Welcome to Faith

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.

Pastor Steve

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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Matthew 5:14-16 

14 “You are light for the world. A city cannot be hidden when it is located on a hill. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lamp stand. Then its light shines on everyone in the house. 16 In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)


Copyright © 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of God’s Word Mission Society.


Psalm 107 

107 1-3 Oh, thank God—he’s so good!
    His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
    Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
    from the four winds, from the seven seas.

4-9 Some of you wandered for years in the desert,
    looking but not finding a good place to live,
Half-starved and parched with thirst,
    staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion.
Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God.
    He got you out in the nick of time;
He put your feet on a wonderful road
    that took you straight to a good place to live.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
He poured great draughts of water down parched throats;
    the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.

10-16 Some of you were locked in a dark cell,
    cruelly confined behind bars,
Punished for defying God’s Word,
    for turning your back on the High God’s counsel—
A hard sentence, and your hearts so heavy,
    and not a soul in sight to help.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    he got you out in the nick of time.
He led you out of your dark, dark cell,
    broke open the jail and led you out.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves;
He shattered the heavy jailhouse doors,
    he snapped the prison bars like matchsticks!

17-22 Some of you were sick because you’d lived a bad life,
    your bodies feeling the effects of your sin;
You couldn’t stand the sight of food,
    so miserable you thought you’d be better off dead.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    he got you out in the nick of time.
He spoke the word that healed you,
    that pulled you back from the brink of death.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves;
Offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
    tell the world what he’s done—sing it out!

23-32 Some of you set sail in big ships;
    you put to sea to do business in faraway ports.
Out at sea you saw God in action,
    saw his breathtaking ways with the ocean:
With a word he called up the wind—
    an ocean storm, towering waves!
You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out;
    your hearts were stuck in your throats.
You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk,
    you didn’t know which end was up.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    he got you out in the nick of time.
He quieted the wind down to a whisper,
    put a muzzle on all the big waves.
And you were so glad when the storm died down,
    and he led you safely back to harbor.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
Lift high your praises when the people assemble,
    shout Hallelujah when the elders meet!

33-41 God turned rivers into wasteland,
    springs of water into sunbaked mud;
Luscious orchards became alkali flats
    because of the evil of the people who lived there.
Then he changed wasteland into fresh pools of water,
    arid earth into springs of water,
Brought in the hungry and settled them there;
    they moved in—what a great place to live!
They sowed the fields, they planted vineyards,
    they reaped a bountiful harvest.
He blessed them and they prospered greatly;
    their herds of cattle never decreased.
But abuse and evil and trouble declined
    as he heaped scorn on princes and sent them away.
He gave the poor a safe place to live,
    treated their clans like well-cared-for sheep.

42-43 Good people see this and are glad;
    bad people are speechless, stopped in their tracks.
If you are really wise, you’ll think this over—
    it’s time you appreciated God’s deep love.

The Message (MSG)


Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson


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From the Pastor’s Study

Dear Faith Family and Friends:

The church has historically been one of the places that a person could go when all other places might say no. It has been a refuge for those without a means to go forward, a place to air out the hurt in their lives and a place where a vision for the future can get realized. It is a place to express gift and talents, sometimes never seen before or appreciated anywhere else. Sometimes the church is seen as an important safety net in our community, a place to get the help needed to make it another day. But the church is still the place where a person can get their life regulated to navigate this often difficult world.

We are, I believe, a people by and large who live by the spirit. No matter your religious affiliation or interfaith understanding, faith is an important part of making sense of this world and maneuvering one’s day to day living. It is by faith that we succeed, not by sight, by reliance upon a higher power rather than solely relying upon our own devices or what we think are our own smarts. Check with any older faithful person as to how they have “come this far,” most would tell you it was by faith.

Our youth and youth from Immanuel will be leading worship on 1st Sunday in August. We are hosting, and will have a joint worship service. Plan to be poresent to support our young people.

BTW, have you seen CT Voice, a new quarterly magazine? The magazine focuses on concerns and interests of the LGBTQ community. Faith Church is featured in “Keeping the Faith,” an article about churches that are welcoming to everyone. 

