This is my last e-letter as our time comes to a close. It has been a wonderful experience for both Leslie and me and one in which we will have many fond memories. It is regrettable that we are not able to say farewell in person, hug, shake hands, etc. We will leave for MS early Saturday morning (August 1) and plan to arrive mid-afternoon Sunday. You are a special congregation and one who has much to offer the community.
I want to thank the Interim PNC (Maria Lindsay, Pat Piddington, Bill Schimpf and Vance Hancock) for their confidence in me to lead you through this transitional period. Thank you also to the Session, Trustees, Deacons, and committees for all your hard work. It has been a pleasure to serve alongside you. A word of thanks should go to the dedicated staff (Laurie Birch, Erik Lindemann, Karen Linder, Russell Stewart) who brought me up to speed quickly when I first arrived. And thank you to Clare Schimpf for her knowledge of all things FPC and Presbytery as she helped guide me in the first several weeks. A final word of thanks to you, the congregation, for your warmth and hospitality throughout these past 18 months. It has truly been a privilege.
I have signed a contract with the Lexington Presbyterian Church, Lexington, VA to begin mid-September. LPC is a historic church, established in 1789 with a membership of 550 and an Associate Pastor. We have found a home in the downtown area that is walking distance from the church. Lexington is the home of Washington & Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute.
I will keep you all in my prayers as you make another transition to Rev. Penza and his family.
A Message from the Worship Committee
During the month of August, our Worship services will continue to be recorded for viewing on Sundays. Tom has already recorded a sermon for August 9, Peter Mitchell will be providing a message for August 16 and 23. Plans for August 30 and September 6 are still being finalized. Laurie, Kayla Cook and Jamie Ratcliffe will continue to provide the music with various lectors leading the service. Tune in as usual on Sundays at 10 a.m.
The Trustees will be preparing the manse for Greg and Melissa Penza for their move-in on August 22. The Groome’s have graciously chosen to move on the morning of August 1, allowing us to start our work to clean, paint, and do minor repairs, for our new pastor and his family, turning our manse into a comfortable home that fits the needs of this wonderful family.
What needs to be done?
There are various projects including painting some limited areas, yardwork, moving of furniture, carpentry, and some minor repairs. There will be general garage and attic cleanup and removal of church furniture not needed by the Penzas.
We will set up workers in such a way that no more than three workers are in the same area – given the size of the area, and will practice social distancing, with volunteers wearing their masks.
What is the timetable?
Saturday, August 1st to Friday, August 7th is our goal to complete all these tasks.
Time of Day:
We suggest mornings starting at 9:00 am but are open to evenings or other times upon volunteers’ availability.
Please contact either Bill Heist or Maria Lindsay to volunteer with your available time.
Bill – William.email@example.com, text or call: 203-400-8979
Maria – firstname.lastname@example.org, text or call: 203-228-4820
A Message from the Reopening Team
The Reopening team has been hard at work to plan for the resuming of in-person worship services. The anticipated reopening is Rally Day, September 13. In order to successfully adhere to the protocols required, we are in need of volunteers who will help with some simple tasks such as check in, temperature scans, and providing directions on how to enter and exit the sanctuary. Volunteers will receive training on these activities.
If you would like to volunteer to support the successful reopening, please contact the church office or directly contact a member of the Reopening team: Julian Brix, Maria Lindsay, Ivy McKinney, or Bill Schimpf.
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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 thechurch 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.
August Deacon on Call
If a need arises throughout the week, please feel free to reach out to Fa at 203-895-7824 or email@example.com