Welcome

Faith Congregational Church, a vibrant, inclusive Christian community working for social justice through service to God, each other and our neighbors.

Let me welcome you to 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 our 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 would be very welcome at Faith. But now explore the website fully, come back to it often and know that we seek your prayers as we go forward in faith.

Pastor Steve

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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 9:00 – noon

Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

Footnotes:

  1. Micah 6:8 Or prudently

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Luke 18:1-8

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

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From the Pastor’s Study

We were pleased to welcome once again Pastor Kari Nicewander and the great folks of Immanuel Congregational Church, UCC.  This growing and important partnership between the two churches matters.  We are doing work together in several areas now.  We thank you, members of both churches, for your continued interest in our common work and let’s pray that we will be able through God’s grace to expand and deepen the relationship we now enjoy.
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Matthew 5:16 reminds us that when w have done something good and worthwhile, Christ thought we should not be modest and conceal it since everyone stands to benefit from what we have produced. “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works.”
Let us also shine our light for all in the greater Hartford community to see.
Be blessed! Pastor Steve

The 2015-2016 Youth Non-Violence Initiative

The 2015-16 cohort of the Youth Non-Violence program traveled to Washington, D. C. this month. Fourteen youth, who were accompanied by Pastor Camp and their chaperones, were able to make this journey. They spent two days in D.C. studying and discussing past and current war, violence and peace-making events.  The youth visited the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King memorial, the Holocaust museum, the Lincoln memorial, the U. S. Capitol, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Smithsonian African Art Museum.

See additional photos documenting their journey in the slideshow on this page.

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How to Cope with the Hot Days!

MAYOR BRONIN REMINDS RESIDENTS OF COOLING CENTER HOURS AND TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT

“The weather’s turning very hot and humid, and I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and feel free to make use of the cooling centers located across the city. Along with our libraries and outdoor pools, the cooling centers are available to any resident who needs to find some relief from the heat.”— Mayor Luke Bronin

HARTFORD, CONN. (JULY 7, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin is reminding residents that cooling centers throughout Hartford are open to give residents relief from the extreme summer heat. The heat index is likely to get to 91 degrees in Hartford today, according to the National Weather Service.

“The weather’s turning very hot and humid, and I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and feel free to make use of the cooling centers located across the city,” said Mayor Bronin. “Along with our libraries and outdoor pools, the cooling centers are available to any resident who needs to find some relief from the heat.”

Hartford Fire Department (HFD) Chief Reggie Freeman stated that the HFD Special Services Unit is giving out cold water to people at bus stops citywide while at peak times today. HFD Chief Freeman also warned residents that opening fire hydrants without spray caps is wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened fire hydrants can put children at serious risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can push them into oncoming traffic.

List of Cooling Centers:

  • North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue, Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Public Pools will be open to families at the following locations:

  • Colt Park Pool, 106 Wethersfield Avenue, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Goodwin Pool, 1130 Maple Avenue, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Keney Park Pool, Woodland Street entrance, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm

The Hartford Public Library is available for residents and visitors. Below are hours of operation:

  • Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 10:00am-8:00pm, Fri 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:30pm-5:00pm
  • Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street, Time: Wed-Fri 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Park Branch, 744 Park Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • SANDS/Ropkins, 1750 Main Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:30pm-5:00pm
  • Goodwin, 460 New Britain Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Blue Hills Branch, 649 Blue Hills Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm

Helpful tips to beat the heat include:

  • Drink water regularly and often, avoid large amounts of caffeine and alcohol as it causes dehydration.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. Avoid the sun and use an SPF of 30 or more if you have to be outdoors.
  • Go somewhere to get relief from the heat such as libraries, malls, movie theaters, or places with air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Never leave children or pets inside a closed vehicle. Do not leave pets outside for long periods of time.
  • Cover windows that get direct sunlight.
  • Take time to check on neighbors and friends who may be homebound.

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WORSHIP…

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…in your best sneakers!  

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LightSWear your best sneakers to church on Sneaker Sunday;  the 2nd Sunday in August!

