camel is the final "Friendly Beast" to join the manger scene.
With Children: One of the children will be invited to place the Cow in our manger.
There will be a children's sermon and church school - nursery care. The Word: Isaiah 61:10 -62:3 and Luke 2:22-40. The prophet solidly proclaims faith in the Lord which is echoed in the famous words spoken by Simeon in the gospel. What is famously known as the Nunc Dimitis - the Song of Simeon, tells of perseverance of faith coming to fruition. The Sermon: "The Hope of a Child" Maybe we need Christmas every year simply to remind us to never give up hope - a sentiment echoed in our texts for the day. Christmas isn't just for children . . . In Music:
Prelude: “Noel in G’ - Daquin
Offertory: “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” - Wood
Postlude: “Angel’s We Have Heard on High” – trad. French Carol Our Hymns: Jesus Our Brother, Strong and Good; Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light; and What Child Is This. Serving in Worship: Matthew Sander, Mary Wilska, ushers; Matthew Sander, Sara Loutrel, deacons; Sherri Boldt, lay reader; Kay Lautzenheiser, children’s sermon.
LOOKING AHEAD: January 12th, 7 PM: Prayer Shawl Ministry. 14th, 6:30 PM: Women’s Fellowship Meeting and Pot Luck. 17th, 5 – 7 PM: Church Dinner.
“Chimes” deadline. 19th: Office closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day. 24th: Wheeler Pancake Breakfast. 25th after worship: Annual Meeting.
. 26th: CE does Project WARM dinner. 27th, 9 AM: Chimes” Ringers.
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), Carrie Buck (friend of Sharon Coates); Sharon Coates; Mary Robinson; and Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son), Jim Hoffman, (Gretchen Noonan’s father).
WARM - Needs
All of December we are collecting Breakfast Cereals! Can be boxed cereals or instant hot cereals are welcome.
And for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center: items for the personal use closet (such as soaps, lotions) and non-perishable food items for the pantry are very Welcome!!
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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Pastor Sue Looks on from the NSUCC Church during their Live Nativity in front of Hewitt Hall Tuesday 17DEC2014.The NSUCC Church had their Live Nativity in front of Hewitt Hall Tuesday 17DEC2014."Angels We Have Heard on High" was the Hymn Sang during the NSUCC Live Nativity in front of Hewitt Hall Tuesday 17DEC2014.The Wisemen (and Women) joined in at the Stable during the NSUCC Church Live Nativity in front of Hewitt Hall Tuesday 17DEC2014."We Three Kings OF Orient Are" was heard during the NSUCC Church Live Nativity in front of Hewitt Hall Tuesday 17DEC2014.At this Year's Bazaar, we were blest with Santa posing for pictures and bearing a sweet gift!!A select Group of Church members and Friends were treated to a Thanksgiving Treat.After Church Service a Group of members and Friends gathered for a Thankful Dinner.Bicycles are reviewed and adjusted by the Bike and Build riders during the Clinic.Our own Youth participate in the MAEC Choir Festival in MysticMike Noonan adds the Clip - Clop and Pete Larson does the Whip and Neighing to "Sleigh Ride" during the JAN2014 ConcertNSUCC Confirmation Class (Left to Right) Emma, Mack, Jessica and Abi.We 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.The MAEC Choir Festival took place in Mystic on 30MAR2014 at Union Baptist Church."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 LewisBev, Monica, Steve and Brian performed a Bell Quartet, with Mike on the Piano, during NSUCC's Summer Music Program.Jan2014 Concert at NSUCCOur own Bob Janda sang a solo on August 31st during our summer music program.The Bicycles take a much needed rest.Steve and Daughter Jennifer play a handbell duet with Mike Noonan's piano accompaniment, during NSUCC's Summer Music Progam.Jack Eklund, a Bike and Build rider, makes adjustments to a youth's bicycle during the Bicycle ClinicDuring the Summer Music Program at NSUCC, Alice and Mike sing a duet.Our own Jennifer Gadaree sang a solo, "The Lord is my Shephard" during summer music here in North Stonington.Carl Chudy from Mystic Congregational Church in Stonington played the Bassoon with Mike on Piano, during our Summer Music Program.Paul Dodson, a Bike and Build rider, makes adjustments to a youth's bicycle during the Bicycle ClinicAndy Wallace, from Dunns Corners Comm Church Presbyterian, played two solos during our Sunday Morning Service for our Summer Music Program.Andy Wallace, from Dunns Corners Comm Church Presbyterian, played two solos during our Sunday Morning Service for our Summer Music Program.Memorial Sunday Planting flowers on the grave sites of North Stonington Church's Past MinistersSteve Plants flowers on the Grave of Rev. Newell Bishop on Memorial Sunday, a Past Minister at North Stonington Congregational Church.A View of The Church from Main Street going North.The Orphanage Children attend School with uniformsMike Plays organ with Bells during Concert JAN2014The After and Before of the Steeple's renovation by Valley RestorationsThe Children of Haiti were taught embroideryThe HELO Haiti Children played a clapping gameOur own Village Ringers along with Mystic Union Baptist members attended the 2013 Bell Festival at University of New Hampshire.The Village Ringers along with Mystic Union Baptist members share the UNH Hockey rink with ~650 other Ringers at the 2013 Bell Festival.Where the famous North Stonington Church Pies are created.Used for Monthly Dinners, meetings by several town's organizations and Coffee hour!!Valley Restoration, Professional Steeplejacks, began Restoration on the Church Monday July 22thValley Restoration, Professional Steeplejacks, began Restoration on the Church Monday July 22thValley Restoration, Professional Steeplejacks, began Restoration on the Church Monday July 22thValley Restoration, Professional Steeplejacks, began Rigging for Restoration on the Church Tuesday July 16th. Work to begin on July 22nd.Valley Restoration, Professional Steeplejacks, began Restoration on the Church Monday July 22thFront and sides of Church is prepared.The Rigging lines are intricately tied just below the Dedicated Weathervane to the memory of Ed Fronzek. The Turkey Vulture looks on.Church's Back is scraped for painting; soon to match Hewitt Hall.Front of Church is prepared.This Year's Christmas Bazaar was blest with Santa posing for Pictures and bearing a sweet gift.