From our Faith Church family, please be safe during the winter months, and during the Covid-19 pandemic. Wear your masks, sanitize and frequently wash your hands, and stand 6 feet away from others.
Virtual Sunday Service
January 10, 2021 – 10:00 a.m.
Third Sunday After Christmas
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Welcome! We are glad you are joining us today. Our worship service is live and also pre-recorded. As you enter this virtual worship today, please remain muted until the Host acknowledges you. We will record this worship service. We will let you know when the recording begins and ends. If you don’t want your face and/or voice recorded click stop video on the lower righthand corner and remain muted. You may change your name on display by selecting the three dots located in the upper corner of your photo and type a new name. Please feel free to send your messages to everyone or a specific person by selecting Chat and entering their name. Prayer requests are welcome in the Chat Box. Prayers are shared with Deacons and the Prayer Ministry. If this is your first visit, please leave your contact information in the Chat Box so we may stay in touch with you. Be Blessed.
PREPARING FOR WORSHIP
Prelude Behold the Star (Negro Spiritual) Wayne Dixon
Welcome Rev. Cleo Graham, Pastor
Announcements Deacon Pam Walters
Call To Worship Deacon Al Strother
The voice of God resounds upon the water.
The Spirit of the Lord hovers over the stream.
The Son of God is named, “Beloved.”
And all who worship shout out, “Glory!”
Ascribe to the Lord majesty and strength.
Let us worship God in holy splendor.
Opening Hymn “As With Gladness” Faith / Immanuel Choirs
Holy God, when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan the heavens opened, the Spirit descended, and your voice affirmed your love in Jesus for the healing of the human race and all creation. By water and word, you lovingly invite us into this same life-giving mission. May your Spirit, moving like a stream of water flowing from its source, work in us this day to realize your vision of a world made new in Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
*The Passing of Peace Deacon Al Strother
The Children’s Message Dr. Norma Sproul
Response “Jesus Loves the Little Children” – Text – C. Herbert Woolston – Wayne Dixon
THE GIFT OF THE WORD
First Reading Genesis 1:1-5 Rev. Arthur Gaither
Second Reading Mark 1:4-11
Sermon A King’s Baptism Pastor Graham
Hymn Response “Wade In the Water” Elder Kitson Richardson
OFFERING OURSELVES and OUR GIFTS
Pastoral Prayer Pastor Graham
The Lord’s Prayer (debts)
Prayer Response – “Hear Our Prayer” – Text – Psalm 143:1 – Patricia Gray
The Offertory Invitation Regina Waters
The earth belongs to God, our creator;
every good thing is a gift from the Lord.
Let us glorify God through the gifts of our lives.
Offertory Anthem “The Lord is My Light” Wayne Dixon
Prayer of Thanksgiving
We give you thanks, O God, for every blessing and spiritual gift
you have poured out upon us. Let the gifts of our lives
be a source of blessing in your world,
all to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
*Doxology Wayne Dixon
Parting Hymn “Walk In the Light” Wayne Dixon
May the Favor Of Our God Rest Upon You! Prayers for a Blessed New Year!
Fellowship: Please remain on Zoom after worship for a time of prayer and fellowship with one another.
Postlude “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” Wayne Dixon
Worship Resources: Feasting on the Word B vol. 1; African American Hymnal
MANY WAYS TO GIVE
1. Instructions for giving by text: Here is the Faith Church give-by-text number:
Text: 73256 Type: faithchurch and follow the prompts
2. Give online at https://www.faithmatterstoday.org
3. Give by check mailed to the church at 2030 Main St., Hartford, CT, 06120
REALM CONNECT – Another Way to Give
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.
Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath
1 In the beginning when God created[a] the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God[b] swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
4 John the baptizer appeared[a] in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with[b] water; but he will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
@ Our History
DO YOU KNOW YOUR personal HISTORY? AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY RESOURCES
- Family Search
- Black Past lists of links
- Family History Daily 10 free resources
- Genealogy Bank
- Christine’s African American Genealogy Website
- The Root
- Cyndi’s List
- Heritage Quest Research Library
@ History & Culture
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. Passes go very quickly when released.
CHECK ADVANCE AVAILABILITY ON RELEASE DAY
Want to take a road trip?
