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
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 Green Church 
The Week Ahead… 

Sunday, November 17
9am First Hour: Wired Word
10:15am Worship and Worship Circle 
followed by Chime Choir Practice

Wednesday, November 20
1pm Book Group

Thursday, November 21
12:15 Contemplative Communion
7pm Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, November 24
9am First Hour: Wired Word
10:15am Worship and Worship Circle


Looking Ahead…

Sunday, December 1 - Following Worship we gather in Fellowship Hall for an Advent Wreath workshop. Come to make an Advent Wreath for your own home or for one of our home-bound members.

Then, at 6pm, we re-gather to join in marking the First Sunday in Advent by lighting our Community Christmas Tree, singing carols, and sharing hot chocolate. All are welcome! Julia Sherman is coordinating cookies and cocoa following our Tree Lighting… please contact Julia if you are able to bring a plate of cookies.

December 15 - Candlelight Vespers for Advent - We gather at 5 pm for a time of quiet, of candlelight, and contemplative music. Come, all who find Christmas a difficult time, all who find December a hectic time, all who seek to honor the birth of Jesus the Light.
This Sunday In Worship - November 17

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 listen for God’s Word in stories of endings and beginnings in Isaiah 65:17-25 and Luke 21:5-9. We will be entering into covenant with New Members and the choir will share the anthem, “Aint-a That Good News.” 

Following Worship, we gather in Fellowship Hall for coffee hour and a gathering for those exploring membership in the First Church community.
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In the 1997 American movie Good Will Hunting, the main character, Will, is a math genius who works as a janitor and construction worker. Through a deep fear of failure and loss, Will consistently sabotages his relationships. Toward the end of the movie, there is a beautiful exchange between Will and his friend Chuckie. In this exchange, Chuckie says that the best part of his day is the ten seconds between the car and the door in the morning when he comes to pick up Will. During those ten seconds, Chuckie hopes Will has left for something bigger and better than either of them can imagine. What are some hopes you have for people you love? What are some hopes people who love you have for your future? 

A Prayer…
Holy One, we are grateful for your restoration of brokenness in the world and in each of us. Your love constantly draws us from past failures into future celebrations. Help us joyfully sing your delight in all of Creation. Amen.
Ring in the Christmas season!

All ages are invited to participate in our chime choirGrace Notes, for Advent.  Rehearsals will start on this Sunday, November 17th and also be held on 12/1, 12/8, and 12/15 directly after worship service, playing in Worship on Sunday, December 22.