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

 

Garden Walks and Plant Sale

Yes! Our first major fundraiser this year is June 12 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – 7 private gardens and a plant sale at the Church! Our success depends on your buying tickets and inviting others to do the same! Plan ahead and get tickets now, so picking up your Garden Guides and map at Breakwater Books or at the Church on the day of the walks will be quick and give you time to shop for plants and/or start your tour!

Take a look at this week’s Person of the Week!

Kate Summerlin likes, and lives by, a quote from Cicero: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”The Guilford resident of 35 years has been a member of North Madison Congregational Church (NMCC) for about 20 years. She is currently co-chair of the d

 

Father’s Day Photos

We plan to include a photo montage on Father’s Day – using the 29 slides from last year’s collection.  If you have photos to add or are participating this year for the first time, please send them to Roberta.  Grandfathers and those who were like your father to you are welcome as well!

ONA Covenant

Support our ONA Covenant – Meeting on the “Grassy Knoll” on Tuesday June 15th, at 4:30 P.M.
As an Open and Affirming (ONA) community, we adopted our Covenant almost unanimously four years ago.  At this upcoming meeting, we will discuss several suggestions to support and expand our Covenant. Many, if not all, of the suggestions came from Pastor Heather and a UCC webinar by Andrew Lang that many of us attended. Lists of the suggestions will be distributed, and we will use an easel board to summarize which of these are supported and manageable.
Please invite all who support our ONA efforts.  If it rains, we’ll meet on Peter Meier’s back porch.  Bring a chair if you can. Some will be available.
For suggestions and comments, contact Peter Meier (203-421-8377, peterm190@yahoo, or text 203-974-9126).

Pastor Heather’s Vacation

Heather will be on vacation from June 16 – June 29. Bible study and vespers will not be held during this time, but will resume upon her return. Heather will be in town and remains available for pastoral emergencies. Please text her of call the office to contact her if you have a need.

Juneteenth Celebration

It was 1865, on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. Throughout the years, this event has come to be recognized as “Juneteenth” and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
As one of NMCC’s Racial Justice initiatives, we would like to invite you to join us in this celebration. Click here for a list and information on in-person and virtual events in our area. Contact Nora price with questions, wildwood9@msn.com, 203-245-8566.

Church Office Update

Our professional ministry team members have been serving great dedication throughout the pandemic. Much of this has been accomplished virtually. Effective June 1st, staff members return again to the church building to keep hybrid office hours there.
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 6-10 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-person office hours:
Rhonda (Accounting)
9-12:00 Monday & Wednesday
9-12:30 Tuesday
9-11:30 Friday
Jackie (Administration)
9-12:30 Monday & Thursday in office
(Remote  9-12:30 Wednesday & Friday)
Heather (Ministry)
Wednesday—Sunday in office, visiting, and hybrid
9:30-5:30 Thursdays in office
Linda (Music Ministry) at her discretion
Tom (Facility Management) at his discretion
Sue (Faith Formation) by contract, does not work in summer months.

Matching Pledge

A generous anonymous donor is matching all pledges up to $2500 to bring us home to our 2021 Stewardship Campaign goal. Increase your pledge by June 30th, and it qualifies for this matching offer to double your gift in service to the church! Thank you!
Thank you to all who have stepped up to help NMCC! Over the last week more commitments and donations have come in and we are now only $1,700 from our goal of $40,000 in commitments.

 NMCC’s Treasurer

After serving as NMCC’s Treasurer since July 2020, Ryan McMillian has to unfortunately step-down given other work and family obligations. Ryan has committed to remain in the role through June 2021. On behalf of the congregation, the Board of Finance thanks Ryan for his service and looks forward to his family’s continued commitment and involvement with NMCC.
For the continued financial planning of our church, filling the role of Treasurer is vital. Has God gifted you in the area of finance or accounting? Are you looking for a new way to serve NMCC? As an officer of the church, the Treasurer must be a member in good standing and have an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Your time and talents will be needed at least 2 hours per week to review timesheets, sign paychecks and checks, review A/R for coding and proper documentation, and read and address the Treasurer’s email. An additional 2-4 hours per month would be invested in reviewing bank reconciliation reports and the general ledger (including income and expenses) and preparing monthly reports and meetings with the Board of Finance and the Executive Committee. At year end, the Treasurer prepares annual financial reports and works with the Board of Finance in developing annual budgets with each of the Teams/Committees and Boards, and with the Audit Committee in carrying out an annual audit. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact John Gallops, Chair of the Board of finance, jgallops@aol.com.

Caring Cooks for Heidi Perrone

The Perrone family needs your help. You can help Caring Cooks by signing up for meals on the Meal Train app.
What is Caring Cooks? There are times in our lives when friends and family ask, “What can I do to help out?” The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends provide support through a meal, we need a simple way to do it.
MealTrain.com is a free meal calendar tool that makes planning meals among a wide group easy and less stressful. Please visit https://mealtrain.com/84nre5 to sign up to help and feel free to hare this email with others. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Blundon at 203-996-0671.

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 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. 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. 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.