Home

Main Page

Find and Contact Us

Calendar

 Wish List for Habitat ECT  

Worship Watch

Pastor's Message & Sermons

"The Chimes"

"Videos, Pictures and Audio Links"

Fellowship Activities

Christian Education

Music Ministry

Church Organ

Choir Info

Missions

Stewardship

Church History

Church Staff

Nursery School


Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC
Worship From Home March 29th

 

- Worship at Home-

Worship Materials that accompany our online worship
can be found below

Church Website is:   www.northstoningtonucc.com

(Click on the website link below the picture on the home page
to watch worship at home
Best viewed on a device with WiFi or direct internet connection. 
Phone networks take much longer.)

***Please scroll down for other helpful resources during this unusual time. 

 

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT                                                10 a.m. 

“As an Open and Affirming church:
      We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family regardless of race, age, marital standing, gender, economic status, mental or physical challenges, nationality or sexual
identity.  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.”
 
 
PRELUDE                       “Agnus Dei” – Merbecke, arr- Penfield                            
SILENT MEDITATION IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
 
CALL TO WORSHIP                               (Psalm 130 for today)
            Out of the depths we call out to you, Lord;
            Tune Your ears to hear each of our voices. 
God, if you kept a record of all our wrongdoings,
none of us would be able to hold our heads up.
                But with You - there is no grudge, only forgiveness.
So we are expectant with hope for Your working in the world.
We put our hope in Your word. 
            Our waiting is like standing on tiptoe, ready to run
            at the first sign of your presence;
            like the watchmen who await the first rays of dawn. 
We shout out encouragement to each other:
     “Put your hope in the Lord!
     God’s love never fails!
     All is swept away, all is made new in our Creator God!” 

HYMN #483              Out of the Depths I Call                                 St. Bride
PRAYER OF INVOCATION AND LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)
Ever-present God, help us embrace our slower pace and the need to stay home as an opportunity for Sabbath, for rest, rather than a source of anxiety.  Remind us daily that we may place our burdens upon your able shoulders:  fear for loss of income or employment; fear of illness or loss; fear for the future.  Be with us as Jesus was with Mary and Martha in their time of need, reminding us of your resurrection power bringing hope in the midst of life.  So we pray, Our  Father…

GLORIA PATRI  (#759)
      Glory to the Creator, the Christ, the Holy Spirit
      Three in One; As it was in the beginning,
      Is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
 
*PASSING OF THE PEACE   May the peace of Christ be with you.
      And also with you.                                       
 
SCRIPTURE LESSON              Ezekiel 37:1-14
                                                   John 11:1-45
 
TIME FOR CHILDREN                

 
SERMON                                            Given New Life     
MOMENTS OF SILENCE
HYMN #484             O Come to Me, You Weary                  Meirionydd
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
 
HYMN #286                  Spirit of Gentleness                            Spirit
BENEDICTION                                                                                 
POSTLUDE                                               “Antiphon” - Muffat                                                                       

Welcome to worship.   You are invited to spend time whenever you are able to pray, be quiet, read and/or sing the hymns, and consider the scriptures for the day. 

With thanks to Kay Lautzenheiser, Michael Noonan and Brian Hager for making this possible.

 

Hymn # 286        Spirit

Spirit, spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness, calling and free,
Spirit, spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.

You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;
and over the eons you called to each thing;
“Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.”

You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand
and you goaded your people with a law and a land;
and when they were blinded with idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.

You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;
and down in the city you called once again,
when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind.

You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions your people arise.

(James K. Manley (20th century), hymn-writer. Published in Everflowing Streams (1981). "Spirit," l. 1-4 (1978).)

Fellowship of Concern   Please keep in your prayers: those affected by the CoVID-19, especially the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; for working to bear the burdens of others.  For the healing of Shirley Millar; Sharon Coates; Bill LaBrosse;  Jim Hoffman; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Thurlow Coats; Brian Boldt, Seya Bishop, Harriet; Janet Allen; Earl Bond; Kay Lautzenheiser; Joyce Cook; Duane Witter; Norman Bouchard, Abby (Murphy) Devolve’s cousin); Paul Ames; John Wohlleber; Deb Janda, and George Danley. 

Mr. Noonan will email parents of Cherub Choir, the anthem and a practice recording so children may learn The Easter Anthem.  Please email him at:  mgngrn@comcast.net.
 

CALENDAR THIS WEEK
For the next couple of weeks all group meetings are cancelled. 
Groups should consider using Zoom or GoToMeeting in order to stay in touch.

CWS Health Kits Update
Due to the virus and sequestering the kit assembly is postponed and CT CWS is delaying shipping.  Watch for more information as time goes on. 

             
       One Great Hour of Sharing … It’s about Love of Neighbor – Worldwide!

 
The One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering funds key priorities in Wider Church Ministries, United Church of Christ. Our participation in changing the world through supporting sustainable development programs, our commitment to addressing the global challenges of migration and the focus on long term recovery following disasters are a few of the ways in which your gifts to OGHS
are impacting global change.
May my One Great Hour of Sharing gifts be a blessing to those we serve, and help me to do the work in God’s world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 

Keeping the Lights on:  If you are able, please remember to continue your support of the church during this time by mailing in your contributions, or donating online through your bank’s services.   
 
 “We are a Family of God”
 
We have begun this year with an outline of many
ways to celebrate our 300th Anniversary in 2021.
 
