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Dear Friends,

We celebrated Father’s Day yesterday. My father died in 1996 and I miss him everyday. I want to share a letter written by one of his colleagues to my father’s pastor the day after he died.   
 
We sing of the ties that bind. When Tom and I first met, the tie was First Presbyterian Church, Vicksburg, MS. It strengthened as we learned we were both registered professional engineers and service veterans. The ties grew strongest during our association together with Boy Scouts.
 
The military provides an example of true trust in another. Before a battle, while in a defensive position, listening posts are established to prevent a surprise attack by the enemy.
 
A listening post is two people who hide themselves in the “no-mans land” between the opposing forces. If they hear the enemy, they notify their unit and hustle back to safety. If the soldier on duty falls asleep and the enemy attacks, both soldiers are now behind enemy lines. You must trust your buddy.
 
The Beatitudes teach us the meek shall inherit the earth. Most of us think of meek as the Casper milk toast type.
 
In the ancient Greek the word for meek is “praus.” Praus meant a strong force which had been tamed or controlled for beneficial use. Good examples of praus might be a team of horses to plow a field, elephants putting up the circus big top, a dam which harnesses the power of the mighty river to make electricity or even a mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper.
 
Tom Groome was a strong person but he was a kind and gentle person. Tom was praus. In business, his word was more important than his contract. Tom was the type of man I would share a listening post with. I’m proud to be able to have called Tom my friend.
 
Stay safe and God’s blessings,
Tom

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Wednesday Bible Study at 10:30 am and 7:00 pm.
One (The Woodlawn Study)

 
In 1973, Birmingham, AL was torn by racism and hate. God worked through the Woodlawn High School football team to unite the city and ignite a spiritual awakening. This revival was nothing short of miraculous. Could it happen again? ONE (The Woodlawn Study) features powerful scenes and exclusive footage from the movie Woodlawn to discover the answer...it only takes one person to start a revolution. What if that person is you? With teaching by Pastors Dave Stone and Dr. Tony Evans, ONE (The Woodlawn Study) prepares your heart to experience and embrace a move of God.   

Morning Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94065179012?pwd=SG9SRFFpM3YvQ3ZwREVBQmJXbjQrZz09
Meeting ID: 940 6517 9012
Password: 021387

Evening Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84616244087?pwd=bkxrRTEwRWhLOTAyREx5TTFxaU0wUT09
Meeting ID: 846 1624 4087
Password: 723759

The Reason for God 
Online study, Monday at 4pm


The Reason for God study continues for two more weeks. This Right Now Media 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:
•    Why Is the Church Responsible for So Much Injustice?
•    How Can God Send Good People to Hell?

Join Bridget Perry and Clare Schimpf for an hour Monday at 4:00 pm for a 20 minute video online followed by a 40 minute discussion via Zoom*. all are welcome.

Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89948521680?pwd=REhhNWdvbkN4dCtRRzQ2K2tkV3NuUT09
Presbytery Summer Book Club
Our Presbytery would like to invite everyone in PSNE into a summer of reflection through a book study. Our primary text will be The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh who teaches social psychology at the NYU Stern School of Business.

For more information and to sign up for weekly emails where scripture is shared for discussion along with each chapter:
https://psne.org/resources/summer-2020-book-study/
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
Children's virtual Sunday School
Our theme for June 2020 is Focus– take a closer look. We'll be reading stories from the book of Acts and using scripture from Hebrews to dive deep into what it means to have faith. All month we'll be exploring how we can trust in what we can't see and how that changes the way we see everything! 
 
"Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see." -Hebrews 1:11

E-mail anna.fedoryk@firstpresby.net with any questions.
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.
June Deacon on Call

Allison Becker


If a need arises throughout the week, please feel free to reach out to Allie 609.849.6300 (cell) or allisonbecker13@gmail.com




 
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