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
Profecía sobre la Destrucción del Templo
13 Cuando Jesús salía del templo, uno de Sus discípulos Le dijo: “Maestro, ¡mira qué piedras y qué edificios!” 2 Y Jesús le dijo: “¿Ves estos grandes edificios? No quedará piedra sobre piedra que no sea derribada.”
Señales antes del Fin
3 Y estando El sentado en el Monte de los Olivos, frente al templo, Pedro, Jacobo (Santiago), Juan y Andrés Le preguntaban en privado: 4 “Dinos, ¿cuándo sucederá esto, y qué señal habrá cuando todas estas cosas se hayan de cumplir?” 5 Y Jesús comenzó a decirles: “Miren que nadie los engañe. 6 Muchos vendrán en Mi nombre diciendo: ‘Yo soy el Cristo,’ y engañarán a muchos. 7 Cuando ustedes oigan de guerras y de rumores de guerras, no se alarmen; es necesario que todo esto suceda, pero todavía no es el fin. 8 Porque se levantará nación contra nación, y reino contra reino; y habrá terremotos en diversos lugares; y habrá hambres. Esto sólo es el comienzo de dolores.
Nueva Biblia Latinoamericana de Hoy (NBLH) © 2005 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, California
From the Pastor’s Study
Dear Faith Family and Friends:
To forgive is to assume a larger identity than the person who was first hurt, to mature and bring to fruition an identity that can put its arm, not only around the afflicted one within but also around the memories seared within us by the original blow and through a kind of psychological virtuosity, extend our understanding to one who first delivered it. Forgiveness is a skill, a way of preserving clarity, sanity and generosity in an individual life, a beautiful way of shaping the mind to a future we want for ourselves; an admittance that if forgiveness comes through understanding, and if understanding is just a matter of time and application then we might as well begin forgiving right at the beginning of any drama rather than put ourselves through the full cycle of festering, incapacitation, reluctant healing and eventual blessing. ---David Whyte
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.
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.
Sunday School for children has started for the fall. 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 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.
Forgiveness means giving up the hope that the past could be any different. ---Oprah
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
———————————————————Community Event InvitationYou are cordially invited to attend the 3rd Annual “Think Like An Entrepreneur” Showcase on 12/16/18. This is 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. Please come out and support the girls and their 25 businesses/non-profit organizations. We can also use help to promote our event by sharing this wonderful event with your friends and family.Thank you in advance for supporting our youth!Lisa Butler-Troop Leader
Women’s Ministry Secret Santa and potluck will be on December 16 after service. All women are invited and asked to bring a dish.
@ Our Conference
I am convinced that there are people in your congregation that will thank you for sharing this information with them! Read on!
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.
Over the past six years, I have led seven of these service and learning trips and been a participant in two others. Sometimes, as I am preparing for a trip, I wonder if this will the last trip, at least for a while. Always, as I am getting ready to come back home, I know that I have to return.
Others have traveled with me on more than one trip, often bringing spouses or other family members with them. (I have gone with my children.) Some have joined with other groups. Each returning person has their own story for what draws them back. I’ll share something from my experience.
Calvin was a quiet 9 year old when I met him. He liked to help us with when we were working on projects to improve the Community Center. Steve, another trip participant, asked Calvin where he would like to be in ten years. Calvin pondered for a moment and then told us he would like to be alive. Later, Bryan Nurnberger came by and saw that Calvin was enjoying the project work. Bryan told Calvin that if he graduated high school (few in La Plant do) Simply Smiles would provide for his education at a vocational school, so that Calvin could learn carpentry and other building skills. Calvin lit up! It was a grace-filled moment. I still get emotional recalling it.
For many Lakota living on the Rez, hope has been extinguished. It took generations of mistreatment and neglect, often at the hands of our government or even at the hands of churches, to accomplish this. It will take generations to restore hope. Each participant in this trip helps hope to grow.
I have attached a flyer (look for the file in the footer to this message) with some additional information and links to more information. We will be the first group of the season and so we may spend somewhat less time working with children and somewhat more time helping to prepare for the upcoming season.
People will want to know about the cost of the trip. We have not finalized travel arrangements, but the total cost should be about $1,400. Many congregations will provide support for members. Online registration is open – https://macucc-reg.brtapp.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-761-7111 if you have questions.
Connecticut Conference, UCC
125 Sherman Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Toll Free in CT: 866.367.2822 | 860.233.5564
@ Our Community
Winter is HERE.
Are You Looking for a Job?
Job Corps is recruiting. recruiting.jobcore.gov or (800) 733-JOBS 
The City of Hartford is currently hiring. Click HERE for more information.
