Fully and Faithfully Aligned to God’s Time

Last Lord’s Day we kicked off a sermon series on the issue of time: Fully and Faithfully Aligned to God’s Time. Big question! How important is time? Well, what we decide to be, and do, in the time that God gives us will determine our destiny in eternity. This makes time all-important for us. In the brief span of time that it took me to write this article, people departed this time side of life and moved into eternity totally unprepared to meet their God. It’s alarming, tragic, and sad.

In the opening lesson of this sermon series, we called attention to two invaluable gifts that we have from God. The gift of truth – God’s saving gospel truth in Jesus Christ. And then, there’s the gift of time – sufficient time for us to hear, believe, understand, and obey the truth that Jesus saves. We spoke about the words of Jesus regarding truth and freedom: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:32. Fully bought into God’s truth on this time side of life will shield and protect us from destruction. We will be protected from self-destruction, unnecessary destruction, and eternal destruction.

If we’re ready and willing to receive it into our minds and hearts, this sermon series will greatly impact the days, weeks, and months of 2024 in the very best way. Think about the inspired words of Isaiah at the start of this new year – “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times…” Isaiah 33:6. This is exactly what this sermon series is all about. To lovingly challenge us to embrace the wisdom and knowledge to be fully and faithfully aligned to God’s time. The results, we will be blessed to accomplish and attain what God has in mind for us in 2024.

– Van H. Hardin

Going Back To School On Faith

For the child of God, faith is the main thing that must always be the focus point of all that God is calling us to be, calling us to do, and where He is calling us to go. This explains why God keeps us in the classroom of life learning to pursue and perfect faith. Of course, our motivation to be all about faith is found in what God’s word reveals about the meaning and magnitude of faith. We are saved by faith, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. (Ephesians 2:8). We are richly blessed with God’s supply when we lift up the prayer of faith: And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. (Matthew 21:22)

And let’s never forget, we please God – we satisfy Him – by remaining in the space and place of faith. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6).

Throughout December, faith has been the focus of our Lord’s Day sermon. But think about it, the titles and topics may change, but we are always being instructed, encouraged, and admonished in the way of faith. Paul put it this way, For we walk by faith, (2 Corinthians 5:7).  Translation! We get up each day, in God’s love, grace, and guidance to get faith right.

What’s happening in your life these days? Are you going through something difficult? Are you facing the unknown? Are you dealing with a situation that is clearly unfair. Say it, and embrace it – the Lord is bringing me back to school on faith. And yes, have the conviction to declare the outcome. I will come through this better and stronger because faith always wins. Faith never loses! And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. (1 John 5:4).

Church Connect

Church Connect is a tool for our members to stay connected with each other and up to date on upcoming events. Members should create an account on the app to ensure your info is published to our family directory.

It’s also a great way for members of the community to see our public events and learn more about who we are and how we worship. Community members don’t need to create an account, as all the public info is available without needing to login.

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Van Hardin Announced As New Preacher in Waterbury

The Waterbury Church of Christ is happy to announce that Van Hardin will be joining our church as a full-time Minister.

Van H. Hardin is married to Angela. He and Angela are natives of Knoxville, TN. Van and Angela have two daughters, Vaconna and Vanessa, who reside in Maryland and Georgia.

Van has served churches as an Evangelist in Tennessee, Georgia, and Maryland. By way of training, he attended: Southeastern School of Biblical Studies, Tennessee Bible College, and Johnson University. He is also the CEO of Church Health and Church Growth Publications and Seminars. This ministry focuses on helping congregations of the Church of Christ to be more focused, faithful, and fruitful in the work of the Great Commission. 

Currently, Van is the Evangelist at the Oxon Hill Church of Christ, Temple Hills, MD.

He will begin his work at the Waterbury Church of Christ, Waterbury, CT this fall. 

Bible Class and Worship Schedule

Our Current In-Person Schedule is:

  • Sunday Morning Bible Class @ 9:30am for all ages
  • Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:30am
  • Wednesday Evening Bible Class @ 7:00pm for all ages

All of the adult classes and our worship will also be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel.