Share in the excitement as we move forward together in
serving God and our church family ... God’s Family.
So many activities and projects are being planned for you
and your family. Every time we ask you to join in, to help out
and to take part, you will have the opportunity to be
enlivened by the Spirit! Whether it’s for monthly activities,
or long range plans for this church
.
The more you come and get involved, the more
opportunities you will have to learn about it all. And every
time you are asked to give to a special offering or fund, you
will have an opportunity to choose to do God’s work and give
God praise.
 
As our congregation comes through the “corona crisis,” we
will return to worship, praise and prayer, and together in
teamwork and fellowship, we will share in God’s ministry
here in this holy place ... Lift your spirit; plan now to join in
celebration with hands and heart.

        “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”                               - Romans 12:1
        Christina Villa writes:  Sometime in my past I acquired a small leather-bound book titled The Catholic Girl’s Guide, published 1918, edited by the Rev. Francis X. Lasance.
        It is 670 pages of hand-wringing about chastity. It has chapters like  “The Faded Lily” and lines like, “My daughter, you can form no idea how large is the number of those who sink into hell on account of sins of impurity.” According to the guide, sin comprises thought, word, and deed. So you shouldn’t even think impure things.
        Do these old-fashioned words still make any kind of sense? I think they actually do. What “impurities” floating around in your head cause you to sink into a kind of low-grade, chronic hell?
        Maybe the recall of those reruns of “Jersey Shore” you keep watching. Or your obsessive worry about your credit score, or the suspicion that your mechanic is cheating you or your partner is cheating on you. 
        Someone once told me that a fine cure for anxiety is to ask yourself if your thoughts are worth having. It’s said that nothing we can think or experience is foreign to God. Not foreign, perhaps, but what about holy? Never mind what Fr. Lasance meant by “sins of impurity.” Consider instead what this scripture might mean by “holy and acceptable to God.”
                                                -Christina Villa works with the UC Pension Boards in NYC.
                                                                                                             
Global Ministries Prayers for Morocco: You are our refuge and safe place. In times of distress and trouble, You are with us.  We pray for the Evangelical Protestant Church in Morocco, Lord, we pray for the leaders and the hundreds of volunteers who serve to keep the Body of Christ alive in this country. Let them be your voice so they can speak for the voiceless, let them be your eyes so they can see beauty and kindness in others, let them be your ears so they can hear the cry of the least of these, let them be your hands to work for and to provide for the needy, let them be your feet so they can walk on troubled waters to rescue the lost ones. Amen
 

Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am -1 pm

How do I apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits or get more information about the process and requirements?

Do I need any paperwork from my employer before I can file for unemployment benefits?

  • Do not delay filing your claim for unemployment benefits even if your employer has not issued you any paperwork. It is important to file as soon as you become unemployed to avoid being denied benefits.
  • For faster processing of your claim, please have your employer’s registration number and a return to work date readily available when you file your claim online.

How can I contact the Department of Labor for questions related to my claim?

  • You should first visit our Online Assistance Center at www.filectui.com
  • We also offer Live Chat on www.filectui.com for questions concerning unemployment compensation, including the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the program.
  • You may also submit your general question to dol.webhelp@ct.gov. A response can be expected in 3 to 5 business days, depending on volume.

If I need to take time off from work because I come down with COVID-19 and have no paid time off through my employer, can I collect unemployment benefits? If I get terminated from my job because I come down with COVID-19 can I collect unemployment benefits?

  • You may file for unemployment benefits and a determination will be made concerning your eligibility. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. However, please note that an individual must be physically able and available for full time work in order to qualify for unemployment benefits.
  • For faster processing of your claim, please have your employer’s registration number and a return to work date readily available when you file your claim online.
  • Your employer should provide you with an Unemployment Separation Package, found here, but do not delay filing if you do not have it.

My employer is requiring that I self-quarantine for 14 days even though I am not sick, and I am not getting paid. Can I collect unemployment benefits? My employer closed its doors and is requiring all employees to stay home for 14 days. My employer does not offer teleworking, and we are not getting paid. Can I collect unemployment benefits?

  • You may file for unemployment benefits and a determination will be made concerning your eligibility. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • For faster processing of your claim, please have your employer’s registration number and a return to work date readily available when you file your claim online.
  • Your employer should provide you with an Unemployment Separation Package, found here, but do not delay filing if you do not have it.

I am unable to work because of a family member’s illness. Can I collect unemployment benefits?

  • If you are unable to work, you are most likely ineligible for UI until you are able to work. However, you may file for unemployment benefits and a determination will be made concerning your eligibility. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • For faster processing of your claim, please have your employer’s registration number and a return to work date readily available when you file your claim online.
  • Your employer should provide you with an Unemployment Separation Package, found here if you do not have it.

If my employer only permits me to work part-time rather than my full-time hours, will I be able to collect unemployment benefits? If I have a full time and part time job and my full-time employer closes because of COVID-19, will I be able to collect while still working part time?

  • You should file for benefits as you may be eligible for partial unemployment. Please note: when working and filing, all hours and gross earnings must be reported. A portion of your gross earnings will be deducted from your weekly benefit rate.

My employer may have retaliated against me because I filed for unemployment benefits. Is there any recourse?

Yes. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against individuals who have exercised their rights under the Connecticut Unemployment Compensation Act. Conn. Gen. Stat. §31-226a provides individuals who believe that they have been retaliated against with an opportunity for a hearing.

Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359