There are a number of articles about the Alabama trip. Here is a link to some articles from the CT-UCC and other sites:  https://www.ctucc.org/newsdetail/selma-trip-12667367 
Please come out and support your church with the many anniversary services and offerings, but also by being present each Sunday morning you are able to do so.  
 Be blessed… Pastor Steve

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Yeezianity – The Church of Yeezus

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Yeezianity is a religion based on Kanye West. The 36-year-old rapper has in fact inspired a new religion called Yeezianity, in which followers believe “that the one who calls himself Yeezus is a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity,” according to the official website. 

“We are a forward-minded group who believes that the one who calls himself Yeezus is the highest living human being and he will help to usher in a New Age of humanity. We believe that a New Age is beginning where all people will unlock their creative powers and the competitive struggle for money and power will no longer be necessary.”

The website further states, “We are called Ye’ciples. Our membership is entirely open and non-exclusive. We allow a Ye’ciple to be a member of Yeezianity as well as any other spiritual practice of their choosing including some of the best ones: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Taoism. In fact, we encourage Ye’ciples to explore and consider the tenets of any other spiritual ideas they feel attracted to.” For more information, read HERE.


Church of the Flying Spagetti Monster 

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism. Pastafarianism (a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarianism) is a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. According to adherents, Pastafarianism is a “real, legitimate religion, as much as any other”.  The “Flying Spaghetti Monster” was first described in a satirical open letter written by Bobby Henderson in 2005 to protest the Kansas State Board of Education decision to permit teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public school science classes. In the letter, Henderson demanded equal time in science classrooms for “Flying Spaghetti Monsterism”, alongside intelligent design and evolution. After Henderson published the letter on his website, the Flying Spaghetti Monster rapidly became an Internet phenomenon and a symbol of opposition to the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.



On September 29, 2019 starting at 2:oo p.m. there will be a city-wide celebration of Faith Church and its impact on the City of Hartford and its residents over the past 200 years. Special invited guests include Beverly Morgan Welch, Sally Wipple and other distinguished persons from Faith’s history. This once in a lifetime event will take place on the original site of the Talcott Street Church on the forner of Talcott and Market Streets. After the celebration on site, we will walk to The Old Statehouse for more celebrating! 

Faith Congregational Church has a 200-year legacy that includes a noteworthy collection of historical materials.  “We have an amazing collection of historical papers and photographs here at our church. We have a number of bibles dating back our early days, including the Pennington bible,” says Rev. Stephen W Camp, senior pastor. Pennington, the first black student to attend Yale University, was an escaped slave who became known as a preacher and writer and was a leader in the abolition movement. He and his congregation provided leadership and funds in the legal campaign for the release of the Mende people taken hostage in the Amistad case.


Our own Pennington Bible is on loan to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and is on exhibit in the Slavery to Freedom Gallery.

Want to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture?


Same-day timed entry passes are available online beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET daily until they run out. Same-day passes are not available via phone.   CHECK SAME-DAY AVAILABILITY


Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released monthly. Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released on the first Wednesday of each month.  The next day for passes to be released will be Wednesday  August 7. Passes go very quickly when released.


Every Month is Women’s History Month Because Women’s History IS Everyone’s History

Read more HERE.

Toni Morrison         2/18/ 1931 – 8/5/ 2019


Toni Morrison (Courtesy Alfred A. Knopf)

Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1993.  She also wrote “Beloved,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.


In an interview with Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Mario Kaiser for Granta,  she said,  “What people outside this country, particularly in Europe, think about this country, what they like about it is generally something that comes out of black culture. It’s jazz. It’s even language. Think about what this country would be like without us. I wouldn’t even visit! I came with my first book trying to say, ‘Look, racism really and truly hurts. If you really want to be white and you’re not, and you’re young and vulnerable, it can kill you.’ That was when I first began to write, and finally, after all these years of reading books, editing books, working in libraries, I thought, ‘Wait a minute, there’s no book in there about me!’ So if I wanted to read it, I would probably have to write it.”

Read more HERE and HERE and HERE.

Claudette Colvin

"Being dragged off that bus was worth it just to see Barack Obama become president," said Claudette Colvin, who before Rosa Parks was arrested for keeping her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama.

“Being dragged off that bus was worth it just to see Barack Obama become president,” said Claudette Colvin, who was arrested before Rosa Parks was arrested for keeping her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama.

