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We believe that God is still speaking and our own discipleship does not stop once we reach adulthood. First Church's Adult Christian Formation & Education opportunities are meant to deepen our faith, build our internest in Christian practices and history, and challenge us to listen for God, who is still speaking.  We will listen for God's voice in our studies together!

We also offer a number of intergenerational programs: Sunday School Family events, Panel Discussions, Summer Programs and Special Worship Services. 

For Fall 2016--our theme will be "GATHER AT THE TABLE."  Begin your study with this article: "Table Fellowship in the Gospels" by Mark E. Moore.


Growing Together through the ctucc.org Faith Formation platform  

Join us in a state-wide faith forming reading!   

We encourage every adult in the congregation to pariticipate in a study, program or event during the Church year.

If you have any questions about these programs, please don't hesitate to call us at 877-4277, and ask to speak with the Minister of Christian Education or one of the Pastors.

Upcoming Opportunities:

Presence & Purpose At the Heart of the Holiday Season

Friday November 4, 7-8:30pm--Thanks to all of our participants! What a wonderful night.
Laura Jarvis, facilitator from Pure Possibilities

Join us for an evening as we approach the holiday season, to pause, connect and set intentions for the holiday season. Guided tools such as, breath work, mindfulness and guided meditations, will help you identify what is truly important. Discussion and candlelight ceremony sharing holiday intentions. Leave with a sense of calm, purpose and joy.

COMMUNITY READ:  Building and sustaining communities in a world of social media by The Rev. Verity A. Jones.  Check out this article and let Rev. Ashley know what you think. 

Early Riser's BIble Study on Wednesday mornings at 7 AM in the Library.  Join Rev. Adam and a faithful crew of early risers explore the text and discuss its impact on lived experience.  Resumes on Sept. 7!!

Past Offerings:
Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez creates mixed and multi-media sculptures representing Middle Eastern streetscapes and buildings besieged by civil war, deliberately contrasted with hopeful verses from the Holy Quran, audio recordings from his homeland, and other elements of his Islamic heritage. At First United Church of Christ in Milford, Mr. Hafez will discuss how his surrealistic art reflects political turmoil through the compilation of found objects, paint, and scrap metal revealing personal stories about life in the conflict and the aftermath of wars on his family.

His recent exhibition Desperate Cargo at Real Art Ways in Hartford was a multimedia installation that incorporated wall murals, pre-war sculpture depicting the post-war reality, miniature elements, and photography, focusing on the war and the current refugee crisis.

The public is invited to Hafez's talk, which will take place on Sunday October 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM at First United Church of Christ Congregational, Plymouth Building, 18 West Main St., Milford, CT. Free will offering to benefit Integrated Refugee & Immigration Services (IRIS) of New Haven and Sojourners Haven, First Church's transitional housing.

Whaddya Say? Workshop

Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm

"God must have needed another angel". ("Why did it have to be my loved one"?)
"It's all part of God's plan". ("God planned this tragedy?")
"I know what you're going through". ("You have no idea!")

Do you find yourself resorting to these types of clichés when offering condolences to a friend or family member? Are you afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing? Maybe you get so tongue-tied you avoid going to wakes and funerals altogether. You want to help but you don't know what to do or you are afraid of intruding. If this sounds familiar, then come to our Whaddya Say? Workshop and learn better ways of providing comfort and help to those who are grieving. A panel of members and friends who have "been there" will talk about what worked for them and what didn't. Attendees will gain valuable insight and specific ideas for what to say and do when you are a consoler or when you are a griever. Please sign up during coffee hour or call the church office so we will have an idea how many to expect.  Speak with Robin Lewis for more information.

Book Discussion,
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Thursday, April 14th 6 pm
Join Sue Bernor in a lively discussion as we consider how people challenge injustice; endure hardships with steadfastness, and speak out when society denies them a voice. Inspired by the historic figure of abolitionist and suffragette, Sara Grimke, this fictional narrative presents the extraordinary lives of two remarkable women - Hetty, Handful, Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, and Sarah, the Grim-but, idealistic daughter. Please contact Sue Bernor with any questions. RSVP to susanbernor@sbcglobal.net
A Time For Planning: Making Your Final Wishes Known: Second Hour on Sunday, February 28th at 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor
While most of us don't like thinking about our own death, a feeling of peace can come from knowing and expressing your final wishes for your funeral or memorial service.
During this special Second-Hour workshop you will have an opportunity to hear from some of the ministry team about what a "good " service might look like and think about what elements are important for you or your loved one.
You will have the chance to create a document to be left on file at the church that expresses your final wishes, including: would you like to be buried or cremated; location for burial or scattering of ashes; location of a service; music and scripture for the service; and who might participate in your service.
We will also discuss the issues of a will, power of attorney, and a health care proxy. Together, we can prayerfully consider these difficult but important decisions. Please contact Jennifer McCleery with any questions

Experience Glass Blowing!
Join us for an evening to remember!
On Thursday, May 12, 2016 we'll head off from the church parking lot at 5:30 p.m. for a night of fellowship and fun at Hotspot Glass Studio in Fairfield where we will work closely with a professional glass blower, learning the basics of shaping and forming glass with tools while adding colors. All materials are included and you'll leave with your one-of-akind, handmade glass-blown treasure!
Space is limited and first-come, first-served so please RSVP as soon as possible to Michele Steinlauf at outreach@firstchurchofmilord.org or at (203) 874-3710. You must be 21 years of age or older to join us.
The non-refundable cost is $50 per person (BYO brown-bag supper and beverage). All fees are due before our reservation can be finalized so please respond soon!

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