A bit of Paris in Redding

A special event, Le Dîner en Blanc, was held by the First Church of Christ Congregational in Redding on Saturday, Sept. 22, in celebration of the arrival of the church’s new associate minister, Jane Moran. Fifty-five participants, all dressed in white, congregated on the lawn in front of the church at tables draped in white with white candles and accessories. Toasts were made and hors d’oeuvres were shared. The first Dîner en Blanc took place in Paris in 1988 at a dinner party in Bois de Boulogne and has become a worldwide event celebrated in more than 70 cities, including … Read more

Survivors of Charleston shooting offer Easton church a parable on forgiveness

An old adage holds that “to forgive is divine,” but forgiveness is a goal that can be a struggle for those who have been maligned. Yet, friends and family of nine people who were gunned down in Charleston, S.C., at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2015 almost immediately forgave shooter Dylann Roof, and have remained true to the principle of forgiveness ever since. Two family members, Rose Simmons and the Rev. Anthony Thompson, and one survivor of the shooting tragedy, Polly Shepard, visited Easton’s Covenant Church on Saturday, Sept. 8, to talk about their experiences. “Their act of … Read more

First Church in Redding holds annual fair on Sept. 29

Scene from a previous fair at First Church in Redding. This year’s fair is Saturday, Sept. 29.

First Church of Christ Congregational in Redding is holding its annual Church Fair on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fair features fine arts and crafts exhibitors. Admission and parking are free, making this what organizers say is an affordable family fun day. New this year, is the congregation’s tag sale, which will open at 9 a.m. for those “tag sale junkies” that wish to have first shot at the offerings. There will be a $5 fee to take advantage of this opportunity. The tag sale will be located in the church’s Fellowship Hall and includes … Read more

Jewish philanthropy group launches ‘Common Threads’

This month, the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County (the Federation) will launch Common Threads, a year-long celebration of shared experiences and elements that serve to weave together an integrated Jewish community. From September through May, a wide range of educational and cultural events hosted by congregations and organizations throughout Upper Fairfield County will offer a deep-dive exploration of the Jewish community’s diverse ancestry and heritage. “The Federation and its many partners hope that this exciting programming framework will create the opportunity for a year of discovery — about ourselves, about our rich history, about our diversity — and, … Read more

Shooting tragedy family and survivors to speak at Easton church

The Covenant Church of Easton is holding a series on “Forgiveness.” The series launches on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. with a special evening focusing on the unimaginable — forgiving an assassin for slaying innocent family members while attending a Bible study. On June 17, 2015, nine members of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., including the senior pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, were slain by Dylan Roof while attending their weekly church Bible study and prayer service.   On Sept. 8, two family members of individuals killed in this shooting and one survivor of that tragedy … Read more

Norfield Church in Weston welcomes new associate minister

Thomas C. Burke has joined Norfield Congregational Church in Weston as its new associate minister for children, youth and families. Burke was born and raised in Bethel and graduated from Bethel High School in 2007. Following high school, he served in the United States Marine Corps. and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of combat operations. Utilizing his GI Bill, Burke received his bachelor of arts in religious studies and English from Sacred Heart University in 2014. He created a non-profit organization, High Ground Veterans Advocacy, that trains veterans how to become policy advocates. In 2018, he graduated … Read more

St. Dimitrie’s Festival in Easton is coming

St. Dimitrie's Festival will have fresh made breads and pitas available.

St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church is holding its 39th Festival on Friday, Sept. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept, 8 from noon to 10 p.m. on the church grounds located at 504 Sport Hill Road, Easton. Enjoy homemade ethnic dinners, spinach and leek pitas, homemade breads and pastries as well as a full line of our desserts. There will be activities, ethnic dancing and music for everyone.  

Easton church offers Sunday School in September

The Congregational Church of Easton at 336 Westport Road is opening up Sunday School registration to all people. The Sunday School program starts on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. with the church’s kickoff Sunday. Children will have their first day of Sunday School during worship followed by an ice cream social. The church noted that this is a way to meet new friends, create community, and have a good time. For more information, visit eastonchurch.org. If any questions, call 203-261-2527 or email [email protected]

Easton church to hold its first outdoor service

The Congregational Church of Easton is holding its first ever outdoor worship service on Sunday, July 29, at 10 a.m. All people are welcome to this nature-inspired worship service on the front lawn of the church at 336 Westport Road, Easton. For more information, visit eastonchurch.org or call the church office at 203-261-2527.

Jane Moran joins Redding Congregational Church

First Church of Christ, Congregational, in Redding has announced that Jane Moran will be joining the church family on Sept. 1, as its new associate minister. Moran is a Newtown native with a bachelor of arts in history and classics degree from the University of Connecticut. She earned her master of divinity degree from Harvard in May 2018. During her academic career, she was honored with many awards. She has grown up in the UCC and is committed to the Congregational polity. Moran’s experience has varied from fund raising for mission trips to being a student intern at the Congregational … Read more

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