Claudette Colvin broke ground nearly 10 months before Rosa Parks.  In March 1955, Colvin, then just 15 years old, was arrested for violating an ordinance in Montgomery, Alabama, that required segregation on city buses, according to a Stanford University entry. Colvin went to jail without a chance to call her family, a University of Idaho researcher wrote.
Colvin and other women challenged the law in court. But black civil rights leaders, pointing to circumstances in Colvin’s personal life, thought Parks would make a better icon for the movement. “Being dragged off that bus was worth it just to see Barack Obama become president,” Colvin said in the 2017 book “Still I Rise.” “So many others gave their lives and didn’t get to see it, and I thank God for letting me see it.”


The first African woman Nobel Peace Prize winner

Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in the United States.





Every Month is Black History Month Because Black History IS American History


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It took all of Georgia Gilmore’s willpower not to explode at the driver of the crowded bus in Montgomery, Ala., one Friday afternoon in October 1955. She had just boarded and dropped her fare into the cash box when he shouted at her to get off and enter through the back door. But after collecting herself, she complied and stepped off the bus. Before she could get back on, however, the driver sped off. Right then she vowed never to ride the buses again. Gilmore, who worked as a cook, decided she would use her culinary talents to feed and fund the resistance, which came to be known as the Montgomery bus boycott. She organized women to form the Club From Nowhere, a clandestine group that prepared savory meals  and baked goods and sold them out of their homes, in local establishments and at protest meetings.

“You don’t hear Miss Gilmore’s name as often as Rosa Parks, but her actions were just as critical,” said Julia Turshen, the author of the cookbook “Feed the Resistance” (2017). “She literally fed the movement. She sustained it.”   Read the entire article HERE.


Do You Know Colson Whitehead?

Colson Whitehead (11/6/1969) is an American novelist. He is the author of seven novels, including his debut work, The Intuitionist, and The Underground Railroad (2016), for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  His most recent novel is The Nickel Boys. Michael S. Jacksosn writes, “The Nickel Boys follows two boys struggling through their sentences at an abusive reform school under the specter of segregation in the 1960s. The school was based on the real Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida, notorious for its mental, physical and sexual abuses, which was closed in 2011; dozens of bodies have been found buried on the school’s grounds.” In conjunction with the publication of The Nickel Boys, Whitehead was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine for the July 8, 2019 edition, alongside the strap-line “America’s Storyteller.”He  also received the New York State Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction Writers and has the title of New York State Author.

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@ Words

Jesus said, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words, you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36–37)


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Our God who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy matchless name
Let Your Kingdom reign in heaven. Dwell on earth in us, the same
Give us, Lord, this day for worship; Give us manna from on high
Give us bread to serve your kingdom, Lord our name we glorify.

Lord, forgive us, free us, love us, Grant us wisdom to forgive
Lead us not into temptation; grant us grace so we can live
Evil cannot stand against us, Your deliverance we need
Bind us, Lord, in one another, We, Your church, Your love receive.

Thine the kingdom, Thine the power, Thine the glory evermore
Thine all majesty and honor tGod to you we praise, adore
You are God, You reign forever, “Sovereign Holy Lord!” we sing
Our God who art in heaven Lord, eternal King of Kings.

(Written by Tony McNeil and dedicated to
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and sung to the tune “Nettleton/Come Thy Fount”)

What Do We Believe?

We believe in God:
Who created and is creating, who has come to us
To reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by his spirit. 
We trust him.

Jesus calls us to be his church:
To celebrate his presence, to live and serve others,
To seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus,
Crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
(from United Church of Canada)


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  History @ Faith Church

Faith Celebrates Its 200th Anniversary!

Faith Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut began in 1819 as a place for African Americans to worship on their own since they were previously only able to worship in the backs of churches and in church galleries (balconies). Unable to sit in the main sanctuary and tired of second class treatment, a group of African Americans began worshipping in the conference room of the First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut, which is now known as Center Church. Our ancestor congregation moved to a building on State Street in 1820 and formed the first black Congregational Church in Connecticut and the third oldest in the nation. (According to Mary M. Donohue and Whitney Bayers writing for Connecticut Explored at connecticuthistory.org, Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church in New Haven was founded in 1820 as the African Ecclesiastical Society by Simeon Jocelyn, a white abolitionist, and 24 former slaves.)

The church, now known as Faith Congregational Church, initially called itself the African American Religious Society of Hartford and vowed to create a place of worship where there would be no assigned seating and where anyone was welcome to worship. The congregation purchased property in 1826 where it built a stone-and-brick church on the corner of Talcott and Market Streets.

