Announcements & Upcoming Events

Announcements & Upcoming Events

Entries for 2019

Music with a Mission - Dec. 14

Posted on November 21, 2019 in: Special Event

Music with a Mission Featuring Christmas and classical selections Juliana Sharp, Violinist Accompanied by Nancy Weber Saturday, December 14th @ 7:00 PM First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield 2475 Easton Turnpike Fairfield, CT 06825   Freewill offerings benefit the Ghana Maternity Ward Project Reception immediately following the performance

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Blessing Bags

Posted on October 10, 2019 in: Mission Outreach

Blessing Bags
Blessing Bags are gallon-sized bags that are filled with a small assortment of basic toiletries, socks, snacks, a Bible passage, etc.  These are given to the homeless or to anyone who appears to be in need.  The Blessing Bags give people a few items to help them through their day and it also gives them hope in knowing that they are loved in the name of Jesus. Help us collect enough items to fill 30 blessing bags to be distributed to the homeless in Bridgeport. What We Need:  A typical Care Kit consists of a gallon-size zipper lock bag filled with ite...

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Oktoberfest Community Dinner

Posted on October 10, 2019 in: Fellowship

Oktoberfest Community Dinner With Kids Harvest Krafts OKtoberfest Easy Prep Dinner For our last community dinner, the Fellowship committee is hosting an Okoberfest themed “easy prep” (no cooking required) potluck meal.  For those with busy weekends, this community dinner is for you.  Look for the list of menu item suggestions you can easily bring or make (little to no prep) and sign up!  An Oktoberfest suggested menu will be in Brooks Hall and you may choose an item listed to bring.  And it may inspire you to think up your own Oktoberfest item that you can ‘write-in” a...

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Fall Giving Opportunities

Posted on October 10, 2019 in: Mission Outreach

The fall season is a season of giving thanks and giving to others.   Please contribute to these projects this month.  Bridgeport Rescue Mission Green Bean Collection – Collecting 500 cans of green beans for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving Project. Deadline Nov. 10.  Boxes in church for collection. Coat Drive – Collecting gently used winter coats for distribution to homeless and needy. Coat racks available for collection. Roosevelt School Mobile Food Pantry Mobile Food Pantry -- A new volunteer opportunity to distribute food at Roosevelt School in Bridgeport ...

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Community Suppers in October

Posted on September 24, 2019 in: Special Event

Sunday, October 20, the Mission and S&F committees will be hosting a TACO BAR dinner at 5:00 pm. in Brooks Hall.  Following the dinner, Tom will present his second session on What it means to be Presbyterian.  There is still time to sign up so please let us know if you will be coming by emailing the church office at firstpresby@firstpresby.net You are encouraged to participate in any or all Sunday suppers and activities. And we hope that these evenings will be an opportunity for members to invite a friend or  family to introduce them to your family.  

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Join Peter Mitchell for Sunday morning Bible Study delving into The Parables. The class will meet Sundays from 9:00 to 9:45 am in the Parlor from September 15 through October 27.  The Parables are authentic words of Jesus, using everyday events to highlight deep spiritual truths. He incorporates unexpected twists and surprise endings, drawing the reader into new ways of thinking about their faith. Each parable gives the reader one or two basic insights into concepts such as forgiveness, mercy, justice, redemption, stewardship, love, humility, salvation, prayer and the Kingdom of God. Join an interactive journey wit...

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Please join Tom for 'The Book of Ephesians' Bible Study beginning Wednesday September 25 thrrough November 20. The morning study will be held in the Parlor from 10:30 to12:00 and the evening study will be held in the Parlor from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.   Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? God knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so God gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well&mdas...

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Tom Groome will lead an ongoing discussion on 'What it means to be Presbyterian' each Sunday in October. Please join Tom for this four part series in the Munich room from 5:30-7:00 pm on October 6, 13, 20, and 27. The roots of Presbyterianism are scriptural. The name comes from the Greek word presbuteros, translated elder. It points back in the Old Testament to the elders selected by the tribes as their leaders (1 Kings 8:1-3; Judges 8:14, 16; Deuteronomy 27:1; Ezra 10:8; etc.). In the New Testament church, it is used to describe the overseers of a local congregation (Acts 14:23; 20:17; Titus...

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Loss of a Spouse, August 27

Posted on July 26, 2019 in: Special Event

Do you have a friend, neighbor or family member who has recently lost their spouse? If so, we would like you to encourage them to attend a one-night seminar on “Loss of a Spouse” developed by the same organization that runs GriefShare. It will be held on Tuesday, August 27 from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. in the church parlor.  This seminar provides encouragement, peace and hope for those experiencing a personal loss of a spouse. It features a video with practical, encouraging advice from counselors, pastors, and widowed men and women, followed by a small group sharing time. You’ll learn what to expect in the da...

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GriefShare

Posted on July 23, 2019 in: Special Event

GriefShare is a grief recovery seminar and support group.  Starting September 17, from 7 – 8:30 pm,  our church will sponsor a 12 week course for people who have experienced a death of a family member or friend. This nondenominational program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics with seminar sessio...

