"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require
of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
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Welcome to Old First Church

Join us for our regular service at 10:30 AM.

Rev. Joyce A. Phipps


  February 2017
Pastor’s Message:
New Realities

For many of us the last several weeks have been particularly bumpy. We have been faced with new definitions of “truth,” told that there are “alternate facts,” and watched as many protections to the environment have been gutted and a push for the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines has been renewed, promoted the “gag order” on family planning funding meaning that agencies such as Planned Parenthood will no longer be able to help women obtain contraceptives and other supportive services, and ordered “enhancement” of border security. These actions are in addition to furious tweets and comments by the administration regarding a disregard of the crowd size at the Inauguration and Women’s March. Now we are faced with a crisis situation for refugees and many others traveling to and from the United States.

As Christians, we need to remember there are many areas that call us to witness, including ending violence against women, providing health services to all, providing a welcome to those who seek protection on our shores. As we face the new realities on the national front, we must not lose hope. We can organize locally on those issues that affect our lives directly, urge our State Representatives to stand up for the values that have been important to us – equality and justice, fair and affordable housing, the rights of minorities – the list is endless.

But the One we follow calls us to do no less


Sunday, February 5 -- Adult Education: Pastor Joyce will lead us in examining “Parables Told by the Rabbis” to help us understand the parables of Jesus better. Beginning at Noon following a pot luck luncheon.

Sunday, February 12 – Sweetheart Pancake Brunch at Noon: All kinds of pancakes and all kinds of toppings together with conversation and fun.

Sunday, February 19 – Riotous Readers at 2 PM: This month we are reading Thank You For Being Late by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who challenges us to live sanely in a world of increasing acceleration. Join us! Refreshments always served.

Joyce Antila Phipps, Esq.

An immigration attorney for 30 years, Joyce is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a strong advocate for an immigration policy that reflects our fundamental values as Christians and Americans. She received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut and her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School as well as her D.Min. from Hartford Seminary, specializing in interfaith relations. She helped to establish First Friends/IRATE and has taught in paralegal programs and law school clinics.
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Wednesday, January 25 at Middletown North High School Auditorium 7 PM – Public Hearing on the Monster Power Lines: Residents will have the opportunity to speak to this issue before an Administrative Law Judge.


Our newly redecorated Fellowship Hall with kitchen is a perfect place to have a celebration, whether it’s a baby shower, a going-away party, or an anniversary. Call the church office at 732-671-1905 for more details