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

Bill June 2015This month Co-Pastors Bill Goettler and Maria LaSala bring their nearly 18 years of ministry at First Presbyterian Church of New Haven to a close. Sunday, June 7th will be a day of rejoicing and thanksgiving.

Just as they did when they first preached at First Presbyterian Church as candidates, Bill and Maria will share the sermon. They will be joined in worship leadership by the children and youth of the congregation and by the First Presbyterian Church Choir.

Following worship, a celebratory event will take place in the sanctuary, and then everyoneMaria_201506 is invited to stay for the church picnic. Burgers (both meatless and meat) and hot dogs will be on the grill. Plan to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Let’s hope for sun, but rain or shine, we will have a chance to enjoy one another’s company.

Much has changed over these past 18 years and much has remained the same. While some who were in the pews back then have moved on, many more have come and made a home in the beautiful sanctuary on Whitney Avenue. We no longer have to stand shoulder to shoulder during the Friendship Hour, thanks to the Owens Community Building, built ten years ago.

Texts for the Sundays in June:

June 7: 1 Samuel 8:4–11 (12–15) 16–20 (11:14–15) Psalm 138 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1 Mark 3:20–35

June 14: 1 Samuel 15:34–16:13 Psalm 20 2 Corinthians 5:6–10 (11–13) 14–17 Mark 4:26–34

June 21: 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4–11, 19–23) 32–49 Psalm 9:9–20 or 1 Samuel 17:57–18:5, 10–16 Psalm 133 2 Corinthians 6:1–13 Mark 4:35–

June 28: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17–27 Psalm 130 2 Corinthians 8:7–15 Mark 5:21–43