Faith Congregational Church, a vibrant, inclusive Christian community working for social justice through service to God, each other and our neighbors.
Welcome to the Faith Congregational Church website. You will find exciting videos, articles, and information designed to lift your spirit and feed your desire for helpful information. Faith Church is a diverse worship community, an inclusive, justice-minded and unapologetic about our faith and our witness. We celebrate diversity, we celebrate community and we celebrate Jesus Christ. It’s that simple, but be clear that there is so much more.
We invite you to explore the many ways we seek to be a faithful church in these challenging days. Ask us your questions, we like questions. Our church may be old, in fact, it is the oldest predominately black church in the city of Hartford, but our thinking is not old at all. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the first mainline church in America to speak out against slavery, the first mainline church to ordain a woman and the first church to ordain a gay person into ministry in our nation. We stand on the side of justice because we want to always seek to be on the right side of history and besides that to do what we believe Jesus our elder brother and head of the church commands.
If you are in the Greater Hartford area, come worship with us. Whoever you are, you are very welcome at Faith. Now explore the website fully, come back to it often and know that we seek your prayers as we go forward in faith.
Who We Are – Where We Are Going – What We Believe!
We Celebrate Diversity
We are a church that welcomes all (and we do mean all)! No matter who you are and where you may be on life’s journey, you are welcome at Faith Congregational Church. We work toward celebrating all people, young and old, Black, Brown, and White, gay and straight, rich and poor; whomever God sends we will seek to embrace.
We Celebrate Community
We are a church faith community that embraces the wider community and seeks to serve in ways we can. Faith Church is a place where the community can come to talk, to work, to grow. We will be part of the solution, seeking to address community concerns. We will work for justice, not just us.
We Celebrate Jesus
We will celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. We will never apologize for our love of Jesus Christ but will celebrate the faith of others and even those with no faith. For us, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We will invite others to know Jesus and will share the love of Christ whenever and wherever we can.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 – noon 860-547-0820
From the Pastor’s Study
Dear Faith Family and Friends:
The church has historically been one of the places that a person could go, when all other places might say no. It has been a refuge for those without a means to go forward, a place to air out the hurt in their lives and a place where vision for the future can get realized. It is a place to express gift and talents, sometimes never seen before or appreciated anywhere else. Sometimes the church is seen as an important safety net in our community, a place to get the help needed to make it another day. But the church is still the place where a person can get their life regulated to navigate this often difficult world.
We are, I believe, a people by and large who live by the spirit. No matter your religious affiliation or interfaith understanding, faith is an important part of making sense of this world and maneuvering one’s day to day living. It is by faith that we succeed, not be sight, by reliance upon a higher power than solely relying upon our own devices or what we think is our own smarts. Check with any older faithful person as to how they have “come this far,” most would tell you it was by faith.
As the afterglow of Easter is still around, let us remember that Easter is about resurrection, the rise of new ways of living as well as the rise of death to life. The church is a place where that rising can begin. The resources of any church should be about helping people rise, to get them from the edge of the cliff or out of the mud and into a new way and helping the person to begin to celebrate a new day. It all begs the question for me in this holiday season, what are you bringing to help the message of Easter be real in someone’s life? Are the resources you have and have been blessed with in these days solely benefiting you or helping to build community? It’s not just about what the church can do for you. It is also about what you can do or bring to and for the church. That’s not just about money, but includes the gifts and talents you being. Happy Eastertide! It is the season beyond Easter day. The work of faith continues.
Want a CD of the service? Give Bruce MacCullagh a written request or send him an email.
Need a ride to church? See Deacon Pam Walters for details and to schedule a pickup.
Know someone in need? Leave a message for Pastor Steve, or with Patricia Gray or Deacon Pam.
Need stewardship envelopes? See Alice Lumpkin, Olga Callender or Barbara Wiggins -or contribute online using the “Donate” button.
Need more information? Call the church office 860-547-0820 Monday through Wednesday mornings. Sunday service begins at 10 am.
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MEN OF FAITH Men’s Ministry Monday evenings @ 5:30 p.m. Bible Study, Food and Fellowship! All men are welcome. Call Deacon Al Strother or church office for more information.
Don’t forget, GIRL SCOUT TROOP 10003 meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1 – 2:30 pm. We are really proud of our girls.
There is a seat for you on Tuesday at Bible study. We start at 7 pm. Great group, great conversation, and great learning! We are on hiatus until May 7.
The CHOIR could use your voice! It’s a great way to serve at Faith Church. Wayne Dixon is waiting. Choir rehearsal on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Sunday School for children is in the Winter/Spring term. Join us. Volunteer for one Sunday per month. We look forward to seeing you and your children.
Nursery Staffed for Sunday Services
A reminder: the nursery is available when your child is restless or unhappy during service. You may not mind your child’s crying, but others would like to hear the service.
Would you like to volunteer? We need Sunday School teachers, a historian, liturgists and just maybe you can think of ways that you too can help! See Pastor Steve or Patricia Hollis for details.
Remember our Sick and Shut-ins. Don’t forget to send a prayer, card or note. If you don’t see someone, why not call and see how they are doing?