Museums & Historical Sites
Are you aware of the series “1619” in the NY Times? According to the NYT, “The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” Read, watch and listen HERE.
@ UCC News
Church leaders urge education, caution and common sense as U.S. coronavirus cases increase
Here are a number of precautionary measures the UCC Human Resources Department shared with staff in the national offices.
• Stay home if you are feeling sick.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
• Disinfect surfaces used regularly.
• Use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
• Practice these precautionary measures at home and pass this information along to family and friends.
If you have traveled internationally during the last 14 days, feel sick with fever or cough, or have difficulty breathing the CDC has several recommendations:
• Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
• Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
• Avoid contact with others.
• Do not travel while sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
Bookmark these resources for developing information:
- CDC COVID-19 updates.
- CDC New travel alerts.
- World Health Organization updates.
- WHO Preparedness resources.
- Coronavirus resources from the UCC.
- Ohio Department of Health information.
- FEMA, general disaster guidance for Houses of Worship.
Should Churches Return to Worship in Their Sanctuaries?
A Pastoral letter from the Leadership of the Wider United Church of Christ
As the country debates how, when, and under what circumstances life might return to normal, leaders in every setting of the church are deliberating about returning to their sanctuaries for worship.
As leaders in the United Church of Christ, we want to send a clear and strong message to congregations who are considering going back to meeting in person: We urge you to wait until ALL safety concerns have been addressed. We want to offer what guidance we can about issues you should consider in your deliberations.
We are sure that, like us, you have been inundated with materials about the COVID-19 virus. Some of it seems to be contradictory at times. Much of it is being and has been politicized. Discerning fact from fiction can be tricky. We would like to share with you the resources that we have found helpful in our own deliberations, as well as any wisdom we have that could be useful to you.
Among the most impactful articles we have seen is “The Risks—Know Them—Avoid Them,” by Erin Bromage. The article talks in great detail about how the virus is spread and mentions in particular how church life which we experience as normal could prove to be a threat to our worshipers. We strongly encourage you to read this as a part of your decision-making process. Here is the link to that article.
Of all the things we could say, we lead with this principle: Please make every decision based on how it will affect the most vulnerable among you. Many of us will be able to attend services and activities as fully healthy, low-risk individuals. Others, though, will come out of a deep love for and obligation to their church, deciding to take a risk in order to be back with their church family. We urge you to keep that in mind as you process your decisions.
Conference leaders have sent guidance to their churches about the process of deciding how and when to return. We, as national and regional leaders are encouraging churches to consult their Conference website for materials relevant to their setting for ministry.
In a recent email, the Rev. Nigel Uden, Moderator of the United Reformed Church (United Kingdom), offered his prayerful support. In it, he wrote about a deacon of the church in Coventry. That deacon was trying to persuade a young pastor to serve that church in the decade that followed not only the Second World War, but the utter annihilation of the city of Coventry at the hands of the Germans. Their precious church was laid bare. What the deacon said to the young pastor convinced him to come and serve: “There is nothing in this church that cannot be changed as long as the Gospel is preached and the Kingdom of God extended.”
Those words have proven to be quite precious and prescient. They have reminded us that when the world forces change upon us, and with it the tremendous burden of grief and loss, our task remains but this: preach the Gospel and extend the Kindom. No matter what we decide in the coming days, even if it means sheltering in place a while longer, the gospel will be preached and the realm of God will grow through our efforts.
In the words of Julian of Norwich, written from her cell at the church in Norwich that was built as her own shelter in the time of the Plague: “All shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of thing shall be well.”
The Council of Conference Ministers United Church of Christ
The National Officers of the United Church of Christ
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President
The Rev. Traci Blackmon
Associate General Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries
The Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson
Associate General Minister, Wider Church Ministries
History? Of Course…
The Amistad was and is many things:
- It was a Cuban coasting schooner,
- It was a famous court case,
- It was an historic event that shaped the nation and the United Church of Christ,
- It is a contemporary floating museum,
- It is a special Sunday in the United Church of Christ,
- It is an inspiration.
In 1839, a group of enslaved Africans broke free while being transported around the island of Cuba aboard the coasting schooner Amistad. They attempted to sail the small vessel back to Africa, but where captured by the US Revenue Brig Washington off the coast of Long Island, charged with mutiny, and threatened with return to slavery.
