Noroton Presbyterian Church www.norotonchurch.org
2011 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 203-655-1451
Holy Week, Easter and Chapel - 8:00 a.m.
Sanctuary - 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
April Services Open Doors - 5:00 p.m.
T he winter
of 2012 is
one that will go
portion you can) where Pastor Brandi Upcoming Preaching Schedule:
will be preaching in the last hour. 4/1/12 - Palm Sunday
Pastor Sam Schreiner
down in history. Easter Sunday we will hold the 6 am
Sunrise Service on PEAR TREE 4/5/12 - Maundy Thursday
Not only was it Pastor Stuart Smith
uncharacteristically POINT BEACH. Weed beach is
warm, but it was also a great season still under construction so the town 4/8/11- Easter Sunday
of prayer, dedication and generosity granted our request for the other 6:00 am - Pear Tree Point Beach
town beach. Morning services at the Pastor Greg Doll
as we finished our Foundations for
church will be at 8, 9:30 and 11 am, 8:00, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
the Future Journey together. Early Pastor Sam Schreiner
gifts to this effort have allowed us with childcare at the later two
services. (No Open Doors)
to order new windows for our
4/15/12 - Dr. Robert Johnson,
Sanctuary and Horton Hall which will The Sunday after Easter, Dr. Robert Forman Christian College, Pakistan
be custom made and installed this Johnson, former Dean of the Chapel 5:00 Open Doors Unplugged
summer. What a beautiful service at Forman Christian College in in the Chapel
and wonderful reception we had on Lahore Pakistan, will be our guest 4/22/12 - Pastor Sam Schreiner
March 18. We all owe a debt of preacher. Robert and his family
gratitude to our Celebration team 4/29/12 - TBD
lived and ministered at Forman
that hosted this event. Thank you as it was rebuilt into a model of
one and all for making this day joyful Upcoming Baptism Dates:
interfaith education in the heart of
and memorable. Well done. 4/15 & 5/20 at the 10:30 a.m. service
this second largest Muslim nation in
To schedule a Baptism please call
April will be a month of incredible the world. Dr. Johnson is now the Leslie Ezzo at 203-655-1451, ext. 33.
Sundays. Palm Sunday on April 1, Executive Director of The Friends of
is our chance to enter Holy Week Forman, an American partner of the
college. He will also share about this Table of Contents
together remembering the final days
of Jesus heading to the cross. Join important ministry at a lunch right Adult Spiritual Formation .....................3
after the 10:30 service on April 15. Caring & Women’s Ministry .................4
us this Sunday as we also share the Children’s Ministry .................................5
very exciting news about the results Our Open Doors service will also be NPNS ........................................................6
of our Foundations for the Future held every Sunday except Easter. If Student Ministry .....................................7
Fund. Maundy Thursday we will have Congregational Life Ministry ...............8
your family is on the go, stop by at 5 Mission Ministry .............................. 9-10
both a family Passover Seder and our and worship in a relaxed style with us Tot Drop ............................................... 11
traditional Service of Communion some time. NPC News ......................................... 12
and readings in the shadows of the NPC Elders and Team Leadership ... 12
cross. Good Friday, St. Luke’s will Your Pastor, Partner and Friend, NPC Calendar of Events ............. Insert
host our community service from Sam Schreiner
noon until 3 (come for whatever
Next year we will be celebrating
the 150th anniversary of
Noroton Presbyterian Church!
The Spring New Member Class will be held on We are interested in collecting photos of people
Saturday, May 19, noon to 5:30 p.m. and events of NPC in preparation for our 150th
(There are no classes held during the summer; celebration. If you have pictures from 1990 or
the next class will be in the fall.) earlier, and are willing to share, please drop them off
at the church office. If you will write your name
Free childcare is available for children 3 mos. to 4 yrs.
and address on the back, we will be happy to return
For more information or to register, your photo once it’s been scanned.
please contact Julie Colbath
203-655-1451, ext. 14). If you have any questions, please contact
Diane Gilliam at 203-866-2707 or
Chari Lemasters at 203-972-8316
NPC SENIOR FELLOWSHIP
Thursday, April 19, 2012
from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Parlor
“Donation Saves Lives” presented by
Dr. Brad Shwidock, organ recipient and
volunteer with “Donate Life Connecticut.”
