The First Congregational Church of Greenwich
August 1, 2002
Patty Kolb, Editor
The Pastors’ Column
The view from my porch...
Sitting on my porch and looking across at Binney Park, I realize that the soft
greens and pastels of early summer have become the more intense, darker greens
of the height of our summer season. July 4th and Sidewalk Sales Days are past,
a wonderful season of Day Camp is almost over, days are actually getting
shorter and thunderstorms seem to be a possibility each afternoon.
Looking ahead into August we have a number of important activities to
anticipate. Two top the list: preparations for the auction and a special
weekend with a Central American flavor. It is wonderful that so many of you
have offered to help with the Auction to Benefit the Endowment (see the
special flyer in this issue) which we are also calling Auction 2002. We have a
committee of 17 already in place with many who have volunteered to do the
extra jobs, from telephone calls to pick-up truck runs. The list of donated
items is also growing. There will be something for everyone from vacations in
Vermont and Maine to hand-crocheted afghans, clown-directed children’s
birthday parties to antique furniture. On Homecoming Sunday, our front lawn
will be a fair with silent auction bidding stations interspersed with booths
from several of our church activities. Mix that with hotdogs and hamburgers,
music, a pet parade and lemonade and this will be a very special day. At 12:30
we will hold a live auction of twenty items. We still need many donations to
make this endeavor a success. Our goal is to raise $25,000. I sincerely hope
that you will read the auction flyer with care and let us know this month what
you would like to contribute. And, by the way, we hope to have a special area
of children’s items with low bid amounts.
Before we get to September, we have a special week and Sunday service in
August. This summer three young people from Honduras have been in the United
States sponsored by First Church and by Pilgrim Lodge, our UCC conference
center in Maine, where they have worked as members of the camp staff.
Originally they were slated to visit us before going to camp. Visa tie-ups
changed their schedules so that they needed to go directly to Maine when they
arrived in June. Now they will have a chance to visit us from August 20-27.
Josue Rivera, Ana Carolina Reyes and Jose German Lopez will take part in the
worship services on August 24. They will be visiting New York City with
members of the College Pilgrim Fellowship. There will be a potluck picnic for
supper for them on Wednesday night, August 21, in the Memory Garden. Sign up
by calling the church office. These young people have been very active with
the churches of AIEH and the Evangelical and Reformed Church of Honduras, our
mission partners. They have acted as hosts and translators for our young
people when we have gone to Honduras.
The church may be on summer office hours but we are clearly not on vacation. I
hope you will join us for worship at the beach or in the Meetinghouse or stop
by the church office and bring us up to date on your summer adventures.
Grace & Peace,
August Worship Schedule
Sunday, August 4
8 am at Greenwich Point
10 am in the Meetinghouse
Dr. Thomas L. Stiers
“God’s Invitation to Community”
Sunday, August 11
8 am at Greenwich Point
10 am in the Meetinghouse
Dr. Thomas L. Stiers
“A Basket of Summer Fruit”
Sunday, August 18
8 am at Greenwich Point
10 am in the Meetinghouse
“ The Outcasts of Israel”
Sunday, August 25
8 am at Greenwich Point
10 am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Sally Colegrove
First Church Enfowment
Homecoming Sunday, September 15
This is the Big One
A Homecoming Sunday to Remember
Help raise $25,000
A Chance to Help the Future of First
An Auction to Benefit Our Endowment
On Homecoming Sunday this year we will have a
wonderful, new, special event. During our annual Homecoming Picnic we will have
a Silent and Live Auction for the Endowment. This economic year has been
difficult on our endowment funds, so we thought we would give this important
resource of our church a little help. Our endowment helps to pay the bills for
buildings and programs. It is also our insurance against a very rainy day. So we
need to take care of the Endowment Fund and have a little fun as we do.
We need donations: what do you have that you
would be willing to give to the Auction? Examples: a nice painting, an antique
chair or desk, a piece of crystal or silver, a small boat. What do you have that
you would be willing to provide for the auction: six batches of cookies, five
hours of babysitting, a dinner on your boat, a catered party for ten, lessons in
fishing, boating, writing, Spanish? What do you have that you would be willing
to share with the auction: a week at your ski house, a week at your summer
cabin, use of your Yankees' box seats, theater series tickets? There are many
ways to help out!
We also need your help as we prepare. If you
would be willing to work on the auction with a team of three of our deacons and
three of our trustees, along with Sally Colegrove and Aaron Sinay, please get in
touch with Sally at 637-1791 ext. 15. This is a limited commitment volunteer job
that we hope will have a large return. If you can't help us prepare, then
prepare yourself for a great time by buying tickets to the Homecoming Picnic, on
sale the last Sunday in August, and then coming to the picnic and auction as a
bidder. See you there!
