Announcements & Upcoming Events

Announcements & Upcoming Events

Entries for 'Karen Linder'

Green Bean Collection

Posted on October 09, 2020 in: Special Event

Green Bean Collection
FPC will once again be participating in the Bridgeport Rescue Mission’s Great Thanksgiving Project by collecting 500 cans of green beans for Thanksgiving food baskets for those in need. Please join us in this community-wide effort to fight hunger by buying a few extra cans when you are at the grocery store.   This year of the pandemic we are offering several opportunities to participate in donating:     If you attend the in-person church services, please leave your cans on the table at the parlor entrance.     If you would like...

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The Book of James Bible Study
A new Bible Study will focus on the Book of James starting Wednesday, October 14 through November 25 from 10:30–11:45AM and led by Peter Mitchell. We will use a combination of Zoom and telephone with study guides sent to participants before each session. Theologian Chuck Swindoll wrote, "The book of James looks a bit like the Old Testament book of Proverbs dressed up in New Testament clothes. Its consistent focus on practical action in the life of faith is reminiscent of the Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament, encouraging God’s people to act like God&rs...

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Men's Breakfast, October 17
Men's Monthly Breakfast restarts Saturday, October 17 from 8:00–9:00 a.m. via Zoom. The video series is called The Power of Jesus’ Names by Tony Evans. In this series, Dr. Tony Evans journeys around the stomping grounds of Jesus in the land of Israel and presents a complete picture of the Incarnate God. By teaching on each of the major names of Jesus, Tony brings us face-to-face with the Second Person of the Trinity. Shot in the major locations where Jesus himself lived and taught, we strengthen our relationship with Jesus as we learn his many names. If ...

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The Third Option Study

Posted on September 25, 2020 in: Special Event

The Third Option Study
The Third Option Study Starting in October, you will be invited to participate in a six- week study by Rev. Miles McPherson who wrote the book The Third Option. Discover the common misconceptions that keep people from engaging with those of different racial and ethnic backgrounds and identify the privileges and pitfalls that we all face. Move past your differences and begin living out your similarities. This is not a training for “those people” but “we the people!” Step into God’s perfect solution: Unity. Over the six weeks, you will have th...

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Storytime with Anna - June 24
Storytime with Anna Next storytime: June 24 Every other Wednesday at 3pm Join Anna Fedoryk for virtual storytime today at 3pm! We will read 2 books together, feel free to come for the entire time, or just stop by or have it on in the background. Look for more information and the zoom login address in the Monday's email.  

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Pastor's Message on Racism

Posted on June 03, 2020 in: General News

Pastor's Message on Racism
A police officer out of control in Minneapolis . . . senseless killing . . . rioting . . . looting . . . protesting . . . racism. Denouncing all of this is easy. At least it should be. However, it’s not so easy, but just as necessary to search our own lives and confess our own sin and our own racism. As a faith community the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield stands against the murder of George Floyd and racism in all of its forms. Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, tells us, "You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, 'You shall not mu...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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There are two Wednesday Bible Study currently in progress; one from 10:30 to noon, and an evening study from 7 - 8:30 p.m. both in the church parlor.  These studies will continue through March 14.

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Once a month, men from First Presbyterian gather together on a Saturday morning from 8:00-9:30am to join in fellowship, food, biblical study, and discussion.  The next Men’s Breakfast will meet on March 17 from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. in the Munich Room. We will continue our examination of Stephen Nichols’ Reformation Profiles examining "Solus Christus: John Calvin & the Blessing of Christ Alone .”      

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The concert by Violinist Juliana Sharp has been postponed until further notice.   

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Men's Breakfast, December 9

Posted on November 22, 2017 in: Special Event

The next Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 9, and will continue Stephen Nichols’ study Reformation Profiles examining "Sola Scriptura: Martin Luther & The Rediscovery of the Authority of Scripture." Please see Ken Piddington to sign-up

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The Women's Association will have their annual Christmas luncheon in the parlor on December 12 at 10:15 a.m. All women of the church are cordially invited to attend for a time of faith, fellowship and fun. The program will include a Bible study led by Lois James, a teacup auction with unique gifts for Christmas giving, and a carol sing. Lunch will be a sandwich of your choice at a cost of $8.00. Salads, desserts and beverages will be provided. Call Elaine Brown at 203-259-8097, by December 10, to make a reservation. We hope that you will be a part of our Christmas celebration.

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Fall Clean-Up Day, December 2

Posted on November 22, 2017 in: Special Event

The Fall All Church clean-up day, sponsored by the Trustees, will take place on Saturday, December 2, 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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Advent Adventure, December 2

Posted on November 22, 2017 in: Special Event

FPC families are invited to an Advent Adventure on Saturday, December 2 in Brooks Hall from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be Advent crafts for the children, games, story time and a simple potluck. Sign up in Brooks Hall for the potluck. 

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The Stewardship & Finance committee will offer an informational session for you to learn the basics of estate planning and planned giving. After the worship service on October 22, David J. Boczar, CFP®, CFA, a longtime church member and co-chair of the S&F Committee, will talk on the topic of planned giving. David is a practicing financial professional with over 35 years of experience. He will review trusts and estates, probate, beneficiary election, asset transfer techniques and planned giving options. The session will also leave time for questions and answers. 

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GriefShare

Posted on October 08, 2017 in: Christian Education & Discipleship

The first session of GriefShare was Wednesday, September 13. However, GriefShare is an ‘open’ program.  Others can join the group at any time.  Walk-ins are always welcome. The evening begins at 6:45 pm especially for those who need to register. There is a $15 fee which includes a workbook. By 7:00 pm we will start the program and will end promptly at 9 pm. Directions:  First Presbyterian Church is located at 2475 Easton Turnpike in Fairfield. Parking:  As you drive into the church driveway, it will take you to the left side of the building.  Please park on that side ...

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The next Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, October 21 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. The study of Ray Vanderlaan’s “Walk Like Jesus Walked” will conclude. All men of the church and friends are welcome. 

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The Great Thanksgiving Project

Posted on September 29, 2017 in: Mission Outreach

The Missions Committee is collecting 500 cans of green beans by October 15 for Bridgeport Rescue Mission’s annual Thanksgiving outreach joining in a community-wide effort to fight hunger. When you do grocery shopping, pick up several cans of green beans and place them in bins as you enter the Sanctuary or near the church office. We also will be collecting hats and coats for this event. Bridgeport Rescue Mission will be providing this month's Minute for Mission on October 15, when we will give them our donations. Here's a tangible way to show we care for our neighbors in need.

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All Church Potluck Supper

Posted on September 29, 2017 in: Fellowship

Saturday, October 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm. there will be an all church potluck supper. The program will be our Ghana travel team, eight teenagers and five adults, who will share stories and pictures about their trip in August. Families with young children are encouraged to attend; chaperoned activities will be available for toddlers. Children will enjoy a separate kid-friendly presentation of pictures and conversations between the teenagers, while the adults enjoy fellowship time and conversation with the adults who traveled to Ghana. Call the church office to sign up.

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Pastor Duffy will resume Bible Study on Wednesdays, starting September 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the church Parlor. The study will be on 2 Samuel, continuing with the Book by Book series featuring a DVD and discussion. All are welcome.  

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2017 Ghana Mission Trip

Posted on August 03, 2017 in: Mission Outreach

This summer a group of youth and adults will be traveling to Ghana to broaden and deepen the global mission work in Ghana. Highlighting this mission work is the forming of a partnership of churches, foundations and individuals all committed to building a badly needed Maternity Ward in the village of Dzemeni.  To learn more about this trip please click here. 

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