Announcements

Sunday Worship will be held in-person (weather permitting) AND virtually this Welcome Home Sunday, at 10:00 a.m.
In-person worship will be outdoors on the NMCC lawn.  Please bring your own chair, respect each other’s space, and greet each other with virtual hugs.
Parking for those of us who are mobility challenged: the best place to park or to de dropped off, is the upper parking lot in spaces on either side of the shed.   There is plenty of space for others to park in other part of the gravel parking lot, or enjoy the walk from the paved parking lot.

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Sunday’s Live Streamed Worship Service/Fellowship

Our worship service is live streamed on Facebook at 10:oo a.m. on Sunday, or see your all church email for the Zoom link  Join us after worship for fellowship with your NMCC friends.  A link will be sent to you, and you can join if you’d wish.

If you have problems logging in please contact:  Sandy Dickson 203-376-7075 or Carol Luckenbach 203-530-9903

 

Christian Education Needs You!

We need you! The Christian Education Committee invites NMCC adults to share a hobby, craft or special interest with our kids/teens either during church school (outside, weather permitting) or during a youth group event this year. Sharing your interests and skills with our young people will build supportive intergenerational relationships that strengthen our community. Thank you for prayerfully considering this offer. Please contact Sue to explore ideas.
Another way to share God’s love with our children is by giving a short Children’s Message during Worship. Please contact Sue to discuss themes and schedule a date to share.
Youth Groups are kicking off the year with pizza parties! We will also prep decorations and crafts for the Madison Pride event. Come and hear what other events are in store for this Fall!
JUNIOR JYG – 3rd-6th graders: Friday, Sept. 24th, outside/inside NMCC 5:30-7:00
JYG & SYG – 7th-12th graders (2 groups, 1 space for this event): Sunday, Sept. 26th, inside/outside NMCC 5:30-7:00

Open and Affirming Meeting

We will be meeting on Monday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall to discuss our Open and Affirming progression. Please feel free to join us. Questions, contact Peter Meier at peterm190@yahoo.com.

Book Discussion Group

The Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Apeirogon by Colum McCann. Karen Chapman has invited us to meet outside at her home at 19 Jenda Way, in Madison. In the case of bad weather, we’ll meet in Fellowship Hall. Karen will have some snacks. Please BYOB and mark your calendars. A brief summary of the book follows.
Apeirogon by Colum McCann: C.M writes with an amazing abundance of humanity as he describes the age-old story of inhumanity to man.  It is the story of a Palestinian man and an Israeli man who have both lost daughters to the violent conflict between the nations. They recognize the loss that connects them and employ storytelling in an attempt to use their grief as a weapon of peace. “McCann finds the emotional accuracy, the sensitivity and the beauty to tell the heartbreaking reality of life in Israel-Palestine, while allowing readers a glimmer of necessary hope.

Raise the Roof – Your Shoreline Connection Habitat

We are looking for a new Champion to lead this Ministry to carry on the legacy of Frank Walsh, who suffered a massive stroke last September while working on a Raise the Roof build in New Haven.   He was also checking out their Covid safety protocols to ensure they met his standards for us to join in future builds, doing what he loved.   Contact Roberta to learn more.

The Quest for Peace Continues

Donations for the people of Paraguay continues in September! A shipment will be sent in September. Items needed are warm and cold weather clothing, shoes, plastic dish ware and pots and pans, medical supplies, such as walkers, crutches, dressings, bandages etc., school supplies, musical instruments, sports equipment, sewing items, such as material, thread etc. linens and hygiene items.
Please place items in bags or boxes and label the content. Warm and cold weather clothing can be mixed together. Paraguay has a warm and cold season. Items are likely not being sent to Nicaragua due to political conflict that are restricting shipments.
Donations can be dropped off at Karen Miller’s home- 7 Godman Road, Madison, on September 14, 19, 23 and 27, between 9am to 5pm.
If you have any questions, please call me at 203-915-2989 or email me at dksamiller@msn.com.
Thank you for your generous donations!

SMPA Bike Drive

Saint Martin de Porres Academy is adding a COVID FRIENDLY CO-CURRICUAL ACTIVITY for their students. They will be learning to care for and repair used bikes. What is needed are 20 used bikes and helmets for 9 to 14 year-old kids. The older students may be able to ride adult size bikes. The school will hire someone to teach the skills for care and repair of the bikes for $30.00 per session. The sessions will be held two times a week for nine weeks. The students will then take their bikes out on biking outings on the Farmington River Heritage Trail, which begins in New Haven.
Are you able to donate a used bike or helmet? If you don’t have these items, will you donate a skills session of $30.00?
To donate a helmet or bike- drop it off at Karen Miller’s home: 7 Godman Road, Madison. Dates for drop off are 8/31, 9/9, 9/14, 9/19, 9/23 and 9/27, 9am to 5pm. However, we are hoping to have as many bikes as possible by Labor Day. If you are unable to drop off the bikes, email Allison Rivera at president@saintmartinacademy.org for pick up.
Please send skill session check, designate Bike Drive, to:
Saint Martin de Porres Academy
208 Columbus Avenue
New Haven CT 06519

Fence Team Fundraiser

NMCC is providing fencing services for the Madison Chamber of Commerce Antiques, Crafts and Repurposed Goods Show being held on the Madison Green on Saturday, September 18.
  • Set up will be on Friday evening, September 17, beginning as the Farmers’ Market winds down at 6pm
  • Take down on Saturday will begin about 3:45pm
We’ll wear our red NMCC shirts, face masks optional, and practice social distancing as much as possible. Contact Tom Lauher, For the Ministry of DaFence at 203-530-7467.

