The First Congregational Church of Darien
14 Brookside Road
Darien, CT 06820 USA
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Columns April 2014
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Council of Southwestern Connecticut
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Christ, national headquarters
First Congregational Church of Darien is an accepting
community where faith in Christ makes a difference in
our lives, in our homes, and in the world.
time-honored truths of our Christian faith form our core
convictions, but all spiritual seekers are free to find
their own place within our shared life.
welcome you wherever you are on your journey. As a
spiritual home, our hallmarks are education, fellowship
and pastoral care. Children hold a special place
in our community. We embrace them with love and guidance
to form them as people of faith and character. As
a United Church of Christ, we are a church of social
conscience, unafraid of today’s issues and serving as
a reconciler among different faiths.
are a close spiritual family, but always glad to make
room for new friends at worship. We are eager to
get the good word out about First Congregational Church,
UCC, Darien. Whether you contemplate a new church
home, seek sanctuary from the noise of daily life, or
look for answers to life’s most essential and
difficult questions, the welcome you will find among us
promises to make a real difference for you.
coming up at First Congregational:
Sunday Services at 7, 9, and 11 am
Sunday (April 13th)
Thursday (April 17th), we will remember
how Jesus transformed the Passover with a Scripture
readings and Holy Communion, starting at 7:00 p.m.
at 6:00 a.m. on Good Friday (April
18th), by longstanding tradition, the church family
will read the New Testament all the way through from
the pulpit Bible. Individuals and families may
sign up for one or more twenty minute blocks throughout
the day until midnight.
on Good Friday, people from all over
Darien will gather at our church at 10:30 a.m. to
carry a large cross through town. The procession
of laypeople and clergy will continue to St. Luke's
Episcopal Church, where the community Good Friday
worship will begin at 12:00 noon. Worshippers
may come for part or all of the service, which lasts
until 3:00 p.m. Reverend Rosenberger will be the
first one preaching.
sunrise service (Sunday, April 20th) will
return to Stephen Mather Cemetery (southeast corner of
Brookside Road and Stephen Mather Road) at 7:00 a.m.
and 11:00 a.m. Easter worship services will
be identical, and will be designed with families in
mind. Choral music, flowers, and balloons will
underscore the joy of the day. Children
will remain in the Meetinghouse for the entire service
and, if desired, childcare will be available for
children (2nd grade and younger) in the Circle Room
and care for infants will be available in our Nursery.
egg hunt will take place after the 11:00 a.m.
service. Children to gather in front of the stage in
Parish Hall after the service.
Morning Playdates at Cherry Lawn for Mothers with Young
better than taking your children to the park in the
springtime? Getting to do it with their friends from
Church School and Nursery! This will be a great
opportunity for young moms to meet some other moms in our
Church Community and chat over some coffee, all while
watching your young ones have the time of their life.
Cherry Lawn Playdates will start Thursday, April 24th,
at 9:30am. Stop by and stay as long as you want.
In the event of rain, we will be meeting at FCC in the
Youth Room. A Facebook page has been created for
updates and sign-ups for snacks! Please pass along
the word! It will be a blast! Please email
Kate Nelson at KNelson@uccdarien.org
for more information. Facebook
page: FCC Playdates at Cherry Lawn.
Baptism! Sunday March 16th
MacInnes Boulier, son of Charles and Katherine Boulier,
brother of Maddie. The baby will be known as Mac. He is
the grandson of church member Anne MacInnes.
FCC Welcomes New Youth Minister
First Congregational Church of Darien
join us in welcoming our new
Youth Minister, Justin
Inners. Justin hails
from Pennsylvania where he
worked from 2006-09 as the
Associate for Youth Ministry
for the Yorkshire United
Methodist Church, directing
all aspects of their youth
Assistant Pastor in 2009 where
he stayed until 2012
before heading to
Connecticut. In addition
to overseeing the youth
ministry of the church
during this time, he planned
worship services, lead the
worship team/band, ran bible
studies for all age groups,
assisted with pastoral care,
and lead mission trip teams,
in addition to assisting the
senior pastor. See
Parish Columns is going All Digital!
Since so many of the congregation is online, we are transitioning Parish
Columns to an all-electronic publication.
While we recognize there are still some members
of the congregation without access to email, we feel that this step needs to
be taken, due to changes in postal regulations, to make our communications
more flexible, and to cut unnecessary expenses. We still plan to make
paper copies of Parish Columns available at the church for those who do not
have internet access and an email address.
To access the latest issue of Parish Columns, just click
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may or may not be receiving FLASH. In future weeks and months we will
be expanding our email list so that more of you receive our communications
(while always respecting your wishes to opt out).
We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause. If you know of a
church member who does not have email and internet access, be a good
Samaritan and print it out for them. Or better yet, encourage them to
come to services on Sunday to pick up a paper copy.
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