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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* Holy Joe's Cafe

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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, 3:00 AM
Tuesday, 9:30 AM
Wednesday, 3:00 AM
Thursday, 1:00 PM
Friday, 1:30 PM
Saturday, 5:00 PM

Bible Studies:
January - February 26
Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.
I
f Wallingford Schools are cancelled, Bible Study will also be cancelled.

The World of Biblical Israel



 

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

News

The FLB is reaching out to Everyone with a Facebook account OR any electronic/digital device to PLEASE help by forwarding a photo for the new Photo Directory. Our goal is to limit the number of photo's the committee needs to take before/after services. We want to complete our photo gathering by March so we can have the Directory printed and ready by April.

Thank you all in advance. Email photo's to Ellie at elscatdog@gmail.com or Andy at: andrew.jay@snet.net.
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CALLING CHERUBS -- It is time!!!!
Who eligible? K. - 2nd grade (even if you are singing in children’s Choir) Rehearsals: Sundays right after the 10:00 a.m. service in the Sanctuary until 11:50 a.m. beginning Sunday, March 2
Singing dates:
• Palm Sunday April 13 at 10:00 a.m. service.
• Easter Sunday April 20 at 10:00 a.m. service
• Mothers Day May 11 at 10:00 a.m. service

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Surprising Gifts

Click on the graphics below for Stewardship Generosity information


Please make your pledge for the 2014 Church Budget.
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Mothers Day Flower Sale
It's never to early to start thinking about spring. Especially after this winter. So, mark your calendar for Mothers Day
May 11th. The Scholarship Committee will once again be selling flowers, vegetables and herbs after the 10 am. service. Don’t buy your flowers until
you’ve seen ours!

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Youth Group News

Mission Trip 201
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We will be traveling to Midland, Michigan
for the Sr. High Youth Group 2014 Mission
Trip. It will be held on the week of July 12, 2014 to
July 20, 2014.
If you would like to go, please attend
the mission trip meeting on September 22
starting at 6p.m.. To secure a spot, a deposit
of $50.00 will be needed. There are only 25
spots available, so don’t hesitate. The spots will
fill up fast. Also, if your child will be entering
the 9th grade in 2014 they are eligible to
participate.

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Sr. High Youth
Meets
every Sunday from 6:00 -
8:00PM
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Jr. High Youth
Meets every S
unday from 4:00 - 6:00PM

Glenn 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 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
April 21, 2014.

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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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(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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