Bishop Visited on Sunday ~ eTidings

above, the outdoor labyrinth at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, where the clergy from ECCT were on retreat last week.  We had a moving outdoor service on this labyrinth as the sun came up and the blue jays squawked.  The retreat's theme was "Spiritual Resilience in a Time of Climate Crisis."


Big Weekend eTidings


Leaves and plans are beginning to change...for me (Marilyn) it's time to retire, come January. Blessings to everyone as we all move forward into the unknown.  One thing I heard loud and clear at retreat this week was Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."  A plaque in the labyrinth reminded me of this verse, and it can bring great comfort to all of us as we consider what comes next, and walking through unknown territory.  God is with us!

Busy Sunday--our diocesan bishop, Ian Douglas, met with us informally at 9:00 and then again during Coffee Hour, after blessing our new Memorial Garden.  Vestry, don't forget your homework:  go to YouTube and watch Bethany Ringdal's TEDx talk...we'll reference it at lunch in the rectory.  Thanks to our Hospitality Committee for providing lunch.

Our Memorial Garden is a place of beauty and was blessed by bishop Ian Douglas after the 10:00 service.  Thanks to Laura Russell, the chair of the Memorial Garden Task Force and to Terry Karpen, our landscape designer, and to all who helped make this a reality--Task Force members as well as donors and encouragers.

Spruce Up Morning - THIS COMING Saturday, October 14
I hope you can spare a few hours on THIS Saturday, October 14 for our semi-annual spruce-up of the church property. The more the merrier and less for all to do. Coffee and breakfast provided. A list will be posted in the parish hall so you can select your own task(s) such as: clean windows, polish sanctuary woodwork, remove storm windows, clean out refrigerator, etc. Arrive when you can after 8 am and we'll clear out around noon. Thanks in advance for your help.  ~Eric Stones
Any questions or suggestions, contact Eric Stones at or 203-798-1607

We are rescheduling the parish graveyard tour, originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct 26 to Monday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 pm. 

"Rise Against Hunger" will happen at St. Matthew's, Wilton, on Saturday, Oct 21.  There are various 2-hour slots throughout the day.  Register at   We've had so much fun participating in this program (formerly known as Stop Hunger Now) over the last few years.  Give it a try or return for more fun and service.

Southwest Region Convocation on Saturday, Oct 21.  This is the descendant of the old Deanery system.  Here is the invitation from Carlos de la Torre, our Region Missionary:   We hope you'll join us for the 2017 Region Convocation on October 21 from 10 am till 3 pm.  The meeting will be at St. Timothy's Church in northern Fairfield. The rector will be attending this event.  How about you?

Ladies' Night Out for the fall will be on Tuesday, October 24, 6 pm.  we meet at 6 pm at the Barn Door Restaurant, 37 Ethan Allen Highway, Ridgefield at 6...and thanks to Carol Keil for organizing it.  Please RSVP to Carol at 203-938-9364 or at or at church.

October 29 is Creativity Sunday!  Artists, please plan to bring your exhibits on Saturday morning the 28th between 9 and 11.  This will help them to be ready for viewing at Coffee Hour that day.  Jazz Vespers follows on that evening, Sunday, Oct 29, at 7.  Our theme is "Present with the Past," and we will feature the writings of five former residents of Redding, including Alvin Toffler (Future Shock) and Mark Twain.  We'll also welcome special guests Ali Ryerson (flute), Dave Savitsky (sax) and others...mark your calendars now and please plan to be there.

Call to Care Uganda party to celebrate their 10th anniversary will be held in Madison, Ct on November 3 beginning at 6 pm.  If you would like to attend, please sign up on the easel in the parish hall.  Eileen Wilkinson and Michele Markelon are going to figure out transportation for all of us who attend.  Note:  this is also a fundraiser and the cost is $40 per person.  We have scholarship funds available if this is too pricey--just speak with the rector.  

Celebration Sunday is Pledge Sunday and All Saints' Sunday, November 5.  Come and celebrate the generosity of our community with brunch immediately following the 10:00 service.  Brunch is provided by the Stewardship Committee and features breakfast casseroles prepared by our Parish Administrator, Beth Cox.  Don't miss it!

Redding Rakes--Save the date--this year it is on Saturday, November 11.  We need YOU to help rake.  This is a great project for families and for kids who may need service hours.  Besides, it's fun and you get to help people...

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service moves to a different day this year:  7 pm on Monday evening, Nov. 20, at Long Ridge United Methodist Church, Danbury.  Mark your calendars!

Important Dates to Mark:    

Oct 21, various times  Rise against Hunger/formerly Stop Hunger Now, in Wilton. Register online, see note above.
Oct 21, 10 till 1            Southwest Region Convocation, St. Timothy's, Fairfield
Oct 22, 6 to 8 pm        Leaders' Reception and Chili Supper

Oct. 23, 6:30 pm         Graveyard tour for parishioners
Oct 24                         Ladies' Night Out--6 pm, Barn Door.  RSVP to Carol Keil
Oct 27, 6:30 pm          Twilight Tour of our Graveyard; Reception afterward put on by the Library.  Register to attend through the Mark Twain Library.
Oct 29                         Creativity Sunday
Oct 29, 7 pm                Jazz Vespers, featuring literary works by Redding writers
Nov 4, morning            St. Francis Guild winterizes garden beds
Nov 4, 3 pm                  Colonial religion in the churches--First Church
Nov 5                           Celebration Sunday & Brunch for the parish
Nov 5, 2 pm                 Holy Eucharist at Meadow Ridge
Nov 11                         Redding Rakes
Nov 12, 7 pm               Compline
Nov 13                         Vestry
Nov 18, 5 pm               Celtic Communion
Nov 20, 7 pm               Interfaith Thanksgiving, Long Ridge United Methodist Church