Learning Center This Week




Sunday, November 28th - Advent Wreath Making workshop following worship in lower parking lot. Refresh your wreath from last year or create an Earth Friendly one with grapevines, beeswax candles, beach sand and local flora. Thank you to Arlene Siderski for donating the grapevines for our wreaths and to Nancy Adams for sharing her master gardening knowledge. Let us prepare our hearts and minds for the arrival of baby Jesus by celebrating God’s abundance found in our very own backyards. We are seeking boxwood, holly, pine, evergreen, and inkberry – Also tools to cut greenery and floral wire. Imagine a church potluck of gifts from the natural world!
Sunday, December 12th – Cookie Decorating and More – following worship.
Please email Patty to sign up and/or if you have items you can share.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Fruit of the Spirit series this Fall. Galatians 5:22-23 Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.  We concluded the series with health and fitness. It was wonderful to have Karen Massaro and John Weist share their gifts and help us explore, sometimes the toughest Fruit of the Spirit, Self Control. We talked about making good decisions, taking care of our bodies, and setting priorities. John shared how he does this as a high school athlete. We had a lot of fun dancing, controlling our movements, listening to music, and practicing yoga. The picture shows us circled up briefly inside, as Miss Karen illustrated setting priorities and the importance of putting God first, with marshmallows, skittles, and sugar. Click here for an energetic Fruit of the Spirit song.
This Sunday the – Advent Christmas Season begins
  • Nov 28 – 1st Sunday of Advent- What is Advent anyways? – with Rob Perry and Patty Berry
  • Dec 5 – 2nd Sunday of Advent – Communion Sunday- All Together in Worship – no Sunday School
  • Dec 12 – 3rd Sunday of Advent – Sunday School – looking for guest teacher
  • Dec 19 – 4th Sunday Advent – Sunday School – looking for guest teacher
  • Dec 26 – All Together – PJ Sunday – Worship from home on Zoom – No SS- Patty is Preaching
We are so blessed to have amazing guest teachers sharing their gifts this Fall. If you are willing to share you gifts and passion with our Sunday School children whether it is painting, music, animals, nature, healthy living, history, photography, gardening, science, sports, culture, storytelling, or mission work; let Patty know.  It is a wonderful way for us to build relationships, learn, and feel connected as a church community. We have an abundance of talent, gifts and love here at UCC. Guest teaching slots available on 12/12 and 12/19.
For those who are new, we begin in worship with our families and then are dismissed for Sunday School. On the first Sunday of the month, we stay in worship and celebrate Holy Communion Sunday all together. Our Sunday School time will include sharing joys and concerns, prayer, an offertory, engaging activities and bible stories, invitations to wonder and hospitality. (ie. Snacks). Sunday School will be held outdoors in a one room schoolhouse format for K-8 grades with opportunities for older youth to help. Dress accordingly. Rainy weather, we will gather in Farnum Hall. Masks required. The registration for can be found HERE.



“but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them;
for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”" Matt 19:14


What People are Saying

The kindest compilation of friends and family reside within our community. I've made some of my best friends here and joining the church is the best decision I've ever made. — Noah, 16
This church has a warm and friendly staff and membership. It's like a second home for me. — Curt, Age 84
This place is a very warm, friendly family of believers, sharing the struggles of life, supporting each other along the way. — Melissa, Age 51
We have had 17 moves. Every time we came back to Newport we were welcomed as though we had never been away. — Debby, Age 79
As part of this congregation, I appreciate our pastor and teacher, Rev. Joe Tripp.... — Mary, Age 59
UCC, Middletown – A wonderful place to make 100 real friends without using Facebook. — Chris, Age 60
I appreciate the strong sense of community that is always inclusive and welcoming. — Elaine, Age 57
I like that when Sunday School is over we go have something to eat. — Matt, Age 12
I like coloring with my friends during Sunday School. — Violet, Age 7
I have fun playing games while I learn about Jesus. — Nik, Age 10
Sunday Morning Worship Schedule: Worship: 10:00 - 11:00
Sunday School: 10:00 - 11:00
Fellowship Time: 11:00 +