Men’s Network

My brothers, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.   Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. -James 1:1-4

The  Men’s Network  was founded by Mr. Rawle A. Yearwood on March 31, 1957. Dixwell men continue to recognize and extend their gratitude and humility to this leader. In May,2012, the men provided the following citation: Thank you, Mr. Yearwood, for your visionary and spiritual leadership setting the standard that has helped us to steer the course of friendship, fellowship and brotherhood for the last 55 years.  May God’s blessings continue to be with your memory, as yours has been with us!

In 2020, The Men’s Network will celebrate 63 years of service to the Church.  Its purposes remain the same to gather and galvanize men in support of specific and ongoing projects of Dixwell Avenue Congregational UCC.  Overall its purposes are to gather men to dwell together in unity and to ensure that the legacy is one of continuation through intergenerational work.  As cited in Psalm 133: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.

The Men’s Network annually presents their Men’s Day Program featuring a prayer breakfast, a speaker and the Men’s Choir. The Men’s Network initiated the Men of Vision and Valor Award to honor the longevity and service of these members and which is presented at this annual program. Projects over the years have included renovation of church spaces as well as a Men’s Closet to provide clothing to those in need- assisting men in augmenting professional clothing for employment and in assisting men re-entering  society after incarceration.
The Men’s Network works with the entire congregation understanding in our world that a Church is effective when men, women and youth work together.