Children’s Garden Update

In June, Dick Hasbany, Martha Smith and Jessica Walker came out on a very hot day to help prepare the ground and install two garden beds marking a new ‘Children’s Garden’ at FPC. The garden includes both flowers and vegetables and we look forward to working with the Christian Education committee in the coming weeks and months to incorporate aspects of the garden into the children’s activities.

We hope you will see flowers from the garden in the sanctuary or in Miller Gathering Hall. We also hope to share vegetables at fellowship hour and regular potluck luncheons. This garden is meant to be shared so all are welcome to weed, plant & share in its growing.… Continue

Join the Choir!

The First Presbyterian Church Choir will begin its rehearsals for the fall season on Wednesday, September 5, at 7:00 p.m. We will not have the usual Sunday morning rehearsal next Sunday, September 9, since the Elm City Girls’ Choir will be singing.

But we will rehearse again on September 12, and sing in the worship service for the first time on September 16.

We always welcome new singers! We enjoy learning an eclectic range of music, from Renaissance motets to Bach to spirituals and contemporary music in various styles, and bringing these different voices to our worship services.

As in previous years, we will present our Advent and Christmas music on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 16, and we welcome anyone who would like to sing during this season, even if you cannot commit to being with us for the whole year.… Continue

Organ Update

The First Presbyterian Church organ has been dismantled and is undergoing its first complete rebuild since it was installed 40 years ago.

 You are welcome to walk into the sanctuary this morning following worship; you will find a stack of organ pipes being stored in the Copeland Room, and a see-through organ… quite an interesting sight!

The work on the organ is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Presbyterian Promise Luncheon – Sept 22

Join us for lunch with MLP Executive Director, Patrick Evans, September 22.  You are invited to join friends from First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Promise, and others from around the Presbytery of Southern New England for a lunch with Patrick Evans, the new Interim Director of More Light Presbyterians (MLP).

MLP has been one of the major forces calling our denomination to welcome its LGBT members fully into the life of the church and to honor their calls to leadership.

First Presbyterian Church is a More Light Church. Patrick will be meeting with the board of Presbyterian Promise prior to the lunch.… Continue