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. Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:24:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.7 Book Study, “The Path To Real And Lasting Inner Peace” http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/20/book-study-the-path-to-real-and-lasting-inner-peace/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/20/book-study-the-path-to-real-and-lasting-inner-peace/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:01:59 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=7135 Seeking inner peace? The Path To Real And Lasting Inner Peace is a book study program being presented by author and marriage and family therapist, Jane Milardo, at Niantic Community Church. The program will guide participants in how to let go of old negative feelings, and find peace and serenity in life. The six week program is free and being offered Saturdays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. beginning October 7.  Registration is required by calling the church office at (860)739-6208. Books ($10) are available there as well and all are welcome. Niantic Community Church is located at 170 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic.

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Adult Church School September 24th http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/20/adult-church-school-september-24th/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/20/adult-church-school-september-24th/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:48:44 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=7049 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 emergence of a new world of a rising middle class, greater individual rights and freedoms…and a worldwide growth of commerce and trade.”  Sounds pretty significant to be so obscure.  On October 31, 1517, a priest tacked a piece of paper to a church door, and the rest is history.  If you’d like more enlightenment, join us as we consider the relevance of this public posting to our personal and corporate lives.

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Wednesday Morning Study Group http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/13/wednesday-morning-study-group-2/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/13/wednesday-morning-study-group-2/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:42:35 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=7123 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 the substance of the faith that the church has confessed through the centuries as a way of connecting to God and living faithfully. Christian Believer groups consist of twelve to fifteen members. Each participant makes a commitment to daily preparation and weekly participation in the group sessions (2-2-1/2 hrs.) Each participant receives a reading package that includes a study manual and a book of readings from Christian sources, both ancient and modern, on the doctrines of the Christian faith. For those interested or who want more information, please talk with Jerry or Edna Gilstad.

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This Sunday Kick-off Youth Fellowship. http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/13/this-sunday-kick-off-youth-fellowship/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/13/this-sunday-kick-off-youth-fellowship/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:01:51 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=7121 This Sunday Kick-off Youth Fellowship.  .All parents and youth Grades 5th-12th, are invited to attend the Pastoral Search “Cottage Meeting” at 10:45am. Your input is very important to the Search Committee in its preparation of a church profile. We will meet in the Multipurpose Room initially, then divide into groups.

Following the Cottage Meeting,  Middle School youth lead by Jennifer Munzner will meet until 11:45am.

Senior High Youth will meet with Kim Saucier immediately following the Cottage Meeting until 11:45am.

Come start the new year of fun and fellowship and plan for a warm welcome to Julia Manners, the new CEYM.

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Adult Church School September 10th http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/06/adult-church-school-september-10th/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/06/adult-church-school-september-10th/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:20:55 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=7045 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 focus our gift-giving on “those poor people.”  The poor do not need our pity.  We are the poor, in need of God’s grace. But when our gift-giving is a thanksgiving to God, then our service becomes worship.  It’s one of those mysteries, isn’t it—that the gift is the giver.  But the class has never been shy about exploring mysteries.  Won’t you join us?

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Friendship Sunday http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/05/friendship-sunday-2/ http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/09/05/friendship-sunday-2/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 02:53:14 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=7114 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!

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New London Community Meal August 26th http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/08/16/new-london-community-meal-august-26th/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:34:20 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=7039 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 their garden it would be much appreciated. Please leave all donated vegetables in the Church Scullery by no later than Wednesday, August 23. Donated brownies can be dropped off in the church freezer. Please date and markk all donations “Community Meal.” If you have any questions contact Sandy Spencer at slspencer15@gmail.com or (860) 460-4601.

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Photography programs begin in September http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/08/10/photography-programs-begin-in-september/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:30:50 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=7029 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 needed. Offered on 4 alternating Thursday evenings…check the dates on the church website, bulletin or newsletter. Knowing Your Camera is presented by Craig Woody and Contemplative Photography is presented by Community Minister, Patty Chaffee. Register in the church office or call 860-739-6208.

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Confirmation 2017-18 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/08/09/confirmation-2017-18/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:59:32 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=7025 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 Service of Confirmation next May. The series of classes will be taught by the Transitional Pastor assisted by the Christian Education Youth Minister; two Lock-Ins will be offered by the CEYM.
Shortly, letters will be sent out by Pastor Dianne to inquire if Confirmation-age youth can attend 6:30-8:30 pm classes on Thursdays and/or Wednesdays — as there are two youth who can only attend on Wednesdays.  Please look for these letters and reply as soon as possible so we can make plans and reflect on possible mentors for our Confirmands.

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Friendship Sunday and Blessing of the Backpacks http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/2017/08/09/friendship-sunday/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:41:51 +0000 http://www.nianticcommunitychurch.org/?p=7022 IMG_0472Join us on Sunday Sept 10th for Friendship Sunday. Children are invited to bring backpacks for Blessing of the Backpacks at the 9:30 am service. Following church school, celebrate with our Christian Education committee at the Back to Church School celebration with popcorn, and games. Click this link to register children for the 2017/18 church school year. https://goo.gl/forms/O73CLmpyKS9cVjll2  ]]>