News from Old First Church
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

It’s now less than a week to the vernal equinox, the day when the sun’s rays cross directly over the Equator, providing equal portions of day and night in both hemispheres. Deep inside our bodies, we yearn for spring, the real spring of warmer days unlike the blowing snow squalls of yesterday.

The garden shops tell us it is a time to think about planting although we shouldn’t clean of all those leaves from last fall just yet. In addition to bugs and spiders (which trap and eat houseflies), the leaves provide warm protection for certain types of bees and butterfly caterpillars. Tucked into those piles of leaves are bird nest materials.

Now in the late winter unfamiliar plants start to grow; sometimes our native wildflowers from seeds blown by the wind that end up in our yards. If your soil is moist, even swampy, great blue lobelia or cardinal flowers will grow well; Joe-Pye weed, in spite of its name, will keep those butterflies and bees coming well into the fall that follows our muggy summers. So much to look forward to! 
Pastor Joyce
You're Invited to Watch Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Join us here, Sunday, March 26 at 2:00, to watch "Brother Sun, Sister Moon," a film about Francis of Assisi by Franco Zefferelli with music sung and composed by Donovan with discussion and refreshments to follow. Click HERE to watch movie trailer.
Save the Date - Saturday, June 10 at 7:00PM
With a Smile and a Song: The Walt Disney Songbook
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Studios
Save the Date
Saturday, May 6
Rev. Dr. John Inscore-Essick will speak on his book about the early Baptists of Middletown -- a special presentation as part of Weekend in Old Monmouth. Copies of the book, which contains pages from the "Great Book," the records of the early Middletown Baptist Church, have been reproduced for this volume.
Gravestone Restoration Workshop

Come and learn about the importance of gravestone upkeep and restoration on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
2023 Financial Stewardship

Greetings to the Old First Congregation,
Our planning for the new year and for the missions of the Church starts now. You will be receiving the stewardship letter and the response form soon. Please return via email, or print and mail a copy to the financial secretary. 
Please prayerfully dig into your pockets for our funding of Christ’s business, for our building, and for the community missions for which we've been famous. Bless You!
Yours in Jesus Christ,
Peter Ahern
Greetings from the AAUW Bookstore

Visit the AAUW Bookstore for your prefect Spring read. Click here for more information and hours of operation.
Chicken with Artichokes
   •   3 whole chicken breasts, cooked and
removed from bone
   •   2 cloves of garlic, chopped
   •  1 cup of sour cream
   •   1 can cream of chicken soup
   •   1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella
   •   1/cup dry white wine
   •   2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
   •   1 small jar marinated Artichokes hearts
   •   egg noodles
   •   parsley

In a large frying pan, saute garlic in a little oil. Add the chicken pieces. Cook until browned. Mix in the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, Mozzarella cheese, wine and Parmesan cheese. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Remove chicken to platter. Add artichokes to sauce in pan. Stir. Cook for 1-2 minutes until artichokes are warm. Pour over chicken. Serve with egg noodles. Garnish with fresh parsley.
- Bridget Trapanese
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

 Julie J. now at home.

Prayers for Eleojhilda Martines, mother of Rebecca Kapsis.

Sandy K., Margaret B., and Gretchen & Jim H. -- "Housebound and caring for themselves and others."
Contact Us! 
We want to hear from you! Please email us at if you have items to contribute.
69 Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748
Phone: 732-671-1905