Congregational Church campaign exceeds goal

MILFORD – The First Congregational Church of Milford has exceeded its 2014 Capital Fund Campaign goal by 30 percent, according to Interim Pastor Dr. Alex Gondola.

“We sought $225,000 to refurbish and repair our historic sanctuary and Parish House. This was in honor of the 225th anniversary of our church’s founding as Milford’s first church in 1788. So far, gifts and/or pledges of $ 295,000 have been received,” Gondola reported.

“We never could have accomplished such astonishing results without the wholehearted support of our congregation and community. This includes gifts made by local businesses, plus grants from the Kaley Foundation, Bank of America, N. A., Trustee, and the Keyes and Ella F. Anderson Foundations.”

The first refurbishment project, rebuilding the entrance to the 1863 Parish House, and replacing most of its roofing, has been completed, he said. Next year’s effort will include repairs to and re-roofing the Sanctuary steeple, which has been a Milford Oval landmark since 1834, Gondola said.

“These Capital repairs and improvements will help our congregation continue its outreach to our community. In addition to the congregation’s use of these facilities for worship, religious education and fellowship, First Congregational Church also serves as the location for seven Twelve Step meetings every week, plus meetings of three Girl Scout and one Boy Scout troop, the Milford Garden Club, Police Department Fishing Derby, Red Cross Bloodmobiles, Souhegan Valley Chorus, Youth Concerts, other concerts and dance recitals,” Gondola states. The Capital Fund Campaign will continue for three years. Additional gifts or pledges may be made at any time by contacting the church.

Submitted by Dr. Alex Gondola