December 8, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent: JOY
OFFICE HOURS - Pastor Vance will be holding office hours at the church every Wednesday
from 10 AM until noon, both for general and confidential conversations. Walk-ins are welcome, although it
would be helpful to hear in advance to avoid double bookings. Pastor Vance is also available to meet at other
times of day and other days of the week to better accommodate people's schedules. Confidential messages
can be lift on the office phone (203-488-8456, ext. 1)
SAFE CHURCH POLICY The side doors to the church are going to be locked at 10:00AM on
Sunday mornings. Please use the front doors after that time. There will be signs on each of
the doors to direct you. Thank you.
LADIES SEWING SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON Please Note Change in Date The Ladies Sewing
society will now hold their luncheon on December 18 at Café Fiore at 12:30 pm.
Please call Diane Farley at 203.467.7470 to let her know you will be attending.
BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE A Light Shines in the Darkness For those of you have lost a loved one
please join us at our Blue Christmas Service, Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm. Remember you are
never alone and together we can share what we are feeling in the security and safety of this sanctuary.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 22 at 10:00 am
join us for our Annual Christmas Pageant,. Bring your children and join in the fun and fellowship.
CANDLELIGHT SERVICE (Christmas Eve) - Tuesday, Dec 24 at 11 p.m. join us as we celebrate the arrival
of the "Light of the World!"
TIME AND TALENT SURVEY What is Your Passion? Time and Talent is what God has given to each of
His children and we must put that talent into action so we can enrich the life of our church.
If you haven’t already please be sure to return the completed form when you attend church this Sunday.
If you did not receive a survey form you will be able to pick one up in church.
BIBLE STUDY Mark Your Calendars We are taking time off for the holidays but hope to see you
starting January 7 as we explore “The New Testament”. Our Bible Study will still continue to meet every
first and third Tuesday of each month. Any questions email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY SCHOOL Lesson For This Sunday, December 15 Tower of Babel – Pride Gets in the Way
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
Sunday, December 8 10:00 AM Second Sunday of Advent: PEACE
Praise Music & Second Sunday Brunch
Wednesday, December 11 7:00 PM Advent Prayer Stations
Come experience an interactive way to pray!
Sunday, December 15 10:00 AM Third Sunday of Advent: JOY Wednesday,
December 18 7:00 PM Blue Christmas Service A Light in the Darkness for those experiencing loss Sunday,
December 22 10:00 AM Fourth Sunday of Advent: LOVE Christmas Pageant for all ages,
bring your little ones and join in the fun, faith & fellowship!
Tuesday, December 24 11:00 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service –
let us celebrate the arrival of the Light of the World!
Wednesday, December 25 Christmas Day –
Remember to take the time to thank Our Father for the amazing gift of His Son!
Sunday, December 29 10:00 AM A Special Worship time featuring the movie – Nativity!
HOME DELIVERY PROGRAM Comes To An End at NBCC The Home delivery program from our church has come to an end
as of October 29, 2019. Making and delivering meals will still be an ongoing service for shut-ins and those in need which
will be done from St. Andrews in Northford. If you would like to stay on the list or know someone who needs to have meals '
delivered to their home please contact the Senior Center or Branford Community Dining, information below. We want to
thank all our wonderful volunteers who gave so much of their time helping to prepare, package and deliver the meals,
and for all the donations we had received. Even though this program in helping others has ended from our church,
we believe that our Lord will guide us in a new direction to help those in need in other ways.
Alice Lehr and Diane Farley Coordinators of the Home Delivery Program
Senior Center Katy Poston 203 484 6017 203 627 7282
Branford Community Dining Barbara Bennet 203 488 9750 Ext.3
MIDNIGHT RUN Volunteers are needed to help with The Midnight Run which takes place every 3rd Monday of each month.
Everyone meets at the NBCC church parking lot at 7 pm where they carpool to the men’s shelter on Grand Avenue,
New Haven. Donations of sandwiches, packaged snacks, fruit and drink boxes may be brought to the church anytime
on the day of the Run. The men at the shelter are always in need of underwear, socks, pants, shirts, heavy jackets,
and toiletry items. Cash donations are always welcome. We hope you will plan to join us on any third Monday to
witness this wonderful ministry in helping others. Please call the church office 203.488.8456 if you would like to sign up.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES Open Shed There is an Open shed for used clothing donations in the church parking lot. NBCC
is partnering with St. Pauly Textile Inc. where these donated clothing items will be given to those in need, here in the U.S.
ON – GOING Important – Church Facilities It is very important that anyone wanting use of the church building,
whether member or non- member, must complete a reservation form and leave with Fran at the church office.
Please do not just assume that the space you want on any given evening or weekend is free.
Any questions, please call Fran, 203.488.8456. Thank you!
As a community outreach the following groups have been given permission to use
our church Fellowship Hall for their weekly meetings:
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – a weight-loss support program meets every Wednesday @ 6:00 PM
Narcotics Anonymous – NA – Meets every Saturday evening at 7:00 PM
Alcoholics Anonymous – AA – Meetings every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM
We also have a Scout pack which is sponsored by NBCC Church–
Scouts meets every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. (Cub Scouts meet one Friday per month)
North Branford Congregational Church is a welcoming Christian community located at 1680 Foxon Road, North Branford. Sunday service is at 10:00 a.m.