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Services & Events Calendar
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD Harvest Time Church 1338 King St., 203-531-7778 www.htchurch.com Service: Sat 5:30pm: Sun 8:30, 10, 11:30am Sunday School, 10:30- 11:15amWed7pm-Worship&Prayer. Spanish: Thur & Sat 7:30pm; Sun 4pm . Sept. 3: Men’s Breakfast, 8:30-10am. Sept. 4: Harvest Time Young Adults, 7-9pm. Sept. 9: Messiah’s House, 7-9pm. 10 Northfield St.; 203-869-7988 www.firstbaptistgreenwich.com Sun: Service 11am, School 10am. Wed: Bible Study 7:30pm. Greenwich Baptist Church 10 Indian Rock Ln; 203-869-2807 www.greenwichbaptist.org Sun: Prayer in chapel 9:15-9:30am; Bible Study, 9:30am; Worship 11am. Wed: Prayer & Bible Study 7-8:15pm. Every first Sat. of the month: Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast, 8-9:30am . Sept. 3: Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast, 8-9:30am, email@example.com. BAPTIST First Baptist Church CATHOLIC Sacred Heart Church 95 Henry St.; 203-531-8730 Mass: Mon-Fri 7am, Sat 4 & 5:30pm, Sun: 7:30, 9:30, 11:30am Confessions: Sat 3:30 & 5pm. St. Agnes Church Greenwich 247 Stanwich Rd.; 203-869-5396 www.stagnesrc.org Mass: Mon & Tues 9am, Sat Vigil Mass: 5pm, Sun Mass: 8:30 & 10am . Sept. 18: First Religious Education Class Meeting, after 10ammass. St. Catherine of Siena Church 4 Riverside Ave.; 203-637-3661 www.stcath.org Mass: Mon-Fri: 7am and 5:15pm, Sat 7am, Sun 7:30, 9, 10:30am and 5pm; Vigil: Sat 5pm; Holyday 7am, 12:10 and 5:15 p.m (Vigil). Confessions Sat 3pm . Gospel According to Luke: Mondays Sept. 19-Oct. 24, 7:30– 9pm or Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 10–11:30am, Rooms 101-102
COMMUNITY First Church of Round Hill 464 Round Hill Rd.; 203-629- 3876 www.firstchurchofroundhill.com Service: Sundays 11am Holy Communion: first Sun every month . Round Hill Community Church 395 Round Hill Rd.; 203-869-1091 www.roundhillcommunitychurch. org Service & Church School: Sun 10am with childcare. Thurs: Meditation: 6:30pm . CONGREGATIONAL The First Congregational Church 108 Sound Beach Ave; 203-637- 1791 www.fccog.org Regular Worship and Church School: Sun 10am in Meetinghouse. Tod’s Point Service & Children’s Program: 8am Sun June 19-Sept. 4. Fall programs begin Sept 18 at 10am. Gentle Hatha Yoga, Sat 10am. Through Dec. 6: Bible Study returns, 11:20am. Caregivers Support Group, 1st Sun11:15am-12pm. HatsOff Book Discussion Group, Thu 10-11:30am . North Greenwich Congregational 606 Riversville Rd.; 203-869-7763 www.northgreenwichchurch.org Service: Sun 10:30am. Communion first Sunday of month. Second Congregational Church 139 E Putnam Ave.; 203-869-9311 www.2cc.org Service: Sun 9:30am in Chapel. Evening Bible Study Wed 7:30pm. Prayer Group each Thurs 11am . Stanwich Church 202 Taconic Rd.; 203-661-4420 www.stanwichchurch.org Sunday worship: 10am at Greenwich campus, 202 Taconic Rd.; 6:30pm at Stamford campus, 579 Pacific St. Communion, Kids Church, Youth Group and childcare at both services . Summer Services: June 12- Sept. 11. Sept. 2: Serving Meals with the Mobile Kitchen, South Norwalk (Radnoor Court Housing Projects), firstname.lastname@example.org.
