In this season of Lent, be inspired by the voices of GHCC church friends: Our Lenten Devotional, with beautiful daily devotions written by members of our church family, is available this year via email (no paper edition). If you or someone you know would like to be added to our list, simply let us know in the church office, and we will add you to the list! (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 203-259-5596). Each morning, you’ll receive the day’s devotion — from now until Easter.
Religion in the News Class – each Sunday right after our 10:30 worship service! 11:40 a.m. in the Parlor. Enjoy interesting conversations around interesting and very timely topics.
Bible Study: We call our weekly Bible Study ‘The Gathering’… No pressure. No assignments. No guilt. Give it a try, you’ll enjoy it, we promise! Thursdays, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Church House Library. During Lent each week for Bible Study will look at the scriptural background to one short story from David’s new book,
Water Into Wine:
March 1: “Jesus at Auschwitz”, When the Best Meets the Worst.
March 8: “The Communion of Saints”, Dreams, Roots, and Mountains.
March 15: “A Church of Christopher Hitchen”, Atheism and Faith.
March 22: “He and She”, A Study of Heaven and Sorrow.
It may be winter outside, but spring is just around the corner… and that means THE DOGWOOD FESTIVAL!! Save the dates… this year it is again on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11, 12, 13!!! Look for much more information to follow!!
Alida’s recruiting for ASP!! We need OVER 90 adults to accompany our over 200 teenagers to West Virginia June 30th-July 7th, for a life-changing week of service through the Appalachia Service Project. It’s a week of home repair for families in need – but you do not need to be a skilled carpenter!! All we need is your willingness to work alongside our teens. Please take a look at the Adult Leader information on the ASP page of our church website (under ‘Mission and Outreach’) … and if you like what you see, click on the online adult advisor registration!! And of course contact Alida with any questions.
Stories from India: THIS Sunday, February 25th, at both services, the participants in this year’s India mission trip will share reflections on their experience of poverty and hope on the other side of the world. Please join us for this special Sunday, as we hear the stories of God’s love in action!
Our Vacation Bible School Program will be held this summer from August 13-17, 2018. Registration for church school families (and those who participated last year), will begin soon online via the website OR forms will also be available in the church house. IF you are planning to attend, please register early! Registration is limited, and last year’s program filled up completely by the end of March – so don’t delay! Questions? Please contact Marcia Carothers
Our PFP Girls have created a really fun Lenten Calendar for adults, kids, and families alike to help follow the journey through Lent while collecting some coins for the elderly in India! Take one for your family (and a few for some friends) and keep it handy each day to see what we are giving thanks for, learning about, or thinking about during Lent. A GREAT way to get the family involved…. Count your blessings by counting how many beds you have and put a nickel in for each one. Have pets? Put a dime in for each pet you own… or each flower you see at your house. It’s a really fun way to count the days of Lent! Cans are in the Narthex for you to take – due back on Easter. Our PFP Girls say “Thanks in advance!! Your coins make a HUGE difference to so many elderly people in need in India!!”
Lenten Garden Workshop Event will be held THIS Sunday, February 25th following BOTH worship services in the Memorial Room. Kits will be available for you to make your own living dish garden filled with the symbols of Easter, or you may purchase a kit to make at home. Complete kits are $20 each ($15 without the saucer).
THIS SUNDAY its our 6th Annual Chili Competition Cook-Off Dinner on Sunday, February 25th! Bring a pot of your prize-winning chili to be entered into competition or just round up your family, friends and favorite cowboy hat and come for dinner. Either way, you won’t want to miss the fun! The schedule of events is: 5:00 p.m. Chili Set-up, 5:30p.m. Viewin’, smellin’,& reviewin’, 5:45 p.m. Dinner! $6 adults and $4 for children. Check in with the Church Office to RSVP.
Sports Worship is Back!! Sunday, March 11, at 6:30pm, featuring Our House Band… Our Stories… Our Faith… For ALL Good Sports
Church Ice-Skating Party! A FREE favorite family event for all in the midst of winter! Sunday, March 4th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Longshore in Westport. The rink is ALL OURS for an hour!! Skates available there, come at 5:15 to borrow some, or bring your own.
The KNITTING GROUP at GHCC will have its next get together on Monday, March 5th, in the Library from 6pm to 8pm and going forward, are planning on meeting the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Any needle work is welcome including knitting, crocheting, needlepoint or any other portable needle arts project one would like to work on. If you have any questions, please contact Francine Jacques or Beth Schaefer (who is the owner of Westport Yarns) Co-Chairs – The GHCC Knitting Group
The Annual ‘Evening for Appalachia’ will be on Friday, March 2! Silent and Live Auctions, reflections on the 2017 trip, fun and fellowship, and a chance to help our SPF teens go and do God’s work in Appalachia this summer! Donations of goods, services, vacation homes, tickets, very much needed! Just let Alida know of anything you might be able to contribute!!
