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All Invited to Thanksgiving Day Service at Christian Science Church in Darien

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The Christian Science church in Darien will again be hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day service on Thursday, Nov. 28, at 10:30 a.m.  This event is open to the public, and no collection will be taken. — an announcement from the First Church of Christ Scientist in Darien

This service, in the church auditorium, at 2331 Post Road, at the corner of Salt Box Lane,  is held in Christian Science churches worldwide, continues an annual tradition that began in 1902. It includes the singing of hymns, the reading of the Thanksgiving Proclamation of the President of the United States or the governor of the state, or both, readings from the “Pastor” of the church — The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy — a solo, and testimonies by Christian Scientists appropriate for the occasion. The public is also welcome to attend the regular church services, which are held weekly throughout the year on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

Another option available to the public is the Christian Science Reading Room, which is a spiritual resource center and a quiet place for study and prayer.

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Talmadge Hill Church Might Move Across the Street, Putting It Into New Canaan

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Talmadge Hill Community Church, which sits just south of Darien’s border with New Canaan, might move across the street into the other town if New Canaan town government decides to sell a parcel there, according to the New Canaan first selectman. — This article is adapted from reports here and here originally published by New Canaanite.com. Saying revenues would go toward the renovation of Waveny House, New Canaan’s highest elected official said he’s discussed the possible  sale of a disused and disconnected portion of the former of Lapham estate for residential development. The approximately 6.25 acres located below the Merritt Parkway and on the west side of Lapham Road could be sold for as much as $2 million for two residential building lots, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. One of the parties that contacted Moynihan last month to express interest in acquiring a piece of town-owned property at Lapham and Talmadge Hill Roads was the Talmadge Hill Community Church, located catty-corner (in Darien).

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‘Are You Ready to Take the First Step?’ Lecture by Christian Science Teacher on Turning to God

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Enrique Smeke, a Christian Science teacher, will give a talk titled “Are You Ready to Take the First Step,” on Saturday, April 27 at Norwalk Community College. — an announcement from the First Church of Christ Scientist in Darien

His lecture focusses on how to turn to God and choose the best approach to handling every challenge that confronts us in our daily experience. How can we take that first step towards a more harmonious relationship with friends or relatives? And what is that connection with God that enables us to enjoy better, more stable health? Where can we turn when faced with a financial crisis or lack of employment?

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Classical Pianist Maxim Pakhomov Performs Saturday at First Congregational Church

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The renowned classical pianist Maxim Pakhomov will perform a program of Chopin, Bach, Debussy and Arensky in the First Congregational Church of Darien meetinghouse at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. 

— an announcement from the First Congregational Church of Darien

The program is also supported by Cesco’s Trattoria, of Goodwives Shopping Center.  Concert goers will receive a 10% discount on their meal after the concert. Pakhomov is the principal pianist with the Bronx Orchestra, performs with the Westchester Chorale and has performed in Europe, Russia and the United States. He is a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory and has been the lead organist at the First Congregational Church since 2008. He will be joined by special guests violinist Akiko Silver and cellist Andrew Borkowski. A suggested donation of $10 per person supports the cost of the program and benefits The Carver Foundation of Norwalk.

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St Thomas Boys Choir to Sing in Concert at St Luke’s in Darien on Feb 8

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The Friends of Music of Saint Luke’s Parish, Darien, are excited to welcome the boys of the esteemed Choir of St. Thomas Church, Fifth Ave., on Friday, Feb 8, at 7 p.m.

The concert, featuring a variety of music and held in the historic nave of Saint Luke’s, will be conducted by Daniel Hyde and accompanied by Ben Sheen. The concert is free and open to the public. — an announcement from St. Luke’s Parish

“We are elated and honored to have a choir as revered as the boys of St.

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St Luke’s Presents Lecture Series on Religious Art; Displays Handwritten, Illuminated Bible

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With the invention of the printing press, so went the practice of writing the bible by hand — until Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, produced a 1,165-page handwritten, gold-illuminated bible in 2011. A limited edition of one of the seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible is on display at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Parish for all to view for one year. St. Luke’s is also hosting a three-part lecture series this month on Bible art. — This announcement from St.

