The First Congregational Church of Darien

United Church of Christ

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All are welcome at our worship services, regardless of previous religious affiliation or even a lack of affiliation. From September through June, we have Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. During the summer, beginning June 22,  we have a combined service at 9:00 a.m. Our 8:30 service is a more intimate and informal gathering lasting about 45 minutes. Our 10:00 a.m. service, which lasts about an hour, has more music led by our choir and is more family oriented. We serve communion on the first Sunday of every month.  Everyone is welcome to participate in our communion services.

Something New!!  Sunday afternoon Come As You Are services, starting January 11. Details here…

 

For more news about recent Sunday services, check out the blog here:

Special Services:

Advent
Christmas
Easter
Blessing of the Animals
Jazz  Sunday
Fourth Graders get Bibles
Music Sunday
Confirmation Sunday

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Education of children and adults alike has always been a core tenet of the Congregational experience.  We encourage worshippers to approach our community with open, respectful minds and we emphasize the importance of education at all stages of a member’s life.

Nursery/Toddler Room – We ahave a Nursery/Toddler Room available for children ages newborn to 2.9 years of age.  Learn more

Church School – We offer a comprehensive Church School Program for children ages 3 through 7th grade.  Learn more

Confirmation – The First Congregational Church typically confirms students during their 8th grade year of school, though often students from other grades participate. Learn more

Adult Education – We have a weekly Bible Study, based on the upcoming Sunday’s scriptural text, upon which Rev. Rosenberger will preach.  Learn more

FCC Nursery School – The First Congregational Church Nursery School was founded by the church in 1960 to provide an early childhood education program for the children of members of the Church.  It soon expanded to include children from the surrounding community and currently provides a rich preschool experience for more than 100 children, ages two to five.  Learn more

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The First Congregational Church of Darien supports over 20 non-profit organizations through our Outreach budget, which totaled approximately $100,000 in 2016.


 

COME HELP THE BOARD OF OUTREACH WITH OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER!

The June 2nd Darien House Tour:  Homes with Heart requires over 100 volunteers on the day of the event to staff a shift at our featured homes. We truly need your help to make this event his success so that we can raise over $60,000 for our beneficiaries. Please sign up at darienhousetour.com – click on the volunteer link.  Did we mention how much fun you’ll have?

 

 

 

 

The Board of Christian Outreach thanks you for your support!

Gayle Appleby, Lindsay Atha, Tracey Berry, Yvette Borecki, Anna Denoyer, Joanne Gabriel, Lora Grassilli, Vince Hough, Annette Madden-Kline, Wendy Mulligan, Heather Raker, Charlie Wetmore

 


Outreach Mission

The First Congregational Church of Darien’s Board of Christian Outreach puts faith into action by addressing the needs of others. Our first priority is helping those who lack the most immediate, basic necessities, whether locally, nationally, or internationally. We promote permanent and systemic improvements in people’s lives by contributing both financially and physically to hands-up programs.

“Those (He) who refresh(es) others will themselves (himself) be refreshed” — Proverbs 11:24-35

Outreach Funding Sources

Funding Sources for the Outreach Budget are as follows:
– 10% of pledges
– 4% of mission endowment income
– Darien House  Tour
– Special offerings

Outreach Beneficiaries

The FCC Board of Outreach diligently evaluates local agencies in order to determine fit with our mission and overall need. The Board meets in December in order to allocate funds. In 2016, approximately $100,000 was distributed to the following non-profit organizations:

ABC House of DarienABC House
of Darien
Carver Foundation of Norwalk (George Washington Carver Community Center)Carver Foundation/
Community Center
Child Guidance Center of Southern ConnecticutChild Guidance Center
of Southern Connecticut
Church World Services (CWS)Church
World Services
Family Centers for HopeFamily Centers for Hope
Domestic Violence Crisis CenterDomestic Violence Crisis Center
ElderHouseElderhouse
Feed My Starving ChildrenFeed My Starving Children
Habitat for Humanity (Fairfield County)Habitat for Humanity
(Fairfield County)
Heifer InternationalHeifer
International
INSPIRICA (St. Luke’s LifeWorks)INSPIRICA
(St. Luke’s LifeWorks)
Liberation ProgramsLiberation
Programs
Neighbors LinkNeighbors Link
New Covenant House of HospitalityNew Covenant House of Hospitality
Open Door ShelterOpen Door Shelter
The Connecticut Conference United Church of ChristOur Church’s Wider Mission
Person-to-PersonPerson-to-Person
Pilgrim TowersPilgrim Towers
The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis and EducationThe Center for Sexual Assault
Crisis & Education
Shelter for the HomelessShelter for
the Homeless
 
