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New London Community Meal October 28th

The next community meal is scheduled for Saturday, October 28. Liz Buhler will be preparing the main meal, Shepard’s Pie. We will need five servers and donations of bread, juice, and brownies or other desserts. They love cookies but no nuts please. We will also... read more

Jack Frost Bazaar lives on

72 year old tradition resuscitated and given new life The 72nd annual Jack Frost Bazaar at Niantic Community Church almost didn’t happen this year as co-chairs Jennifer Datum and Susan Brown retired after a job well done for the past eight years. As they stepped down,... read more

Adult Church School October 8th

This week we get to choose between total depravity and predestination.  Perhaps that statement requires some clarification.  John Calvin, a leader of the Reformation, offered his own perspectives on these prickly topics that remain confusing and contentious 500 years... read more

from the Search Committee

Search Committee Update Once again, the NCC congregation responds.  Your Search Committee organized a series of Cottage Meetings to get your views on what you were looking for in a new settled pastor.  You came out and you shared your thoughts: 11 Cottage Meetings... read more

Adult Church School October 1st

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Now, you’re not alone if you’re wondering, what’s the Reformation?   According to one writer, “The Reformation marked the end of the medieval and feudal world and the... read more

Adult Church School September 24th

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Now, you’re not alone if you’re wondering, what’s the Reformation?   According to one writer, “The Reformation marked the end of the medieval and feudal world and the... read more

Wednesday Morning Study Group

WEDNESDAY MORNING STUDY GROUP TO RESUME SEPTEMBER 27TH. Christian Believer: Knowing God With Heart and Mind is an integrated thirty-week study of the Bible and the classical teachings of the Christian faith. The aim of this study is to make available to participants... read more

Adult Church School September 10th

Last week, the class was encouraged to count its blessings and give thanks.   But the call doesn’t end with thanksgiving.  This week, we learn that a gift truly received never stops giving.  And that happens when our focus is on The Giver.  Unfortunately, we often... read more

Friendship Sunday

Friendship Sunday is this Sunday, September 10th! Join us at 9:30 a.m. for a service including the start of a new Sunday School year for youth (pre-k through 12th grade.) There will also be a second service at 11:15 a.m. We hope to see you there! read more

New London Community Meal August 26th

New London Community meal  scheduled for Saturday August 26.  Laureen McCarthy is making Chicken Linguine Pie and mixed summer veggies. We will need someone to make the salad, 5 servers and anyone who would like to donate zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, onions form... read more

Photography programs begin in September

Two photography programs offered this fall.:  Knowing Your Camera will give you some tools to improve your photography skills, while  Contemplative Photography will invite you into a deeper relationship with God through your camera lens. No experience or fancy camera... read more

Confirmation 2017-18

At our church, Confirmation is the reaffirmation of our youths’ Baptisms, often secured by their parents or guardians. This year we will offer Confirmation classes, beginning at the end of September, alternating nearly every other week, and culminating with the... read more

11:15AM SERVICES OF WORSHIP

At their June Prudential Board meeting, the officers and members discussed the possibility of offering only 9:30 am Services this church year, excepting on Friendship, Reformation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and Confirmation Sundays. The reasons for this are... read more

Search Committee “Cottage Meetings”

Time is running out for your voice to be heard.  Your Search Committee is conducting Cottage Meetings this month to hear from congregational members on their views for the preferred future of NCC.  There are a limited number of opportunities left.  Two meetings are... read more

Search Committee “Cottage Meetings”

This is your chance: The Search Committee charged with finding a new Settled Pastor for NCC needs your help – and soon.  As part of the process of developing a Church Profile, describing who we are and what we seek in a new Pastor, we are holding Cottage... read more

Christian Education Youth Minister (CEYM) Search Update

Christian Education Youth Minister (CEYM) Search Update: The following individuals have agreed to serve with me on the CEYM search committee: Sue Martin, Andrew Proud, Kim Saucier, and Christian Wilson. The full-time CEYM position has been posted in a number of UCC,... read more

Summer Suppers

July 11 & 25, August 8. A summer tradition since 1966. Let us do the cooking and serve you too! Roast beef/roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, beverage, homemade desserts Indoor & outdoor seatings at 5:30... read more

Vacation Bible School 2017

Vacation Bible School will be held July 10 – 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Free! Children in preschool through 4th grade are invited to attend. The theme this year is Camp E.D.G.E: Experience & Discover God Everywhere. More... read more

Adult Christian Education Videos

The library of Adult Christian Education videos and programs is available for borrowing in the Christian Education office. If you missed a class or didn’t get to finish a series you really enjoyed, you can borrow it by signing it out in the Adult Education... read more

