First Congregational Church: Wallingford


23 South Main Street Wallingford, Connecticut 06492

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"Let all that you do be done in love." 1Corinthians16:14

 




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*Prayer Shawl
* Scholarship
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* Stewardship
* Holy Joe's Cafe

Highlights

 

Who We Are

Directions

 

Our 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship service is broadcast on Comcast cable public access for Wallingford, CT channel 18:

Sunday, 3:30 PM
Monday, 1:30 PM
Monday, 2:00 AM
Thursday, 1:30 PM
Saturday, noon

Adult Study:

Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.





 

Established 1675
Telephone: (203) 265-1691
FAX: (203) 265-0693 
Church E-Mail: firstchurchwlfd@snet.net

Sunday Services 8:00 a.m. Communion Service
10:00 a.m. Morning Worship, Church School & Nursery
2:00 p.m.

Ashlar Village

Wednesday Service 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:30 a.m. Bible Study

Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Wallingford website. To visitors, members, regular attendees and friends, we extend a warm welcome and our hope that you will find this website and the information it offers concerning the church, its ministries, activities, staff and outreach both easy to use and helpful. If you have Acrobat Reader, you can read our church newsletter. The Church's Monthly calendar of activities is also available. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

News

Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Wallingford. To all our visitors we extend a warm welcome and our hope that you will find this church, its ministries and activities nourishing and helpful to you on your life journey. Please click here for more information.

Directions to the Church


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Church's Search and Call Committee

We Have A Candidate!
Dear Members and Friends,

After reviewing numerous candidate profiles from around the country - as far away as Texas & Colorado and as close as Connecticut -- and interviewing a number of outstanding candidates, we have extended the call to be our next Senior Minister to the Rev. Kathleen T. Cunliffe.

The Search & Call Committee is unbelievably excited about presenting Kathy to the congregation and her "Candidating Sunday" will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 10AM.  She will also preach that day at 8AM as well as at Ashlar Village, but the formal church meeting and vote on her candidacy will take place following the 10AM worship service.

More specific details, biographical information on Kathy and details of the Candidating Sunday and the vote will be availabe in a letter that you can expect in your mail box this week.  

Below are a couple of the "Meet-And-Greet" opportunities that will be available to us all ahead of her "Candidating Sunday":

 

  • Friday, September 16.  7PM Congregation Hall -- Ice Cream & Dessert Social
  • Saturday, Septembe 17.  5PM Congregation Hall -- Snacks & Refreshment and Fellowship.
  • Sunday, September 11.  3PM  Gathering at Ashlar Village for Snacks & Refreshments following the worship service.
  • Sunday, September 11.  5PM.  Youth Group Picnic. 

 Thank you for your support and prayers as we have gone through the process.  This is an extremely exciting time in the life of our church and we all look forward to welcoming Kathy to Wallingford and sharing in her Ministry together!

 ---The Search & Call Committee


The Search Committee for a Senior Minister is Kayla Perkowski, Connor Filkins, Sarah Mather, Patrick Broun, Amy Torre, Tony Corso, Christine Dorsey, Thilo Koepher, Heidi Bonassar, Bob Westervelt and Debbie Voelker. Susan Phipps, as Assistant Moderator, will serve ex officio.
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Catch the Spirit Sunday!

Sunday, September 11 - 10:00 a.m.
Opening Day of Church School Fall Program
Lunch on the Parade Ground
at 11:30 a.m.
Hotdogs, chips, ice cream Displays by
Boards and Committees
Church School Registration

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Blessed to be a Blessing

Click here for Stewardship information

Thank you for your support of the ministries,
programs and mission of our congregation.
While we continue to receive pledges for 2015,
we are not yet at our goal. Every pledge and every gift matters.

To reach our 2016 Goals - $353,700 for church support and $35,000. for mission support -
we need the support of all of our church members and friends. Prayerfully consider your
support of our 2016 ministry goals.


Please make your pledge for the 2016 Church Budget.

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Youth Group News

Sr. High Youth
Meets
every Sunday from
5:00 - 7:00PM
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Jr. High Youth
Meets every S
unday from 5:00 - 7:00PM

The two youth groups
will meet every Sunday starting at 5:00 p.m.
and finishing at 7:00 p.m., beginning with a
meal together, and then age appropriate
programing for each group.

