THIS SUNDAY AT FPCNC

9:00 AM Children's Ministry Committee
 
10 AM Worship Service
                          
Psalm 22:23-31 / Luke 15:1-10
 “Child’s Play: Hide & Seek”
 
Rev. Paul E. Gilmore preaching

First Presbyterian Church Choir

 10:15 A.M. Sunday's Cool (K-7)
 

CENTS-ABILITY COLLECTION – New Canaan Food Pantry & Presbyterian Hunger Program 

11:00 A.M. Annual Congregational Meeting
 
11:15 A.M. Coffee Hour
 
11:15 A.M. Cherub Choir
 
11:30 A.M. Youth Committee
 
11:30 A.M. Worship Committee
  
 

 

 What do this red jeep
and Friday's Winter Blast have in common?
 

They're both over-the-top cool and fun!!

Be among the first to purchase raffle tickets for this great car* when you join friends old and new at FPC's Winter Blast, February 27 from 7-9 p.m.

Defrost, decompress, and kiss old man winter goodbye!  We're having a night of frosty fun for the whole family.

Adults will enjoy food, fun and fellowship while the kids chill with their friends for winter games and movies in the barn or Bliss House. 

Only $20 per adult and $5 per child but space is limited.

Please call Tina at 203-966-0002 or send her an email at tina@fpcnc.org or sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084da9a922a1fd0-winter.

Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday at 6 p.m.

*proceeds to benefit the Church and its community outreach efforts, including the New Canaan Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 653.  Drawing to be held at the 2015 FPC Memorial Day Picnic, Monday, May 25!

 

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

 







 
  UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
 

Adult Education –Lent 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. 

 

Contemplative Worship - Wednesday nights during Lent

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:10 p.m.

Dinner available at 5:30

(RSVP for dinner)

Beginning February 25th, from 6:30 – 7:10, we will gather in the sanctuary for contemplative worship.  The service will be modeled after services of the Taizé Community in France and the Iona Community in Scotland and will include silence, prayers, music, and candle-light.  Prayers will be offered for the healing of our lives, the world, and the whole of creation.  The best way to learn to live out Christ’s command to love as he loved, to find within us the power of God to repel evil with something lovelier, is through silence.


 

 

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.”

 

 

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