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Judea eNews for May 24 - Blessed to Me

Judea eNews for May 24 - Blessed to Me

Dear Friends,

     In worship this Sunday, we begin a new series called "Blessed to Me".  It celebrates the blessings and presence of God in everyday life.  We'd love to have you join us at 10 am this or any Sunday!  The children have already begun their to count their blessings last week as they thought about good things they are looking forward to.  Imagine how excited you would be to greet each day knowing there was some blessings about to be bestowed on you! 

     And as we all mark the day of memorial on Monday for all those who have died serving to keep our country and  people safe, the church office and building will be closed.  Any regularly scheduled activities for that day are also not scheduled.  The building and office will open again on the usual schedule, 9 am Tuesday.

     As you probably know by now, our next Loaves & Fishes meal to serve will be NEXT Thursday.  Folks have signed up for most of the items but we are still in need of BREAD and FRUIT.  Won't you consider helping by supplying some of that? Click Here for the interactive signup sheet.

     The All-Church Prom hosted by our Youth Group is coming back again this year due to the outrageus success of the event last year!  If you have not yet purchased your ticket(s), Emelie and Mike Burl have your tickets all ready and waiting for you to purchase during coffee hour.  Or if you won't be here on Sunday, contact Emelie by email to make other arrangements for buying yours.  The next day, Sunday, June 10, will be our annual Youth Sunday and Confirmation organized and presented by the young people in our church (Pastor Cheryl still presiding!).  Mark your calendars for that as well.

     There are a few other important announcements in the list on the right, so please do make a point of reading through.  Of special importance are the welcoming of new members and our Annual Meeting on June 3 so be sure to check out at least those. 

     Blessed be your day and week ahead!

Karen Esslinger
First Congregational Church | admin@firstchurchwashingtonct.org | www.FirstChurchWashingtonCT.org | Calendar

Announcements

Car Thefts in Washington - Lock your car

We were asked by local police to remind everyone to lock your cars and remove the keys!

There have been 4 car thefts in Washington since May 13.  In each case, the car was in the owners' driveway, unlocked and with keys in the vehicle. 

We still need bread and fruit for Loaves and Fishes Next Thurs, May 31

Our next Loaves & Fishes service date is Thursday, May 31. 

Thanks to all who already signed up to help supply food or serve.  We are still in need of bread and fruit.  Click here for the online form if you can supply any of those.  Or email Dick or the church office and we'll get you on the list.  OR... you can always just sign up on the sheet hanging on the bulletin board in the church hall.

Any questions?  Please contact Dick Connor or the church office by phone at (860) 868-0569 or by email.

Coffee Hour Host needed for June 3 and 10

We are in need of a host or co-hosts for June 3 (New Members and Annual Meeting) and June 10 (Youth Sunday).

We ask that all hosts follow guidelines for our new "Keep it Simple (Green)" Coffee Hour.

Our Deacons have out their heads together and come up with a simplified format so it will be easier for more people to volunteer host.

A few simple items:

  • Dip and chips (salsa or hummus, etc. and any kind of chip)
  • Fruit or veggies
  • Finger desserts
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Half and Half (for coffee/tea)

Instructions for making the coffee are on the back of the cabinet door where the coffee and tea are stored. 20 cups is usually enough.

And to keep it green:

Please use the ceramic mugs (top shelf) in the coffee cabinet so we can eliminate the need for the disposable hot cups — Please use the spoons and plates in the drawers and cabinets near the counter. Use the small dishwasher to clean them but don’t run it unless it is full.

Put the Britta water pitcher on the coffee/tea table with a few (glass) water glasses.

Please sign up on the list in the church hall on the bulletin board, or by emailing the church office. If you’ve never done it, but want to, ask a Deacon of the Month for some help.

10th Annual Memorial Run/Walk for ALS-May 26

Saturday, May 26th at 4 PM at The Gunnery

3 mile course run / walk
$10 to register
t-shirt and dinner included (dinner for spectators, too!)
Proceeds support The Angel Fund

https://theangelfund.org/gunnery-run-signup/

Soldier Boxes - Donations needed by FRIDAY

"The Town Hall Gang" sends two boxes to military personnel stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan every week.  One box is for personal care items and the other is for food items.  They send to a variety of troops - some with connection to people in Washington and others are total strangers.

Note: Remember that we cannot send aerosol cans so shaving cream must be in tubes.