For more information, read HERE  

In Harmony With God: 200th Anniversary Concert Series @ Faith Church

Concert Schedule

August 25, 2019             Carrie Wilson, Soprano
September 22, 2019      William Beckham, Pianist
October 27, 2019           Earl Gardner, Bass and Patricia Gray,                                                                       Soprano

Wayne Dixon, Minister of Music

Save the Date 

August 25 – Friends and Family Day; Carrie Wilson concert @4:00 p.m.
September 29 – Talcott Street Outdoor service, city-wide celebration and Old State House reception @ 2:00 p.m.
September 22 – William Beckham concert @ 4:00 p.m.
October 19 – Faith’s Fashion Show and Luncheon                                     11:00 a.m. @ Downtown Marriott  See Pam Walters or Olga Callender for tickets
October 20 – Pat Gray & Earl Gardner concert @ 4:00 p.m.
November 8-11 – Washington D.C. trip 

FIY: Please see the following people for more information about events, to buy tickets or  turn in your money:

  • Anniversary Journal: Bridget Gray, Bill Hollis
  • Luncheon & Fashion Show: Pam Walters, Barbara Wiggins
  • DC trip: Regina Walters, Olga Callendar, Shirley Zachary

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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. On summer hiatus.


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!  On summer hiatus.


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.  On summer hiatus.


Sunday School


Sunday School for children is planning for the fall/winter term Join us. Volunteer for one Sunday per month. We look forward to seeing you and your children.

REALM – A New Way to Participate

Our church is moving to a new kind of church record keeping solution called Realm®. It primarily serves the administrative needs of our staff, but it also offers some exciting opportunities to support the way you are involved in our church. Not only will this improve work life for our ministry staff, it will make it easier for our church family to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of believers.

There are three things you should know before we highlight what you can do:
1. We’re updating the administrative tools our staff uses to run the daily operations of our church.
2. We’re adding more ways to communicate and connect as a church, all while leaving current methods in place.
3. You determine how much you want to make this part of your experience with our church, but we encourage you to participate.

To get the app at iTunes, click HERE

To get the app at Google Play, click HERE.

OR click on the QR below.

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Want a CD of the service? Give Bruce MacCullagh a written request or send him an email.  
Need a ride to church? See Deacon Pam Walters for details and to schedule a pickup.
Know someone in need? Leave a message for Pastor Steve, or with Patricia Gray or Deacon Pam.
Need stewardship envelopes? See Alice Lumpkin, Olga Callender or Barbara Wiggins -or contribute online using the “Donate” button.
Need more information?  Call the church office  860-547-0820 Monday through Wednesday mornings. Sunday service begins at 10 am.


Nursery Staffed for Sunday Services

A reminder: the nursery is available when your child is restless or unhappy during service. You may not mind your child’s crying, but others would like to hear the service.



Would you like to volunteer? We need Sunday School teachers,  a historian,  liturgists and just maybe you can think of ways that you too can help! See Pastor Steve or Patricia Hollis for details.

man covering his face with blue bookRemember our Sick and Shut-ins. Don’t forget to send a prayer, card or note. If you don’t see someone, why not call and see how they are doing?

Deacon Mamie Barnum  @ home    

Felicia Heard @ home 

Anita Stringer @ Glastonbury Health Care 

James Dudley @ nursing home     

Please join Faith Church in supporting Mart’s House


On Saturday, June 15th, our Mart’s House reentry home on Capen St. in Hartford was devastated by a major fire. The seven women who were living at Mart’s are safe, but they lost everything. (Learn more about Mart’s House)

We really need your help.  Mart’s House has been underfunded since 2016. That year, the State Budget Crisis resulted in the cancellation of Resettlement funding from the CT Department of Correction. Your donation will help Resettlement to continue operating the home in our temporary location and to bring Mart’s House back online and thriving well into the future.

Please consider a donation today to our Resettlement Program during this difficult time. Any amount will help.  If you have any questions or want to know additional ways you can help, contact Sandra Bradford-Jennings, sbradford-jennings@cpa-ct.org, 860-271-7198.



