Adult Education in October, 2016

October 9 and 16 Sunday morning sessions will be a discussion on prison reform and prisoner re-entry to society, focusing on the book Writing My Wrongs, by Shaka Senghor. Dan Justino, Executive Director a local re-entry program, EmergeCT, will be joining us. There are a few copies of the book on the Welcome Table. Please plan to attend even if you have not read the book.

Starting on Sunday, October 23rd, Bruce Gordon will lead a three Sunday series on Faith and Mental Health.


Peacemaking – Minute for Mission September 25, 2016

Next Sunday we will have the annual special collection for Peacemaking and Global Witness, a collection that is taken up, so suitably, on World Communion Sunday, as we think of our bonds in faith and our responsibilities across the worldwide community.

The collection is for Peacemaking and Global Witness. And peace is an integral part of our worship every week. Every Sunday we share the peace, turning to each other and speaking of peace to our neighbors, to members and visitors alike, wishing that they may experience peace, that they will live in peace. And at the end of the worship we may leave the sanctuary with the words of the benediction and charge in our ears, ‘Go in Peace!’ Peace becomes the message of what we will have heard and done that morning.… Continue

Columbus House Information

586 Ella T. Grasso Blvd., New Haven CT  (203) 773-9673
Building Description:
Terra Cotta colored - 1/2 block south of Columbus on ElIa Grasso Blvd.
Emergency Homeless Shelter for New Haven, operated under a contract with the City of New Haven.
Support From:
Local charities and churches.
Number of Residents:
Shelter can accommodate 81 guests including 12 in the medical respite unit. 
First Presbyterian Church serves:
First Saturday of each month.
Meal Time:
5:30 p.m.
Time Required:
Arrive about 4 p.m. (see #3 below).  Done about 6:30 p.m.
Large, modem restaurant quality kitchen with everything needed for cooking and serving available. Includes: Commercial stove, several ovens, a warming oven, large sinks and a walk in refrigerator. Groups can use these facilities for final preparation of food or can do the shopping ahead of tune and cook at Columbus House.

I. Organize

a. Need a minimum of 4+ people for serving. (adults, families, Youth/Adult Groups etc.). Children welcome. (Perhaps those experienced could ask new members or families)

b. Provide enough food to feed 80-85 people.
2. Develop a menu for meal. Basic recipes are available here.
a. Provide a main dish or dishes (include a vegetarian entree for about 10). b. Provide vegetable (optional if included in the main dish). c. Provide a green salad and dressing OR cole slaw. d. Provide dessert /fruit. e. Drinks are provided by Columbus House.
3. Arrival time: 
Arrive 4:00 p.m., or earlier, if dinner is to be prepared together in their large, fully equipped, modern kitchen. (Cooking together is fun. One could be the shopper after the group decides on a menu)
4. Arrival: 
Announce yourself at the desk at the side door. They will unlock the back door. Park and enter in back. Carts are available to carry in food. Guests will assist.
5. Set up (guests will assist), serve meal, and enjoy helping the people of New Haven.

6. Clean up is done by guests. No DISHES to do!

7. If you wish, reimbursement is available through the Mission Committee (give receipts to Mission Committee Chair) OR can be tax deductible.


Contact Pat Wales


Casseroles - meat and meatless, Pastas - meat and meatless Soups (fresh with garden veggies), Sloppy Joes, HamsChicken - legs. breastsBaked Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Potato Casserole, Corn, Peas, Green Beans, Mixed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad, Cake Cupcakes, Cookies, Brownies, Cobblers, Pies, Custards, Fresh Fruit

Columbus House Basic Recipes

College & University Students

College & University Students:  Join us for a weekly gathering at Wall Street Pizza, Mondays between 4:30 and 5 :45 p.m..  Stop by for a slice, a conversation, and a good time.  Questions?  Contact Emily Theus.

College & University Students will not meet for pizza on Mondays during the Yale Spring Break, but will resume on Monday, March 27th.