SUNDAY, FEB. 12 — Due to today’s winter storm, First Church will be closed this evening, with no choir rehearsals or other activities held.
First Church is engaged throughout the community and around the world, often partnering with other organizations to bring the light of God’s love to others by helping to address important needs. Below are some of the ways you can become involved in this vital ministry.
PERU TRIP — Our most recent trip to Peru took place November 9-17, 2015, when we continued to build our partnership with Temple Zion Church in Barranca. Both directly and through Compassion International, we are developing bonds with the church and its pastor and parishioners, learning from each other, and sponsoring children who attend Temple Zion’s after-school program. Click here for details on that trip and how parishioners were invited to provide gifts for our team to hand-deliver to the children. You will also learn how you can sponsor one of these children through our relationship with Compassion.
OUTREACH GIFT SHOP — [NOTE: NOT OPEN DURING MARSH BUILDING RENOVATION] Featuring items created by artisans in developing countries, this shop is open after each service on Sundays and at special times throughout the year. The gift shop is located in the Marsh Building, first door on your left from the Meetinghouse, next to the Chapel. Also go to firstchurch.org/ogs.
WETHERSFIELD FOOD BANK — One in every six children in this country goes to bed hungry! We must help them and so many others who are in dire need. Right here in Wethersfield, the need is often severe and urgent. There is a white wooden box in the Wells Fellowship Area for your gifts of nonperishable food items. Your monetary donations are also greatly appreciated, in the form of a check payable to First Church of Christ, with memo "Wethersfield Food Bank." Thank you!
SOUTH PARK INN — Could you lend a helping hand to the homeless? Do you have three hours you can spare? Consider volunteering to help prepare a meal for the residents of the South Park Inn, a homeless shelter in Hartford. To explore this opportunity, please call Diane Krause at 860.529.1575 x303.
ÄDELBROOK (formerly Children’s Home of Cromwell) — The Women's Fellowship, in conjunction with the Missions and Christian Outreach Committee, are collecting soup can labels and UPC codes from Campbell's products. Collection boxes are located in the Main Street entrance vestibule as well as the Tower entrance vestibule to the Meetinghouse.
HELP FOR THE HOMELESS is a group of knitters who meet occasionally to discuss their next projects and are always looking for new members. In addition to the committee’s creative projects, which are done at home—some are knitting hats, scarves and socks for homeless people throughout the Hartford area—they are also collecting donations of gently used men’s winter clothing. Donations can be left in the labeled carton in the Main Street entrance vestibule.