STAR, Inc. NorwalkSTAR, Inc.
Norwalk
 
YWCA Darien/Norwalk Job Search Support ProgramYWCA Darien/Norwalk
Job Search

Global Mission


Outreach Activities Overview

  • Neighbors Link family night– volunteers will cook and serve dinner for approximately 150 immigrants in Stamford, helping them to better integrate and assimilate.  Please contact Annette Madden-Kline at a_madden_kline@hotmail.com to help.
  • Domestic Violence Walk in her Shoes – FCCD is sponsoring this walk on October 3rd during which our town’s first responders will walk a mile in red high heels to show support and raise money for  victims of Domestic Violence.  FCCD will cheer on the participants.  Please check the flash for the meeting location.
  • Dove Boxes– each Christmas, the church community prepares ~70 Dove Boxes, which provide for food for local needy families through Person-to-Person.  Please contact Annette Madden-Kline at a_madden_kline@hotmail.com for more information or to help.
  • Food First– each month the church community donates and distributes food to local shelters in Norwalk and Stamford.  During January and February we will have a special 1,000 pound food challenge to support our local hungry population during these particularly needy months. Please bring your non-perishable grocery items to church on the first Sunday of each month or leave at any time in the bins on the stage in Parish Hall.
  • Open Door Shelter (Norwalk Emergency Shelter)– volunteers cook for and serve at the shelter each month. Volunteers also distribute Christmas turkeys and Easter hams.  Please contact Heather Raker athraker@me.com for upcoming cook/serve dates.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County
  • Midnight Run–  For more information and to help, please contact Lora Grasilli at loragrass@gmail.com
  • Person-to-Person Postal Drive – Each May, volunteers from FCCD help to “stamp out hungry” by sorting food donations collected from the community by our local postal workers.  For more information and to help, please contact Lindsay Atha at lindsayatha@gmail.com
  • The Darien House Tour:  Homes with Heart – The first Tour took place in 2015 and raised record funds for our Outreach beneficiaries.  Please contact Heather Raker at hraker@me.com for more information and to volunteer. 

For more up-to-date news and information about mission and outreach, click here!

 

 

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Our Care Circle group shares and supports church members and friends in times of difficulty or celebration, coming not as counselors or psychologists, but as friends and members of our extended church family.

The Care Circle Ministry specially trains volunteers from our congregation to augment pastoral care provided to our church community by our clergy and by the long-established Caring Committee. Training emphasizes active listening skills and awareness of wider community resources.

Anyone who wishes to receive the Care Circle’s services or who might be interested in becoming part of the group may contact the group’s Chair Ella Long or the Church office at 203-655-0491.

“Whoever is capable of giving of himself is rich…”Erich Fromm

“…And whoever is capable of receiving this gift is giving a greater gift in return.”      EML

Current members of the Care Circle:

Dale Rosenberger
Sally Bassler
John Bassler
Mariann Bigelow
Debra Hertz
Ella Long
Joe Pankowski
Anna Denoyer

 

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FCC of Darien is a vibrant congregation with a myriad of opportunities to get involved at all age levels and degrees of commitment.  Whether you are a new member looking to meet people or a long standing member who wants to get involved in supporting our community, we have something for you.

Darien House Tour – June 4th! This June 4, 2015 event will feature approximately five homes in Darien selected for a variety of distinguishing characteristics, including architecture, decorating, location, environmental sustainability, historic preservation and gardens.  The Tour will be followed by a June 5th After-Party which will include a Silent Auction. Many volunteers will be needed!
Learn more…

Mission Work – Our Outreach Committee is actively involved in supporting those in need whether right next door or around the world.  Find out how you can volunteer, donate or go on a mission a trip.  Learn more . . .

Women’s Association – The Women’s Association is for ALL Women in the First Congregational Church of Darien.  Its mission is to To promote fellowship, friendship, caring and service within  both the church and the wider community.  Learn more . . .

Serve on a Board or Committee – Our church has many boards and committees that serve to keep the church thriving and growing.  Find out more about each board and committee and which one would be a good fit for you.  Learn more . . .

Teach Church School – With a family oriented approach to Church School education, we encourage church members participate and help lead our younger members in their spirtual education.
We encourage all generations of our congregation to be actively involved in Christian Education.  Learn more . . .

Sing in the Choir – Music has long had a special place in our worship at First Congregational Church.  We are always interested in welcoming new voices to the senior and junior church choirs.   Learn more . . .

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Youth Ignite Group – The First Congregational Church’s Youth Ignite Group provides a caring community for students in grades 6 through 12 to celebrate fellowship among our Church youth and provide an opportunity to give back.  Learn more

Confirmation – The First Congregational Church typically confirms students during their 8th grade year of school, though often students from other grades participate. Learn more

Church School – We offer a comprehensive Church School Program for children ages 3 through 7th grade.  Learn more

Mission Trip – Each year, typically during the third week in June, we send our youth and adult chaperones on a week-long work and spiritual journey with other youth from around the country.   Learn more