Men’s Bible Study: Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. in
An extensive article and photographs in a recent NYC and Fridays 7:15 a.m. in Darien. “Life
Sunday Stamford Advocate chronicled the Along the Post Road and the Book of Revelation: An
journey of Dr. Shwidock, his wife Alternate Reading of Reality”. Led by Pastor Greg.
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 am Yale Club, NYC & Fridays,
and organ donor and his family.
at 7:15 am in Horton Hall. We will enter the
bizarre world of the Apocalypse with its dragons,
ALL those interested are encouraged beasts, horsemen and bowls of wrath. We will
to attend and learn more about the allow John to unveil his mysterious vision of the
gift of life that organ donation is. spiritual realm. For more information please contact
Marlene at 203-655-1451 ext 49 or
For more info, please call either email@example.com.
Marlene Moffett (203-655-1451, ext 49)
or Rita Hornlein (203-357-1504) Men’s Study at the Sugar Bowl: Wednesday 7:00 a.m.
Led by different men from the group gathering for
breakfast, fellowship and reflection on a passage of
Weekly Prayer Meeting: Thursdays 1:15-2:15 p.m.
in the Parlor. Come and pray for the needs of our
church family. Everyone is welcome – no prayer
experience necessary. For more info contact Marlene
Moffett at 203-655-1451, ext. 49 or email
Adult Spiritual Formation
Save the Date for a
MAUNDY THURSDAY Spiritual Boyz Weekend
PASSOVER SEDER AND (September 7-9)
NPC will begin a new tradition
by recreating the final meal that
A Spiritual Boyz Weekend seems oxymoronic.
The Men’s Retreat Committee is endeavoring
to bring the comradery of men’s outings to the annual
Jesus shared with his disciples, a retreat. We will continue to have strong speakers and give men time to
Passover Seder. We will share focus on their faith journeys. However, we will have better weather and
it together as a congregation. venues to pursue more outdoor activities on Saturday afternoon.
Mark your calendars for
Thursday, April 5th in The retreat will be at Trinity Conference Center in West Cornwall,
Horton Hall at 7 p.m. Connecticut (http://center.trinitywallstreet.org). Trinity is situated just below
the covered bridge in West Cornwall on the banks of the Housatonic. The
The Passover Seder will be accommodations and food are more akin to a country inn than a rustic camp.
followed by our traditional As such, the facility has exercise bikes, treadmills, ping-pong and billiard tables,
Communion & Tenebrae at WIFI and Cable TV. With 500 acres, you can wander in the labyrinth or use
8 pm in the sanctuary. the basketball and tennis courts.
For Seder dinner please register On Saturday afternoon, we are planning a number of activities to take
online www.norotonchurch.org advantage of the warm weather, including:
or contact marlene.moffett@
norotonchurch.org or phone
203-655-1451, ext. 49. • golfing
Childcare will be provided for
• clay pigeon shooting
children 3 mos. to 4 yrs. during
the service. The meal is free, • fishing
however a free-will offering will
be collected. If you are not sure about signing up for two nights with guys you only casually
know or recognize, please come to the following events to meet other men
of the church before September:
• March 31st Final Four Party at the SHAC
• May 5th Kentucky Derby Party at the Jays
• July 19th NPC Golf Outing at Woodway
Peace and Blessings,
Pastor of Adult Spiritual Formation 3
Caring & Women’s Ministries
Beginning April 12
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, A book study on
who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal THE 36-HOUR DAY
encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts Aka the “bible” for those caring for
and strengthen you in every good deed and word. beloveds who suffer from dementia.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Bruce Baggaley and Sam Schreiner (Sr.)
will co-lead this group especially
tailored for individuals who have a
n view of God’s mercy, let us allow our lives to be
transformed to love and honor one another in the
caring ministries to which we are called!
loved one with age-related dementia
(and /or Alzheimer’s Disease). Please
call the church office to register for a
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of blessing. And what spot in this group! We have books and
guides in the office for you.
