A Few Words From Dale… This Sunday our text is the Beatitudes. While they are familiar–these brief blessings over unlikely characters–the church hasn’t known what to do with them across the centuries. Some see the Beatitudes as virtues and remake
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A Few Words from Dale, January 23rd…
Last Sunday I spoke about our Habitat for Humanity Work Trip from a different point of view. Yes, I told stories of the various works we performed. It was truly an incredible experience to represent you building those homes. But
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A Few Words From Dale… January 16 2014
It could hardly have gone any better. Cecile and I returned to Darien last night from the Dominican Republic. And I know you are going to inquire how the Habitat for Humanity Global Village Work Trip went. And all I
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A Few Words from Dale, Dec 12th…
I just emerged from the sanctuary after telling the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth to a flock of Nursery School children, parents and their grandparents. I did the same last Monday. Something happens as we combine Christmas and children. The
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A Few Words from Dale, December 5, 2013
A few words from Dale… A personal hero of mine is Clarence Jordan. He mentored Millard Fuller, who went on to found Habitat for Humanity in 1976. Jordan, a Georgia peanut farmer and scholar of the Greek New Testament, created
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A Few Words from Dale, November 27th…
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
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A Few Words From Dale…
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
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A Few Words From Dale…
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
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A few words from Dale…
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
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A Few Words from Dale, October 31…
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
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