Connecticut Congregationalists formed the Amistad Committee, which organized a legal defene, eased the captives confinement during the lengthy court case, and eventually funded their return to Africa after winning a favorable decision from the US Supreme Court. [Faith Church’s ancestor congregation played an important role in the entire event, raising money to assist in the defense, and sent 2 missionaries to accompany the former captives back to Africa.]
The Amistad Committee became a seed for wider advocacy for the abolition of slavery in the United States. In 1846, Lewis Tappan, an Amistad Committee leader, founded the American Missionary Association, the first abolitionist organization with integrated leadership. After the Civil War, the AMA went on to found schools, churches, libraries and universities for the newly freed African Americans of the South.
Freedom Schooner Amistad
In 2000, a two-year building project sponsored in part by the UCC climaxed in the launch of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a reconstruction similar to the schooner of 1839, as a floating museum about the Amistad Incident and the history of slavery. Homeported in New Haven, Connecticut, she sails the Atlantic coast on her mission of education and reconciliation. The non-profit organization Amistad America operates the schooner.
The UCC commemorates the 1839 struggle for freedom, the Amistad Committee, and the American Missionary Association’s heritage on Amistad Sunday, typically held the second Sunday in March.
Go to an annotated bibliography of Amistad videos available through the Ruth Dudley Resource Center
@ In Our Community
With 3 grants honoring Hartford woman, foundation to bring Black artists into major institutions
To honor Joyce C. Willis, a board member who died of COVID in June, the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation has begun a half-million dollar initiative to support Black artists.
The foundation announced Wednesday that it would distribute $500,000 among three major Hartford-based arts organizations — Hartford Stage, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Each organization will receive $150,000, then be able to apply for additional money from a $50,000 fund earmarked for “ancillary programming.”
Willis, who served on the boards of the Amistad Center, the symphony and the foundation, and was a subscriber and donor to Hartford Stage, was Vice President of Corporate Communications at Hartford Financial Services Group until her retirement in 2005.
Bloomfield, CT is a bi-weekly FoodShare site. Anyone age 16+ can come to the Senior Center every other Tuesday beginning May 19, June 2, 16 and 30 and beyond. The truck arrives at 12:45 pm. People begin to arrive at noon, they get a number, wait in the Carmen Arace parking lot, then are called to drive through to get food which will be placed in your trunk or back seat. So many people are struggling to make it. This is just another opportunity to get help. No names or questions are asked.
Office of the Tax Collector – Tax Deadline Extended to April 1st, 2021
The City of Hartford Tax Collector’s office has a new address where semi-annual tax bills with accompanying tax payments should be sent. The new address is City of Hartford P.O. Box 412834 Boston, MA 02241-2834.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop, a passionate call to America to finally reckon with race and start the journey to redemption.
The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 43-year-old Black man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a white cop suffocated him. The video of that night’s events went viral, sparking the largest protests in the nation’s history and the sort of social unrest we have not seen since the sixties. While Floyd’s death was certainly the catalyst, (heightened by the fact that it occurred during a pandemic whose victims were disproportionately of color) it was in truth the fuse that lit an ever-filling powder keg.
Long Time Coming grapples with the cultural and social forces that have shaped our nation in the brutal crucible of race. In five beautifully argued chapters—each addressed to a black martyr from Breonna Taylor to Rev. Clementa Pinckney—Dyson traces the genealogy of anti-blackness from the slave ship to the street corner where Floyd lost his life—and where America gained its will to confront the ugly truth of systemic racism. Ending with a poignant plea for hope, Dyson’s exciting new book points the way to social redemption. Long Time Coming is a necessary guide to help America finally reckon with race.
Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads
by Al Sharpton
A rousing call to action for today’s turbulent political moment, drawing on lessons learned from Reverend Sharpton’s unique experience as a politician, television and radio host, and civil rights leader.
When the young Alfred Charles Sharpton told his mother he wanted to be a preacher, little did he know that his journey would also lead him to prominence as a politician, founder of the National Action Network, civil rights activist, and television and radio talk show host. His enduring ability and willingness to take on the political power structure makes him the preeminent voice for the modern era, a time unprecedented in its challenges.