I’ve been thinking about most of all is how much we are called to bless
one another: with words of encouragement and truth. Henry Nouwen This group will meet Thursdays,
meditated at length on blessing in his book Life of the Beloved. He writes April 12-May 31 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
about blessing as a way to affirm the belovedness of self and others in the in the Choir Room.
eyes of God. A blessing goes beyond the distinction between admiration or
condemnation, between virtues or vices, between good deeds or evil deeds. A MONDAY Women’s Lunchtime Study:
Mondays - noon in the Parlor. Studying
blessing touches the original goodness of the other and calls forth his or her James MacDonald’s Without Faith...
Belovedness. Impossible. New Women Welcome!
Contact Beth Peelle (203) 856-7092.
Church, is this not the core of our life together? Our job is to call forth Women! Tuesday Morning Happenings:
Current study is John Ortberg’s When the
the belovedness of one another—and beyond the walls of NPC—the Game is Over It All Goes Back in the Box.
belovedness of our world and every person we encounter. What a Please join us at any time! Contact Lori
beautiful call! at 203-655-1451 ext 44 or lori.nelson@
norotonchurch.org to register.
One of the most important places for us to bless one another is in our 6:15 am: in the Parlor. Up for an early
challenge? Please join us!
own families. With that in mind, we’re teaming up with some fantastic 9:30 am: in Horton Hall. We worship in
counselors from the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich for a song, receive teaching from one of our
4-week series on marriage and parenting. It will meet Monday nights from leaders, and then move into small groups
April 23-May 14 in Horton Hall from 7:30-8:30 p.m. I hope you consider to discuss what we’ve learned.
Moms of Young Adults Book Group: We
attending the sessions that apply to your own life. meet two Tuesdays each month in NPC’s
SHAC from 11:30am-1:00pm. Our book
Here’s the schedule: is, Beyond Ourselves by Catherine Marshall.
For questions and sign-ups, please call the
leaders: Claudia Roux (203) 253-6795 or
April 23: Healing from Divorce: A Journey into the Wilderness Heather Wright Linda Russell (203) 536-6110.
Meeting Dates: April 10, April 24, May 8,
April 30: The Drama of Marriage according to the “Screwtape Letters” Jill Woolworth May 22 & June 5.
Moms of Teens Parenting Book Group:
May 7: Empowering Marriages as an act of Discipleship Steve Gilbert Thursdays, 12 noon in the SHAC.
Current book is The Five Love Languages
May 14: Parenting Principles for Strong Families Nancy Sadock of Teenagers: The secret to Loving Teens
Effectively. Contact Seana Turner at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Isherwood at
Monday nights in Horton Hall from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
email@example.com. For registration and
book contact Marlene.
Moms’ Oasis Ministry: Oct 6-April 12,
Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:00 am in Horton
Pastor Brandi Drake, Hall. Brunch on April 12. Please contact
Pastor of Caring & Women’s Ministry Lori at 203-655-1451 ext 44 or lori.
A Minute with Mickie –
Wondering about the “Wonder Bag,”
Easter and beyond. . . .
T hank you all for being gracious
to me this past month as I have
begun my journey with you as NPC’s
too. I look forward to helping children
and their families have a wonderful
worship experience on Easter. So
Easter we have
Director of Children’s Ministry. It has here’s what we’re going to do. Since April 15th and 22nd
been so wonderful to have the children Easter doesn’t fall during Spring Break are In Sanctuary Sundays because of
participating actively during the Worship in Darien this year, we know that lots Spring Break, so all the grade school
Services as well as in Sunday School of people will be coming to Worship children will be in the Worship Service
these past few weeks. The Worship with us that day. We won’t be having using Bags and Folders and hearing
Bags and Folders that we make available Sunday School during the Worship a Word of Wonder up front. April
to the children during the Sanctuary Services and we aren’t sure if the 29th is a Pastor led Sunday and Pastor
time are prepared specifically with the Sanctuary can hold all the adults AND Greg will help with the teaching in
preaching topic in mind. “Words of all the children so we are going to offer the Chapel. Then it will be May – so
Wonder” are also aimed at the same something wonderful and convenient mark your calendar for May 13th –
concept so that we all are ready to and worshipful. Nursery care and our MOTHER’S DAY for the Kid’s Musical
focus our attention on what the sermon 3’s – Kindergarten children will still Sunday. That’s going to be GREAT!!
