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"As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer slave or free, there is no male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3: 27-28
 
Annual Meeting, February 7th via Zoom
The Annual Meeting will be held exclusively via Zoom. It will start at 11AM. An invitation to register for the meeting will go out later today. Please register for the meeting as soon as possible. Zoom login details will be sent out on Saturday morning at 11am.  A revised copy of the Annual Meeting Report will be emailed to all members today. Any additional corrections will be made at the Annual Meeting. 

Seminary Sunday, February 7th
Next week's worship service will be led by Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. EmmaRae Carroll, a second year 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. The link to the service and the Order of Worship will be emailed to you on Sunday morning at 8am. It will also be posted on the church's Facebook pages.
 
Support the "Sunday Lunch Program"
For the past year, the First Church of Middletown has been providing meals to those in need at the Eddy Shelter and the Men's Shelter at the YMCA through their Sunday Lunch Program.  In conjunction with local restaurants, they serve about 80 - 100 per week at a cost of $500.  After 41 weeks of service, First Church is running out of funds and Third Church would like to help.  Our goal is to contribute $100 per month for the next 6 months.  Any amount you can contribute to this cause will be greatly appreciated!  You can send a check to our church office with "Sunday Lunch Program" in the check memo. Checks will be placed in our Missions fund and sent to First Church.  Or, you can use the Donate tab on our website.  This is a great way to support those in need in our city, as well as local restaurants that are struggling.  Please contact Sharon Maloney with any questions concerning contributions, or Kim Kennedy with questions about the program.
 
Mindfulness Virtual Retreat at Mercy by the Sea
Mindfulness in Challenging Times will be offered via Zoom on Saturday, February 13th from 9AM - 11:15AM. It will be offered again on March 13th. The program will be led by led by Jerry Silbert, M.D, a physician who trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  Dr. Silbert has been facilitating workshops and retreats for more than 25 years. Members of our church are attending. Each person is registering him or herself. To register visit our website: www.mercybythesea.org or call Guest Services at 203.245.0401. For information on attending with church members, please contact Corrine Sternberg. Following your registration, you will receive a Zoom invitation and instructions for participation.  The program fee is $25 and all proceeds will be donated exclusively to Mercy by the Sea. No prior experience in mindfulness is needed to participate.
 
NACCC (Virtual) Annual Meeting
The NACCC Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th.  The meeting will include pre-recorded and live workshops, and all workshops will be recorded for viewing after the meeting.  There is no registration fee, but registration will be required.  NACCC expects to open registration in early March and we will keep you posted.  For more details, please see the registration brochure. You may also want to take a look at the workshops list or the tentative agenda.  This is an opportunity to connect with our national association without traveling across the country.
 
Bible Study on February 10th
The topic for this week's study will be the Gift of Rest 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.  

Fellowship Time on Zoom Cancelled for 2/7
Due to the Annual Meeting this Sunday, Fellowship Time has been cancelled but will resume at the same time next week.
 
REMINDERS!

Amazing Grace Food Pantry Donations
We are still accepting food donations for Amazing Grace.  You can drop them off on Tuesday or Thursday between 10AM and 3PM.  If you'd like to arrange another time, please call the office at 860-632-0733.  
 
Lent Devotional Booklets
The office has 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 booklet in the mail, please email your postal address to Chris Foley.
 
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 recording 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

                                 
                               
                    
                             Annual Meeting                  2/7    11:00 - 12:00 PM
                             Trustees Meeting               2/9      6:00 -   7:00 PM  
                            
 Bible Study                        2/10   10:00 -  11:00 AM
                            
                            
       
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)
*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 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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