Presbytery of Southern New England Meeting

The Presbytery of Southern New England will meet on Saturday, February 8th at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford.

On the docket for the meeting will be a conversation and then a vote on two overtures regarding marriage equality, and an additional overture about sustainable development.

The Session of First Presbyterian Church voted to send these overtures to the Presbytery for their consideration. One overture, calling for an “Authoritative Interpretation” seeks to permit pastors of churches in states where marriage equality is legal to have permission to officiate at same gender weddings.

The second overture addresses the need to change the current wording in our constitution, the Book of Order, which currently defines marriage only as between one man and one woman.… Continue

Presbyterian Promise Invites You!

Presbyterian Promise invites you to meet and talk with Alex McNeill, the new executive director of More Light Presbyterians, one of the major voices advocating and working for LGBT equality in the Presbyterian Church USA. The weekend will focus on how we can live into the dream of equality in the PCUSA and on transgender issues and what we still need to do to make sure all are welcomed, respected and included in God’s Presbyterian family. Join us for all three public events.

Saturday, February 22 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Connecting the Dots: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: A workshop

Have you ever felt tongue-tied in discussing the nuances of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identities?… Continue

Lenten Devotional Book: Call for Reflections

People Along the Way… Journeying with Jesus Through Lent is our theme for Lent this year. Each week, the common lectionary tells the story of very real people, encountering Jesus, and walking with him, just as we do.

A Lenten devotional book will be written by 40 different members of our church community, reflecting on the Biblical stories that we will encounter each Sunday, and on their own lives.

If you’d like to write one of these reflections, please send a note to firstpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com by February 7.

You will then be assigned a day, and asked to complete your 200 word reflection by February 21.… Continue

Join Us …

The signs of winter weather greet us every morning and still the people of First Presbyterian Church come out to worship God each Sunday morning. The pews are full, we lift our voices in song and in prayer, we hear scripture read and proclaimed, and we give thanks to God for the blessings of our lives. Our acts of justice and kindness reach out beyond our walls, our wheelbarrow fills with good food for our hungry neighbors. Join us in February as we continue to gather together as a community of faith, doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God.