First Congregational Church: Wallingford

23 South Main Street Wallingford, Connecticut 06492

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


Church's Search Committee

Nomination Process for the Search Committee for Senior Minister

For surely you know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jeremiah 28:11)

This is an exciting time of transition for our congregation as we determine how God is calling us into the future, and who will be called as Senior Minister to serve our church family. Dean Warburton, our Senior Minister has resigned effective in 2016. Our next step is to establish a Search Committee for our new Senior Minister. Their job will be to complete our church profile and examine candidates to find just the right person for us.

It is essential that the Search Committee reflect the diversity of our congregation. The only single thing required for consideration is that everyone on the Search Committee must be a member of our congregation.

Church members serving on the Search Committee must be able to honor commitments of faith, time, confidentiality, openness and consensus. There is a considerable time commitment, so nominees need to decide if they are able to meet this requirement.

An individual church member under consideration for the Search Committee should be:
• an active member of the church as demonstrated by worship attendance, financial support or participation
• trusted and respected by the congregation
• willing and able to make this responsibility a very high priority

Personal qualities and attributes to consider in the selection of Search Committee members should include:
• being a per son of good will, able and willing to put aside personal desires and seek what is best for the church overall
• a passionate commitment to Christ's church
• a positive attitude (no grudges!)
• a sense of integrity and respect for others
• an ability to be absolutely confidential
• a capacity to approach the task with openness rather than a pre-determined agenda
• a capacity to listen, to participate in a group, and to come to consensus

Nomination forms will be accepted until March 1, 2015, and will be available in the church office, Narthex, and available to download on-line (click here). Return them to the sealed boxes in the Narthex, church office, mail them in, or give to one of the members of the Nominating

You may not nominate yourself or a member of your immediate family

You may nominate a maximum of 3 people

We welcome nominations from all Church members
. We suggest that you ask people you are interested in nominating if they are willing to serve.

The Nominating Committee will contact all those who have been nominated. To insure diverse representation, an interested nominee will be asked to complete a form asking for a little background information. Nominees will be asked to write a few sentences about why they would like to serve, and what qualities or experiences they could bring to the search process.

The Nominating Committee will develop a list of 11 people representing a cross-section of the church's members and at least one youth member, with a goal to submit their recommendations at the April 6, 2015 Church Council meeting. Once the Search Committee is approved, they will set to work on preparing our church profile and finding our
new Senior Pastor, trusting in God’s plan for us!

The Nominating Committee:
Tina Poet
Vinny Cervoni
Angela Buccheri
Betsy Stellato
Chris Dorsey

During this season of Epiphany, we are reminded that the light of Christ guides us on our journey. We know we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses who have come before us, and given us the foundation on which we build today. We, who are part of the continuum of God’s community here in Wallingford, can only imagine what’s possible as we look forward to our future with faith, hope and love.

Please click here for more information

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper & Fellowship

February 17, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. – Shrove Tuesday
Pancake Supper & Fellowship in Congregational Hall.
Good food, pancake races, conversation & laughter.
An evening to celebrate Mardi Gras!
All are welcome.


Tuesday Evening Lenten Series 2015
Finding Faith at the Movies: A Lenten Journey Film Series
Tuesday, February 24 - Heaven is For Real
Tuesday, March 3 - The Good Lie
Tuesday, March 10 - A Better Life
Tuesday, March 17 - I am David
Tuesday, March 24 - The Way
Finding Faith at the Movies is an invitation to explore themes of Lent and faith – forgiveness, sacrifice, ethical choices, love, hope, exile and homecoming - through the medium of film. Movies provide stories that have the power to touch the heart, mind and soul. Movies can motivate and change people and people can change the world. We will
explore four different films and discuss the themes and issues that they present. Join us for a wonderful soup, sandwich and dessert meal together and then stay for the film and discussion.

6:00 PM: Soup and Sandwich Supper in Congregational Hall
6:45 PM: Lenten Film and Discussion

2015 Books and Beyond

February 24th Heaven Is For Real (Todd Burpo) We will combine with Lenten Series and view a movie of this book.

March 31st Faith Under Fire: An Army Chaplain's Memoir (Roger Benimoff w Eve Conant)

April 28th Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)

May 26th [Book Group will Select at January 27 Gathering]

First Congregational Church of Wallingford’s 3rd Annual Wine Tasting Event

Please join us for an afternoon of wine tasting and wonderful hors d’ oeuvres at the First Congregational Church of Wallingford’s 3rd Annual Wine Tasting Event on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 4 to 7PM. Great raffle items and door prizes!

J. Christian’s Restaurant
9 N. Main Street
Wallingford, CT
March 15, 2015
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
$40 each or
$70 per couple

Proceeds benefit the 2015 Youth Group Mission trip to Sunbury, PA

Tickets can be purchased at:First Congregational Church 4 S. Main Street, Wallingford, CT

Or call Frank at 203-530-7816

Wine Tasting

Blessed to be a Blessing

Click here for Steward 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: $257,022.
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.

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!

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.

CONCERT of FILM music to benefit the completion of the
building of the SOPHINE AWOUNKE HEALTH CENTER in BAWA CAMEROON. (See will be held on
February 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. It promises to be more extravagant and exciting than the one previously planned. You never know who will appear!!


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 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!

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
February 16, 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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