The First Congregational Church of Greenwich

Meetinghouse Monthly

March, 2005

Welcome David Young

To My New Church Family:

Michelle and I greet all of you with our warmest wishes and blessings! As many of you know, our family will be separated for the next few months until our middle child, Amanda, graduates from high school in Battle Creek. Ashley and I are so excited to finally be in your presence after what has been a transition filled with deep sadness and incredible gladness. We are deeply grateful for the warm reception and hospitality with which we have been met. So many of you have offered help and assistance as we begin the process of settling in to our new home and church home. Thank You!

Among the joys I feel in our arrival, is a strong sense that in our ministry together God will be present in our unfolding future. How appreciative I am of Ralph Ahlberg, Susie Craig, Ashley Grant, John Stansell and the entire staff for all they have done and are doing to support the magnificent ministry of First Church. I am excited to join in the cooperative spirit of working along side all of you as together we discern where and how God is leading us.

I will officially be in the office March 1 and will begin preaching on Sunday, March 6. Worship is central to our life together and it will be a very high priority for me.

Caring for each other personally is an essential part of being connected as the body of Christ and I look forward to developing pastoral relationships and friendships in the coming days and months. Anything you can do to assist us in learning names along with knowing your needs or concerns will be greatly appreciated.

I am convinced God has brought us to this place…at this time…to be with all of you. Back in November, on the Sunday you extended a call for me to come and serve among you, we focused on the “Gratitude Attitude.” And I for one am so grateful for the opportunity to finally be in Greenwich as one who ministers with you!

I am truly looking forward to seeing many of you in church this coming Sunday and more importantly for beginning our new life together! With much anticipation!

David D. Young,

Senior Minister


March Worship Schedule
All services are at 8 and 10 am in the Meetinghouse unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, March 6
Communion Served
David D. Young
Where to Begin?

Sunday, March 13
David D. Young
Beyond the Boxes

Sunday, March 20
Palm Sunday
David D. Young

Thursday, March 24
6:00 pm in the Auditorium
Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, March 25
8:00 pm in the Meetinghouse
Music for Good Friday

Sunday, March 27
5:30 am Sunrise Service at Greenwich Point
9:15 and 11:00 am in the Meetinghouse
Easter Sunday
David D. Young


First Church/First Sunday

On Sunday, March 6, First Church will have the barrel out for our regular food collection for our local pantries. Our church is one of three in this community that are now having monthly food drives and it makes a big difference for the 225+ families who are now being served each month at Neighbor to Neighbor here in town. Suggested items this month are canned soup, canned vegetables and fruit, cereal (always!), and pasta.

The Rummage Room

The Rummage Room, sponsored by the Women's Fellowship, needs your "gently used" items to sell at their thrift shop, which supports their many outreach programs. Donations should be in good condition -- good enough that you would be willing to give them to a friend. Items needed include clothing and shoes for all ages, linens, china, glassware, sportswear, books, small electric equipment in working condition, videos, DVDs, CDs, jewelry, small furniture, bric-a-brac, antique items, kitchenware, etc. The shop is located at 191 Sound Beach Ave. and is open for donations from 9 - 5 on Monday through Thursday, Friday from 9-1, and Saturdays from 9:30 - 1. Call the shop at 637-1875 for more information on specific items you might wish to donate.

Silver Lake Summer Camp

Registration for Summer Camp at Silver Lake Conference Center has begun. The schedule is posted on the Outdoor Ministry bulletin board across from the Lounge. You can also access the information and register online if you go to www.ctucc.org and click on "Silver Lake." Conferences look very interesting for this summer, so don't wait to sign up. If you have questions, contact Ashley Grant. Also, Brad and Susie Craig are planning "Hammer & Nail" in August for 10th graders through post-High. Senior High youth should register asap if they hope to attend.

"Living the Questions"

A Lenten Bible Study You’re not too late to join the "Living the Questions" study and discussion group, which meets in the senior pastor's office each Sunday morning throughout Lent from 8:45-9:45 am. This multi-media study hopes to expose people to "ideas and concepts that have been taught in seminaries for generations that don’t get taught or discussed in our churches." It is "for those who are yearning for something more than the shallow platitudes that pass for theology in many churches." "Living the Questions" seeks not to provide easy answers, but to be a resource for people who are in the midst of a life-long conversation about the mysteries of faith and life." Please call or email Rev. Ashley Grant or Marty Berlin (course facilitator) so we can plan for your coming and email you some course materials. Ashley is at 637-1791 and ashleyg@fccog.org. Marty is at 637-2186 and mberlin@snet.net. Marty is bringing the coffee.

