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Pastor's Message

 
Greetings!
 
I discovered this church in 2007 when I began my part-time ministry at United Presbyterian Church (or UPC for short), and I'm glad I did!  UPC has a big heart.  All our new members have said that before they found us, they worshipped at several other churches, however, they found UPC to be the place where they felt most at home because we are a size which enables us to know and care for one another.  Many members embrace our church's vision of ministry as "a priesthood of all believers" praying for one another, visiting, sharing, teaching, serving, etc.
 
 
 Here's a glimpse of life at UPC:
 
Worship is central to our life in UPC.  The tone of worship is set when, after announcements, we share our prayer concerns as well as our joys.  Those who attend worship regularly say that when they miss worship (out of town, family  event, etc), they feel they are not complete; worship is their anchor for the week.  Each worship service is prepared thoughtfully and prayerfully so that God may speak to all of us in relevant and meaningful ways whether through a choir anthem, a children's sermon, or a connection between sermon and hymn.
 
Christian Education has always been important among Presbyterians since the days of John Calvin, our Presbyterian founder of 450+ years ago.  Together we grow in faith as we come to know God better in a variety of opportunities -- Church School for children and youth is offered Sunday mornings (10am) from September-May as well as Wednesday Night Bible Study, and the Prayer Chain.
 
Mission is another vital aspect of UPC life.  We are generous in our giving.  Responding to the needs of the community and the world is important to us, such as giving to the ecumenical One Great Hour of Sharing, Presbyterian Disaster Relief, and Deacons' fund; members also donate to a weekly food basket for the Food Pantry at the Senior Citizen's Center, school supplies for Salvation Army, turkeys for Christian Community Action in New Haven, walk-a-thon for Beth El Shelter (each year UPC usually receives the "Largest Group of Participants" & "Largest Amount of Money Raised" awards at event), Christmas gifts for the children & women of Mary Magdalene House.  Wherever there is a need, UPC is there and ready to respond!
 
                                                                                                                                   
Fellowship means we play together as well as pray together.  Coffee hours are buzzing with conversations.  Our members are the best cooks as one discovers at covered-dish dinners.   The celebrations of birthdays are filled with laughter.  Trips to NYC & Yale football tailgating are exciting and fun.  Everyone gets involved and participates in a variety of fellowship opportunities.
 
Hospitality is important to UPC as we open our doors to fourteen (14) outside groups including Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Birth-to-Three playgroup.  This may be why God called us to build a sanctuary in 1948, a few blocks from Ft. Trumbull beach, for we supply an "anchor" for those looking for a safe harbor during the storms of life, a company of travelers, and a sanctuary, or comfort station, where everyone can find faith, hope, and love.
 
As you can see, I'm impressed with this congregation on Seaside Avenue.  I hope you will enter our doors and discover all that makes UPC the place to call your church home.
 
Blessings & peace be with you,
 
      Rev. Anne Marie Meyerhoffer
Pastor
 
 
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