For Sunday, August 25:

Last Week of Summer Hours:  This Sunday will be the last of our summer hours, with worship starting at 9:30 am.  Our regular worship time of 10:00 am will resume next Sunday, September 1.  We look forward to seeing you!

Announcements Survey:  Please take a moment to complete the Announcements Survey to help us refine our communications to best meet everyone’s needs.  It will be available in your bulletin on Sunday and all church email.  When complete, please put it in the collection basket, return it to the church office, or scan it into the church office at

Welcome Sunday – September 8!  Join us for Welcome Sunday, September 8 at 10:00am.  Our choir returns, Children’s Church resumes, and we will have ice cream sundaes during fellowship!

Join the Choir!  NMCC Choir Returns September 8!  And we always LOVE new singers!  😊  You don’t have to be able to read music — only to have a love of music, enthusiasm and a desire to praise God through singing.  So, if that describes YOU — join us in the community room on Thursday nights at 7:15!  Our first rehearsal will be Thursday, September 12.  We will be delighted to welcome you!

New Pastor! Save the Dates! The Pastoral Search Committee is extremely excited to announce that we have selected the Reverend Doctor Heather Arcovitch as our candidate for Settled Pastor at NMCC.  Heather comes to us from Saint Louis, where she is currently the Intentional Interim Minister of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bem, Missouri. She will be visiting us the weekend of September 21 and 22. On September 21 a late afternoon reception will provide an opportunity for everyone to meet Heather in an informal setting. On Sunday, September 22, Heather will design and lead the worship service. Following the service there will be a congregational vote to approve her selection as NMCC’s next Settled Pastor. More information will follow; in the meantime, please save these two dates for this very important moment in the life of our congregation.

New Art Show in Fellowship Hall!  Ingela Helgesson has a photo show depicting the glory of summer entitled “Beach, Boats & Water.”  Coastal scenes with lighthouses, sunsets, and boats are all placed in the setting of a sweet summer sky and water. Please come and enjoy these wonderful images of the New England summer coast.

Breakfast at Columbus House:  Upcoming dates Sept 14 (led by Scott Conover) and September 28 (led by Dawn Barber).  Meet at Columbus House at 6:30 am (or join a carpool).  Sign up (back hall) to purchase and prepare eggs, toast, juice, potatoes or sausages.  If you would like to serve breakfast, but find the cost of purchasing difficult, please contact Roberta Hanlon, 203-623-9834 or Peter Meier, 203-421-8377 to get reimbursed.

Boxers and Briefs for Columbus House – Summer Collection:  Yesterday we delivered 54 ladies’ briefs and 19 men’s boxers to Columbus House!  Add this to the July donation of 144 items and you can see we have made an impact this summer.   Thank you for your generosity.  Roberta Hanlon, Columbus House Champion.

NMCC Wall of Money Air Conditioner Campaign 2019:  We’re almost half way there — 53 envelopes remain on the board for our campaign to raise $5,000 to install air conditioning in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall by Summer 2020!  Please help support this effort and thank you to all who have contributed to date!

Have fun with the campaign:   pick an envelope with your age; buy several or partner with a friend and buy multiple envelopes; pick a number you like; pick your birth date; even place more than requested in the envelope!

Please put whatever amount is listed on the front into the envelope with your name and drop it in The Wall of Money basket, in the office or in the Sunday offering plate.  Make check payable to “NMCC” and write “Air Conditioner” in the memo line.

Thank you for your support!  Every envelope makes a difference, regardless of size.  For questions or additional information please contact Calvin Price – – 860-719-3739.

Grocery Cards:  Visit our team members, Mike Efenecy and Nannette Paul, Sunday after worship in fellowship hall and support our church by buying grocery cards.  For more information about this program, please see Calvin Price.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Grades 7-9 Classes:  Once again, this Fall, NMCC together with First Church will offer the value-based sexuality program for youth in grades 7-9.

OWL has proven to be one of the most effective (if not the most effective) and comprehensive tools we can provide our young people as they adapt to their changing bodies, as they become aware of their very human impulses and desires, and as they explore their very natural human behaviors. Why teach this in the church setting?  Because feelings, relationships, talking about difficult stuff, and learning about our bodies are all part of being human and being spiritual.

Our best supporters are the youth and parents who have participated in the classes.  We would urge you to speak to one or more of these.

After worship on September 8 and 15, there will be OWL information sessions in the library. Parents are invited to learn more about the program and discuss any and all issues as you decide whether or not to enroll your youth.

Weekly sessions will start in October.

Televised Sunday Worship – Videographers Needed:  We are looking for teens & adults of any age to record Sunday worship from the balcony.  You don’t need to be technical – you just need to connect 3 cables to the camera, put a DVD in, & hit “record.”  More details are available in the May newsletter.  If interested, please contact Tim Murphy,

Online Tag Sale:  Last week to check out our furniture collection currently on display in Room 10 and posted on Craigslist.   They will be moved to consignment status by the end of next week.  View on our items on our web page  under “Calendar-Events”/”Tag Sale.”  Contact Roberta Hanlon 203-500-9311 or  if you have questions or wish to purchase.