O’Connor Center, $30 materials fee, register at stcath.org or 203- 637-3661. St. Mary Church 178 Greenwich Ave.; 203-869- 9393 www.stmarygreenwich.org Mass: Mon-Fri 7am & 12:05pm; Sat 8am; Sun 7, 9, 10:30am, 12:15 and 5:15pm Sat Vigils: 4, 5:15 and 7:30pm (Spanish). Confession: Sat 2:45-3:45. Choir Rehearsals Thu: Children 5:30-6pm, Youth 6-7, Adults 7:30-9:15. Sept. 2, 3, 4 & 5: only oneMass, 9am. Through Sept 16: all daily Masses will be held in the downstairs chapel. Religious Education Classes - Registration for 2016-2017 ends Sept. 6. St. Michael the Archangel Church 469 North St.; 203-869-5421 www.stmichaelgreenwich.com Mass: Mon-Fri: 7:45am, 9am; Sat 9am, Vigil Mass 5pm; Sun: 7, 9, 10:30am, 12, 5pm . Sept. 11: Diocesan Blue Mass (9-11 Anniversary), 9am, St. Thomas Aquinas, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield, all are welcome, followed by reception. St. Timothy Chapel 1034 North St.; 203-869-5421 Mass: Sat 4pm; Sun: 9:30 & 11am. St. Paul Church 84 Sherwood Ave. | 203-531- 8741 www.stpaulgreenwich.org Mass: Sat: 4pm; Sun: 7:30, 9:30, 11:30am; Mon to Thurs 9am. Holy Day schedule: Vigil: 5:30pm Holy Day: 9am and 12:15pm. Sacrament of Reconciliation: Sat 3-3:45pm . St. Roch Church 10 St. Roch Ave.; 203-869-4176 www.strochchurch.com Mass: Mon, Tue, Frid: 7:30pm; Sat 4pm, Vigil Mass 5 pm; Sun: 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 am. Confession: Sat 3-3:30pm . CHRISTIAN SCIENCE First Church of Christ, Scientist 11 Park Place; 203-869-2503 www.christiansciencect.org Service and Sunday School 10:30am Wed. Service 7:30pm. Childcare.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2016
Bryan Stevenson Author of Just Mercy
Summer Memories By Heather P. Wright Sentinel Columnist Guest Column:
—D E S MON D T U T U , Nobel Peace Prize Laureate “A sea r ing , mov ing and infuriating memoir . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed , be Ame r i c a ’s Ma nd e l a . F o r decades he has fought judges, prosecutors and pol ice on b e h a l f o f t h o s e wh o a r e impoverished, black or both. . . . Injustice is easy not to notice when it affects people different f rom ourselves; t hat helps explain the obliviousness of our own generation to inequity today. We need to wake up. And that is why we need a Mandela in this country.” —Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times “Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he’s also a gifted writer and storyteller.” —The Washington Post “Unfairness in the justice system is a major theme of our age. . . . This book brings new life to the story by placing it in two affecting contexts: [Bryan] Stevenson’s life work and the deep strain of racial injustice in American life. . . . You don’t have to read too long to start cheering for this man. Against tremendous odds, Stevenson ha s worked to f re e s core s of people from wrongful or excessive punishment, arguing five times before the Supreme Court. . . . The book extols not his nobility but that of the cause, and reads like a call to action for all that remains to be done. . . . The message of the book, hammered home by dramatic examples of one man’s refusa l to sit quiet ly and countenance horror, is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful. . . . Stevenson has been angry about [the crimina l justice system] for years, and we are all the better for it.” —Ted Conover, The New
York Times Book Review
“Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference i n t h e Ame r i c a n S o u t h . Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God’s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story.” —John Grisham “From t he f ront l i nes of social justice comes one of the most urgent voices of our era. Bryan Stevenson is a real-life, modern-day Atticus Finch who, through his work in redeeming innocent people condemned to death, has sought to redeem the country itself. This is a book of great power and courage. It is inspiring and suspenseful—a revelation.” —Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns “Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps t h e mo s t i n s p i r i n g a n d influential crusader for justice alive today, and Just Mercy is extraordinary. The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice.” —Mi c he l l e A l e x a nd e r, author of The New Jim Crow “Words such as important and compelling may have lost their force through overuse, but reading this book will restore their meaning, along with one’s hopes for humanity.” —Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer P r i z e –w i nn i ng au t hor o f Mountains Beyond Mountains It is as gripping to read as any legal thriller, and what hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation. —Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
