Peacemaking Offering -Sunday, October 2

The theme for the 2011 Peacemaking Offering is “A harvest of justice is sown in peace” (James 3:18).  This offering, begun in 1980, was created to support the efforts of the PC (USA) to live out a deeper commitment to peacemaking as part of our faithfulness to God. 

Our God grants us peace and wholeness but calls us Christians to address the root causes of injustice in its many forms.  We can mend the brokenness that exists in our conflict-ridden world.  Peacemaking is the human response to God’s gift of peace giving. 

Our own church’s Peace and Justice Group has started to respond to this issue and welcomes your input. … Continue

Worldwide Mission Conversation – September 9, 7:00 PM

Hunter Farrell, Director of PCUSA Worldwide Mission, was the scheduled speaker on Friday, September 9th but has been called away to attend a summit meeting on the relationship of the PCUSA and the Presbyterian Church of Mexico (INPM).  It appears that after 139 years of partnership in mission, the INPM has voted to sever the relationship with the PCUSA in response to our denomination’s change in its ordination standards. Hunter will be part of a panel working to determine where we go from here.

In his place, Chris Roseland, Associate in Mission, will lead the conversation about worldwide mission.  He hopes to invite mission co-worker, Marta Bennett who is on furlough from Kenya.… Continue

Dinner with Friends – September 24

The first “Dinner with Friends” this fall is scheduled for 6:00 on Saturday, September 24. A sign-up sheet will be on the Welcome Table.

The hosts usually prepare a main dish and guests take salad, dessert, vegetable, or appetizer.

For more information, email Bonnie Sherman or Candice Gray.

This is a wonderful way to catch up with old friends and make new ones!

A Commemoration of 9/11 – Sunday, September 11, 10:00 AM

It’s been ten years since the catastrophic attack on American soil. For many of us, that morning brought shock and fear. The children in our midst know these events only as history. Our youth learned about it in schools, but were protected from the gruesome images of the news media.

Churches held prayer services. First Presbyterian Church held a noontime service followed by a lunch, and then of course continued in prayer and reflection during the weeks and months that
followed. All over the country people mourned and grieved wondering why such a thing had happened.

Soon followed first one war, then another.… Continue

Chris Roseland, PCUSA World Missions – September 9, 7:00 PM

Chris Roseland, Hunter Farrell’s co-worker and communications director for the World Wide Missions department, will be the guest speaker on Friday, September 9 as we hear about current trends in mission work around the globe.

Promised guest speaker Hunter Farrell, head of the PCUSA Worldwide Ministries Division, has been called away to a meeting concerning our border relationship with Mexico. He will attend the Presbytery meeting on Saturday morning at Yale Divinity School, but arrives too late to be present for our evening conversation.

Joining Chris will be Marta Bennett, mission co-worker from Kenya, who is on furlough this month in New Haven.… Continue