Air Bag Recall Information

NHTSA Releases List of All Makes and Models Affected by Takata Air Bag Recalls

NHTSA has released the full list of vehicles (by model year, make and model) affected by the Takata air bag recalls. Consumers can also use NHTSA’s VIN look-up tool to see if their Vehicle Identification Number matches one of the approximately 19 million vehicles from 12 auto manufacturers involved in the recall.  For more information, or to look up your car by VIN number, go here.

 Read an updated article from Car and Driver HERE.

College Financial Aid

 

Thinking About College? Need financial aid? Start here.

Things to Remember

Apply for the FAFSA via www.fafsa.ed.gov because it is the U.S. Department of Education’s website. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid therefore there is NO CHARGE.

The 2016 College Goal Event sites, where students/parents will be assisted with the completion of the 2016-2017 FAFSA Form by Student Financial Aid professionals are accessible via http://www.collegegoalsundayusa.org/studentsFamilies/   For more information, click HERE.

Whites See Racism as a Zero Sum Game

 

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Touré     Author of “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now”

We should just call it what it is: Donald Trump is the leader of the White Lives Matter movement. Someone had to start it — they were gettin’ out of control. First, one of them became president and now they’re in the streets protesting every time a Black thug gets shot. They’re gettin’ a little too free.

Then Trump arrived like white supremacy’s version of Santa Claus with a bag full of gifts. He gave them swagger….

We should have seen Trump coming. We should have known that decades of Republican race baiting — from the Southern Strategy to welfare queens to self-deportation — and decades of the GOP welcoming racists in their tent would eventually lead to “Make America White Again.” We should have known that the browning of America and the growing inclusivity of America was not going to be taken lying down. Many people see all of that as code for the decline of white people. And to some, any advance by Black and brown people is a loss for whites.

A 2011 study called “Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing“ is painfully instructive.

Read more HERE.

War on Christianity?

There has been much discussion over the past few years about a war on Christianity particularly when the Constitutional separation of church and state is invoked. Many Americans seem to think that being accomodating to all religions constitutes a war against Christianity. “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is considered particularly egrigous in some circles. Let’s look at real Christian persecution.

According to the New York Times, a pastor in China who resisted removal of the cross from his building was sentenced to 14 years in prison, confiscated $93,000 and levied a fine of $15,300. His wife received a sentence of 12 years, confiscation of $93,000 and a slightly smaller fine. Read more here.

Recipes Using Girl Scout Cookies

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Here are some links for recipes to help you use all of those Girl Scout cookies.

http://www.scoutingweb.com/scoutingweb/Documents/CollectionCookieRecipes.pdf

http://www.myrecipes.com/course/cookie-recipes/girl-scout-cookie-recipes

http://kitchenability.com/tag/girl-scout-cookie-recipes-using-thin-mints

http://chefmom.sheknows.com/articles/820635/recipe-ideas-for-girl-scout-cookies

 

DANCE AFRICA trip – get your ticket NOW!

SAVE THE DATE   Saturday, May 28, 2016 

Please reserve your seat by submitting a deposit ASAP.

BAM Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY

DANCE AFRICA – Matinée performance at 2pm

DANCE AFRICA – The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 39th year. It is an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its Diaspora. This year’s focus is on the dance and music traditions of Senegal, West Africa.

Faith Congregational Church Missions’ Ministry is sponsoring this trip to BAM to raise monies for the Missions Ministry, Deacons’ Emergency Fund. This fund raiser assists with financial emergencies in our community.

Guests are invited to the continental breakfast that begins at 8 am on May 28. Peter Pan Bus will leave Faith Congregational Church at 9am to travel to Brooklyn, NY. We will make a short stop at a rest area to stretch our legs and to use the facilities. Arrival time at BAM is approximately at 12 noon. Performance of Dance Africa begins at 2pm. (2hrs 15 min running time, with intermission). We will leave BAM at 7pm. There is enough time before and after the performance to shop with the vendors and explore Brooklyn shops and boutiques. There are food vendors near BAM and Brooklyn offers a number of great restaurants.

Ticket price of $130 includes a continental breakfast, transportation, and Dance Africa matinée performance ticket. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit. (Proceeds of this fund raiser will benefit the Missions’ Ministry, Deacons’ Emergency Fund that assists the community with utilities and housing.)

Please contact  Deacon Pam 860-922-2757, Sister Shirley at 860-646-5416, Deacon Mora 860-296-1340.

