News from Old First Church
Thursday, September 7, 2023

Goodness! I must be so anxious for the cooler weather to come that I moved the calendar ahead a day. Meanwhile on the other side of the world and in the Southern Hemisphere, as we begin to think about fall, people in New Zealand are thinking about spring where the temperature today is a nice 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

In this early spring down there, they are also reintroducing native species of birds, including one thought to be extinct – the Takahe, a wingless flightless bird traced back to the prehistoric Pleistocene era. The conservationists in this project are also working to eliminate certain kinds of predators brought in by European settlement.

 So inadvertently we bring in species accompanied by their bugs which then delight in the new variety of plants for munching. All our actions have consequences, from bugs we never expected to the decisions of governments and corporations to open up areas of national parks to oil exploration. Like Humpty Dumpty, putting nature back together again is more than a daunting task.
Pastor Joyce
Bridget Trapanese's' Artichoke Dip

  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cans artichoke hearts
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. onion, chopped
  • chopped parsley
  • black pepper
  • French bread

Combine all ingredients in a casserole dish. Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and pepper. Serve with French bread.
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Baptists in Early North America
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Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase the Middletown volume of Baptists in Early North America by the Rev. Dr. John Inscore-Essick, Professor of Church History at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. This volume contains pages from the "Great Book," the records of the early Middletown Baptist Church, which were reproduced for this volume. We are offering this invaluable resource at a discounted price. Click here to contact the church office for details.
Address Book Updates
Elaine Lent is working to update our current contact files. If you have moved, changed phone numbers or email address of late, please let us know - even if you are unsure of what we have on file, your most current info is appreciated. Please submit the information to the church office at Once completed, electronic copies of the address book will be emailed out. Hard copies will be available on request and at the church. Thank you in advance.
Thoughts and Prayers

For the family and friends of Barbara Bates for healing in their grief.

Julie J. now at home.

Sandy K., Margaret B., and Gretchen & Jim H. -- "Housebound and caring for themselves and others."
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