The Rev. Marcia Lynn Cox
On Sunday, May 5, 2019, the congregation affirmed the recommendation of the Church Council to invite The Rev. Marcia Lynn Cox to be its Designated Pastor.
She warmly invites those who seek to learn, grow, serve and be part of a loving community of followers of Christ.
She is a 1993 graduate of Yale Divinity School, after having had two careers as a theatre costume designer and college instructor in the theatre department at Glassboro State College (now Rowan College) in New Jersey and a toy designer for Ideal Toys and Coleco Toys.
She holds a B.S. from Kent State University and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from Indiana University. In ministry she has served nine churches, eight in Connecticut and one in Vermont, primarily as an Interim Pastor. She was born in Kew Gardens, in Queens, New York and grew up in Melville, New York on Long Island. She has been a resident of Avon, Connecticut since 1985.
North Congregational Church is a congregation of the United Church of Christ, who offers this greeting, “Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
Rev. Marcia looks forward to meeting you. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Misko, C.E Director
Nicole Misko, our new C.E. Director, is a librarian at the Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library in New Hartford, Connecticut, where she is Department Head of the Children’s Library as well as Director of Programming and Community Outreach.
In addition, she has taught a Master’s program for educators in Thinking and Learning through the Graduate Institute where she herself received a Master’s Degree in Holistic Thinking.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education +30 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Bridgewater State College. Nicole also earned an Associate degree in Women’s Studies from Hartford College for Women/University of Hartford.
Throughout her fifteen-year teaching career in inner cities, she integrated the arts into her classroom. As an educator, librarian, and business partner she believes in celebrating the individual learning journey and strives to foster the uniqueness of each person’s special gifts. Nicole has worked in newspapers and magazines managing fine and performing arts, creating partnerships and connecting communities throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. She has a quiet passion for writing, bringing a sense of love and creativity to all of her projects.
Shirley McCunn, Music Director
Shirley McCunn has been the North Church organist and choir director for over 10 years. She had a minor in music in university and has sung in choirs and played the flute in orchestras and bands most of her life. She has taught piano and flute for many years.
Shirley was an elementary school teacher in England where she also taught music, and a Special Education teacher in the US. In recent years she has taught ESL to immigrants. Currently she plays her flute in the Farmington Valley Band and in the Torrington Ecumenical orchestra.
Suzanne Czerwinski, Secretary
Suzanne Czerwinski joined North Congregational Church as the Administrative Assistant in September 2018. For five years she has also been the Education Assistant in the Art Department at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. Suzanne has years of experience in Customer Service and office operations.
In 2014 Suzanne earned her Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design along with a Certificate in Photography. She is a professional Nature Photographer and has a website. Suzanne is also a Certified Medicinal Aromatherapist, an Advanced Reiki Practitioner and a Certified Auriculotherapist. In her spare time Suzanne loves vegetable gardening, drawing, painting and cooking.
Dave Holcomb, Sexton
David recently rejoined the staff at North Congregational, having been sexton in the past as well. Church members have welcomed him back and appreciate the hard work he performs to keep the grounds, sanctuary, kitchen, offices and common rooms spotless.
David grew up in Plainville, then lived for many years in Burlington before settling in New Hartford in 2001 with his wife of 33 years, Kelly and three sons. He is now the proud grandpa of Paul, Ava and Matthew.
David has worked in the tree care industry for 30+ years.