Deacon Mamie Barnum @ home
Felicia Heard @ home
Anita Stringer @ Glastonbury Health Care
James Dudley @ nursing home
Special Events @ Faith Church
Faith Celebrates Its 200th Anniversary!
Faith Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut began in 1819 as a place for African Americans to worship on their own since they were previously only able to worship in the backs of churches and in church galleries (balconies). Unable to sit in the main sanctuary and tired of second class treatment, a group of African Americans began worshipping in the conference room of the First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut, which is now known as Center Church. Our ancestor congregation moved to a building on State Street in 1820 and formed the first black Congregational Church in Connecticut and the third oldest in the nation. (According to Mary M. Donohue and Whitney Bayers writing for Connecticut Explored at connecticuthistory.org, Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church in New Haven was founded in 1820 as the African Ecclesiastical Society by Simeon Jocelyn, a white abolitionist, and 24 former slaves.)
The church, now known as Faith Congregational Church, initially called itself the African American Religious Society of Hartford and vowed to create a place of worship where there would be no assigned seating and where anyone was welcome to worship. The congregation purchased property in 1826 where it built a stone-and-brick church on the corner of Talcott and Market Streets.
For more information, read HERE
Can You Burn in the Kitchen?
Are you a good cook? Do you “Put Your Foot In It” in the kitchen? Faith Church is writing its own cookbook. Here is your opportunity to have 3 favorite recipes – with your own special touches – immortalized! Submit 3 of your favorite recipes to be included in the book by May 15th. See Jennifer Robinson, JoAnn Robinson or Deacon Charron for details.
Women’s Day – May 19, 2019
- Rev. Tamara Moreland preaching
- Theme “For Such a Time as This” (Esther 4:14)
- Dr. Ruth Bass Green & Women’s Day Choir
- Service @10 am
Rehearsals Wednesday, May 8, and 15 @7pm; Sunday 19th @9am
In Harmony With God: 200th Anniversary Concert Series @ Faith Church
May 19, 2019 Hymn Festival
June 9, 2019 Norma Sproul, Soprano
August 25, 2019 Carrie Wilson, Soprano
September 22, 2019 William Beckham, Pianist
October 27, 2019 Earl Gardner, Bass and Patricia Gray, Soprano
Wayne Dixon, Minister of Music
Save the Date
October 19 for Faith’s Fashion Show and Luncheon
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2019 Special Meeting of the CT Conference
May 18, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
First Church of Christ Congregational in West Hartford
We will gather together as a historic Connecticut Conference in this transition year to worship, receive reports from Board and staff, consider resolutions, and celebrate the Living Waters award.
Save the Date: The first Annual Meeting of the newly formed Together, As One Conference (CT, MA and RI) will be Nov. 1 – 2, 2019, in Worcester, MA
Revolutionary Love Project Founder to Keynote Annual Meeting
The UCC General Synod will take place in Milwaukee, WI on June 21-25, 2019 and the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut Conferences are collaborating to sponsor a trip to Youth @ Synod. Youth at Synod is for young leaders ages 13 to 18 who want to experience the vibrant diversity of the wider church. Teens from all over the country will participate in worship and plenary sessions, attend hearings and track resolutions, and join in mission work to serve the greater Milwaukee area. Synod is an opportunity to nurture advocacy skills around justice issues. More information
Youth and Racism
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Want to Know what the CT General Assembly is Doing? Hurry Up, They are Almost Through this Session!
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City of Hartford Job Opportunities
The City of Hartford is currently hiring for the following positions:
- Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Early Learning Center Teacher Assistant
- Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Life Guard (Seasonal)
- Corporate Counsel – Paralegal II
- Emergency Services & Telecommunications – Senior Administrative Assistant
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The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking qualified office staff for 2020 Census operations in the local area. They provide:
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The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7 PM, preceded at 6 PM by public comments. All meetings are held in Council Chambers in Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, 2nd Floor.
Board of Education Meetings
May 21, 2019 – Annie Fisher
June 18, 2019 – Annie Fisher
May 7, 2019 – West Middle
June 4, 2019 – JMA
All workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm., and regular meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. Workshops will not be held in July and August. *Meeting dates/locations subject to change.
The City of Hartford, in partnership with The IQuilt Plan Partnership, invites you to kick off a community conversation about this question by participating in an online survey, at www.hartford400.org.
We want you to think big!
Your responses will help shape the development of a comprehensive plan for Hartford’s future.
To get the latest updates about this planning process, including future opportunities to participate, be sure to sign up for our mailing list at www.hartford400.org.
Health & Human Services – Change in Dial A Ride Shuttle Schedule
EFFECTIVE 01/21/2019 there will be a change in the Monday Grocery Shuttle schedule. Please click on image to download complete schedule.
2019 NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE ACT (NAA) TAX CREDIT PROGRAM
The City of Hartford is now accepting applications for the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (CT DRS) 2019 Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit program. This program gives non-profit organizations a strong fundraising tool: the ability to solicit project-specific donations from businesses, who in turn can claim 60-100% state tax credits for their approved contributions. Applications are due by 3:00 PM on May, 1, 2019.
