Announcements & Upcoming Events

Announcements & Upcoming Events

Entries for 2018

The Interim Pastoral Nominating Committee is so very pleased to announce that the Session has called Rev. Thomas P. Groome III to serve as Interim Pastor for a one-year term commencing February 1, 2019 and ending January 31, 2020. Tom Groome is a lifelong Presbyterian. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA in 1998 and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia in 2003. Tom’s most current ministry was the Interim Pastor/Head of Staff at Second Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY from June 2017 to present. Tom also served the First Presbyterian Church of Tupel...

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The date was September 23rd 1853. On that date 81 persons in Bridgeport CT, signed a Pledge to incorporate as an Ecclesiastical Society. This act was the founding of our Church. The Pledge made 165 years ago, by the 81, is a Pledge we at First Presby still honor. This October 28th our church will celebrate its 165th birthday. We are planning a Founders Day Sunday by honoring the 81 founding members from the 19th Century. Some of the historical figures who will be remembered include our first Minister, Dr. Nathaniel Hewit, first Elder Captain, John Brooks, Jr., Captain Burr Knapp, and Mary Bishop. The sp...

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Let's go! Come along on a 5-week journey of understanding Scripture in the light of the historical-cultural context in which God placed it.  We'll go to the desert of the Dead Sea Scrolls to meet the Essenes, examine how Jesus was tempted, follow John the Baptist's mission, go through the Last Supper and end at the Garden of Gethsemane. Ray Vander Laan's Path to the Cross series will provide the ride. Please, join in our trip through the land of the Bible! Kim Hill will be leading this study on Tuesday nights, starting October 9, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Munich Room. Tuesday Evening Bible Study co...

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Wednesday Bible Study continues this Wednesday with the Book by Book study on the Book of John. This Gospel will expand our view of Jesus, showing us again and again that He is the eternal Son of the Father, the divine Mediator over the whole creation, the LORD of the New Creation. Wednesday Morning Bible Study continues until December 12, there will be no meeting November 21.  

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The American Chamber Orchestra opens its 16th season with a fall concert on Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Performing with the orchestra will be the choirs of the Cheshire Connecticut High School. Music on the program will be by Bizet, Schumann, Schwartz and Berlin. Suggested contribution is $20 for adults and $10 for students.  As with other concerts in this series, a portion of the contributions goes to supporting music programs in our church. Please visit www.americanchamberorchestra.com for details and tickets or call Ray Weber at 203-255-7661.  

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Memorial Garden Service, November 4

Posted on October 22, 2018 in: Worship

The Worship committee has chosen Sunday November 4, as the date for the Annual Memorial Garden ceremony. During the morning service of worship, we will set aside a moment of solemn remembrance during which the names of members and friends of our church who have passed away this year, will be read. After the service, we will proceed to the Memorial Garden where we will remember and pray for those memorialized there.  Please plan to attend this meaningful service of remembrance.  

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Fall Work Day, December 8

Posted on October 22, 2018 in: Special Event

The fall all church clean-up day, sponsored by the Trustees, will take place on Saturday, December 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please bring your work gloves, rakes and leaf blowers. All church members and friends are encouraged to join in this annual event to help restore the church grounds and prepare for winter.  

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A Reception for Josh Heikkila, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. Join us for a night of fellowship and updates from our missionary to West Africa, Rev. Josh Heikkila. Coffee and dessert will be served.   Appointed as a PCUSA mission co-worker in October 2009, Josh serves 5 West African countries and lives in Ghana. He supports the programs, relationships, and activities of PCUSA partners, as well as mission personnel. He connects Presbyterian churches there with PCUSA churches here.  In Ghana, where our historical roots go back many years, PCUSA maintains partnerships with two denominations, the Presbyter...

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The Outreach Committee of First Presbyterian Church will again be producing a new pictorial directory with the help of LifeTouch Studios.  Each family/couple/individual will be professionally photographed, receive a free 8”x 10” color portrait and free copy of the new directory. The directory will include a complete roster of church members and additional pictures of our church activities.  Photography dates are Thursday, 10/4 from 2:00-9:00, Friday, 10/5 from 2:00-9:00, Saturday, 10/6 from 10:00-5:00, Monday, 10/8 from 2:00-9:00, Tuesday, 10/9 from 2:00-9:00 and Wednesday, 10/10 from 2:00-9:0...

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September 14 -16 Grab the girls and spend a weekend away, resting, and finding new strength at Berea’s Women’s Retreat. The schedule for the retreat is planned deliberately to give you a chance to grow and to be refreshed, to use the time in the unique way that you would most enjoy. In between the main group sessions, spend time talking with friends, take a short hike along our Prayer Walk trail, relax with a book and a cup of coffee, or join in one of the many optional activities – such as riflery, archery, volleyball, seminars, crafts, kayaking, canoeing, and boat tours – that Berea has to o...

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Saturday, October 13, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Grab your cowboy hat and boots and get ready for a high kickin' night of fun! Vote on your favorite chili at the chili cook-off, then enjoy a BBQ pulled pork dinner with all the fixins, and traditional barn dancing with a live caller and band. Walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $15 for a single, $20 per couple, $25 per family.

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Founder's Day Remembrance

Posted on June 13, 2018 in: Worship

This fall our church will be 165 years old. The Outreach Committee is planning to host a Founders’ Day Themed Sunday that will include historical moment or message and special era Church music during the worship service followed by a coffee hour with an historical era and/or 165th birthday theme.  A coordinated drive through the Mountain Grove Cemetery will stop at the graves of our founding members with a few words of remembrance. More details will be coming soon. 

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Summer Vacation Bible School Save the Date for this summer’s exciting new VBS program: Shipwrecked  Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth to be held Monday, August 13 –17 with the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 19 during the worship service. Venture onto an uncharted island where kids are rescued by Jesus! Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through every storm in life. They'll learn to hold onto God's promises when they are lonely, they worry, they struggle, do wrong, and feel powerless. Register online for student sign up and volunteer opportunities here.  

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The American Chamber Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Performing with the orchestra will be the three winners of the 2018 Concerto Competition. Music for this concert will feature Mendelssohn, Saint-Saƫns, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Sousa. Suggested contribution is $20 for adults and $10 for students. As with other concerts in this series, a portion of the contributions goes toward supporting music programs in our church. Please visit www.americanchamberorchestra.com for details and tickets or call Ray Weber at 203-255-7661.

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Easter Family Event

Posted on March 21, 2018 in: Special Event, Fellowship

Join the Fellowship Committee on Saturday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m. in Brooks Hall for an evening of Easter crafts, activities and a child friendly dinner. Please contact the church office to reserve your space for this family event.  

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ACO Concert, March 3

Posted on February 22, 2018 in: General News

American Chamber Orchestra The American Chamber Orchestra presents the Winter Concert on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. This will be a special concert of Gilbert and Sullivan music from four favorite operettas: Pirates of Penzance, Mikado, Iolanthe and Yeoman of the Guard. Joining the orchestra for this concert will be members of the Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Suggested contribution is $20 for adults and $10 for students. As with other concerts in his series, a portion of the contributions goes to supporting music programs of FPC. Please visit www.americanchamberorchestra.com for details...

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Ash Wednesday Service, February 14

Posted on January 30, 2018 in: Worship

The season of Lent, commemorating the 40 days and 40 nights in which Jesus fasted and prayed, will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 14. The Ash Wednesday service will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the candlelit Chapel. In this tranquil space we will share Scripture, hymns with piano, and the Lord’s Supper. Come, and bring a friend. Enter into the season of Lent with reverent reminders of God’s mercy that engage all your senses, in worship to the glory of the Lord.

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