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Adult Church School May 28th

This week we begin a DVD series entitled The Promised Land.  When God called Abram to leave his home and settle in Canaan, God made the reason clear.  “I will make you into a great nation…and all peoples of the earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3)  So... 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

New London Community Meal May 27th

New London Community Meal Saturday, May 27th.  The menu is classic baked Ziti, green beans, salad, fruit cocktail and brownies.  We will need 6-7volunteers to help serve the meal on Saturday and brownie bakers to drop off their wares in the freezer outside the... read more

Adult Church School May 21st

Living into what we want in any area of our life requires some sort of intentional approach.  Sacred Rythms offers us some suggestions.  But each of us is different.  Our priorities are different, and the demands on our time are different.  So we need a plan that... read more

Kabny Family Clothing Needs

For the girls, tops & shirts should be as long as possible -tunic like and the pant style is slim at bottom or legging style Amal (children’s or junior sizing) tops in children’s size M-L; shirts children’s 12-14 or junior size 3 or small; pants... read more

Adult Church School May 14th

In our focus on spiritual practices that bring us closer to God, we come this week to the concept of a daily review. This practice invites us to enter into conversation with God about our experience of the past 24 hours—the gifts we’ve given or not given, our use of... 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

Old Stone Burial Ground Cleanup

Help needed for cemetery cleanup. The Old Stone Burial Ground Committee is looking for help this Saturday (May 6) to clean up the cemetery ( especially the cremation area) in preparation for a burial service on May 13th.  We will start at 9:00am until task is... read more

Adult Church School May 7th

This week’s Adult Church School–Transitional Forum on “Why We Need to (Update) our PPRC (Part 1)” facilitated by Pastor Dianne Arakawa.       read more

Adult Church School May 7th

Following our 9am worship, Adult Church School will hold another in our series of Transitional (Interim) Forums, this time showing the dvd, “Why We Need (to Update) our Pastor Parish Relations Committee” (Part I). Parish Life, Music Worship Arts, Search... 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

Adult Church School April 30th

Adult Church School Class 10:20am in the Youth Room: Be honest now. How many of you have considered honoring your body to be a spiritual practice, a way of drawing closer to God? And yet, we’re told by the Apostle Paul that our bodies are “a temple of the Holy... read more

Adult Church School April 23rd

Reading the Bible.  We’ve been told that it’s good for us.  And, at some level, we believe that to be true.  But, geez, it can be a struggle—at times akin to torture.  And confusing!!!  So what’s a follower of the Word to do?  This week’s class explores a form of... 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

New London Community Meal

Next Community Meal Is Saturday, April 22nd. We need 6-7 volunteers to help serve the meal, a salad maker and brownie bakers to leave their wares in the freezer outside the scullery dated and marked “for community meal.”  The meal is shepherd’s pie,... read more

Adult Church School April 9th

Worship can bring us closer to God.  Sacred music too.  Even fellowship during Coffee Hour.  But there’s something more essential to our relationship with God.  Solitude and silence.  In solitude we draw apart from the company of others.  And “silence deepens our... 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

Adult Church School April 2nd

This week, the class begins a study of spiritual practices that can help us grow closer to God.  The presenter in the DVD-based series Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton, asks us to reflect on times when we’ve felt especially close to God and when we’ve felt apart from... read more

Adult Church School March 26th

Connecting with God. You may have heard that prayer is the key. Our video presenter for this week suggests that a successful connection depends on what kind of a relationship we have with God. If it’s one built on openness and trust, often over a period of time, we... read more

Adult Church School March 19th

This 3rd Sunday of the month from 10:20-11 am Pastor Dianne will offer another Transitional Forum during Adult Church School. This week it will be on the History of Niantic Community Church. This should assist in our search process as we explore from where we have... 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

Adult Church School, March 12th

Adult Church School Class 10:20am in the Fellowship Room: Some of what Jesus asks of us can be easy—perhaps singing praise or visiting someone who is ill.  Other expectations might pose a greater challenge.  We might struggle with forgiving someone who has hurt us or... read more

