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Dear Friends,
 
We are now into the month of May as we anticipate warmer temperatures, blue skies, and much better weather. We are also moving closer to Gov. Lamont's May 20 "stay at home" mandate. I am hopeful that we can worship together very soon. I hope . . . hope is a biblical concept, a theological understanding. Without hope we give up. Hope requires one thing, though and that is a trust in the one who brings real hope. Our hope is built on a trust relationship with God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul writes, "And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us" (Romans 5:3-5). 
 
Let us all continue to have hope. 
 
Stay safe, be strong, and God's blessings,
 
Tom
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Bible Study continues Wednesday at 10:30 am.

This week: The Burden of Disappointment
 
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 Third 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
Virtual Game nights are on every other Friday at 7 pm! The next one will be THIS FRIDAY, May 8) on Zoom (see link below)! Games will be family friendly for all ages to join.

Keep an eye on e-mail updates for a virtual story time coming soon! E-mail anna.fedoryk@firstpresby.net with any questions. 
 

Fake emails from Tom

Please be aware there are a number of emails circulating that appear to be from Tom's firstpresby email account. The emails are usually from Rev. Thomas P Groome. Always check who the email is from to verify the sender.

Please do not reply to those emails or take any action requested without calling the office first. Bear in mind, even though the email may sound plausible with real need, Tom will never ask for money or gift cards by email.

If you feel something's not quite right about the request, it probably isn't. Please do call or email the office at firstpresby@firstpresby.net with any questions or concerns.

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.

Sunday School is still happening virtually!


Check out the links wherever you watch your Sunday service for resources for your children. Please e-mail anna.fedoryk@firstpresby.net with any questions or suggestions!
 

 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
The Munich Room has been refreshed with new trim paint and freshly waxed floors. Thank you Russell for the beautiful upkeep of this well loved room.
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.
If you would like a May/April issue of Upper Room, please contact the church office at firstpresby@firstpresby.net or 203-374-6176.

The nurses at Norwalk Hospital are collecting old iPhones, iPads, tablets and smart phones (with chargers) so that patients can communicate with their families through Wi-Fi. If you have one to donate, or can ask friends and family, please drop them outside the church office or email Anna Fedoryk at anna.fedoryk@firstpresby.net who has offered to pick up.  Thank you!
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




 
Each month, a member of the Board of Deacons will be on call for the congregation. If you have an immediate need, crisis or illness, you may choose to call the deacon, instead of, or in addition, to the pastor or your own zone deacon. The DOC will notify the pastor and depending on the need, will convene the Deacons to brainstorm possible solutions and ways to assist you with your need.

Many thanks to all the deacons for their faithful role in caring for our congregation during this challenging time.
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