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“Make me to know your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” Psalm 25: 4-5
Message from the Pastor
     I’m encouraged to hear news of all the people who are receiving vaccinations for COVID-19. I’m hopeful that the positivity rate, now below 3%, will continue to drop. But we need to remain vigilant. As we resume in-person worship on March 14, we will continue to practice all the safety protocols put into place in the fall. Even if you have been fully vaccinated, the CDC doesn’t know if you could pass the virus on to someone who hasn’t been. So, we will continue to wear masks, maintain 6 feet distances, refrain from singing, and enjoy a shorter worship service.
     Some of you have inquired about my vaccination status as a member of the clergy. Yesterday, I spoke with Christine Stopka who replaced Dennis McCann as the Director of Spiritual Care at Middlesex Hospital. She told me that the state doesn’t recognize clergy as a distinct group in the vaccination timeline. I will be eligible for a vaccination in late spring or summer based solely upon my age.
     At the hospital, clergy visitation continues to be discouraged. In order for me to make a hospital visit, the patient or patient’s family has to make the request to the hospital staff. Some compassionate visits are allowed to facilitate healing and recovery. The hospital also offers video chat via iPad and I can schedule that for you or your family members at your request. Christine Stopka is also available to act as an intermediary between me and patients from our congregation who are in the hospital. Please continue to let me know how I can continue to support you as you experience hardships of any kind.
     I look forward to worshiping in-person with you next month. I have missed seeing you on Sunday morning.

Three-session, Lenten Bible Study Starts 2/24
So far, three people have signed up for the Wednesday evening Lenten Bible Study. Hoping to entice more people to join in, the focus of the study has been honed to three sessions to occur on February 24, March 10, and March 24. The topics will be Good Friday, Palm Sunday, and Easter respectively. We will use study guides provided online by the Bible Project which include audio and video components. Preparation for each biweekly session can be completed in 30 minutes. Please let Pastor Nancy know if you are interested in participating via Zoom in one or more of these Bible study sessions which are designed to enrich your observance of Holy Week.
Donate to Amazing Grace Food Pantry next Week!
Food donations for Amazing Grace will be picked up from the church on Friday, February 26.  If you haven't already donated this month, please consider bringing a donation to the church office on Tuesday or Thursday 2/23 or 2/25. The office will be open from 10AM - 3PM.  No appointment is needed. Just ring the doorbell outside the office doors and we will greet you.
Invitation to Participate in a Study on Prayer and Pain
Dr. Samantha Meints of Brigham and Women’s Hospital is leading an examination of the role of prayer as a way of coping with chronic pain. People use many techniques to cope with chronic pain, including praying to God or a higher power. The research aims to better understand the role of prayer in coping with chronic pain and what kinds of prayer are most helpful. If you are interested in participating, you can go directly to the screening website.
Fellowship Time on Zoom, Sunday 2/21
Fellowship Time will be a 15 minutes shorter this Sunday (from 11 - 11:30AM) due to the Deacons Meeting at 11:30.  As usual, the email containing login information will go out on Saturday morning at 10 am.
Bible Study on February 21st
The topic for this week's study will be God's Wisdom on Display.  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.  
Meet the Staff on the Third Church Website
You can put faces to the names of our church staff by visiting the Staff page on our website.  In addition to individual photos, you'll learn a bit about what each person does for the church.  Phone numbers and emails addresses are provided, too. 
Easter Flowers Order Form
The order form for this year's Easter flowers was emailed to all members on Tuesday.  If you didn't get one, or can't open the attachment, please contact Chris Foley or Sue Charter asap so we can mail one to your home. Choose from three different types of 6 inch plants:  Lilies are $8 each; tulips or daffodil plants are $6 each.  Please remember that our order is due at the greenhouse by March 10th so don't delay!
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.

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, 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 To choose us:
1.    Visit
2.    Sign in with your 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                 2/21   11:00 -  11:25AM   
                             Deacons Meeting               2/21   11:30 -  12:30PM                       
                             Bible Study                        2/24   10:00 -  11:00AM
                             Lenten Bible Study            2/24     7:00 -    8:00PM                  
Prayer Requests
*Please pray for Susan Clark who is undergoing surgery the week of 2/22.  (2/18)
*Please pray for Ruth and Tom Law.  Tom is hospitalized with COVID and has been in intensive care since 2/15.  (2/18)
*Please pray for Patty Mailhot's relative, Jessica, who is undergoing radical surgery on 2/26. (2/18)
*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)
*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 website
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Rev. Nancy Lois, Pastor (413) 250-9895
Chris Foley, Administrative Assistant (860) 632-0733

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