Pictured from left to right: Judy Robertson, Rev. Margret Hofmeister, Heather (Robertson) Neuman and Carolyn Jasper, Director of Development at PC
Prudence Crandall Center held it’s annual “Silent No More” Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the agency’s Rose Hill Campus, at 594 Burritt Street in New Britain. The “Silent No More” Candlelight Vigil is a time for the community to come together to rally, reflect and, most importantly, remember those who lost their lives in the past year to domestic violence in our state. Vigils are held throughout the nation during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to mourn lives tragically lost and motivate the community to join efforts to end domestic and dating violence.
Church members, Glenn Anderson and Judy Robertson,
ANNUAL BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION
During the summer, we collected many backpacks and school supplies for local children in need. This year they were donated to the Prudence Crandall Center.
Pictured, left to right: Aston Committee Members, Judy Robertson, Charlotte Ohanesian (Committee Chair), Janet Culton and Mabel Yeterian
PRUDENCE CRANDALL CENTER
Members of the Caroline Aston Fund at Prudence Crandall’s Annual Celebrating Hope Breakfast; which is their most important fundraiser of the year. Every dollar raised is critically needed to fund their shelter, housing, counseling, advocacy, prevention services and to help victims find safety, comfort and the courage to take that important first step toward a new life, free from abuse. It also funds counseling for children and youth, so they can heal, regain trust and live happier, healthier lives, now and in the future.
REBUILDING TOGETHER, 2017
“This was a blessing. It gives me hope for the future.” —Barbara, homeowner
First Church members have participated in Rebuilding Together, formerly Christmas in April, for about 25 years. This year, on Saturday, April 29th, many members lent their time and talent working on a home in New Britain. We received the following note from Rebuilding Together . . .
On behalf of Rebuilding Together New Britain, thank you so much for your commitment
to helping others! We are so grateful to have the support of community members like
you to help us with our mission to create a safe and healthy home for every person. Your
service has helped Barbara maintain her home and yard and continue living there safely.
She is so pleased with the work and feels more comfortable in her home. From all of us
here at Rebuilding Together New Britain, we want to thank you for the generous gift of
your time and the continued support of First Church of Christ!
Sincerely, Kathi Brummett, Executive Director; Abby Petterchak, Communications &
Development Coordinator and Emily Grigsby, AmeriCorps Project Coordinator
Despite the weather, First Church adults, families and youth had the opportunity to walk against hunger here in New Britain on SNEAKER SUNDAY, May 7th. Following the worship service that day, participants walked a loop around the church neighborhood, this was reduced from our usual 1+ mile around Walnut Hill Park due to cold and bad weather. walking loop to increase awareness of hunger in our community. This has become an annual First Church event sponsored by the Missions & Congregational Life Working Group, to increase awareness of hunger in our community, and all money collected will go directly to the Friendship Service Center.
SOCIAL AND SERVICE PROJECT, CANCER PATIENT BAGS
As you know, this year’s project was assembling “Cancer Patient Bags”. We were able to put together 21 brightly colored bags, which included such things as puzzles, water bottles, hard candy, sanitizers, hand lotion, etc. that cancer patients would find helpful as they are going through their treatments. Thank you to all who brought in items to help us fill these bags. The bags were delivered to the Hartford HealthCare Center by Joan Cromwell. ~Judy Robertson & June McCarthy, Co-Chairs Social and Service
We recently received a thank you note from one of the patients . . .
Thanks so much for your gift bag I received yesterday over at the Cancer Center. Your thoughtfulness was very much appreciated. I needed some water and this nice striped bag shows up loaded with a bunch of goodies inside. Especially the water bottle, as I do not have one. Your prayers are also received with much thanks.
My attitude is that I am going to beat this cancer and with your help it is going to work. God bless all of you and may the Lord support you in your mission work.
SENIOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
Senior Transportation Services Inc. is a charitable organization in New Britain, Connecticut, with an office here at First Church. They provide very low cost rides to seniors in the New Britain area, to doctor’s appointments. Please contact Nancy Morrisey, 860- 224-7117, for more information.
International Mission (Thailand)
The good work of First Church reaches half way across the world touching the lives of twenty-plus children in northern Thailand. The generosity of our church has helped to build two residences for these children, as well as providing school supplies, winter coats and ongoing annual financial support. A trip to visit the children took place during the summer of 2010. Those of us fortunate enough to make the journey witnessed first hand the loving atmosphere they are now living in, the quality education they are receiving and the sense of family unity that has developed. We were moved by the strength of them all and realized we are truly blessed by this opportunity for international ministry.
Our friend Rev. Sirirat Pursurinkham, from Thailand, last visited New Britain in August of 2014! She preached during worship and the next day prepared an evening meal for church and community members, a short program followed the meal. We said Kap koon ka – or thank you so much!