Sugar: The Other White Powder

Why it’s so hard to kick your sugar habit

(CNN)It seems like we’re always being told to cut down on sugar — but for many of us, that’s easier said than done.

Sugar is hard to avoid, even for people who don’t consider themselves to have a sweet tooth. Even if you ignore the copious amount present where we expect to find it, like in a soda, sugar is hiding in many of our foods — even those that aren’t especially sweet.

According to says Lisa Drayer, nutritionist and author of “The Beauty Diet,” some breads can contain six grams of sugar per slice. Some pasta sauces may contain up to 12 grams of sugar per serving, and some low fat salad dressings, which people might associate with healthy eating, can contain 10 grams of sugar per serving.

The 15.2-ounce bottle of Naked Berry Blast has 29 grams of sugar. Each of these eight Chips Ahoy! cookies contains about 3.6 grams of sugar. <br />

This 15.2 bottle of Naked Berry Blast has 29 grams of sugar. Each of these Chips Ahoy cookies contains about 3.6 grahms of sugar.

“I think a lot of people think that just because something is natural, it’s healthy,” says Drayer. “So for example, honey is natural, but it’s very caloric and a lot of people might not know that a teaspoon of honey, or agave for that matter, has more calories than a teaspoon of sugar or sucrose.”

Complicating matters, scientists view some sugars as worse than others.

Natural sugars are found in foods like fruit and milk, in the form of fructose and lactose. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no reported evidence of adverse effects from eating these sugars, and fruits and vegetables also contain vitamins, minerals and fiber.

 Added sugars, on the other hand, are included during processing or preparation of food and drinks. These provide no nutritional benefits and can contribute to weight gain and obesity. This can lead to serious problems.

“We’ve seen an increase in risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, simply by consuming just one to two sugar-sweetened beverages each day,” says Drayer.

The WHO recommends adults and children reduce their intake of added sugars to less than 10% of their daily energy intake — and says that reducing it to below 5% is even better. Although national sugar intake guidelines vary by country, the American Heart Association’s daily recommendations for consumption of added sugar are a maximum of 24 grams a day for women and 36 grams for men. However, in the USA, the average adult consumes an enormous 88 grams of sugar a day.

Kicking the habit

But it’s not just “hidden” sugar that’s a problem. Another reason why it’s so hard to cut down on sugar is that we simply love to eat it. While it’s not known if sugar is actually addictive, some research shows it fires off the same reward centers in the brain as cocaine.

“It seems to induce cravings and hunger that are comparable in magnitude to addictive drugs,” says Drayer.

A common indicator of addiction is if a person suffers from a loss of control. Drayer explains: “If a person is obsessing about how he or she will get their sugar fix, and they simply can’t focus on anything else, and they have a psychological dependence, then I think you’re probably talking about a food addiction.” Get more information here.

Solidarity by Imam Kashif Abdul Karim

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Solidarity by Imam Kashif Abdul Karim

Preached at Faith on December 27, 2015

[…] As a people of faith and as a people of color in particular we have always stood together to fight oppression, and the common wrong.

The old testament and the Gospel all teach us that all the prophets brought liberation and freedom. We know the struggle of Moses and how he took on the undefeatable pharaoh, we know how David defeated Goliath, we know how Joseph overcame the prison, and all the oppression of the land even the oppression that came from his own brothers.

These are the same challenges we face today. We think the giants in our society can’t be defeated, although we call them the 1 percent and wall street, yet we sing “and the wall came tumbling down”. We think modern day Egypt is too big and powerful to be made righteous. We accept wrong and sins throughout our communities even when we know it’s wrong. We know stores selling pornography, cities promoting prostitution liquor stores on every block of our community, and the legalization of drugs is wrong but we think we can’t take on modern day Egypt  and say no to sin. For many of our people unlike joseph we let the prison the industrial prison complex take control of our lives and our future. And like Joseph we have to be careful not to allow ourselves to be our greatest enemy. It is also unfortunate that Joseph’s biggest enemy was his own brothers, and we find too that often our biggest enemies are those closest to us.

