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FBC Book Study in July & August

We have tentatively planned for Tuesday nights at 4 p.m. in Niantic, but if that time & location is inconvenient, please let Pastor Joy know. A list of book options will be in the church on Sunday, June 24th, and in the e-newsletter on Saturday, June 23rd.

ABCUSA General Secretary Sends Letter to Attorney General

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/16/18) — A letter has been sent to Jeff Sessions, in response to his remarks which cited Romans 13 as justification for practices such as separating children from their parents in immigration cases. After discussion with the Board of General Ministries at its meeting in Green Lake, Wis., June 13-15, Dr. Lee […]
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ABCONN Mission and Stewardship Day, 2018

Come celebrate ‘unity in diversity’ as we move to the rhythm, dancing to God’s heartbeat! September 29th, 2018 Central Baptist Church, Norwich Come and celebrate: Diverse nationalities and cultures — one people under God All one in Christ — Galatians 3: 28 One Lord, one faith, one baptism — Ephesians 4: 4 – 6 Through: […]
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Centering Prayer: June & July 2018

Every Saturday, 10 a.m., Helen Henry Fellowship Hall  Join us for a time of prayer.  Centering Prayer is a method of setting an intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.  Briefly, it’s a method that allows one to “rest in God,” which, in turn, sparks an inner transformative process.   Most would say that […]
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Shoreline Soup Kitchen: June & July 2018

Each Monday night at 5:30 p.m., we host the local Monday night Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries dinner at our church. We are looking for new volunteers. Please contact Pastor Joy Perkett at or 860-581-0493 if you are interested in volunteering your time.

The Sleeping Gardener

Mark 4:26-34 A riot of bittersweet. A riot of bittersweet spilled over the stone wall by our church, flinging itself on each bare patch of dirt it could find, weaving its way through the crevices in the rock wall, poking itself through the holes. On our church clean-up day, Lisa Laing and Patty Rolfe worked […]
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Paint Big

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Paul says to us: “We do not lose hope.” I want to know: Does he know how hard the uphill climbs of life can be when he says that? This week a friend was telling the story of someone who went for a bike ride and became utterly exhausted mid-ride. They had […]
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Wild Goose Chase

Text: Acts 2:1-21 Before preaching, I want to share this story with you called the Cyclist by Mark Nepo: On the day of the race, he waited with the others and felt that life was waiting in the hills. He couldn’t quite say why, but a blessing was about to happen. As the gun went […]
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Easter Fools!

John 20:1-20, a sermon for the sunrise service “Early on the first day of the week, while it [is] still dark, Mary of Magdala [comes] to the tomb.” What a fool she is: Grief floods her body with every step. Her heart feels like it has broken in two. The Roman empire has killed Jesus, […]
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As Many Times as It Takes

John 13:1-17, 31b-35 It isn’t quite foot washing, but it is close. In 1968, Mr. Francois Clemmons, who played a black police officer on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, filmed a scene with Mr. Fred Rogers, a white Presbyterian minister. Mr. Clemmons hadn’t originally wanted the job as the police officer. He reports that he grew up […]
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