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.
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3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
From the Pastor’s Study
Dear Faith Family and Friends:
We are not having New Year’s Eve services this year. Be safe out there.
Want a CD of the service? See Bruce MacCullagh.
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 resume January 29, 2019.
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 preparing for the Winter/Spring term starting in January. 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 for the spring, a historian, liturgists and just maybe you can think of ways that you too can help! See Pastor Steve or Patricia Hollis for details.
FROM THE 2019 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Our Scholarship and Stewardship Committees are in need of new members. Please consider serving on one of these committees beginning in 2019. Please get in touch with the Nominating Committee: Deacon Gail Martin, Sister Regina Waters or Deacon Al Strother. Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve!
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
Gladys Aldes @ home
Felicia Heard @ home
Special Events @ Faith Church
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr 9th Annual Celebration Monday, January 21, 2019 – 3:30 pm & doors open at 3 pm
NO TIME TO REST…!
Come one and all to this annual event. This year it is more important than ever to be together during our day off and day on.
We will have an Ecclesiastical Council (a final step before ordination) for Garrick Jordan on Sunday, January 27, 2019, after service, starting at 1:30 p.m. All are invited to attend and welcome our guests. Refreshments before the Council begins.
Girl Scouts Rock!
Thanks for attending the 3rd Annual “Think Like An Entrepreneur” Showcase on 12/16/18. This was an exciting event for Hartford Girl Scout Troop 10003. Each year with the support of parents, family, friends, our Faith Church Family and community connections, the girls have increased their entrepreneurial skills, experienced great success and achieved a sense of accomplishment.
Through the girl’s participation in this event and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they are learning valuable skills such as; goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.
Thanks for coming out and supporting the girls and their 25 businesses/non-profit organizations. For more pictures, click HERE.
Lisa Butler-Troop Leader
Faith Church and Other Leaders Plan Civil Rights History Trip
Over the past few years, Faith Congregational Church has sponsored, with assistance from the City of Hartford, groups of youth who want to learn about non-violence. These youth have taken trips to places which have a lasting impact on our perception of violence such as Ground Zero, Sandy Hook, and the scene of Bloody Sunday, the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. They have met monthly to discuss what violence looks like, how it affects them, and what they can do about it. The program changed lives.
In Jannuary 2019, a group of adult Christians and Jews, black and white, from the Greater Hartford area visited a portion of that itinerary and learned about civil rights violence first hand. The trip, which has grown from members of Faith Congregational Church and its sister congregation, Immanuel Congregational Church, is now being co-sponsored by and includes travelers from the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Jewish Community Relations Council. The Alabama trip included visits to new civil rights museums (The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which commemorates 4,000 lynching victims, opened to the public on April 26, 2018, in Montgomery, Alabama) as well as the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma (the sight of Bloody Sunday), the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham. Youth who participated in the trips were changed, and the adults who participated were affected just as strongly. Trip photos and comments are posted as January posts and will have their own page. Watch here over the next few days as everything is edited and uploaded.
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CTUCC Confirmation Retreats
Feb. 8 – 10
March 1 – 3
April 5 – 7
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon CT
Join us for a great experience with activities, worship, and fellowship appropriate for youth in grades 7-9 during their Confirmation year.
2019 Women Clergy Event: Food for the Journey
Feb. 5, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
South Congregational Church,
East Hartford, CT
Clergywomen are invited to a day of relaxation and prayer. Explore the indoor labyrinth, relax with kinetic sand and soulful music, find time to create in the art space or find silence in the prayer corn.
March 31, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT
An exploration of the three Abrahamic Religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – designed for confirmation classes and youth groups.
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
Mission Trip The Conference is organizing a week-long trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota from May 11 to May 18, 2019. Simply Smiles, an organization founded by Bryan Nurnberger, who grew up in the Naugatuck UCC congregation, will be our hosts and guides. We will be staying in the town of La Plant, one of the most impoverished places in America, working to restore hope for a better future. We have not finalized travel arrangements, but the total cost should be about $1,400. Many congregations will provide support for members. Online registration – https://macucc-reg.brtapp.
Please contact me at email@example.com or 860-761-7111 if you have questions. Charlie Kuchenbrod
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New Servsafe Food Handler Programs Start in January
HPL Security Officer Training Program
The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 14, 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.
December 18 – SMSA
January 15, 2019 – Bulkeley High School
February 19, 2019 – Bulkeley High School
January 8, 2019 – Central Office (960 Main St)
February 5, 2019 – Bellizzi
March 5, 2019 – Naylor
All workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm., and regular meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. Workshops will not be held in July and August. *Meeting dates/locations subject to change.
Bank of America – Now accepting applications for 2019 Student Leaders® program now through February 1, 2019
The Student Leaders® program provides students with:
- An eight-week, paid summer internship with a local nonprofit organization selected by Bank of America
- A week-long, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 8-13, 2019
- Financial wellness programs and education, including meetings with Bank of America’s Better Money Habits® champions
- A dedicated mentor at Bank of America and the host organization of their internship
What are the eligibility requirements to be a Student Leader?
- Current high school junior and senior
- Hartford resident or student at a high school located in Hartford
- Must be legally able to work in the United States
- Must be able to work 35 hours per week for the entire eight week internship
- Must be able to attend the entire, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. in person from July 8-13, 2019
- Must complete all application requirements, including the online application, resume and letter of recommendation
- Cannot be an immediate family member of a Bank of America employee or member
What is the process and timing?