Adult Church School March 5th

Adult Church School Class 10:20am in the Fellowship Room: We’ve all made promises. So has God.  We call God’s promises covenants.  God has said “yes” to the conditions of each covenant (promises and expectations of how both parties will act), so now it’s up to us to... 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

Adult Church School February 19th

I might compare myself to someone and decide I’m doing pretty well and then, a short time later, compare myself with another person and decide I’m doing poorly.  I might achieve a sought-after goal and think highly of myself only to find out that I’ve failed at... 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

Adult Church School February 12th

“Hi! I haven’t seen you in a while.  How are you doing?” “Fine.” It’s easy to convince ourselves that the life we’re living on the outside is who we are on the inside.  In any relationship, with our self or others or God, we tend to put a positive spin on our life... read more

Adult Church School February 5th

John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer begins with these words: I am no longer my own, but thine.  Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.  Put me to doing, put me to suffering.  Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low... 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

Adult Church School, December 18th

Our Advent journey brings us to a manger “because there was no room for them in the inn.”  In Greek, the word translated as “inn” near the beginning of Jesus’ life is the same word translated as “upper room” or “guest room” near the end of his life, the place where... 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

Adult Church School Sunday December 11th

Last week, we focused on Mary’s visit to Elizabeth at the beginning of Mary’s pregnancy.  This week we look at an almost identical journey Mary made, this time with Joseph, a journey that was infinitely more difficult because she was near the end of her pregnancy. ... 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

Adult Church School December 4th

Mary, in her first trimester of pregnancy, went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, whose pregnancy was in its last trimester. The visit lasted about three months and required an arduous nine- or ten-day trek to get from Nazareth to Ein Karem where tradition says... 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

Adult Church School November 27th

This week, our Advent journey shifts from Nazareth to Bethlehem, from Mary to Joseph.  The Bible doesn’t record a single word spoken by Joseph, but we do learn how he responds to a most perplexing set of circumstances.  The gospel of Matthew identifies him as “a... 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

Adult Church School November 20th

For our Adult Education class at 10:20 am,Pastor Dianne will offer the first of several Transitional Focus Groups.This week’s topic is – What is Transitional Ministry and Why Is It Important?  Please join us to worship God and gather in community! 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

Adult church School November 6th

“HOME”  With over 250  Bible references to “home,”  what is really in our minds and the focus of the world around us when “home” is a center of our culture (and that of other cultures)?  Today, the Adult Bible Class will begin... read more

Adult Church School October 30th

Adult Church School Class 10:20am in the Fellowship Room: Robert Waldinger states, “As we grow up we’re constantly defining ourselves.  With countless labels I build up this creation I call myself.”  Erik Erikson adds, “There is no feeling of being alive without a... read more

Adult Church School November 6th

“HOME”  With over 250  Bible references to “home,”  what is really in our minds and the focus of the world around us when “home” is a center of our culture (and that of other cultures)?  Today, the Adult Bible Class will begin... 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

Adult Church School October 23rd

Adult Church School Class 10:20am in the Fellowship Room: As Christians, we profess to be disciples of Jesus.  So what does that mean?  Well, it doesn’t mean fulfilling a list of requirements.  Instead, it means becoming a student, spending time with the Savior,... 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

Adult Church School October 16th

Adult Church School Class 10:20am in the Fellowship Room: The class will be engaging Pastor Dianne in a sermon talk-back this week.  Bring your thoughts and questions, and be part of the conversation.  You’re guaranteed to leave with a deeper understanding—of the... 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

Adult Church School, October 9th

Adult Church School Class 10:20am in the Fellowship Room: Anne Lamott once said she has basically two prayers: “Help me, help me, help me,” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”  Most of us can probably relate.  Prayer seems to be an instinct of the human heart.  We... 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

Adult Church School October 2nd

Adult Church School Class 10:20am in the Fellowship Room: Treasure. What child doesn’t dream of finding hidden treasure? It’s an exciting thought, isn’t it—finding/acquiring the thing we desire the most. Treasuring is an innately human trait. We hold some things in... 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