Niantic Community Church A community of Christians, learning God’s ways, sharing God’s love and extending God’s peace and healing grace to all. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:07:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Advent Program Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:01:03 +0000 Advent Program 2017

PREPARE THE WAY – Cultivating A Heart For God In Advent  By Pamela C. Hawkins.

Join us in two ways: You can follow along at home, And you can register for Art for Advent at NCC

Tuesdays at 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the NCC Fellowship Room

11/28  Theme – Peace – Collage

12/5    Theme – Justice – Mandala

12/ 12 Theme – Fearlessness – Painting

12/19  Theme – Faithfulness – Prayer Beads

Come for one or all four sessions. Each week we will have prayer/reflection, discussion about the interactive experience that Prepare The Way invites us into, unified by a collective energy of fellowship, guided by the spirit. And each week we will make art that can be used as a tool, during your Advent journey and beyond. No creative experience or skill required. All materials provided and all are welcome. Art for Advent facilitated by Community Minister, Patty Chaffee. A nurturing faith activity sponsored by Parish Life Ministry. Register in the church office.

Books ($9) available in the church office. 860-739-6208. Register for Art for Advent.

Make checks payable to NCC with Advent Book in the memo line. Scholarships always available. Begin readings Monday, 11/27.

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Adult Church School November 19th Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:03:12 +0000 What image comes to mind when you hear the name Francis of Assisi?  A humble man feeding the birds out of his hand, or a resolute man crossing enemy lines around Jerusalem during the Fifth Crusade to meet with the Sultan and “model a different way of interacting with the Islamic world”?  Francis’ efforts on behalf of peace-making and interfaith engagement were such a threat to the establishment that he was removed as head of the religious order he himself had established.  Discipleship can threaten both the system and the saint.  Join us as we examine the life of one who nurtured a deep love for all of God’s creation and what we can learn from his example.

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Adult Church School November 12th Mon, 06 Nov 2017 22:10:49 +0000 ADULT CHURCH SCHOOL NOVEMBER 12TH – Last week we voted to change the Open, Affirming, Reconciling Committee’s constitution definition to include “gender identify, gender expression”. What does that mean? What is all this terminology around gender? How can we be more welcoming of all? Please join us next Sunday following worship for an open discussion to consider these questions and more. Kamora Herrington from True Colors will be joining us to facilitate the conversation and give us things to consider. Sponsored by OAR we think this is an important discussion to have in order to live out our mission as an OAR church. Please come and bring your questions/ideas. High School youth are encouraged to attend this week’s class

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Adult Church School November 5th Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:21:05 +0000 Jesus, as you know, was considered a threat to the powers of his day.  So it’s not surprising that many of his followers have also been perceived as threats either to the secular or religious establishments of their day.  C. K. Robertson refers to six such Christians as “hazardous saints” in the DVD series we begin this week.  First up, the man who helped transform Saul, the Christian-killer, into Paul, the apostle.  You know who Paul was, but do you know who mentored him?  Together they “subversively transformed a small Jewish sect into something altogether new.”  Come and learn more.  Warning: this series could be hazardous to your status quo.

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Sunday, October 29 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 02:50:04 +0000 On Sunday, October 29th, please join us for our worship service at 9:30 a.m. We will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We will also have the dedication of our 2018 pledges. Following the service, there will be a congregational meeting to vote on proposed changes to our constitution.

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Adult Church School October 22nd Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:16:00 +0000 : The adult class will engage with Pastor Dianne in a sermon talk-back Sunday morning.

New London Community Meal October 28th Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:23:47 +0000 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 need a salad maker. Brownies or other desserts can be left in the freezer in the church anytime between now and 10/27.

Interested in cooking or helping prepare a meal?

Please contact Sandy Spencer (860) 460-4601 or via email at if you have any questions or can help. Thanks to everyone who helps to keep this outreach program going.

Jack Frost Bazaar lives on Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:08:24 +0000 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, replacements didn’t step up, and it looked like this holiday tradition might not happen. But through a last ditch appeal to the congregation, church member June Kozak took on the role of event chair, saving the holiday tradition from melting away like a snowman on a summer day. As her predecessors did, she will corral and inspire some 98 plus volunteers who are needed to make the event happen each year, and as it has for so many seasons past, the show will go on, Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m..

Filled with many familiar favorites that draw hundreds of folks from near and far, Kozak has an eye on bringing in new activities and features, that she hopes will entice new visitors and enhance the experience of loyal returning guests. The NCC Children’s Center will be represented with face painting and children’s craft activities and a video of the program’s highlights will be available for parents to view. Mrs. Santa will have a present for the children and in honor of Veteran’s Day, the Cookie Cottage will be giving free cookies to Veterans seeking a sweet treat. A Tool Tent will be added as well as previously enjoyed furniture which is new this year. Outreach booths will have information for visitors curious about the ministries of the church, locally and beyond. Gift baskets featuring Wisconsin cheese and summer sausage will also be a new addition and seating for the traditional turkey luncheon is being expanded to accommodate guests with greater efficiency, including take-out service.

“My favorite thing about the JFB is that it’s going to continue, “ said Kozak promising that favorites like the Jewelry Room, Book Shop, Silent Auction, Precious Past, Toy Tent, Attic Treasures, Handmades and Fair Trade will still be highlights of the event. “I want my daughters sitting at the 100th Jack Frost Bazaar.”

Adult Church School October 8th Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:32:12 +0000 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 after the Reformation.  So the class will get a chance to consider one or both topics depending on time and the civility of the conversation.  (Actually, the group is quite accepting of diverse views.)  Please join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.  The bell ringing during coffee hour signals the start of the class.

from the Search Committee Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:46:37 +0000 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 were held

8 families opened their homes for meetings, 3 were held at the Church

Attendance varied from 5 to 26

110 NCC members attended a meeting.

A variety of ages and interests were included leading to healthy discussions.

The data from Cottage Meetings, along with that to be gathered from the soon to be completed congregation-wide survey, provides your Search Committee with a treasure trove of data.  This data will be used in completing our Church Profile.  We know we can speak comfortably about where we are as a church and what we seek in a new Church leader thanks to your response. Thank you.

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