First Congregational Church: Wallingford

23 South Main Street Wallingford, Connecticut 06492

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"Let all that you do be done in love." 1Corinthians16:14




* Diaconate
Christian Education
*Family Life
*Prayer Shawl
* Scholarship
* Missions
* Stewardship
* Holy Joe's Cafe



Who We Are



Our 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship service is broadcast on Comcast cable public access for Wallingford, CT channel 18:

Sunday, 3:30 PM
Monday, 1:30 PM
Monday, 2:00 AM
Thursday, 1:30 PM
Saturday, noon

Adult Study:

Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.


Established 1675
Telephone: (203) 265-1691
FAX: (203) 265-0693 
Church E-Mail:

Sunday Services 8:00 a.m. Communion Service
10:00 a.m. Morning Worship, Church School & Nursery
2:00 p.m.

Ashlar Village

Wednesday Service 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:30 a.m. Bible Study

Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Wallingford website. To visitors, members, regular attendees and friends, we extend a warm welcome and our hope that you will find this website and the information it offers concerning the church, its ministries, activities, staff and outreach both easy to use and helpful. If you have Acrobat Reader, you can read our church newsletter. The Church's Monthly calendar of activities is also available. We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Wallingford. To all our visitors we extend a warm welcome and our hope that you will find this church, its ministries and activities nourishing and helpful to you on your life journey. Please click here for more information.

Directions to the Church

Conversations with Rev. Kathy
Social gatherings where members of the congregation and the
Rev. Kathy Cunliffe meet for casual conversation to get better
acquainted have taken place in the Guild Room following Sunday
services. The next gatherings will be held in members'
homes. Please call Debby Voelker (203 265-9586) or the church office (203 265-1691) to sign- up for the gathering that is convenient for you.

 Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., at the home of Eloise and Steve Hazelwood
(east side of town).
When you call to RSVP, addresses and directions will be shared.

The Installation of Rev. Kathleen T. Cunliffe


The New Haven Association of the CT Conference, United Church of Christ and the First Congregational Church of Wallingford, UCC are pleased to invite you to join us for the installation of Rev. Kathleen T. Cunliffe as our 18th Senior Minister on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 4:00PM.

Please join us as we celebrate new beginnings, new covenant relationships, and excitement about our future.

Join us for delicious food and drink at a reception following the service.



Dear Fellow Church Member,

As of last week, we are two thirds of the way toward accomplishing our pledge goal. If you are
reading this letter and have made your pledge of financial support this year, please accept our most sincere
thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you have made your decision but have not yet sent in your pledge form, we would appreciate it if you
would put that form near the top of what is no doubt a large pile of things to do this time of year. The
Trustees are formulating a final budget, and it would be helpful to have your pledge. However, that is a
gentle request and certainly not a requirement, and any time that you can see your way clear to make
your pledge is certainly the right time.

To those who are still up in the air as to whether you will make a pledge, we make a special plea. No
doubt you are being swamped with requests for donations, as are we all.

We consider our request to be unique, because any donation you make to your church will benefit you
directly. The First Congregational Church of Wallingford is your faith home right in your town. And
because of that, you know exactly where, when and how every dollar of your money will be spent.

Okay, enough said. Let us conclude by wishing each and every one of our fellow faith family members a
joyous Christmas season. And may 2017 bring you good health and true happiness.

Steve Knight, on behalf of the members of the Stewardship Committee:
Bernie Annunziata, Jill Banatoski, Steve Perkowski, Martha Smith, Glenn Whitehouse, Jean

Please make your pledge for the 2017 Church Budget.


Youth Group News

Youth Group is going to continue, without
interruption, under the leadership of Lorraine
Westervelt until the youth minister position is
filled. Since she’s been involved with the youth
group for eight years and a teacher for many
years, she has the experience to make youth
group fun and meaningful. Adult Resources will
be needed to drive, chaperone and more. Please
see Lorraine if you are available to help.

