Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry

The Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry was created to serve immigrants who are in prison awaiting deportation, and to provide spiritual support for prisoners’ families. The seeds of this ministry were sown nearly five years ago when Rev. Gerson Annunciaçao began visiting Brazilian immigrants who were in this condition. With the increasing number of imprisoned Brazilian immigrants, such visits became more urgent and thus more frequent. It was necessary then, instead of individual visits, to hold collective meetings that could accommodate many inmates. With such a format, the opportunity came to conduct Bible studies in the Plymouth County Correctional Facility initially serving several Brazilian prisoners.… Continue

EMERGE – September 20, 2015

Good Morning, I’m here to share with you information about Emerge a group that makes my heart sing. Other members of our congregation who also volunteer are Art & Mary Hunt, Betty Whitney, Pat Wales, Bonnie Sherman, and Ralph Jones. We have been involved for about 2 years. For those who are not aware of Emerge or our involvement with them let me catch you up. EMERGE is a Social Enterprise – in today’s language that means a mission driven non-profit business focused on training, hiring and assisting in a broad range of ways, men and women who are willing and able to work but have a difficult time getting work.… Continue

Abraham’s Tent Changes

First Presbyterian Church was one of the original hosts of Abraham’s Tent in 2009, when the men from Columbus House first spent a week with us. Over the years more hosts have come forward, and the men have been housed for longer—last year for 20 weeks. Most of our church members have participated. But now that we’re comfortable with Abraham’s Tent, God has called us to make a radical change in our approach.

Chronic homelessness has sharply decreased in Connecticut over the last few years, as detailed by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and Connecticut is on track to eliminate chronic homelessness in the state by the end of 2016.… Continue

Music News – October 2015

First Presbyterian Church will be filled with music in October. On Sunday, October 4, World Communion Sunday, our choir will offer music from South Africa and the prelude and postlude will feature global hymns. The responses that we sing that day will be retained for the remainder of the month, to keep our focus on the world around us.

Then on Reformation Sunday, October 25, at 4:00 PM, our choir will join with the choir of Bethesda Lutheran Church and an orchestra in a performance of J. S. Bach’s Cantata No. 80, Ein feste Burg (A Mighty Fortress). On the program, the cantata will be preceded by an earlier setting of the hymn by Samuel Scheidt, a German composer of two generations before Bach, and by more contemporary music by composers Scott Perkins and Christopher Lee, both active contributors to the music program at Bethesda.… Continue