Share the Joy of Reading

Check out our books for all ages in the library!

This spring, we’ll feature these children’s books on the cart next to the Welcome Table:

Nadia the Willful / Sue Alexander When Nadia’s brother disappears, their father orders that no one speak his name again, but Nadia refuses to forget her brother and brings healing to her community. A moving story of loss and remembrance from a child’s perspective, set in the Middle East.

The Giving Tree / Shel Silverstein “Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy.” A bestselling classic about selfless generosity and friendship.… Continue

CLOC Corner May 2015

Each year, CLOC organizes 4 quarterly social events to bring us together as a community.

Past events have included: Art Show, Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-Lee) Folk Dancing, Pizza Party, Bingo Night & Movie Night. Now, CLOC needs your ideas!

On May 3, CLOC will be hosting our 2015/2016 brainstorming / planning meeting during the fellowship hour after worship. We want to hear from you about any events or activities you are interested in.

There will also be information about volunteer opportunities for various CLOC functions. Please plan to join us. If you are not able to attend the planning meeting, you can e-mail your ideas & suggestions to me at .… Continue

A Season of Transition

Preachers from the First Presbyterian congregation will share good news from the pulpit beginning in early July, and continuing through the end of August.

Pat McCreless will continue to provide music to help us all sing praises to God, and Kimberley Fais will continue to provide programs for our children and youth.

The Session will work together to choose an Interim Pastor Search Committee, and a new Interim Pastor will be in place by very early in the fall. Then, working closely with The Rev. Susan Trucksess, our church’s liaison from the Presbytery Committee on Ministry, a Pastor Nominating Committee will be elected by the congregation, and we will begin the process of moving toward new pastoral leadership.… Continue

The Rev. John Sandel to serve as Summer Interim Pastor

The Rev. John Sandel, a regular participant in church life at First Presbyterian, and friend to many in this congregation, will serve as the Summer Interim Pastor.

While we will hear from a wide range of preachers this summer, John will moderate the Session, and be present on most Sunday mornings, as well as be available for your pastoral emergencies.

More details about John will be shared in the June Inkling.


Co-Pastors Bill Goettler and Maria LaSala to end First Presbyterian Church ministry this summer

Bill and Maria, May2015On Sunday, April 12th, Co-Pastors Bill Goettler and Maria LaSala informed the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven that they would be stepping away from their pastoral ministry at the end of June. Bill and Maria have served the congregation for almost 18 years, arriving in New Haven in January 1998, with their six year old daughter Anna, to begin what has been a wonderful journey with an amazing congregation.

Here’s a bit of what they told the congregation that morning:

As happens often in the life of this congregation, where many come and stay awhile, and then bid farewell, it is now our turn to be the ones to say goodbye.