Sunday, August 4
The good colleges are getting fussier as more
and more quality students apply. Where do you fit in? Talk with our own Mary
Leinbach, an experienced and respected college consultant. Her $200 charge
goes to the First Church College Loan Fund and is tax deductible.
You can reach her at 531-9434.
One of our budget cutbacks this year has been
in the area of landscaping. Our beautiful gardens are now being tended by
volunteers, an effort spear-headed by Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
Barbara Norrgard. Can you spare an hour here or there to lend a hand? If so,
please call Barbara at 637-3703. Thanks!
Photo Directory Update
A Reference and a Keepsake...The First Church Photo Directory
It's the Cliff's Notes to who's who at First
Church … the visual reference guide to Coffee Hour, fellowship groups,
committee rosters, church staff and more. It's the First Church Photo
Directory…back after ten years!
It's a lot easier to be a welcoming church
when we know the people around us. That's why First Church is publishing a
pictorial membership directory of singles, couples and families this fall with
the help of Olan Mills Photography, a mainstay in the church directory
business. Participants receive a free directory and 8x10 portrait, plus an
opportunity to purchase additional prints for personal use or gift giving.
Early Bird and Regular Appointments
Stop by the Photo Directory table at Coffee
Hour on the following dates. A special Early Bird session is available in
August for families whose children go away to school, or for folks who plan to
be away after October 16.
Coffee Hour Signup: August 4
For appointments on August 16-17
Coffee Hour Signup: September
15, 22 & 29
For appointments beginning October 17
Questions? Call the Church Office at 637-1791
and leave a message for the Photo Directory Coordinator.
Good to Know…
- Digital technology allows you to view and
choose your portrait right away, so only one appointment is needed.
- Transportation or mail-in arrangements can
be made for members in special circumstances.
- You'll get a brochure with more details and
helpful hints when you make your appointment.
The Photo Directory will be a useful resource
for us to get to know each other better, and a wonderful keepsake for years to
come. Take advantage of this special opportunity!
Covering Mailing Costs
If you receive Meetinghouse Monthly and
Minute but do not support the church through a pledge, please consider a
yearly contribution of $50 to cover the costs of mailing. If you do not wish
to receive the Meetinghouse Monthly or Minute, please notify Mary Babbidge at
637-1791 x 31.
People, Places & Things
Community (Soup) Kitchen
There are no shortages of clients this summer
at the Yerwood Center’s Community Kitchen which serves two meals daily 365
days a year. First Church prepares and serves the luncheon meal on the first
Monday of each month. Although we feed a few more clients during the cooler
winter months, we’re serving 70-80 men, women and children this summer.
Since January, the Waggaman family, the Fifth
Grade Church Schoolers, the Pastors’ Class, the 20-30’s Group, the SPF and the
Wellness Committee have assumed these monthly chores which are one tangible
evidence of our church’s outreach activities. For the rest of the year, other
groups have signed up for the chili-making - the Christian Outreach Committee,
The Rummage Room volunteers and the Assing and Anibal families. Many thanks go
to the Lamie family who has volunteered to help those groups do the major
grocery shopping for the chili, salad and fruit offerings. Prudent shopping
keeps the tab under $175 per month. Some groups donate the groceries and one
church family underwrites much of the annual costs. Please call us if you want
to share in the “purpose and fun” of this project. It’s a time-limited (1-3
hours) activity and a great way to learn the ins/outs of our wonderful new
church kitchen. We need group commitments (5-7 people is ideal) for 2003,
starting in January. If you want to participate, we always need extra
individuals to round out the monthly group.
Our favorite recounting of a “soup kitchen
experience” came to us just recently. Inge Thalheim organized a group to cook
for the meal served on July 1. She recruited two of her grandsons (ages 10 and
11) to help. Inge reports, “I took them on Monday to the Center to see for
themselves who was eating their chili. They were invited to eat there. They
enjoyed a delicious meal. It was a happy experience for us all.” Convinced?
Mary Bausch, Cooking Coordinator (622-0309)
Bill Penwell, Serving Coordinator (622-1792)
Save the Date
Annual All-Church Retreat
The Annual All-Church Retreat at Silver Lake
Conference Center will be held on October 11-13, the Columbus Day weekend.
Join us for a relaxed weekend with First Church members and friends of all
ages. Carve pumpkins, sing around a campfire, try the High Ropes Challenge
course or the Field Challenges, walk in the autumn woods, talk, play, worship
and make new friends. Reservations will begin at the Homecoming Picnic.
Confirmation Class - 2003
Calling all rising high school freshmen!!
This is your year for Confirmation Class. The
Confirmation Class of 2003 will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7-8 pm. There
will be two retreat weekends, a service project, great discussions and a
chance to look at your beliefs and doubts in a group of friends. Please make
sure that Sally Colegrove has your name on the list. Confirmation opening
materials and Fall schedules will be mailed in early September.