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The Bawa Health Initiative
For the Village of Bawa, Cameroon, Africa


The Board of Community and World Service has not lost sight of the great need for medical and health assistance in Africa. Dr. Dennis J. Richardson along with Dr. Blaise Dondji, and Reverend Margaret B. Jay have undertaken the mission of helping the village of Bawa by:

Providing primary health care to the residents of Bawa (we have begun the building of the Health Care Clinic). See our Web or Facebook page for more pictures. See Blaise Dondji's interview (click here) done by Oral Ofori in the Studios of WPAA Public Access in Wallingford, CT.

 



Continuing Clinic Construction w/ Roof (your continuing financial gifts do help, but more $$ are needed to complete this valuable project. Please help us! Adopt a Room)

• Reducing the prevalence of infectious diseases
• Supplying clean drinking water to all residents
• Educating the general public about infectious diseases in the developing world

For further information (this is our latest Newsletter) on this wonderful project,
and also see the NEW BAWA Health Initiative web site. You may contact Rev. Margaret Jay by calling the church office at 203-265-1691 and leaving a message. You may also mail donations to: Bawa Health Initiative, Inc., P.O. Box 432, Wallingford, CT 06492. With your continued support, we can make a difference in the village of Bawa in Cameroon.

We are also on Facebook (search for BAWA Health Initiative page).

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WORTHY EFFORT. HELP SAVE LIVES. THANKS!
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In 140 characters or less, how would
you describe the First Congregational Church of Wallingford to an interested stranger?

Among the responses shared:
Our church is not only the foundation for our beliefs in the Lord, but also the sanctuary for our people, our family. In one simple, but powerful word our church is HOME.

High on a hill in Wallingford, there is a pointy church, with warm, inviting, giving families, that welcome with generous loving arms all those who come to us.

The First Congregational Church is a warm inviting place that reaches out to the community with an abundance of support.
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Holy Joe's Cafe

Holy Joe's Cafe is a Coffee House Ministry – United Church of Christ military chaplains have found an old way to invite soldiers in Kuwait and Afghanistan into a safe and informal place where they can receive spiritual care and good coffee. We also have a Facebook page (click here).

“Holy cow, Holy Joe’s, what a blessing!” says Chaplain Jeff Hawkins.

“We’ve just received your latest shipment of coffee sent to Afghanistan as part of Resolute
Support. It’s a huge hit and tremendous morale-booster for two reasons. First, it’s a simple
taste of home that shows the soldiers in an amazingly practical and powerful way that they
are not forgotten… Second, because the coffee is served up by Chaplains and Chaplain’s
Assistants throughout the combat zone as they perform their “Ministry of Presence”. It’s a
natural bridge-builder to talk and begin to meet soldiers better relational, emotional, and
spiritual needs. We are so grateful to Holy Joe’s Café – First Congregational Church and
their generous partners for the impact they provide!”


HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY HOLY JOE’S CAFE

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The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a dedicated group of women who knit shawls and prayers together for those in need of healing. "Part of the journey of prayer and faith is to recognize that we may never know how our love and care will touch or change another person's life. Instead, we are invited to offer others our compassion and let whatever needs to happen, happen. There is an old saying: Our hands are God's hands." Through the shawl-knitting ministry we can learn to trust the truth that God works through us when we care for our friends and strangers alike.

The instructions for both Prayer Shawls, as well as numerous patterns for baby blankets, exist on our website www.firstchurchwlfd@snet.net.

If you have a need for a Prayer Shawl for a friend, family member or for yourself, please do not hesitate to contact the ministry (Kathryn Janis) through the office (265-1691). If you are not connected to First Congregational Church in Wallingford, CT please follow this link for a Prayer Shawl Ministry in your area. Click here.

If you have created a Prayer Shawl or Baptismal Blanket, please drop it off at the church office ~ there will be a sign-in sheet to identify who made the shawl, the color of the shawl, if it is intended for someone or if it is meant to be used by the ministry in the general shawl cache. There will be a Prayer Shawl basket for new shawls and blankets that need to be blessed at the church office.

The next Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting will be September 19, 2016.

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Upper Room Devotional Booklets are in the Narthex literature rack in both regular and large print editions.

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We would also like to assemble an "All Church" email list. If you are a church member, please send us an email. Send to: firstchurchwlfd@snet.net

Thanks!

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Have you been e-spired? If you would like to receive your Spire as an email document...let us know. Email
(firstchurchwlfd@snet.net)
and say yes! To the e-spired…Thank you.

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Soul Boosters

God enters the human heart by its own ways: He enters the wise through wisdom. He enters the simple through simplicity.
Oscar Romero in The Violence of Love

To Practice This Thought: Contemplate the ways God might enter your heart. Then make room.

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