Encounters With Jesus in The Gospel Of Mark

    Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels, but it presents a lively, fast-paced and fast-moving portrait of the life and labor of Jesus. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is the Servant of God, faithfully engaged in God’s work. Mark highlights the deeds of Jesus much more than His teaching. In the opening lines of Mark’s Gospel, we see the quick and hasty move of Jesus into the work He had come to carry out.

    The pace is fast, as indicated by Mark’s “immediate” language. “And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him. (Mark 1:10). “Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.” (Mark 1:12.

What follows next? Jesus is God’s Servant doing God’s work. “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.” (Mark 1:14).

    Mark invites the reader to embark on an action-packed adventure of Jesus at work! At every turn, Mark presents Jesus faithfully aligned to God’s truth in God’s time. No  delay! No procrastination! No putting off what needed to be done! In Mark, we come to honor and value Jesus for the saving and redeeming work He did on our behalf. But we also learn from Him – that we are to be His disciples faithfully and actively engaged in

His work. This is the focus point of our Wednesday Bible Class: Encounters With Jesus

In the Gospel of Mark. There’s so much to be learned and applied. Join us and be richly blessed by the Word. – Van Hardin

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.

Click here to download the app to your phone or to your tablet
Click here to launch the app right in your web browser

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:


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…


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.

Christmas in July…remembering a dear friend

You may be thinking “who’s even thinking about Christmas in times like these?!” For most, focus is on the unusual times we are living in that carries pressures, worries, and tensions we deal with to one degree or another. And, it’s summer with high temps and sun rays. So Christmas? What gives??

An expression of love is being shown to the Waterbury Church of Christ through the Dominguez-Porrini family.

As a way to keep living out Jeannette Porrini’s joyful and generous spirit, her surviving family is dedicating the month of July to raise donations that will go toward the church’s Annual Gingerbread Event and other ministries in this church.

Jeannette was a beloved member of the Waterbury church and often remembered by her warm smile, laughter, and caring ways. Jeannette really enjoyed the Gingerbread Event. Her family is grateful for the laughter it brought out then and still today as they recount a bit of shock after she participated the first time: “They had power tools and lights there!!” is a memorable quote Jeannette exclaimed with laughter.

It’s with these fond memories and the family’s desire to spread love in the community that we have Christmas in July. Despite July being a bittersweet month (marking both her birthday and her transition to God after a 9 year battle with cancer) the family is feeling blessed to come together to bring good and also to be strengthened as a result.

Donations that exceed the costs of our yearly event will be used to bring some comfort to families impacted by cancer.

Anyone can give a donation by clicking here https://waterburychurch.org/giving and selecting Gingerbread Party or feel free to mail non-cash donations to the church at:

Gingerbread Party c/o
Waterbury Church of Christ
3211 North Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06704

Plan to Return to Worship

In light of the recent Coronavirus pandemic, we have been meeting completely online for the last 2 months.  The church leadership has been working to get us back together worshiping in the building, but in a safe and orderly way. 

Our plan as it currently stands is to begin a gradual return on Sunday, June 7th at 10:30am for our worship service.   We will continue to broadcast our services from the church website and on YouTube to accommodate and respect those who are not ready or able to come back to the building. 

We will also continue to observe all social-distancing recommendations that the state and local authorities are making.  Specifically, we should keep the number of total attendees to under 100 at this time.  We also ask members to follow the initial precautions and considerations to ensure safety while respecting the comfort of those attending. 

Here is the plan, beginning on Sunday, June 7:  

  • Worship Service is to begin at 10:30am.  The rear door will open for entry at 10:20am. 
  • There will be no classes, children’s church, or angel watch offered. 
  • Older/At-Risk Members should still consider staying home and participating online. 
  • Families with young children should consider whether they can manage to maintain social distancing for safety and comfort of others. 
  • All online classes and services will continue as they have for the past two months. 

Initial Precautions & Considerations: 

  • Face Masks will be REQUIRED for worshippers, for your own protection and out of respect for others. 
  • The kitchen is closed, water bottles will be provided outside of the kitchen. 
  • Bathrooms for emergency only, if possible. 
  • Seating will be only every other row and with the members of your household 
  • Doors will be open for contact-free entry/exit – Enter at REAR door and Exit FRONT Door 
  • No Physical Bulletins will be printed, they will continue to be emailed 
  • Electronic prayer requests only (no prayer cards) 
  • Communion kits will be on a table in the rear, please take yours as you enter the building 
  • Offices and Classrooms remain off limits.  Please stay upstairs. 
  • Online giving will continue but a basket will be present as you exit for physical donations. 

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, and while it will take some time for us to return to “normal”, your patience and understanding for the new procedures will be very much appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the elders or Donny or send an email to bulletin@waterburychurch.org. 

Worship With Us Online May 31st

Join us for a celebration of our Lord as we worship him with song, prayer, communion, teaching, and giving. These are things we are told to do each week and even though we can’t be together in the church building, we can be together in our worship.

If you have a prayer request, you can send those in live during the worship service. Send an email to bulletin@waterburychurch.org or you can send a text message to 203.936.7269

To join our online service starting at 10:30am, head to either of these places:

Church Web Site: We’ll have the service streaming online right from the front page of our website at https://www.waterburychurch.org.

Youtube Live: You can also catch our service on Youtube Live, and the link for that channel is https://www.youtube.com/c/waterburychurchofchrist

Do not use the Zoom link on Sunday morning, only those leading worship will be allowed into Zoom, everyone else should find and watch the live stream at the places listed above.

Giving: Our electronic giving site is available at the church website, go to www.waterburychurch.org/giving to send in your contribution while we’re not together.

Please continue to pray for our community and for our church family to stay strong as we fight this virus.