Abraham’s Tent: A Reflection from Micah Luce

Going home at night has rarely been as frustrating as it was last week. My pantry is full. My entertainment choices are endless. My house is warm. My bed is cozy. Remembering, however, that I have almost a dozen new acquaintances who have few of the above luxuries made those comforts a near-curse.

Stepping into the Miller Gathering Hall on Monday night, January 17th, I was greeted by 2 of our volunteers who arrived before I did, nearly an hour early. This pleasant surprise of eager workers already about their jobs set the tone for our week of service with Abraham’s Tent from January 17th-24th. The steady and diligent work of our over 75 volunteers made the week a joy for everyone involved. However, knowing the work was never about us is what turned that joy into a truly spiritual event. The work was instead focused on the 10 homeless men of New Haven who joined us nightly for a hot meal, some great conversation and laughs, a game or movie, and a simple cot for 7 or 8 hours of comfortable sleep before waking early to a warm breakfast, hot coffee, and grabbing a lunch on their way out to live again in the cold day where they call the outdoors their home.

For 12 hours of each day in our building, however, the men we came to love were as much a blessing to us as we hoped to be to them. Dustin’s blue hair and endearing Southern accent, Linwood’s constant laughter and gentle spirit, James’s guitar skills, and Paul’s quick wit are just a small example of the gifts we received from the men— gifts that are a daily reminder for us to share our own: not just resources of time, money, and preparation once a year with Abraham’s Tent, but also the subtle ways we treat both strangers and friends in Christian love as taught by our Creator. Thanks to the work of our volunteers, the leadership of our pastors, and, most of all, the bright attitudes of these men, Abraham’s Tent was a smooth and truly “God-sized” experience for all of us involved where such love was learned, given, and received.

Maybe if I can all reflect on this a bit more, I can go to my house each night not frustrated, but both thankful and hopeful amidst the reality of injustice toward these 10 men who are so very like me. May we all do the same.

Concert with Gavin Black in Celebration of Our 125th Anniversary

On the evening of Sunday, February 27, we will continue our musical celebration of our 125th anniversary with a concert given by Gavin Black, a musician who grew up in the neighborhood of First Presbyterian Church New Haven, and who is now a prominent harpsichordist and organist in Princeton.

Gavin is the Director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center, and he is known for his recordings of seventeenth-century keyboard music on the PGM label. He studied organ and harpsichord with Paul Jordan and Eugene Roan, and conducting with Jahja Ling and Otto-Werner Mueller, and attended Princeton University and Westminster Choir College.… Continue

125th Celebration Gala Luncheon

Celebrate!

Members and friends will join together Sunday, February 20th, following worship in the Miller Gathering Hall for a

GALA LUNCHEON

In celebration of the 125th Anniversary of

The First Presbyterian Church of New Haven

Your company is requested.

RSVP by Sunday February 13 by responding to firstpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com
or signing up at the Welcome Table. Please let us know who in your family will be attending.

Dinner With Friends – February 12

Sharing a casual dinner with a small group of First Presbyterian Friends is a great way to catch up with friends you have known for years or to get to know new friends.  If you have been attending for many years or just a few or if you have recently started to worship with us, please RSVP.   Join us and share in the conversation, laughter and community in Christ.

Our next Dinner with Friends is Saturday, February 12 @ 6 pm.  Everyone is welcome.  There is a place at the table for you.  Each dinner is typically 6 guests plus the hosts.  … Continue