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FAITH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
2030 Main Street Hartford, Ct 06120
Phone: 860-547-0820 ~ faithmatterstoday.org ~ 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Cleo Graham, Pastor
Sunday, May 16, 2021
And still like air …
~ Order of Service ~
Prelude “Songs My Mother Taught Me” arr. Dr. Ruth Bass Green (Dvorak)
Welcome Pastor Cleo Graham
Announcements Betty Ann Rooks
Women’s Day Call to Worship Mika Benford
In the light of this Women’s Day Celebration, O God, we rise to praise you!
The Light of your presence calls us to this time of worship.
Breathe in this place, O God, by the power of your Holy Spirit.
The Light calls us to rise, shine, and give God the Glory!
Open our minds, unlock our hearts, and wake up our faith!
Shine a Light so we may welcome the risen one among us.
Your light shall rise in the darkness and shine brighter than the midday sun.
Come Holy Spirit, lift us up! We rise and glorify your Holy presence!
Solo “Rise Up” by Andra Day Deacon Pam Walters, Soloist
Prayer of Invocation Deacon Charron Stoddart
Sharing of the Peace of Christ Deacon Pam Walters
Message for the Children Dr. Norma Sproul
Hymn for the Children Khaliyah Stoddart, Soloist “Jesus Loves the Little Children”
Poem Reading “And Still I Rise” Ms. Fannie Irene Pittman Keziah Brown, Jasmine Gray, Isabella Gray
Scripture Reading Micah 7:8 Yvonne Brown
“Do not rejoice over me, Oh my enemy
When I fall, I shall rise;
When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.”
Introduction of Guest Speaker Veronica T. DeLandro Hartford Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Hymn “Rise Up, O Saints of God” Women’s Choir Words: William P Merrill Music: William H Walter
Sermon “No Ordinary Times” Cheryl A. Hickmon National First Vice President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Hymn Response to Sermon Patricia Gray, Soloist “The Lord Is My Light” By Frances Allitsen; Words from Psalm 27
Prayers of the People Rev. Marianne MacCullagh
Song “Hear Our Prayer” Text: Psalm 143:1
Recognizing Rev. Marianne’s Deacon Gail Martin
22nd Ordination Anniversary Carol Knight-Mosby
Invitation to the Offering Alice Lumpkin
Offertory Anthem Women’s Choir “Give and It Will Come Back to You”
Prayer of Dedication/Thanksgiving Alice Lumpkin
Litany for Women of Faith Regina Waters, Leader
Ladies of the Murchison Family, Kaleitha Brown, Cerise Johnson
Callie Bostic-Gardner, Khaliyah Stoddart, Millicent Howard
Leader: Spirit of Life, today we remember the women, named and unnamed, who throughout time have used the power and gifts you gave them to change the world. We call upon these foremothers to help us discover within ourselves your power – and the ways to use it to bring about the Kingdom of Justice and Peace.
Leader: We remember SARAH who with Abraham answered God’s called to forsake her homeland and put their faith in a covenant with the Lord.
People: We pray for her power of faith.
Leader: We remember ESTHER and DEBORAH, who by acts of individual courage saved their nation.
People: We pray for their power of courage to act for the greater good.
Leader: We remember MARY MAGDALENE and the other women who followed Jesus who were not believed when they announced the resurrection.
People: We pray for the power of belief in the face of skepticism.
Leader: We remember PHOEBE, PRISCILLA, and the other women leaders of the early church.
People: We pray for their power to spread the gospel and inspire congregations.
Leader: We remember our mothers and grandmothers whose lives shaped ours.
People: We pray for the special power they attempted to pass on to us.
Leader: We pray for women who are victims of violence and abuse, who are the working poor, and who are homeless in a land of abundance. May they be granted the power to overcome fear and be empowered to change their lives.
People: We pray for those women who face a life of poverty and malnutrition. May they be granted the power of hopefulness to work together for a better life.