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The American Chamber Orchestra presents its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Music for this special concert will be by Bach, Borne, Brahms, Dvorak and Herbert. The three talented, exciting winners of the ACO 2019 Concerto Competition, playing works for flute, cello and piano, will be the featured soloists. A reception for the soloists will follow the concert in Brooks Hall. 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 the church. Please visit www.americanchambero...

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Pentecost Sunday commemorates the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church and celebrates God’s very life, breath and energy living still in believers. Pentecost is an ideal time to bring a friend to First Presby for worship and share the love of the Holy Spirit. Research affirms that 86% of new members to Protestant churches are because a member of the congregation invited them. Please invite a friend or an entire family to worship with you. And remember to wear RED which reminds us of the fire of the Holy Spirit!  

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First Presby Day, June 22

Posted on May 23, 2019 in: Fellowship

Mark your calendars and plan to join our first annual First Presby Day: A day of fellowship and faith, Saturday, June 22. First Presby Day will be a day of meaningful good works and fellowship where church members and friends come together to volunteer their time—whether painting, planting, building, or cleaning—and end the day with sharing, a potluck dinner and live music.   This is a chance to put our faith into action, to work together side-by-side helping others, which is our spiritual worship.  We encourage you to bring a friend who would enjoy the volunteer workday and/or enjoy a casu...

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The Men's Breakfast meets monthly on Saturday mornings in the Munich Room from 8:00-9:30 am. Join Erik Lindemann, Tom Groome, and Peter Mitchell for interesting discussion and delicious food. All men of the church and friends are welcome. Walking With God in the Desert: Experiencing Living Water When Life is Tough - with Ray Vander Laan Throughout the Bible, the desert functions as an image of discord, of loss of control, and of separation from the safety of society. Barren and deadly, the wasteland places of the text meant certain death without access to resources. Many times God led His people thr...

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Palm Sunday, April 14

Posted on March 29, 2019 in: Worship

Palm Sunday will feature the congregational singing of "The Palms" as we celebrate the anniversary of Christ's entry into Jerusalem with the distribution of palm fronds and a procession by the children of the church.

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Maundy Thursday, April 18

Posted on March 29, 2019 in: Worship

The Maundy Thursday service is a Tenebrae service in the Sanctuary at 7:30 pm. The word tenebrae is Latin for “shadows.” You will experience the darkness of Jesus’ days before his resurrection; the betrayal, abandonment, and agony that he endured for us. The service, which includes Communion, is left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day. A simple soup and bread meal prior to this service will be hosted by our Youth Group. Plan to enjoy the fellowship and homemade soup at 6:00 p.m.

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On Good Friday at 8:30 am, share a French toast breakfast and reflect upon the crucifixion with members of our congregation, our friends from the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Re-Entry Ministry. Beautiful, contemplative music will be offered by Kristin Butler, Kayla Cook, Julia Fedoryk, and Abby Baisley. Volunteer opportunities to help prepare and serve the meal are available.  Sign up during coffee hour to help or to attend. All are welcome!

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Easter Worship, April 21

Posted on March 29, 2019 in: Worship

First Presbyterian Church plans a triumphant celebration of the resurrection, celebrating with the Lord's Supper and a mix of traditional and contemporary special music, featuring trumpet, guitar and timpani. This day of rejoicing follows the darkness of Maundy Thursday and the sorrow of Good Friday. Come and bear witness to God's enduring promise of eternal life.

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Family Fun Night, April 13

Posted on March 15, 2019 in: Fellowship

Join the Fellowship Committee on Saturday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m. in Brooks Hall for Family Fun Night, an evening of Easter crafts, activities and a child friendly dinner. Please sign-up board in Brooks Hall or call the church office. Donations are suggested to cover the cost of event.

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Envisioning Our Future Together Whenever there is a change of pastoral leadership in the life of a congregation, there is anxiety, uncertainty and there are expectations. In our tradition, we see this as a transition time that needs proper and careful reflection by membership and leadership. The session of the church is wise to provide an opportunity for the congregation to reflect upon the recent past and look to your future. What is God calling you to be and do in the future? Scripture suggests "that people without a vision shall perish". If you do not share a unified vision of where the church is going, ...

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GriefShare

Posted on February 19, 2019 in: Christian Education & Discipleship

A new GriefShare 13 week session will run on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. starting  March 26 and will end on June 13. For more information on GriefShare or to register online, please click here. There is a $15 fee which includes a workbook; however scholarships are available.   If you have any questions, please call the church office at 203-374-6176 or email firstpresby@firstpresby.net.

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Join Tom Groome and Erik Lindemann during the season of Lent for Wednesday Bible Study. The Lectionary passages that will be used for Sunday worship will be explored in depth. A Wednesday morning study at 10:30 a.m. will be offered along with Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Both studies will meet in the Parlor beginning March 13 through April 17. 

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Ash Wednesday Service, March 6

Posted on February 12, 2019 in: Worship

Please join us for the Ash Wednesday Service on March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. The service will include the Imposition of Ashes, the Lord's Supper, (served by intinction), moving music, and prayerful reflection. Come and bring a friend, as we begin the Lenten journey to the cross and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

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