Rummage Room Thanks
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks
to anonymous donors for giving a much-needed cash register to The Rummage
Room. You have made a great difference!
A reminder to our customers...we will be
closed from August 3 until September 3 when we will have our Grand Re-opening.
We stopped taking donations on July 24--please hold onto your great donations
until we return. We have some great projects planned during the summer to make
our shop even better!
Checked Our Web Site?
Have you seen our website recently? It is now
updated several times per week with sermon reprints, the latest issue of
Meetinghouse Monthly and Meetinghouse Minute. If you listen to the radio
broadcast of the service, you can find the bulletin and calendar on the
website each Sunday. The address is www.fccog.org
From the Parish Nurse
Summertime is a season for catching up . .
.for resting, relaxation and recreation. Sometimes the summer can be as
exhausting as the “busy months” that lead up to or follow this out-of-doors,
and hot, season.
With longer daylight hours, more activity is
crammed into early morning or evening hours, beyond the long workday. Time
management studies show that the number of hours in a “usual or routine” work
week frequently exceeds 50 hours/week for many individuals. Tiredness and
fatigue certainly can increase as we spend extra hours at our labors, and at
home,just getting ready to take time off from our usual work schedule. In
addition, hot weather temperatures can significantly slow the already-fatigued
bodies that we take on vacation.
Life is about balance and values. Our Creator
engineered our bodies to have periods of rest to recuperate, build bone and to
repair worn tissue. There are body processes that must have “down time” in
order to prepare the mechanism to function at peak capacity when the
individual is awake. Granted, disciplining the body as athletes do can
increase endurance. Yet, even for the best of athletes, let’s say a
professional baseball pitcher, rest is a requirement for optimal functioning.
Using Holy Scripture as a guide for use of our physical and mental resources,
familiar verses from Ecclesiastes 3 offer practical and spiritual direction: “
. . .for everything, there is a season . . . Also, “ . . .everyone should eat
and drink and enjoy themselves in return for all their labors -- it is a gift
As Americans, most of us have not achieved a
good balance between labor and rest in our lives. Evidence of this fact is
clearly seen in the incidence of serious illnesses such as high blood
pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer much earlier in our lives than
our grandparents. Research findings clearly show the development of these
conditions continues to increase; and, each of these disorders are related to
stress - overexertion with less than adequate rest. Together, these conditions
cause the greatest number of deaths each year in the United States. If not
death, then disability that costs American taxpayers billions of dollars in
health care expenses.
Even more distressing to consider is the
availability of a new medication called Modafinil, trade name, Provigil that
can keep one “ . . .focused, alert and capable of dealing with complex
problems as the well rested” for better than 24 hours (reference Greenwich
Time, 7/9/02). With this drug, developed to treat narcolepsy and other sleep
disorders, there is deep concern about the ramifications of having a
preparation that can stretch time commitments even further than we routinely
A principle law of physics still remains the
same: matter, when stretched, doesn’t have the depth or capacity that it once
did. In other words, you can only stretch an elastic band just so far before
it loses its original flexibility and function.
Hopefully, in these last few weeks of summer,
while there is yet an opportunity . . . take time to unwind, time to relax and
renew your body and mind, time to refresh your inner spirit. And invite
someone you care about to join you!
Dee Coover, R.N.,
Available at First Church
Sunday & Wednesday
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Tuesday 8 am to 12:30 pm
16 and 17 9:00 AMChurch Photo Directory Appointments, Aud.
6 7:30 PM Stephen Ministers, TLS Office
12 1:00 PM Stephen Ministers, Lounge
13 7:30 PM Parish Life, Sally’s house
14 6:00 PM Mudge Pond Fellowship Picnic, Sally’s house,
Open to all
15 7:30 PM Committee for Auction 2002, Sally’s house
Sunday 9:00 AM Chancel Choir rehearsal, Meetinghouse
First Church Memory Quilt
Wouldn’t it be great to see your
family’s name on a Memorable First Church Quilt?!?
If you are able to sew a straight seam either
by hand or on your sewing machine, you qualify to make one of the simple blocks
which we will assemble and quilt to create a
Your family’s name will appear on the center
strip of your block. Even if you are not a sewer, ask Aunt Mimi or grandmother
Anna to sew a block for you. If you are an avid sewer, offer to whip up a few
extra blocks for your non-sewing friends.
The Kettle Quilters will have fabric and expert advice for you every Monday in
Room 203 (near the kitchen) from 9:30-11:30 am.
Quilt blocks should be left at the Church
Tuesday, October 1, 2002
All Cotton: stripes, checks, plaids, small
scale calico prints, either your own fabric or fabric available on Mondays at
First Church in Room 203.
