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“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” Philippians 2: 3-4
Message from the Pastor
I want to thank all of those who took the time to participate in the Zoom conversation last week. I believe the meeting achieved the purpose of moving the conversation off Facebook and onto a platform more conducive to the respect we owe one another as members of Christ’s body. On Tuesday, the Marketing, Membership, and Communications Committee further addressed the issue of posting on Facebook. The Committee decided to change the way posting takes place on our church’s group page to eliminate the airing of grievances in public. All posts are now being reviewed prior to being displayed on the page. If you are unhappy with something that is happening at the church, please refrain from using Facebook as a platform. Instead, seek the appropriate channel of communication within the church. If I have done something that concerns you, I hope you will contact me directly to express your concerns in a respectful manner. If you are not sure whom to contact, please feel free to ask for my help. I will try to point you in the right direction. At all times, please treat everyone as a child of God who is made in the image of God. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Try to speak from your own experience and perspective and try to avoid characterizing others unkindly. I believe it is possible for us to have differences of opinion while remaining together as Christ’s body. May it be so.
 
Standing Committee to Meet on Sunday, 1/24
The Standing Committee will hold a Zoom Meeting on Sunday, 1/24, beginning at 9AM.  Please note that the start time has been changed from 8:30 AM  to 9 AM. Login information has been sent to the members of the Standing Committee.  If you would like to attend this meeting, and have not received the login information, please let Pastor Nancy know.
 
Join in the Fun
Contact Jeff Yardis 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. 
 
Fellowship Time on Zoom -- Sunday, 1/24
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.  This week, tell us about a good book you have read lately, or a good movie you have seen recently, and why you liked it.
 
Bible Study on January 27th
The topic for this week's study will be When We Cry Out, 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.
 
Annual Meeting, February 7th via Zoom
It has been decided that our annual meeting will be held exclusively via Zoom.  A meeting invitation including Zoom login details will be sent to all members prior to the February 7th meeting date.  If you head a committee and haven't yet sent in a contribution for the annual report, please do so by Tuesday, 1/26 at the very latest.  Even if you have only a paragraph or two, please email your content to Chris Foley.
 
REMINDERS!

Weekly Offering Envelopes
For those who have requested them, weekly offering envelopes are now available 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. If you aren't available during those 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

                                 
                               
                             Standing Committee          1/24      9:00 - 10:00 AM
                             Fellowship Time                 1/24    11:00 -  11:45 AM  
                            
 Bible Study                        1/27   10:00 -  11:00 AM
                             MM&C Meeting                   2/2      7:00 -    8:00 PM    
                            
       
Prayer Requests
*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, Bettye Nosenzo and Evelyn Macensky, 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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