- The online application is open now through February 1, 2019. Please note, there will be no deadline exceptions
- Finalists will be interviewed in person in March/April 2019
- Selected Student Leaders will be notified in April 2019
- The eight-week internship will begin following the conclusion of the school year in June 2019
- The one-week leadership summit will take place in Washington, D.C. from July 8-13, 2019
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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.
Tickets for Hartford Stage’s The Engagement Party Available January 3
African American Geneology Resources
Every Month is Faith History Month Because Hartford History IS American History
Faith is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2019.
Our own Pennington Bible is on loan to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and is on exhibit.
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 January 2. Passes go very quickly when released.
Every Month is Women’s History Month Because Women’s History IS Everyone’s History
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New York Sues Target, Walmart for Sale of Lead-contaminated Toys
(Reuters) – New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said on Thursday that she had filed a lawsuit against Target Corp <TGT.N>, Walmart Inc <WMT.N> and toy importer LaRose Industries over the sale of lead-contaminated children’s toys. Underwood said her office conducted tests in New York City, Long Island, and the Syracuse and Buffalo areas on “Cra-Z-Jewelz” jewelry-making kits that were imported by LaRose and found levels up to 10 times higher than the federal limit. The kits were supplied by LaRose and sold at Walmart and Target stores. Read more HERE.
CDC Reveals Deadliest Drug in the US
Nearly 40,000 People Killed by Firearms in U.S. in 2017, Study Finds
An increase in the number of gun-related suicides pushed the gun death rate in the United States in 2017 to its highest level in almost twenty years, the Guardian reports. Despite the attention given to mass shootings in the U.S., 60 percent of all gun deaths in 2017 were suicides. According to the CDC, nearly 24,000 people — equal to 6.9 deaths per 100,000 people — killed themselves with a gun in 2017, up from 6.1 in 2010 and 5.9 in 2000. What’s more, the rate of gun-related suicides was highest in three states that also have the highest percentage of gun ownership — Montana (19.4 gun-related suicides per 100,000 people), Wyoming (16.6 per 100,000), and Alaska (16.0 per 100,000). Homicides committed with a firearm claimed the lives of 14,542 people in 2017, or 4.6 deaths per 100,000 people — a rate that held steady on a year-over-year basis. Read the entire article HERE.
Locally, as of November 17, 2018, there have been 18 murders in Hartford, a 30% drop from this time last year. For current crime statistics, click here. There were 29 homicides in Hartford in 2017, up from 14 in 2016. Twenty-three involved firearms. To see a map showing the locations of Hartford homicides, click here.
No other developed nation comes close to the rate of US gun violence. 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.
Gov. Malloy Introduced Juvenile Justice Reform Legislation
Over the last several years, Connecticut has been reimagining its criminal justice system and focusing on second chances rather than permanent punishment and stigma. By implementing smart criminal justice policy, the state has managed to drastically reduce its prison population, while simultaneously reducing recidivism and violent crime. The juvenile justice legislation that the Governor is proposing would continue this trend.
Recent decisions by the United State Supreme Court and scientific studies regarding the development of the brain areas involved in reasoning and self-control indicate that individuals age 18, 19, and 20 share numerous similarities to those in the 16 and 17-year-old age group.
The first bill (House Bill 5040, An Act Concerning Adjudication of Certain Young Adults in Juvenile Court), known as “raise the age,” expands the age of the juvenile justice system’s jurisdiction up to age 21 by July 2021.
The second bill (House Bill 5042, An Act Concerning Prosecution of Low-Risk Offenders in Adult Court) expands “youthful offender” status.
Want to know the outcome? Click HERE for more information.
Lamont promises to be a criminal-justice reformer
Gov.-elect Ned Lamont opened his campaign for governor in January without a deep appreciation of the criminal-justice reforms undertaken by the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. On Tuesday (12/18/18), he promised to take office next month with the ambition of improving on Malloy’s substantial record.
“For me, criminal justice reform is so important. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s the smart thing to do,” Lamont said, addressing a criminal-justice policy group co-chaired by Cathy Malloy, a reform activist. Turning to the first lady, Lamont said, “This is something we’re going to continue to do in a serious way.” Read the entire article HERE.
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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America’s Other Family Separation Crisis
Sending a mother to prison can have a devastating effect on her children. Why, then, do we lock so many women up?
By Sarah Stillman writing in Newyorker.com
She writes, “America imprisons women in astonishing numbers. The population of women in state prisons has increased by more than eight hundred percent in the past four decades. The number of women in local jails is fourteen times higher than it was in the nineteen-seventies; most of these women haven’t been convicted of a crime but are too poor to post bail while awaiting trial. The majority have been charged with low-level, nonviolent offenses, such as drug possession, shoplifting, and parole violations. The result is that more than a quarter of a million children in the U.S. have a mother in jail. One in nine black children has a parent who is, or has been, incarcerated.”
Stillman states, “Earlier this year, hundreds of thousands of people protested America’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border. Laura Bush denounced the practice as “cruel,” and Senator Jeff Flake called it “un-American.” In May, Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security Secretary, defended the separations by noting how often the same thing happens to families in the criminal justice system. “In the United States, we call that law enforcement,” she said.”
Read the entire article HERE.
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