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FARMINGTON (03/02/2015) -- Corned Beef and Cabbage is on the menu on March 15th at 6:00 pm in Porter Memorial Hall of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, at 75 Main Street in Farmington. Cost for the dinner is $15 per person, with a maximum of $40 per family. Take-out meals may be ordered for $10 each. Reservations may be made by calling the church office at 860.677.2601 or by contacting the church Youth Director Bill Vibert by email at email@example.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The meal will be prepared and served by the church's Pilgrim Fellowship youth group. Members are working to fund their upcoming mission trip to Pennsylvania, where they will serve seniors with their home projects, city children at a summer camp, and the homeless at shelters in the Philadelphia area. Funds raised at this event will help defray their travel costs and additional expenses. Your support of their efforts by attending this delicious dinner will be greatly appreciated.
The First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, is located at 75 Main Street in Farmington, near Miss Porter's School. Sunday services are held at 10:00 am. For further information about the church and its many activities, call the church office at 860.677.2601 on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm or view the website at the link below. Visitors are always welcome.
NIANTIC (03/02/2015) -- A forum about reforming the criminal justice system in Connecticut will be hosted by Niantic Community Church UCC on Sunday, March 8, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. It will be presented by the Rev. Marilyn Kendrix, associate pastor of faith formation at the Church of the Redeemer UCC in New Haven. Kendrix and a group from her church, as well as the Leadership Circle of Shalom United Church of Christ in the Elm City, crafted A Resolution of Implementation to End Mass Incarceration for Non-Violent Offenses. The resolution was adopted at the 147th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ earlier this year.
The purpose of the forum is to educate the churches of the Connecticut Conference through generating discussion about the resolution, and to prompt interested parties to write to their legislators to elicit change. The changes called for benefit the citizens of each and every community in part by reducing the cost of incarcerating an inmate, which is estimated at $51,000 per year according to www.TheJusticeImperative.org. Proposals in the resolution are expected to reduce expenditures, both human and financial, to reduce the crime rate, and to give offenders the resources they need to become successful members of society.
Additional speakers on the subject, whose career or volunteer interests have given them a working knowledge of Connecticut's criminal justice system, include: Juanita Durham, Bette Mahon, Craig Woody, Roe Granger, and Marie LaTourette. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free program.
Niantic Community Church is located at 170 Pennsylvania Avenue, Niantic. 860.739.6208.
HARTFORD (02/04/2015) -- The Connecticut Conference posted "From Selma to Ferguson: A Sacred Conversation on Race" as a leader's discussion guide for conversations on the 2014 movie "Selma" today. The film has received extensive praise for its unblinking gaze at one of the Civil Rights Movement's best known moments: the march from Montgomery to Selma, which culminated in police violence against the marchers on the Edmond Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965.
The discussion questions guide people in exploring what they feel, what they think, and what they will do. In addition to considering the events of 1965, participants will also examine parallels with more recent deaths of young African Americans. The examples of persons appearing in the film may inspire viewers to follow their own path in responding to racism.
The resource is the first to be released for Black History Month. Other projects will follow, said Associate Conference Minister for Leadership and Vitality the Rev. Da Vita McCallister, including video narratives to accompany discussions of the deaths of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown.
Follow the link below to download the Discussion Guide.
HARTFORD (01/06/2015) -- The Connecticut Conference has released the 2015 edition of the Primer for Resolutions and Affirmations, which specifies the process for bringing issues of theological, ethical, or social concern to the Conference for consideration.
Approved by the Board of Directors at their December meeting, the primer sets a deadline of May 1, 2015, for "Group A" resolutions to be submitted. The measures may be proposed by local churches, associations, a group of fifteen delegates, or a Conference Ministry Team.
"Group B" resolutions, which should be in response to a compelling or urgent concern, must be submitted by October 1, 2015.
Follow the link below for the full Primer for the Discernment Process.