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Dear friends,

During yesterday’s worship service we recognized those who have been faithful members of FPC for 50 or more years. What an accomplishment! FPC is a community of faith that transcends time, place, and space. It is more than a physical structure; it represents a gathering of individuals--past, present, and future--who have become a covenant Christian community. FPC is a living, dynamic entity that is continually shaped by the stewardship of those who have been part of the community, past and present. FPC’s story has many authors, and its chapters chronicle the challenges and faithfulness of members its 165 years. The Apostle Paul reminds us that there are many parts of the Body of Christ and that each member through its gifts contributes in its own special way. Each is necessary to the wholeness of the body and that when “one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.”

We rejoice and honor those who have been a member of FPC for 50+ years. 

Blessings,
Tom

1942-Kathryn Haigh ~ 1946-Elaine Brown ~ 1947-Elizabeth Bernhard
 1948-Morag Vance ~ 1949-Donald Brown ~ 1951-Donna Lou Anderson
1952-Constance Holler ~ 1953-Ann Cucak, John McKeown
1955-Beverly Chmielewski ~ 1958-Betty McKeown
1960-Henry Greer, Marion Greer
 1961 -John Lindsay, Janet Evan Neil ~ 1962-George Bell
1966-Denise Kaechele ~ 1967-Jacqueline Dogali
1968-Nancy Holler Murray, John McDowell III
 1969-Sarah Jean Harbinson, Janet McDowell Finch

A big thank you to Heather and Dan Martens for the Heritage Sunday video.
Click here to view
To view yesterday's worship service please visit firstpresby.net
Past sermons are available on our website, click here to view
Check FPC's Facebook page for weekly updates, and remember to like and share.

The Reason for God 
Online study, beginning today at 4pm


In his New York Times bestselling book The Reason for God, Timothy Keller established himself as a modern-day C. S. Lewis who brings together faith and intellect, theology and popular culture, modern-day objections and historic Christian beliefs.

This six-session small group Bible study captures live and unscripted conversations between Rev. Keller and a group of people to address their doubts and objections to Christianity. Using literature, philosophy, and Scripture, Keller and the group explore the truth of Christianity.

Sessions include:
•    1. Isn’t the Bible a Myth?
•    2. How Can You Say There Is Only One Way to God?
•    3. What Gives You the Right to Tell Me How to Live My Life?
•    4. Why Does God Allow Suffering?
•    5. Why Is the Church Responsible for So Much Injustice?
•    6. How Can God Send Good People to Hell?

Join Bridget Perry and Clare Schimpf for an hour every Monday at 4:00 pm for six weeks starting May 18. We will watch a 20 minute video online followed by a 40 minute discussion via Zoom* with a study guide. Invite a friend or family member to join you – near or far – all are welcome.

Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89948521680?pwd=REhhNWdvbkN4dCtRRzQ2K2tkV3NuUT09
Due to the national, state and local COVID-19 restrictions, 2020 revenues for our Church are expected to be negatively impacted including revenues from pledges, the immigrant churches and rentals. Further, the Church's objective is to not furlough or lay off any full-time or part-time employees during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery period. Therefore, in order to meet this objective, our Church decided to apply for the SBA PPP (Payroll Protection Plan) Loan and the SBA EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan).  

Our Church has been approved for PPP Loans in the full amounts requested, $55,777. This amount represents 2.5 times the amount of the average monthly payrolls. These funds have been received. We will follow the prescribed guidelines to use the funds to support payroll, pension contributions and utility expenses to ensure that these loans are 100% forgivable.  

Our Church has also received an advance of  $5,000 of the $10,000 for the EIDL. The EIDL is a combination of a $5,000 grant and a $5,000 loan. Due to the fact that the $5,000 grant portion would reduce the PPP forgivable loan by $5,000, and now understanding a 30 year loan would be required for the second $5,000 portion, the Session will be deciding on whether or not to execute the EIDL.

With these SBA proceeds our Church's ability to  maintain payroll continuity with our staff is significantly strengthened.
The Stewardship and Finance committee is grateful to the members who have continued to mail their pledges into the office or make them online through the church website donation page. Others may consider arranging online to have their banks send the checks directly to the church. The address is 2475 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825.
PNS is hosting their annual shredding event on
Saturday, May 30 from 10-1
.


Affordable Solutions, LLC will have an on-site shredding truck in the church parking area. All items should be in a box that can be easily picked up, no trash bags or paper bags. Electronic recycling, computer hard drive destruction, computers, video game consoles, DVD players, vacuums, toasters are welcome. No TV's, 3-ring binders or binder clips (paper clips are ok)

$10 a box (similar to a copy paper box), $5 small electronics, $10+ larger electronics, $10 monitors, $20 hard drives and computers.

Bible Study continues Wednesday at 10:30 am.

This week: The Burden of Doubt
 
If you haven't been part of this study, please connect and you can jump right into the conversation. We are using Max Lucado's study of Psalm 23 with his book Traveling Light. The video runs about 25+/- minutes followed by some lively discussion/conversation.

An email each Wednesday morning will connect you by zoom video link or by phone for audio only.

New Zoom Prayer Time, Thursdays  at noon.

Prayer theme this week: the Fifth Commandment.
 
As the world attempts to cope with this pandemic, people either turn away from God or turn to God. For those who want to go to God, Kim Hill is offering a “Turn To” Prayer Meeting via zoom on Thursdays at 12 Noon. It’s about 20 minutes – drop in as little or long as you want. Pray silently or aloud.

An email each Thursday morning will connect you by zoom video link or by phone for audio only as we – reach out to God!  Questions contact Kim: landofhills511@gmail.com
Join us Friday night from 7 to 8 for a virtual game night on zoom hosted by Anna Fedoryk! We will be playing family friendly games for kids AND adults. Come for the whole time or just pop in to say hello, the zoom information is below! Email anna.fedoryk@firstpresby.net with any questions or to say you're coming! "See you" there!
 
Meeting ID: 922 4094 4812
Password: 029317

 Digital Student Ministry

Join us by Zoom this Sunday evening from 5:30-7:00pm. Social distancing is hard for our teens, but our student ministry is still here for you! Each week we spend time playing games, talking about our experiences in the midst of quarantine, and looking at God’s response in the midst of our chaos.
 
To join the Zoom call follow the link below:
 
Meeting ID: 127-675-394
Password: studmin
 
College Hangout
Many college students and young adults find themselves back home looking for points of connection. So join us by Zoom this Thursday evening from 8:00-9:30pm.
 
To join the Zoom call follow the link below:
 
Meeting ID: 569-219-601
Password: college

Fake emails from Tom

Scammers are also social distancing - and apparently are making productive use of their time!

Please note - no one from FPC will ever e-mail you directly asking for gift cards or money for a "worthy cause". The e-mail addresses are spoofed - we have not been hacked; the sender is pretending to be Tom.

For more details on this scam and how to recognize it, click here: 
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2019/07/worshipers-targeted-gift-card-scam

Let's all stay safe and remember -  do not reply or take any action if you receive an email from Tom asking for gift cards or cash.
May Deacon on Call

Kay Brix


If a need arises throughout the week, please feel free to reach out to Kay at  757-784-5563 (cell), 203-304-9206 (home) or kkb727@att.net




 
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