The First Congregational Church of Greenwich
The Pastors' Column
As many of you know I have loved the State of Maine for over twenty years as a
vacation destination. About a dozen years ago I took a further step and bought
my home in Camden. Over the last four years I have been dean of the Arts Alive
conference at Pilgrim Lodge for a week each summer. Now the time has come for me
to take my next step. During the last year I have been actively searching for a
church in the Maine Conference. Last weekend I preached my candidating sermon
and was unanimously -called to be the new pastor of Windham Hill United Church
of Christ in Windham, Maine.
Windham is a suburb of Portland and the church is located just two miles from
Sebago, the large recreational lake in southern Maine. It is a small, New
England, white clapboard meetinghouse with a fellowship hall behind the church.
The parsonage is located next door. Windham is the fastest growing town in Maine
and is in an area rich in the performing arts. My congregation is composed of
young professionals and their families and native Maine residents who have their
heritage in this small town. I feel a strong sense of call to be their pastor.
I have always had a good feeling about anniversaries. August 1st will be the
exact twenty-fifth anniversary of my joining the staff of First Congregational
Church. It seems appropriate that it should be my last day as well. I plan to
take the month of August as a vacation and time of transition. I will begin my
ministry at Windham Hill on September 2. I will also use this month as a time to
move my home and office to Maine.
Over the years I have said repeatedly that I have never been bored for even one
day of our life together here at First Church. This job has grown and changed
from my first job description as Minister to Youth to added responsibilities for
Outdoor Ministries as I became Assistant Pastor twenty years ago, to the
addition of Parish Life and travel activities as I became Associate Pastor and
the challenge of further administrative tasks as Senior Associate. You have
raised me in ministry and for that I will always be grateful. Now it is time to
launch me as a missionary, carrying training and traditions to a new place.
Grace and peace,
June Worship Schedule
Sunday, July 6
Rev. Sally Colegrove
“A Bag of Letters”
Sunday, July 13
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”
Rev. Susan M. Craig
Sunday, July 20
Rev. Thomas L. Stiers
“The House that God Builds”
Sunday, July 27
Rev. Sally Colegrove
We all are feeling so many emotions as we contemplate Sally's leaving for her
new church in Maine. Feelings of:
Joy for the wonderful times we have shared together over the
Thanks to God for the blessing of Sally's ministry among us
these many years,
Wonder at the marvelous works our church and our youth have
accomplished with Sally's leadership,
Having been blessed by her nurture of a full generation of our
youth as she touched each of them individually,
Sadness at the thought of going forward without her, and
Excitement about her new ministry at a wonderful and growing
church in Maine.
Let me be the first, on behalf of all of you, to say "thank you"
to Sally for 25 years of bringing the Holy Spirit to each and all of us. Whether
we are in the Meetinghouse, the Youth Room, Silver Lake, Home Co-op, or
Honduras, we will always remember Sally being there with us before.
Now she is preparing to bring these same wonderful gifts to a new ministry, and
we wish her success, happiness and God's love in this new endeavor. We know she
will, with the grace of God, be a smashing success in Windham Hill, Maine.
During July, each of us will want to express our own feelings to Sally
individually. Then on Sunday, July 27th, we will gather all together to
celebrate Sally's ministry with us during the worship service, a special coffee
hour, and at a potluck supper in the evening. Save this date for a time of
sharing joys and good wishes together.
As we wish Sally farewell and
Godspeed we have planned a day of celebrating her 25 years of ministry at First
Church. We wish her all the best in her move to the Windham Hill UCC in Windham,
Sally will preach her last sermon on Sunday, July 27th and we invite you to
attend several events that day as follows:
t 10:00 Worship
t 11:15 Extended Coffee Hour with cake and a few brief presentations
t 6:00 Potluck dinner with a few presentations, music and photos
We hope that everyone will attend the worship and coffee hour. If you would like
to attend the potluck, we do ask that you RSVP so that we can plan for tables
We ask that you bring the following item if your last name falls in these
S-Z Dessert (finger food please)
Can you help? We need you. Please sign up to help on the reservation form below
or speak to Aaron Sinay if you can help in another way.
Reservations for Potluck Supper
for Sally's Celebration 27 July 2003
Please reserve ______ spots for me and my family.
I can help with:
_____ Set up (3:00 on Sunday) _____ Accepting and sorting food (5:30)
_____ Beverages (5:00 set up) _____ Serving food (6:30)
_____ Clean up (7:30)
The Church Committee and the Board
of Trustees are very pleased to announce that M. Ashley Grant will be joining
First Church as Associate Pastor beginning August 1, 2003.