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On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites Are Worlds Apart

About four-in-ten blacks are doubtful that the U.S. will ever achieve racial equality

Many blacks are skeptical that the country will eventually make the changes necessary for racial equality

Almost eight years after Barack Obama’s election as the nation’s first black president –an event that engendered a sense of optimism among many Americans about the future of race relations1 – a series of flashpoints around the U.S. has exposed deep racial divides and reignited a national conversation about race. A new Pew Research Center survey finds profound differences between black and white adults in their views on racial discrimination, barriers to black progress and the prospects for change.

Read more here.  For the interactive article, click here.

From the Hartford NAACP…..

Dear Community Partner,

Access Health CT has two important updates to share: a new ongoing webinar series, and updates on Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA).

NEW WEBINAR SERIES
We are hosting the first two webinars in an ongoing series designed for community partners.

On Thursday, July 21 from 1-2 pm, we will be hosting a webinar on Important Updates Affecting CT Residents. This webinar will feature experts from Access Health CT who will discuss Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA), special enrollment periods and qualifying life events, and the effects of recent news about HealthyCT. Please click here to learn more and RSVP. 

Then on Thursday, July 28 from 1-2pm, we are hosting a webinar on an Introduction to Access Health CT for Community Partners. This webinar will feature a high-level overview of the most important topics for you to best provide information to your constituents about accessing affordable health coverage. Please click here to learn more and RSVP. 

You can see more information about these webinars, and other news, on the updated Access Health CT Community Partner website located at learn.accesshealthct.com/community.

UPDATES ON TRANSITIONAL MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Since HUSKY A income limits for parents and caretaker relatives were reduced from 201% to 155% of the Federal Poverty Level, affected individuals must enroll by July 31, 2016 to avoid a gap in healthcare coverage. Access Health CT, the Department of Social Services, the Office of the Healthcare Advocate and the Office of Policy Management are working together to reach out to all affected individuals. All consumers received a 60-day and a 30-day written notice, along with a postcard. We have hosted Enrollment Fairs, conducted live outbound calls, and distributed posters in strategic areas. Also, we extended our call center hours to include Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm through the end of July. To get help and enroll, consumers should call 1-855-371-2428 or visit www.accesshealthct.com.

You can see more information about TMA, including the 5 Enrollment Fairs scheduled through the end of July, on our website at learn.accesshealthct.com/husky-move.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ACCESS HEALTH CT
We will be providing more information soon about upcoming events, such as additional webinars, in-person Community Chats, and a Community Conference in the Fall! Also, we will share more information about how to access updated materials for consumers. We will be transitioning to a new e-Newsletter format shortly, and you can check our Community Partner Website for more information.

Do you have questions or feedback for us? Please contact our Community Outreach Team at outreach@accesshealthct.com or (860) 327-5517.

Please note: This is one of the last messages we will send you from this email system. We are changing email services soon, so you will shortly receive an email asking you to confirm that you want to receive emails from Access Health CT. If you do not respond by checking the box, you will no longer receive these email updates.

Thank you, Access Health CT

 Need Food?

FoodShare Distribution takes place every other Monday from 1:30 – 2:00pm at Grace Worship Center Church, 750 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford.  No ID required! No paperwork! Bring your own bags/boxes.  For more information go to mygwcc.org.  Dates are:

July 25

August 8 and 22

September 19

October 3, 17 and 31

November 14 and 28

December 12

Girls, What Are You Doing This Fall?

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At Young Women’s Leadership Corps (YWLC) we believe you can achieve every dream that is in your heart! YWLC can be the experience that changes how you see yourself, your future and your community. We will help you to discover your unique talents, skills, and gifts so that you can create an incredible future for you and your future family. We know that no one can be a better you than YOU. And each week as a member of YWLC, you will join a group of like-minded teen girls, who are committed to achieving their dreams and goals of a fantastic life!YWLC operates in several middle and high schools in the greater Hartford region.

The program runs throughout the academic school year at the following schools:

  • Bloomfield High School
  • East Hartford Middle School
  • High School, Inc in Hartford
  • Metropolitan Learning Center High School in Bloomfield
  • Metropolitan Learning Center Middle School in Bloomfield
  • Simpson-Waverly in Hartford
  • Windsor High School

The services that we offer include the following

  • Weekly workshops on personal growth, leadership, decision-making, goal-setting and interpersonal skills
  • Training on financial capacity (Budgeting & Saving)
  • A college tour
  • Career exploration seminars
  • Community service projects
  • Guest speakers who lead inspirational trainings on various topics

For more information go to http://www.ywcahartford.org/what_we_do/ywlc.html

 

 

 

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We are Headed to Washington, D.C. 

