Mailing Address: P.O. Box 36, Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Phone: (860) 423-9008, Fax: (860) 423-6112
Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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
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
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.
Willing to host a coffee hour? Sign up here. There are many dates available. It's a great opportunity to get to know someone while working together.
This Week's Calendar
Sunday, February 23
Liturgist: Pam Bridgeford
Coffee Hour Host: The Hoffman Family
9am First Hour: Wired Word
10:15am Worship and Worship Circle followed by Coffee Hour
Tuesday, February 25
Office Volunteer: Diane Wright
Wednesday, February 25
Office Volunteer: Carol Fineout
1pm Book Group
7pm Ash Wednesday Worship
Thursday, February 27
Office Volunteer: Pam Bridgeford
12:15 Contemplative Communion
7pm Choir Rehearsal
Friday, February 28
Sunday, March 1
Liturgist: Deb Richards
Coffee Hour Host: Open
9am First Hour: Wired Word
10:15am Worship and Worship Circle
followed by Coffee Hour
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23:
First Hour continues at 9am in Fellowship Hall with the Wired Word, exploring current events through the lens of faith and the Scriptures. This week’s article for discussion may be found here.
In Worship we listen for God’s Word in stories of transformation and witness in Matthew 17:1-9. Our First Church Choir shares the anthem “Climbin’ Up the Mountain” as our musical offering and we have an opportunity to sing in a Pick Up Ensemble.*
In Worship Circle, our children gather with the theme, “Holy Mountain, Holy Place.”
*The Pickup Ensemble will be singing this Sunday. All are welcome to sing! Please show up no later than 9:15, ready to rehearse in the sanctuary. Contact Choir Director Sarah Kaufold with questions.
The readings this week show a God who is with us when we are disrupted, and a disruptive God. Through the chaos, God is elevated over it all – in the hills, in the clouds, and over mountains. Throughout the Season After the Epiphany, the light of God’s love is revealed in new ways. On this Transfiguration Sunday, the light shines brighter but the moment passes quickly, and we recognize that we do not make our home on the mountains, rather we are sent to continue the journey with Christ and to do the work of God. How does an encounter with Christ transform us? Seasons of the Spirit
Shining God, you change us in ways we cannot imagine. You ask us to follow you, and then show us the way to go. You send us out into your world. As we climb and descend the mountain today, guide us in our next steps in proclaiming your love. Amen.
Two musical events to support First Church
Sunday, March 8, 3:00pm - Take Note! Concert to benefit First Church's Green Energy Initiative. Donations will help fund new LED lighting in the Sanctuary. Come and bring a friend!
Sunday, March 15, 11:30am - St. Patrick's Day potluck brunch with musical program and a free will offering. Support our church while enjoying food, fun, and fellowship!
The season of Lent provides a special opportunity for us to experience the stories through music. The choir will be presenting a special a cappella, contemplative service for Good Friday where we are inviting the community to sing with us. And we would like to invite the kids and young of heart to participate in a special bell-choral anthem for Palm Sunday and a dramatic introit for Easter. Stay tuned for details of how you can participate!