In the Qur’an we also see how we stood against oppression, especially people of color. The first person to die for the establishment of Islam was a black women named Samiya. She took a spear through her heart because she would not denounce the one God of Abraham and Muhammad. She was the first martyr in Islam because she refused to believe in the 365 gods believed in during this time period. When the Muslims were trying to escape persecution from the idol worshippers of Mecca it was the prophet Muhammad’s decision to send his people to the Ethiopian Christian King Negus because he believed the Muslim and the Christians stood on the same principles. When the Meccans tried to take back the Muslims from Ethiopia the Cristian king listened to the arguments of the Meccans and the Muslims. The Muslims spoke from the Qur’an about the birth of Christ Jesus. Tears came to the eyes of the king and he said the difference between you and I are as small as the line he drew on the ground. The Ethiopian Christian King protected the Muslim Community, He said not for a mountain of gold would I return them to you. So the original establishment of Islam was supported and protected by the African Christians.

During this period of slavery a false version of Christianity was used as a tool to justify slavery. It was the same tool used by the KKK to justify the lynching of thousands of Black People throughout America. It was the same form of Christianity used by Hitler to justify the Holocaust, it was the same ideology that was used to justify apartheid in South Africa. A false form of Christianity was being used to justify the wrongs and racism in our society. It was however the black church that took a stand against this false doctrine. The civil rights movement brought forth leaders to denounce this radicalization of Christianity and turn the doctrine of oppression to a teaching of liberation. It was Christians leaders like Martin Luther king Jr, Meager Evers, and other who used the scriptures to bring about Liberation.

[…] People of faith was in the forefront. Martin Luther King for the Christians and Malcolm X for the Muslims. Although there were differences in the approach the goals were the same. People of faith forced America to look at themselves and to change the laws of the land.

[…] At the same time, we see Islam now being persecuted the same way Christianity was misinterpreted in the past. The problems were not with Christianity the problem was with people. We cannot blame Christianity for Slavery, Jim Crowism, The KKK, Hitler, and South Africa, just as we cannot blame the Qur’an, Islam or the prophet for terrorism.

Read the entire message here.

10 Traits of a Great Church Member

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10 Traits of a Great Church Member

Believe and love God’s Word.

Joshua 1:8 “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.

Great church members let the Bible guide them and the church.

Grow in prayer.

Ephesians 6:18 “Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.”

Great church members pray more than worry.

Build on faith.

Hebrews 10:38 “And a righteous person will live by faith.”

Great church members are willing to walk by faith as God leads, even through the most challenging times.

Put God’s will first.

Mark 3:35 “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.

Great church members put God’s will ahead of every other agenda.

Attends worship regularly.

Amos 4:12 says, “Prepare to meet your God,

Great church members look expectantly and often for opportunities to worship God and experience Him with other believers.

Support the pastor and the church.

1 Corinthians 16:10‑11 “When Timothy comes, treat him with respect. He is doing the Lord’s work, just as I am. Don’t let anyone despise him.

A pastor is always looking for someone to call friend. Great church members are that friend. The pastor isn’t always right, but great church members look for ways to support more than complain.

Encouragers in the church.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

Great church members are a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. They look for ways to help, invite their friends and neighbors, and volunteer without having their arms twisted.

Don’t think everything is about them!

Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me.”

Did you know everything may not go your way? Great church members are willing to allow the best to be done for the church even when it sometimes goes against their personal desires.

Think outside the walls of the church.

Acts 1:8 “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me every where‑‑in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

If we are not careful, our churches could be hard to tell apart from a Country Club. Great church members think of those not yet in a church…and support the church in reaching them.

Maintain a friendly church.

2 John 6 “Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.”

Great church members make sure guests never stand around long with no one to talk to. They are welcoming and friendly to everyone, with or without a title to do so.

Thanks to Ron Edmonson and Wesley Seminary. Read more here  and here.

Food Pantry Information

 FRESHPLACE

Freshplace, a collaborative project of the Chrysalis Center, Foodshare and The Junior League of Hartford, is an innovative food pantry that aims to tackle the issues of chronic hunger in Hartford. Together we have constructed a 2,000 square foot facility in Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood to provide:

  • Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products in addition to pantry staples
  • Client-choice based selections to accommodate the health, cultural, religious and familial needs of those that are hungry.
  • Comprehensive intake and referral services, increasing access to food stamps, health and crisis intervention programs, public assistance, and educational services.
  • A community hub and resource, assisting in the revitalization of Upper Albany, supporting the network of existing area food pantries, and creating a center for community involvement.

We believe that in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, we can work together to help reduce and eliminate the need in our midst.

255 Homestead Ave  Hartford, CT 06132-0613 860-263-4400