B efore the busyness of a new school year, ramped up expectations at work, and the cooler weather sets in to remind us that change is in the air, it might be time to ask those you love, “What were the highlights and challenges of your summer?” We so often learn a great deal about ourselves and what we care about through our recreation and hobbies. What did you choose to spend time on this summer? Any new experiences? What would you hope to do differently next year? In vocational counseling, we often ask people to evaluate what they do with their free time, what are the skills and talents they are using that reflect deeper truths about who they are and what their natural aptitudes may be. My 13 year old ended up helping at several camps throughout the summer as a counselor- in-training. We called it, her “summer of service.” We spent time today, before she returns to school tomorrow, reflecting on what she liked and learned and hoped for next year. My greatest challenge this summer took place earlier this week. I joined my 26 year old, Douglas, and 13 year old, Alyse, hiking a White Mountain. We spent a day climbing Mount Lafayette, then spent the night in an AMC hut with no electricity or most hotel’s amenities. We a r r ived at t he summit wit h other brave travelers; weary but warmed up from a good workout. We ate a hearty meal and were in bed by 9 pm since the only way to get from bunk to bathroom was with headlamps. We then hiked back down out of thick cloud cover at the summit. As t he date drew nea r, I became more concerned about my fitness level and ability to complete the hike. Much of my job involves computer work and sitting for hours. I try to keep up with Pilates but don’t
Br ya n St e venson i s t he Exe cut i ve Di re c tor of t he Equa l Just ice In it iat ive i n Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York Un iver sit y School of Law. He has won relief for dozens o f c ondemne d pr i s one r s , argued five times before the Supr eme Cou r t , a nd won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, i nc lud i ng t he MacAr t hu r Foundation “Genius” Grant. Stevenson is the bestselling author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. A powerful true story about t he potent ia l for merc y to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. PRAISE FOR JUST MERCY “Words such as important and compelling may have lost their force through overuse, but to read this book is to feel that they have been restored, along with one’s hopes for humanity.” —TRACY KIDDER “ B r y a n S t e v e n s o n i s Ame r i c a ’s y ou n g Ne l s on Mandela—a brilliant lawyer f ight i ng wit h courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all.”
have a s much ca rd io i n my daily routine. My son, a former college track star, encouraged a treadmill and elliptical twice a week beforehand. I did both and even went for a run during the 10 days leading up to the hike. I felt like I was cramming for an exam. Would I make it? Would the kids have to carry me or call for help? Thankfully, all went well. I was still sore from the run a few days earlier when we set off on our ascent. However, my body adapted to the task at hand. It was exhilarating to succeed in completing the two-day hike. Being in nature, at her mercy, with clouds and high winds keeping us from a larger loop and trail on the descent, was humbling and breath taking. Steep drop offs led to expansive views of the summits ahead, appea r i ng as clouds passed around them, and to the valley and hills below. Northern peaks were seen as we rounded the sides of the ridge. We saw a few leaves in fall colors. Trees were shorter and shorter as we ascended the peak. The mountain taught me a few lessons: only concentrate on the
next step, don’t sweat what is left to be done, each step matters and needs to be placed carefully when walking through and over rocks and on slick stone faces, keep breathing and find a rhythm to rise above minor aches and pains along the way, consciously try to relax my feet and knees as they tensed up from larger drops or higher steps. Most importantly, I realized being with people I love en-courages me. I was stronger, braver and more motivated to succeed because we had each other’s back. Nature for many of us is an avenue back to ourselves and to our Source. There is a strong sense of God’s presence in the created order. I found in communing wit h nature and ot hers, my family and the strangers that became friends on top of the peak, restored a rhythm to my soul and pushed me beyond my comfort zone. These are the experiences that remind us we are alive, to value the beauty and challenge each day brings. May your summer reflections also bring you home to yourself, your sense of the Holy, and to those you love.
