Lenten Discipline – Midday Prayer, Labyrinth, & a Sack Lunch
Members and friends of the congregation are invited to practice a special discipline of prayer during Lent.
We will gather in the sanctuary on Thursdays at noon, beginning March 13th, for a service of Midday Prayer.
The service will last approximately twenty minutes. At the conclusion of the service, anyone who would like
special prayers for healing and wholeness may come forward to be anointed with oil as a reminder of their
baptism and the healing touch of Christ, our Lord. The recently returned to us (from the women’s prison in Danbury)
prayer Labyrinth will be set up in “Amen Corner” for any who would like to walk it.
At 12:30, we will then adjourn to the Common Room to eat lunch together – all are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.
March 16, 2014
The First Presbyterian Church Choir
All members of our community are being asked to generously donate bags with non-expired nonperishable foodstuffs.
Annual Food Drive
Share the Spirit of Giving during Lent
Feed a Person; Feed a Soul!
Bring your donated items to church throughout Lent and load them up on Passion Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014
Items needed are hash, juice boxes, dried fruit, Hamburger/Tuna Helper; nuts, salad dressing, Mexican dinner kits (tacos, fajitas, etc., and laundry detergent. No pasta, beans or soup are needed at this time. The Pantry shelves are very empty at this time. As always, financial gifts are appreciated. Please make your check out to New Canaan Food Pantry, 77 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840. Food donations may be left at the New Canaan Food Pantry, at St. Mark’s Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge Road. For more information, please call 203-966-4515 if you need directions.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Save the Dates!
Friday, March 14
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
JOIN US! You’ll have fun!
Break the ice and get to know fellow FPCNC members at an informal gathering at a host house.
Guests will bring appetizers and something to drink to share. Those who sign-up will be assigned a home to go to.
It’s a great way to meet people and to re-connect with friends. RSVP to Tina at 203-966-0002 email@example.com,
or on the sign-up sheet in Bliss Hallway
WOMEN’S RETREAT Saturday, March 22, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Plan to spend an unhurried day in touch with your spiritual life. We'll convene at beautiful St. Birgitta in Darien for learning and fellowship. Our convener and guide will be Nina Frost, a vocational counselor and spiritual director in private practice, as well as lead trainer for the spiritual gifts curriculum at Marble Collegiate Church in New York. Rides will be available from the church parking lot. To register, please contact Tina, 203-966-0002 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost for the day, including materials, is $50. Beverages, breakfast and dessert will be provided; please bring your own bag lunch!
March 12 Gospel Beginnings and Endings: Mark 1
– Reverend Mary Thies
Storytellers know the importance of an attention-grabbing opening. “Once upon a time…” alerts a reader that something fantastical is coming. Good endings, too, are important. “Happily ever after…” ties the story up with a bright bow. The gospel writers were talented storytellers who set out their purposes in the beginnings of their accounts of the Jesus and bequeathed challenges to the church with their endings. Over eight weeks, we will consider the beginnings and endings of the four gospels to discover these and discover afresh the most important story of all as told by four storytellers.
March 19 Gospel Beginnings and Endings: John 1
March 26 Gospel Beginnings and Endings: Mark 16
April 2 Seder Dinner at FPC with Temple Shalom, Norwalk
April 9 Gospel Beginnings and Endings: Matt. 28
April 23 Gospel Beginnings and Endings: Luke 24
April 30 Gospel Beginnings and Endings: John 21