Ashley is a recent graduate of Yale Divinity School where she won the Wolcott
Calkins Prize for preaching and was president of the student body. She earned a
B.S. in Biology from The University of Georgia in 1999 and spent the following
year in Reno, Nevada as program coordinator for the Nevada Conservation Corps,
working with at-risk high school students.
Prior to and during college, Ashley had extensive experience with outdoor
ministries and youth in her native Georgia. She loves hiking, environmental
ethics, gardening and planning outdoor trips, as well as journaling, poetry,
sewing, folk music and "struggling on the guitar." Ashley lives with her
husband, Adam, in the parsonage at Milford Congregational Church where he is
Ashley currently is "in care" with the New Haven Association of the UCC's
Connecticut Conference and will not be ready for ordination until the beginning
of 2004. In August and September, you will have many opportunities to meet her
and hear her preach. The Church Committee will schedule a congregational meeting
to formally vote to extend Ashley a call as associate pastor in the fall. Until
her ordination, the Church Committee will work with the New Haven Association to
license Ashley to administer our sacraments of communion and baptism, and to
Ashley's initial responsibilities will include middle school ministries (JPF and
Pastor's Class), young adult ministries, membership, and adult education.
Please extend a very warm welcome to Ashley Grant. We feel blessed to have her
Interim Pastor Search Committee
The search committee continues to
meet to identify candidates for the interim ministry of our church. During the
week of June 16 and 23 we will have met with at least 4 people and there are
others we want to meet.
We recently became aware of a book titled: "Temporary Shepherds" which was
written by Roger Nicholson. It is full of special insights into interim
ministry, but a passage that seemed to be especially appropriate is: " The
interim time is a moment in the congregation's life when members have a chance
to look back and appreciate their history, both recent and long term; it is also
a moment to consider the present scene, discerning the good and the not so good
in the congregation's life; and it is a very special opportunity to look ahead
and chart out a future course of the congregation. Every change of pastoral
leadership is a unique opportunity for a local congregation to learn from its
past, weigh its strengths and weaknesses, and prepare itself for a new future
under the guidance of a new pastor."
A picture of your search committee has been posted on the Church Committee
bulletin board outside the lounge. These are the people to talk to should you
have questions regarding our work.
by Dee Coover
Dizziness, particularly the
potential causes of this disorder, was the topic of last month's Parish Nurse
column. As a condition, dizziness is a common complaint, especially among
individuals who have chronic illnesses that require management with medications.
High blood pressure is one such condition. Medications used to treat high blood
pressure, or hypertension, can cause dizziness as a side effect. Or, dizziness
may occur as a result of the primary action of the drug, i.e., promoting
diuresis or producing an increase in urinary excretion, which in turn, can
dehydrate the consumer, thus causing dizziness.
There are a number of strategies for coping with the symptom, dizziness. First,
uncovering the cause of the symptom is paramount. When a specific etiology
cannot be identified, learning strategies for managing your life with the
symptom becomes essential. In all cases, reporting the symptom to your physician
is very important. Your doctor many ask you to monitor the dizziness for an
interval of time in order to get a better picture of your particular situation.
You may be asked the following questions: How often are you dizzy?; how long do
the dizzy "spells" last?; what kind of activity seems to prompt the dizziness to
occur or get worse? What activity makes the dizziness go away, or decrease?
Follow-up testing is indicated when episodes of the symptom continue without
relief, or worsen. Only your MD can order these levels of diagnostics. Also,
consider if you have added a new medication to your daily routine - this would
include over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Dizziness due to drug
interactions increases significantly with multiple medication use. Talk to your
pharmacist about potential detrimental interactions you may encounter whenever
you change (add, delete or change) drugs or dosages.
Summer is here and dizziness can come as a result of too much sun - Individuals
frequently develop sunstroke secondary to dehydration when ambient temperatures
are significantly elevated for several days at a time, and individuals don't
match the loss of fluids through their skin (with perspiration) with oral intake
of liquids. Minimum fluid intake on hot days is two quarts of liquids. If you
enjoy liquids containing caffeine (colas, coffee, tea), total fluid intake needs
to be increased to three or four quarts (liters) per day. Drinking alcohol-based
beverages in the summer can enhance the consequences of dehydration particularly
when you are active.
Likewise avoiding strenuous activity or exercise immediately after eating can
prevent the occurrence of dizziness. Walking for exercise rather than jogging,
especially on hot days or when there is peak humidity, may be a sensible
alternative that can reduce the incidence of dizziness and possible falls. Use
of a walking stick may be indicated particularly when you are traversing uneven
terrain. Also, at night, a walker plus a night light, can help promote stability
and safety with ambulation to the bathroom.
