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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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)
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Proverbs 22

If you have to choose between a good reputation and great wealth, choose a good reputation.

The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord made them both.

Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.

Obey the Lord, be humble, and you will get riches, honor, and a long life.

If you plant the seeds of injustice, disaster will spring up, and your oppression of others will end.

Be generous and share your food with the poor. You will be blessed for it.

22 Don’t take advantage of the poor just because you can; don’t take advantage of those who stand helpless in court. 23 The Lord will argue their case for them and threaten the life of anyone who threatens theirs.

Good News Translation (GNT)      Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Proverbios 22

Más vale el buen nombre que las muchas riquezas,
Y el favor que la plata y el oro.
El rico y el pobre tienen un lazo común[a]:
A ambos los hizo el Señor.
El prudente ve el mal y se esconde,
Pero los simples siguen adelante y son castigados.
La recompensa de la humildad y el temor[b] del Señor
Son la riqueza, el honor y la vida. 

El que siembra iniquidad segará vanidad,
Y la vara de su furor perecerá.
El generoso[d] será bendito,
Porque da de su pan al pobre.

22 No robes al pobre, porque es pobre,
Ni aplastes al afligido en la puerta;
23 Porque el Señor defenderá su causa
Y quitará la vida[k] de los que los despojan.

Nueva Biblia Latinoamericana de Hoy (NBLH)  © 2005 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, California

From the Pastor’s Study

Dear Faith Family and Friends:

I want to thank all of you for your faithfulness to Faith Church. Worship has been outstanding lately, praise be to God! We go forward depending upon the Holy Spirit as our guide. Please come out to worship this Sunday.  Bible Study starts back up on Tuesday the 17th and don’t forget the boards and committee meetings, including the Anniversary planning that gets into high gear after the summer slowdown. Why not consider joining the choir, or maybe entering the chili cook-off this year? Whatever you do, your faithfulness and prayers for Faith matter as we go forward together.
Our 3rd annual Chili Cookoff on October 6, 2018. If you would like to compete – please see Carol Knight soon.
We are going in January 2019 to Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma to see historical sites. The new National Memorial for Peace and  Justice is in Montgomery. Friends from Immanuel Congregational Church, members of the Jewish community, and perhaps some of our Muslim brethren, will be joining us as well. Are you interested? Although the trip is now full, you can put your name on the waiting list in case a seat opens up.

BTW, the 2018 winner of the James Beard award for outstanding pastry chef is Dolester Miles who makes pastry for the Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, AL.  Read about her here and here.

Be blessed, Pastor Steve

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Need a ride to church? See Deacon Pam Walters for details and to schedule a pickup.

Want a CD of the service? See Bruce McCullugh.
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.



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There’s More to Faith Church than Sunday Mornings…

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: September 10, 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!


Women of Faith Women’s Ministry meets quarterly immediately after service. Bring a dish to share. Next meeting: September 16.



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.     


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Needs YOU!
Reminder:   Our next meeting is Sunday, September 16th
immediately after service!  All Ladies of Faith are asked to Attend, Serve and Contribute in any way possible.  Please note: Women’s Ministry dues are $50 per calendar year, so please write “Women’s Ministry Dues” on your envelope and/or the note portion of your check.
See you then,
R. Waters
Women’s Ministry Secretary




Sunday School

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



Faith Church Provides for SAND School

Faith Church, in partnership with our friends at Jewish Family Services, has collected school supplies for teachers to distribute to students in their classrooms.  They write:

Dear Reverend Camp,

So nice to see you this morning. Hope these supplies will help you serve your families in need. You’re off to a good start.  Together we are dedicated to helping all of our clients enhance and strengthen their quality of life by embracing possibility.


Patti Weiner, Administrative Coordinator and Development Associate, Jewish Family Services

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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.

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 Online

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 Online

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 October 3.   Passes go very quickly when released.


Saturday, October 6  10:00am – 2:00 pm @ Parker Memorial Community Center  for more information: ReenaSen@hartford.gov

Farmer’s Markets Open 

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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/.  For a market in your neighborhood, click here.

Hartford ‐ 505 Hudson
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m.
July 11 ‐ Oct. 31
Parking Lot, 505 Hudson St.
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized


Hartford ‐ Billings Forge
Thursdays, 11 a.m. ‐ 2 p.m.
June 7 ‐ Oct. 25
On the Green Next to Firebox Restaurant, 539 Broad St
Social Media: FB
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP


Hartford ‐ Frog Hollow
Mondays & Fridays, 3 p.m. ‐ 6 p.m.
June 8 ‐ Nov. 2
At the Farm at Knox, Inc., 75 Laurel St.
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP


Hartford ‐ Hartford Health Dept.
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. ‐ 12:30 p.m.
July 10 ‐ Oct. 30
Health Dept. Courtyard, 410 Capital Ave.
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized


Hartford ‐ Homestead
Wednesdays, 2 p.m. ‐ 5 p.m.
June 27 ‐ Oct. 10
Parking Lot, Homestead & Sterling St.
Social Media: FB, T
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP


Hartford ‐ North End
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m.
June 27 ‐ Oct. 31
Front Lawn of Hartford North End Senior
Center, 80 Coventry St.
Social Media: FB, T
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP


Hartford ‐ Park Street
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m.
July 2 ‐ Oct. 29
Corner of Park & Washington St.
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized


Hartford ‐ Promise Zone Community
Saturdays, 8 a.m. ‐ 11 a.m.
June 16 ‐ Oct. 20
Corner of Woodland & Albany Ave.
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP


Hartford ‐ West End
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. ‐ 7 p.m.‐ June‐Sept. in Oct. 3
p.m.‐ 6 p.m.
June 5 ‐ Oct. 30
Clemens Place Park, 16 Owen St.
Social Media: FB, IG
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized, SNAP


Hartford ‐ Old State House
Tuesdays & Fridays, 10 a.m. ‐ 2 p.m.
June 12 ‐ Oct. 30
West Brick Plaza, Main St.
Social Media: FB, IG, T
Certified CT Grown, FMNP Authorized

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FOR DINOSAUR LOVERS: Mystic Aquarium’s newest exhibit, open through 2018, features 12 mostly life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and other dino-focused interactive attractions for dino-lovers to enjoy. Full story here.

NEW BRITAIN MUSEUM OF ART POP-UP BAR: This summer, the New Britain Museum of Art hosts a 21-plus Pop-up Bar on the Park on Thursday nights from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cold beer, wine and craft cocktails (all $5) are served on the Pritchard Family Terrace. Free. 860-229-0257 and nbmaa.org

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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.


Hartford City News

Office of Community Engagement

Now available! City of Hartford Resident Service Guide – Spring-Summer Booklet. Booklet contains Quality of Life, Safety, Rec Center Extended Schedules, Summer Learning and other General Information.

Hard copies available at the Office of Community Engagement, Room 203 City Hall.

One Hartford Spring – Summer Booklet 2018 English.pdf

One Hartford Spring – Summer Booklet 2018 Spanish.pdf

City Council Meeting 

The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 24th 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

Regular Meetings
September 18 – S.A.N.D School
October 16 – S.A.N.D School
November 20 – SMSA
December 18 – SMSA

Workshop/Special Meetings
September 11 – Parkville
October 2 – Parkville
November 7 – Betances
December 4 – Betances

All workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at5:30pm., 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.

Click Here for a Complete List of Meetings Dates & Agendas

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.

Click Here for More Details

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Did You Know? The Smith-Worthington factory at the corner of Homestead Ave. and Woodland St. is perhaps the oldest saddle maker in the United States. It was founded in Hartford in 1794, when George Washington was President and is still going strong today!

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

Dr. Pauli Murray

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“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.

Read more here and here.

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

28 Days, 28 Films for Black History

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by [DiAngelo, Robin J.]A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism

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.

More to Think About: Health

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Do You Have  Peripheral Neuropathy?

  • Who Gets It?  People who are obese, have prediabetes or metabolic syndrome, or diabetes. Sometimes it is caused by chemotherapy.
  • What Does It Feel Like?   Your feet or fingers feel like “pins and needles.” The lightest touch on your feet might be painful.  If you get pedicures, you may stop because it is too painful.  You may become unsteady or find walking painful.
  • How Is It Treated?  Sometimes pain-relieving cream is used. Physical therapy might be recommended. However, there is no cure.
  • So What’s a Person to Do? Put your feet up when you sit down. Move them around to keep the blood flowing. Look at your feet carefully every day. Check for injuries or cracked skin. Wear shoes.

Lower Your Risk of a Stroke? Do These Things:

  • exercise
  • keep an eye on your blood pressure
  • lose weight if you are overweight
  • limit your alcoholic drinks to 1 a day
  • don’t let your diabetes get out of control
  • put fiber in your diet; eat 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day
  • take your medication as instructed
  • stop smoking – and that includes e-cigs
  • don’t get dehydrated; get plenty of water through drinking and eating water-rich vegetables and fruits

 More to think About: Gun Violence


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 265m guns, more than one gun for every adult.

Data from the Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – nine out of every 10 days on average. Click HERE for an interactive map.

More To Think About: Criminal Justice

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Where do people go when they get out of prison?

How does your state compare to the rest of the world on incarceration? Spoiler: Badly.

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.

Words Have Power

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)

Watch Beto O’Rourke on NFL protests

Watch President Obama’s Mandela Day speech

Watch Oprah’s Golden Globes speech

Watch President Obama’s farewell speech.

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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?

Sick and Shut-In

Deacon Mamie Barnum  @ home