Confirmation Class Update

Our Confirmands completed their final class at Fulton Funeral Home in Niantic last Thursday; many never having missed a single class, lock-in and worship service over these past nine months. Most everyone has also finished the first-drafts of their Personal Statements... read more

United Methodist Church Update

United Methodist Church Update For those of you, who read last Saturday’s New York Times, you may have leaned that the UMC Judicial Council (highest court) brought into question by a vote of 6-to-3 the Consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto of the UMC’s... read more

Rev. Landon Lindsay

Betty Lindsay advised that Landon is moved permanently into The Pines health center nursing home at Carolina Meadows. At 92 years he is weakened greatly from the physical problems and has deteriorated more from his advancing dementia. – She remains right next... read more

Interim CE Director and Interim Youth Minister

Interim CE Director and Interim Youth Minister. After a thoughtful period of discernment with the officers, CE Committee and former Search Committee for a CEYM, we are pleased to announce the hire of two ministers.Having served in this position from 2002-7 and... read more

Rev. Landon Lindsay

Our beloved former NCC Pastor and his wife Rev. Landon and Betty Lindsay moved last fall from independent living to assisted living at their retirement center Carolina Meadows due to Landon’s increasing age related health problems. Last week Betty advised the... read more

Easter Services

Good Friday, April 14 Service at 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 16 Worship Services 6:00 Sunrise Service at McCooks’ Point Park 7:00, 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. at NCC Please join us! read more

Junior Youth Rock-a-Thon March 18th

Junior Youth Rock-A-Thon Saturday, March 18th. Junior youth members and their families are invited to meet at 6pm in the dining hall for a pot-luck meal and fellowship time. Please bring your favorite dinner or dessert dishes to share. Youth will begin rocking at 7pm... read more

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

Join us for a pancake dinner (with musical entertainment) on Shrove Tuesday, February 28, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for both the middle school and high school mission trips. A lenten meditation walk will follow dinner. read more

Sanctuary Flowers

Sanctuary Flowers. The flowers we enjoy in worship each week are donated by church members and friends to celebrate, honor or remember loved ones or events. The 2017 Flower Chart is located on the bulletin board outside the Church Office. There are several dates... read more

Smile Amazon.com

Did you know that you can support Niantic Community Church by shopping at Amazon.com? Navigate to Smile.Amazon.com and you will be prompted to pick a non-profit organization to receive 0.5% donation from qualifying purchases made on the site. Niantic Community Church... read more

Special Congregational Meeting on Feb. 26

NOTICE OF CALL is given herewith to the members of the Niantic Community Church, Inc. for a Special Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, February 26, 2017, immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service, for the purpose of voting on which denomination (UCC or UMC) we... read more

Storm Closing Thursday 2/9

Due to  significant snow accumulation predicted for Thursday, 2/9, church offices will be closed and all programs and events are cancelled. read more

UCC/CT Conference/NL Association Workshop

UCC/CT Conference/NL Association Workshop This Saturday from 9-11:30 am in our Multipurpose Room, Rev. Charlie Kuckenbrod from the CT Conference, will lead a workshop on Stewardship for the CT Conf, UCC/New London Association. Called “Seeds Need Good Soil... read more

What’s Next – Congregational Forum

On Sunday, January 22, there will be only one service at 9:00 a.m. Following the service we will be hosting the District Superintendent of the CT/Western MA UMC and our Sabbatical Interim Regional Minister from the CT Conference UCC for a congregational forum. They... read more

Advent program wraps up

Thank you for journeying with us here and at home. I pray you found this experience fruitful during your holiday season. Although our program is wrapping up now, our work in the world continues for some, and is just beginning for others. Enjoy this last reflection as... read more

Epiphany Pot Luck tomorrow

So many questions. It’s not easy to know the “right” way to be a good Christian. Richardson invites us into the mystery as we try to discern how to be the best that we are called to be. Join us Wednesday, January 4 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Room,... read more

What brings you joy?