Why?  Our church lent our historical bible to the Smithsonian Institute for display in the  soon to open National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

What? Ride along with us and be a part of this historic journey to see our church’s history shared with museum-goers from around the world!

Here’s what you need to know-

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Be sure to invite your friends and bring your family on this meaningful,  once-in-a-lifetime church experience!

 

A Few Summer Events @ Faith!

  • Sign up for Faith Conversations for July 27 or August 10. Sign up sheets are in the narthex. There may be one or two spots left.
  • Sign up for our annual beach trip for the children 5 and older unless accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. July 22 is coming quickly so sign up today.
  • Vacation Bible School  for adults and young people will be August 2-4 from 6 – 8pm.
  • Immanuel Congregational church will be here on July 24 for worship.
  • October 21-23 we’re going to Washington D.C to visit our own Pennington Bible, which is on loan to the Smithsonian’s new Museum of African American History and Culture. See the flyer just above for more details.

 

Conference sends teams to Orlando to offer support, witness…

The Connecticut Conference sent two teams of first responders to Orlando, Florida, to offer care, support and public witness following the mass shooting that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded, most of them part of the gay Latino/a community. The C.A.R.E. (Church Awareness Response Effort) Team is made up of members of three New England Conferences, CTUCC, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The first team of responders, The Rev. Emily Heath of Exeter, NH, and Chris Breen, a seminarian from Cambridge, MA, arrived in Orlando on the morning of June 14th in time to join a gathering with national UCC staff, Florida Conference staff and Florida pastors.

A second team of first responders composed of Connecticut clergy went to Orlando on June 15.  They are: The Rev. Thea Racelis, pastor of the South Congregational Church of Middletown, The Rev. Jack Davidson, Associate Minister of the First Church of Christ Congregational in Redding, and The Rev. Mia Douglas, Director of Discipleship at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford.

Read more here  http://www.ctucc.org/news/20160614_orlando_teams.html

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Friends,

I wanted to share with you the upcoming events the Connecticut Conference ONA Ministry Team will be putting on, and ask you to begin announcing these events at your church:
Friday, September 23 7pm
Bisexual Visibility Day Worship
Center Congregational Church UCC, Meriden, CT
Bi Visibility Day is observed on September 23 by members of the bisexual community and their supporters. This celebration of bisexuality in particular, as opposed to general LGBT events, was conceived as a response to the prejudice and marginalization of the bisexual persons by some in both the straight and greater LGBT communities. Come worship with us at7pm on September 23, 2016 at Center Congregational Church of Meriden, CT (474 Broad St, Meriden, CT) as we show Christ’s inclusive love through an ever increasing welcome in our Connecticut Conference UCC churches!!
November 18-19
Building an Inclusive Church Training
East Woodstock Congregational Church
Please join the Connecticut Conference Open and Affirming for the upcoming Building an Inclusive Church training designed to empower individuals to coach ministries through the process of becoming ONA. The training will take place on Friday, November 18th from 3pm to 6pm and Saturday, November 19st from 9am to 3pm at East Woodstock Congregational Church, UCC (220 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, CT). We would like to have 1-3 volunteers from each church. Please register for the training by Friday, November 4th by emailingctuccona@gmail.com
There will be a $25 registration fee in order to cover our costs.
If you have additional questions about the training, please contact Greg Gray (706) 254-4026 We hope you can join us for this event as we work to build a Church that embraces all people!
November 18 7:30pm
Connecticut ONA Worship Service
East Woodstock Congregational Church
Please join Connecticut Conference Open and Affirming for the upcoming Connecticut ONA Worship Service on Friday, November 18th at 7:30pm, when we will gather to worship with a time of Holy Communion, and celebrate the ministries of those being trained this weekend. This event is open to all, and all are welcome. Bring your friends and families!!!
We hope to see you at all these events, and appreciate your help in spreading the word!
May grace and peace prove stronger,
Greg Gray
CT Conference ONA Ministry Team, chair

Faith-Based Community Events have been moved to the News & Events Tab. Check out what’s happening in and around Hartford’s religious community. For CT Conference events, click HERE.

