Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. According to history.com it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. In normal circumstances, many Americans observe the holiday by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. It also marks (unofficially) the beginning of summer.
The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.
Some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemorations was organized by a group of freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederate States surrendered in 1865. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.
Have a blessed day today as we remember those who fought and died to protect the freedoms and values we cherish today.
Stay safe and be strong,
The church office will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day.
Mike Ales, US Navy, 1980-1991
Tony Bonaffini, US Merchant Marines, 1969-1974
Don Brown, US Navy, 1951-1955
Ken Connolly, US Army, 1968-1972
Bill Feher, US Army National Guard, 1963-1969
Dave Fuller, US Navy, 1965-1972
Chris Gallo, US Marine Corps, 1994
Dave Hill, US Army, 1956-1958
Bob Hitchcock, US Navy, 1953 - 1956
Jack Howell, US Air Force, 1954-1979
John Nill, US Navy, 1943-1947
Eric Piddington, US Marine Corps, 1990-1994
Ken Piddington, US Army, 1966-1969
Ed Smith, US Marine Corps, 1985-2004
Jack Sweet, US Army, 1944 - 1946
Alex Tripoli, US Air Force, 1961-1966
Each spring, we recognize and pray for those students who are graduating high school or college. Please email the church office if you, or your son or daughter, will be graduating so we can include their names in the Worship Service.
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.
Pentecost is next Sunday, May 31
Pentecost commemorated the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church and celebrates God's very life, breath and energy living still in believers. The Pentecost Offering unites us in a church-wide effort to support young people and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world. And 40% of this offering stays here at FPC to help children in need in our own community.
Remember to wear RED which reminds us of the fire of the Holy Spirit!
FPC Reopening Update
The Session has assigned a team of elders to consult with Tom to study a plan for reopening the building and when in-person worship services will resume. They will develop a policy statement for our church, as well as the other groups and congregations that use our facilities, for a safe and healthy reopening. The team consists of Julian Brix, Janet Finch, Maria Lindsay, Ivy McKinney, Bill Schimpf and Tom Groome.
Bible Study continues Wednesday at 10:30 am.
This week: The Burden of Homesickness
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.
Wednesday at 3pm
Join Anna Fedoryk for virtual storytime Wednesday 5/27 at 3pm! We will read 2 books together. Feel free to come for the entire time, or just stop by or have it on in the background. Zoom link below!"
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.
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.
May Deacon on Call
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 firstname.lastname@example.org