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

Invitation from The Music Team!  

Sunday’s music is sponsored by Kristin Polisky in honor of her mother, Beth Goldmann’s birthday.
We would like to invite our members and friends to sponsor the music for a service in the same way that folks have previously sponsored flowers or a coffee hour. We anticipate a cost of about $45 per song, but any gift is welcome! You can even designate your music support in honor or memory of a person or event, just as you would do if you provided flowers. Checks made out to NMCC can be sent to the church office, with “service music” on the memo line. Online you can make a donation on our website and write “service music” in the donation box. Thank you in advance for your support of our virtual music ministry!

COVID 19 Property Usage Guidelines

As mentioned in the September Newsletter, following are guidelines for use of our building and outdoor spaces as we move into the Fall season.
Survey Update! The survey results are in! As of September 11, we have received 51completed surveys providing valuable information to guide us as we move into our fall season. Here are the three big takeaways:
  • all of us are mourning our in person fellowship but 60% of respondents don’t feel ready to reenter the sanctuary at this time.
  • The on-line ministry outreach has been very well received, especially the Sunday services and the Wednesday vespers and Thursday Bible study.
  • There is a significant desire to extend opportunities to get together both virtually and in person.
It is clear that we are a congregation that values and finds strength in our fellowship and community. To honor these core values we have acted on your requests for more small group get-togethers, both on-line and outside and continue to solicit your suggestions for programs and get togethers. To this end, the Covid 19 Task Force on Property Usage has established guidelines for accommodating both indoor and outdoor gatherings that will ensure our overarching priority of safety. Currently, these guidelines are based on CDC recommendations, State of Connecticut Covid 19 response and our capacity to monitor and enforce measures that ensure both staff, Nursery School and congregation safety.
OutdoorUsage Guidelines:
  • Outdoor private gatherings – 100 people, (one time exception for Memorial services, etc.)
  • Fairs, festivals, and carnivals – up to 25% of last year’s attendance
  • designated leader to maintain and monitor 6’ distancing
Conditions
  • if 6 foot distance maintained then masks can be removed
  • On school days outside space not available untill after CNS lets out (1:00 p.m.)
  • Bring own seating
  • NMCC building closed
  • No access to bathrooms
  • Sign up with church office via email, office@northmadisoncc.org
Inside Usage Guidelines:
  • No more than 25 people
  • Access to Fellowship Hall only
Conditions
  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • One set of bathrooms by Fellowship Hall to be open for usage (other set to be reserved for staff)
  • No access to kitchen
  • Adequate event scheduling to ensure safety
  • Contact with committee for approval
  • Donation fee for usage by outside parties
  • Favorable consideration given for NMCC events and past partners

Summer Reflections

The Worship Team invites you to share your thoughts, experiences in photos, a video, a personal reflection, a poem, song or artwork to share as we reflect on our spring and summer journeys during the current pandemic.  Your stories will be woven into multiple worship experiences in September. Some themes that come to mind:
• What grounded you?
• Family activities.
• What did you learn?
• Staying Connected

Congratulations Bob Blundon

Madison Chamber Citizen of the Year!!

On Wednesday, September 23, at the Madison Chamber of Commerce 2020 Annual Awards and Installation Dinner (Sold out!!!) Bob Blundon, along with Peter Loden of Walker Loden, Member of the Year, will be honored.

Connecticut Quest for Peace  

Drop off your donations Nicaragua, Paraguay and Appalachia this Thursday (September 24) at Karen Miller’s house. A shipment will be sent in November. Items needed are: warm and cold weather clothing, shoes, plastic dishware, pots and pans, tools, hygiene supplies, medical supplies (such as walkers, crutches, dressings, bandages etc.), student and classroom supplies, musical instruments, sports equipment, sewing items (such as material, thread etc.) and linens (such as towels and bed sheets).
Please place items in bags or boxes and label the content. Place warm and cold weather clothing in separate containers and label them WARM or COLD weather clothing.
CT Quest for Peace is a non-profit organization assisting people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Nicaragua, Paraguay and Appalachia.
Donations can be dropped off at Karen Miller’s home – 7 Godman Road, Madison, on September 29, October 5, 19 and 30. If you have any questions, please call Karen at 203-915-2989 or email her at dksamiller@msn.com. Thank you for your generous donations!

