First Congregational Church: Wallingford


23 South Main Street Wallingford, Connecticut 06492

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Who We Are

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

News




Scholarship Applications
Available

Our Scholarship Fund exists to help anyone
who continues on after high school with higher
education. Applications for 2015 are now
available in the church office. Keep in mind:
all applications are due back into the
church by end of the work day on
Friday,
May 1st.

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Church's Search Committee

Council Approves Search Committee For Senior Minister

The Nominating Committee submitted their recommendations to the Church Council on April 6 for the Search Committee for Senior Minister. They presented an overview of the process of selecting and
recommending a Search Committee. This was not an easy process as there were several wonderful people nominated and willing take on an important task for our Church. Important notes of interest and clarification

• Andy Jay is a member of the Nominating Committee. It is very important to stress that he had NO involvement in ANY of this
process.
• Also, any member of the Nominating Committee who was ALSO nominated for the Search Committee had NO part of the selection process within the category in which they would have been a part.
• The Nominating Committee spent a lot of time reviewing the nominees, trying to create a diverse sampling of our church.

This included people who were younger and older, as well as folks very involved and others that drifted away from involvement at the church. All would have different views, but all should be valued and considered important when looking for a new Senior Minister.

The Nominating Committee accepted nominations from members of the church beginning after the Annual Meeting in January until March 1st 2015.
1. During that time they received 17 nominations for men and 21 nominations for women.
2. The nominations recommended 15 men and 18 women (some received multiple nominations).
3. All nominees received a questionnaire to complete and return back for review.
4. 5 men declined, 2 never responded to the questionnaire, and 7 women declined,
5. Leaving them with 8 men and 11 women to determine a slate as diverse as our church membership.
6. They divided the nominees into categories based on age and gender. Their opinion was that this was the best way to create a diverse slate from many different areas of the church.
7. The Nominating Committee met on March 22, 2015 to review the nominee questionnaires and determine the slate of 11 to submit to Council.
8. Based on the final numbers to review – there were more women nominated than men - they opted that there would be 5 men and 6 women on the recommended slate.

Many thanks to the Nominating Committee for their hard work and dedication to our congregation and its future: Tina Poet, Angela Buccheri, Christine Dorsey, Vinny Cervoni, Betsy Stellato, Gail Berlepsch, and Bob Berlepsch.

The recommendations for Search Committee were approved unanimously by the Church Council. The Search Committee for Senior Minister is Kayla Perkowski, Connor Filkins, Sarah Mather, Patrick Broun, Amy Torre, Tony Corso, Christine Dorsey, Ian Brooks,
Heidi Bonassar, Bob Westervelt and Debbie Voelker. Susan Phipps, as Assistant Moderator, will serve ex officio.



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2015 Books and Beyond





April 28th Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)

May 26th Three Bags Full (Novel by Leonie Swann)
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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.

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.

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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.


Mission Trip 2015

We will be traveling to Sunbury, PA, for the Sr. High Youth Group Mission Trip. It will be held on the week of July 11th to July 18th. If you would like to go, please send in a deposit of $50.00 to secure a spot. They will fill up fast!

G
lenn Root, Minister for Children and Youth.

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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 Joe's Café delivers to Eglin Air Force Base.

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!
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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
May 18, 2015
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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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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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