In Rise Up, Reverend Sharpton revisits the highlights of the Obama administration, the 2016 election and Trump’s subsequent hold on the GOP, and draws on his decades-long experience with other key players in politics and activism, including Shirley Chisholm, Hillary Clinton, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and more.
With a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson, Rise Up offers timeless lessons for anyone who’s stood at the crossroads of their personal or political life, weighing their choices of how to proceed.
Saving Ruby King
by Catherine Adel West
Set in the South Side of Chicago, an epic, enthralling story of a young woman determined to protect her best friend while a long-buried secret threatens to unravel both their families.
Family. Faith. Secrets. Everything in this world comes full circle.
When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it means she’ll be living alone with her violent father. The only person who understands the gravity of her situation is Ruby’s best friend, Layla. Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what are his true motives? And what is the price for turning a blind eye?
In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla comes to discover the murky loyalties and dark secrets tying their families together for three generations. A crucial pilgrimage through the racially divided landscape of Chicago, Saving Ruby King traces the way trauma is passed down through generations and the ways in which communities can come together to create sanctuary.
Saving Ruby King is an emotional and revelatory story of race, family secrets, faith and redemption. This is an unforgettable debut novel from an exciting new voice in fiction and a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present, and that the bonds of friendship can forever shape the
Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: Originally Published as The New Negro an Interpretation
The New Negro: Voices of The Harlem Renaissance was published in 1925 by the Albert and Charles Boni Publishing Company. Dr. Alain LeRoy Locke edited this groundbreaking anthology, which he described as
“…embodying these ripening forces as culled from the first fruits of the Negro Renaissance.”
This preeminent collection introduced the artistic and cultural expression of African American writers, poets, and artists to a wider audience. Almost 100 years later, this treasure trove of innovative work by our foremost thinkers, creatives, and storytellers, continues to inspire and inform a new generation of writers, thought leaders, intellectuals, and activists inciting change today, on a global scale.
Locke was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 13, 1885. A highly accomplished academic and intellectual, he was the first African American Rhodes Scholar and earned a PhD in philosophy at Harvard University. Jeffrey C. Stewart, author of Locke’s critically acclaimed biography, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke published byOxford University Press in 2018, describes Locke;
Alain Locke a tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro — the creative African Americans whose art, literature, music, and drama would inspire Black people to greatness.”
Despite his small stature Locke loomed large in terms of accomplishments. An educator, philosopher, and patron of the arts he is recognized as the “Dean of the Harlem Renaissance,” not only for his literary contributions, but for his behind the scenes work supporting authors, and teaching at Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, DC, for over 40 years.
The Talk: Conversations about Race,Love & Truth
Edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson
In the powerful follow-up to We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, thirty diverse and award-winning authors and illustrators use powerful prose and images to capture frank discussions about racism, identity, and self-esteem. Here is an invitation to all families to be advocates and allies for change.
An inspiring book by Hope Lynne Price and illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honoree Bryan Collier. These hands create. These hands can build. These hands can reach. Can stretch. Can teach. Begging to be read aloud, this engaging, poetic board book is a wonderful tribute to the grace and power of hands, and is the perfect fit for our littlest readers.
City of Hartford Job Opportunities
The City of Hartford is currently hiring for the following positions:
- Public Works – Heavy Equipment Mechanic
- Public Works – Plumbing and Heating Mechanic
- Emergency Services & Telecommunications – Public Safety Communications Supervisor
Free Tutoring and Mentoring for Students!
ConnectiKids, Inc. is happy to announce that we will host Tutoring and Mentoring online this year! Our tutoring and mentoring program is designed to be one-on-one where students receive individualized support with homework, reading, and educational activities from a caring mentor. This year our program will be virtual in order to keep students and mentors safe during this time. We will use Zoom to meet with students and utilize breakout rooms to separate student/mentor pairs. Our staff will join the breakout rooms to assist and oversee the program. All mentors are trained and background checked before meeting with students.
We are offering this free opportunity to all Hartford students in kindergarten through eighth grade. We are looking to serve between 200-250 students. With the program being virtual, we are able to open the opportunity to more families! We would love for you to share this opportunity with the Greater Hartford community.
All the materials will be online so students just need to open their laptop, enter their zoom code, and we’ll take it from there! We’ve made our registration virtual for easy application!