Leader: We pray for our daughters and granddaughters. May they be granted the power to seek that life which is uniquely their own.
All: As daughters of the Living God, we celebrate the witness and power of women past and present in our lives. We thank you, God, for the faith of our ancestors and Your promise of the fulfillment of the purpose in our lives. Grant us, Lord, the wisdom and the determination to live as Your daughters of faith and to walk in the light of Your truth. Amen.
Closing Hymn #650 AAHH Dr. Ruth Bass Green “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow” Women’s Choir
Closing Remarks Andrea Barton Reeves Regina Waters
Benediction Cheryl A. Hickmon
Postlude “The Angels Keep A Watchin” arr. Dr. Ruth Bass Green Negro Spiritual
Our Women’s Day Speaker
Cheryl A. Hickmon
Cheryl A. Hickmon is a native of Hartford, Connecticut, was elected the National First Vice President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in August 2017. Cheryl is currently a member of the Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and was initiated through the Alpha Xi Chapter at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
For 39 years, she has been a continuously active and involved member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and has held numerous elected and appointed leadership positions at the National, Regional, and Local levels of leadership. Some of the positions in which she has served Delta are; National First Vice President, National Secretary, Eastern Regional Director, South Atlantic Regional Representative, Co-Chair of the National Scholarship and Standards Committee, Co-Chair of the National Leadership Academy, Co-Chair of the National Documents Review and Revision Task Force, and Chapter President of the Hartford Alumnae and Alpha Xi Chapters.
Professionally Cheryl is employed at Montefiore’s Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Health (Hartsdale, New York) a division of the Montefiore Medical Center and a teaching hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Cheryl supervises the In Vitro Fertilization Laboratories for Andrology and Endocrinology. She is a licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist and has worked in the Reproductive Medical Laboratory for more than 30 years. Cheryl is highly skilled and experienced in the specialties of Andrology and Endocrinology and states that one of her greatest joys is assisting couples with the gift of children.
Cheryl leads a very active life in sharing her skills and service to the community. She has worked with the Children’s Defense Fund movement – The Daughters of Tubman Sisters of Truth under the leadership of Children’s Defense Fund Founder, Marian Wright Edelman — a coalition established to build an urgently needed and long overdue movement to stop the backwards slide of children on our watch. She is an avid skier and a founding member of the Thrillseekers, Inc. Ski and Adventure Club of New York whose mission is to increase participation of minority youth in winter sports. Cheryl is also a member of the St. Monica’s
Episcopal Church in Hartford, Connecticut, the National Council of Negro Woman, and the NAACP.
Cheryl has received several awards including the “100 Most Influential African Americans in the State of Connecticut” by the Connecticut Chapters of the NAACP, Outstanding Accomplishments and Achievement Award from her Alma Mater South Carolina State University, and the Citizen of the Year Service Award from the Tau Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. located in Hartford, Connecticut.
Cheryl Hickmon is the daughter of the late Dr. Ned Hickmon of Hartford, CT and Bishopville, South Carolina and the late Consuella Anderson Hickmon of Hartford, CT and Cincinnati, Ohio, and she has two older brothers Ned and David Hickmon with whom she is very close.
Cheryl’s lives her life by the motto… “Don’t measure life by the number of breaths you take but by the number of moments that take your breath away.”
Join us for Sunday Morning Bible Study at 8:45 a.m. via Zoom with Rev. Gaither FELLOWSHIP after Worship 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Rev. Cleo Graham, Pastor email@example.com (401) 654-7491
Office Manager Patricia A Gray
Minister of Music Wayne Dixon
Treasurer Gail V Martin
Deacon, Chair Charron Stoddart
Council Moderator, Earl W Gardner
Trustee Alfreda Gaither, Esq.
Children & Youth. Shirley Zachery
Choir President, Earl W Gardner
Zoom Co-Host, Regina Waters
Zoom Host & Sound, Bruce MacCullagh
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Still I Rise – Dr. Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
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8 Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy;
when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be a light to me.
