Church members, Glenn Anderson and Judy Robertson
ANNUAL BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION
Thanks to the caring of First Church members, it was with great pleasure that I was able to deliver 20 backpacks and numerous school supplies to the Osgood Food Pantry for them to distribute. While the food pantry serves approximately 12,000 people each month so that they won’t go hungry, they have also recently been open to accepting donations other than food, so that more of the families’ needs are met. Many times, purchasing backpacks and school supplies can cost $50 or more per child, so these donations were much appreciated. Thank you again for your generosity and for showing that through our good works we are truly “rooted and grounded in love”.
Pictured, left to right: Aston Committee Members, Judy Robertson, Charlotte Ohanesian (Committee Chair), Janet Culton and Mabel Yeterian
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, 2018
Over thirty members, from First church, descended on Mrs. Cap’s home on Saturday, April 28th . We cleaned gardens, repaired the sidewalks and chimney, scraped and painted the rear deck railing, and spread 7 yards of mulch. We also installed a new house number plaque and all signed the back. Mrs. Cap was in tears and stated we were so wonderful to do so much for her. It was another great day for us, improving the life of a neighbor in need. After almost 25 years of supporting Rebuilding Together, First Church continues this great project. Thank you to all the workers and all who support us in this great mission effort! Glenn Anderson
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.