Walk Against Hunger – 2017

Thanks to our team of 18 WALKERS for the 40th Connecticut Food Bank Walk Against Hunger on Sunday, April 23rd. Thank you to everyone who so generously supported our walkers! Our FPCNH raised at least $1,315. We enjoyed an easy walk together at Lighthouse Point Park. A special addition to our team was the Reverend Bonita Grubbs who earlier Sunday was our guest preacher and who leads Christian Community Action, the recipient of our “wheel barrow” donations.

Team members included Lynn Autry, Jin Chen, Zigang Chen, Bruce Gordon, Rona Johnston Gordon, Brian Gray, Dick Hasbany, Jane Hindenlang, Mark Lanz, Riley Lanz, Craig Machado, George Rupp, Nancy Rupp, Erin Schutte, Tyler Wadzinski, Betty Whitney, Jim Whitney… and Erin and Tyler’s adorable dog.… Continue

Lenten Canned Food Drive

We’re building a wall! And when it comes down, it will provide warmth and care to vulnerable people. Will you help us?

From March 12th to April 2nd, bring your canned food donations to the church for a special effort – a literal and symbolic wall of hospitality to strangers and resistance to xenophobic policies. We will build in the sanctuary where everyone can see our progress.

On the final Sunday of our drive, all are welcome to join us after worship. The children of our church will lead us in a liturgy to dismantle the wall and send the cans on their way to nourish people through Christian Community Action.… Continue

Abraham’s Tent 2017

January 16th-22nd, the men of Abraham’s Tent again will follow a star to First Presbyterian Church. The twelve men from the Columbus House Shelter program will make their way to the Owens Community Building for a week starting Monday, January 16th Sunday school classrooms will become bedrooms. The Miller Hall will be transformed into a dining hall and commons space. A group of First Church volunteers will welcome our guests each night at 6, enjoy a home cooked meal together, play some games or just sit and talk before lights out so that all can get a good night’s sleep. Morning comes early with a home cooked breakfast before the men leave for the day.… Continue


Save The date; Monday January 16- Monday January 23, 2017. First Presbyterian will be hosting Abraham’s tent in our Owens Building. 12 area homeless men/women will be our guests each night. We will provide a warm evening meal, a comfortable bed overnight and a nutritious breakfast in the morning.

First and Summerfield Methodist Church in New Haven will be helping us a couple of the nights. Signup sheets will go up Sunday December 11th. As in the past, we will need dinner preparers, hosts, overnight volunteers and breakfast preparers.

Serving on the Abraham’s Tent organizing committee this year are Mary Webber, Pat Wales, Paula Burkhard and Brian Gray.… 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