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North Stonington Congregational Church
P.O. Box 66
89 Main Street
North Stonington, CT 06359
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Simply Smiles was founded in 2003 when we began work on our inaugural project, The Casa Hogar Benito Juarez Children’s Home in Oaxaca City, Mexico. Based out of southern Connecticut, and relying heavily on an extremely dedicated network of donors and volunteers, Simply Smiles has become a highly respected, and rapidly growing organization. With your help, we will be able to continue our work and fulfill our mission in the mountains of southern Mexico, and on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. We invite you to look around our site, and if so moved, to make a contribution that will allow us to continue providing “bright futures for impoverished children.”
North Stonington Congregational Church
The mission Committee organizes and guides our church’s mission work. We hope you will give what you can– in goods money and labor. Some programs are ongoing and we schedule a monthly focus for others. Click on the Organization’s name for more information.
Our church is a Covenant Church which means we give labor and funds throughout the year and set aside one Sunday to focus on Habitat.
We sponsor a child in Swaziland, asking individual families to be responsible for a month. Contact us to inquire what month is available.
We help here in multiple ways. We collect non-perishable food items, fill backpacks with food during school vacation, and sponsor a family at Christmas.
We provide one meal a month with each committee of the church being responsible for one meal.
HELO’s Mission is to provide Home Education Love and opportunity to orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. They currently have two homes, each housing a family unit; adult caretakers and 12-15 children. Their dreams include schools onsite, providing the children of HELO a loving environment where they can learn to read and write and then learn a trade.
A Lesson from My Prayer Shawl
Sometimes God gives us not what we desire, but what we need.
By Penney Schwab, Copeland, Kansas
Published in Guideposts Magazine
You didn't choose me! I chose you! John 15:16 (TLB)
When church members were asked to make prayer shawls for the
opening worship at our annual conference, the response was
overwhelming. There were nearly five hundred shawls—loose-knit
pastels, frothy wisps of net, fringed paisley silks and even shawls
featuring cowboy scenes. I quickly saw the one I wanted: a black
lace mantilla that would look great with my black dress.
Only I didn't get to choose. After I took Holy Communion, a youth
delegate selected a colorful patchwork of orange, green, brown
and lilac diamonds, cable-stitched and fringed in black. As she
draped it around my shoulders, the word that came to mind was
At home, I draped the shawl over a chair in my bedroom, thinking I
might give it away. Instead, I've found myself reaching for it each
time I have a special worry or concern. I prayed for my grandson
Ryan when he celebrated his eighteenth birthday by going
skydiving, I wiped tears with the shawl when a tragic accident took
the life of a friend, I appreciated its warmth when an attack of
bursitis made moving painful.
The shawl, I realized, was the best possible choice for me! It was
strong, sturdy and comforting—a colorful reminder of God's
everlasting mercy and overflowing grace.
The Coffee Project is a way for our congregation to join hands with communities in the developing world. As Christians, we can address a consumer dilemma by buying coffee that is fairly traded. The Mission Committee is offering several varieties of coffee, tea, and seasonally, chocolate. We offer these to you not as a fundraiser, but as a service with a very minimal mark-up. The products are available at the UCC Coffee Project Kiosk in Hewitt Hall anytime the church is open. Thank you for working for justice by purchasing fair trade items.
This group meets the 2nd Monday of the month, in Hewitt Hall at 7pm.
Photo By: Shana Sureck - The Hartford Courant August 7, 2002