Niantic Community Church http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org A community of Christians, learning God’s ways, sharing God’s love and extending God’s peace and healing grace to all. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:12:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.6 Adult Church School July 30th http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/26/adult-church-school-july-30th/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/26/adult-church-school-july-30th/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:12:41 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=6934 Chara—A Greek word meaning thanksgiving, to be thankful, envelopes the Greek root word charis meaning grace, and the derivative chara which is Greek for joy.” [Urban Dictionary]  Thanksgiving, grace, joy.  This week, the class begins a DVD series entitled One Thousand Gifts in which presenter Ann Voskamp challenges us to “wake to the joy that really matters.”  But, you might ask, how do we live a life of joy when life is filled with so much hurt?  Ann is no stranger to hurt.  As a young child, she witnessed her toddler sister crushed beneath the wheels of a delivery truck.  Come hear how Ann eventually learned to find joy in the midst of life’s challenges.

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Adult Church School July 23rd http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/19/adult-church-school-july-23rd/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/19/adult-church-school-july-23rd/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:48:02 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=6932 Chara—A Greek word meaning thanksgiving, to be thankful, envelopes the Greek root word charis meaning grace, and the derivative chara which is Greek for joy.” [Urban Dictionary]  Thanksgiving, grace, joy.  This week, the class begins a DVD series entitled One Thousand Gifts in which presenter Ann Voskamp challenges us to “wake to the joy that really matters.”  But, you might ask, how do we live a life of joy when life is filled with so much hurt?  Ann is no stranger to hurt.  As a young child, she witnessed her toddler sister crushed beneath the wheels of a delivery truck.  Come hear how Ann eventually learned to find joy in the midst of life’s challenges.

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Adult Church School July 16th http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/12/adult-church-school-july-16th/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/12/adult-church-school-july-16th/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:06:33 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=6930 Join us for a sermon talk-back this week. Bring your thoughts and questions, and be part of the conversation. You’re also welcome to bring your coffee with you, but come and enjoy the fellowship of other seekers.  The bell ringing during coffee hour is your signal that the class is about to begin.

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Christian Education Youth Minister (CEYM) Search Update http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/12/christian-education-youth-minister-ceym-search-update/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/12/christian-education-youth-minister-ceym-search-update/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:06:03 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=6980 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, UMC, and divinity school web sites in the northeast region. The end date for accepting applications was July 14 and interviews are planned for the first week of August. If you have any thoughts to share or questions please contact Kathy at kathrynleindecker@gmail.com

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Summer Suppers http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/03/summer-suppers/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/03/summer-suppers/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:48:28 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=6975 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 & 6:30. Eat inside where it’s cool & air conditioned. Take-out available. $12 Adults/ $5 kids 12 & under. (Tickets at the door.)

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Job Opening at NCC http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/03/job-opening-at-ncc/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/07/03/job-opening-at-ncc/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:24:16 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=6972 Looking for a full-time layperson to become our Christian Education and Youth Minister. Application deadline is July 14. Please see full details under the About Us/Employment section.

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Adult Church School July 9th http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/06/28/adult-church-school-july-9th/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:57:19 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=6928 In 2008, Karen Armstrong, a British author and former Roman Catholic nun, received the TED talk prize for her proposal to create a Charter for Compassion.  The next year, the Charter was unveiled and since has been signed by many and diverse religious, social, and political leaders as well as other concerned world citizens.  On Sunday, July 7, the adult Sunday morning class will be viewing her TED talk and examining the Charter for Compassion.  As with any of the classes, what an individual chooses to do in response to the presentation is a personal choice.  But it may also be that the entire congregation will be inspired to respond.  It’s a powerful message.  So if you see your faith as something more than doctrine, dogma, and denomination.  If you believe compassion lies at the core of Christ’s message.  If you see your faith extending beyond Niantic Community Church to a global community of faith, then you’ll want to attend this class.  The class meets every Sunday in the Fellowship Room about 15 minutes after the end of the worship service—when the bell rings during Coffee Hour.  However, for this presentation on July 7, the class will be meeting in the Sanctuary.  Your attendance will be a blessing to you, to the class, and possibly to the world so badly in need of compassion.

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Adult Church School July 2nd http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/06/28/adult-church-school-july-2nd/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:27:24 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=6926 This week we travel (virtually) to the Valley of Elah where the momentous encounter between David and Goliath took place.  What an epic story, a story for all times.  So what about us in our times?  Does our faith equip us to face those difficult, seemingly impossible, circumstances like the one David encountered?  The leader’s guide says, “Who [God] has made us to be is enough.”  That seemed to be enough for David.  What about us?  Come join us as we seek to grow in faith and trust so that no matter how invincible our Goliaths might appear, we’ll be prepared to confront them—with God’s help.

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Adult Church School June 25th http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/06/20/adult-church-school-june-25th/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:21:48 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=6924 The Promised Land has never been fully inhabited by the Jewish people.  For that matter, we Christians seem to have similar difficulty inhabiting the “kingdom of God” where Jesus calls us to live.  You see, there are always powerful and resolute resistors of God’s way.  In the case of the ancient Israelites, one of the greatest threats was the Philistine nation.  They were certainly a military threat, but more so a cultural threat because the Israelites found themselves drawn to the Philistines superior technology, their lifestyle, and their worship of pagan gods.  What is it that draws us away from God’s way?  And how do we confront those forces in our culture and in our lives?  We hope you’ll join us for this important conversation.

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New London Community Meal June 24th http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/06/13/new-london-community-meal-june-24th/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:03:37 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=6956 Next Community Meal is Saturday, June 24th.  The menu is busy day casserole, green beans, fruit cocktails and brownies.  We will need 6-7 volunteers to help serve the meal, a salad maker, and brownie bakers to leave their wares in the freezer next to the scullery dated and marked for the meal.  For food donations we would appreciate boxes of macaroni, cans of diced tomatoes and shredded cheddar cheese.  Please leave donations in the kitchen marked “Community Meal.”.  Please call Anne with any questions.  (860-739-7455.)

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