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 9:00 – noon 860-547-0820
Isaías 40:27-31 La Biblia de las Américas (LBLA)
27 ¿Por qué dices, Jacob, y afirmas, Israel:
Escondido está mi camino del Señor,
y mi derecho pasa inadvertido a mi Dios?
28 ¿Acaso no lo sabes? ¿Es que no lo has oído?
El Dios eterno, el Señor, el creador de los confines de la tierra
no se fatiga ni se cansa.
Su entendimiento es inescrutable.
29 El da fuerzas al fatigado,
y al que no tiene fuerzas, aumenta el vigor.
30 Aun los mancebos se fatigan y se cansan,
y los jóvenes tropiezan y vacilan,
31 pero los que esperan en elSeñor
renovarán sus fuerzas;
se remontarán con alas como las águilas,
correrán y no se cansarán,
caminarán y no se fatigarán.
From the Pastor’s Study
Dear Faith Family and Friends:
First thanks for your presence in worship over the last few weeks. We hope the worship times have been meaningful for you and uplifting. The ministry of music has been outstanding and overall the worship has been tremendous. If you haven’t been to Faith Church recently for worship, check it out for yourself. You will be blessed.
Patricia Gray and Earl Gardner will be in concert on Sunday, October 28 at 4 p.m. Don’t miss this great event.
An author who has written extensively about Talcott Street Church, Barbara Beeching, will be with us on Sunday, November 18 after worship. You won’t want to miss this discussion! Mark your calendars now.
Bible Study on Tuesdays resumed on October 16th at 7pm…. Join us!
Lots going on at Faith Church… be part of it! and be blessed each one. Pastor Steve
Need a ride to church? See Deacon Pam Walters for details and to schedule a pickup.
Want a CD of the service? See Bruce MacCullagh.
Know someone in need as we move into the holiday season? 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.
Want to learn more about the Bible? Bible study on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. or Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
Want to sing praises? Just come to choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.
Need more information? Call the church office 860-547-0820 Monday through Wednesday mornings. Sunday service begins at 10 am.
- Our Daily Bread
- The Strength and Power of Prayer
- Bible Verses About Prayer
- Guideposts: The Power of Prayer
- James 5:16b
- The Power of Prayer: Enhance Your Life
- What Happens to Your Brain When You Pray?
- Prayers About Gun Violence
- Put the Power in Prayer
- Strength and Power in Prayer
Regular Events @ Faith Church
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. Next meeting: October 29, 2018.
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!
The CHOIR could use your voice! It’s a great way to serve at Faith Church. Wayne Dixon is waiting. Choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings 7 pm.
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 fall, 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
Gladys Aldes @ home
Special Events @ Faith Church
In more than twenty years of running diversity-training and cultural-competency workshops for American companies, the academic and educator Robin DiAngelo has noticed that white people are sensationally, histrionically bad at discussing racism. Like waves on sand, their reactions form predictable patterns: they will insist that they “were taught to treat everyone the same,” that they are “color-blind,” that they “don’t care if you are pink, purple, or polka-dotted.” They will point to friends and family members of color, a history of civil-rights activism, or a more “salient” issue, such as class or gender. They will shout and bluster. They will cry. In 2011, DiAngelo coined the term “white fragility” to describe the disbelieving defensiveness that white people exhibit when their ideas about race and racism are challenged—and particularly when they feel implicated in white supremacy. Why, she wondered, did her feedback prompt such resistance, as if the mention of racism were more offensive than the fact or practice of it?
Read the entire article here. Read the book and join the discussion at Faith Church on two Thursday evenings in November – November 8th and 15th at 7pm. For more information, email Earl Gardner.
“I found that 90 percent of the blacks in Hartford in the mid-1860s had been born in the North, and something like 75 to 85 percent had been born in Connecticut … they were real Yankees,” she says. “I made up my mind to dig deeper and to explore the effects of abolition on these already established communities.”
@ Our Conference
I am keenly aware of the challenges that you face as a pastoral leader in these times. I am so grateful for your faithfulness to the Gospel and to the ways in which you seek to live the love and justice of Jesus.
You may have seen that Sojourner’s Magazine published a resource that you might find helpful as well. It is a compilation of 100 sermons and you will recognize many of the pastors who have contributed. Two CTUCC pastors, the Rev. Kari Nicewander and the Rev. George Harris are among those who have made contributions: https://sojo.net/100sermons
As you lead and as you find your way please know that the Conference staff is holding you in our prayers and stands ready to continue to find ways to provide resources and support on this critical issue of justice.
Reviving Justice: Inspire, Connect, Act on October 27 from 1-5pm at First Church of Christ Simsbury. For more information click HERE.
@ Our Community
Leaf Collection Begins – Week of November 4th
Please Do Not Rake/Blow Leaves Into the Streets
For more information call 311 or dial (860) 757-9311 from a cellular phone. Staff Available Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm.
Are You Looking for a Job?
This is from Pottery Barn. For more information click here.
