November: Saints, Stewardship, Saying Thanks

November Sundays will be a time of remembering and rediscovering our call to discipleship. We will do that as a community of faith as we recall the lives of loved ones who died in the past year, rededicate our lives and a portion of our resources to the ongoing work of the church, and remember to give God, from whom all blessings flow, our thanks and praise.

November is also Stewardship season in the life of First Presbyterian Church. During worship members of the congregation will share stories of the ways the church brings good news and proclaims God’s justice. We do this in ways big and in ways small.

On November 23rd, the special Thanksgiving Offering will be received during worship. The gifts given in this offering go to support the programs that feed hungry people in New Haven,

And, November ends just as Advent begins! November 30th is the First Sunday of Advent. We begin our preparations for the coming of Immanuel, listening again to the story of angels and shepherds, the story of a young woman and man, and the welcome news that a Savior is born for all people!

Praying for Peace, Working for Change

Fall is upon us! The leaves are beginning to turn, providing worshippers at First Presbyterian Church with a beautiful mosaic of color as we sit together to pray, sing, hear God’s Word read and proclaimed, and go forth strengthened to serve God and God’s people.

The month of October begins with a call to peacemaking. World Communion Sunday, October 5th, invites us to imagine a world at peace. That’s very hard to do these days as violence has spread throughout the globe and people are terrorized, displaced, isolated, and fearful. Leaders of nations find strength in weapons and there seems to be no end to the hurt and pain we cause one another.

Co-Pastor Bill Goettler’s sermon that morning will offer a biblical response to the war-making of the world, and charge us with the call to be peacemakers in ways big and small. Songs from around the world will be sung, the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be shared, and all gathered will be strengthened in body and spirit as we remember our call to discipleship.

Sundays in September

The lovely days of summer have come to a rather sudden end. One minute we were delighting in a seemingly endless August, with five Fridays and five Sundays, and then, in the blink of an eye we’ve arrived Labor Day.

The good news is that that means that First Presbyterian Church returns to our Church School Year schedule and to the many diverse activities and programs that make our life together strong.

On that first September Sunday, worship will begin at 10:45 am. The choir, under the direction of Patrick McCreless, will sing together once again, the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated, we will lift prayers for our needy world, and delight in the call to discipleship God has placed upon our lives. Co-Pastor Maria LaSala will be the preacher for the morning.

All Are Welcome!

Worship is in the Owens Community Building Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Our summer worship schedule is underway as members and friends from First Presbyterian Church of New Haven gather each Sunday for worship, friendship, and service.

Each Sunday, the air-conditioned Miller Hall is transformed into a place to gather to sing, pray, and hear God’s word read and proclaimed. The Children in Worship program will continue throughout the summer for all children in grades K-5. Nursery care is available throughout the morning.

This summer invites us to explore the new Presbyterian Hymnal, Glory to God. The hymnal arrived in time for Palm Sunday worship and we have enjoyed singing new hymns and old favorites.

During the summer months, the preachers, choosing one hymn from the hymnal, will reflect on the biblical and theological concepts raised in the hymn text. By the end of the summer we will have learned ten new hymns.

Holy Week and Easter Services

Sunday, April 13: Palm Sunday

9:30 a.m. Intergenerational Church School in the Miller Gathering Hall 10:15 a.m. Assemble for Palm Sunday gathering and procession, Miler Gathering Hall 10:45 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship in the sanctuary

Thursday, April 17: Maundy Thursday

7:30 p.m. Service with communion in the sanctuary

Friday, April 18: Good Friday

7:30 p.m. Service in the sanctuary

Sunday, April 20: Easter

6:30 a.m. Sunrise service at East Rock summit 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Miller Gathering Hall 10:30 a.m. Easter Rejoicing worship 12:00 p.m. Easter egg hunt for children