News Archive

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Cafe' Conversations

Over three sessions of Cafe' Conversations,  church members gathered for delicious food and meaningful conversation as we discussed what God is calling us to do and be in our time. [ more ]

Silver Lake Men's Fellowship Retreat Oct. 12-13

October 12-13, 2018 -- This October marks the 11-year anniversary of the ground breaking for the Herbie Knight III community building at Silver Lake in Sharon, CT. We are the only UCC church who takes responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of any of the buildings. The retreat is intended to provide not only the winterizing of the facility, but an opportunity for the men of our congregation to fellowship with one another and reflect upon What God is Calling Them to Do. All men are invited and encouraged to come! Even if you have never joined us before, this great group of guys welcomes you for fellowship, laughter, thoughtful conversation and the opportunity to share meaningful work. This is an overnight opportunity, but staying overnight is not required. If you are interested in attending, or for more information on the facility needs and the fellowship, please contact Herb Knight (203-215-5100 or or the church office.

Confirmation Sunday 2018

On June 3, 2018, joy and the Holy Spirit filled our sanctuary when eight young people in the Confirmation class joined our church as official members. [ more ]

A Special Pentecost; We honor Pam and Heidi

On Pentecost Sunday, Sunday, May 20, 2018, our community celebrated the work of the Holy Spirit and our church school staff as the regular church school year came to a close.  We particularly lifted up the ministry of Pam and Heidi, our co-Superintendents of our church school, who are moving on to other things after 11 years of amazing and creative service to our children.  [ more ]

All Hallows Eve Concert Oct. 31, 2018

October 31, 2018 -- All Hallows Eve.  Join us on Halloween for a spectacular and spooktactular night at First ChurchA concert of organ and piano music--set in the spookily decorated sanctuary--will again be open to all those passing by.   [ more ]

Scholarship Sunday and Ice Cream Social June 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018-- This Father's Day was a special morning at the 10:00 a.m. worship service as we honored our graduating high school seniors and the Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships. The Scholarship Commitee then offered an Ice Cream Social in Congregational Hall to honor the recipients and thank the congregation for their generous support of the Scholarship Fund. [ more ]

Sherry Perkowski Retires; Pam and Heidi's Last Sunday

After many years of service as our Sexton, Sherry Perkowski is retiring at the end of June.  Her work among us was celebrated on June 24 at the 10:00 a.m. service.  It was also Pam Perkowski and Heidi Bonassar's last Sunday as Co-Superintendents of our Church School, and we again thanked them for their ministry to our children.more ]

Church School News Spring 2018

Our Church School is involved in lots of special projects and activities.  You can join us or help out in several ways... [ more ]

Thanks for your Generosity!

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt -- Thanks to your generosity, our Youth Groups were able to collect a bountiful supply of food items--enough that members of the Board of Community and World Service were able to assemble 60 bags of food to distribute to families in need. [ more ]

Season of Gratitude

November was our Season of Gratitude and Generosity!  During the month of November, we paid closer attention to all of our blessings and celebrating Gratitude and Living Generously. [ more ]

Decorating our Christmas Tree

It has become a tradition at our church that a group from our Men's Ministry select and cut down a Christmas tree to grace our Sanctuary during the Advent and Christmas season.  Other folks then join in and decorate it!  [ more ]

Mission Trip Thank You Dinner

September 30, 2017 -- On Saturday evening, the Senior High youth and adults who participated in the 11th Annual Mission Trip to Cedar Grove, West Virginia, offered a delicious Thank You dinner to the congregation in appreciation for their support.  [ more ]

Our New Heating System is Complete!

After countless hours of research and consideration, the Board of Trustees has approved a $386,075 contract with CT HVAC, Inc. to replace our heating system. After adding 20% for unexpected occurrences and cosmetic repairs once the job is completed, the total estimated cost for the project is $463,290.  The new heating system is finally installed, and we are enjoying the delights of silent, reliable heat in the Sanctuary! [ more ]

Diana Majchrzak Appreciation Sunday

September 24, 2017  -- For 18 years, Diana Majchrzak was the welcoming face and voice of our congregation, and it is with a deep sense of thanksgiving for her grace-filled service that we were able to show our appreciation and celebrate her ministry among us with a reception at Coffee Hour following the 10:00 a.m. service. [ more ]

Meet our New Youth Ministry Team!

We are excited to announce our new Youth Ministry Team!  

The Board of Christian Education, working with a smaller committee made up of youth and adults who have worked with our youth, evaluated our program, interviewed candidates, and have selected three people to lead our Youth program.  

We are adopting a team model of youth leadership, with three paid leaders, as well as including the dedicated parents and adults volunteers who have added so much to our program.  [ more ]

Holy Joe's Cafe' Launches its own Non-profit

September 1, 2017 - At the August 28, 2017 Church Council Meeting, Holy Joe's Cafe', which has been a ministry of our church since 2006, was voted to become it's own separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Holy Joe's Cafe', Inc.  The paperwork has been completed, their Board formed, their approval from the State of Connecticut finalized, and their federal 501(c)3 status pending, meaning that now donations to Holy Joe's can go directly to the new entity.  The mission of providing coffee, tea and hot chocolate to military chaplains and the troops continues! [ more ]

Catch the Spirit Sunday

September 10, 2017 was Catch the Spirit Sunday, our celebratory kick-off to another exciting program year! [ more ]

Lobster Fest

Sunday, July 30, 2017 was the perfect afternoon for a Lobster Bake! PNA Park, Wallingford was the setting for great food, fun and friends! [ more ]

2017 Youth Mission Trip to Cedar Grove, West Virginia

July 15-23, 2017 - Our youth traveled to Cedar Grove, West Virginia, to help fix homes for families in need. [ more ]

The Installation of Rev. Kathy Cunliffe

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Rev. Kathleen Cunliffe was installed as the 18th Senior Minister of The First Congregational Church of Wallingford. This was a historic occasion, as Rev. Kathy was the first woman to be called as the Senior Minister of our church... [ more ]

Scholarship Sunday and Ice Cream Social

June 11, 2017 - Thanks to the fund-raising efforts by the Scholarship Committee and the generosity of our congregation, on Sunday, June 11, our church was able to award scholarships to seven high school seniors [ more ]

The Matins Choir from Des Moines, Iowa Visits First Church

June 11, 2017 - The Matins Choir, a choir of approximately 65 youth in grades 9-12 from Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa, blessed us with their presence and their music during worship on Sunday, June 11. We are hosting them [ more ]

Fall Mum Sale Sunday October 1

Sunday, October 1, 2017-- There will be a Fall mum sale to benefit our church school programs this Sunday starting at 8:30 am. We will have pumpkins, large and small mum plants, gourds, hay bales, corn stalks and more. We will located at the back and front entrances of the church. [ more ]

Installation of New Heating System...and How You Can Help!

Great news!  Our new heating system is finally being installed!  And with your help, our church is eligible for funding under the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act. [ more ]

Confirmation 2017

June 4, 2017 - On Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, ten young people in the Confirmation class became official members of First Church. [ more ]

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Pancake Flipping Races

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, sponsored by our Deacons, was held on Tuesday, February 13. It was a festive evening, starting with delicious pancakes and sausage. Then the fun really began with the Pancake Flipping races! [ more ]

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