Dinner with Kids!

Dinner with friends?  Why not a dinner and evening for the kids every now and then?

On April 6, from 5-10 p.m. we are having a kids-only party at First Presbyterian.  There will be games, food, activities, and maybe even a movie or two.  Parents are then encouraged to participate in the Dinner with Friends event or spend a little bit of quality time with a partner, spouse, friend, or good book.

We need twenty kids to participate in order to hold the event so inviting friends from outside our church community is encouraged.  Parents need to sign up at the Welcome Table in the Copeland room, or email Bryce at bryce.wiebe@gmail.com, or the church office at firstpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com.… Continue

ISM Art Tour: David Michalek: 14 Stations

David Michalek: 14 Stations, is on display at Yale Divinity School. This photography exhibit is modeled on the traditional Stations of the Cross.

Working with women and men transitioning out of homelessness, Michalek  posed them to enact each station, with a different man or woman assuming the role of Christ.

Katharine Luce will lead a talk with prayer devotions today in the gallery at 1 p.m.

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An Offering of Letters in support of better gun control laws – March 10

During the Lunch, members of the Mission Committee invite and encourage you to write letters to your State representative and members of Congress asking them to consider passing stricter gun control laws.

Paper, pens, and the addresses of Connecticut legislators will be available. Make your voices heard and your opinions known!

Let’s keep the Connecticut Effect going.

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Choir Music During Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

In Lent, Holy Week, and Easter, 2013, we honor many of the wonderful sacred music traditions that have grown up around these seasons.

The choir continues, each Sunday of Lent, to sing a setting of a prayer, acknowledging our theme of prayer in general, and the Lord’s Prayer in particular, this year.

Palm Sunday:  The adult choir will join together with the children’s and youth choir in celebratory Hosanna! —an arrangement of a South African Hosanna.

Maundy Thursday: The service will feature an African-American spiritual.

Good Friday:  We will hear again the haunting Were You There?

Easter Sunday:  We will welcome string players from the Yale Department of Music, who will play our prelude music.… Continue

The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, will speak at Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School on Monday, February 25 from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by a reception in the Common Room.

The book jacket notes Alexander “argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it”.

Alexander shows that, by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control.”

The book is the “all church read” for the Unitarian Universalists this year.… Continue