 Our UCC Friends



Save the Date: The first Annual Meeting of the newly formed Together, As One Conference (CT, MA and RI) will be Nov. 1 – 2, 2019, in Worcester, MA

Revolutionary Love Project Founder to Keynote Annual Meeting

Valarie Kaur, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, will be the keynote speaker at the first Annual Meeting of the new Together As One Conference, to be held Nov. 1 and 2 in Worcester, MA.  The Annual Meeting will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  This will be the first Annual Meeting of the new Together As One Conference.  

Read more and watch Kaur’s Ted Talk  

“Southern New England Conference” Recommended as New Name

By Tiffany Vail
Associate Conference Minister for Communications


Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ.

That name is what the Together, As One Board of Directors will recommend be affirmed as the official name of the new conference when delegates from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island come together Nov. 1 and 2 for their third Annual Meeting together. After conducting two surveys in which Southern New England was the hands-down favorite, and gathering feedback in a variety of other settings, board members said they felt convinced that Southern New England is the right choice going forward.



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Renowned chef Jacques Pépin shows local chefs how to take their culinary skills beyond The Kitchen

Student Nathaniel Rivera (left) and Ruby VanGuilder (right) watch as Jacques Pepin demonstrates how to clean shrimp during a filmed culinary training demonstration by chef Pepin at The Kitchen Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Hartford.

Renowned chef Jacques Pépin spent his Friday afternoon with eight enthusiastic local chefs, all from the Billings Forge Community Works culinary training program, showing them basic techniques that they can carry beyond the demonstration at the local cafe The Kitchen.

Click Here for The Complete Hartford Courant Article

2019 Country Fairs in CT

  • Aug 9-11      Lebanon Country Fair, 122 Mack Road, Lebanon. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission ranges from $10 to $11 for adults and $9 for seniors (60 and over.) Children 12 and under and military ID holders are free. Discounted weekend tickets for $20 are available in advance. A $2 donation is suggested for parking. lebanoncountryfair.org.
  • Aug 16-18    Wolcott Country Fair,  245 Wolcott Road, Wolcott. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Daily general admission is $10 and $8 for seniors 65 and over. Children 10 and under and National Guard Service members with valid ID are free. Weekend tickets are $24. Unlimited rides wristbands are available Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $20 per day. wolcottfair.com.
  • Aug 16-18      The Hartford County 4H Fair, 56 Egypt Road, Somers. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $5. Seniors and veterans are $3. Children under 3 are free.hartfordcounty4hfair.org.

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  • Sept 13-30    The Big E,   General admission at the gate is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free. Monday to Thursday seniors (60 and over) are $12 and general admission after 5 p.m. is $6. Discounted tickets are available online now until Sept. 11 and at Big Y supermarkets starting in August. Ticket gate opens daily at 8 a.m. but several attractions such as the midway and Avenue of States don’t open until later in the day. Attractions start to close from 9 to 11 p.m. depending on the day. thebige.com 

Read the entire article HERE.


 City of Hartford
The City of Hartford is seeking submissions for Volunteer and Youth Volunteer of the Month.  Volunteer work must be performed within the City of Hartford, but the individual is not required to live within the City.  Please click the nomination link below to learn more and to nominate someone who makes a difference in our community each day.  Click Here to Nominate someone for Volunteer of the Month


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City of Hartford Job Opportunities

The City of Hartford is currently hiring:

  • Police Department – Crime Analyst
  • Emergency Services & Telecommunications – Dispatcher Trainee
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Life Guard (Seasonal)
  • Public Works – Painter
  • Public Works – Principal Engineering Technician
  • Families, Children, Youth & Recreation – Recreation Assistant (Seasonal)
Hartford Police Department – Info Sessions 

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  • Excellent Pay
  • Flexible Hours
  • Paid Training
  • Temporary Positions

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Road Closure
West Indian Parade
Starts at Main & Battles, Trumbull to Jewell to Bushnell Park
10:00am – 3:00pm

Bushnell Park
West Indian Parade Festival – Free
12:00pm – 8:00pm



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City Council Meeting

The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, August 12, 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.

Click Here for a Complete List of Meetings Dates & Agendas  


Board of Education Meetings


Lawn Care Services Available for Seniors and Disabled Residents 


Hartford Youth Service Corps members are available to assist seniors and disabled Hartford homeowners with free Lawn Care services.  To register for these services, please contact Hartford 311 by dialing 3-1-1 from a landline or dial 860-757-9311 from a cellular phone. Staff Available Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm.


