MissionsOur members give to four annual special offerings.
The Retired Ministers And Missionaries Offering is used to provide emergency aid to these retirees and their spouses, and to give them a Thank You check to supplement their monthly pension payments.
The America For Christ Offering supports over 1,300 chaplains. Pastoral counselors, new-church planters, and workers in 20 Neighborhood Action Christian Centers in the USA and its territories.
The One Great Hour Of Sharing Offering is sponsored by nine denominations and Church World Service. It aids refugees of war and victims of natural disasters (for example, the victims of Haiti's earthquake in January 2010).
The World Mission Offering supports more than 130 American Baptist overseas missionaries, adding to what was pledged to the United Mission program.
For more on our wider American Baptist Mission, go to www.abc-usa.org.
This commitment is also demonstrated by the stewardship of our building. We provide space to the Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford, the Center For Serenity (www.centerforserenity.org),Hopeworks (www.hopeworkscentral.org), Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Our Children’s Center (a day-care center), and Dr. Henry Millan (a pastoral counselor).
This commitment is further evidenced by our concern for the environment. Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Tom Carr, was a founding member and past director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network. Earth Prayers are held in our chapel on one Monday evening each month. In May, 2005, we became one of the first congregations in Connecticut to contract with Sterling Planet, agreeing to buy 100% of our electricity from clean, renewable sources (see www.sterlingplanet.com). Several of our church’s families have also signed this contract.
In addition, several adults and youth from our church served meals and interacted with senior citizens at the Manna Senior Café sponsored by Center City Churches in Hartford. Other members served meals at Loaves & Fishes in Hartford, which ministers to the hungry. Many others donate back packs, Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas gifts, and Easter baskets to Covenant To Care. Others give used clothing to the poor through Shiloh Baptist Church. Still others deliver Meals On Wheels to the elderly, while others raise money for Food Share. Our Sunday School raises money for Heifer Project International (www.heifer.org), which provides animals and tools to low-income people around the world.In 2008, we sent FBC members to Mississippi to held re-build homes after Hurricane Katrina. Also, since 2006, we have sent both youth and adults to La Romana, an area where Haitian sugar-cane workers live in poverty.
We also fund mission projects through our Christmas and Easter offerings, and our Deacon’s Fund.
The Women’s Fellowship of our church also supports our mission through donations to Love Gift, White Cross, and Church World Service www.churchworldservice.org.
See the Fellowship’s page on our web site.