Job Corps is recruiting. recruiting.jobcore.gov or (800) 733-JOBS 
The City of Hartford is currently hiring for the following positions:
- Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Early Learning Center Teacher Assistant
- Development Services – Building & Trades Inspector II
- Families, Children, Youth & Recreation -Life Guard (Seasonal)
- Police Department – Officers
The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, October 22th 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
November 20 – SMSA
December 18 – SMSA
November 7 – Betances
December 4 – Betances
All workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at5: 30 pm. and regular meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. *Meeting dates/locations subject to change.
Coming Soon! CRT will be soliciting contractors to support its statewide Weatherization Assistance Program to help make nearly 700 homes more energy efficient across Connecticut. Get details on CRT’s website: http://bit.ly/CRTrfps
The Community Renewal Team (CRT) manages the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) contract by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the supplemental weatherization barrier removal contract to provide weatherization services to income-eligible residents in Connecticut.
To help fulfill this contract, and to provide much-needed weatherization services that will help people make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient, CRT will soon be seeking Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from qualified and licensed HVAC, weatherization, and environmental contractors throughout Connecticut to support the implementation of its Weatherization Assistance Program to serve nearly 700 homes across the state.
African American Literature Book Club – New Members Welcome Hartford Public Library
Want to see Hamilton at the Bushnell?
There will be a lottery for Hamilton with limited $10 tickets available for all public performances. Details on the lottery will be announced closer to the engagement. Join The Bushnell eClub for updates/details on the lottery and other information.
IMPORTANT CONSUMER ALERT: Bushnell.org or tickets.com is the ONLY official ticketing site for The Bushnell and its December 2018 engagement of HAMILTON. If you want to be assured your tickets are valid and that you pay the face value price, you must purchase through bushnell.org or tickets.com. The Bushnell is not affiliated nor do we cooperate with any resellers and can’t confirm the validity or stand behind tickets purchased from broker/reseller sites. The Bushnell cannot authorize third party Will Call ticket pick up.
For more information, click here.
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.
Faith is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Every Month is Faith History Month Because Faith History IS American History
Want to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture?
Our own Pennington Bible is on loan to the museum and on exhibit.
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 November 7. Passes go very quickly when released.
Every Month is Women’s History Month Because Women’s History IS Everyone’s History
“If one could characterize in a single phrase the contribution of Black women to America, I think it would be ‘survival with dignity against incredible odds’…” – Pauli Murray, “Black Women-A Heroic Tradition and a Challenge” (1977)
She was an African-American civil rights activist, who was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus in Petersburg, Va. 15 years before Rosa Parks; and she organized restaurant sit-ins in Washington, D.C. 20 years before the Greensboro sit-ins. She was one of the most important thinkers and legal scholars of the 20th century, serving as a bridge between the civil rights and women’s rights movements.
She was a co-founder of the National Organization for Women, a feminist icon ahead of her time who challenged race and gender discrimination in legal, societal, academic and religious circles. And yet today, not many would recognize the name of the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray – let alone her indelible impact on American law, civil rights and women’s rights. As a black, queer, feminist woman, Pauli Murray has been almost completely erased from the narrative. It is time she was recognized.
Murray’s life and her remarkable accomplishments are coming back into focus as the National Trust for Historic Preservation considers designating the Pauli Murray childhood home at 906 Carroll Street in Durham, N.C. as National Historic Landmark. The modest structure built in 1898 by Murray’s maternal grandfather, Robert George Fitzgerald – a Union Civil War veteran, will be restored and serve as the home of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice.
Every Month is Black History Month Because Black History IS American History
Are Your Meds Raising Your Blood Sugar?
If you have diabetes, you probably know some of the things that cause your glucose to go up. Like a meal with too many carbohydrates, or not enough exercise. But other medicines you might take to keep yourself healthy can cause a spike, too. Here are some possibilities:
- Drugs that treat high blood pressure, such as beta-blockers and thiazide diuretics
- Statins to lower cholesterol
- Adrenaline for severe allergic reactions
- High doses of asthma medicines
Check with your doctor about all medications you take, both prescription and over the counter. Don’t forget supplements, too! Read the entire article here.
How to be Happier – Every Day!
- Surround yourself with nurturing family and friends
- Remember, your job is NOT your family
- Count your blessings
- Live each day as it comes
- Learn to forgive
- Get some exercise
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As of September 8, 2018, there have been 18 murders in Hartford, a 10% 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.
Where do people go when they get out of prison?
Oklahoma now has the highest incarceration rate in the U.S., unseating Louisiana from its long-held position as “the world’s prison capital.” By comparison, states like Massachusetts and New York appear progressive, but even these states lock people up at higher rates than nearly every other country on earth.
A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative, States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2018, compares U.S. states to 166 countries on incarceration, illustrating how every U.S. state relies too heavily on prisons and jails to respond to crime. A companion report released today compares states to countries in their incarceration of women. Read the entire article here.
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