Where should Hartford be when it turns 400?

The City of Hartford, in partnership with The IQuilt Plan Partnership, invites you to kick off a community conversation about this question by participating in an online survey, at www.hartford400.org.

We want you to think big! Your responses will help shape the development of a comprehensive plan for Hartford’s future. To get the latest updates about this planning process, including future opportunities to participate, be sure to sign up for our mailing list at www.hartford400.org.  


Health & Human Services – Change in Dial A Ride Shuttle Schedule

EFFECTIVE 01/21/2019 there will be a change in the Monday Grocery Shuttle schedule.  Please click on image to download complete schedule. 

For more information, please call 860-757-4737.
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Schedule for Hartford Outdoor Swimming Pools
  • August 18: Pools in Goodwin and Keney Parks are open for the last day for swimming.
  • August 24: Pool in Pope Park is open for the last day for swimming.
  • September 2: Pool in Colt Park is open for the last day for swimming.

Like Jazz? Want to Keep Up With What’s Happening?

You can add the Hartford Jazz Society’s events to your calendar automatically HERE.

Good News!

14 spring, summer events get fund-infusion from Greater Hartford Arts Council


14 spring, summer events get fund-infusion from Greater Hartford Arts Council
Greater Hartford Arts Council has announced it has given grants to 14 cultural organizations to present events this spring and summer. The Hartford Events Grant program is supported by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. 

Connecticut Public Affairs Network’s 2019 Summer Concert Series, $2,400. The concerts will be June 7 to Sept. 27  at the Old State House.

Click Here for the Complete Hartford Courant Article  


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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.


Hartford Public Library

About Encounters

The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public LibraryThe Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Old State House, and UConn Humanities Institute -UCHI formed a community engagement partnership to present Encounters, a series focused on encouraging informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives. The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves and to develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue. Click HERE for more information.

African American Literature Book Club @ Downtown Hartford Public Library

Monthly 1st Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm, Classroom 141, Downtown

The Sellout: A Novel

Sept. 3: The Sellout: A Novel, by Paul Beatty

The AAL Book Club is for anyone interested in reading and discussing African American literature, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as sharing information and learning about the African American experience.  It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other while we engage in lively and stimulating discussion of topics of interest to us all.

Please RSVP to Carolyn Korber at cjkorber@gmail.com.


Linda Martin, Sharing Stories

Reception: Saturday, August 17, 2-4pm
On Display June – September 2019 

Hartford History Center, 3rd floor, Downtown Library

Quilts have a long tradition in the African American community of being used to tell stories and as a form of resistance. Before slavery was abolished, quilts were used as covert messages, marking escape routes and houses of refuge for people seeking freedom.

Many contemporary fiber artists, such as Hartford native Linda F. Martin, use quilts as a way to commemorate important figures, tell folklore, share history, and speak to contemporary social justice issues.

Join us in learning about Martin’s quilts and see if you can find the images within the larger images that give layer and complexity to each story. For the reception, there will be a recitation of poetry and dance.

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How Careful Are You When Online?

 When you are reading your email, do you click on attachments from people you don’t know? Do you click on attachments from people you do know without verifying that they sent you something? What about free things, like games, you can download – how careful are you? Do you back up your work to the cloud or a portable hard drive? How are you protecting yourself?   

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc By NICOLE PERLROTH and SCOTT SHANE

American cities are being hijacked with an N.S.A. cyberweapon that has already done billions of dollars in damage overseas. The N.S.A. will say nothing. Read the NY Times article HERE.

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Want to improve your vocabulary painlessly? Subscribe to Word of the Day  or Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day. Or get the Word of the Day app at the Google Play Store or the Apple app store.


Want to Know what the CT General Assembly Did?

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The New W-4 Form Changes Could Make Your Life A Lot Harder

By   @ Bustle.com
The tax law signed by President Trump in 2017 resulted in a complete rewriting of the W-4 form, the standard tax form workers fill out for employers before getting hired. The new W-4 form changes will likely make your life a whole lot harder — but luckily, the IRS won’t be using the new forms until the 2020 tax season.  The new form references no fewer than 12 other forms that employees may have to refer to in order to complete their W-4, according to USA Today.  Read the entire article HERE



Free Stuff

Free college classes at Coursera

Go to GreaterGood.org to help others for free.