High School Youth Group
every Sunday from
6:00 - 8

Middle School Youth Group
Meets every S
8unday from 4:00 - 6:00PM


The Bawa Health Initiative
For the Village of Bawa, Cameroon, Africa

The Board of Community and World Service has not lost sight of the great need for medical and health assistance in Africa. Dr. Dennis J. Richardson along with Dr. Blaise Dondji, and Reverend Margaret B. Jay have undertaken the mission of helping the village of Bawa by:

Providing primary health care to the residents of Bawa (we have begun the building of the Health Care Clinic). See our Web or Facebook page for more pictures. See Blaise Dondji's interview (click here) done by Oral Ofori in the Studios of WPAA Public Access in Wallingford, CT.


Continuing Clinic Construction w/ Roof (your continuing financial gifts do help, but more $$ are needed to complete this valuable project. Please help us! Adopt a Room)

• Reducing the prevalence of infectious diseases
• Supplying clean drinking water to all residents
• Educating the general public about infectious diseases in the developing world

For further information (this is our latest Newsletter) on this wonderful project,
and also see the NEW BAWA Health Initiative web site. You may contact Rev. Margaret Jay by calling the church office at 203-265-1691 and leaving a message. You may also mail donations to: Bawa Health Initiative, Inc., P.O. Box 432, Wallingford, CT 06492. With your continued support, we can make a difference in the village of Bawa in Cameroon.

We are also on Facebook (search for BAWA Health Initiative page).


In 140 characters or less, how would
you describe the First Congregational Church of Wallingford to an interested stranger?

Among the responses shared:
Our church is not only the foundation for our beliefs in the Lord, but also the sanctuary for our people, our family. In one simple, but powerful word our church is HOME.

High on a hill in Wallingford, there is a pointy church, with warm, inviting, giving families, that welcome with generous loving arms all those who come to us.

The First Congregational Church is a warm inviting place that reaches out to the community with an abundance of support.


Holy Joe's Cafe

Holy Joe's Cafe is a Coffee House Ministry – United Church of Christ military chaplains have found an old way to invite soldiers in Kuwait and Afghanistan into a safe and informal place where they can receive spiritual care and good coffee. We also have a Facebook page (click here).

“Holy cow, Holy Joe’s, what a blessing!” says Chaplain Jeff Hawkins.

“We’ve just received your latest shipment of coffee sent to Afghanistan as part of Resolute
Support. It’s a huge hit and tremendous morale-booster for two reasons. First, it’s a simple
taste of home that shows the soldiers in an amazingly practical and powerful way that they
are not forgotten… Second, because the coffee is served up by Chaplains and Chaplain’s
Assistants throughout the combat zone as they perform their “Ministry of Presence”. It’s a
natural bridge-builder to talk and begin to meet soldiers better relational, emotional, and
spiritual needs. We are so grateful to Holy Joe’s Café – First Congregational Church and
their generous partners for the impact they provide!”



The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a dedicated group of women who knit shawls and prayers together for those in need of healing. "Part of the journey of prayer and faith is to recognize that we may never know how our love and care will touch or change another person's life. Instead, we are invited to offer others our compassion and let whatever needs to happen, happen. There is an old saying: Our hands are God's hands." Through the shawl-knitting ministry we can learn to trust the truth that God works through us when we care for our friends and strangers alike.

The instructions for both Prayer Shawls, as well as numerous patterns for baby blankets, exist on our website

If you have a need for a Prayer Shawl for a friend, family member or for yourself, please do not hesitate to contact the ministry (Kathryn Janis) through the office (265-1691). If you are not connected to First Congregational Church in Wallingford, CT please follow this link for a Prayer Shawl Ministry in your area. Click here.

If you have created a Prayer Shawl or Baptismal Blanket, please drop it off at the church office ~ there will be a sign-in sheet to identify who made the shawl, the color of the shawl, if it is intended for someone or if it is meant to be used by the ministry in the general shawl cache. There will be a Prayer Shawl basket for new shawls and blankets that need to be blessed at the church office.

The next Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting will be April 17, 2017.


Upper Room Devotional Booklets are in the Narthex literature rack in both regular and large print editions.


We would also like to assemble an "All Church" email list. If you are a church member, please send us an email. Send to:


Have you been e-spired? If you would like to receive your Spire as an email document...let us know. Email
and say yes! To the e-spired…Thank you.


Soul Boosters

God enters the human heart by its own ways: He enters the wise through wisdom. He enters the simple through simplicity.
Oscar Romero in The Violence of Love

To Practice This Thought: Contemplate the ways God might enter your heart. Then make room.


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