Thanksgiving Special Offering

Each year First Presbyterian Church joins faithful people from around New Haven to help Christian Community Action, the Connecticut Food Bank and Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen create a season of genuine thanksgiving for those who could not otherwise afford it. As in the past, our offering will be
shared between these organizations. This is a major opportunity to give thanks by contributing directly to the well being of our neighbors.

Christian Community Action’s thanksgiving basket program provides holiday abundance to over 2,000 families each year. We’ve been helping financially and with sorting and preparing the baskets for many years. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, Nov.… Continue

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Many of us are concerned about the refugee crisis that is so much in the news. Here are a few suggested
responses.

  • Write to Congress asking for action for peace in Syria. The Action Alert on our PC USA Office of
    Public Witness web site begins: “Today we are facing the single greatest humanitarian crisis since
    World War II. Over 12 million Syrians have either been displaced internally or have become
    refugees, another quarter million have perished. We need to act now, calling on the US Government to be part of the solution – in addressing the root causes of the Syrian war and in being a place of welcome to those in need of our protection.”
  • Donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at pda.pcusa.org/situation/syria, or to the U.N.
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Donations to the First Congregational Church of Guilford Re-Entry Ministry

The Mission Committee responded to a request from the First Congregational Church of Guilford
Re-entry Ministry for supplies for duffle bags for Connecticut women recently released from
prison. These women have nothing when they are released. In response, we provided supplies
for 10 duffle bags:

Towel set (1 bath, hand, wash)
Umbrella (fold up)
Winter hat, gloves, scarves, socks
Writing paper, tablet, pens
Bus pass

Marcia Myhre, one of the coordinators of the program, wrote to thank us. “I want you to know
that your church has been the most responsive. You have our gratitude. We will have a formal
blessing at our church for our donors on Palm Sunday.… Continue