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Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our Haiti Scholarship drive. First Churches sent $4253.00 to Global Ministries to be used for scholarships for K-13 students at the CONASPEH school in Port-au-Prince. That is enough for 36 students to attend for free. Thank you for your generosity. Catherine Jordan and Pauline Bassett planned to visit Haiti in January with two members of First Church in Longmeadow.  We were especially looking forward to a trip to the artist colony of Jacmel with Miguelson Charles. Unfortunately, Patrick Villier, head of CONASPEH, advised us not to make the trip in January due to uncertainty surrounding the runoff elections scheduled for after Christmas. The First Church group is now going in February, but no one from First Churches is able to go at that time. The runoff Presidential elections in Haiti [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:03-05:00February 11th, 2016|Featured, Haiti, Mission & Outreach, Missions|0 Comments

Haiti Trip 2015 Updates!

Pauline, David and Heidi are in Haiti this week, working with the various programs and churches of CONASPEH, our United Church of Christ partners in ministry and mission in Haiti.  Stay tuned for more, as regular updates will be added to the bottom of this post. Pauline and Heidi with Charleen who finished cooking school and wants to start her own restaurant. Part of small business development seminar we are offering at CONASPEH. At God's Faith Church Sunday morning in Port-au-Prince, First Churches Delegates offered warm wishes and prayers for the Haitian people. Arrived safely in 90 degree weather and will be going to church service here tomorrow. David Mark Pohlman, head of our MA delegation, addresses congregation of God's Faith Church at Sunday service (three plus hour service). Heidi and [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:09-05:00March 11th, 2015|Haiti, Mission & Outreach, Missions|0 Comments

Tree House Thanks You

              To Carol, Wishing you a year full of beauty and wonder. With deep appreciation, from members of the Treehouse Community     Dear Carol, On behalf of children and families at the Treehouse Community, I Thank you and the members of First Churches for your wonderful gifts and generosity. We are so grateful to you all and appreciate the wonderful organization and support that you provided to make this all happen. Your giving added such meaning and joy to the holidays. With gratitude, Kerry Homstead        

By |2017-01-18T20:15:09-05:00February 19th, 2015|Missions|0 Comments

Crop Walk 2015

On Sunday April 26 at 12:00, people from several area churches and organizations will gather at First Churches for a walk to fight hunger around the world. We would be very pleased if a representative of your church or organization could meet with us on Tuesday, February 24, at 7 p.m., in the parlor at First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton (although the main entrance is on Main Street, please come to the Center Street entrance to get to the parlor). We will explain the work of Church World Service and the history of the CROP Walks, and together we will discuss a route for the walk, a local beneficiary for 25% of the money raised, and other issues. Walkers will seek pledges.  Of the money gathered, 75% goes to Church World Service for their efforts to address the need for stable sources [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:09-05:00February 19th, 2015|Food Insecurity, Mission & Outreach, Missions|0 Comments

Miguelson Charles Visits First Churches

  Several First Churches members have been making annual visits to Haiti, along with the First Congregational Church of Longmeadow, to work with CONASPEH, an alliance of around 7,000 Protestant churches. CONASPEH operates a pre-school through 13th grade school, nursing program, and seminary, and is supported by the UCC-sponsored Global Ministries. In 2009 Pauline Bassett and David Entin met Miguelson Charles, an impressive CONASPEH high school graduate who translated for them. They stayed in contact with Miguelson, through the devastating earthquake and as he enrolled in the law program at a local University in Port-au-Prince. Pauline and David helped him apply successfully for admission to Trinity College in Hartford, which offered him a $50,000 a year scholarship, but the US State Department would not grant him a student visa to come to the US for his education. He is now [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:10-05:00February 2nd, 2015|Haiti, Mission & Outreach, Missions|0 Comments