The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, December 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
January 15, 2019 – Bulkeley High School
November 7 – Betances
December 4 – Betances
January 8, 2019 – Central Office (960 Main St)
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.
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.
Like Jazz? Want to Keep Up With What’s Happening?
You can add the Hartford Jazz Society’s events to your calendar automatically HERE.
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.
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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
Citizens of Color, 1863-1890:
Black society after the Civil War
In the nineteenth century, there were five Black churches. That number was probably due more to the variety of beliefs than a reflection of the number of Black neighborhoods in Hartford.
According to the Hartford Black History Project, “Although the Front Street Black Neighborhood was not the oldest, its Talcott Street Congregational Church (the “African Church”) built in 1823 is the first Black Church in the city. The Black population in Hartford until then relied on the white churches if they went to church at all. One suspects that the Talcott Street Church probably arose as a result of the formation of a sense of Black community in Hartford, for it was not only associated with the riot of 1835, but later with the abolitionist movement in the Black community. So, while the Park River Black Neighborhood was probably older, it was perhaps socially less viable than the Front Street Black Neighborhood that arose near all the shipping activity along the Connecticut River.”
The other primary “African” church in Hartford was the American Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (African), which was established in 1836 at 269 Pearl Street to serve the needs of the nearby Park River Black Neighborhood. In 1857 the church was rebuilt at 91 Pearl Street. The building shown in this lithograph from Geer’s Hartford Directory (Connecticut Historical Society Library) is identified as the new church, but on architectural grounds it seems more likely to be the original building of 1836. It was built for $6000 and could seat 445 people. Although it might seem modest today, it was at the time among the City’s major constructions.
Here in fact is the new A.M.E. Zion church, but in the Italianate style one might expect for 1857. It stood at the southwest corner of Pearl and South Ann Street, right at the northern edge of the old Park River Black Community. At the left of the photo we look south down Ann Street, which ended a block away at the Park River. So we would be looking right into Hartford’s oldest Black community, except that by the time this picture was taken in June 1898, the entire neighborhood had been displaced and the church was being relocated to North Main Street. The building seen to the right of the church was the fire department which now occupies the land on which stood the church.
We associate the Baptist religion with the wave of southern migration, and indeed, Shiloh Baptist (not at its present location) was established in 1889. Thanks to the first wave of migration, it became the largest Black Church in Harford and prospered around the time of World War I. The Union Baptist Church, was built on Mather Street a little earlier in 1871. Further investigation might show that while the target of the first wave of southern migration was the Windsor Street Neighborhood, it grew to include the early settlement near Mather Street and what had been called “Nigger Lane.” There was also built on Mather Street St. Monica’s Episcopal Church in 1912. The absence of an earlier church in the area might be because folk went to the Talcott Street Church, which was closer.
The Primus family can be traced back to a Black freeman, simply named Primus, who was servant and apprentice of a Dr. Wolcott in the mid-18th century East Windsor area. He went on to become a doctor himself. One of his immediate descendents was the sailor, Ham Primus, whose service was so outstanding he gained a status rare for Blacks: American citizenship. He married Temperance Asher, and their children were an important part of Hartford’s early Black community. Holdridge Primus was one of their children. This is a photo of him from the article, “The Colored People Who Live in Hartford,” in the Hartford Courant of 24 October 1915.
|Holdridge was employed as a clerk at Humphrey and Syms, which sold sugar, coffee and tea, during much of his life and eventually became a silent partner. Here he can be seen standing in the light snow in about 1860 in front of the store (Connecticut Historican Society Museum). He married Mehitable Jacobs, a dressmaker and a founder of the Talcott Street Congregational Church. By 1850 the couple had acquired a home at 20 Wadsworth Street, and were considered wealthy for a Black family.
Among their four children was Rebecca, who was a Maryland schoolteacher with the Freedman’s Bureau, where she sought to advance the condition of Black people. When she returned to Hartford she married a Charles Thomas and fell into obscurity, but continued to teach at the Talcott Street Church school.
Read more history of Hartford’s African American community and Faith Church HERE.
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 January 2. Passes go very quickly when released.
Every Month is Women’s History Month Because Women’s History IS Everyone’s 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
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.
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 per cent 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.”
Stillman sets out the health and social consequences of incarcerating mothers. “For the children of incarcerated parents, the toll can be profound. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has shown that these children have an increased risk of mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. In adulthood, they have higher rates of asthma, migraines, high cholesterol, and H.I.V./aids, and are more likely to use illicit or prescription drugs. The economic effects are equally devastating. Adolescent boys with an incarcerated mother are twenty-five percent more likely to drop out of school, and have a higher chance of ending up incarcerated themselves.”
Read the entire article HERE.
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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