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"So the last will be first, and the first will be last." Matthew 20:16
Funeral Service for Joan Garofalo
Saturday, September 19, 11AM on the church grounds. 

Indoor Worship begins October 4
Kim sent out a questionnaire through Survey Monkey on Tuesday, September 15th. Please respond, so we'll know whether or not you will be joining us in person for the first indoor worship service.  The Deacons are meeting on Sunday to plan for indoor worship. We would like to have a good idea of how many are planning to attend.
If you already responded, thank you!

 The live streaming project is on the back burner for now. If you can't worship in person, please look for the videotape of the service on our YouTube Channel on Sunday afternoons.

Welcome Christine Foley, our New Administrative Assistant
Christine Foley is beginning work as the church's new Administrative Assistant on Tuesday, September 22. Chris resides in Portland and took early retirement from a successful 25 year career in marketing communications. We are blessed to have someone with Chris's experience and skills excited to begin working at our church. Chris will work alongside Kim Kennedy for her first 3 days on the job. Kim's last day as church secretary will be Wednesday, September 30, but you will continue to see Kim serving God as the Chair of Christian Education, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Missions Committee, and a devoted member of Third Church. Please assist in this transition by thanking Kim for her years of faithful service, welcoming Chris to her new position, and working with Chris on the administrative functions you are accustomed to Kim handling. Chris and I will be in the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am - 3 pm. -- Pastor Nancy
 
Mission Opportunities

Middlesex Habitat for Humanity (MHFH) purchased 171 Hubbard Street, a house in desperate need of renovation, from the town of Middlefield, in June of 2020. Renovations are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2020.  We are asking to schedule a date for volunteers on this home. Curtis Weybright, Middlesex Habitat for Humanity (MHFH) Construction Manager, will lead the renovation of the three-bedroom house. MHFH is committed to transforming the house by lowering utilities and maintenance costs, while increasing the efficiency and durability of the home. The house will be renovated to meet ENERGY STAR standards by using energy-efficient features, such as effective insulation, efficient heating equipment, and ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and appliances.  The Middlefield House Renovation will be our second Veteran Build. A homeowner search will begin in September of 2020.



2020 Natural Disasters   This is an unprecedented time in our country. From the California wildfires to the the tornado that devastated Iowa to the tropical storm/hurricane season already upon us, these natural disasters have affected hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens and continue to threaten many others.  NACCC has a donation site on their website, go to https://www.naccc.org/now-trending.html.

Thank you to all who are donating non-perishable food items to Amazing Grace Food Pantry. As we are now worshiping in person, please resume the practice of bringing donations to the church each Sunday. We will collect them at the outdoor worship services. If you are unable to attend worship, and would like to make a donation, please feel free to drop off donations during our office hours or contact the church office to make an appointment for drop-off at a time convenient for you.
 
St. Pauly Clothing Shed:  Please note that our clothing shed is closed for now.  The company was overloaded with inventory and could not keep up with the donations.  We will let you know when it reopens.
 
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
Pastor Nancy and Kim Kennedy are now in the office on Tuesdays from 1-4 pm and Thursdays from 9 am - 12 pm. Voicemail and email are checked daily.
Upcoming Meetings
Deacons 9/20 11:15M  in-person with physical distancing with masks in sanctuary
Standing Committee 9/27 8AM


 
Celebrating 400 Years of American Congregationalism. 
Learn more about our Congregational History at naccc.org
Did you know Katherine Lee Bates...
Katherine Lee Bates is best known as the author of “America the Beautiful” but she did much more than that. Her mother, Cornelia Frances Lee raised her and her family. Her father Rev. William Bates died soon after she was born. Despite a difficult start Katherine got a college education at Wellesley and, with some prize money, went on to study further at Oxford University in England. She came back to Wellesley to teach but did not stop there. She pioneered courses in American Literature, wrote a text to support the courses and established American Literature as a discipline. Katherine was known as a mentor and encourager of young women. She authored books of poetry, travel, essays, children’s and young people's literature. She popularized the figure of Mrs. Santa Claus.Near the end of WW I she became a war correspondent for the New York Times. She wrote for The Congregationalist and Christian Century. It was on a trip to Colorado and climbing Pikes Peak that she was inspired to write “America the Beautiful”.
...was a Congregationalist?
       Prayers of the People
*Please pray for the Chapin and Garofalo family on the loss of Joan.
*Please pray for those in California dealing with the wildfires.
*Please pray for Nancy J's cousin, Bill and his wife, Hannah, to be kept safe from harm while the fires are raging close to their home in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
*Please continue to pray for Sharon, sister of Carol and Patti, she has finished chemo and is waiting on test results for next procedure.
*Please pray for Larry and Lisa, friends of Dennis, who are awaiting test results.
*Please pray for Karen, friend of Joyce, who lost her husband Gary to cancer.
*Please pray for Marti, mother of Becky, in hospice care.
*Please pray for continued improvement for Randy's mother, she is home with some help and doing well.
*Please pray for Rose, friend of Jane, who is out of remission and dealing with Pancreatic Cancer again.
*Please pray for our friend, Joy, who is recovering at home. 7/12
*Please pray for Linda, Christopher and Cindy on the passing of Jonathan. 7/2
*Please continue to pray for our friends, Arlene and Bill, who are experiencing health issues but are doing okay.
*Please continue to pray for Ralph, uncle of Janice, moved to rehab and now to continue to improve and get off the ventilator.


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
Kim Kennedy, Secretary (860)788-3575


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