Next I will be introducing you to Natsalla!
Natsalla is the discipleship and worksites intern for summer 2018. She graduated from New Britain High School in 2017 and is now studying Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University.
Natsalla first participated in The Hartford Project in 2015 with her church, Glory Chapel International Cathedral. Natsalla always loved serving at worksites and interacting with the people of Hartford.
Natsalla's favorite color is yellow. When she has free time she enjoys singing with friends and family. She even helps lead worship with her church.
Natsalla is a hard-worker and joyous person. We love having her on our team!
She loved visiting worksites on week one and she cannot wait to meet more of you during our second summer outreach week!
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Gabe is serving this summer as the Worksites and Life in the City intern. He has been participating in The Hartford Project since 2013. “I’ve been able to meet new people in the city and new brothers and sisters in Christ."
Gabe (back row, second from the right) with his team after their restaurant dinner // 2016
His favorite verse is Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.”
A couple fun facts about Gabe are that he loves anime and creating new stories.
“Any new experience that THP brings is an exciting one to have. Meeting new people, going to new places, eating new foods, doing new jobs.” Gabe is looking forward to participating again and serving in his new intern position.
Gabe (far left) at THP during Love Wins // 2017
Wave to Gabe if you see him during the week!
Written by Christina Perreault
Lydia is back! This year she will be serving as the Love Wins and Life in the City intern! She attended THP for the first time in 2014, and this is her second year interning. We are so excited to have her back and cant wait for you to learn more about her!
Lydia (far left) on THP // 2014
Lydia is about to graduate from Southington High School as valedictorian and will be attending MIT in the fall.
Lydia // 2017
She loves worship jam sessions with her friends and baking yummy treats to share and eat.
Lydia baking with her friend
Lydia loved being able to intern last year while still participating with her team and is excited to do the same thing this summer!
Lydia (holding umbrella) with her team at Love Wins last year // 2017
Say “hi” to Lydia if you see her during the outreach weeks!
Written by Christina Perreault
Next I will be introducing myself!
My name is Christina Perreault, and as this summer’s communications intern, I have the chance to introduce you to all our interns through this blog series! This is my second year interning with The Hartford Project and my seventh year involved with the summer outreach weeks.
Christina advertising a free car wash during her first year of THP // 2012
I just graduated from The Master’s School this year and will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall. I am excited to see what God has planned for my future.
Christina // 2017
I cannot wait to see what this summer entails!
Written by Christina Perreault
In this blog post series, I will introduce you to this summer’s interns. We’re excited to welcome back two returning interns and three new interns! Each of these hard-working interns will be managed by our incredible intern supervisor.
The interns are so excited for the summer!
This year Alexa Carlson will serve in this important supervisor position. Alexa grew up in Wintonbury Church and has had a devout love for God from a young age. She just graduated from Liberty University this past May with a degree in Business Admin with a focus in International Business! One day, she hopes to start her own humanitarian aid business.
Alexa first participated in The Hartford Project in 2010, the summer before her freshman year of high school. She loved her experience. “It really opened my eyes to the city of Hartford, that there is need in Hartford. It pulled me out of my comfort zone,” said Alexa.
Alexa serving during her first Summer Outreach Week in 2010.
Alexa’s favorite color is purple. She loves to eat cheez-it crackers and drink coffee with friends.
Alexa (left) enjoying some coffee with her friend.
As a former student and leader, Alexa is excited about helping THP this summer in a new role. She cannot wait to meet you all during the summer outreach weeks!
Alexa (middle row, second from to right), with her team, serving at THP as a leader in 2016.
You can support Alexa's position by choosing "summer staff" in the below link and donating!
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2017 has been a year of great blessings and growth at The Hartford Project (THP).
We ran two Summer Outreach Weeks and our third annual FallServe Weekend Outreach. During these events, we served 390 participants from 27 different churches – including ten new churches! Students from these churches partnered together to serve with over 20 local non-profits and ministries, engaged questions of social injustice, prayed over our city, and grew in their relationships with God and one another.
