Upcoming Events

Mardis Gras Potluck

Celebrate with us on
Sunday, March 3, 2019
11:15 a.m.
First Church of Christ
5 Meeting House Lane

Potluck Food and Live Music
Activities that include:
The Limbo, Line Dancing,
Face Painting and Crafts for All Ages
Open to the Community
Bring your Friends and Family
Men’s Fellowship will provide Refreshments and a King Cake
Our Sunday School Kids will provide Dessert and Activities
Bring your Favorite Food Dish to serve 10 people
Could be a Mardi Gras food like Jambalaya, Creole
or something less spicy! It’s your choice!

mardi gras 2019

Orange Community Nursery School OPEN HOUSE


Sunday, March 3, 2019, 1-3pm
Woodbridge Campus Location
(Snow date Monday, March 4, 2019 6-7:30pm)

Accepting registrations

All NEW this year-two locations of OCNS

Woodbridge Campus
The First Church of Christ
5 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge

Orange Campus
(newly renovated & opening for 2019 school year)
High Plains Community Center
525 Orange Center Road, Orange

Orange Community Nursery School

The Parishioner

February 2019 Newsletter

The Scientific Method is one way of getting at the truth. Someone wants to prove a hypothesis describes a part of reality and constructs an experiment in an attempt to discover its validity. The experiment must be constructed in such a way that others can replicate it. If they come to the same conclusion it can be said the experiment is successful and the hypothesis was right. However, many experiments don’t prove the original hypothesis to be correct, but this can lead to new ideas and greater learning.

January 2019 Newsletter

The practice of making New Year’s resolutions, at the very least, dates back to the Babylonian Empire.  At the start of each New Year - and for them the new year started with the first planting in March - they would make promises to return borrowed items and pay their debts.  The Romans began the New Year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. 

December 2018 Newsletter

The setting is strange: a shelter for livestock. The characters are common: an unwed pregnant woman and her fiancé The story is simple: a baby is born The theme is unimaginable: God is with us! May the strange but common, simple yet unimaginable coming of Christ be experienced by you this Advent and Christmas season, and throughout the year.

November 2018 Newsletter

Most folks believe our nation’s founders established the separation of church and state in order to keep religion out of politics. Religion, the rationale goes, is messy, irrational and the source of much instability and warfare. Our government would be better off without it. There are those, however, who believe the debate was not so much about keeping religion out of government, but how to best foster religion so it might be a source of wisdom and guidance for the new nation. Some believed a state sponsored religion, like the Church of England, was the best way to accomplish this; others believed religion free from government influence would be most effective. The latter won out.

October 2018 Newsletter

At the end of a Trustees’ meeting the other evening one of the members observed a recent liveliness in the church.  With the nursery school up and running the parish house is filled with the voices and laughter of children.  Since the Neighborhood Music School began offering lessons in our church the sounds of stringed instruments have become part of the air we breathe in the afternoon. 

September 2018 Newsletter

Anya Powers is a person with whom we will become well acquainted beginning in September. She is our Yale Divinity School Intern for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Anya is in the process of discerning weather or not to become ordained in the United Church of Christ.  Her home church is in Boulder, CO.  Anya’s resume is rich and varied, but a couple of things in particular leap out at me. She is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps, basic training at Quantico, VA, and will be coming to us fresh from U.S. Air Force basic training in Alabama.

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