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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Sunday, March 17:

We mark the Second Sunday in Lent, listening for God’s word in stories of journey and lament as we gather around Jesus’ Welcome Table with the theme, “Bread for the Journey.” The Choir leads us in musical praise with the anthem, “Be Thou My Vision.” 

Following Worship, we gather again in Fellowship Hall for a St Patrick’s Day Potluck Brunch with Music and Dessert provided.

Psalm 27 shares an image of God as one who shelters and comforts. When have you experienced God “taking you up” when others have let you down (v. 10) Who would benefit from hearing these words of comfort? Try reading Psalm 27:7–14 first, and then verses 1–6. How does this change your hearing of the Psalm? The tone changes between vv. 1–6, which speak about God, and vv. 7–14 where the psalmist addresses God directly. How does your mood and language change when talking about God as opposed to talking to God? (Seasons of the Spirit)

A Prayer…
We come to you, O God, often wondering about the fulfillment of promises that seems to take so long. But even in our questioning, we come to you in trust. We trust you will bring good to us and all. Help us to build our lives on your promises. Amen.
A Just Peace Church 
A Green Church 
The Days Ahead… 

Thursday, March 14
12:15pm Contemplative Communion
5:30 Governing Board
7pm Choir Rehearsal 

Sunday, March 17
10:15am Worship and Worship Circle 
followed by our St Patrick’s Day Brunch

Wednesday, March 20
1pm Book Group

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

Sunday, March 24
10:15am Worship and Worship Circle 
followed by Fellowship Hour 
Sunday, March 31 is a Fifth Sunday, so we will WORKSHIP! 

We will gather this week, not in the sanctuary, but in Fellowship Hall for a time of Worship and Communion followed by making Church World Service Hygiene Kits and PLARN. 

What is PLARN you ask? It is a yarn created by cutting and looping plastic bags into long strips then knitted, crocheted, or woven into sleeping mats for those living on the streets. Please bring any plastic shopping bags you may have (left over from before our shift to reusable bags, of course) and learn this easy way of supporting neighbors experiencing homelessness.
St Patrick’s Day Brunch Reminder 
Don't forget our St. Patrick's potluck brunch after church next Sunday, March 17. Please bring a dish to share. There will be Irish music to entertain you and dessert will be provided. Also, there will be baked goods for sale. This is a fundraiser so there will be opportunity for a free will offering. Thank you so much for your participation in this fun event!