Where Faith Takes Action!
549 Storrs Road
(Junction of Routes 195 & 89)
Mansfield Center, Connecticut
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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)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 36, Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Phone: (860) 423-9008, Fax: (860) 423-6112
Email: FirstChurchMansfield@snet.net
A Just Peace Church

Pastors:
The Rev. Joseph Blotz
The Rev. Ann Plumley

Catherine Rowe,  Music Director
Erik Haeger, Organist
Wendy O'Connor, Office Administrator

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.
A Green Church
Open to and Affirming of All
Opportunities to Serve at First Church

Sign up to host a coffee hour here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4ba8a928a2f58-coffee
There are many dates available between now and the end of June. It's a great opportunity to get to know someone while working together.

Sign up to serve communion here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4ba8a928a2f58-communion
Contact Julia Sherman if you have questions or would like training.
The next Third Saturday Breakfast & Bake Sale is:

Saturday, June 20, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A delicious breakfast of eggs, homefries, sausages, bacon, coffee cake, fruit and coffee/tea, juice for the price of $10 adult; $8 senior and $5 for children under 12.

A Prayer from our Conference Minister for
Emanuel AME Church in Charleston

Dear friends,

Our hearts leap with outrage at the crime: nine people shot to death as they gathered to pray. Our hearts slow and skip at our sorrow for those who grieve. Our hearts beat just a little stronger with our desire to give aid to the wounded. Our hearts cry in anger, and sorrow, and pain, for justice.

Please hold in prayer the stunned and sorrowing community of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, who have lost friends and loved ones, including their senior pastor, the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, a state senator. Please pray for law enforcement officials, that they may swiftly identify, apprehend, and convict the perpetrator of this heinous act. Please pray for those, particularly those of color, who suffer from the violence that erupts all too often in our society, and that we may somehow, together, create a better world.

We offer this prayer: Gentle God of peace, the serenity of prayer has been shattered by the staccato sound of gunshots, the sighs of the injured, and the sobs of the grieving. Embrace your suffering, sorrowing servants in their loss and pain.

Guiding God who gathers us, help us look into the souls of our community and recognize the poisons there which feed hatred, fear, and violence. May we name them, examine them, and exorcise them in the light of day, that they will not trouble us when night has come. May we see that we are all truly in this life together.

Stern God of justice, do not let us forget those who cry to you when righteousness cannot be found. Not one of your children should ever fear to pray, not one: not due to their race, or creed, or age, or gender, or gender expression, or where they make their home upon this Earth. Not one of your children should ever fear that their violent death will be accepted by the world.

Loving God of resurrection, accept the slain into the company of the saints in light. Remind us that we pass from your arms in this life to your arms in another.

In your mercy we find peace. In your word we find guidance. In your urging we find justice. In your love we find everlasting life.

Amen.

Thank you for your prayers at this terrible time.
Blessings,
Kent Siladi