March 29, 2015
Palm/Passion Sunday
9:15 AM Ecumenical Blessing of the Palms at God's Acre
9:50 A.M. Children line up with palms to process in after choir.
10 AM Worship Service

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 / Mark 11:1-11

"Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!"

Rev. Paul E. Gilmore preaching


The First Presbyterian Church Choir

Virginia Leeman, organ

Cathy Newman, flute


10:15 A.M. Children's Chapel and Annual Easter Craft Fair for grades K-7

The Children's Ministry Committee is pleased to sponsor our Annual Easter Craft Fair, this year during worship on Palm Sunday.  After a special children's chapel, the children will be invited to enjoy a number of religious crafts about Holy Week.  During Coffee Hour, the kids will be invited to participate in our Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt outside (rain or shine, so please be prepared). Please bring a basket for hunting.  Children will hunt eggs by age group.  This is an excellent opportunity to invite a friend to our church.  Bring your cameras, your family, friends and join us! 

11:15 A.M. Coffee Hour

11:30 A.M. Cherub Choir


The Finance and Stewardship Committees will be holding a Question and Answer session following the service on Sunday March 29 at 11:15am in the Common Room, to review the 2014 financials and 2015 Stewardship Campaign results and Budget in greater detail.  We encourage anyone interested in knowing more about church finances to attend.

2015 Family Seder

Wednesday, April 1

from 5:45 – 7:30 pm

Common Room

Everyone is welcome!

(Children too!)

Led by Temple Shalom, Norwalk

Come experience thousands of years of history and share a meal with church families and friends to celebrate the beautiful holiday of Passover.

A delicious menu is prepared by Chris Bondor

Matzo ball chicken soup

Potato latkes with applesauce

Roasted turkey with gravy

String bean almandine

Flourless chocolate cake


Suggested donation: $10 per adult,

 $5 per child, $25 per family

Sign-up is in Bliss hallway or RSVP to Tina at or call (203) 966-0002.


Safe Church Policies for Children & Youth
Most every Sunday morning you hear me stand in front of the congregation and tell you that “this is a safe and sacred place…”  We wanted to inform and reassure you that we have put into place safe church policies that are guided by the policies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and reflect current practices nationwide for activities involving minors.  Here are the steps that we have taken to seek to insure the safety of our children and youth. 

·        All children are supervised by at least two adults at all times - in Sunday school, children’s and youth activities,  choir rehearsals, youth group meetings, confirmation classes, and youth overnight retreats, mission trips, and pilgrimages.

·        Infants and toddlers are cared for on Sunday mornings during worship by two or more professional adult babysitters who have undergone thorough background checks.

·        Youth participating in overnight retreats or events are supervised by at least one adult of each gender.

·        All adult chaperones of overnight trips will undergo a standard background check.

·        It is our practice to maintain a smaller youth-to-chaperone ratio than is required by the hosting organization during our pilgrimages and mission trips.

·        Ordained pastors, elders, deacons, and Stephen Ministers are considered mandated reporters by the Presbyterian Church (USA), as well as the state, and are charged with reporting any concerns immediately.

These measures contribute to the safe and sacred place that is First Presbyterian Church.  We appreciate your understanding and support of our safe church policies.  Together we will provide for the well-being of our children and youth, truly make this a sanctuary where all God’s children will not only be safe but will flourish. 

Grace & Peace,

Paul & Kibbie



Adult Education - Spring 2015

Classes are in the Common Room from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise designated. Dinner is available from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for a nominal cost.  Reservations are required for supper but not for the class. 

April 1 Seder Dinner (5:45 – 7:30)

April 8 No Family Night/Adult Education – New Canaan schools on spring break


April 15 – “The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered”

The first words that Jesus speaks in

the gospels come in the form of a question. Jesus is addressed in the gospels as “Rabbi” because, among other things, he is a teacher.  And a good rabbi knows how to ask  questions.  This class will take a look at the many questions Jesus asked and the few that he answered.  The word “question” contains the word “quest.”  By lingering with and pondering the questions Jesus asked, we will set out on a quest, a journey, in search of something of great value. Paul will teach the class and lead the discussion.      


April 22 - Addressing Housing Needs & Demand in Downtown New Canaan with Steve Kleppin

April 29 – “The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered”


May 6 – “The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered”

May 13 – “The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered”


May 20 – “The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered”







8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.