message is about. Being intentional have their classes in their rooms as It’s wonderful having such variety to
about tying things together should usual. Grade school children will be our Worship, Teaching and Wondering
help moms and dads with after church welcomed in either the Sanctuary with together. Don’t you think?
conversations with the kids. Everyone mom and dad or in the CHAPEL. In
can talk about the same thing and learn the Chapel we will have a Children/ For the love of WONDER,
new perspectives from each other. Family Friendly worship service. We Mickie O’Donnell
will have adult helpers in the Chapel Director of Children’s Ministry
But what about the “Wonder Bag”? but moms and dads are also invited to
Over the years, many people have stay if they wish. Check-in at the front
asked me about this bag and why I of the Chapel and then kids will sit with
usually carry one. So I’ll let you in their classes. We will have children
on a secret – this bag is intentionally ushers, our own offering time, our
designed to peak curiosity, as it is filled own praise songs and hymns, a sermon
with something surprising that brings time, a skit and something special to
us delight (the occasional puppet, or take home. If parents go the main
odd thing and treats), it always contains sanctuary for Worship, all they have to
a BIBLE (God’s Word) and when we do is go out the Sanctuary front door Sky VBS is here!
open it we just never know what we and come to the Chapel’s front door Morning VBS is
will discover about God, ourselves and to pick the children up. It’s going to be June 18 - 22, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
the world. The Wonder Bag is almost a beauteous day and we are excited. I
like a paradigm for THE BIBLE. Every Evening VBS is
wonder what we are going to learn? I June 17 - 21, 4 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
time we open the Bible, we discover wonder what God is going to teach us?
something new and wonderful, God I wonder who all is going to be here? I New for 2012: Preschool children
speaks to us through His Word and wonder who wants to participate? invited to attend evening VBS.
what we learn about God, ourselves A family meal will be served at 6:30pm.
and the world should always surprise Wondering about what’s beyond? Go online to register, pay
and delight us. Using this Wonder Bag Well all of April is going to be a great and volunteer.
is very intentional and it is so fun to see month for kids, parents and learning www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/npc.
and hear the way children (and adults) about God. Palm Sunday, April 1st If you have any questions,
respond to what is learned through it. (no fooling!), kids will have a Palm please contact Linda Yim.
processional and then go to Horton Hall firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you wondering about Easter? I am for Sunday School. April 8th which is 5
Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School
M arch was a
at the nursery school.
We started the month
celebrating Dr. Seuss’
birthday with Favorite
Hat Day. Karen Hall of
Acting Out visited the 3’s,
where all the children dressed
in costume and acted out the story of
The Three Little Pigs. The 4’s took a field
trip to The Discovery Museum, where
they learned about planets, astronauts The 3’s learn about St. David’s Day
(the patron saint of Wales). Elise
and the solar system. We held parent- and Preston dress for the occasion.
teacher conferences and class photo days.
Our annual Pancake Breakfast was well
attended by over 200 people who enjoyed The 4’s and Pre-K students enjoy weekly
a wonderful breakfast and entertainment by Chapel with Miss Mickie, our new
magician, Amazing Andy. Children’s Ministry Director.
The children are excited to see the bulbs
they planted spring to life and plans to
update the Betsy Shufelt Memorial Garden
are underway. The garden will become
an outdoor musical area that our students
and visitors will enjoy. The Home-School
connection is imperative in quality learning
programs. Our families volunteer their time
and resources to join us in providing their
children with experiences and information
to increase their learning. We are so grateful
to our families, both current and alumni, for The 4’s eagerly wait to take their guest’s order at the Valentine’s Day Cafe.
God Bless you,
Martha Duff and the
NPNS teachers and staff
The 4’s serve their guest homemade treats from
The students celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Favorite Hat Day.
6 the Valentine’s Day Cafe.
Junk Food Progressive Dinner!