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal 42 Lake Ave.; 203-661-3099 Service: Sun 11am Bible Study: Wed. 6pm. NONDENOMINATIONAL Dingletown Community Church 376 Stanwich Rd.; 203-629-5923 www.dingletownchurch.org Service & Sunday School: Sundays 10:30am followed by coffee hour. Holy Communion: first Sun of each month. Sunday School 11am. The Albertson Memorial Church 293 Sound Beach Ave; 203-637- 4615 www.albertsonchurch.org Worship Sun: 11-12:30pm . Sept. 1: A Course in Miracles with Joan Goss classes,12 & 7pm. Sept. 10: Healing Workshop w/ Rev. Lelia Cutler, 10am-12pm. Trinity Church 15 Sherwood Place; 203-618-0808 www.trinitychurch.life Worship (June 26-Sept. 4): Sun 9:15 & 11am. Christ Church Parish Hall, 254 E. Putnam Ave . PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian Church 1 W. Putnam Ave.; 203-869-8686 www.fpcg.org Worship Sun: 10am with childcare; Children’s Mini-Chapel 10:15am. Food for the Table 2nd Thurs 3-5pm; Shelter for the Homeless 2nd Thurs 5:30-7pm . Sept. 8: Cooking For Shelter for the Homeless, 1:30- 4:30pm, Mary Aly, 203-869- 8686 x115, Mary.email@example.com. Sept. 11: Homecoming Sunday, 10am-1pm, 203-869-8686 x115, Mary.firstname.lastname@example.org. www.gracechurchgreenwich.com Worship Sun: 8:45 & 10:45am at 89 Maple Ave.; childcare provided . Presbyterian Church 38 West End Ave; 203-637-3669 www.pcogonline.org Worship Sun: 9:30am. Bible study: Mon 7:15-9pm, Tue 9:30-11:30am. Mothers of Preschoolers 1st/3rd Wed of month 9:15-11:45am, Men’s Bibles & Bagels Sat 7:15-8:30am . Sept. 12: Community Bible Study (CBS) Evening Class, 7:15-9pm, Carol Wheeler, 203-525-0011 or email@example.com. Grace Church of Greenwich 8 Sound Shore Dr, Suite 280 203-861-7555
EPISCOPAL Anglican Church of the Advent 606 Riversville Rd.; 203-861-2432 www.churchoftheadvent.org Service: Sun 9am Holy Eucharist. Sunday School during academic year. Christ Church Greenwich 254 E. Putnam Ave.; 203-869- 6600 www.christchurchgreenwich.org Sun: Holy Eucharist, Rite II 8 & 10am; Compline and Communion 5pm. Mon-Fri: Morning Prayer 8am; Evening Prayer 4:30pm. Tues: Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10am. Additional Weekly Offerings: Mon - Contemplative Prayer Group, 7pm; Wed - Support Group 12noon. Support Group for Pain, Wed noon. The Prayer of the Cloud, Mon 7pm . Sept. 2: First Friday Book Group: Same Kind of Different as Me, RSVP, firstfridaybookgroup@ gmail.com. Sept. 3: The Choir of Sommerville College performs, 7pm, free. Sept. 16: Pilgrimage of Awakening Book Launch, 203-869-9030, bookstore@ christchurchgreenwich.org. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church 954 Lake Ave.; 203-661-5526 www.stbarnabasgreenwich.org Sun: Holy Eucharist 8am; Worship, Church School & Nursery 10am . St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 200 Riverside Ave.; 203-637-2447 www.stpaulsriverside.org Service: Sundays 8, 10:15am & 5pm (July and August, in the Memorial Garden) . Sept. 11: Parish Barbecue, after the 10:15 service & Raft-Up, 5pm. St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church 350 Sound Beach Ave; 203-637- 2262 www.saintsaviours.org Sun: Rite I Eucharistic Service, 8am. Rite II Eucharistic Service, 10am. School and childcare offered during 10am service . Sept. 11: Food Bank Sunday. JEWISH Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich 75 Mason St.; 203-629-9059 www.chabadgreenwich.org Shabbat Prayer, Study and Kiddush, Chassidic Philosophy 8:45am, Sat 9:30am; Torah reading and discussions 10:30am; Youth Services 11am. Judaism 101 for Women, Wed. 9:30am . Sept. 4: CTeen Greenwich BBQ Kick-off event, 8pm, 203-629-9059, Bentzi@
Congregation Shir Ami One W. Putnam Ave; 203-274- 5376 www.congregationshirami.org Shir Ami Religious grades K-6, Tues, 4-6pm, B’nai Mitzvah Classes; Shabbat Services two Fridays a month . Greenwich Reform Synagogue 1037 E. Putnam Ave; 203-629- 0018 www.grs.org Shabbat services, Fri 6:30pm. Adult education - Hebrew, Thurs 7pm, free, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; Torah study, Sun 9:30am, North Street School. Hebrew Reading Crash Course, Thurs 7pm, RSVP, 203-629- 0018 . Sept. 9: Welcome Back Shabbat Service & dinner, 6:30- 8:30pm, Home of Steve & Sandy Soule. Temple Sholom 300 E. Putnam Ave.; 203-869- 7191 www.templesholom.com Service: Fri 6:30pm; Sat 10am; Sun 8:30am. Candle Lighting: Fri night. Shabbat Study: Sat 9am. Minyan: Sun 8:30am. Lunch ‘n Learn: Tue 12pm; Jewish Meditation 7:15pm (semi- monthly). Itsy Bitsy Playgroup: Wed 10:30am. Summer Little Explorers: Thu 9:15-10:45am . Sept. 4: JNYC Peaches & Pies, 10:30am, JNYCGreenwich@gmail.com. Sept. 12: Community Blood Drive, 1:30-6:30pm, 860-681- 3298, redcrossblood.org. LUTHERAN First Lutheran Church 38 Field Point Rd.; 203-869-0032 www.flcgreenwich.org Service: Sun 10:30am followed by fellowship. Wed: education ages 3.5 & up 2:30-5:15pm at St. Paul Lutheran . St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran 286 Delavan Ave.; 203-531-8466 Service: Sun 9am, Bible Study 10:30 . METHODIST Diamond Hill United Methodist 521 E. Putnam Ave.; 203-869- 2395 www.diamondhillumc.com Worship Sun: 10am . First United Methodist Church 59 E. Putnam Ave.; 203-629-9584 www.fumcgreenwich.com Sun 10:30am with childcare .