Information on the City’s process for accepting applications is posted online at: www.hartford.gov/grants/NAA.
Like Jazz? Want to Keep Up With What’s Happening?
You can add the Hartford Jazz Society’s events to your calendar automatically HERE.
The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Old State House, and UConn Humanities Institute -UCHI formed a community engagement partnership to present Encounters, a series focused on encouraging informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives. The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves and to develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue. Look around this page for various events by subject area or click HERE for more information.
The New W-4 Form Changes Could Make Your Life A Lot Harder
Go to GreaterGood.org to help others for free.
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Do you know about this? Footwear with Care provides new shoes and socks to homeless folks. Read all about their work and look for the next date if you know someone who might need shoes.
CT NOW for events
Live in Hartford? Get Your Free Tickets Today!
Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can now reserve up to 2 free tickets to plays at Hartford Stage as part of our new partnership. Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. Patrons can check online to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven Library locations. Once you have reserved the tickets at a Library branch, you must confirm the seats by calling the box office at Hartford Stage, 860-527-5151.
African American Geneology Resources
Every Month is Faith History Month Because Hartford History IS American History
Faith is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2019
Faith Congregational Church has a 200-year legacy that includes a noteworthy collection of historical materials. “We have an amazing collection of historical papers and photographs here at our church. We have a number of bibles dating back our early days, including the Pennington bible,” says Rev. Stephen W Camp, senior pastor. Pennington, the first black student to attend Yale University, was an escaped slave who became known as a preacher and writer and was a leader in the abolition movement. He and his congregation provided leadership and funds in the legal campaign for the release of the Mende people taken hostage in the Amistad case.
Our own Pennington Bible is on loan to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and is on exhibit in the Slavery to Freedom Gallery.
Want to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture?
Same-day timed entry passes are available online beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET daily until they run out. Same-day passes are not available via phone. CHECK SAME-DAY AVAILABILITY
Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released monthly. Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released on the first Wednesday of each month. The next day for passes to be released will be Wednesday June 5. Passes go very quickly when released.
Every Month is Women’s History Month Because Women’s History IS Everyone’s History
How an Ex-Slave Successfully Won a Case for Reparations in 1783
In one of the earliest examples of reparations, an ex-slave named Belinda petitioned the government and was granted an annuity.
By: Matthew Wills
On February 14, 1783, an elderly ex-slave known only as Belinda submitted a petition to the Massachusetts legislature. She asked for an annual pension for herself and her invalid daughter, Prine, to be paid from the estate of their former owner, Isaac Royall. Royall had been one of the largest slave owners in the colony before he had fled to England in 1775. Because he turned out to be a royalist, his estate was confiscated and his two dozen slaves were manumitted (there’s some speculation as to whether some were sold, including Belinda’s son Joseph). Belinda was a slave under Royall for four decades and was old and penniless when she finally gained her freedom.
Her petition is one of the earliest examples of reparations for the slave trade and slavery, Roy E. Finkenbine reported. Read more HERE.
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Suicides are at the highest rate in decades, CDC report shows
Suicide is rare, but it’s increasing in America.
The suicide rate is the highest it’s been in decades, the latest warning sign of a worsening public health issue in America that needs far more attention. According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017. Put another way, the suicide rate was 14 people in every 100,000 — up 33 percent from 10.5 people per 100,000 in 1999. Read more HERE.
Americans own an estimated 265 million guns, more than one gun for every adult. Data from the Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – nine out of every 10 days on average. Click HERE for an interactive map.
Criminal Justice Bills in the Legislature
During the 2019 legislative session, Smart Justice will be advocating for two major pieces of legislation: The first bill would prevent discrimination for those with a criminal record in areas like employment, housing, public education and accommodations, insurance, credit transactions, and public programs and services. The other bill would require data about defendants’ demographics, charges, plea deals, bail requests, pretrial detention, diversionary programs, and sentencing recommendations be reported annually to the state Office of Policy and Management and be made available to the public.
Read the report “INCARCERATED/DETAINED YOUTH – AN EXAMINATION OF CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT” published by the CT Office of the Child Advocate HERE. This report discusses what happens to young people who are detained or incarcerated in CT. The report was published in January 2019.
OJJDP Bulletin Summarizes Juvenile Arrests
Today, OJJDP released “Juvenile Arrests, 2016.” This bulletin describes the current arrest trends for juveniles from 1980 to 2016, using data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report.
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Check out these familiar – and new – prayer resources:
- The Upper Room (new)
- Our Daily Bread
- When God Says No (new)
- The Strength and Power of Prayer
- Bible Verses About Prayer
- Guideposts: The Power of Prayer
- The Power of Prayer (new)
- James 5:16b
- The Power of Prayer: Enhance Your Life
- Creating the Beloved Community (new)
- What Happens to Your Brain When You Pray?
- Prayers About Gun Violence
- Prayers for the Journey from Lent through Easter (new)
- Put the Power in Prayer
- Strength and Power in Prayer
- National Justice and Peace Network lenten prayer resource (new)