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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Romans 5:1-5

Peace and Hope

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b]boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

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Resultados de la Justificación

Por tanto, habiendo sido justificados por la fe, tenemos[a] paz para con Dios por medio de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, por medio de quien también hemos obtenido entrada por la fe a esta gracia en la cual estamos firmes, y nos gloriamos[b] en la esperanza de la gloria de Dios.

Y no sólo esto, sino que también nos gloriamos[c] en las tribulaciones, sabiendo que la tribulación produce paciencia (perseverancia); y la paciencia (perseverancia), carácter probado; y el carácter probado, esperanza. Y la esperanza no desilusiona, porque el amor de Dios ha sido derramado en nuestros corazones por medio del Espíritu Santo que nos fue dado.

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From the Pastor’s Study

Dear Faith Family and Friends:

The whole church is traveling to Immanuel Church on August 19th. There will be no worship here at Faith on that day. There is a picnic on the lawn after service so plan to stay and enjoy food and friendship with our friends at Immanuel. We are gathering toiletries for newly released women who are returning to our community. We will partner with Immanuel in this effort this time. Bring toiletries to church before Sunday or to Immanuel on Sunday for this effort.

Friends and Family Day is August 26. Don’t forget to invite your family and friends to be with us on this special day. Lots of fun and special events.

Join faith leaders of Hartford on August 26 for a Service of Prayer and Encouragement for Hartford Public Schools 2018-2019 school year. We meet at Union Baptist Church, 1921 Main Street in Hartford at 4 p.m. Come be part of this moment in the lives of our children, parents, teachers, and leaders to celebrate and uplift our public schools.

Don’t forget our 3rd annual Chili Cookoff on October 6, 2018. If you would like to compete – we are trying to dethrone last year’s winner – 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.

The hardest people to reach with the love of god are not the bad people... Charles L. Allen love sayings

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: August 27, 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! We are on summer break and will resume after Labor Day. Have a wonderful summer.

Women of Faith Women’s Ministry meets quarterly immediately after service. Bring a dish to share. Check with the office for the next meeting date.

The choir could use your voice! It’s a great way to serve at Faith Church. Wayne Dixon is (impatiently) waiting. Choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings 7 pm.  Friends and Family Day choir rehearsals on August 13 and 20 at 6:30 p.m.   

Sunday School

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

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UCC Members/Clergy Join Protest of ICE Policy

By Andrew Page

HARTFORD – Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building and Courthouse on Monday demanding the Trump administration reunite children who’ve been separated from their migrant parents in recent months. Others called for and end to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Thirty five protesters were arrested, including two UCC pastors.

Rev. Stephen Camp, pastor of Faith Congregational Church, was the first to be arrested, charged with breach of peace and trespassing after he stood blocking the entrance to the building.

“The church really does have a voice in the intersection between the church and the state and this is one place where that voice is important,” said Camp after he was released with a summons on Monday.

Camp had been asked to participate and spoke with his congregation about the need to be that voice during Sunday’s sermon. He said the congregation was “100% with me and whatever I needed to do today.” Faith Congregation Church members have even explored what it would mean to be a sanctuary church. Read more here.

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VOTE NOW! Hartford is in the running for $25,000 in Children’s Books!
Hartford is one of 16 finalists in JetBlue’s 2018 Soar With Reading contest, in partnership with Random House Children’s Books. The winning city will receive $25,000 in Children’s Books. Voting is simple, just go here.

                Back to School Community Events

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The First Day of School●Primer Día de Clases

August 28●28 de Agosto

Community Health Services

Community Health Fair

500 Albany Ave.

Thursday, August 16th 11:00am-3:00pm

Rain Date: 8/17/18


Youth on Fire

Back to School Celebration

30 Pope Park Drive

Saturday August 18th



Mount Olive Church

community block party

20 Battles St.

Saturday, August 18th




Back to School BBQ

470 Maple Ave

Tuesday, August 21st



Thirman L. Milner

Back to School BBQ

104 Vine Street

Wednesday, August 22nd



Wilson Gray YMCA

Back2School Event

444 Albany Ave.

Friday, August 24th

4:00pm –7:00pm

*Must RSVP to Attend & for a Backpack


Urban League of Greater Hartford

Back2School CommunityEvent

140Woodland St

Saturday, August 25th


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 is September 5.   Passes go very quickly when released.   CHECK ADVANCE AVAILABILITY ON RELEASE DAY

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


Calling all high school students who will be in grades 9-12 for the fall 2018 academic year!!