Journey Group

Hey Journey Group & Mentors! We are gathering at 11:30, Sept. 19th, on the grassy knoll outside of NMCC to share summer progress on our Habits of Mind. Please come prepared to share. See you then!

Pastoral Emergencies

Pastor Heather is back in the office! Rev. Gail Faithful will continue to offer her wonderful pastoral care support as Heather continues to recuperate. You may reach Gail at 203-689-5840 or 203-415-3308 or at galileomacgail@gmail.com. You may reach Heather at 203-687-9172, 203-421-3241 or pastor@northmadisoncc.org

Loaves & Fishes Ministry

We’ve resumed food collection for the Madison Food Pantry – you may drop off your donations at any time outside in the box at top of the ramp near the office. As a reminder, we agreed (BC – Before Covid) to be their Tuna Church so let’s focus on that for starters, but other items you wish to donate are also welcome!  Questions?  Contact John Gallops, jgallops@aol.com, 860-460-8573

News from the Generosity Team

In January of 2021, the Board of Finance reinstituted the Generosity Team to take on the challenge of closing the projected 2021 deficit of $130,000. This team reached out to all of the members and friends of NMCC to ask if they would either increase their 2021 pledge or make an additional one-time financial donation.
This dedicated team is comprised of the following members: Dwight Juliani, Meredith Young, Scott Chasse, Melissa Blundon, Peter Meier and John Gallops.
The Generosity Team set a goal of $40,000. Letters and emails were sent out, messages at virtual church services were made by some of this group and personal phone calls made. For members and friends that stepped up, thank you cards were sent. If, for any reason, you did not receive a thank you card, please contact the office so we can make sure your increased pledge or one-time donation was received and properly noted.
As of August 1, 2021, this drive supported by so many of you has raised an additional $39,200 in commitments in donations. If you are able to help close the $800 gap it would be greatly appreciated. Th

Church Office Update

Our professional ministry team members have been serving great dedication throughout the pandemic. Much of this has been accomplished virtually.
To keep our staff and one another as safe as possible, please
  • Make an appointment to ensure only one visitor at a time.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Keep a 6 to 10 foot distance.
  • When entering the office, please knock and pause for the staff member to put on their mask before you enter.
Ministry Staff in-building office hours: The church office is open Monday – Thursday from 8:30 – 12:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Jackie (Administration) is in the office on Monday and Wednesday (and working remotely on Thursday and Friday)
  • Rhonda (Accounting) is in the office on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Heather (Ministry) Wednesday – Friday in office 9:00-1:00, and by appointment
  • Linda (Music Ministry) at her discretion
  • Tom (Facility Management) at his discretion
  • Sue (Faith Formation) by appointment

Ongoing Ways to Stay Connected

Please let us know if you need help connecting with virtual ministries—we can walk you through logging onto Zoom, Facebook, etc.— we want you to be able to participate! Please contact the office and we’ll have a deacon call you to help.
Wednesday Evening Vespers:  Join us Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on Facebook.  Past vespers can be found on our website.
Wednesday Bible Study: Join Pastor Heather for bible study on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. (starting September 15). The week’s passages and Zoom Link to join is in the Friday all church email each week. Absolutely no previous scripture knowledge is required.
Sunday Morning Virtual Worship: Join live using the link at the top of this email. You can also view the service afterwards on Facebook, YouTube and our Church Website.

In Our Prayers

Please contact Linda Young to be added to our prayer chain at lindaluy@comcast.net. In addition to the prayer chain, you can add a prayer to our ongoing prayer list. If you would like to add or update a prayer, please contact the church office at office@northmadisoncc.org. If you would like Heather to pray with you, you can call or text her at 203-687-9172.

– In the Community –

Southern New England UCC Women’s Fall Gathering

You’re invited!!  Please plan to join us for our Outdoor Fall gathering at
First Congregational Church, Canterbury, CT on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (Rain date – Sept. 25)
  • Registration, coffee and display tables open at 8:45 AM
  • Guest Speaker: Susan Schoenberger, Hartford Seminary
  • Other activities:  CWS project, 2021 Recognized Women Awards, Worship and Communion
  • Food: “Coffee & more” and Lunch (included in reservation fee)
Registration: $20.00 – ($25 after September 11, 2021). PayPal registration is available. NOTE: Our financial commitment to Silver Lake and CWS Haiti will continue due to Covid interruption.
This message was sent on behalf of the Women of the SNEUCC
Please direct questions to: Susan Lindley, susanlindley521@yahoo.com

17th Annual Roslyn Young Memorial Concert

On Sunday, October 10 at 4:00 pm, we invite you to join us as the Madison FCC Music at the Meetinghouse  series presents the piano duo, Julia Bady and Andrew King,  performing “Gems of the Piano Four -Hands Repertoire.”  The program, which will be presented virtually, will include beloved pieces by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms. Roslyn Young, professional violist and sister of Linda Young, grew up in Guilford, and is lovingly remembered by her family, friends and colleagues.
Please visit our website, RoslynYoungMemorial.org on October 10 at 4:00 p.m., where you will find the link for the performance on our YouTube channel. The concert is free, but we are grateful for any donation you wish to make in support of our artists. Donations may be mailed to Roslyn Young Memorial at 267 Church Street, Guilford, CT  06437. Contact dpalms@sitestar.net for more information.

From Silver Lake Camp and Retreat Center

Upcoming Weekend Programs – Join us in the retreat season for our day and weekend programs!
Pride Retreat 9-12th grades – Fri-Sun, November 5-7
Christmas at the Lake Family Day – Saturday, December 4
Overnight Retreat, 4-6th & 7-8th grades – Fri-Sun, December 10-12
Maple Sugaring Overnight Retreat 6-8th grades – Fri-Sun, March 18-20, 2022