 

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Did You Know….

FHA Reverse Mortgages (HECMs) for Seniors

If you are a homeowner age 62 or older and have paid off your mortgage or paid down a considerable amount, and are currently living in the home, you may participate in FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program.  The HECM is FHA’s reverse mortgage program that enables you to withdraw a portion of your home’s equity.

You can also use a HECM to purchase a primary residence if you are able to use cash on hand to pay the difference between the HECM proceeds and the sales price plus closing costs for the property you are purchasing. For more information, click here.

 

Want to save money on your car insurance?

When you complete the award-winning AARP Smart Driver™ online course, you can receive a car insurance discount that lasts for multiple years! Discounts are available for AARP members. Click HERE for more information.

Heart Health Surprises

Did you know that not taking care of your teeth can cause heart disease? What about loud snoring which may be caused by sleep apnea? (I have some personal experience with this one and the loud snorer in my house!) If you want to know more about sneaky causes of heart disease, click here.

Americans’ Spending on Dining Out Just Overtook Grocery Sales for the First Time Ever

Do the staff at your local Mickey D’s know you and your children by name? Is there a seat at KFC that has your name on it? Spending at restaurants overtook spending at grocery stores in March 2015 for the first time ever, according to Commerce Department data from 1992. Why is this a problem? Studies have shown we consume more calories when we eat out — and not just when we’re eating fast food. Even dinner at an expensive restaurant usually has more fat, salt and sugar  than home cooked meals. For more information click here.  For interesting recipes click here.

 July is….

National Blueberry Month (yum)

National Ice Cream Month (yum yum)

National Salad Week (sort of yum)

Picnic Month

Cell Phone Courtesy Month

What do YOU have to celebrate in July?

Do You Like Scones? I Do!

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This is berry season, and these can be made with either blueberries or blackberries. I like my scones sweet and loaded with berries, so you might want to usea little less sugar or berries. Here is the recipe I use.

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour or gluten free 1 for 1 flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

6 tablespoons really cold butter

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

2 large eggs, beaten

1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

1teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste

Demerara sugar for sprinkling on top

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or waxed paper.

Stir the dry ingredients in a bowl until blended. Cut the butter into small bits and add it into the dry ingredients until the mixture is unevenly crumbly; use your fingers, a pastry blender, or an electric mixer. Gently mix the blueberries with the dry ingredients.

Beat the eggs. Stir together the eggs, yogurt, lemon rind, and vanilla extract. Add to the dry ingredients and stir very gently, just until combined. The dough will be quite wet, like cookie dough. Sometimes I like cinnamon or nutmeg with my cooked berry deserts, so don’t be afraid to add a bit of either as you mix in the fruit.

Scoop the dough onto the prepared sheet in 1/4-cupfuls, leaving about 2″ between each. Bigger is NOT better here. Plus, if they are too big, they will not have that lovely scone texture, and will have a zillion calories each.

Brush each ball of dough with a little milk, and sprinkle with Demerara sugar. You want the milk to help them brown and to give the sugar crystals something to stick to.

Bake the scones for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a scone comes out dry. Remove from the oven, and serve warm. Don’t poke your toothpick into a blueberry or you will not be able to tell if they are done. To reheat, zap in microwave for 20- 30 seconds or reheat in the oven wrapped in foil. Split open, butter lavishly and enjoy.

 

 

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Men’s Ministry Monday evenings @ 5:30pm     Calling All Men!!!

Bible Study, Food and Fellowship! All men are welcome.

 Fall Music in the North End

September 25th – Reverend Mia Douglas, a member of Faith Congregational Church and Director of Discipleship at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, will lead us in a journey of Music in the Black church.  This will be at Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main Street, Hartford, CT.
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October 21st – Norfolk State University Concert Choir – Bethel A.M.E. Church – 1154 Blue Hills
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October 30th – Patricia Gray and Earl Gardner in Concert, Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main Street
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December 17th – Service of Lessons and Carols – Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, 2051 Main Street, Hartford, CT.

