Installation of New Heating System...and How You Can Help!

We have great news!  After countless hours of research and consideration, the Board of Trustees has approved a $386,075 contract with CT HVAC, Inc. to replace our heating system. After adding 20% for unexpected occurrences and cosmetic repairs once the job is completed, the total estimated cost for the project is $463,290.

The new heating system is currently being installed.  Demolition of the old system began the week of August 6, and the entire project is anticipated to take about 12 weeks, being completed in November.   The old steam pipes have been removed from the sanctuary.

We will be installing a high efficiency system.  There will be a hydronic system for the Sanctuary, running on dual gas boilers.  

There will be a separate heat pump system for Congregational Hall and the Annex, which will be electric.  The heat pump system has the advantage of offering air conditioning.  The majority of the distribution system will be replaced.  

Be aware as you are moving about the church that there will be construction during the next 12 weeks, so be careful.  Thank you!

And here is how you can help now!

One of the funding sources we will be using to pay for the project is the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA). Under this program, corporations making donations to the First Congregational Church for our heating system are entitled to a dollar for dollar tax credit. Last year we received $39,740 towards the heating system under this program. Depending on state budget conditions, we are eligible to receive an additional $150,000 in 2017.

Please help us find businesses willing to participate. We ask that you reach out to your employers, local companies, and any other business contacts you have to see if they are eligible to participate in the program.

A copy of Form NAA-02, which summarizes the eligibility requirements, is attached below. If a business meets the requirements and is willing to make a donation, please ask them to complete the form, and submit it to the Department of Revenue Services on or after September 15, 2017, but no later than October 1, 2017.

Please have the business review the program requirements to be sure they qualify to participate; we cannot make that determination for them. If you know of a business that will be submitting an application to DRS, please give the business name and the dollar amount they have applied for to the church office.

If you have any questions on the program please contact Frank Stellato (, Tim Keogh (, or Kathy Filkins (, or leave a message with the office (203-265-1691), and one of them will return your call.

What does this mean for you as a participant in our congregation? We can ask businesses for donations that in the end will cost them nothing, and will provide us with up to $189,740 toward our new heating system.

In light of the overall expense of the project, we hope you will enthusiastically help us to realize the benefit of this amazing opportunity, and minimize the out of pocket costs of our energy efficient heating/cooling system.

Additional information on the NAA program can be found at

Thank you in advance for taking the time to help us raise funds for this crucial project.

The Board of Trustees.

This 1925 penny was found in the sanctuary as they were removing the old steam pipes. The first penny towards funding this project?

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