10 AM Holy Communion Service 
Psalm 111/Mark 1:21-28
"Peculiar Pedagogical Perfection"
    Rev. Paul E. Gilmore preaching       
First Presbyterian Church Choir, Jennifer Groves, soprano; English Handbell Choir; and Carol Children's Choir.
10:15 A.M. Sunday's Cool for K-5
11:15 A.M. SOUPer Bowl of Caring Fundraiser in Common Room
11:15 A.M. Cherub Choir
11:30 A.M. Worship, Music and Arts
12:00 P.M. Youth Sunday Rehearsal




 Fundraiser on Sunday, February 1

following the worship service.


 Transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation's largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving.

Donate $5 or more and get a bowl of soup during Coffee Hour. Proceeds will be donated to the New Canaan Food Pantry. Please support our youth as they work to eradicate hunger!





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 –February 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. 


February 4

Waveny Home Health Care/Parish Nurse, Lenore Consiglio, Administrator for Waveny at Home, will inform us of the full spectrum of high-quality licensed and certified professional in-home therapies and services Waveny Home Healthcare offers.  She will also address the growing possibility of a Parish Nurse partnership between Waveny and First Presbyterian Church.


February 11

An introduction to “Glory to God” the new Presbyterian Hymnal – Paul E. Gilmore

The Presbyterian Church has put out a new hymnal.  We’ll take a look at it – discover why, examine the theology - teachings on salvation and social justice themes, the liturgy, and language contained within it; and most importantly vote on which color hymnal – red or purple – we like best!


February 18

Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary


February 25

Contemplative Worship Service for Lent at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary







Travel With A Purpose – Guatemala Vision Team Trip – April 19-26th

Common Hope is a “hands on” mission partner of First Presbyterian’s Outreach Ministries. Together we promote hope and opportunity in Guatemala by participating in a process of development to improve lives through education, health care, and housing.  A team of people from First Presbyterian will journey to Guatemala April 19-26, 2015, to work with Common Hope and deepen our mission partnership. The purpose of the Vision Team is to have an educational and cultural experience that can change the way we see the world. 

The team will be limited to between 10 – 12 people.  The cost is $800 per person plus airfare. The $800 includes: lodging at Common Hope, 3 meals per day, weekend trips, ground transportation (airport shuttles, etc.), Guatemala airport exit tax, administrative costs, and emergency medical and evacuation coverage.  A $400 deposit per person is due by January 25th.    Let Paul know if you’d like to be part of the team!

This quotation is from Common Hope’s Mission Statement: 

“There is a difference between charity and justice.  Justice is deeper.  It works toward making systemic change that eliminates the causes of poverty.  Our primary work is in Guatemala, where we attack poverty at its roots without becoming politically active.  In developed countries, Common Hope educates people about their role in creating poverty, as well as their responsibility and power to eliminate it.  While we respect those who work for political justice, our role is to work from the bottom up. We believe that true development and justice primarily happen through solid personal relationships.  Our hope is that each person discovers some way to improve our world.”





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