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disciples of Jesus Christ, in service to the church and into the world,” Miller said. “I look forward to helping members of FPCG discover and reconnect with their own sense of call.” Ac cord i ng to Mi l ler, one of t he challenges in ministry is adapting to the evolving relationship that society has with the church. “The church as an institution is in the midst of a time of great transition— some have said we are in the midst of reformat ion,” Mi l ler sa id. “People’s relationships to institutions are changing and American religious life looks very different than it did a generation ago, even just decades ago. “The challenge in church leadership is fa it h f u l ness to t he Gospel wh i le seeking new ways to embrace and serve
the community. At the same time, the challenges are great opportunities, for there is great need for what the church has always provided—a grounding in relationship to God, an inspiration to serve Christ as Lord, and an embrace of the Spirit’s leading both inside and outside the church.” Miller, who is a loyal Chicago Cubs fan, was born and raised in Deerfield, Ill. The church was a part of his life from an early age. “ I w a s r a i s e d i n a wo n d e r f u l congregation with a very active youth program, and a strong tradition of worship, Christian education, and mission,” Miller said. “From an early age, the church felt like home to me in profound ways, and looking back, those were fruitful times that shaped my sense of call to ministry.” Miller became very active in the church by leading mission trips for middle and senior high school youth as well as college students. After leading a middle school mission trip during a summer home from college, Miller felt called to church leadership as a profession. Af ter g raduat i ng col lege, Mi l ler entered seminary, a place he knew would prepare him spiritually, theologically, and professionally to seek ordination and serve in church leadership for many years to come. Miller said that in the Presbyterian faith, a “calling” is sensed inwardly and affirmed outwardly by the church. “Looking back on those formative years, those that affirmed my call were members of the congregation who gave me opportunities to lead Bible studies and mission trips, to preach, to provide music during worship, and who supported me in difficult times,” said Miller. Miller is married to Dr. Sarah Miller, who earned her Ph.D in forced migration
By Chéye Roberson Sentinel Correspondent
T he First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich has chosen Pastor Sean Miller to step into the role of head minister after the position has been vacant for two years. “It’s very humbling when a congregation calls on you. It’s a big change for our family,” Miller said recently. “My first goal is to get to know people. Getting to know the people who called on me to be their pastor—getting to know their stories and take it from there.” Parishioners of the church have said that Miller is “a good fit”—and Miller says the feeling is mutual. “We are ‘called’ by God to serve as
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New head minister at the First Presbyterian Church Sean Miller. (Chéye Roberson photo)
from Oxford University and holds degrees from Va lparaiso Universit y and t he University of Chicago. Sarah is also from the Chicago area, and is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. Sarah and Sean have a daughter named Hannah, born in May of 2014, and are expecting their second child in October. When the family moved into their new home, members of the church filled their pantry with food just to give the family one less thing to worry about during their transition. The church’s youth group also contributed by building a gingerbread house filled with cookies inside for the new head minister and his wife. “It’s hard not to feel welcome when everyone’s so excited and nice,” said Sarah. Sarah Miller is a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, consulting for NGOs, policy-makers and members of academia about refugee resettlement and migration issues. In the past, she has been a consultant for the United Nations. She recently finished writing a book on Syrian refugees. Sarah said she is currently focusing on family and getting settled in their new town, but she plans to plug back in professionally once the family gets attuned to its new life.
Sean Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and music from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2005. He said he loves music’s ability to move people. He builds his sermons around scripture and braids in the use of music and song. “I love to preach—both the experience on Sunday morn i ngs a s wel l a s t he discipline of weekly study and prayer,” Miller said. “Preparation for preaching is foundational to my own spiritual life and it has become my greatest joy in ministry. But beyond what I love to do, I treasure the opportunities to see members of the church ‘come alive’ in love of the Lord and service to their neighbor and community.” Miller said that faith is important to have in this day and age, to generate a deeper sense of community. “Faith gives us a sense of belonging and identity as children of God, in a time when it often feels as though safety and security are fleeting and tentative,” Miller said. “In my personal life, faith provides a compass by which I try to live and work, and in which I serve as a minister in the church of Jesus Christ.”
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New head minister at the First Presbyterian Church Sean Miller sits down with his family. (Chéye Roberson photo)
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