Getting to YouTube

The Link to the Church YouTube Site: CLICK HERE

In YouTube, if you “SUBSCRIBE” to the Church’s page when you click the link above, you’ll get a notification every time we go live with one of our classes or worship.

We encourage those at home to use the YouTube Chat feature during our worship and classes to connect and engage with other members who are not in the building.

Ladies Class on Thursdays

The ladies are also continuing an Online ZOOM class on Thursday evening at 7PM. You can get to the class by going to https://meet.waterburychurch.org

Watching Previous Classes and Lessons

Right here on the Church Website, click on VIDEOS to see our library of previous worship services and classes that will link from YouTube

2020 Christmas Toy Drive Update

We will be dropping off the Christmas toys for the Wilson School in Waterbury on December 10th.

Please bring your toys by the church on Sunday Morning, December 6th, or reach out to Jim Sanzone (email/text/phone) to arrange a pickup on Sunday afternoon.

Updated State Guidance for Worship Services – Oct 8th

Good news, the State of CT has issued new guidance for worship services, effective on October 8th. With a new limit of 50%, that means we should be able to worship with up to 125 in the upper auditorium.

On October 8, 2020, Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 9F which provides:

  1. Amendments to Size Restrictions on Certain Gatherings. Effective on October 8, 2020, Executive Order No. 7TT, Section 2 is amended to provide that religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings, if held indoors, are limited to no more than 50 percent of the building’s capacity or a maximum of 200 people, whichever is lower, and such services, if held outdoors, are limited to the number of people that can be accommodated safely by the venue or location provided that all persons present wear masks, unless speaking from designated safe locations, and that a distance of 6 feet is maintained between all persons or groups not from the same household.
  2. Extension of Drive-In Worship Services and Graduations. The provisions of Executive Order No. 7XX, Sections 1 and 2, regarding drive-in religious and graduation ceremonies, shall remain in effect.”

You can read the entire updated document from the State at THIS LINK.

Hope to see you at worship this coming week!

Weekly Class Schedule and Info

Weekly classes and links to get connected to our online classes held on Zoom. If you are on a smartphone or tablet, you can download Zoom from your AppStore. I’ll post the direct links to those below.

All of our online classes are at the same meeting link:
Meeting Link: https://meet.waterburychurch.org

Teen Class: Tuesday at 7pm
– Online Only

Men’s Class: Wednesday at 7pm
– Online Only

Ladies Class: Thursday at 7pm
– Online (for now)

Upper Elementary Class (Up to 12yrs): Sunday at 9am
– Online

More Online Classroom Connection Info:

Dial In Information:
For those who don’t have a smartphone or computer, here are some details on how to login


One tap mobile (for quick dial in from a smartphone)
+13017158592,,9747899358#,,,,,,0#,,054778# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,9747899358#,,,,,,0#,,054778# US (Chicago)

Dial In from a regular phone:
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 974 789 9358
Passcode: 054778

Zoom Mobile Apps

Here’s a link to the Zoom Download site if you need to get Zoom on your phone or tablet:

https://www.zoom.us/download

Quick update on COVID-19 guidelines for houses of worship

There have been some questions recently about what the guidelines are that churches are following, and some confusion about the recently announced fines for gatherings above 25 people. Good news that the 25 person limit is not intended to apply to houses of worship.

Here’s a link to the State of CT document outlining the current guidelines for churches…

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DECD/Covid_Business_Recovery/Guidelines-for-Houses-of-Worship_FINAL.pdf?la=en

The important note from the document is…

“Effective immediately, the 49-person limit on religious, spiritual and worship gatherings is raised for indoor gatherings to 25% of capacity of the indoor space or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is smaller, and to 150 people for outdoor gatherings, provided in each case that appropriate safety and social distancing measures shall be employed. ”

The church building is currently set for a capacity of ~250 people in the main auditorium, and another ~50 in the classroom space. Following the current guidelines, that works out to ~70 people upstairs, and another ~10 people downstairs.

If at some point we do exceed the main auditorium capacity, the plan is to spread out a bit downstairs with our TVs to ensure we keep things safe and comfortable for members attending.

Hope to see YOU this Sunday.