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Discover the Lost Scriptures of Early Christianity! April 18, 25 & May 2

in the FCC library

In the last 170 years, over a hundred early Christians texts have emerged from the sands of Egypt, middle-eastern markets, and the back shelves of scholars’ libraries. For the first time, scholars and congregations have been able to translate and read texts like the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary, which have previously either been lost or dismissed.

There is so much to discover! In The Gospel of Thomas we find more sage-like sayings of Jesus and in The Acts of Paul and Thecla we are introduced to a fierce female Apostle named Thecla— and these are only a couple of many texts to explore.

With such diversity of material, these scriptures are water for the spiritually thirsty and enticing clues for anyone wondering about Christianity before it became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Come join us on this journey of discovery!
To help us delve into these scriptures, we will be reading Elaine Pagels’s The Gnostic Gospels. Affordable copies are available on Amazon. This study will be led by Associate Pastor John Rogers, who has produced short films on early Christian writings and presented on this material at conferences across the country, and Robin Bratton-Bias, who has journeyed with these texts for years.


Calling All Parents!!!


Last Book Club meeting for the season will be

Sunday, May 6, after service


(please note date change.)


The last book is Spiritual Parenting: an awakening for today's families......"It's hard enough to train kids to behave, but good behavior isn't what Jesus calls for in the Bible. He wants hearts and souls that are shaped in vibrant faith and love toward God and others. How can parents cultivate this in their children?


In this book Dr. Michelle Anthony shares practical examples and biblical insight on the spiritual role of parenting." 


Please join us even if you do not have time to read the book beforehand...questions? Please contact Ali Campbell alicam43@gmail.com or Kathy Reany kreany08@gmail.com.


Join us on Friday, April 27th at 7:00pm for our next FCC Book Club

conversation and refreshments.

April's book club selection, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng,  has been hailed as "an utterly engrossing, often heartbreaking, deeply empathetic experience" which will "give you pause and help you think differently about humanity and this country’s current state of affairs" (New York Times; San Francisco Chronicle).  

In the idyllic suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio, a guiding principle is playing by the rules, and no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson.  But when Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - and her daughter Pearl rent a home from the successful Richardsons, all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair whose mysterious past and disregard for the status quo threaten to upend the carefully ordered community.  When old friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town -- and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to probe Mia's past.  But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.  Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.  (Synopsis adapted from goodreads.com). 

FCC Member Mike Magdalenski is facilitating this group and will be hosting at his home.  We'd like to make it both a literary and social evening, so we invite contributions of light refreshments and beverages as well.  We'll gather at 7:00 with some social time and begin book discussion at 7:30pm. Please contact Mike to RSVP by Tuesday, April 24th at  michael.magdalenski@gmail.com

FCC’s 5th ANNUAL YARD SALE Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Beginning April 2, we will be collecting new and gently used items for our yard sale (please, no clothes).  Just like last year, you can drop off your donations in the Guild Room (near the fireplace area).  There is no one in the office on Saturdays to let you in, so that’s not a good day.  If you’re planning to come by, just give the office a quick call (973) 744-4856.


We are looking for volunteers to help with cleaning, sorting and pricing, so if you’d like to help out, please let Deb Duhamel or Anne Garty know.  To make things a little bit easier, we’d like to ask that if you are donating books, to put them in shopping bags.  Also, please clean/dust off your items before bringing them in.  If you can help the day of the sale (for a few hours or the entire day), please let Deb or Anne know.  We ALWAYS have a great time!


Any questions, please contact:

Deb Duhamel   debbieduhamel@hotmail.com

Anne Garty    agarty14@comcast.net