Think Spring!

No matter what the groundhog said on February 2, the First Church Growers for the Hungry are getting ready for Spring. First Congregational Church Garden Project is moving into 2005. The deer fencing has survived the winter storms, and as soon as the ground dries out a bit, we will need rakers, stakers, and planters. Questions? Need more information? Please call Marge York at 637-4207 to volunteer or Don at 637-0213. Please see the Sunday bulletin for the latest garden news.

Save the Date

Women’s Fellowship Bus Trip

Wednesday, April 20, 8:30 - 4

The Best of Litchfield County


Holy Week
Worship Schedule

Maundy Thursday Seder

March 24, 2005 6:00 pm
in the Auditorium

On the Thursday during Holy Week, we gather to celebrate the last supper that Jesus shared with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. We will ask the four questions which tell the salvation story and will use Passover prayers to begin our worship. Our common meal (Seder) will be the setting for worship in word and song. The symbolic meal will include matzos (unleavened bread), soup, dried and fresh fruit. The Parish Life Committee host the meal, and clergy and deacons lead worship. All ages are welcome. Please sign up in the front office. And if you are interested in helping with the event, contact Ashley Grant.

Music and Meditations for Good Friday

The Chancel Choir, augmented by guest choristers, and our pastors will lead a service of Music and Meditations for Good Friday at 8 pm on March 23. The music will be selections from Part II of Handel’s Messiah. Carolyn Paulus, soprano, Holly Sorensen, mezzo-soprano, and David Browning, tenor, will be the soloists. David Young, Susie Craig and Ashley Grant will provide meditations on the Passion texts. Somber reflections in a contemplative atmosphere and powerful music set the stage for the glorious sounds and message of Easter Day. As one congregant said of the Ash Wednesday service here, “It’s so rich!” Consider giving yourself a rich Holy Week gift.


Honduras Update
by Susan M. Craig

Over the course of February we of the Christian Outreach Committee have been able to be in dialogue with many of you in the congregation regarding the findings of our trip to Honduras. After eight years of a very productive relationship supporting the church particularly in the area of nutrition and medical services, we are encountering a period of change and restructuring which has significantly affected the operation of the clinics we funded.

In an effort to understand these changes, a delegation of four from First Church-- Fred Laffan, Lisa Norrgard, Juliana Pugliese and I--traveled to Honduras in early January to speak first hand to our partners in the church. We were able to meet first hand with the staff of the clinics and with our missionaries. After hearing from them, we proceeded to take part in a meeting with the church, its officers, our Latin American Executive from Global Ministries, and Rev. David Gaewski, Conference Minister from Maine. What we discovered in our conversations, was a clear reprioritization of needs within the church, with medical services being almost the last priority. The financial burdens of the medical services on the budget of the church was one cause for this change. The immense debt carried by the church is also a factor. On top of that, the church, which has long been in critical need, is now taking action to repair its churches, expand its seminary training , and meet the needs of its pastors.

In our meetings we were able to express our great concern for the staff members who had been cut back, including Dr. Espana, and our concern for the lack of medical care currently available. We also learned about the very limited supplies of medicine available, and the resultant lowered traffic in the clinics. Our partnership with Honduras is clearly at a point of great concern. This situation was discussed by the Christian Outreach Committee in consultation with the travelers to Honduras. After much thought, it was voted unanimously that we continue our support and work doubly hard to see where the church is going over the course of this year, and how we may play a part in the continued provision of medical care, medications, and other needs as requested by the church.

There are different opinions as to what we should do next. There is unanimity on the point that we need to be actively involved not only in supporting medical care, but in an ongoing dialogue with the church as they live into their new structure. Recently the decision of the Christian Outreach Committee was reported upon at Annual Meeting. It was also supported unanimously at the February Church Committee meeting.

