The New Sanctuary Movement Pledge

In our current political climate one of the populations most at risk are recent immigrants. There is a nationwide movement called the New Sanctuary Movement. Their purpose is to highlight the plight of immigrants, and to stand with them, protect them, and advocate for them. There are people in our area who are training to learn how to accompany and advocate for immigrants.

Our Session signed the New York New Sanctuary Movement Pledge. Specifically it says:

We covenant to:

  1. Take a public, moral stand for immigrants’ rights.
  2. Reveal, through education and advocacy, the actual suffering of immigrants.
  3. Protect immigrants against hate, workplace discrimination and unjust deportation.

FPCNH Mission Statement Revisited

One of the suggestions that came out of the six-week adult Sunday school class on gender was revisiting our Mission Statement. If you don’t know what it says, it’s on our website and printed below:

First Presbyterian Church is a worshiping community of progressive Christian believers in the greater New Haven region. We are a broadly diverse and welcoming congregation, and include people from the city of New Haven and all of the surrounding towns, as well as many from the university communities.

We gather on Sunday morning to worship God, and throughout the week to be about the work of God in the world.


Thank-you From Bill and Maria

Dear Friends,

We write to share our deepest thanks for this season of celebration of our ministry together at First Presbyterian Church of New Haven, and for your kindness and warm wishes as we have completed our work. We have been so very grateful for all that has been said, for the gifts that this community of faith has given to us, and for the assurance of prayers and good wishes as we begin a new season of work and ministry at Yale Divinity School.

On Sunday, June 7th, we felt deeply honored during the program after church and at the picnic.… Continue

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.