Prison and Children

prisonandchildrenOne route to our house in France passes by the detention center for our region. John and I are always struck by the playground equipment and the picnic tables that sit outside the prison. Clearly, family visits to inmates are expected and even normal.

In Conneciticut, however, family visits to loved ones in prison are rare, in part because of lack of transport.

The not-for-profit agency Families in Crisis sponsors a van, recently the victim of state budget cuts, to take families for such visits, and the Mission Committee has gladly contributed to keeping this service alive.

2016 Advent Devotions: Not the Usual Shepherds and Magi

adventdevotionsThe Presbyterian Mission Agency is offering a booklet of Advent devotions, “Proclaiming the Good News of God’s Peace,” centered on the subjects of mass incarceration and immigrant detention. Both are currently hot political topics—and they are likely to be of concern for many years to come.

As a church and a nation we must work toward a course of action leading to equitable treatment for all, even in a world that seems Let us remember the injunction to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.

Copies of the Advent devotions will be available by November 27, Advent I.… Continue

Thanksgiving Special Offering

As in the past, our thanksgiving Special Offering will be shared with three local organizations. Christian Community Action, the Connecticut Food Bank and Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen each work to create a season of genuine thanksgiving for those who could not otherwise afford it. This is an opportunity to give thanks by contributing directly to the well being of our neighbors.

Christian Community Action’s thanksgiving basket program provides holiday abundance to over 2,000 families each year. Financial contributions support food purchases at wholesale costs. In kind donations are also needed. Suggested items: Cereal – hot or cold, Vegetables, Yams, Fruit or dessert, Starch – rice, mashed potato, Pasta & Sauce, Soup, Gravy, Juice, Cranberries, Stuffing, Protein – beans, tuna, peanuts, Jelly.… Continue

ABRAHAM’S TENT 2017

Save The date; Monday January 16- Monday January 23, 2017. First Presbyterian will be hosting Abraham’s tent in our Owens Building. 12 area homeless men/women will be our guests each night. We will provide a warm evening meal, a comfortable bed overnight and a nutritious breakfast in the morning.

First and Summerfield Methodist Church in New Haven will be helping us a couple of the nights. Signup sheets will go up Sunday December 11th. As in the past, we will need dinner preparers, hosts, overnight volunteers and breakfast preparers.

Serving on the Abraham’s Tent organizing committee this year are Mary Webber, Pat Wales, Paula Burkhard and Brian Gray.… Continue

PREACHING TEXTS FOR SUNDAYS IN NOVEMBER 2016

Mid-week Bible Study will not be held on Nov 24th due to Thanksgiving, but will resume the following Thursday at 1:00 p.m

NOVEMBER 6 – Dean Greg Sterling will be preaching on Sunday November 6th. His texts will be announced in the weekly email on November 3rd.

NOVEMBER 13Stewardship Commitment Sunday:  I Corinthians 9:24-27, Psalm 30 and II Timothy 4:6-8

NOVEMBER 20Thanksgiving Celebration: Isaiah 51:1-5, Psalm 94, Philippians 4:1-7

NOVEMBER 27First Sunday of Advent: Romans 13: 8-14, Psalm 122, Isaiah 2:1-5