A new task force which will report to the Christian Outreach Committee is being formed to work with the Evangelical and Reformed Church of Honduras, expressing our hopes and our concerns and exploring new possibilities across the course of this next year. We have invested a great deal in the work of the church in Honduras. Their participation with us has expanded our faith. While things seem rocky at the present, we want to work hard to see what can be done, to work with them as they move into their future. Anyone interested in being part of this process is welcome. The future holds many possibilities. We may choose to leave Honduras one year hence, or find other ways to fund and run the clinics. We may also find good solutions that work for all involved. It is too soon to accurately assess this change in structure. Therefore, it is our choice to continue in faith. The following are our goals for this Lenten Offering. You will see that they provide for medical care, the provision of medications, and support other concerns of the church. Your input, your help, and your prayers are needed as we move into this new year.

May God be with us as we continue to discover the gifts and the challenges of being in partnership. Amen.


2005 Lenten Offering
by Gene Waggaman

Our Goals: $15,000
For Hunger $15,000 For Honduras

As we have for the past two years, we will again divide the proceeds of this year's Lenten Offering between Honduras and local agencies serving the hungry of Fairfield County. A brief recap of our goals follows:

Hunger: With continuing challenges to our state's economy and a steady increase in immigration into many of our cities, more and more families and individuals find themselves in need of help in securing their basic nutrition needs. We work with agencies that operate both the regional Food Bank and several area food pantries, staying in constant contact so that we stay apprised of changing needs. We have heard that demand continues to rise, even as disasters of global scale draw funding that normally remain local. This one-two punch of rising need and declining donations leaves these agencies struggling to keep their shelves full. The monies we raise through the Offering will be used by these agencies to purchase basic foodstuffs, at prices far lower than we can attain.

Our gifts will be magnified many times over through this buying power, and these agencies will be able to purchase exactly those items most in demand.

Honduras: Susie's update covers our knowledge of developments quite thoroughly. What is becoming clear is that there is a deep concern within our congregation as to where these changes are leading, and a fear that monies raised may not be used where most needed.

The Outreach Committee, anticipating (and sharing!) these concerns, thus designed priorities for the Lenten Offering proceeds. These will be made very clear to our partners in Honduras, who have proven completely reliable in dedicating our funding to the projects we choose. If for any reason a staff position or project we support is not realized, they will contact us for further instruction. We have a high degree of confidence in the integrity of this arrangement. Because we focused the majority of the priorities on medical staff and medicines, we strongly urge the people of First Church to avoid taking a wait-and-see approach. Instead, please know that your Lenten donation, whether in Stamford or San Pedro Sul, will be used to attend to basic-and urgent-human need.

The Honduras priorities are:

Medical Staff: $17,000 This will pay the salary of the existing doctor in Subirana, and will ensure the funding of the nurse and pharmacist in Pinalejo.

Bulk Medicines: $6,000 Both locations are nearly out of all medical supplies, and in debt to local pharmaceutical companies. Our funding will provide low-cost medicines, as well as support transportation costs if we are able to arrange for medical teams to visit our clinics. Each $400 we spend on MAP boxes of critical medicines purchases $10,000 worth of pharmaceuticals.

Pastoral Housing: $4,000 Some of the church's rural pastors are living in one room dwellings in reprehensible condition. This contribution will allow the completion of one pastor's home.

Camp Survey $3,000 Our partner church would like to build a Christian camp to provide children and families a peaceful respite from the day-to-day hardships of their homes and villages. This donation will fund a survey of the proposed property, and allow for initial rough design.

Please bear in mind that any donor may choose to designate either Hunger or Honduras when making an offering. Any donation without instructions will be divided evenly between the two efforts.

Note: Because of developments in Honduras, $12,000 raised from our 2004 effort was not spent as originally intended. Those funds will thus be mixed with this year's proceeds and applied to the goals listed above.


Middle School Programs

JPF (Junior Pilgrim Fellowship) focuses on fellowship, service, and activities for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. You and your friends are always welcome!

Wednesdays, March 2 and 9
Drop In 3:30-5 pm in the Youth Room
Sundays, March 6 and 13
JPF from 5-6:15 pm in the Youth Room
Regular JPF resumes in April!
Sunday, March 27
Join us for the Easter Sunrise Service at the Beach. Its unforgettable!

Pastor's Class - We are well into the Lenten season, which points us in the direction of Holy Week and Easter. We look forward to a unit on Islam beginning April 3.

March 6
Pastor's Class is excited about David Young's arrival, and we will join the worship service today. Seats are reserved in the chapel.
March 13
Ashley is leading class today in the Lounge.
March 20
Palm Sunday; No Church School
March 27
Easter Sunday; Beach Service, 9:15 am Service and 11:00 am Service

March in the Church School

The "Lent is for Giving" offering boxes from the Church School will be dedicated on Palm Sunday and distributed to Honduras and local food pantries.

