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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.” Psalm 111: 10
Remembering Bettye Nosenzo
Our dear friend Bettye Nosenzo passed away peacefully last Friday, January 22nd.  She was 99 years old!  In the words of  Kim Kennedy:  "Bettye was an inspiration to me because of her faith.  She radiated a true joy in the Lord.  Along with her quick smile and great insights in Bible Study.  She was a woman of true grace."  In the words of Pastor Nancy, "I always felt uplifted after visiting Bettye in her condo, or later in her nursing home. She had a strong and generous spirit, and it was a blessing to be in her presence."

Many interesting details about Bettye's life are offered in her obituary, including her request that in lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to Third Church in her memory.  As you may know, Bettye also made several memorable contributions to our church while she was with us.

Bettye's ashes will be interred with her husband Al's at the Connecticut Veteran's Cemetery in Middletown.  A memorial service has been postponed to a future date due to pandemic safety concerns.  Condolence cards or letters can be sent to Bettye's son, Al Nosenzo:  138 Skyline Dr.,Southington, CT  06489

 
Annual Meeting, February 7th via Zoom
It has been decided that our annual meeting will be held exclusively via Zoom. It will start at 11AM.  A meeting invitation including Zoom login details will be sent to all members next week.   A draft copy of the Annual Meeting Report will be emailed to all members on Tuesday, February 2nd, for review and feedback.  The email will include a proposed bylaws amendment that will be voted on at the meeting. 

Special Service on Sunday, February 7th
Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School will host a Seminary Sunday worship service next Sunday on YouTube.  A current Andover Newton student will offer the sermon (preaching from 1 Corinthians 13:9-10, 12), while faculty, staff, and students will lead prayers, music, and Communion.  The words to each hymn will be shown in the video.  You will want to have bread and juice or wine on hand, if you wish to participate in communion. More details will follow in next week's News & Notes.
 
Lent Devotional Booklets
The office has just received a small supply of 2021 Lent Devotional booklets.  You can pick up a copy at the church office or we can mail one to you. Lent begins on February 17.  If you would like to receive a copy of the devotional in the mail, please email your postal address to Chris Foley.
 
Fellowship Time on Zoom -- Sunday, 1/31
This week, Fellowship Time will be held from 11 - 11:45 AM.  As usual, the email containing login information will go out on Saturday morning at 10 am. 
 
Bible Study on February 3rd
The topic for this week's study will be Rescued for a Purpose, from the Bible Project.  If you plan to participate next Wednesday, please visit this link prior to the meeting to hear the audio, watch the video, and review the lesson questions.  A reminder email, including Zoom login information, will be sent to all regular participants next Tuesday.  If you would like to join Bible Study, please contact Pastor Nancy.
 
REMINDERS!

Join Jeff Yardis
Contact Jeff  to learn how you can help tape, edit and post videos of Sunday services. Each service is taped on Saturday morning.  You could be the first to hear Rev Nancy’s message and work with Jeff to produce the finished video that is posted on YouTube.  Maybe you’ve wanted to create some videos and were intimidated by the software.  Well it’s not hard.  Jeff will walk you through the video taping and the editing process.  If you want in, let him know you're interested.  You can email Jeff, or call him at 860-305-4128.
 
Weekly Offering Envelopes
We still have several boxes of offering envelopes to be picked up from the church office.  The office is staffed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM - 3PM.  Please feel free to stop by anytime during these hours to pick up your envelopes. Just ring the outside doorbell and someone will greet you.  If you aren't available during office hours, please let Pastor Nancy know and she will meet you at your convenience.
 
Clothing Donation Shed Now Open
The clothing donation shed in the church parking lot, which was temporarily closed due to the pandemic, has now been reopened.   Accepted items: clothing, shoes, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, curtains, pillowcases, and stuffed animals.
 
Support Our Church through Amazon Smile
If you purchase items through Amazon.com, please consider making Third Church the charity of your choice. If you do, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to Third Church, whenever you order through smile.amazon.com. To choose us:
1.    Visit smile.amazon.com.
2.    Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials.
3.    Search for "Third Congregational Church." 
4.    Select the one in Middletown, CT as the charity of your choice.
Current Office Hours
Rev. Nancy Lois, and our administrative assistant, Chris Foley, have office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-3PM. Our pastor is available to meet with you or visit you at your convenience at other times during the week. She also checks church voicemail and email daily Tuesday through Sunday. Monday is her day off.
Upcoming Events

                                 
                               
                    
                             Fellowship Time                 1/31    11:00 -  11:45 AM  
                             MM&C Meeting                   2/2        7:00 -   8:00 PM
                            
 Bible Study                         2/3      10:00 -  11:00 AM
                             Confirmation Class             2/3        3:30 -    4:15PM
                            
       
Prayer Requests
*Please pray for Bettye Nosenzo's family and friends as they mourn her loss. Bettye passed away on January 22nd. Also, please thank God for sending her to us to share her life, joy, and love. (1/28)
*Please pray for Cheri Czesak's sister Brenda, her brother-in-law Paul and niece Emily who all have COVID.  Emily is 16-years-old and a Type 1 diabetic.  She is also being treated for pneumonia. (1/28)
*Leslie & Dean have requested prayers of thanks for the safe delivery of their healthy new granddaughter, Sadie Elizabeth, born January 27. (1/28)
*Please pray for Janice Drescher's uncle, Ralph Hall.  He is currently in a PA nursing home working to regain his strength and being weaned off a ventilator after serious health problems last year. (1/28)
*Please pray for peace in our country and throughout the world. (1/21)
*Dennis Richardson asks that we pray for his stepfather, Sam, recently diagnosed with COVID, and his mother, Rita, who is caring for Sam.  Also pray for his friend, Larry, who is struggling with throat cancer, and Larry's wife, Lisa.  Finally, please pray for resolution of other health issues in the Richardson family. (1/14)
*Please pray for the family & friends of Ann Tuthill (friend of PJ's) who passed away on New Year's Eve (1/7)
*Please pray for Joy Cummings who recently learned she has a fractured spine (12/31)
*Please pray for the families of those who have been lost to COVID-19 (12/17)
*Please pray for all healthcare workers (12/17)

Prayer requests are listed for 4 weeks. Please let Chris Foley know if you would like to keep your request on longer.  Our practice is to list the name of the prayer requestor unless anonymity is specified. 

Pray for Our Shut Ins
Betty Behn, Sally Parker, Evelyn Macensky, and Karen Keathley


Our mailing address is:
94 Miner Street, Middletown, CT  (860)632-0733
thirdchurchmiddletown.org- website
thirdchurch94@gmail.com
YouTube Channel
Rev. Nancy Lois, Pastor (413) 250-9895
Chris Foley, Administrative Assistant (860) 632-0733


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