Free newsletter for women – Sisters from AARP –  here.

Go HERE to find free dental care.

Improve your vocabulary and donate rice to help hungry people HERE.

Not free but cheap!!!  CheapOAir!

Go here to find free stuff like paper towels, beauty products, etc. 


Footwear with Care

Do you know about this? Footwear with Care provides new shoes and socks to homeless folks. Read all about their work and look for the next date if you know someone who might need shoes.





 A picture is worth 1000 words.

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@ Health is Justice

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Lower Your Risk of Cancer by…

  • Losing weight if you are over weight
  • Use sunscreen (even if ou have dark skin!)
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Cut back on sugar (soft drinks and juice, anyone?)
  • Stop smoking
  • Read more ways HERE.

Health and Fitness: American Heart Health Month Help Spread Awareness


100,000 Sisters Making Strides Toward Better Health

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GirlTrek brings Black women together for weekly walks in neighborhoods across the country.

I’ll admit it. I’m not a gym girl. But I am a walking girl. I love to walk. And more than that, I love to walk (and talk) with friends. I also love to walk to stay in shape, and I’ve never been in such great shape as when I was on a roll for about a year and walked an average of five miles every day.

So when I listened to a TED Talk passionately delivered by GirlTrek’s leaders (while I was walking on the treadmill at the gym), I was excited to learn more about this organization that brings Black women together for organized walks in their neighborhoods. I was in.

GirlTrek is planning a million-woman, three-day walk in May 2020, retracing the steps of the historic 54-mile civil rights walk from Selma to Montgomery. Dubbed the “Summer of Selma,” they describe the event as the Woodstock of healing for Black women.

Harriet’s Handbook is a step-by-step guide with 1000 walks and ideas to save your own life and the lives of the women you love. Celebrate your success as you reach milestones by “Claiming the Victory” below.

Download Now                Claim Your Victory

Read more HERE. Visit the website HERE.  Watch the Tedtalk HERE

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Places that are Dirtier than Your Toilet !

  • Your cellphone
  • Remote controls
  • Doorknobs
  • Computer keyboards
  • Kitchen sponges and dish cloths
  • Purses (especially if you sit them on the floor)
  • Pet food bowls and toys
  • Children’s toys

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How Pushups Can Help Men’s Hearts

By Matt McMillen

In a 10-year study published in February, researchers reported that men who can do 40 pushups have a whopping 96% lower risk of heart disease than guys who can’t muster 10. The average man in the study: Nearly 40 years old and overweight, but not obese. All 1,562 men were physically active firefighters rather than office workers. The study’s results strengthen the case that muscle-building promotes heart health.

Read more HERE.

From Cook’s Vegetables Illustrated cookbook

SWEET POTATOES: "Don't call me yam."
Sweet potatoes are emphatically not the same vegetable as yams, which can grow to be 5 feet long. This may come as a surprise, but sweet potatoes are not related to potatoes, either. They are actually members of the morning glory family, whereas potatoes belong to the nightshade family. But they’re nearly as versatile in the kitchen as regular potatoes and can be cooked in many of the same preparations, though the techniques need to be adjusted to account for the higher sugar and lower starch content of sweet potatoes. Don’t do this: Refrigeration will cause sweet potatoes’ cores to change texture and become distressingly similar to a damp cork. Do this: Store them in a cool ventilated spot for up to 1 month. Or at room temperature, they will keep for a week or two.

Eating the Same Thing Every Week? Want to Try Something Different?

Try eggplant! Eggplant isn’t a vegetable you automatically think of when you’re making dinner. The texture can be strange and mushy, and it soaks up all the oil you can put on it! My favorite way to have eggplant is eggplant parmesan. If you like lasagne and other dishes with tomato sauce and lots of cheese, this is a great way to try eggplant.

  •   2  eggs, beaten  with a little water (1 teaspoon is enough)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese  
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Dip eggplant slices in egg mixture, then in bread crumbs. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes then turn the eggplant over and bake 5 minutes more. 
  3. In a 9×13 inch baking dish cover the bottom with spaghetti sauce.  Place a layer of eggplant slices in the sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with the cheeses. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until the cheese melts and bubbles up and the top is golden brown. Check after 25 minutes just so you don’t overbake it.

