Announcements

Events in the church building are cancelled for now.  The church is not the building, however! It is us, the people, and we are still here and going strong!   We are creating new ways to be in community with one another, live streaming our worship services, holding Zoom gatherings, and supporting vulnerable neighbors in new ways; so stay tuned as the days unfold and new ministries are born. If you have ideas or become aware of needs, please be in touch! Our pastor, church ministry staff, boards, and committees continue to meet (virtually) and are working hard to keep us connected.

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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. Orlene Gallops 860-339-5844, or Carol Luckenbach 203-530-9903

Follow-up to Annual Budget Meeting

As a follow-up to the Annual Budget meeting in December, the Board of Finance has scheduled a virtual meeting for Sunday, January 31st immediately following worship.
In December a budget was presented that continues to include a draw-down of unrestricted funds to offset a budget deficit. This is not a long-term solution and will not be sustainable beyond 5-7 years. The budget was approved with the understanding that we, as a congregation, would discuss and explore ways to increase income to meet our operating expenses.
We hope you will join us for this important meeting to explore ways we might increase revenue through the following: 1) growing membership & increasing stewardship pledges; 2) developing fundraisers; 3) increasing facility usage fees as a community center; and 3) legacy giving. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to office@northmadisoncc.org so we can have an idea of how many will be in attendance and email you any relevant documents. Thank you for all you do in supporting our congregation.

Book Discussion Group

The NMCC Book Discussion Group is reading Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” (sounds very Biblical, doesn’t it?).
We’ll join together on March 16 at 7:00 p.m. via ZOOM. Should you wish to join with us and are new, please e-mail Peter Meier at peterm190@yahoo.com.
Pledge Envelopes Are In
The 2021 pledge envelopes are in. If you’d like a box, please email Rhonda at accounting@northmadisoncc.org and she will arrange for pickup.
Free Forever Prison Ministry
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King for 2021, we have an opportunity to reach out and make a difference in the lives of those in need of basic needs as they rebuild their lives.  It’s been recognized that there is a disproportionate number of Black and other people of color in prison – and the impact it has on their families trying to recover their lives is tremendous. In the tradition of this holiday, which suggests a day of service, we’d like to focus supporting the Free Forever Prison Ministry through a month-long collection of food and other items.
The Free Forever Prison Ministry is a non-profit organization located in New Haven that works with prison inmates and their families to help them cope and overcome the disheartening realities of prison life and to assist them in creating a successful life when returning to the community. Free Forever Prison Ministry is in great need of food and other items and are gratefully thankful for NMCC’s offer to donate items as we honor Martin Luther King.
Because of the vast need we will collect these items through February. Please leave your donations in the box marked “Free Forever Prison Ministry” in the bin on the left side of the church at the top of the ramp.
           sugar                                                             coffee
           cereal                                                            toothpaste
           bath soaps                                                   dish detergent
           laundry detergent                                      toilet tissues
           paper towels                                                non-perishable foods
If you have questions, please contact Nora Price, 203-245-8566.

Columbus House – Food Shoppers Needed!

Working with Columbus House on how to best meet their needs, we agreed to carry over $500 from many generous donations made in December. We can best serve Kitchen Services by purchasing and delivering food to supplement the meals their kitchen prepares to feed clients currently housed at the hotel and in various emergency Shelters in New Haven.  We made our first delivery yesterday thanks to our first volunteer shopper, Karen Chapman! We need a few more frugal shoppers to help purchase the food.
Items needed are:  Pasta (No spaghetti please); Oatmeal packets; Pasta Sauce; Rice; Fresh fruit;  Ground beef or ground turkey; Frozen meatballs; Chicken; Packaged, individually wrapped cookies or granola bars; All beef hot dogs; Individual fruit cups; Individual yogurt; Sliced bread; Ground coffee; Hot chocolate; Tea
We can reimburse for purchases made at places like Costco and BJ’s or provide you with grocery cards through our gift card program. Please contact Roberta Hanlon roberthanlon@msn.com or text 203-500-8311 to coordinate purchases, funding, and delivery.
Thank you so much for supporting this incredibly special Outreach Ministry we’ve been serving for over 30 years.

COVID Vaccination Link for age 75 and Over

Please pass this link on to family and friends over the age of 75 to register for the Covid vaccine:
If you need computer help, please contact Abby Blundon 4:30-8:00 M-F, and 10:00-4:00 on weekends. Her contact is 203-410-8725.

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 Virtual Office Hours from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Heather: Drop in virtually and visit with Heather. Share your ideas, questions, thoughts, or just say, “hello!” No appointments needed, and no agenda provided—we’ll talk with whomever turns up about whatever comes up.
Wednesday Evening Vespers Prayer:  Join us Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on Facebook. If you don’t have Facebook you can view them later on our Church Website.
Thursday Bible Study: Join Pastor Heather Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Absolutely no previous scripture knowledge is required. Scripture and link to Zoom Meeting will be sent in Friday’s all church email.
Sunday Virtual Worship: Live streamed at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays on Zoom and Facebook. Zoom Link sent in Friday all church email.  Virtual fellowship time is held immediately following the service for those who wish to participate—see and talk with your church friends near and far (in tiny but amusing little boxes on your screen!). The service is posted afterwards on Facebook, YouTube and our Church Website.
If you have problems logging into worship, please contact:  Sandy Dickson 203-376-7075 — Orlene Gallops 860-339-5844 – Carol Luckenbach 203-530-9903 for tech support.

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.

Thank you for your Support in these Strange Times

Especially now, it’s so important to support our church’s financial health. Please keep your giving up to date, and purchase grocery cards which support our church, at no extra cost to you. Click here to give online, or mail your check to the church office.  Click Here to see more ways to give and other options to send your contribution.