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Jazz Vocalist and Pianist Katharine Hedlund Performs Friday in Darien

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Noted jazz vocalist and pianist Katharine Hedlund, who grew up in Darien, will return to town Friday night for a benefit concert at the First Congregational Church of Darien. Katharine, who grew up in Darien, is often compared to Norah Jones and Diana Krall but is a unique and captivating jazz/soul singer in her own right. She will be accompanied by two other former Darien residents: drummer Willie Bruno and bassist Nick Trautmann. — an announcement from the First Congregational Church of Darien

The concert takes place Friday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Darien, 14 Brookside Road.

Rev. Dale Paulsen, Former Noroton Presbyterian Church Youth Minister, Dies in Car Accident in California

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The Rev. Dale Paulsen, 67, pastor of a California Church and former youth pastor at Noroton Presbyterian Church, died in a car accident on Sunday evening, hours after he had announced his retirement after 23 years at the Morro Bay Presbyterian Church. Paulsen, who had been youth minister at the Noroton Church from 1977 to 1980, was walking in a nearby community when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver and killed, the San Luis Obispo County Tribune reported, citing a California Highway Patrol report. Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo County are on the Pacific coast, about half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Tribune. Although the driver fled, California authorities later charged a 24-year-old woman who they said was driving a Toyota pickup truck while intoxicated.

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United Church of Rowayton Joins Operation Gratitude in Sending Letters, Care Packages to Troops

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The United Church of Rowayton is launching a local Operation Gratitude campaign, sending letters and care packages to veterans and deployed U.S. troops. — an announcement from Rowayton Community Church
“It gives everyone an opportunity to take a personal role in honoring members of our military services on Veterans Day, Nov. 11,” said Bill Peltz, chairman of the UCR Board of Christian Outreach. “Adults and children are welcome to join in,” Peltz said. Letters can start out by simply saying, “I am writing to thank you for your service.” Letters can be handwritten or typed.

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The Rev. David Anderson, Rector of St Luke’s Parish, Announces His Departure

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The Rev. David Anderson, rector of St. Luke’s Parish for more than 15 years, announced on Monday that he will be leaving in early December to become chaplain of Episcopal Community Services, a major social services provider in Philadelphia. Anderson made the announcement in an email to parishioners on Monday. “This was a hard decision,” he wrote. “Pam and I love the Saint Luke’s community and our life in Darien.

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St Luke’s Parish Hosts Choral Evensong Service with Six Choirs from CT, RI and NJ

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Saint Luke’s Parish in Darien will be presenting Choral Evensong, Saturday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m., with young singers from across Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. — an announcement from Saint Luke’s Parish

Participating Choirs include: The Choir School of Hartford;  St. Stephen’s, Ridgefield; Saint Paul’s Choir School, Englewood, New Jersey; The Choir School of Asbury Park, New Jersey; singers from Saint Luke’s, East Greenwich, Rhode Island; and the choristers of Saint Luke’s, Darien. The service will be the culmination of Saint Luke’s first Royal School of Church Music Treble Festival.

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Celebrate Recovery Ministry on Monday Celebrates Its First Year at Noroton Presbyterian Church

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The one-year anniversary of the start of Noroton Presbyterian Church’s Celebrate Recovery ministry is being celebrated with music and food on Monday, Oct. 15. The  group was set up to help anyone deal with hurts/habits/hangups using the 12 steps in a Christ-centered environment. Music will be from Kenny Weiss and Pivot Ministries and personal testimonies from two of the Celebrate Recovery group’s leaders. The celebration takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Church Lobby.

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Darien Congregational Church Concert with Puerto Rican Music to Raise Money for Relief Effort

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Marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico and caused more than 3,000 deaths, The First Congregational Church of Darien is sponsoring a concert of Puerto Rican music to raise money to help rebuild the village of Mariana, Puerto Rico. — This article was compiled from an announcement from the First Congregational Church of Darien, together with information from the Church’s website and donation website. The music will be provided by the Norwalk-based band “Park City,” which will celebrate Puerto Rican culture at First Congregational Church from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28. Tickets can be purchased online, here.

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to Visit St Luke’s Parish June 24

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Darien’s Saint Luke’s Parish later this month will welcome Bishop Rowan Williams, formerly the Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest-ranking leader in the Anglican community of churches, worldwide. At two services on Sunday, June 24, Williams will be preaching and the Magdalene College Choir will be singing. The Choirs of Saint Luke’s will be joining the Magdalene College choristers for the service of Evensong that afternoon. In December 2002 Rowan Williams was confirmed as the 104th bishop of the See of Canterbury: the first Welsh successor to St. Augustine of Canterbury (chosen in the year 597) and the first since the mid-thirteenth century to be appointed from beyond the English Church.