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.
OSGOOD FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
For the month of April, we will continue our collection of Kitchen and Bath Essentials.
Kitchen supplies still needed are dish soap, can openers, vegetable oil, sugar, flour, cake mix, frosting and paper goods. Bath items needed are deodorant, feminine hygiene produces, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo. Please note that any food items brought in must not have expired dates. Thank you for supporting this mission.
BOXES to BOOTS
Our Sock collection for the month of April will be black socks for the Boxes to Boots program that sends boxes to the military.
SOCKS for SNEAKERS
Our Sock collection for the month of May will be white sneaker socks for the Friendship Service Center. Many of the homeless wear sneakers all year long.
SOCK, AND MORE, BASKET
Thank you to all who supported our winter collection of socks, gloves, mittens and scarves. They were greatly appreciated by the Friendship Service Center and their clients.
Last month we were back in the kitchen cooking up some wonderful home-made meals for Prudence Crandall. However, the date has changed and meals will be prepared on the last Thursday of the month; the next date being Thursday, April 22nd. The times are the same, so you may come at 10 a.m. to help prep and/or come at 4:30 p.m., when final preparations and cooking will take place. For those who wish, you may join our group for dinner and a time of fellowship, usually around 6 p.m. Please contact Judy if you have any questions.
The Rebuilding Together project will not be held, on the last day of April, due to restrictions of the virus. Plans are underway for a project in June, and in the fall of this year. Don’t worry; I’ll keep you informed, as always and I’ll track you down. Kathi Brummett, New Britain’s executive director, was overwhelmed by the donation from First Church. Thanks to all who donate, work, run errands, and spread the word of this great program. A special thanks to our Morgan Fund! Glenn Anderson
“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.
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.
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.