In today’s reading we are invited to reflect on our past year. We don’t often take time for that as we are swept along on life’s magic carpet. Richardson asks good questions like what makes you happy? What accomplishments are you most proud of?... read more

Wednesday Morning Study Group

The Wednesday Morning Study Group will start a new series on January 18 entitled “How Jesus Became God.” The series is part of the Great Courses series produced by the Teaching Company. The lecturer will be Bart Ehrman who has been our lecturer for the current series... read more

Guest Post by Joanne Moore

The bell concert and the evening with my fellow Advent journey-ers certainly ended last week on a high note. It did seem that the world was at peace, even in harmony. Then I watched the news, and today’s reading was just what I needed to get through emotions.... read more

Think less, love more

Richardson is so honest in today’s reading, her words sounding very familiar. “I focus on what’s wrong rather than what’s right and become critical and unforgiving.” Yikers! It’s so true for many of us.  And the shorter the number... read more

Women, Food & God begins January 12, 2017

Women, Food & God will be the topic of an 8 week program that begins January 12. Held on Thursdays, from 1:00-2:30, it is a multimodal holistic program that will include prayerful meditation, music, movement, opportunities for creative expression, guest speakers... read more

Third Refugee Family to arrive January 4, 2017

The third Refugee family is scheduled to arrive on January 4th.  NCC will be filling their pantry with the first three weeks of food.  We have saved all the food donated in the summer and will shop for the perishables with the gift cards and money that was donated. ... read more

Christmas Services

There will be an evening Service of Light, which is held on the shortest day of the year, December 21st at 7 pm; and our Christmas Eve services at 5 pm especially for young families, 8 pm for the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols with candles; and 11 pm for... read more

Be not afraid…

“God’s great love for the world is manifest in God’s gift of Jesus to us. Into a world filled with fear, uncertainty, and discord, God sends hope, saying, “I am with you,” writes Richardson. What a comfort to know we are not alone. The... read more

Epiphany Pot Luck Supper

Have you enjoyed reading The Uncluttered Heart?  Join us for an: Epiphany Pot Luck Supper Wednesday, January 4, 2017   /   6 p.m. Crack open your church cookbook and bring a dish to share and let’s recap some on our favorite things about The Uncluttered Heart and our... read more

Women, Food & God

Women, Food & God will be the topic of an 8 week program that begins January 12. Held on Thursdays, from 1:00-2:30, it is a multimodal holistic program that will include prayerful meditation, music, movement, opportunities for creative expression, guest speakers... read more

Are you finding joy in Advent ?

It is not always easy finding joy during this Advent season. As I contemplated the work yet to be done to make this holiday  “complete,” a friend sent me this short video that made me smile, and remember what Advent is really all about. I hope it makes you... read more

What is Advent?

In today’s reading we are called to be fully present in our bodies as a way of tapping into God’s leading for us. Our seasonal busyness sometimes keeps us from honoring that need to be present and fully experience God within us. Perhaps the gift we give... read more

2017 Taize Pilgrimage Scholarships

Three $2,000 scholarships to Taize available. Scholarships for the 2017 Taizé Pilgrimage will be awarded to up to three participants who are each willing to start a new Taizé style service in New England based upon the principles used by the community in France.... read more

Guest Post by Joanne Moore

  Today’s reading from Psalm 85 still has me trusting that God’s hand will influence peace and justice on our earth. With all the forces acting in the world to disrupt just those very visions, it is a true comfort to believe that God can and will... read more

Have you ever considered reading the entire Bible?

Have you ever considered reading the entire Bible?  Bible Gateway.com has given us a very easy format which can make this a real possibility.  Each day you will receive on your tablet, phone, or computer a portion of the Old Testament, beginning with Genesis 1, and... read more

Youth Fellowship Non-Fundraiser at the Alternative Market

Youth Fellowship Non-Fundraiser at the Alternative Market – Did you know our youth act as the hands and feet of Jesus both within the church and outside our four walls? To help our programs facilitate this service, we need your help! Help the middle school... read more

A call to quiet

“I invite you to be silent with God today,” writes Richardson. What a gift…to be silent with God. How else might we hear ?  Enjoy this video, Waiting in Silence, and then… be still. Waiting in Silence... read more

Advent Journey Begins

Welcome to all who seek to deepen their Advent experience this year. In The Uncluttered Heart, Beth Richardson writes, “Advent is the season of the church year during which we prepare our lives – our hearts, minds, and spirits – for the coming of the Christ child.... read more

The Mitten Tree

The Mitten Tree gift tree is up for your selection. Gift cards will be donated to the Covenant to Care, Care and Share, Start Fresh and the NCC Care Fund.  Gift cards for Kohl’s, Tri-Town, Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, Game Stop, and Best Buy have been requested. The... read more

Jack Frost Bazaar Thank You and Farewell

Jack Frost Bazaar Thank You and Farewell by Jennifer Datum As the 71st Annual Jack Frost Bazaar was drawing to a close at 2:00 p.m., a reporter from the Norwich Bulletin newspaper was interviewing Mrs. Santa (a.k.a. my mom) and then came to ask me and Susan a few... read more

The Mitten Tree

The Mitten Tree gift tree is up for your selection. Gift cards will be donated to the Covenant to Care, Care and Share, Start Fresh and the NCC Care Fund.  Gift cards for Kohl’s, Tri-Town, Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, Game Stop, and Best Buy have been requested. The... read more