Other environmental causes of dizziness that can be modified include good
lighting, wearing eyeglasses, getting vision and hearing tested every year, or
when there is a significant change in the acuity level. When you are in to see
your doctor, ask her or him to check your ears for wax buildup. You may find
that your hearing is much improved (as well as your dizziness relieved) when
earwax is removed.
Just as fluid levels are important to maintain, so are glucose (sugar) levels.
Consistent meal times are important; an evening snack may be in order if dinner
and breakfast times are separated by more than 10 hours. Additionally, not
skipping meals is essential to maintaining good energy levels.
If dizziness is brought on by movement or changes in position, slow down when
you turn, or change position from lying down to standing up. Add in some break
times if your job requires looking at a computer screen for long periods of time
- avoid tilting your head back to look up quickly. Lastly, refrain from activity
that causes you to bear down or hold your breath - such as weight lifting.
Always seek your physician's approval before you begin a weight-training or
Dizziness may be a symptom that occurs commonly. It is also a symptom that must
not be overlooked or ignored. If you have further questions about dizziness or
how to evaluate it, please contact your Parish Nurse, Dee Coover, RNC for
finding resources and referral. She is "IN" Sundays and Wednesdays, 8 AM to 3:30
PM, and Tuesdays until 12:30 PM.
Tod Hedrick Quartet
If you enjoyed the music at the
Tom Stiers celebration on Saturday, May 31, join us for a "Jazzy Starry Night"
when Tod Hedrick's Quartet plays outside at the SoundWaters Community Center for
Environmental Education in Cove Island Park, Stamford. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
and the music begins at 8:00. Cost is $12 for SoundWaters members and $15 for
non-members. Call 323-1978 for reservations and parking info. Attendees are
invited to bring food and beverages for cabaret seating. Let's make it a
mid-summer First Church picnic!
First Church/First Sunday
Summer months are the hardest ones
to keep the shelves filled at our local food pantries. Please don't forget to
bring in your monthly donation of non-perishable food on Sunday, July 6 and
Sunday, August, 3. Although all gifts are appreciated, the most needed items are
usually cereal and canned fruits. If you forget on Sunday, bring your donation
to the church office.
News from the Quilting Frame
We just put the 2004 Raffle Quilt
on the frame and are looking forward to many happy quilting hours. We will also
start on planning and assembling the 2005 Raffle Quilt. If you always wanted to
take up quilting, now is the time. While you are working with us you will pick
up a lot of know-how and will also get help with your own quilting projects. We
meet in Room 203 every Monday, 9 - 12. Hope you will be inspired to join us.
Diamond Wins at the Van Cliburn
Carolyn Diamond was a winner at
the Van Cliburn Piano Concerto Competition! The TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute
(Texas Christian University) in Fort Worth is a prestigious annual international
summer event that nurtures and unites pianists worldwide. Whatever the age and
background of the participants, the Institute, in its 17th year, endeavors to
instill in everyone the thrill of probing into the depth of classical piano
music. Over nine days, the performing participants are involved through
recitals, masterclasses and concerto performances, and they interact with
recognized artists and other renowned music professionals.
Every four years a competition is presented to adult pianists to play a movement
of a concerto in concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. To qualify, an
audition is presented; this year twenty-four applicants were selected from the
United States, Canada, Brazil and Japan. Following a live audition, a select
group of six had the opportunity to perform with the orchestra. Carolyn played
the first movement of the Piano Concerto in A Minor, Opus 16, by Edward Grieg.
She states that this experience was thrilling and uniquely rewarding. Since she
had played a ‘condensed’ version of the concerto at the age of ten at a local
grocery store competition in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, she feels she has fulfilled
a life long ambition to perform the ‘real thing.’ She also insists that her
first love is playing the organ for congregational hymn sings!
SING FOR YOUR SUMMER!!
by John Stansell
First Church has one of the few
area choirs that sings throughout the year. In the summer we leave our robes on
their hangers and forego our usual Thursday evening rehearsal. We meet on Sunday
mornings at 9:00 in the Meetinghouse to prepare old familiar anthems or very
easy new ones for the service. If time permits, we take a glance at the next
week's pieces. After our rehearsal we enjoy refreshments up in the Choir Room.
The summer is a great time to give the choir a try. There's a great feeling of
camaraderie and we promise to welcome you with open arms. If you're interested
in singing but uneasy about your music-reading abilities, John would be happy to
meet you during the week to go through your part, or you could take the sheet
music and practice at home. Who knows, singing in the choir might give your life
just the lift it needs.
Think about it! You can just show up on a Sunday at 9, or give John a ring
during the week at the church,
637-1791, ext. 22.