Save the date! Gathering Sunday

At this time details are still in the works, but please plan to join us at 10:00 a.m. on October 4 for Gathering Sunday!

Save the Date – Men’s Retreat

Peter Haff will be hosting a Men’s Retreat on Saturday, October 3 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.  It will take place outdoors, rain or shine at his house at 20 Griswold Point Road in Old Lyme.  Bring your lunch and something to drink, and join us for some socially distanced fellowship.  Contact Peter at pbhaff@sbcglobal.net, 203-415-2773 with any questions.

Sharing Our Experiences of God

Many, if not each, of us have experienced times when God has appeared to us in a very personal fashion. We heard a few of these during our worship service on August 30th.
Please share your story, if you wish, with the NMCC community. We invite you to write a short story or paragraph that communicates your experience or experiences…the time(s) you felt that God was very present in your life and speaking or communicating or revealing to you personally.
Let’s try to send our stories by the end of September to the NMCC office. Questions? Speak to Pastor Heather or Peter Meier.
Thanks and best wishes to all who are moved to share. Shalom.

Book Discussion Group

For our next Book Discussion, we have selected “Eva’s Cousin” by Sibylle Knauss It is a memoir and novel based on true experiences of Eva Braun’s cousin, Gertrude Weisker, who shared her memories with the author after more than fifty years of silence.
She is invited to a beautiful Bavarian retreat (Berchtesgaden) in the Alps by her cousin Eva Braun, Adolph Hitler’s mistress, while the Fuhrer is off trying to turn the tides of war in 1944. Gertrude accepts the invitation against her father’s wishes.
The discussion will be held on Tuesday, October 13th at 7:30 P.M. by ZOOM. A link will be sent a day or so before the meeting.
Please let Peter Meier (peterm190@yahoo.com) know if you would like to join with us…all are welcome.

Heather and Barb Join Raise the Roof/

Shoreline Habitat Connection

2020 Gala of the Stars, Dancing for the Cause!

Raise the Roof and our group of community leader stars will continue the building, the dancing, and the joy of community in the must-watch, must-cheer, must-vote, not-to-miss online happening on November 13 at 7:30 pm.
What better way to support our Outreach Ministry and have Heather’s dream to learn how to ballroom dance come true!?!  Thanks to Raise the Roof, Barb said “Yes” so they’re “Dancing to Help Families Build Homes!”  Let’s support our dynamic duo!!!!    We “vote” by making donations – first for our favorite couple BEFORE the gala and then we vote for their performance on the night of the event.
To get started on the “before” vote, Heather and Barb have their own donation page that features their stories and why they support this cause. Their goal is to raise at least $10,000 and so far they are in the top spot among their competition.  Simply visit the above link and make a donation!
For the past 4 years this event has been a fun evening at the Woodwinds with dinner, the competition with local celebrity judges and all enjoy dancing after. This year? No need to purchase a ticket. Everyone is invited to watch, cheer, and “vote” for one, some, or all of the dance couples, and…more to be announced.

Yard Signs – Get Yours Before They’re Gone!  

Stop by the church to pick up a sign on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday from 9:00 – 11:30 (please call the office before coming at 203-421-3241 to confirm someone is in and to make sure we still have signs available). Ring the doorbell at the top of the disabled-access ramp and we will bring your sign to the door. Or you can email the church office to schedule another time at office@northmadisoncc.org. Signs are $10/each and limited to two per person. (Cash- exact change please, checks also accepted).

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.
Tuesdays in the Garden: Posted Tuesdays on Facebook and also available on YouTube or our Church Website.
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. Click here for Scripture.  The Link to Zoom Meeting will be published in the Friday All Church email.
Sunday Virtual Worship: Live streamed at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays on Zoom and Facebook. The Zoom Link is published i the 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.

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Please share the love and a glowing review there~tell our neighbors what you love about being part of NMCC and what God is doing here. You never know who may be looking for a welcoming church home, or whom you may inspire!