The First Congregational Church of Darien

United Church of Christ

A community of faith since 1737

At Thanksgiving time stands still in an over-the-river-and-through-the-woods kind of way. We need to slow down, look back, and let our souls catch up with the frenetic pace that our bodies orbit within.  Perhaps that repose is why everyone seemed Read More

A Few Words From Dale…
November 21, 2013

My pledge card just arrived at home.  Yours should come today or tomorrow.  It is wrapped in images and information that tell the story of our ministry at First Congregational, Darien. When yours arrives, place it prominently, where you’ll see Read More

A Few Words From Dale…
November 14, 2013

Just over a year ago we had no idea that Superstorm Sandy would pack the wallop it did.  Similarly, last weekend we had no idea that Typhoon Haiyan would wreak the devastation, death, and havoc left in its wake.  At Read More

A few words from Dale…
November 7, 2013

This is one of those rare and beautiful Sundays when we welcome a group of new church members within our First Congregational community.  What a blessing their arrival is among us. You have heard me lift up hospitality as something Read More

Sometimes the most essential parts of our ministry as a congregation remain the most veiled.  Sometimes things must be like that out of respect for the confidences within our congregation. What I have in mind is a team of concerned Read More

Our annual invitation to support the ministries of First Congregational, Darien is around the corner.  Langdon van Ingen and the Pledge Committee will lead the initiative in the next weeks. I want to seed their worthy leadership with brief points Read More

Autumn in New England is amazing. The air grows crisp and cool. The blue sky deepens into cobalt. The sunlight blinds us, with the lengthening shadows of the sun’s sinking arc. The trees colorfully peak before bowing to winter’s encroaching Read More

I wish you could have been a fly on the wall at our staff meeting last Tuesday.  I noticed energy and eagerness from all parties to advance the cause of worshiping and serving God here at 1st Congregational.  We have Read More

You will notice that I like to quote from comedians as I write and preach.  I believe that I did so twice last Sunday.  I like how stand-up comics skirt the edge of tragic and comic.  Frankly, we Christians would Read More

We have been here before. Increasingly, muted shock is our reaction as the news of someone going on a murderous rampage marks our days, this time at the Navy Yard in Washington. Even the assailant’s profile is familiar as details emerge: a Read More