Church of Christ Congregational News

Calling all artists! Submit your artwork by March 7th!

Calling all artists! Submit your artwork by March 7th!

We are having a church talent show on Sunday, March 21st at 4:00 pm, “All Things Bright and Beautiful — a gathering of music and arts” (on our YouTube channel). We need singers, dancers, instrumentalists, actors, photographers, and artists of all ages to submit videos for inclusion in the show. Your act can be as brief as 60 seconds or as long as 5 minutes. If you need help filming, let us know and he’ll get you going! Parents: if you would like to send a photo of your child’s artwork, we’ll include that. Our church has so many talented people, we want to celebrate and enjoy together! Deadline for submissions: March 7th. Please submit your artwork to Peter at pniedmann@newingtonucc.org 

Become a member!

Become a member!

If you are interested in becoming a member of this congregation we would be happy to welcome you. We are going to have 2 new member classes, on Zoom, on Sunday March 7th and the 14th at 7:00 pm. If you have questions about our church, want more information, or want to sign up to join, please contact Pastor Melanie at menfield@newingtonucc.org

Podcast Discussion Group – Monday Nights with Pastor Melanie February 22nd – March 22nd from 7:00 – 8:15 pm via Zoom

Podcast Discussion Group – Monday Nights with Pastor Melanie February 22nd – March 22nd from 7:00 – 8:15 pm via Zoom

Learning How to See with Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren and Jacqui Lewis.
How do we transform and transcend our biases? From judgments made unconsciously to complacency in systemic evil, we must learn how to see if we are to learn how to transform. Center for Action and Contemplation faculty members Brian McLaren and Richard Rohr join Rev. Jacqui Lewis Ph.D. of New York’s Middle Church for this special six-episode podcast series – Learning How to See. Listen as these three powerful public theologians discuss how seeing is social, political, and contemplative. To sign up, email Rev. Melanie at menfield@newingtonucc.org
Book Discussion Group – Thursday Nights with Pastor Liza February 25th – March 25th from 7:00 – 8:15 pm via Zoom

Book Discussion Group – Thursday Nights with Pastor Liza February 25th – March 25th from 7:00 – 8:15 pm via Zoom

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.
Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into   thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools and churches, Austin writes, “I had to learn what it means to love blackness,” a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. In a time when nearly every institution (schools, churches,universities, businesses) claims to value diversity in its mission statement, Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric – from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.
I’m Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness – if we let it – can save us all. To sign up, email Rev. Liza at larulampalam@newingtonucc.org 

Check Out The Kitchen Renovation Progress!

2020 Annual Financial Report

The Annual Financial Reports for 2020 are ready. If you would like a hard copy, they are available in a plastic bin by the entrance closest to Dunkin Donuts, or click here to view it online: 2020 Financial Report.

Drive-by ashes & Ash Wednesday Service

Please join us for an Ash Wednesday service on Zoom on February 17th at 7:00 pm. Zoom will allow various people to participate and offer a more intimate setting to begin our Lenten season.
Ashes will be distributed earlier in the day. If you would like to receive ashes, this will be done in a drive thru fashion. Drive into the church parking lot (turn into the church parking lot off Main St. by Dunkin Donuts) stay in your car and Pastor Liza and Pastor Melanie will use disposable swabs on a stick, to then put the ashes on each person’s forehead. Ashes will be available on Feb. 17th from 12:00-12:30 pm and 5:00-5:30 pm.

Call to Annual Financial Meeting

Church of Christ Congregational
Newington, CT 06111
Financial Meeting, Sunday, February 7, 2021
CALL TO MEETING
The virtual Annual Financial Meeting of the Church of Christ, Congregational, of Newington, CT will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:00AM, via Zoom conferencing. Click on the link below.
The purpose of this meeting is to:
1.   Receive the reports of the Treasurer, the Board of Christian Stewardship and other financial reports of the Church.
2.   Consider and adopt the proposed budget for 2021.
Paul J. Palaia
Church Clerk
Dated: January 19, 2021
Newington, CT

“SOUP-er BOWL” Food Drive

The Christian Education board is hosting a SOUP-er Bowl canned food drive to benefit Newington food bank. Collection will be held at the Fellowship Hall entrance, closest to Starbucks, from 9 am to 11 am on February 6th. THANK YOU!! Theresa Swenor (tswenor1@cox.net).