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) November 20th

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) – Please join us on Sunday, November 20th at 7:00 pm in the multi-purpose room for a TDOR memorial service organized by OutCT. This annual observance honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of... read more

November 26 Community Meal, New London

Community Meal, Saturday, November 26 (following Thanksgiving).  The menu is classic baked ziti, beans, salad, fruit cocktail and brownies.  We will need 6-7 volunteers to help serve the meal in New London between 11:30 – 1:30.  Also we need brownie bakers to... read more

Buckeye Blast and Recipe

Hello All-We would like to invite you to come this Saturday, November 5, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at NCC to make some buckeyes! These buckeyes will then be sold at the Cookie Corner at the Jack Frost Bazaar on November 12.Carl Putnam will lead us. We are asking for folks... read more

The 71st Annual Jack Frost Bazaar (update)

The 71st Annual Jack Frost Bazaar Saturday, November 12, 2016       9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Luncheon served from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. BUCKEYE WORKSHOP IS NOV 5th from 1pm to 3pm     RSVP to Jennifer Datum Here’s how you can help: Decorators Needed: We need SEVERAL... read more

Treats for Troops

Treats for Troops – Hey NCC! The Youth Fellowship is coordinating a Halloween Candy Giveback Drive to help Operation Gratitude fill care packages with candy for the troops. Deployed troops often miss parts of home that aren’t available where they are,... read more

NCC offers Hope In the Holidays

NIANTIC –  A holiday program for those who struggle with the holiday season for any reason, will be offered at Niantic Community Church on Friday, December 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Hope In the Holidays will be an inspirational,  interactive workshop  to emphasize... read more

The 71st Annual Jack Frost Bazaar

The 71st Annual Jack Frost Bazaar Saturday, November 12, 2016       9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Luncheon served from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Here’s how you can help now: We are looking for volunteers and donations for the following areas: Youth Fellowship making Apple... read more

New London Community Meal October 22nd

Community Meal is Saturday, October 22nd.  Our menu is busy day casserole, green beans, salad, apples and brownies.  We will need 6-7 servers for the meal, a salad maker, bakers to make brownies and leave them in the freezer by the scullery and the following food... read more

Old Stone Burial Ground Fall Cleanup

Old Stone Burial Ground Fall Cleanup. Everyone is cordially invited to join the OSBG committee in the annual fall cleanup of the cemetery.  For students it’s an opportunity for community service.  It will be 9:00 to 11:00 October 15th.  If you are not familiar... read more

WCSA Fall Rummage Sale a Success

Saturday, September 24, was the WCSA semi-annual rummage sale. Liz Kuchta starts organizing items the week before the sale. On Friday, the NCC Dining Hall fills with volunteers who sort clothing and linens and price household items, decorations, and toys. The doors... read more

Junior Youth GaGa Field Trip

Our trip on Sunday, September 25 to the Oswagatchie School GaGa Pit was so much fun. The weather was perfect for our morning adventure. We even had some younger siblings join us to play on the playground. (Click on any image to view alone. And click again to see an... read more

Storage Room Update

Storage Room Update “The storage room in the church is out of control.  There are boxes and items in the isles making it very difficult to move around and get things off the shelves.  There are also things stored within 20 inches of the ceiling which is a... read more

Little Kitchen Cleaning & Organizaing

Little Kitchen Cleaning & Organizing. The little kitchen off the Fellowship Room will be cleaned and organized this month. Any beverage or food items will be put into a bin for General Use during this process. If your group or committee wishes to do the same for... read more

3rd Grade Bible Sunday

On Sunday, September 25th, we will be presenting Bibles to our third graders.  This is an important moment in their faith journey, and we hope you will make every effort to join us at the 9:00 service as we give them their very own Bible.  We suggest that families... read more

Wednesday Morning Disciple Class

The Wednesday morning Disciple Class will resume on Wednesday, September 28, 9:00 to 11:30am in the Fellowship Room. We are going to try something different: a Teaching Company course entitled “The Historical Jesus.” This course consists of 24 one-half hour lectures... read more

71st Annual Jack Frost Bazaar

The 71st Annual Jack Frost Bazaar Saturday, November 12, 2016       9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Luncheon served from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Here’s how you can help now: We are looking for volunteers to fill the positions listed below. Please contact us as soon as... read more

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners

Relax your body, mind and spirit with Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners the 2nd Wednesday of each month beginning September 14th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Yes you can meditate! Come embrace the peace and inner tranquility of guided meditation. No experience or... read more