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"I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." Jeremiah 31:33
Sanctuary Doors to Open 9:50 am on Sunday
To continue offering the safest possible in-person worship experience for everyone, the doors leading to the sanctuary from Miner Street will remain locked until 9:50 am on Sunday mornings. Please plan to arrive at the church between 9:50 and 10 am, and to enter the sanctuary quietly. We know you are so happy to see one another, but for another month or two, we ask that you refrain from socializing inside the sanctuary. Please plan to catch up with your friends outside after the service. Hopefully, soon, as vaccinations continue to  increase and infection rates decrease, we will be able to lift this restriction.
 
Sanctuary Worship and Live-stream Reminders
Please enter the sanctuary by one of the two green doors on Miner Street. Please enter on the side you intend to sit on, as the sanctuary will be divided down the middle. As you enter, please take advantage of the touchless hand sanitizers mounted to the walls on both sides of the narthex. You will be required to wear your mask when in the sanctuary. Free cloth masks will be available for your convenience as you enter.  An offering plate will be just inside the door on each side of the sanctuary.
 
Singles and couples will sit in the center pews, while couples and families will sit along the walls. Every other pew is roped off. Do not sit in a roped off pew. In the center pews that are not roped off, the spaces on both ends are marked "Please Keep This Seat Free." Singles and couples should sit in the middle of the pew, avoiding either end in order to comply with physical distancing guidelines. Please fill the seats at the front of the sanctuary first, leaving the seats at the back for last. Nate Chapin and Martha Deegan will be our welcoming deacons this week.  One will be on each side of the Sanctuary, to answer your questions, help you get seated, and meet other needs.

For the benefit of anyone who is unable to attend in-person, Sunday's service will again be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel.  An email will be sent on Saturday that will include the YouTube link and a copy of Sunday's Order of Worship. 

If you wish to watch the view the worship service after it's over, the easiest way to find the recording is to visit the church’s website.  When you click “Play Video,” on the "Worship" page of the church website, you will see the most recent church service. If you are having trouble finding this, please call Pastor Nancy or Chris Foley, and they will be happy to walk you through the process.

Sunday School Continues on Zoom
Sunday School will continue to be offered at 10 am on Zoom only. At this time, there is no date set for returning to in-person Sunday School. Please contact Johanna Tessman with any questions or concerns. If you would like to receive the Zoom login information for Sunday School, please ask Chris Foley to add you to the list.

 
Bible Study on March 24th
The name of next Wednesday's Bible Study is How God Treats His Enemies. If you plan to participate next Wednesday, please visit this link prior to the meeting to hear the audio, watch the video, read the scripture, and review the lesson questions. A reminder email, including Zoom login information, will be sent to all regular participants next Tuesday.
 
Happy Birthday!
Beginning in April, we're planning to recognize members birthdays in News & Notes. Be assured that only the month and day will be included!  We'll create our Happy Birthday lists using the information in ChurchTrac so please be sure you've included your date of birth in your ChurchTrac profile. To check your profile, or add your date of birth, simply follow these three steps: 
  1. Go to the ChurchTrac Home page (https://miner.churchtrac.com) and sign in or register.
  2. Next, click the three-bar Menu icon in the upper left corner and choose "My Profile"
  3. You will be taken automatically to your personal profile page and your birthday should be entered in the second box beneath your name.  Any edits you make or information you add will be saved automatically. While you're there, please confirm that your contact information is correct.
  4. If you have trouble accessing ChurchTrac, please call Pastor Nancy or Chris Foley. They will be happy to walk you through the process.
 
REMINDERS!
 
Invitation from the NACCC
Cynthia Bacon Hammer, the Moderator of the NACCC, is inviting you to the Annual Meeting, Racial Justice Workshops, and Thursday afternoon prayer.
These opportunities, offered by the National Association, are held via Zoom.  Watch and listen to her video invitation here.

 
New Edition of Our Daily Bread
The March-April-May edition of Our Daily Bread devotionals booklet has arrived at the church office.  You can pick up a copy during office hours, in the narthex on Sunday morning, or request that a copy be mailed to you.  In the case of the latter, please email your request to Chris Foley and include your mailing address.
 
NACCC (Virtual) Annual Meeting Registration is Open!
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.  Registration is open. There is only one vote per church, so please register as a non-voting attendee.  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. Pastor Nancy, Kim Kennedy, and Paul Kennedy attended the Annual Meeting in 2019. Feel free to ask them what it's like. 
 
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.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS                                                    
                                                
                                                 
                                            Diaconate Meeting           3/21    11:30  -    12:30PM    
                                            Bible Study                        3/24   10:00   -   11:00 AM   


 
       
Prayer Requests
*Please pray for Danielle Czesak’s friends Dee and John who have been diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for the success of their treatments and the protection of their children. (3/18)
*Please pray for Peggy Root's aunt and godmother who was recently in the hospital and now residing permanently in a nursing home due to deteriorating health. (3/11)
*Please pray for Shawn's friend Jennifer who is in hospice. Also, pray for Jennifer's family. (3/11)
*Please pray for the family and friends of Emery, Jeff and Martha's neighbor and friend. Emery passed away on Wednesday, March 3, after a long hospitalization for COVID-19. He is survived by his wife and two sons. (3/4)
*Please pray for Ruth Law whose beloved husband Tom passed away on Sunday, February 21st. Prayers for Tom's family and friends as they mourn his loss. (2/25)
*Please pray for Susan Clark who is recovering from surgery.  (2/18)
*Please pray for Patty Mailhot's relative, Jessica, who is recovering from surgery. And prayers of thanks that Jessica is now cancer free. (2/18)
*Please pray for the people in Texas and Oklahoma whose lives and homes have been upended by extreme weather. (2/25)
*Please pray for leaders in all areas of life that they may govern with wisdom and compassion. (3/4)


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

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.

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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