FELLOWSHIP

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LENT EDUCATION AND FELLOWSHIP

Tuesday Mornings during Lent

Tuesday, March 7 – April 4, 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

“Not A Silent Night – Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem” – Teacher Paul E. Gilmore

Presbyterian poet and author, Ann Weems, wrote, “If there is no cross in the manger, there is no Christmas.” This class, using a book and video by Adam Hamilton, views the life of Jesus through Mary’s eyes, beginning with the last years of her life and her death. Then in each succeeding chapter we’ll work our way backward, from the crucifixion and Jesus’ ministry, to his discovery in the Temple as a twelve-year-old, to the announcement of the Savior to come, until finally we end with the birth of Jesus. By looking at the significance of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we will reconsider the meaning of his birth – of the cross in the manger.

Wednesday Nights during Lent

Wednesday, March 8 – 29, 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Time for Contemplative Quiet, Prayer, and Music

John Calvin wrote that “Prayer is properly understood as an emotion of the heart within, which is poured out and laid open before God, the searcher of hearts.” Gather in the Common Room anytime between 6:30 and 7:15 for a time of quiet, prayer, and music. Walk the labyrinth, pour out your heart, lay it open before God, who lovingly searches you out.

Wednesday, March 8 – 29, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Listening for God – Lent, Literature, and the Life of Faith”

We will gather in the Common Room around the fireplace to discuss short stories by contemporary authors – Michael Malone, James Baldwin, Sue Miller, Kent Haruf, Doris Betts, Allegra Goodman, Robert Olen Butler, and Alice Elliott Dark – to listen for God’s voice in order to strengthen our Lenten journeys. Wine and cheese will be served!

Wednesday, April 5, Time & Location TBD

“An Evening with Debby Irving”

The Interfaith Council of New Canaan invites all of us to an evening with Debby Irving, racial justice educator and author of the book, “Waking up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race.” Irving will share her journey from believing that she was “color blind” to race, a “good person,” and a great ally to people of color till an “aha!” moment in 2009 woke her up to the reality that she still had a lot of work and understanding to do.

It’s been called “one of the most important books on race in recent memory.” The Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016), the Reverends Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, are urging Presbyterians via their “One Church, One Book” project to read and discuss it.

“Her story resonates with a lot of Presbyterians,” Edmiston said in a workshop at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Polity Conference in October. “Our hope is that it would start conversations. But it’s not just about reading the book. My hope is that we would be somewhat changed.”

The Co-Moderators’ “One Church, One Book” project invites Presbyterians over the next couple of months to read and discuss Irving’s book where they gather—in pastor support groups, ministry alliances, mid councils, church school classes, Bible studies, book clubs, and anywhere else.

Would you like to see our sanctuary filled with flowers during the joyous weeks of Easter? Please call the church office, (203) 966-0002, if you would like to contribute.

PASTOR’S FORUMS

The Life of the Mind in the Service of God

“You shall love the Lord your God with…all your mind…”   Mark 12:30                                                                                           

Pastors’ Forums are concrete ways that we try to love God with our mind, as well as our hearts, souls, and all our might.  As Presbyterians, we believe in faith seeking understanding, that the mind without the gospel is dangerous, and the gospel without the mind is unthinkable.  Pastors’ Forums engage a variety of speakers on topics impacting the community, nation, church and world, and enable us to think and look at the issues of the day through a Biblical and theological lens.  The Forums normally take place on Sunday mornings following worship.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Rev. Paul Gilmore at 203.966.0002 (ext. 14), or via email at Paul@fpcnc.org.

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