This year, THP hired Jacquelyn Perreault as the organization’s first full-time Program Director and filed as a non-profit organization. Having a full-time Program Director has enabled us to reach out to new churches, inviting them to experience and share God’s love in Hartford!
We also implemented smaller Sub-Committees within our Planning Team – better valuing everyone’s time and talents and doubling the size of our Planning Team from fifteen to thirty members. This allowed our teams to provide better programs for our students and increased church collaboration - with sixteen churches represented on our 2017 Planning Team.
As we reflect on this year, we are overwhelmed by God’s goodness and faithfulness in this season. And as we look towards 2018, we are excited for all God will accomplish as His Church continues to unite together to experience and share God’s love in Hartford!
As THP continues to grow, we also face new challenges and increased costs. Your end-of-year donation will help us finish the year strong, and allow for even greater ministry opportunities in 2018.
As someone who has witnessed the impact of THP in your family, church, or community, would you consider partnering with THP by making a one-time donation, setting up a recurring donation, or joining our prayer team?
We are excited to see how your increased partnership will enable The Hartford Project to further inspire unity in the Church while blessing the Hartford community! Thank you!
HARTFORD CITY MISSION CHRISTMAS STORE: NEW & UNWRAPPED TOYS
Wondering how you can give more than a toy this season? Through Hartford City Mission (HCM)'s Christmas Store you can give the gift of joy and dignity to the whole family!
So how's it work? You donate new, unwrapped gifts and HCM sets up a huge Christmas store - with a variety of toys - all marked at tag sale prices! Parents have the opportunity to choose gifts their kids will love AND proceeds help subsidize the students' overnight summer camp. Last year, there were 1,500 toys in the Christmas Store, and the store raised $2,000 for overnight camp!
Where: Glory Chapel, 221 Greenfield Street, Hartford
When: Monday-Friday, through December 4th*
*Call Danielle (860.246.0132) to schedule a drop-off time.
The Model: Re-Thinking Christmas Giving
We think the Christmas store model is pretty great, and worth sharing. As HCM will tell you, they borrowed the idea from Bob Lupton at Focused Community Strategies in Atlanta, GA. Check out the video below to learn why - and how - they re-thought Christmas giving.
Check Back Next Week For #GIvingTuesday
SPARROW MINISTRIES: HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES, AND COATS
Where: South Church, 277 Main Street, Hartford
When: Tuesday, November 14 - Friday, November 17 from 8 AM - 3 PM*
*Please contact us if you would like to schedule a different drop-off time or location.
CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK FOR A NEW GIVING CHALLENGE!
CITADEL OF LOVE'S ANNUAL TURKEY DRIVE
Where: The Citadel of Love, 167 Barbour Street, Hartford
When: November 7, from 6-7 PM*
*Donations are being accepted through November 16 - contact us to schedule a different drop-off time or location.
CHECK BACK EACH WEEK FOR A NEW GIVING CHALLENGE!
To give well is to love well. And why do we love?
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
1 John 4:19-21
Loving God and loving our neighbor are inextricably connected.
Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
Who is overlooked in our community? Who is ignored in our city?
In this holiday season there's much to be thankful for; there's much love to be shared; there are many gifts to give and receive; there are many meals to cook and delicious food to be eaten; there are many parties to attend with family and friends. Yet, your shopping list and your to-do list may feel overwhelming. Your budget may be tight. Anxiety and busyness may have stolen the place of joy and peace in your heart.
Let's claim back the season. Let's remember God's greatest gift of all - His Son, our Savior.
WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.
How can we love one another this season?
Can we feed the hungry?
Clothe the shivering?
Welcome the homeless?
#GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement, celebrated the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Every week leading up to #GivingTuesday, THP will be announcing one new giving challenge! Our hope is that these weekly giving challenges will provide simple ways for you to bless our community - not adding to the stress of the season - but returning to the joy found when we love God and love our neighbor.
Written by the many voices of The Hartford Project!