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Dear Friends,

By now you know that the session of FPC Fairfield has called a congregational meeting for Sunday July 26 at 11:00 am to approve the call of Rev. Greg Penza as the church’s next pastor. This means my time here is coming to an end. It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve this wonderful congregation as its Interim Pastor these past 18 months. You have been most gracious to Leslie and me and welcomed us with open arms. Thank you!

My last day in Fairfield will be August 1. We head for Northeast MS after we record the service for Sunday August 2. We will arrive in MS on the evening of the 2nd

Leslie and I will have fond memories of our time here. We tried to take advantage of all the sites and activities that this wonderful area provides. Here are some of those activities:
  • Took the train into NYC several times
  • Toured Mark Twain’s home in Hartford
  • Provincetown, Cape Cod for whale watching and sea kayaking
  • Multiple trips to Newport, RI and Mystic, CT
  • Boston: attended at game at Fenway; Completed the Freedom Trail walk; toured the USS Constitution
  • Enjoyed Thanksgiving in Stowe, VT; Simon Pearce store in Quechee
  • Attended a football game at West Point
  • Visited the Norman Rockwell Museum twice
  • Kayaked down the Housatonic River
  • Spent a weekend in MA enjoying fall foliage
  • Kayaked in the Long Island Sound (thanks Heather and Dan Martens)
  • Ferried to Port Jefferson, NY multi times, and toured vineyards on Long Island
  • Ferried to Block Island, RI
  • Purchased several antiques at Black Rock Gallery in Bridgeport
It has been a blast! Thank you for the opportunity.

Blessings and stay safe,
Tom
Zoom on Sunday to Bid Farewell to Erik
Erik will be preaching this Sunday, July 19. We would like to encourage everyone to use the Zoom option to tune in at 10 a.m. so we can all be together to listen to his last sermon at FPC.  After the service, there will be a LIVE Zoom gathering where we will have a chance to say farewell and pray together for his calling to seminary. Please join in wishing Erik all of God's blessings in his pursuit of God's call on his life. 
Your Pastor Nominating Committee is pleased to report that we have selected a candidate for the next called pastor for our church. Click here for Rev. Gregory Penza  bio, the PNC process, and how and why we came to choose him. 

The Session has called a special meeting of the Congregation for Sunday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom to present Greg and to approve him as our next pastor and his terms of call. In Presbyterian polity, it is the Congregation's privilege and sole responsibility to call a pastor and approve the compensation.
 
We hope that all members will participate in this Zoom meeting.  Information will be sent next week with Zoom instructions, how we will run the meeting and take an email/phone vote, recognizing that we continue to not have in-person Worship services.
 
If you have any questions or cannot open this document, please let us know. On behalf of the PNC, we thank you for your prayers and patience during this process.  We are thrilled to have Greg Penza as our candidate.
 
Vance Hancock
Chair, PNC
To view yesterday's worship service please visit firstpresby.net
Past sermons are available on our website, click here to view
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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
Children's virtual Sunday School
In July, we're continuing our Summer Sunday School Series learning how everything changes when we "focus" on Jesus! We'll be reading about various leaders of the early church and how they lived out their faith.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." - Ephesians 2:8


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

Rachael D'Andre


If a need arises throughout the week, please feel free to reach out to Rachael 203-809-2975 or rachaeldandre@gmail.com




 
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