November 23, 2014
First Sunday of Dove Program  
10 AM Worship Service
Ephesians 1:15-23 / Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
 “Singing in the Dark”  
              Rev. Mary M. Thies preaching
First Presbyterian Choir
  Angelus Chime Choir 
Cherub Choir, Sherry Tate, director
Christine Mangone, piano
   10:15 A.M. Sunday's Cool for grades K - 7
                     11:15 A.M. Coffee Hour 

     11:15 A.M. Cherub Choir   

11:30 A.M. Coffee Concert with Joseph Kingma

11:30 A.M.  MSYG-Gingerbread House making







Winner of the 2011 Brevard Music Festival Concerto Competition, pianist Joseph Stern Kingma has been praised for his “dazzling technique” and “uniquely personal” approach to music. He has won prizes at numerous competitions, including the 2010 Brevard Music Festival Piano Competition, the 2010 Rice University Concerto Competition, and the 2012 Sorantin International Young Artist Competition, and has also competed  internationally as a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Paderewski International Piano Competition, the 2011 Young Concert Artist Inter-national Competition, and the 2012 New Orleans International Competition.


Mr. Kingma will present a Coffee Concert recital for solo piano on Sunday, November 23, at 11:30 AM. featuring the music of Frederick Chopin and W.A. Mozart.  FPC is delighted to have the opportunity to invite this internationally-acclaimed performer back for a return engagement in our community.  Coffee concerts are 30 minutes of music and musical conversation with complimentary gourmet coffee and biscotti.  Your generous contribution will benefit FPC’s Outreach Ministries. 


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












46 Years of Doves

This year marks the 46th anniversary of the Person-to-Person Dove Program. Christmas Doves would never have been possible without the enthusiastic support of area churches. Basically, Dove boxes provide holiday food to families in need. But they also give individuals and families the opportunity to share their blessings with their neighbors at Christmas. This is a wonderful opportunity to help your children understand the joy of giving during the Christmas season. Participation is open to everyone, and may involve preparing wrapped boxes of food. Or can be as simple as making a direct donation to families/adults through Person to-Person. 

Each year, the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan joins with other churches, to participate in Person-to-Person’s Christmas Dove Program. Through this program, participants respond to the needs of families and seniors in our community who might otherwise go without this Holiday Season. Parishioners wishing to participate need only select a White or Green Dove on Sunday, 11/23, 11/30 and 12/7. Then follow directions printed on it - - and bring joy into another home this Season.

White Dove: Fill a box or two with food and love for Christmas Day. All necessary food items and           directions are on the reverse side of the Dove. A $15.00 contribution is required so P2P can purchase a supermarket gift card for each family to buy their own choice of meat.  The Doves will be hung on tree at the narthex.  Fill in the back dove with your name, e-mail & telephone number and return it (along with the $15.00) to the “Dove Lady” Karen Hanson (and her team).

Green Dove: A financial contribution to Person-to-Person’s Scholarship or Emergency Assistance Fund. Scholarship will enable eager students to continue their education. Emergency Assistance Fund will help someone with a fuel bill, rent or a medical bill not covered by Medicaid.  Please mail your financial contribution directly to Person-to-Person.

The Doves will be available on the tree in the narthex beginning on Sunday, Nov. 23 after the worship service.       

RETURN your filled, closed, wrapped box to the Narthex on Saturday, December 13. If you fill your box prior to December 13, you may certainly bring it to church earlier. If you have any questions regarding the Person-to-Person Christmas Dove Program, please call the church office at 203-966-0002.



A Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for
Candace M. Schafer
will be held on
Saturday, December 13
at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary
followed by a Reception in the Common Room



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