T his is a great tradition at NPC
that has been happening
for over 15 years! For H6 (6th
to teach a valuable lesson, how what
we take in affects us. Not just our
bodies with the food we eat, but the
grade) on Tuesday, April 24 things we watch and what we listen
and for Harbor (grades 7&8) on to. As many people have said, “garbage in, garbage
Wednesday, April 25, both evenings out.” If you want to join us you will need to go on the
from 7:00-8:30 we will be visiting the fine website and fill-out a release form. The cost is $5 and
fast food restaurants of Norwalk. We will begin with your friends are welcome to join us.
an appetizing course of drinks and fries at McDonald’s,
then progress to Burger King for our main course with
burgers or chicken pieces, and conclude with a lovely Pastor Stuart
dessert at Wendy’s! So why are we doing this? One: Pastor of Children’s & Student Ministries
it is a lot of fun. How many times do you get to enjoy
this fine dining with your friends? Also, it is a great way
Summer Mission Trip Dates:
Vacation with a Purpose, Dunlow, WV July 8-14
Dominican Republic July 25-August 3
sign-up at www.npcstudentministries.com
Potato Lunch and Dessert Auction
F ellowship, food, and supporting a great cause…
what more could you want after worship? Come
join us for the Student Ministries 6th Annual Potato
Student Ministries mission trip to
the Dominican Republic. Bring
your appetite and checkbook
Lunch and Dessert Auction Sunday, April 29 following and you’ll enjoy a great time of
the 10:30 service in Horton Hall. We will serve food and fellowship.
mouth-watering baked potatoes with all the fixings, *We are in need of volunteers
a donation is the cost for the lunch. Then see the to help prepare/serve potatoes.
incredible desserts baked by the men of NPC. These (This is a great way to get some
desserts will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. service hours, confirmation students!)
Also, there will be a table of cookies and brownies
available for a fixed donation. Also, we need men and boys who like to bake! If
you’re interested in serving either way, please contact
Please come and support the Eileen in the Student Ministries Office ASAP.
Student Ministries by eating,
baking, and/or bidding on a Abby Young
dessert! All the proceeds from Student Ministry Coordinator
the auction will help fund the
Congregational Life Ministry
What Fun we had … !!!
S aturday, March 3rd, saw Horton Hall filled to the brim with
members and friends enjoying each other’s company as well
as a wide range of homemade chili preparations!
The occasion was NPC’s first Chili Cook-Off … and the
excitement was electric!
Those present were treated to thirty (yes, 30!) different recipes, all prepared with the
hope of being awarded ‘favorite’ in five categories … beef-based, poultry, other meat,
vegetarian, and spicy. There was a ‘bonus’ pastor-family category, with four competing
dishes … and the winner was up-and-coming chef Hayden Smith!
More fun moments of the evening are captured in the photos on this
page thanks to the dedicated documenting of activities by Marilyn Parker.
We are grateful to Marilyn Parker for (once again!) helping to document
the fun at NPC fellowship through photos.
Growing with you in Christ,
Director of Congregational Life
I n March our missionaries in Kenya, Bob and Jennifer Chedester at Rift Valley Academy
experienced a huge lightning strike on campus that disabled and damaged all the
electrical equipment and has left the staff and students struggling to carry out normal
activites. Repairs are underway. Please pray for them to be completed speedily and for
patience and understanding amongst the 500 staff and students as they cope with the
situation. We have received several updates and the Chedester’s are very thankful and
encouraged that we are supporting them in prayer during this time.
If you are interested in receiving periodic updates directly emailed to you from NPC
missionaries, please let me know and I can add you to the distribution list.
(email@example.com) The letters are not only informational but also very
inspiring as we read how God is at work through each partners ministry.
New Developments on the NPC How can You Serve?
Website Open Door Shelter: May 5 - help set up or serve meals at
Manna House, contact Shepard Halsch firstname.lastname@example.org to
Please take a moment to explore schedule a spot.
the updated information on the
Mission section of the NPC Website World Vision Hygiene Kit Packing Event: May 6, 11:45 a.m.
www.norotonchurch.org. in Horton Hall - All Welcome. Please come to Horton Hall
after the 10:30 service to help assemble kits with toiletries, etc.
We have 4 main sections to our After the packing, pizza will be available.
