GIVING UP OR TAKING ON?

Lent is fast approaching. Typically folks might think about what to ‘give up’ for the season of penitence that is the 40 days (minus the Sundays) before Easter. My mother gave up chocolate, which her children did not appreciate. I could never quite understand why she was doing that, since we were in a church that didn’t observe Lent at all.

Instead of giving up chocolate or facebook or whatever, I encourage you to think about what you could take on for Lent. I can hear some of you groaning, “oh no, not more to do!” What if you took on taking even a short walk with your family three or four times a week?… Continue

Fossil Fuels and Climate Change

At its upcoming meeting on February 6th our Presbytery of Southern New England will be considering an overture from our Session concerning the role fossil fuels play in climate change. “Overture” is PresbySpeak for “request for action.” Actually, our Session is asking our Presbytery to ask (overture) our General Assembly (which meets in Portland OR on June 18-25) to actually do the “something.” By the way, at least eight other presbyteries have also overtured the General Assembly on this, making the point that we care.

In this case, the request is to cease investing in fossil fuel companies — both coal and oil and gas.… Continue

First Pres Movie Series-Spring 2016

The Mission Committee is hosting a monthly First Pres Movie Series on the third Friday of each month beginning on February 19.  Each movie night will start with a pot luck supper in the Miller Community Room at 6 pm with the movie typically starting at 7 pm (some longer movies will start at 6:30 pm).

Our initial film is “Locked In A Box – Immigrant Detention” produced by the PC(USA).

From the PC(USA) – “Locked in a Box” is an award winning short documentary that follows the stories of individuals held in the U.S. Immigration detention system and those who visit them. … Continue

Adult Education – February 2016

Art and Mary Hunt will lead a three-part discussion of peacemaking and being a peacemaker during the adult education hour on the consecutive Sundays of February 7, 14 and 21.  What is peacemaking? How do you get started? Why do we need it?  What part might you play?  What are your questions and concerns?

The three sessions will cover Peacemaking, Injustice and Potential Responses with an emphasis on your questions and concerns.

Art and Mary hope you find the sessions engaging, challenging, and informative. The second session will include their personal observations from their trip to Palestine with the Tree of Life in March 2015.… Continue