English Registration: https://forms.gle/zekUrUzWHJpo3w7DA
Spanish Registration (español) : https://forms.gle/ULw7Nj9zMYAd1sC78
What: ConnectiKids Tutoring and Mentoring program. Students get their own mentor to work with for the full year. Mentors are trained and given resources to help with your student’s academic and personal development. Students will receive two additional days after the new year! Book club on Wednesday and Enrichment on Friday. All programs are FREE and will be virtual!
Who we serve: K – 8th grade students. In- person and distance learning students.
When: Monday, Tuesday or Thursday depending on the student’s grade
Time: 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. on days listed above
Where: Online via Zoom
Learn more: www.ct-kids.org
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Court of Common Council To Hold January 2021 Virtual Public Comment and City Council Meeting
On Monday, January 11th, the Hartford Court of Common Council will hold a virtual public comment and City Council meeting via the WebEx platform. These meetings will be broadcasted by Hartford Public Access Television with recordings made available on the HPA TV YouTube page.
WHO: Hartford Court of Common Council
WHAT: Public Comment and City Council Meeting
WHEN: Monday, January 11th, 6:00pm – Public Comments
7:00pm – City Council Meeting
WHERE: Hartford Public Access Television, www.hpatv.org, HPA TV Facebook Page, or channel 96 for Comcast/Xfinity customers
To sign up to speak, please reach out to David Grant (860) 757-9738, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to register is 5:20 pm, Monday, January 11th. Once signed up, participants will be given a conference number and are asked to call in by 5:40pm to receive further instructions.
Public Comment will begin promptly at 6:00pm with the City Council meeting taking place shortly after. Language interpreter(s) for the hearing impaired can be available if requested in advance.
Language interpreter(s) for the hearing impaired can be available if requested in advance.
Assessors Office – Important Revaluation Data Mailer
The assessor’s office has begun the 2021 real estate revaluation process with a mailing to residential real estate owners requesting verification of the physical descriptions of their properties. Please review the information on the mailer and return it to the assessor’s office in the envelope provided with any corrections that you believe necessary or none if you believe the general description to be accurate.
The information will be used as the foundation for an October, 2021 city-wide reassessment. Revaluations, mandated by Connecticut State Statute, must be conducted every five years. They are required to re-align real estate assessments with current market values and correct any assessment inequalities that may have developed since the previous revaluation in 2016.
Like Jazz? Want to Keep Up With What’s Happening?
You can add the Hartford Jazz Society’s events to your calendar automatically HERE.
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 Public Library Launching Racial and Social Justice
Themed Book Clubs
HARTFORD – Hartford Public Library is launching two book clubs wrestling with the topics of anti-racism and social justice.
The first, called The Awakening Book Club, will start on August 13 at 6 pm. The club is targeted for young adults ages 13 to 25. Click here to sign up: bit.ly/TheAwakeningBookClub
The club hopes to create a safe and open space for young adults to connect around a good book. The biweekly discussion series will center on a book of the month that prompts much needed conversation about past and present racial injustices. Not an avid reader? Come and hear what others have to say about this important dialogue.
“Connecting around a good book is one of the most meaningful ways to learn more about ourselves, each other and the world we live in. We want to inspire, engage and empower our young people to be thought leaders and decision makers. The future of our society is in their hands – and sharing ideas from great works of literature and non-fiction paves the way for them to form their own ideas about the world and form relationships with others that will last a lifetime,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, HPL’s president and CEO.
Liz Castle, programming manager for the library, said that the book club was a result of a meeting with young local organizers in early June. “We basically asked them how we can support them as a library. They told us the most useful thing we could do is to help them connect with other young people, reading books, discussing books and how literature can help inform how they move forward with their social justice work,” Castle said.
For a complete listing of events and meetings in Hartford visit the City of Hartford Office of Community Engagement site at:
@ General Info
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Free college classes at Coursera.
Go to Bargain Booksy for free or inexpensive ebooks.
Go to GreaterGood.org to help others for free.
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.
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.
@ On The Web
Red Table TalkJada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris
Top 10 Internet Safety Rules & What Not to Do Online
1. Keep Personal Information Professional and Limited
2. Keep Your Privacy Settings On
3. Practice Safe Browsing
Read all 10 rules HERE.