Melissa Svindland Makes Jesus Lord

On Sunday, May 7th just after church, Southern Connecticut welcomed Melissa Svindland as our new sister in Christ. Melissa studied the Bible with several of the married sisters and those in the singles for almost a year.

She was first invited to church by Deanna Reda, her co-worker at the time and later began studying the Bible. Melissa shared that as a child she was involved in a car accident and nearly lost her life, but God gave her a second chance.  Melissa’s eagerness inspired the sisters who studied the Bible with her, comparing her faith and humility to that of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8. She eagerly sought to understand the word and for her relationship with God.

We are so grateful to have her as our new sister in Christ!


Tyesha Smith Cuapio

Tyesha grew up and works in New Haven.  She was met two years ago and started studying the Bible with Amber, Vania and Nori.   Then life got into her way and Tyesha stopped studying the Bible.  Tyesha got married and came back with a more serious and urgent heart to seek God.  She has grown tremendously in the previous few months in her conviction in God’s word and applying to her life.
Now Tyesha is pregnant and life gets into her way again, but she does not stop seeking God this time.  She made the best decision in her life to trust in God with all her heart.

Rosjanee Shelton makes Jesus Lord

On Wednesday April 12, Rosjenee Shelton made Jesus Lord of her life! She is a junior at the University of New Haven in their Criminal Justice program. She hopes to be a criminal attorney someday. She was met at her job at Home Depot in the paint department by Stan & Miguel Lamour. She started studying the Bible and over almost a year really understood what it meant to be Jesus’ disciple. She was able to finally heal from past hurts and find a body of believers who could hold her up if times got hard. At this spring’s campus retreat Rosjenee asked herself “What am I waiting for?” She made the decision to get baptized that next Wednesday surrounded by friends and family. She has made the Word her standard and is so excited to be on this new journey with God.

Logan Sharpe Runs The Race!

On Sunday, April 2nd,  Logan Sharpe decided he wanted to make Jesus Christ Lord of his life.

Logan is the head coach for the men’s track team at the University of New Haven.
He moved to southern Connecticut where he attended and ran track at Southern Connecticut
State University during his college years.

As a coach, he was met and inspired to learn more about God after seeing the lives of two of his track
athletes, Riley Knebes and George Murray. This led to one of the best decision someone can make.

Women’s Day Registration

WOMEN’S DAY is April 29th!
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration is now Open
Women are able to register before church or midweek

Students $10
Women $25

Payment options
1. If paying by cash, please bring the exact amount
2. Checks need to be made out to “Southern CT Church of Christ”
with “Women’s Day” written in the memo space
3. Or you could use our new church app which is accepting payment.
If you pay with the app, please screenshot your payment and let Lorna or Samantha Jones know so that you can be added to the raffle and the registration master list.

McKayla Owen Makes Jesus Lord

On Sunday, Feb. 26th, McKayla Owen made Jesus Lord of her life and was humbly baptized by her parents and surrounded by so many of her new brothers and sisters.  McKayla’s journey began years ago as a young teen when she expressed interest in studying the Bible.  It was not an easy journey for her but she never gave up and God continued to put the right people in her life to guide her along the way.  It was when McKayla really applied James 1:22-25 

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

to her Bible studies she began to really experiencing that freedom first hand!  She has a HUGE heart for others, is so very loyal and we can’t wait to see how God will use her to help others find that freedom as well!

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HOPE Savers Donation Fundraiser

SCTCOC Hope Chapter is having a Savers Thrift Store “Fun Drive” Donation FundRaiser.

What is a Donation Drive?
It’s Genuis! We raise money for a good cause. You get rid of items you no longer need, offering them a 2nd life.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Haitian disaster relief.

Final Collection Date
Saturday, March 18
In the Fairfield Wood Middle School parking (same as where we park on Sunday)

What to Donate?
-gently used clothing and household items

Savers will pay per pound for each item donated.

Donating means the landfill loses and the earth wind

The Hope Savers Drive Committee
Mary Ellen

Be Bold for Spiritual Change

Be Bold for Spiritual Change 2017

Do you long to make a difference in this world?  Does your heart feel pain for the souls of women today?

So much is happening around us. Women everywhere are feeling angst.  Some are fearful. Some are angry. Some are passionate. They are marching. They are hoping. They are calling for change for their lives and for the lives of those around them. They hunger to feel valued. They desire a meaningful purpose. Meanwhile, too many are burdened by bitterness and weighed down by guilt and shame. Women across the world are desperate for meaningful relationships…longing to matter. Longing for love.

Myriad are the issues, but the one solid solution lies only in the person of Jesus. Only through his loving, life-giving message can the hearts of everywoman—those we don’t know as well as those we do know—find true acceptance, freedom from guilt, forgiveness, and hope. Jesus alone can give confidence, security, and purpose to all. He turned the world upside down with his culture-changing value of women when he walked this earth, and he has no desire to stop now.

To be bold for spiritual change we must start somewhere.  What can we do?