Midnight Run: Friday May 25 - take a service trip to NYC to
Global Mission, Local Mission, and
distribute food and clothing to the homeless. Please start
Missionaries each of these sections
collecting gently used or new t-shirts, (large/XLarge) and
contain details of our mission
new underwear and socks for us to take to distribute to the
partners along with photos and links
homeless in New York City. Donation bins will be displayed
to their websites.
at the church early May. Signup for this event though Student
Our Upcoming Opportunities
section contains details of how you Would you like to help cook meals for Women at Inspirica
can engage in mission work either (Formerly known as St. Luke’s LifeWorks) hostel in Stamford?
through Prayer, Events or Service. Several women are going to take turns to provide, cook and
These will be updated regularly to serve meals for the 25 women at the hostel. Teams of two
show specific prayer requests from adults and a handful of children can take a turn in this new
our partners, events coming up ministry that we are exploring. Please let me know if you
and how you can get involved with would like to help.
Prayer…. Once again I encourage you to pray for our
missionaries; that their ministries will be fruitful as they witness
to Christ throughout the world, and also to pray about how
you might get involved in mission this year. Please keep the
Chedester’s especially in your prayers this month.
In His Service
Mission Associate 9
Forman Christian College,
Forman Christian College has been an NPC Mission understanding of their faith. One theme that is regularly
Partner since 2007. expressed at Forman is the contrast between incoming
Known as “FC College,” Forman is located in Lahore, student, who are often awkward and insecure, and
Pakistan and was founded in 1864 by Charles Forman, the confident, articulate and secure graduating seniors.
a Presbyterian missionary. It grew to become the most Today, Forman is a model of inter-community harmony,
respected institution of higher education in Pakistan and where one can witness men and women from different
educated many of Pakistan’s government, military and Christian denominations and minority and majority
business leaders. The school’s alumni include a president Muslim groups living and learning together.
of the U.N. Security Our Pastor, Sam Schreiner, is a member of the
Council, a prime American Friends of Forman Christian College Board.
minister of India NPC supports the Forman Christian College scholarship
and, for Pakistan, program. For $1,300 you can provide funding for one
two presidents, a academic year for one student at Forman, including
prime minister, the tuition, room and board, uniform and books.
first chief justice, an For more information, contact John Marr, NPC Mission
attorney general Liaison, email@example.com.
Students on campus Forman and a foreign
Christian College. minister.
The college was nationalized in the 1970’s but in 2003 Visiting Speaker from
the government of Pakistan, the second largest Muslim Forman Christian College,
nation in the world, returned to the Presbyterian Sunday April 15th
Church. A former member of NPC, David Stoner,
handled the negotiations for the Presbyterian Church.
On Sunday, April 15th Dr. Robert Johnson, former Dean
Under the leadership of an American missionary of Chapel at Forman Christian College, Pakistan and
educator, Dr. Peter Armacost, the college has become now Executive Director American Friends of Forman
a model of interfaith harmony educating Christians and will be preaching at all services. Dr. Johnson served
Muslim side by side. Since 2003 the Christians attending three years as Dean of Chapel in Lahore with Peter
the college have grown from 20 students to 830 in a Armacost. We will be hosting a brunch and Q&A
country where only 2% of the population are Christian. time with Dr. Johnson after the 10:30 service, all are
The Christian faculty has also grown, from 4 to 72. Of welcome. Please register online at www.norotonchurch.org.
the 188 faculty members, 99 have earned doctorate
degrees. Leadership of the college is transitioning from
Dr. Armacost, who will retire next year, to Dr. James
Tebbe, a U.S. citizen (former Director of the Urbana
Mission Conference of Inter-Varsity) who is a respected
Urdu scholar and experienced administrator. Dr Tebbe
visited and spoke to NPC members last year.
Forman’s reformation has made a huge impact on the
Christian minority in Pakistan. Many of the students
are the first members of their families to attend college
and they graduate with a solid education and deep
Students on campus Forman Christian College.
T ot Drop has completed
registrations for next fall
with a few changes from previous
family vacations and lazy days in sand and sun on the
Sound! By May we should have many of our special
summer events on the schedule; we will be sure to let
years. This year we are taking requests you know in the next Spire!
for standing reservations for all-day attendance only. March brought another special event from Tot
Those families wanting mornings only will request space Drop, but for parents this time! Cindy Bess, PhD
month by month. With this change, we will be working and developmental psychologist shared a wealth of
to better utilize our facility; very often “morning only” knowledge, understanding and experience on “Discipline
standing reservations have made it difficult to fill the and Setting Limits; just another way to guide behavior.”
afternoon space and have kept us from being able to About fifty parents shared a pizza and salad supper
better assist families moving into the area at later points followed by Cindy’s talk. Questions, answers and lots of
in the year. We will watch to see if this is a more practical information and laughter was exchanged.
effective use of the limited space we have, (We are still
wishing for one more room!)
