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




* Diaconate
Christian Education
*Family Life
*Prayer Shawl
* Scholarship
* Missions
* Stewardship
* Holy Joe's Cafe



Who We Are



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:

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, Spire Insert. The Church's Monthly calendar of activities is also available. We welcome your comments and suggestions.


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

New Book Study
A Guide to James: Growing in the Christian Life
A Stonecroft Bible Study

What is faith? How does it express itself in our lives and in our actions? Is it important that our beliefs are reflected in our behavior? Set aside some time this fall to find out how the Bible’s
Book of James is like a handbook for good life practices. You’ll see how James connects faith with behavior that’s based on God’s principles—principles that will improve your relationships and bring deeper meaning to your life.

Two class periods: Wednesdays (beginning September 16) at 9:00 a.m. in The Meetinghouse at 35 South Main Street and the same presentation at 12:00 p.m. in Meadowwood Club Room at
Ashlar Village. Coffee and tea will be provided at both locations. At Ashlar Village, folks are invited to bring their brown-bag lunches. Rev.Warburton will be leading our discussions.

Copies of the book are available in the church office for $10.00.


Books and Beyond
Meets 4th Tuesday of the
month September to May, not
including December, 7:00- 8:30 p.m. in the
Guild Room.

Oct. 27 The Girls of Atomic City (Denise Kiernan)
Nov. 24 The Mayflower (Nathaniel Philbrick)
Jan. 26, 2016 Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption (Jennifer
Thompson-Cannino with Ronald Cotton)
Feb. 23 The Life List: A Novel (Lori Nelson Spielman)
March 29 Songs of Willow Frost (Jamie Ford)
April 26 The Boys in the Boat (Daniel James Brown)


Church's Search Committee

Search and Call Process Update

The Search Committee for Senior Minister has begun it’s work! On May 17, the Committee was commissioned before the congregation, promising “to perform faithfully the vital task of searching for a new pastor,” and pledging “to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in all they do, say and decide.” The Committee met with Mary Nelson Abbott, our Regional Conference Minister, who explained in some detail the Search and Call process in the United Church of Christ. The Committee selected their co-chairs, Amy Torre and Patrick Broun, and is meeting weekly.

Before the Committee can begin to look at candidates, our next step is to prepare a Church Profile, which describes our church, our local community, our priorities and vision for the future. Part of the Committee’s covenant with the congregation is “to be open and patient listeners to each other and to the congregation” and “to listen carefully to your hopes and dreams as we consult with you, the members, in the development of a description of our church community and the style of pastoral leadership we seek.” The Profile will require considerable input from our members, which will be done by survey and group meetings this fall. The following are members of the Search Committee. Please feel free to contact any of them if you have questions.


Calling ALL Members and ALL Friends! The Search and Call Committee needs your input! Surveys are now available!  Return deadline 10/18/15! Paper Surveys are available in the Church Office or from Committee Members. On-line Survey Alternative:

The Search Committee for 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.

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.

Our latest update:
Church Support:
Total pledged: $300,022.
Average Amount pledged: $1,381
Mission Support:
Total pledged: $24,045

To reach our 2015 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 2015 ministry goals.

Please make your pledge for the 2015 Church Budget.

Youth Group News

Sr. High Youth
every Sunday from
5:00 - 7:00PM
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.

lenn Root, Minister for Children and Youth.


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).


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.


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 Joe's Cafe / First Congregational Church, UCC has been selected to represent the Northeast Region of the United Church of Christ at the General Synod in Tampa, Florida based on our Coffee House Ministry supporting deployed Chaplains and their Troops.

Read the entire article on the UCC website. Click here.
Read the CT Conf. article about Rev. Sholtes. Click here.

Help Support the Ministry of UCC Chaplain
Nancy Johnson– Sabedra Chaplain

Nancy Johnson-Sabedra, a member of Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, is currently serving as the chaplain for the Unit Ministry Team (UMT) for the 85th Combat Operation Stress Control (COSC) unit. The 85th COSC is deployed into nine teams with the task of preventing and treating combat stress of United States soldiers throughout the area of operations in Afghanistan. Much of her time is spent with battlefield units - on the road visiting and supporting UMT chaplains and the men and women they serve. As the UMT for the 85th COSC, Chaplain Johnson- Sabedra has a responsibility for the spiritual care, morale and welfare of all the soldiers in the unit. Chaplain Johnson-Sabedra needs our help. The coffee ministry of Holy Joes Café, by providing a safe space and a “good” cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is an invaluable partner in dealing with combat stress and providing pastoral care to our service men and women. Your donations and support are needed and appreciated in this important mission. Thank you!

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

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
October 19, 2015

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


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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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