Congregational Life


As part of our “Rooted and Grounded in Love” message, our congregation has numerous opportunities for fellowship and fun.  Some of these are annual events and opportunities, such as Rally Sunday, the Fall Family Festival, Advent Workshop, Chili Cook-Off, Lenten Programs and Ladies’ Tea and others are one-time events.  We hope you will join us for some of these and get to know our First Church family better.



The First Church Chili Cook-Off!

Thanks to all who came to another successful Chili Cook-Off on Friday, February 2nd!

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners:

              First Church Best            Mom’s Best       Best Vegetarian            Best Spiciest                

Don DelCegno            Kirsty Naples       Rev. Margret              Tom Petrisko

Now, you have a year to work on next year’s entry!

Many thanks, Missions & Congregational Life



book club

Mabel Yeterian and Janet Culton have started a book club.  The first meeting, in the parlor, was Friday, January 26th, from 12-2 pm.  I will announce the next meeting and the name of the book they’ll be reading in the bulletin insert, for those who couldn’t attend Friday’s meeting.



We already have some books in our lending library and I will continue to add books in the coming weeks, outside the Parlor.  Books are arranged in alphabetical order by author, but will not need to be “signed out”.  If you have books you’d like to contribute, please leave them in the copy room in the church office.  Although we’d like them returned to the library, please only donate books that you don’t want back.  Thank you!  Kristine

tai chi


We are pleased to announce plans to resume our Tai Chi//Qigong program by offering a session of 6 weekly classes, beginning on February 5, 2018.  The classes will be held on Mondays, from 1:00-2:00 pm.  The cost is $30.00 for the entire session or $5.00 per class for drop-ins.

Qigong is an ancient, Chinese health practice that literally means cultivating your vital energy, or qi.  Known as the mother of Tai Chi, Qigong combines simple physical postures, breathing techniques and focused attention to reduce stress, ease joint pain, improve balance and enhance the immune system.  Because Qigong is easy to learn, its many potential health benefits are readily accessible.

Hoa Nguyen, First Degree Black Belt (1st Duan) of Qigong, by the Chinese Qigong Association, returns as our instructor.

We hope you’ll be interested in joining this class.  If you have any questions, please contact Carol or Janet Bowen at (860)225-2905.



Please join us for our next Men’s Breakfast on Sunday, February 18th, from 8:30-9:30 am in the Fireside Room.   Come Share in the Food & Fellowship of First Church.  We hope to see you there!


A Coffee and Social Hour is held on Sunday mornings, immediately following worship, in the Fireside room.   Please join us!  The Hospitality Crew invites you to bring something to the weekly Coffee Hour. Sharing your food and stories with others is a wonderful part Fellowship. Make it, bake it or purchase it, just bring it to church and “The Crew” will do the rest.