In His service,
We are now working on the summer schedule for our
Carol Scott, Director
families—weaving attendance around summer camp,
Director of NPC Tot Drop
2012 Easter Flowers Memorial Donations
If you would like to make a donation (in the amount of your choice) in memory of a loved one, please
fill out the donation card located in your pew. Please make your check payable to NPC and note in
the memo section: Easter flowers. Donation cards may be placed in the offertory plate, in the flower
team box in the mailroom or returned to the church main office. Please include your donation when
returning your card. Donations received will go toward the purchase of all the flowers used during
Easter including the Sanctuary flowers, and the cross on the Post Road. We will continue to have the
list of memorial names in the Easter Sunday worship bulletin.
If you have questions, please contact Sandy Peppet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations Should Be Received No Later Than: Wednesday, April 4, 2012
In loving memory of: (1) _________________________________________________________
Given in love by: _________________________________________________________________ 11
Join us in celebrating the
The Kidz Choir Spring Musical
March 18th: “Let’s Rock!”
Sunday, May 13th
Natalie Anne Balevich, daughter of 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Services
Igor and Emily Balevich (Mother’s Day)
The Music & Fine Arts Ministry of Noroton Presbyterian Church presents
The Spring Choral Concert
Sunday, May 20 th at 3 p.m.
Would You like to Stay Connected and Join
Our Email List?? We send email blasts to the
congregation with general church updates, prayer Serve as a Worship Greeter Just 15 Minutes a Month!
Greeters are needed for 15 minutes before the 9 a.m. service
requests, special events and more. If you’re not
on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays, and before the 10:30 a.m.
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NPC Elders and Team Leadership
Session Ofﬁcers ......................................................... Mission Ministry ........................................................ Congregational Life Ministry ..................................
President: Ken Lang Doug Calby Bill Flatley
Treasurer: Ralph Reynolds Renee Vasey Bob Goett
Secretary: George Vogel Sue Bielstein Scott Henry
Children’s Ministry .................................................... Student Ministry ....................................................... Strategic Planning .....................................................
Mary Thompson John Orem Roger Knight
Chris Rottner Carolyn Thompson Finance ........................................................................
Nursery School .......................................................... Outreach Ministry .................................................... Ken Lang
Pam Kolakowski Claudia Roux Ralph Reynolds
Adult Spiritual Formation........................................ Kalie Riordan Bob Priest
Brenda Scolaro Worship Ministry ...................................................... Human Resources ....................................................
David Norman Sheila Haskell Dick Bollman
Church Relations....................................................... George Vogel George Thacker
Greg Brown Pam Kolakowski Properties ....................................................................
Nominating Committee .......................................... Stewardship ................................................................ Tom Geraghty
Mary Thompson George Thacker Holly Watts
David Claiborne Greg Brown David Claiborne
Holy Week Service Schedule
Palm Sunday, April 1st:
8:00 a.m. Chapel
9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Services
5:00 p.m. Open Doors
Maundy Thursday, April 5th:
7:00 p.m. Passover Seder in Horton Hall
(Childcare 3mos. to 4 years)
Please register online at www.norotonchurch.org
or contact Marlene Moffett at 203-655-1451 ext. 49
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
8:00 p.m. Communion & Tenebrae Service
in the Sanctuary
Walk with the Cross, April 6th:
10:30 a.m. Meet at 1st Congregational Church, Darien.
Join others in our community as we walk down
the Post Rd. to St. Luke’s.