Colors: Muted tones, dark and medium in green,
blue, soft reds/burgundy, brown/beige
Do Not Use: bright or primary colors such as Kelly green, yellow, fire engine
red, royal blue, shocking pink or purple.
Each block should contain:
2 strips of the same dark shade, 2’ x 8’;
2 strips of the same medium shade, 2’ x 8’;
1 strip of the same off-white, natural or light beige for the center strip, 2’ x
8’ (your name will be written on this one.)
Cut strips 2 inches wide, 8 inches long. Join strips with a 1/4 inch seam either
by hand or by machine. Press seams from the center out toward the darker
fabrics. finished block will measure 8” x 8”. The darkest shade should be on the
outside, the center strip should be off-white or beige. Use laundry pen to sign
your name clearly. The Kettle Quilters will have pens available.
Ginny Breismeister, 637-2461
Beth Rollins, 637-9551
Inge Thalheim, 637-9614
Barbara Van Buren, 637-2373
1 Claire Osgood 11 Robert May 21 Madelyn Perez
Iris Hietala Michael Whitcomb Keith Atkins
Lindy Freeman Kevin Hoffman 22 George Thomson
2 Tommy Starkweather Albert Pappas Richard Geismar
Alan Toy Adam Hanbury-Brown Libby Standish
Robin Pruner Afif El-Solh Xiao-Ke Gao
Eric Dinmore 12 William Cordner Janetta Heokstra
Dick Trask Arthur Delmhorst Christina Tholen
H. Ford Dickie C. Rob Perelli-Minetti April Sandlock
Peter Dodd Catherine De Villiers Hannah Bacon
3 Peter Wall 13 Margaret DeReimer Cristian Perez
Richard Peebles 14 Susan Eveland 23 Lloyd Cooke
Bob Riley Gregory Dempsey Jocelyn Buggy
Peter Briggs Mary Costanza Hileman 24 George Fisk
Christopher Koppenheffer Alan Schay Jacques Bulterman
Rima Zaitoon Elaine Smith Allison Reams
Margaret Reed Eliza Farriss Catherine Garlid
Nicholas Barbar Eli Rose Marilyn Derr
Kimberly Rogers 15 Lynn Carnegie Amanda Sweet
Hannah Koorbusch Eric Blasberg 25 Jane Ives
4Karen Sadik-Khan Daniel Jones Evelyn Lonski
Sarah Lauridsen Gretchen Stiers Peter Garlid
Martha Stolley Heather Stiers Dorn Michael Horn
Mary Fike Clayton Hardman Catherine Horn
Michael Lovely 16 Franklin Lang Lindsey Waggaman
5Bill Bausch John Davidson Lauren Pruner
Sara Stewart Jason Koob Kristen Sotzing
Jeffrey Low Timothy Richmond Mirjam Hoekstra
Samuel Glendon Lynn Friend Natalie Anibal
Hans VanRhyn Dave Erickson 26 Howard Truss
Michelle Arader 17 Elizabeth Moore Rick Woodman
Julia Wilfert Emily Moore Annette Bergh
6Richard Fraser Mark Gaulocher Jahn Singh Sood
Allison Chapman 18 Betsy Pearson 27 Mary Ann Chidsey
Nadia Barbar John Seel Irene Pappas
Mabel Brown James Welch Gary Berner
7Jenny Liebowitz Mildred Mulhall Sarah Gordon
Walker Brady 19 Stephen Boudreau, Jr. 28 William Sawyer
Ingeburg Boehm-Bezing Lucy Jinishian Emily Harris
Marti Easton Carol Wister Eliza Sadler
Audrey Thalheim Sharon Paris Tom Mahoney
Robert Stafford Mark Kendrick Harrison Oztemel
8Ken Kolb Alexander Moore Ben Wurst
Marissa Anne Goff Lilly Farriss Ryan Stafford
Riley McHugh 20 Glenn Hascher 29 Janet Blasberg
9Hans Plickert Trevor Dinmore Thomas Kutzen
Stephen Bonsal Carolyn Anderson Maximillian Altznauer
Wendy Reynolds 30 Jane Howland
Sandra Wilson Claire Reed
Christina Ciofarri Bruce Atkins
Lucia Hoffman Andrew Gregor
10Margaret Morrison Chris Hartwell
Richard Lewis YoYo Zang-Bonnet
Susan Craig Alexander Pugliese
Charlie Van Roden Brittany Miller
31 Charles Koob
The copy deadline for the Meetinghouse Monthly
is the 15th of the previous month. The issue should arrive in homes by the first
Sunday of the month. Deadline for the Meetinghouse Minute is the first of the
month, to arrive in homes by the third Sunday of the month.