 Look around. Really see the lives behind each face. Will you pray for them? Will you act on their behalf?

Wednesday, March 8 is the annual International Women’s Day. This year’s world theme is “Be Bold for Change.”  What a fitting message for disciples of Jesus!

The need is great. We need courage and boldness to offer the mighty things God has done for us to those around us.  We must act in compassion, for without love our words are no more than clanging symbols (1 Cor. 13).

Words can be many. We can post, we can tweet, we can carry signs…but the question remains—what will we do? As the Scriptures state, Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:18)

On Tuesday, March 7, we are asking all sisters around the world to join together for a day of prayer and fasting.

For what? For boldness to change the world for Jesus. We will send specific scriptures and prayer requests via the website.

On Wednesday, March 8, we are asking all sisters to “be bold for spiritual change.” Act. Be bold. Through faith let us call on God to unleash the power of his Spirit in our lives as we share the powerful message of Jesus. And remember that we are not alone.

Prepare your hearts. Stay tuned. Tune in to: Sign up and you will receive updates. We will send ideas and would love to hear yours. Spread the word. Share. Post.

Let us call on God together, and through faith wait in grateful expectation for his mighty works.

2017 SCTCOC Ministry Staff News

As the Kingdom advances, so do changes in the ministry staff for the Southern Connecticut Church of Christ. Here is some exciting news about our staff teams.

Experienced Leadership

Jeff and Florence Schachinger

Jeff and Florence Schachinger continue to serve as our lead evangelist and

women’s ministry leader. An evangelist is appointed by well-established evangelists in our International Churches of Christ worldwide movement and their wives help to meet the needs of the ministry by serving as women’s ministry leaders.

You might wonder what qualifies someone to be an evangelist or women’s ministry leader, and what their responsibilities are. Evangelists are brothers who have been appointed to lead churches because they have shown themselves to be faithful, fruitful, trustworthy, and godly disciples in all areas of their life, rooted in and living in accordance with the teachings of the Bible.

Evangelists are charged with

–       Preaching God’s Word in season and out in season

–       Administering the gospel of Jesus Christ

–       Advancing God’s Kingdom

–       Training and mentoring future evangelists

Most (but not all evangelists) are married and their wives must also live godly lives through which they are qualified to help train other women.

Jeff and Florence are excellent examples of these roles and have faithfully served the Southern Connecticut Church of Christ since 1999. They are excited to see the growth in our church family, the hiring of new staff, and the sending off in 2017 of our first couple to missions work!

Our Maine Future

Stefan and Samantha Jones

Stepfan and Samantha Jones joined the staff team in November 2016 after leading the campus ministry in Portland, Maine for two years. Their hearts desire is to help young people discover God early in their lives so they can avoid many of the pitfalls that a life without God can bring. Both are grateful that they were saved from many bad decisions by God’s grace.

The Jones’ are settling in quite easily – enjoying getting to know the Southern CT saints, and learning tons from Jeff and Florence in pursuit of their goal to lead a church one day. While our campus group is similar in size to Maine’s, we have many more mature disciples here who are able to help our new staff couple grow spiritually and emotionally.

Stepfan and Samantha have settled in West Haven near the beach and have jumped into leading our campus disciples. Most days they are somewhere on campus to pray, spend time with the disciples, share their faith, learn the campus culture, and have Bible studies with students. So far, two new brothers (Will and Joe) have been baptized

Madrid Gains our Devoted Duo

Will and Kristen Lambert are now leading the Church in Madrid, Spain.

Will and Kristen Lambert have accepted an offer (unanimously reached by the disciples there) to lead the church in Madrid, Spain! The couple arrived to lead the Southern CT campus ministry as dating singles in 2012. Jeff and Florence trained and mentored them faithfully and their leadership ignited the campus and teen ministry.

Four years later, the now married couple were appointed evangelist and women’s ministry leader in September 2016 by Will’s parents, Doug and Jennifer Lambert, who lead the church in Cincinnati, Ohio and by the Schachingers. Weeks after the appointment the couple left for language immersion classes in Spain to ready themselves to lead the Madrid disciples powerfully and responsibly. Los dos hablan español muy bien y tienen ganas de mudar a España muy pronto!

Like the close-knit family we are, there will be a grand farewell party, tears will be shed, and our hearts will swell with pride. Based on the sacrifice and faith of our church family, for the first-time ever we are sending out a couple trained in CT to lead missions work in Madrid. Remember them in your prayers and considering visiting the church there for a vacation/missionary sojourn. After all, Will and Kristen will always be our immediate family no matter where God leads them.

2017 Sneak Preview

The momentum will keep going into 2017. Pat and La Micia Genova will join the staff team in a few months to lead the Youth & Family ministry. They are currently helping to lead the church in Madrid, Spain and will relocate to our ministry once the Lamberts are firmly in place in Madrid. Look forward to an update on where the couple settles and more on their background by the spring.

All honor and glory to God for entrusting capable men and women to lead our fellowship!