Mailing Address: P.O. Box 36, Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Phone: (860) 423-9008, Fax: (860) 423-6112
Email: FirstChurchMansfield@snet.net
Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (closed Monday)

Summer Hours (July 15-August 31)
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (closed Friday)
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Where Faith Takes Action!
549 Storrs Road
(Junction of Routes 195 & 89)
Mansfield Center, Connecticut 
SUNDAY WORSHIP  10:15 a.m. 
The Rev. Joseph Blotz, Pastor

Wendy O'Connor, Office Administrator
Erik Haeger, Organist
Linda Tracy, Interim Choir Director
Dawn Hoffman, Worship Circle Coordinator
You may be new to our community and looking for a church home, 
or you may have been in the area for a while and 
discovered our openness and warmth as a congregation.

In any case, we welcome you and 
extend an invitation to join our church family.
Open to and Affirming of All
Contemplative Communion

We gather Thursdays at 12:15 for a brief contemplative communion service. We will engage in the ancient practice of Lectio Divina (a method of reading, studying, and praying Scripture), share prayers, and be fed at Jesus’ Welcome Table… all in about 30 minutes. Take a break midweek, come, and be.
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A Just Peace Church 
A Green Church 
The Days Ahead… 

Sunday, May 26
10:15am Worship and Worship Circle 
followed by Coffee Hour

Wednesday, May 29
1pm Book Group

Thursday, May 30
12:15pm Contemplative Communion
7pm Choir Rehearsal 

Sunday, June 2
10:15am Worship and Worship Circle 
followed by Coffee Hour
This Sunday, May 19:
​we listen for God’s word in stories of hearts turned and promises made in Acts 16:9-15 and John 14:23-29. Following Worship we meet in Fellowship Hall for coffee hour.

In our Scripture this week, we meet Lydia an independent woman – “a dealer in purple fabric,” an extravagant material affordable to only the wealthiest. She is the head of her own household who welcome Paul into her home and, with him, founds the church in Philippi. 

The Inked Lady 
Amelia Koh Butler 
Stained my fingers, palms and wrists, 
Hues soaked in from inky vats.
My business funds the faith of many,
Hope and promise, gladly shared.
Praised by people and Apostle
We cannot know the life we birth.
For centuries, this Asia Minor
Will sing the songs we teach them now. How many generations follow? Reading our mail and telling our tale?
How many will take their fabrics of colour
To teach of the seasons and learn of the Way?
Return on investment – not yet to be seen,
But in gathered disciples in Heaven they’ll be.
Let the ink seep into my skin,
Like the writing of names into my being.
Let unknown names be written within
So I may bear witness with clouds to them. 

A Prayer…
​Gracious God, Welcoming Christ, Empowering Spirit: stir the waters by which we gather. In the ways you receive us, teach us how to receive others. In the grace with which you create a home for us, may we be bold to practice hospitality. Amen.
FIFTH SUNDAY WORKSHIP

Our next Fifth Sunday Workship will be Sunday, June 30. Worship will not be held in the Sanctuary but, instead, we will gather in Fellowship Hall for a time of prayer and Communion followed by cardmaking and work projects around the building. At 11:30, we will welcome the summer with a cook out with potluck salads and desserts.
Position Opening - CHOIR DIRECTOR

We are seeking a part-time Choir Director (approx. 8 hours per week, September through June.) Position requires conducting weekly rehearsals and participation in worship. Full information here.