Traditional 3rd Grade Bible Breakfast
On Sunday, March 6, the 3rd graders and their parents attend the traditional Bible Breakfast prepared and served by the Church School Task Force; followed by a very challenging Bible Jeopardy Game when the children can show their parents how much they have learned - especially if the children's team wins!

Good Friday
On Friday, March 24 at 10 am in the Meetinghouse, the Church School will hold a service to commemorate the events of Good Friday.

Egg Saturday
On Easter Saturday, March 26, from 10 am to Noon, the quiet day that follows Good Friday and precedes Easter, we will gather as families to hear the Easter story and experience it through different media such as crafts, egg dyeing, planting and storytelling.

Looking ahead to April
The theme for our Church School this year is "Things that make for Peace" which classes will be exploring in various age appropriate ways. They will consider world peace, community peace and personal peace. The older classes will be looking at Interfaith Understanding particularly Islam; the remainder of the classes will choose various artistic media as well as reading and writing to enhance their understanding and faith in peaceful endeavors. Finally, classes will prepare for celebrating Recognition Sunday.


Women’s
Fellowship
Bus Trip

Save the Date: Wednesday, April 20
8:30 - 4:00 pm

Join the Women’s Fellowship luxury bus trip, The Best of Litchfield County with a walking tour led by the Historical Society, a visit to the “Love and Marriage” show, lunch at the famously splendid Mayflower Inn. An enactment at the Tapping Read House and more. The cost is $55 per person which includes transportation, lunch, tips and admission fees. Guests are welcome.

Name: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Address: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Telephone: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Please make checks payable to the Women’s Fellowship

  


Under Pressure
by Sue Asselin, Parish Nurse

Last month many of us "observed" National Heart Month, among other significant events. I'd like to take a few moments to continue along that cardiovascular theme to address blood pressure. Sometimes checking our blood pressure becomes so routine that we forget the significance of the numbers. High blood pressure or hypertension is easily detected with a simple and painless cuff (sphygmomanometer) reading. Hypertension is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body. Unresolved, it can cause an enlarged heart (which can lead to heart failure), a bulge in an artery wall (aneurysm), and hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis). Further complications of these blood vessel changes include heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and vision trouble. Hypertension is so prevalent that I believe we tend to forget the seriousness of these possible consequences. (Or maybe we'd just like to forget.) I'm not trying to depress you, just to impress upon you the importance of controlling your blood pressure. As always, we are challenged to take care of our awesome God-given bodies.

Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure in the arteries at a given moment, and can vary throughout the day. The upper reading is the pressure in the artery during systole or contraction of the heart, thus called the systolic pressure. The lower reading is the pressure in the artery during diastole or resting of the heart (between contractions), thus called the diastolic pressure. The latest guidelines place many more people in the danger zone. Ideally, systolic pressure should be below 120, and diastolic pressure should be below 80. We read this as "120 over 80" and write it as "120/80". Blood pressure readings 120-139/80-89 are classified as pre-hypertension. Readings 140/90 and higher are classified as hypertension. Because hypertension usually has no symptoms, it is important to monitor your blood pressure. People with no history of high blood pressure should have it checked at least once a year.

About now we're all ready for some good news: There are several ways to lower blood pressure including weight control, smoking cessation, alcohol moderation, low-salt and high-fiber diet, aerobic exercise, and medications. (Okay, I didn't say they'd be easy.) Come see me for information and support on any of these topics. More good news: It is especially easy for you to have your blood pressure checked because you have a Parish Nurse! (See hours below.) Also, throughout this town, every day of the week, there is a free screening clinic, sponsored by either Greenwich Hospital or Greenwich Public Health Department. So let's all strive to be under pressure, under 120/80 that is, or at least our personal best.

March Parish Nurse Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-5
Sundays the 6th and 20th 9-1


CPR-Defibrillator Refresher Course

Saturday April 2, 10:00 am- a one hour refresher course will be held here at church for individuals who are currently certified in CPR with AED (automatic external defibrillator). This will provide you an opportunity to reacquaint yourself with the equipment and participate in a drill. The cost of this first class is covered by the church. Space is limited, so please register with Sue Asselin, Parish Nurse at ext 21.

If this class fills quickly we will arrange for a second. The Wellness Committee welcomes feedback regarding convenient times for you to "refresh" your skills.

