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.

LOCAL MISSIONS

OSGOOD FOOD PANTRY NEEDS

During the months of June and July, we will collect easy to prepare foods and snacks such as: juices and juice boxes, peanut butter and jelly, tuna fish, mayonnaise, Goldfish crackers, protein bars, packaged treats, protein drinks, (like Gatorade) and similar items.  As always, all donations are welcome and we ask that you please be aware of expiration dates.  Thank you to all who contributed  snacks, and kitchen and bath essentials, during May and to all who support this mission.

JUNE MISSION PROJECT

We will be packing small backpacks, called Summer Care Bags, for the children of Prudence Crandell Center.  Items needed are children’s beach towels, sunscreen, summer books, coloring books and bubbles.  Monetary donations (marked Summer Fun in the memo section) will be used to purchase these things.  You may also take a backpack tag from the display in the Narthex, and  purchase items for specific children.  We will set a date towards the end of June to put these backpacks together.  They will be donated to the residents, along with family pool passes.

SOCK COLLECTIONS

We will continue to collect white sneaker socks for men, women and children, for the Friendship Service Center’s “Socks for Sneakers” mission.  They are needed year-round, as many of the homeless wear sneakers on all year long.

 

PRUDENCE CRANDALL MEALS: DATE CHANGE

On Thursday, June 24th, we will be in the kitchen cooking up a home-made meal for the Prudence Crandall Center.  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.  You may also stay for dinner and fellowship, usually around 6 p.m.  Please contact Judy if you have any questions.

First Church’s 30 year tradition continues on Saturday, June 19, 2021. This year’s “Rebuilding Together” project will be at 237 Pleasant St in New Britain. The location is close to Roosevelt School, on the east side of town. The home belongs to Dawn Jackson, who needs our helping hands with some outside projects. The scope of work will include power washing, adding a new front railing, yard clean up (our specialty), reattaching a back fence, roof cleaning on a low back porch, possibly fixing a storm door and trimming the yard. I will send out information on signing up.  Like last year, it will be done online so we can get correct shirt sizes. All work will be done outside, in accordance with covid safe practices. Please come for the day or any part you can spare. Work will begin at 8am. Heartfelt thanks to all who volunteer and support this mission at First Church!  Glenn Anderson, cell 860-250-5493 or facilities830@gmail.com.

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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.