Our Soldier for Friday May 25, 2018

Dave Bro
Attn: Any Soldier®
TAAC-S SNAP Team
APO AE 09355

Soldier's Title: SNAP Operator
Added here: 14 May 2018
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 22 Nov 2018
Contact for approx number of Males: 4, Females: 1
Unit is from: Colorado

14 May 2018:
Hi, I'm Dave, and I work with a small signal unit overseas. Our living conditions are good, we do live in buildings except when we are on mission, which is often. We do have 110 volt electricity and laundry services. We have no cooking capabilities, no microwave or freezers, but we do have a fridge shared by the company.
I have 12 people in total that I would like to support.

We have soldiers here who are on 12 hour shifts, others who are constantly outside the wire, and we're not always together as a team, so these soldiers often have no way of getting to the PX to get food or toiletries, and other members of the team are often not able to help out.

We have a few females in the unit and I imagine they would like to receive feminine hygiene products for the field. Wet wipes would be appreciated by everyone, as we don't have toilet paper outside the wire. Cheap razors would also be greatly appreciated.

We would appreciate any snack foods such as jerky, nuts, fruit snacks, candies or anything that can be eaten over the course of a day or two. Toiletries or anything of that nature, especially things we can take on our missions outside the wire.

Thank you for considering us and helping us out while we're out here.

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The team normally packs for shipment on Friday evenings upstairs in Town Hall. 

Items can be dropped off weekdays at the Town Hall in Bryant Plaza. Please place items in the upstairs room next to kitchen. 

Click here for lists of items:   General items collected every week - On-going

Contact Denise Arturi if you have any questions about the program or items in

found on a weblist of troops requesting supplies. Also, for shipping purposes, any canned food should be small.

For more information, contact Denise Arturi:  860-868-2880

New Members Welcomed– June 3

On Sunday, June 3, we will be welcoming new members into our church family. If you are interested in joining and have not already told us, please let Pastor Cheryl know, or contact the church office prior to that date.

Pastor Cheryl – email, or 860-868-0569 ex 11

Office – email, or 860-868-0569 ex 10

Call to ANNUAL Meeting - Sunday, June 3

The meeting will be held Refreshments will be available.
Agenda:

  • Approval of minutes from the March 25th Quarterly Meeting
  • Treasurer's Report: Review & vote on annual budget.
  • Review & vote on changes to By-Laws as listed below (changes in italics)
  • Pastoral search committee report
  • Ministry Reports
  • Vote on 2018 Nominating Committee Proposal
  • Green Fair
  • New Business

See you there!  
Trish Grinnell, Moderator

By-Laws Proposed Changes:

ARTICLE VI:  GOVERNANCE AND OVERSIGHT

SECTION 6:  TREASURER

C. The Treasurer shall be financially compensated in an amount agreeable to the Treasurer and Council. In the event of a hired Bookkeeper, the Treasurer shall oversee the Bookkeeper, and shall be a volunteer position. The Bookkeeper shall be financially compensated and considered a staff member of the Church.

ARTICLE VII: ADVISORY BOARDS, TEAMS, AND COMMITTEES

SECTION 2: FINANCE COMMITTEE

A. The Finance Committee shall be composed of the Treasurer of the Church, the Bookkeeper if applicable, and three members elected annually by the Church.

2nd Annual All-Church Prom! Sat, June 9

Yes, Church Prom is on June 9th and the theme is Western!!

Grab your cowboy boots, your Stetson hat, and blue jeans, and get ready to ho-down!

Tickets are $10 and will be available during coffee hour. And don't forget to vote for your favorite Prom Royalty couple! Nominations are open!

More details to come.

You don't want to miss this event of the year hosted by our Youth Group! 
Check out some memorable moments from last year:

    

Green Fair News!

Green Fair donations have started to roll in!  Why don't you pitch in and donate some goodies?  And while you're at it, have you signed up to help on, before, or after the Green Fair day?  Why wait?  You can do it now by contacting Michael Gorra by email.

Click here for information on what and how you can donate:  http://washingtongreenfair.tumblr.com/donate.

Or click on the image below for a larger, more readable version of this year's announcement.

Judea Garden Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome to the 2018 gardening season!

Volunteers are the backbone of Judea Garden. Without them, the Garden would not be able to provide fresh produce to those in need.

There are so many ways to help, whether in the Garden itself, helping with distribution or doing supportive work that keeps the Judea Garden project going. There’s a place for every volunteer to use their skills or develop new ones.

Our church sponsors the broccoli crop and is coordinated by Judie Gorra.  If you wish to give her a hand in any way and any amount of time, please contact her today!

Go to http://www.steeprockassoc.org/judea-garden/judea-garden-volunteers/ for a list of opportunities.  Or you may contact Judie Gorra (860.868.7852), by email. or Denise Arturi (Denise.Arturi@steeprockassoc.org).

     
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