The Connecticut Science Center has a new program called Investigate!

The Investigate! program meets on Saturdays during October and November from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

The Program allows students to have the opportunity to explore exciting topics in science, technology, engineering, and math. The program is free of charge.

Applications can be submitted here until September 7th at 4 PM.

Please feel free to contact us at teens@CTScienceCenter.org or by phone at (860-520-2166) if you have any questions.

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MORNING MOVIES FOR KIDS: Movie theaters around the Hartford area will hold summer kids’ movies series, offering morning screenings of PG- and G-rated movies for a reduced price or even free. Full story here.

FREE SUMMER MOVIES: Summertime is here, and that means free outdoor movies in the parks in the cities. Both Hartford and New Haven begin their family-movie seasons on June 8. See full lineup here.

FREE EVENTS ON THE RIVERFRONT: Riverfront Recapture, which organizes summertime events on both sides of the Connecticut River, is offering festivals, fitness classes, Shakespeare, music and other free activities in Hartford and East Hartford, all summer long. Full story here.

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.

ASKING FOR A FRIEND: Chion Wolf, a Connecticut Public Radio personality, hosts a monthly live advice show at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater in Hartford, where she and panelists discuss people’s problems and how to solve them. Read story here.

BOWLING?HIGH ROLLER?  Don’t be put off by the name. You don’t have to have a packed wallet to head for High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge, which makes a night out affordable with a deal nearly every day of the week. Information here.

ZIP LINING:  Looking for a different type of summer fun? More and more families are learning the ropes at aerial adventure parks — destinations featuring zip lines, high wires, ropes courses and other adrenaline-rush-producing experiences. Find Connecticut’s options 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 10th 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

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

Learn How To Use LimeBike, Hartford‘s First Bike Share Program

Image result for lime bikeThe city’s first bike-share program is up and running – riding – with residents at crosswalks and bus stops gawking as LimeBike employees installed the bright green bikes at locations across Hartford.

LimeBike, the brainchild of CEO Toby Sun and a prominent Silicon Valley firm, provides affordable, dockless pedal bikes to cities and college campuses across the United States. Hartford will be the startup’s first location in Connecticut, and the program comes at no cost to the city.

Where are the bikes?
Hartford’s new fleet of 300 bikes initially will be placed at hot spots designated by the company. Rows of five to six bikes have been set up at locations such as Statehouse Square and the Bushnell Plaza sculpture garden. The bikes are locked and ready for use with just the scan of a QR code. The technology is powered by a solar panel on each bike.

Click Here for The Complete Hartford Courant Article

Like Free Books?

Freebooksy.com sends a daily email with free ebooks for the day. If you read books on a Kindle, Nook, tablet, phone, or laptop, you may fund this useful and cost-effective.

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

Maya Angelou

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Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou (April 4, 1928, to May 28, 2014), known as Maya Angelou, was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009.  Read more about her life and accomplishments here.

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

28 Days, 28 Films for Black History

More to Think About: Health

How Are Diabetes And Heart Disease Related?

According to Everyday Health, the connection between diabetes and heart disease starts with high blood sugar levels. Over time, the high glucose in the bloodstream can damage the arteries, causing them to become stiff and hard. Fatty material builds up on the inside of these blood vessels and this can eventually block blood flow to the heart or brain, leading to heart attack or stroke. Your risk of heart disease with diabetes is further elevated if you also have a family history of cardiovascular disease or stroke.  We are currently recruiting participants for a clinical research study to assess the effectiveness of an investigational medication in patients with type 2 diabetes who are at high cardiovascular disease.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you meet the following qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have type 2 diabetes
  • HbA1c level greater than 7%
  • Have cardiovascular risk factors

Study-related care is provided at no cost.  You may also receive compensation up to $770 as reimbursement for your time and inconvenience.


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Interested? Contact us to learn more and see if you qualify.


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


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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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 President Obama’s Mandela Day speech

Watch Oprah’s Golden Globes speech

Watch Rev. Traci Blackmon’s comments on Charlottsville VA  white supremacist rally

Watch Mayor Mitch Landreau’s Address on Removal of Four Confederate Statues

Watch President Obama’s farewell speech.

Quotes about friendship - Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

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