If you are interested in becoming certified, let Sue or a member of the Wellness Committee know, as we will consider holding a certification class as well.


ATTENTION ALL FAITH SEEKERS!
SPONSORED BY JUST BOOKS AND
THE WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP

FRIDAY, MARCH 11TH AT 7:00 P.M.
IN THE AUDITORIUM HERE AT FIRST CHURCH

ANNE LAMOTT
Author, Philosopher, Single Mother

Anne Lamott is the author of six novels, and four non-fiction works, including her just published, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, which takes up where Traveling Mercies, her earlier collection of pithy spiritual essays, left off.

Her writing has been described as "self-effacing, ruthlessly honest, and laugh-out-loud funny" - no small feat when discussing all the big topics - alcoholism, motherhood, faith, relationships, eating disorders - and bad hair days that last for years! Her compassion, lack of piety, and pureness of voice permeate all her writing. As Anne puts it, "I have a lot of hope and a lot of faith and I struggle to communicate that." Says one commentator, "She does communicate her faith; in her books and in person, she lifts, comforts and inspires, all the while keeping us laughing."

This is a speaker for everyone - parents, grandparents, single adults and teenagers. Don't miss this event! Admission is free, and coffee and snacks will be provided by Arcadia Coffee Company! This event is being publicized town-wide by Just Books, so be sure to get here early as a large crowd is expected.


March Birthdays

03/01 Wallace Cardwell
03/01 Decima Button
03/01 Deborah LaCivita
03/01 Tom Beam
03/02 Annette Baker Fox
03/02 Paul Palmer
03/02 Roland Klingner
03/02 Sandra Millspaugh
03/02 David Ranta
03/02 Christopher Harris
03/02 Kevin Goggins
03/03 David Ficker
03/03 Darleyne Sandreuter
03/03 Don Carlson
03/03 H Alden Richmond
03/03 Greta Joung
03/03 Ella Quinn
03/04 Lea Menegon
03/04 David Robbins
03/04 Lisa DeNatale
03/04 Tina Videtto
03/04 Wayne Hileman
03/04 Karim Sadik-Khan
03/04 Morgan Wolfe
03/04 Charlie Baird
03/05 Bobbie Hopkins
03/05 Louise Schmitt
03/05 Angela Lovely
03/05 April Condon
03/05 Ohireime Ariyibi
03/05 Torey Farriss
03/06 Sue McCalley
03/06 Elizabeth Winton
03/06 John Michael Fryback
03/06 Joey Rogers
03/07 Robert Schroeder
03/07 Brian Carlson
03/07 Donald Breismeister
03/07 Isabelle Schless
03/07 Tucker Stafford
03/07 Luke Cofer
03/08 Esther Coleman
03/08 Dorothy Pidgursky
03/08 Frank Zavattaro
03/08 Sally Morgan
03/08 Vicki Altmeyer
03/08 Hillary Coleman
03/08 Kyle Christensen
03/08 William Christensen
03/09 Katrina Peters
03/09 Dennis Alex
03/09 Cheryl Anderson
03/09 Emily Glendon
03/10 Marianne Sheehy
03/10 Ruth Reed
03/10 Lucy Hedrick
03/10 Eugene Shanks
03/10 Sherry Myer
03/10 Lori Romano
03/10 Edmund Luce
03/11 Christie Coon
03/11 Andrew Tedford
03/11 Eric Scott Andersen
03/11 Altan Sadik-Khan
03/11 William Johnson
03/11 Alexander Berntsen
03/12 Diane Kretschmann
03/12 Cindy Trask
03/12 Kelley Bailey
03/12 Michelle Maxwell
03/12 Alexandra Ng
03/13 Rosamond Brady
03/13 Lucinda Allen
03/14 Warner Finney
03/14 Nancy Allen
03/14 Janet Savin
03/14 Sandra Boles
03/14 Burt Harrington
03/14 Asa Hazen
03/14 Erin McGonagle
03/14 Lindsay Erickson
03/14 Jackson Jacoby
03/15 John Standish
03/15 Albert Gordon
03/15 Thomas Johnson
03/15 Andie Liebowitz
03/15 Isabelle Mackell
03/15 Peter Mackell
03/15 Alexander Langhorne
03/15 Jacob Millspaugh
03/16 Robert Medvey
03/16 Dale Myer
03/16 Steve Crihfield
03/16 Kathryn Atkin
03/16 Nicholas Berntsen
03/16 George Wheelock
03/17 Cathie Weigner
03/17 Sandra Haviland
03/17 Connor Koorbusch
03/17 Jimmy Heidt
03/17 Lia Zavattaro
03/17 Anna Robarts
03/18 Sandra Sandlock
03/18 Andrew Restieri
03/18 Adelaide Winton
03/18 Penelope Winton
03/19 Carol Rawn
03/19 Dawn McCready
03/19 Catherine Mahoney
03/19 Alexander Ghaffari
03/19 Audrey Mackay
03/20 Kara Liebowitz
03/20 Grace Hitchens
03/21 Janet Brooks
03/21 F Reginald Gisborne
03/21 Virginia Liddel
03/21 Scott Lovely
03/21 Eric Baker
03/21 Kevin Mackay
03/21 Jenny Riddell
03/21 Nicholas Stewart
03/21 Elizabeth Morris
03/21 Christopher Vissicchio
03/22 Phyllis Gregor
03/22 Penny Low
03/22 Kenneth Olsson
03/22 Kyle Young
03/22 Peter De Riemer
03/22 Sebastian Meyer
03/23 Donald Walton
03/23 Hans-Georg Thalheim
03/23 Tad Larrabee
03/23 Robert Anderson
03/24 Kim Scopelliti
03/24 John Cofer
03/24 Gage Benoit
03/25 Darlene Moore
03/25 Denise Leidy
03/25 Matt Hietala
03/25 Sybren Hoekstra
03/26 Christopher Cleworth
03/26 Curtis Carlson
03/26 Gillian Robertson
03/26 Olivia Koorbusch
03/27 Mary Durland
03/27 Jay Shaw
03/27 Leslie Burton
03/27 Tucker Serenbetz
03/27 Hendrick Schless
03/27 Will Perry
03/27 Kendall Thompson
03/27 Elizabeth Nutting
03/27 Alexa Zavattaro
03/28 Joan Denne
03/28 Katharine Fountain
03/28 Charlie Taggart
03/29 Chee Chee Purdie
03/29 Elizabeth Church
03/29 Jane Cantwell
03/29 Nicole Pacent
03/30 Elizabeth Mose
03/30 John Trepanier
03/30 George Thalheim
03/30 Lisa Maxwell
03/31 Richard Jenkins
03/31 Erica Videtto
03/31 Daniel Lepoutre