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
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General Synod 33 “A Special Edition” July 11-18, 2021
YOU are invited to the United Church of Christ’s General Synod 33, “Rooted in Love.” The Scripture that informs our theme is Psalm 1:3a: “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season.”
The COVID19 pandemic has placed us all in a challenging season. We need to gather as church in the love of God in Christ that unites us all. The General Synod provides the assembly place and allows us to lift the vision of the United Church of Christ, “United in Christ’s love, a just world for all.”
At this amazing biennial gathering, the entire United Church of Christ joins to worship, pray, learn, and speak to the issues confronting our world. Inspiring keynote speakers, youth leaders, UCC ministers and members, donors, and United Church of Christ followers elevate our purpose. We highlight our mission commitments as we share our love worldwide. Oh and, yes, we sing!
Our 33rd Synod is A Special Edition because it will be completely virtual! No need for pet boarding, airline reservations, hotel stays, and sightseeing excursions.
As a generous supporter of our various ministries, you will learn more at Synod about the impact that we make together and how as a people “rooted in love,” we share that love with others across the world. We hope to “see” you there!
To learn more about programming, visit the Synod website at http://www.generalsynod.org. Online registration starts April 13th. The registration fee structure will be posted prior to that date.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We look forward to the day when we will once again gather in our beautiful sanctuary to worship together. We are pleased to share with you a letter which is part of a document from the conference ministers, “Guidance for Phasing Forward to In-Person Gatherings.” Please note the Conference’s conclusion at the end of the letter pertaining to in person worship being suspended through “at least” the end of the summer. The part of the letter you’re receiving in this e-mail does not include the recommended phases, which is a detailed guide to resuming in-person gatherings. We encourage you to read these phases in the complete document by going to the Southern New England Conference website, www.sneucc.org . There’s a new section, Phasing Forward. Additionally, there is also a video which can be viewed on Facebook.
The Worship Committee (Ashley Rogers, Arthur Rooks, Andrew Strother)
Deacon Charron Stoddart, Chair
Patricia Hollis, Moderator
Guidance for Phasing Forward to In-Person Gatherings
Updated version – May 20, 2020
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” ~ Jeremiah 29:7
This is a time unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. This is a challenging time for all of us. We have had moments of creative ingenuity and moments of overwhelming exhaustion.
We entered it in chaos, we plan to move through it with intention. We’re not reopening. Because we never closed. We have engaged ministry in new ways. We will move forward in new ways.
First, there is no way to ensure the overall safety of our congregations and communities until there is a trusted vaccine.
Second, in person worship in sanctuaries is one of the types of gatherings that is most likely to spread the infection.
In an enclosed room over a length of time the airborne viral particles can reach every corner. 6-foot or 12-foot physical distancing will not prevent this.
Speaking, praying and singing aloud propels the virus even further than just breathing.
Using masks limits but does not prevent the transmission of the disease.
Common surfaces abound.
We know that people can be carriers of the virus without any symptoms.
Third, we don’t know everything about this disease and its impact on all ages. New information is coming out daily. This makes it hard to predict trends, safety measures, and phases.
Fourth, our congregations are comprised of the populations most vulnerable to Covid-19.
Fifth, an outbreak in our churches impacts our communities and the capacity of our health care system.
We have been reviewing dozens of documents and websites on next steps for places of worship. This document is an integration and distilling of those resources tailored for our churches. We are presenting a phasing forward approach beginning with our current Base Phase and moving through 4 phases that are tied to local conditions and the guidance of local government and health care professionals.
There is no one date that can be universally applied across our Conference to every church and every community. Things differ; local regulations, building size and condition, age of congregation, size of congregation, health care capacity in community, rate and incidence of spread in community.
The way forward won’t be linear. There is the possibility of new spikes in infection that may return us to Stay Home Stay Safe requirements.
Based on these phases and the current trends we believe in person worship in buildings will need to be suspended through at least the end of the summer.
Marilyn Kendrix Don Remick Kent Siladi
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.