September 13, 2015 – The Green Wheelbarrow

FPNH has been a partner in faith with Christian Community Action (CCA), the organization that benefits from all the food we collect each month, for many years. In addition to collecting food for their pantry, we allocate money from our mission budget, and several members help to fill Thanksgiving food baskets each year. For the past two years we’ve contributed a weekly Community Supported Agriculture farm share from Massaro Farms.

CCA has been in existence for more than 40 years and continues to be a force for community building and social change. Its mission is “to provide help, housing and hope to those who are poor in New Haven.” CCA encourages efforts to attain self-sufficiency and is a vocal advocate locally and at the state and national levels for policy changes regarding welfare, incarceration and housing to name a few.… Continue

August 30, 2015 – South Sudan

Mike McBride gave the Minute for Mission on South Sudan.  Here are informative links on the work our mission co-workers are doing to bring peace to the area.

https://www.pcusa.org/news/2015/8/24/world-mission-works-south-sudanese-partners-build-/

http://www.pcusa.org/news/2015/8/26/presbyterian-mission-co-workers-cautiously-optimis/

https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/smith-mather-shelvis-nancy/

July 19, 2015 – Working-For-Justice@FirstPres

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Presbyterians embody the Lord’s command. Our Office of the General Assembly has asked us to be advocates for families seeking asylum in the United States. The Mission Committee will show their 30 minute video – “Families Held Captive” next Sunday immediately following coffee hour. I have brought a few copies of the Attendee Guide for the Video and a letter from The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk to share today.… Continue

June 28, 2015 – On the Run

The Mission Committee has purchased 20 copies of On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City  by Alice Goffman for church members to read this summer.  We will host a book discussion of Goffman’s compassionate chronicle of families caught inside a justice systemin the fall as part of our series of events on the topic of  mass incarceration.

Alice Goffman is a sociologist who had an ethnography assignment for an undergraduate class a UPenn.  She did not take it lightly.  She started hanging out with an older African-American food service worker at the university and soon moved into an apartment in a poor, largely black neighborhood in Philadelphia. … Continue

December 14, 2014 – Emerge

Minute for Emerge – 14 December 2014 – Ralph Jones

What’s ¾ ÷ ¾ ? Who remembers how? Let’s see some hands…

OK — for me, that was a long time ago and far, far away! So fractions were one of the first things I learned — relearned, actually — at the Emerge program. Not the most important, though.

First, a word about the guys. (And while we’ve been there, all but one have been guys.) Most are in their twenties, though recently I’ve been working with a man in his fifties and at least a couple are still in their teens.… Continue