Good Friday Ecumenical Service, April 6th:
12:00-3:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Church,
“Voices Before The Cross”
5th Meditation - Pastor Brandi Drake
“Women’s Voices are Unrecorded”
Easter Sunday, April 8th:
6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service at Pear Tree Point Beach
(consider bringing a flashlight)
8:00 a.m. Sanctuary Service
(No childcare or Sunday School)
9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary Services
(Childcare up to 3 years;
3’s-K: Regular Sunday School classes;
1st-5th grades: Chapel
6th-12th grades: Remain in Sanctuary)
(No Open Doors Service this Weekend)
Sunday 1 Monday 2 Tuesday 3 Wednesday 4 Thursday 5 Friday 6 Saturday 7
Palm Sunday 12:00 p.m. Women’s Lunchtime Study 6:15 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 7:00 a.m. Men’s Study-Sugar Bowl Maundy Thursday Good Friday
9 & 10:30 a.m. Classes for 7:30 p.m. DivorceCare 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (NYC) 4:30 p.m. Kidz Choir 9:30 a.m. Moms’ Oasis Ministry 7:15 a.m. Men’s Bible Study
3’s -5th Grades 7:00 p.m. Nominating Committee 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Harbor 7th-8th Grade 12:00 p.m. Moms of Teens 12:30 p.m. MS Guys Night Out
5:00 p.m. Open Doors 7:00 p.m. 150th Anniversary Mtg. 1:15 p.m. Prayer Group Mtg. 6:00 p.m. MS Girls’ Night
6:30 p.m. Ignite 6:45 p.m. Handbell Choir Reh.
7:00 p.m. Passover Seder
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Reh.
8:00 p.m. Worship Service
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Easter Sunday 12:00 p.m. Women’s Lunchtime Study 6:15 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 7:00 a.m. Men’s Study-Sugar Bowl 9:30 a.m. Moms’ Oasis Ministry 7:15 a.m. Men’s Bible Study
6:00 Sunrise Service at 7:30 p.m. DivorceCare 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (NYC) 4:30 p.m. Kidz Choir Brunch
Pear Tree Point Beach 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Harbor 7th-8th Grade 12:00 p.m. Moms of Teens
8:00 a.m. Sanctuary Service 11:30 a.m. Moms of Young Adults 1:15 p.m. Prayer Group Mtg.
No Childcare or Sunday School 7:00 p.m. H6 2:00 p.m. The 36 Hour Day Mtg
9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary 7:30 p.m. Team Night Fellowship
Services Classes for 3’s - K. 6:45 p.m. Handbell Choir Reh.
7:45 p.m. Team Night Presentation 8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Reh.
1st-5th - Chapel 8:00 p.m. Team Night Meetings
6th - 8th grades - Sanctuary
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Family Mission Trip Public School Spring Break Public School Spring Break Public School Spring Break Public School Spring Break Public School Spring Break
9 & 10:30 a.m. Classes for Family Mission Trip Family Mission Trip Family Mission Trip Family Mission Trip Family Mission Trip
3’s -8th Grades 7:00 a.m. Men’s Study-Sugar Bowl 1:15 p.m. Prayer Group Mtg.
11:30 a.m. Dr. Robert Johnson 2:00 p.m. Senior Fellowship
Brunch 2:00 p.m. The 36 Hour Day Mtg
5:00 p.m. Open Doors Unplugged 6:45 p.m. Handbell Choir Reh.
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Reh.
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9 & 10:30 a.m. Classes for 12:00 p.m. Women’s Lunchtime Study 6:15 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 7:00 a.m. Men’s Study-Sugar Bowl 12:00 p.m. Moms of Teens 7:15 a.m. Men’s Bible Study
3’s -8th Grades 7:30 p.m. DivorceCare 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (NYC) 4:30 p.m. Kidz Choir 1:15 p.m. Prayer Group Mtg.
5:00 p.m. Open Doors 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Harbor 7th-8th Grade 2:00 p.m. The 36 Hour Day Mtg
6:30 p.m. Ignite 11:30 a.m. Moms of Young Adults -Progressive Junk Food Dinner 6:45 p.m. Handbell Choir Reh.
7:00 p.m. H6 - Progressive 8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Reh.
Junk Food Dinner
8:00 p.m. Session Mtg.
9 & 10:30 a.m. Classes for 12:00 p.m. Women’s Lunchtime Study
3’s -8th Grades
9:00 a.m. Confirmation Class
11:30 a.m. Potato Lunch and
3:30 p.m. Confirmation Class
5:00 p.m. Open Doors
6:30 p.m. Ignite