This week @ NUMC

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9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday

Information for the Sunday bulletin must be in the office by Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.


  • Two Service – 8:00 a.m and 10:00 a.m.
  • Adult Bible Study:  9:00 am –   Betts Conference Room

 WORSHIP NOTES:   Read Lectionary Notes HERE

More this week…


  • 7:00 a.m.   Prayer with Pastor Lori – Sanctuary
  • 7:00 p.m.   Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
  • 7:30 p.m.   Church Council – Betts Room


  • Noon          Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
  • 7:00 p.m.   Mission/Outreach – Betts Room
  • 7:00 p.m.   Boy Scouts – Rauner Hall


  • 10:00 a.m. Quilters – Rauner Hall
  • 11:00 a.m.  Memorials Committee – Betts Room
  • 6:30 p.m.    Hearts of Hope – Rauner Hall
  • 7:00 p.m.   Stephen Ministers – Betts Room
  • 8:00 p.m.   Alcoholics Anonymous – Choir Room


  • 6:30 p.m.  Cub Scouts – Rauner Hall
  • 7:30 p.m.  Sr. Choir Rehearsal – Choir Room


  •  8:00 p.m.   Alcoholics Anonymous – Betts Room


  • No Meetings

NEXT SUNDAY (09/24) – Regular Worship Schedule

  •  8:00 a.m.   Service
  •  9:00 a.m.   Adult Bible Study
  •  10:00 a.m.  Service
  •  7:00 p.m.   Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall

Upcoming Events and other Needs –

  • 1st Saturday each month (September through June) – NUMC Monthly Pasta Dinner,  5:00 – 7:30 pm,
    $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3.50 children. Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road, 203-426-9998
  • Faith Food Pantry is in need of the following items:  Pancake mix – pancake syrup – jelly  1/2 gallon juice (or bigger) Leave your donations in the basket in the Narthex.  There is a basket for your items.  Thank You for caring!! Questions about Faith Food Pantry? Call 203-426-3446
  • Association of the Religious Communities (ARC) needs occasional help moving furniture for the formally homeless who have found a new home. If you can assist with a truck or trailer or human power, please let us know and we will add you to the volunteer  list.


  • (1st and 3rd) @ 7:00 pm – Supervision Group – Stephen Ministers – Betts
  • 5 pm  Sewing Little Dresses for Africa – Final night – We would love to see YOU! Please plan to bring your machine, extension cords, scissors etc.  We provide kits, additional material and notions!

Live the Word to Sunday


Live the Word to Sunday, a Lectionary Discussion

Preparing the way for the Lord, to let God’s Word work in your life during the week to make your worship experience more meaningful. Sermons during Worship services are often based upon the Revised Common Lectionary. You are invited to join us in a small group bible study, Sunday morning between the services, from 10 to 11 o’clock.

Previous week (3/12/2017, Second Sunday in Lent) Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 ; Matthew 17:1-9
Prior week (3/19/2017, Third Sunday in Lent) Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11 ; John 4:5-42
Last week (3/26/2017, Fourth Sunday in Lent) 1 Samuel 15:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14 ; John 9:1-41

Spril 2, 2017 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Walking through the season of Lent we turn our walk toward Jerusalem, as Jesus leads us to his Glory through Holy walk and on to Easter. Our liturgy leads us from this year through the Gospel of Matthew, the first year of a three year cycle. As you read this week, consider how the Living Word speaks to you. Jesus is calling you to respond to his Word. Consider the hopeful questions: Where does my help come from? Where do I see God active in the world? How is God calling me to live my life? These scriptures point us toward these profound questions and to faith and to the saving grace of God. It is our hope and prayer that your worship experience be enhanced as you gain a greater sense that God is with you in Jesus Christ.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 – The hand of the LORD came upon me and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley…”
Psalm 130 – Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord…
Romans 8:6-11 – To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the spirit….”
John 11:1-45 – Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany…”

Next week (4/9/2017, Psalm Sunday) Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21:1-11 ; Matthew 26:14-27:66
Week after next (4/16/2017, Easter Sunday) Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43 ; Matthew 28:1-10
And then (4/23/2017, Second Sunday of Easter) Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9 ; John 20:19-31

May the Living Word dwell and lead your heart. May you hear and respond to the Word fully, by seeking to live as Jesus intended and coming to know him through his grace and healing power. May the power of Living Word bring the presence of God in you. To God be the Glory.

Community-Wide Gathering for Healing

This marks the six month anniversary of the terrible events on December 14th at Sandy Hook elementary School (SHS).

The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association will sponsor a Community-Wide Gathering for Healing and Hope-Building today

– Friday, June 14th at 7:30 PM in the sanctuary of the Newtown Congregational Church.

It will be a time of prayer, song, community and care. All are welcome.

Also help prepare banners that are being sent to Oklahoma.

For more info call: 203 426-9024

PeaceBuilders – Helping kids after 12/14/2012

PeaceBuilders, an initiative to bring kids from Newtown together in community service and fun activities, is preparing to launch on March 17th.  Helping our kids become more resilient after the tragedy of 12-14 is a priority.

PeaceBuilders will engage kids from 11 to 14 years old in a transformation process to help them become compassionate global citizens building a culture of peace.  Part of resilience is acquiring understanding of how our diversity strengthens us as a community. PeaceBuilders will get kids involved in service activities that develop character and bring out the best qualities in one another.  Learning how these best qualities are present in every culture, religion and people helps prevent prejudice and promotes an active understanding of our common humanity.  Our first session will be on Sunday, March 17th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Newtown Youth Academy Conference Room.

Space is limited.  For more information or to register, please contact Rachel  (newtownpeacebuilders) @ <remove parenthesis> .

NUMC Mountains of Hope Haiti Mission

NUMC is sending a team to Haiti to assist our ongoing mission there, through “Mountains of Hope for Haiti.”   The trip will take the team to the rural Haitian village of Furcy, southeast of Port au Prince. There the team will provide continuing support to the village that has been in the care of the United Methodist- New York Annual Conference (NYAC).

Time For Donations & Prayers

Team members are hopeful the congregation and greater community of caring Christians and nonchristians alike will support the upcoming fundraisers they have scheduled for this humanitarian mission trip.

To donate to the Newtown United Methodist Church Mountains of Hope trip in January, send checks made out to the Newtown United Methodist Church, memo “Haiti Trip,” to 92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook CT 06482.

More About the Mission

The Mountains of Hope mission of the United Methodist Church NYAC has sent numerous teams from New York and Connecticut to Furcy since 2003, establishing a school, a health clinic, a farmer’s co-op, and a store in a village where none of those things existed before. Over the past eight years Furcy has changed from being a village where everything was about each individual surviving day to day, to one where we are building a community. This mission will further those efforts.

The team will likely be doing some repairs and painting, cleaning the clinic, and helping with planting. They also plan to run an adult English-Creole exchange, and feed the children. The group hopes to bring with them some over-the-counter medications and other needed supplies to help the families of Furcy. The average income is only $2 a day, which  must cover the cost of food and clothing, as well as pay for education. Haiti does not provide free education to its children.

Mountains of Hope provides meals for children, school supplies, staffs the clinic with a full-time nurse, and sponsors a doctor once a week at the clinic. The Newtown United Methodist Church has been a sponsor of the weekly visit by a doctor, and has also sponsored scholarships for students in Furcy.

The villagers have been assisted with supplies of seeds and farming techniques to grow their own vegetables, and the farmer’s co-op has encouraged a community for sharing and helping one another. The Furcy model has been so successful that the NYAC and Haiti Methodist Church plan to use it as an example for developing other rural communities in Haiti.