BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS, CALL FOR HELP . . . First Church needs your help. Our time-honored tradition of a fall clean-up will take place on Sunday November 15th after Worship; with a rain date of November 22nd.  All levels of leaf raking skills are welcome. We will have a training course, prior to the event, if you are out of practice or would like to add this skill to your resume. More seasoned veterans are welcome to bring large instruments of destruction.  I have always enjoyed this day for the fellowship and fun it brings for all ages. Remember, many hands make light work!  


Calling all Ladies who like to read…

Please join the new:

Ladies of Literature Book Club

(LOL for short)

We’d like to start a book club that all ladies of the church can join. We will meet on the second Thursday of the month.  We can work out how to include a Zoom component for those unable to come in person.  We also thought we could make our first meeting a BYOD (bring your own dinner) gathering.

When:     Thursday, November 12th

Time:      5:30-6:30 pm

Where:    First Church Narthex, with doors open and masks on

Book:      “The Victory Garden”, by Rhys Bowen

If you are unable to attend, please check out the following recommendations from Book Club Members . . .

  • Three by Fiona Valpy: “The Beekeepers Daughter”, “Sea of Memories” and “The Dressmakers Gift”
  • “The Victory Garden”, by Rhys Bowen (also our Book Club selection)
  • “The Last of the Moon Girls”, by Barbara Davis
  • “Becoming”, by Michelle Obama
  • Two by Gabrielle Zevin: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” and “Young Jane Yourn” (very uplifting)
  • “My Dark Vanessa: A Novel”, by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • “The Woman in the Window”, by A. J. Finn



With the leadership of our Sous Chef, Don DelCegno, we were, once again, back in the kitchen during October to prepare a meal for the families at Prudence Crandall.  The meal featured veal marsala with noodles, mixed vegetables and a salad.  Dessert was made by Beth and Jilly Sticca and was an apple cake, along with spider brownies.  We know it will be enjoyed by the folks at Prudence Crandall and we are so glad that we can reach out to others in our community.  Please join us next time, on Thursday, November 19th.



With all the changes in our personal and church family routines, our carillon provides an opportunity for some level of “normalcy” during this difficult time. I am pleased to tell you that our wonderful carillonneur, Tanya Lukyanova, will continue to play the carillon on the first Sunday morning of the month through the summer. Specific time will be announced, so that, if you would like, you can come to the church and listen from your car. I also see this as a nice gesture to the neighborhood.