The First Congregational Church of Darien

United Church of Christ

A community of faith since 1737

Holy Spirit Move

Every Sunday, at The First Congregational Church of Darien, the Holy Spirit is moving in new and energetic ways.  Pastor Dale and I, through prayer, are constantly asking the question: “Lord, what is the next move for YOUR church?”

As you may have heard, we have been actively seeking a new Director of Christian Education to add to our Church staff.  We believe this position is vital to strengthening our ministry to families and supplement the great work that is taking place in our church.  A sub-committee of the Board of Christian Education has spent the last six weeks interviewing potential candidates and brought forth two for additional discussions with Pastor Dale and me.  We are delighted to have clear consensus around one of these candidates.

Her name, Christine Geeding!  Christine hails from just south of the Chicago area and will be moving to CT in early August — as her husband, Ben, will be starting at Yale Divinity in the fall.  She has been actively involved in the Church from a very young age.  She has a strong music background, currently teaching as well as being employed as the Assistant Music Pastor at her church.  She loves children, working mostly with Elementary and Middle School kids.  She has 2 degrees: a Bachelor of Music in Music Ministry and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry.  Christine comes across as very energetic, enthusiastic, creative and kind-hearted.  She has a warmth and kind spirit about her.  The search committee feels she will be a great fit for us.  She is eager to take this journey with us.

Christine will be with us this coming Sunday, July 23, for the 9:00 am service and will be available to visit with you during the coffee/lemonade hour.  This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our amazing Church community while allowing us to get to know her a bit better.

In addition to Christine being with us this Sunday.  We are also going to be giving the Denoyer family a church blessing as they embark on a new journey.  They are moving to Indiana where Anna’s family hails from.  This decision comes with great celebration but also with heavy hearts.  The Denoyer family has been extremely involved in our church and seeing them leave will be bitter sweet.  Such is the journey of life.  This Sunday we will be sure to send them off with great love.

Sunday’s sermon title is: “Walk in Faith” which speaks directly to many of the events taking place at church.  This week, without a doubt, has been one of the greatest weeks of my entire life.  I look forward to preaching this word that the Lord has placed on my heart to share with you.

Come, as you are, we look forward to worshipping with you!


Gary Michael

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