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"Do not be afraid; for see --  I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people . . . " Luke 2:10
Christmas Pageant on December 20th
Our annual Christmas Pageant will be offered virtually this year. Johanna Tessman is organizing a safe online version of this traditional event. She will be sending instructions on how to view the Pageant online.
 
Christmas Eve Bonfire 7PM & YouTube Service 11PM
Our Christmas Eve services of Lessons and Carols will take place outside around a bonfire at 7 PM with Neil Dokurno leading the socially distanced and masked caroling. At 11 PM, lessons and carols taped from inside the sanctuary will be available for you to enjoy on YouTube from the safety and comfort of your homes. Look for the emailed link to this service on Christmas Eve, or launch the service from the "Worship" page of our newly designed website.
 
Fellowship Time on Zoom -- Your Favorite Christmas Ornament
Since we can't be together in person right now, fellowship time on Zoom is the next best thing.  The time is Sunday from 11 to 11:45 AM. The email containing login information will go out Saturday morning at 10 am. For Sunday, December 13, please bring your favorite Christmas ornament to show us and tell us about why it is meaningful to you. 
 
Pastor Nancy on Vacation / Holiday Office Hours
Pastor Nancy will be on vacation December 21 – 23, and Christmas Day through New Years Day. The church office will be closed on Thursday, December 24.
 
Find It Fast On Our New Website
Click the Calendar / Events tab at the top of any page for up-to-the-minute information about events and meetings at Third Church.  For details about any event listed on the calendar, simply click the event name and the time, etc. will appear.  The info on the Calendar / Events page will be even more helpful to all of us as we begin to resume "normal" activities in the year ahead.

December 16th Bible Study:  Exile
The theme of Bible Study on Wednesday 12/ 16 at 10am is Exile.  Please listen to the audio and watch the video. Also, read Psalm 34, Luke 2: 1-7 and Luke 2: 57-58. Think about the theme of exile in the context of the lyrics from “Away in the Manger.” “Away in the manger, no crib for his bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.”
NACCC Annual Meeting
The 2021 Annual Meeting & Conference originally scheduled for June in Spokane, Washington has been cancelled.  A June 2021 virtual meeting is now in the planning stages. This is an opportunity for those curious about the National Association to learn more without leaving home. Details to follow...
 
REMINDERS!
 
Annual Pastor Evaluation
If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes in the coming week to complete the evaluation for Reverend Lois.  You'll find it on Survey Monkey.
 
Rev. Lois has led us through a dark time in our church, yet through her guidance and leadership we have remained strong. Let's all complete the evaluation to provide her with our feedback. The questionnaire includes five categories:  Worship, Sermons, Pastoral Care, Christian Education, and Leadership.
 
Please complete the evaluation by December 19th so we can begin planning for 2021. 
 
 
 
  
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

 
Fellowship Time    12/13     11:00 - 11:45 AM
                                       Bible Study            12/16     10:00 - 11:00 AM
                                   

 
       
Prayer Requests
*Please pray for Kim Kennedy's son, Sean, who is COVID positive (12/13)
*Please pray for Hannah, Mark & Molly's daughter, as they await test results (12/13)
*Please pray for our friends Leslie and Dean who been been diagnosed with COVID (11/22)
*Please pray for our friend Bill W.'s sister and her husband Frank who recently had a leg amputation above the knee (11/15)

Prayer requests are listed for 4 weeks.  Please let Chris Foley know if you would like to keep them on longer.

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
Chris Foley, Administrative Assistant (860) 632-0733


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