Mailing Address: P.O. Box 36, Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Phone: (860) 423-9008, Fax: (860) 423-6112
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
Sarah Kaufold, 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 Week Ahead… 

Sunday, October 6
9am First Hour: Wired Word
10:15am Worship and Worship Circle followed by Coffee Hour

​Wednesday, October 9
1pm Book Group

Thursday, October 10
12:15 Contemplative Communion
7pm Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, October 13
9am First Hour: Wired Word
10:15am Worship and Worship Circle followed by Coffee Hour
This Sunday In Worship - October 6
World Communion Sunday

In First Hour, we reflect on the intersection of Faith and the News.. Please follow this link for this week's reading. 

In Worship we gather around Jesus’ Welcome Table as we listen for stories of faithful living and faith through the generations. The choir has multiple opportunities to sing, including a pickup choir which will be singing during Communion. 

Following Worship, we gather in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.

The very early image of resurrection was the seed: life encased in a stone, allowed to rest, breaking forth in a new way. How is the germination of a seed a metaphor for faith? How is planting, cultivating, and waiting for the harvest an act of faith? How is faith like a seed waiting to germinate? Seasons of the Spirit

A Prayer…
Gracious God, thank you for all those whose faith and witness have enlightened us and brought us closer to you. Strengthen us by your Spirit that we may encourage the faith of others. We ask in the name of Christ, our Redeemer and guide. Amen

Looking Ahead

October 13
Heritage Sunday with reflections by the Strategic Planning Team
Our Strategic Planning Team outlines for us the ways faith communities in the United States are changing and invite our reflection on how First Church might be inspired to engage these changes and envision our future. Following Worship, we gather in Congregational Meeting to consider replacing the roof over the kitchen, implementing an accessibility plan, replacing our Christmas Tree on the front lawn, and to discuss removing the pews on either side of the chancel in the Sanctuary. 

October 20
Celebration of Persistent Ministry
As stewardship pledge cards are distributed, we celebrate the ways we have been in ministry this past year and dream of where God might be calling us to persistent service in the year ahead.

October 27
Reformation Sunday and the Reception of Pledge Cards
We will ask God’s blessing on our stewardship pledge cards as we recommit ourselves to caring for Christ’s church and carrying out his reformed and reforming ministry and mission in the world.

November 3
All Saints Sunday
We gather around Jesus’ Welcome Table with the saints of God throughout the ages. All are invited to bring a photograph or a picture of someone who has been a saint in their life. We will place these photos on the windowsills of our sanctuary and surround ourselves with the witness of their lives.
Putting Faith Into Action

We have been approached by the Windham Area No Freeze Project about collecting items currently needed by several families living in tents. A particular need we can meet is providing bug spray. Please bring these items to Worship with you this Sunday and we will quickly pass them along.