Don’t Stop Here…. More Important Information!

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Why Can’t Churches Endorse Political Candidates?

Many churches can’t endorse political candidates. Here’s the long — and surprising — history behind the ban

Among the many policy positions embedded in the 2016 Republican Party Platform is a call to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a controversial Internal Revenue Service regulation that has come under fire from churches and religious freedom advocates in recent years.

The little-known tax provision applies exclusively to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, precluding them from endorsing — or campaigning against — candidates for federal elected office.

The rationale behind the Johnson Amendment is that nonprofit organizations and churches are exempt from paying certain taxes and, therefore, should not be permitted to show power or sway in the election of candidates.  Read more here.

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Are You Eating Healthy Food?

According to Prevetion Magazine, there are 50 superfoods which can help you be a super you. They can help you lose weight, fend off serious diseases,  keep you slim, improve your skin, and lots more. Those foods include eggs, lean beef, Greek yogurt, salmon, beans, nuts, oatmeal, spinach, tomatoes, olive oil and many more. Read more here.

 

Exercising in HOT Weather

Are you eathing healthily and exercising regularly? Are you doing it inexpensively by running or walking outside? If so, here are some hints for exercising safely in hot weather.

  • Stay hydrated. Drink water, not Coke, coffee or  sweetened caffinated beverages.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Watch for signs of overheating.
  • Read more tips here.

 

Activities for Children

   

Dear Rev. Camp,

I hope all is well and that you had a wonderful holiday season. I am writing to inform you of opportunity to provide youth from Hartford, ages 5 to 9, with free swim lessons at the Downtown YMCA. The program is designed to mitigate youth drowning and promote physical activity. For your reference, I have attached a flyer for the upcoming session (lessons will actually begin on Monday, January 11th); subsequent sessions will be offered later this winter and throughout the spring. Our goal is to serve 500 youth from Hartford by the end of this summer.

We are hopeful that you are able to share this opportunity with your parishioners. I have copied Deirdre Brickhouse, aquatics director for the Downtown YMCA, on this email. If you believe this may be of interest to members of your church, Deirdre can provide you with registration forms and additional information.

Jeff Williams
241 Trumbull Street, Hartford, CT 06103
(P) 860 522 9622 ext 2302 (F) 860 522 1314
(E) jeff.williams@ghymca.org (W) ghYMCA.org

 Summer Camps

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Map Hartford’s Homicides

To see a map showing the locations of Hartford homicides, click here.

 

 

Have you had your eyes checked lately?

Eye exams are important, particularly if you have conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. You should have your eyes checked at least yearly, or every 2 years if you are in good health. Some vision loss is slow, and often overlooked until it becomes very serious. What kinds of conditions are important to look for?

  • diabetic retinopathy
  • cataracts
  • glaucoma
  • macular degeneration (AMD)
Other kinds of vision loss are more acute, and require immediate attention:
  • retnal detachment
  • stroke
  • diabetic bleeding in the eye

While you’re thinking about your vision, don’t forget that children need their eyes checked, too. After all, if they can’t see well, they won’t do well in school. HUSKY A, C & D cover eye exams and glasses, while HUSKY B requires a co-pay.

For more information click here.

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Farmer’s Markets are Open For Business

They accept cash, WIC, SNAP and EBT. For more information: http://www.hartfordfarmersmarkets.org/.

 

Words Have Power

Read one of King’s most important speeches , “The Other America,” here.

Watch the speech that helped make Obama president.

 

 

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What’s Happening in and around Hartford?

For more information on more events, click here.

For music

For music festivals

For concert information

For arts/theatre

UCONN concert series

New England Concerts etc.

 

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.

 

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Don’t forget, Girl Scout Troop 10003 meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays from 1 – 2:30pm.

 

volunteers

Would you like to volunteer? We need Sunday School teachers, a leader for our teen ministry, an usher, a historian,  liturgists and just maybe you can think of ways that you too can help! See Pastor Steve or Jeanne Murchison for details.

 

Remember our Sick and Shut-ins. Don’t forget to send a card or note.

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