Volunteers from two faith communities in Darien proved that positive community work and COVID-19 compliance can go hand in rubber glove. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Talmadge Hill Community Church joined 10 other groups revitalizing 12 low-income homes across the state during this year’s re-scheduled HomeFront Day on Sept. 12. — an announcement from HomeFront
Community helpers focused exclusively on exterior repairs, addressing dangerous steps and walkways, rotting decks, yard cleanups and homes long overdue for fresh coats of paint.
The St. Luke’s Church vestry on Monday announced that a new rector has been named for the Darien Episcopal church: He is currently a vicar at St. James’ Church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Rev. Ryan Fleenor is a “gifted spiritual leader, as is abundantly clear in both his preaching and teaching,” said an announcement from the church’s vestry (lay members elected by the parish to run it with the rector). The gay, married clergyman has “an impressive track record of bringing young families into the church” and for organizing, the announcement added.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, changes have been announced at St. Luke’s Parish and Noroton Presbyterian Church, which will each only have livestream, online church services, and at Darien’s two Catholic churches — and all of Fairfield County — the obligation to attend Mass has been suspended for Catholics for the upcoming three Sundays. Darienite.com found no announcements about changes in services or meetings on the websites of the Darien churches United Methodist Church, First Church of Christ Scientist or St. Paul’s Church in Darien. This article will be updated when more is known.
A conclusion has been reached in the legal fight for control of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Darien, involving on one side various local officers of the parish and on the other the rector and the Epsicopal diocese. The rector — the Rev. Canon George Kovoor — and the diocese won, the Episcopal Church of Connecticut announced on Monday. According to the announcement, the former wardens and vestry members of the church are founding their own Christian community, called the New St. Paul’s Church.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Darien High School Tudor Singers will once again headline a festival of sacred and popular seasonal music at the First Congregational Church’s annual Candlelight Concert on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.