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"Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved." Psalm 80:3
Worship in the Sanctuary
As summer turns to fall, we are turning into the sanctuary for worship. Forty-two people are planning to attend  worship in-person this Sunday. If you are one of them, 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. There will be an individual sealed communion cup and a bulletin for you to pick up as you come in. An offering plate will be just inside the door on each side of the sanctuary. Singles and couples should sit in the center pews, while couples and families should 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. Al Baron and Cheri Czesak will be available as welcoming deacons, one on each side of the sanctuary, to answer your questions, help you get seated, and meet other needs. If you are feeling unwell or unable to attend for any reason, please note that the service will be taped. Look for the videotape of the service on our YouTube Channel around 3pm on Sunday afternoon. 
 
Hope -- Adult Bible Study Theme October 7
Our first Bible Study on Hope will be held on Wednesday from 10 - 11 am. Please listen to the audio and watch the video before coming to the lesson. If you have time, please read the Bible passages. In future weeks we will continue to dig into Bible Project's Small Group Bible Study. It offers 26 weekly studies. Each study includes a brief audio message, a brief video, and a Bible passage to read prior to the group meeting. In the group, we will read the Bible passage, and discuss the questions. Preparation time at home will take about an hour each week. The Bible Study will be held on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am beginning October 7. There will be an in-person and Zoom option for those who wish to participate. Please let Pastor Nancy know if you are interested, or if you have any questions. If you are interested in doing the lessons but unable to join the group, the format lends itself to that option. 
 
 
More Voices Wanted
A warm and appreciative thank you to everyone who contributed to the "Our Members Speak" video. There will be a 2nd opportunity to tape a message for visitors to our webpage. Jeff Yardis is looking for 2-3 sentences you can say that will give prospective members a taste of why you are a member of Third Congregational Church. Why are you here? Jeff will be videotaping indoors immediately following the indoor service on October 4. Please remain in your pew at the close of worship, if you are willing to say a few words. The more faces and voices featured in the video, the more welcoming it will be. 
 
In-person Worship in a Pandemic
  • Anyone who feels sick or has a fever, should stay home for their own safety and the safety of others. The service will be taped for you to participate from the safety of your home.  
  • If you choose to worship in-person, try to arrive for the service 10 minutes early, as it will take more time than usual to get settled. 
  • Secure your face mask before leaving your car. 
  • Maintain 6 feet between yourself and others who are not of your household while walking to and from the worship site and the parking lot. 
  • Enter the sanctuary using the doors facing Miner Street or the ramp on Miner Street. Maintain 6 ft. between yourself and the household in front of you. 
  • No one will be permitted in the sanctuary without a face mask. The face mask must cover your nose and chin and remain on your face for the entire service and until you are back inside your car. If you don’t have a face mask, we will give you one. 
  • Please sanitize your hands before entering the sanctuary. Touchless hand sanitizer is provided. 
  • Fill the pews from front to back. Proceed down the aisle to the first available pew. 
  • Worshippers will go directly to their seats. No standing in the sanctuary aisles before or after the church service to visit with other congregants. No stopping to talk. 
  • Pews are marked to indicate where to sit and where not to sit. Sit with members of your household only. 
  • Bibles and hymnals were removed from the pews. 
  • There will be no Congregational singing or responsive readings. 
  • We will still have instrumental music, and in the “silence of their hearts,” congregants can sing along to instrumental hymns or soloist led hymns. 
  • Stationary offering plates will be available as you enter the sanctuary. 
  • After the benediction, please remove your bulletin and toss it in the recycling bin near the exit  doors. Please remove your communion cup and throw into the trash as you leave. 
  • Worshippers will exit the sanctuary gradually, allowing for 6 ft. distances to be maintained between households. 
  • If you choose to socialize outside, please maintain 6 ft. between you, keep your mask on, and stay out of the path of other worshippers going to or from their cars.

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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 Meetings

     BCE Meeting, 10/4 11AM
                Annual FNCCC Meeting, 10/18, 3PM
                  Trustees, Tuesday, 10/13, 6PM
                  Standing Committee, 10/25, 8:30AM
                   Deacons Meeting, 10/18, 11:15 AM


 
       Prayers of the People
*Please pray for the Chapin and Garofalo family on the loss of Joan. 9/20
*Please continue to pray for Sharon, sister of Carol and Patti, that she remains in remission. 10/1
*Please continue to pray for Larry and Lisa, friends of Dennis, who are still awaiting test results. 9/27
*Please pray for Marti, mother of Becky, in hospice care.
*Please pray for continued improvement for Randy's mother, she is home and doing well. 9/20
*Please pray for our friend, Joy, who is recovering at home. 7/12
*Please continue to pray for Linda, Christopher, Joshua and Cindy on the passing of Jonathan. 9/27
*Please continue to pray for our friends, Arlene and Bill, who are experiencing health issues but are doing okay. 9/27
*Please continue to pray for Ralph, uncle of Janice, moved to rehab and now to continue to improve and get off the ventilator. 9/20


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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