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY! Gretchen Evans, daughter-in-law of our own Bob and Janice Evans, served in the US Army where she rose to the rank of Command Sergeant Major, the highest noncommissioned rank in the military. Along the way, she served as a Counterintelligence Agent and Paratrooper, serving many combat deployments, largely with the 82nd Airborne Division. She was awarded the Bronze Star and has 22 other medals and awards. During her last tour in Afghanistan she was wounded by a rocket blast which resulted in severe hearing loss, a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and other injuries. AND NOW, she has just published her first book “Leading from the Front” which tell of her experiences in combat and her early years. Her book brings to life the sacred and unique relationships between soldiers as they train and fight as the author and main character tells heartfelt stories of the soldiers she loves, her duty to her country and those appointed over her. PLEASE JOIN US to hear Gretchen speak about her book and her experiences in the military on March 7th at noon at GHCC with a luncheon to follow in the Parlor. It is free of charge, but books will be available for you to purchase. If you would like to attend the event, please let the Church Office know at email@example.com
Women of the church! SAVE THE DATE for our annual GHCC Women’s Retreat. With Alida leading, we’ll be in Darien, at beautiful St. Birgitta’s retreat center, from 9 to 3 on Saturday, April 28th. Cost will be $35. Make a note of it in your calendar!
An Evening of Choral Music.. The Duke University Chorale and the Chamber Singers of the Fairfield County Children’s Choir will be presenting a concert on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Rd., Fairfield, CT. The admission to the concert is free, but they will gladly accept donations to support the operations of these fabulous choirs. The Duke University Chorale, the primary choral group of the Department of Music at Duke, is composed of 50 Duke graduate and undergraduate singers. The Chorale performs numerous concerts throughout the year, both on and off campus, and tours annually during Duke’s Spring Break. In previous years the Chorale has toured China, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, England, Wales, Mexico, Costa Rica and many parts of the U.S. The Chorale is delighted that their 2018 tour brings them to the Northeastern U.S., with concerts in New York, Greenwich and Fairfield CT, Philadelphia, Richmond and Culpeper VA, and Winston-Salem, NC. The Chorale has been conducted by Rodney Wynkoop since 1984 and is accompanied by Mary Hamilton. More information can be accessed on their website, https://music.duke.edu/ensembles/chorale. The Fairfield County Children’s Choir (FCCC) is a community-based choral program made up of 300 children in grades 4-12 from communities in and around Fairfield County, Connecticut. The chamber singers have performed in venues in England, Ireland, Austria, Czech Republic, Canada; in New Orleans, San Francisco, Hawaii and in New York at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden and West Point, among others. The group has shared the stage with such artists as Renee Fleming, Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Augusta Read Thomas, Sam Waterston, Christopher Plummer, Tom Chapin and Ivan Rutherford. The Fairfield County Children’s Choir has been directed by its founder, Jon Noyes, since 1995 and is accompanied by Donna Beatty. More information about the choir can be obtained at www.singfccc.org. Please join us for this wonderful evening of music!
An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County: On View in the Spaght Gallery in the Fairfield Museum, from February 8 – July 23, 2018. This exhibition highlights the experiences of refugees and immigrants who have built new lives in Fairfield County. A series of photographic portraits and biographical narratives share how eight individuals from Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Hungary, India, Rwanda, and Syria have rebuilt their lives and created a sense of home. Seeking safety and opportunity here, refugees and immigrants from around the world have added to the fabric of our communities. The exhibition also honors the 100th anniversary of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), founded in 1918 to help new immigrants in their journey to making a home in Fairfield County. Click here for a listing of programs related to An American Story!
Dogwood Festival Sponsorship – It may be winter outside but our wonderful Dogwood Festival will be here before you know it! We are excited for another fun, successful Mother’s Day weekend for our beautiful church and the missions we serve. One important element of our success is the funding that we are able to generate from sponsorship. Sponsors include banks, realtors, auto dealers and other local and regional businesses with whom we may deal on a regular basis. We ask all church members to please consider any business entities with whom they may have a relationship or connection who would be appropriate to serve as a Dogwood Festival sponsor. The Festival is a terrific vehicle for business exposure, reaching thousands of people over a 3-day period. Our sponsorship levels range from $5,000 down to $250, with corresponding levels of visibility and recognition, so there really is something for everyone. If you think you might have a viable sponsor candidate, please either pass his or her contact info along to Karen Mitri or Mike Mitri (or contact Karen or Mike for a copy of the sponsorship packet that you can present to the candidate yourself.) It really does take all of us working together, with joy and purpose in ways large and small, to make the Dogwood Festival a success. We greatly appreciate your support!
Summer Camp at Silver Lake! Registration is now underway for summer camp at the Silver Lake Conference Center – A Ministry of the Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ. This is a Christian Outdoor Ministry Program, owned and operated by our own Connecticut Conference. Spaces fill up very quickly, so if you think you might be interested, please do not delay! There are programs suitable for all youth ages 8-18, the costs are quite reasonable for an overnight camp (most weeks run about $500) AND scholarships are available. If you are interested in learning more, you may visit their website at www.silverlakect.org or speak with Marcia Carothers!