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Eat these foods to improve your cholesterol (yum)

  • olive oil and olives
  • beans
  • avocados
  • strawberries, blueberries, blackberries
  • nuts like walnuts, almonds
  • whole grains
  • tuna, salmon and other oily fish
  • apples, pears
Billings Forge Year Round Farmers Market

Summer: Billings Forge Green at 539 Broad Street; winter: The Studio, 563 Broad StreetHartford, CTPhone: 860-548-9877

This summer market features farmers, music, artists, and crafters. Picnic tables are available. Weekly specialty vendors bring everything from granola to healthy cleaning solutions. The indoor winter market offers meat, cheese, coffee, breads, preserves, root and winter crop vegetables, and greenhouse-grown greens. 
Summer dates and hours: early June through October, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Broad Street on the Green. 
Winter dates and hours: early November through May, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Billings Forge, 563 Broad Street.

Do you like peaches?

There are health benefit to eating the delicious, fuzzy fruit (If you’re like me, you peel them first). And of course, this is peach cobbler season! 

  • They have lots of vitamin C.
  • They have beta-carotene which is good for your eyes.
  • They have fiber, which helps control your weight and appetite.
  • They have flouride, which helps protect teeth.
  • Go HERE for more information about the health benefits of peaches.

How to peel a peach when you want it to be perfectly round:

Gat a small pot and fill it with water, leaving space  about 2 inches from the top. When the water is boiling, ease the peach into the water.

Let it stay in the boiling water for maybe a minute, then take it out and put it into cold water. The skin should slide off easily.

Mental Health

Do you know what narcissism is? Go HERE

Do you know how stress affects your body? Go HERE

Are you depressed? Aren’t sure? Go HERE.

Need mental health/addiction information? Go HERE. Services? Go HERE

Find a community health center HERE.

Medicare / Medicaid



CHOICES:  Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening: https://www.ct.gov/agingservices/cwp/view.asp?q=313032

Center for Medicare  Advocacy:   http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/medicare-info/connecticut-consumers-guide/ 

US News Health:  https://health.usnews.com/medicare/connecticut-medicare-plans  



Gun Violence is a Public Health Issue


The amount of mass shootings across the U.S. so far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year, according to a gun violence research group. This puts 2019 on pace to be the first year since 2016 with an average of more than one mass shooting a day.  As of Aug. 5, which was the 217th day of the year, there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks every mass shooting in the country. The GVA defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter. Read more HERE.

For current local crime statistics, click here. To see a map showing the locations of Hartford homicides, click here.

Click HERE for an interactive map.

‘He’s got my gun’: Police body camera footage shows struggle before deadly police shooting in Hartford

A Hartford police officer yells, “He’s got my gun,” seconds before the driver of a fleeing car was fatally shot Friday during a frantic struggle with at least three co…



Criminal Justice

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NAACP, State Team Up To Help Inmates Find Employment

by Lisa Backus   @ ctnewsjunkie.com 

Courtesy of Marc Pelka's Twitter feed

The Connecticut NAACP and state officials are hoping to find 10,000 jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals in the next three years.

Connecticut is a pilot state for the NAACP’s national “Million Jobs” campaign to get major businesses on board with hiring former inmates who will receive training that actually leads to a job, said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP and the chair of the national NAACP Criminal Justice Committee.

“There are a lot of people dealing with addiction services, housing issues, mental health issues, but no one is dealing with the jobs issue,” Esdaile said. “The number one social program out there is a job.”

Esdaile and more than 100 business leaders and state officials, including Gov. Ned Lamont, met Tuesday to start planning the implementation of the program which they hope to launch by mid-September.

Read more HERE

 Judge claims teen rapist should be given leniency because he ‘comes from a good family.’

A family court judge has continually shown leniency to a 16-year-old boy who raped a 16-year-old girl because he is “from a good family,” who “put him into an excellent school where he is doing extremely well,” according to the New York Times. The judge also said that it should have been explained to the victim that pressing charges would ruin the boy’s life.

The assault happened at a pajama party in New Jersey, where the victim was heavily intoxicated. The boy filmed himself penetrating her from behind, and sent out the video he took as a text with the words, “When your first time having sex was rape.” In the video, the girl’s head is seen hanging down, and her torso exposed.

But Judge James Troiano said this wasn’t rape, claiming rape is something that is reserved for cases where the victim is held at gunpoint. This, he claims, is sexual assault, and should be treated differently. Read more here  and here.