MISSIONS

First Church is committed to being a church that cares about the world around us and our brothers and sisters in the Greater New Britain community who are less fortunate.
A majority of our mission funds are given to the United Church of Christ’s Missionary Society of Connecticut, which disburses these funds to areas in need in the United States and around the world.

*Please note our most recent missions on our “home” page.

LOCAL MISSIONS

SUPPORTING THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE

  • UCC MISSION OFFERING . . .Thank you to all who contributed to our recent offerings.  We collected for the UCC Special Mission Offering, One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS).
  • EASTER OFFERING . . . We received many gifts for our Easter Offering, which will benefit the CT Breast Health Initiative.  The money will go straight to the organization, and stays in CT.  We plan to purchase a brick in Walnut Hill Park in honor of the church members who have battled Breast Cancer. This is, of course, a donation as well.
  • SUPPORTING THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE . . . Donations collected at our prayer vigils and on Sundays through April will be sent to the UCC Ukraine Emergency Appeal.  Thank you to church  member, Jan Hasenjager, whose sunflower earrings contributed to the money collected toward this mission.  Thank you, also, to members who brought in Ukrainian decorated Easter eggs, bracelets and other crafts.
  • MISSION PROJECT . . . We surprised our church college students with a treat box, just in time for finals! Thank you to all who contributed to them and helped pack the baskets.

OSGOOD FOOD PANTRY NEEDS

For the month of May, we will have a Cinco de Mayo theme and will be collecting rice, dried & canned beans, tortillas, taco and enchilada kits, spices, canned tomatoes, corn, olives, chilies, spicy sauce and salsas.  As always, any and all donations are welcome.  We could not support this mission without your help and generosity!  Thank you!

SOCK COLLECTION

We will continue collecting white socks and children’s socks for the spring and summer.  Please be sure to donate clean, newly purchased items; which will be distributed to the clients of Friendship Service Center.

 

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PRAYER SHAWLS

 “Shawls . . . made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic and inclusive, unconditionally loving, God.  They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify.  Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles” ~Janet Severi Bristow, 1998

Since many are home and, possibly, knitting, please remember that our prayer shawl ministry is an outreach ministry.  Prayer shawls are for those in our congregation who are ill or grieving and they are also for people outside our membership. If you have a family member or friend who you think might appreciate a soft, warm symbol of God’s love at this time, please let Rev. Margret or Kristine Lewko know and they will get you one.  They are kept in large, plastic, sanitary zip bags.  We ask that the shawls to be a rectangle, 18 to 24 inches wide and 60 to 72 inches long.

LOCAL MISSIONS

On a more “hands on” level, we are a dedicated supporter of the Osgood Food Pantry.  Through the generous food donations of our members, we strive to make the lives of those struggling with food insecurity a little bit easier.  We have also been a long time supporter of Rebuilding Together (www.rebuildingtogether.org).  This past year, through the Florence Morgan Fund, we gave a monetary amount at the level of a Platinum Sponsor and on Rebuilding Day sent a team of parishioners to help with the repair projects of a local homeowner.

The Friendship Service Center (www.friendshipservicecenter.org) has been a special organization to First Church members for many years.  Our Annual Sneaker Sunday raises money for them and with a walk through Walnut Hill Park on that day, we try to raise awareness of the needs of the homeless in our city. We also participate in their Adopt-A-Family program and donate Thanksgiving food baskets and Christmas gifts.

Aston Fund

This Fund’s charge is to distribute income from investments for foreign needs and for local and United States needs. This Fund can be added to at any time. It was begun in 1935 and small bequests were added over the years by women of the church who saw a special need for such a fund.  Donations are carefully and happily distributed, usually twice a year.

Our projects for distribution overseas come from requests we make for unbudgeted needs through the United Church Board of World Ministries. Special needs of women and children are often considered before general needs. We pray that our choices over the years have done the most good where truly needed.

In the past year, the Caroline Aston Fund committee has made donations to local organizations including the Hungerford Nature Center, Literacy Volunteers, Food Share, Warm the Children, the Prudence Crandall Center, Warm the Children and the YWCA Strive Program; among others.