Thank You

Thank you once more for the great privilege you gave us in serving First Church during its time of transition. Our final week and Sunday overwhelmed us with your generosity and friendship; and made us both even more envious of Michelle and David as they begin their journey among you. The future is truly a promising one for "our" congregation. Hartford Seminary has indicated that your gift to us totaled more than eighteen thousand dollars! We are convinced it is a gift that will help to bring greater understanding, reconciliation and peace to our world. Nothing could have pleased us more! But it was also a pleasure to receive the more tangible pastel painting of a scene from Greenwich Point, a reminder of our time in Old Greenwich and of the summer beach services we grew to enjoy so much. It already hangs in a prominent place in our home as a constant reminder of the friendships gained during the past months. As we attempt to express our gratitude, we are reminded how inadequate words are to express the warm and affectionate feelings we have for so many of you. We hope we will have the chance to meet you again in the future at appropriate times. In the meantime, enjoy the excitement and adventure of new beginnings, and as was said during the sermon on February 6th, "don't hide your light under a bushel basket!" First Church is too important and exciting a community of faith for that!

Beverly and Ralph Ahlberg


The Members of The First Congregational Church of Greenwich, Ministers
David D. Young, Senior Pastor
Susan M. Craig, Senior Associate Pastor
M. Ashley Grant, Associate Pastor and Director of Middle School Ministries
Anna Paskausky, SPF Director
Rosemary Lamie and Jennifer Lepoutre, Church School Coordinators
John Stansell, Director of Music, Senior Organist
Mark Swicegood, Associate Organist/Director
Carolyn Diamond, Associate Musician
Susan Asselin, Parish Nurse
Libby White, Director of Preschool
Thomas L. Stiers and Sally Colegrove, Pastors Emeriti

Sunday Services of Worship - 8 & 10 am
Church School - 10 am
Nursery Care provided during the 10 am Service.
The 10 am Service is broadcast live on WGCH 1490 am Radio.

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