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Judea eNews for Oct 11 - A Season of Creation - Clean Water

Judea eNews for Oct 11 - A Season of Creation - Clean Water

Good afternoon, Friends,

    "A Season of Creation: Living Water," is directed this week towards clean water, aka potable water.  Pastor Cheryl will be using Bible references to living water and wells or cisterns and talk about how our physical needs for clean water are apt metaphors for our needs for the spiritual "living water."  Wells and cisterns were the communal water sources "back in the day", whereas our current water for drinking and other sanitary uses is usually directed by pipes and similar means from aquafers and reservoirs of different kinds.  (Yes, not to burst your bubble but that water bottled in plastic that you may purchase has a greater chance of being filtered municipal water than it does "spring" water. One of many reasons NOT to buy bottled water and just turn on the tap or or add a filter to it.)  We will also be providing another handout filled with useful tips, for being a good steward of the earth with water conservation.  Come and join us as we explore these aspects of our spiritual and practical lives this Sunday morning at 10 am!

So it isn't news anymore since I announced it last week but I figured I'd give one more try at finding our missing wine glasses...  We recently discovered that 1 case (36 stemmed wine glasses) are missing from our kitchen storage.  We are guessing that either someone borrowed them or relocated them "someplace safe."  Please contact the church office by email, or call 860-868-0569, if you have them or know where they are since we will need to have them ready for the Harvest Dinner coming up soon!

There is a new class starting up this month on Mindfulness and we are accepting registrations now.  Plus... Bible Study has moved to Monday mornings at 10:30, at least for a while.  New people are welcome to join the group.  Just contact Pastor Cheryl if you are interested.  And the Girl Scouts have openings for 4th and 5th graders.  See the message in the side bar for more information.  Don't miss the missions-minded announcements about Loaves & Fishes safe food training, coat collection, Christmas wreaths! and food bank needs.

The Judea Journal Supplement for October can be accessed by clicking here.

We hope to see you on Sunday or in one of our many activities soon!

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


In Memory of...

Click here for this week's memorial intentions for flowers and steeple lighting.

Mindfulness Meditation

A 6-session mindfulness class will begin on Monday evening, October 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Parish House parlor.  We will focus on the central practice of sitting meditation along with mindful eating, mindful walking, and mindfulness of emotions and thoughts.

Mindfulness meditation helps people deal with the stress of work or family, or simply the anxiety of living in these troubled times.  Some people come to mindfulness practice to help with mental clarity and focus or to improve their sleep.  It has been shown to be effective in preventing and treating depression, increasing body satisfaction, and reducing implicit age and race bias. 

The facilitator will be Pastor Cheryl Anderson, who has been practicing a variety of types of meditation since 1972 and has taught meditation and Christian contemplative practices for over 20 years, and trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington DC in leading contemplative practice groups and retreats.

If you are interested in participating in the class or have questions about mindfulness practice, please call the church office at 860-868-0569.

Loaves and Fishes Volunteer Training - Nov 5, 8, OR 10

Updated Food Safety Classes

We currently have a couple people trained in food safety for the Loaves & Fishes kitchen.  We are in need of several more trained volunteers for serving meals.  If you have not been trained before and wish to be trained, please let us know which of these dates are good for you so we can register everyone interested.

Class options:

Monday, Nov 5th @ 6 PM

Thursday, Nov 8th @ 6 PM

& Saturday, Nov 10th @ 10:30 AM

Classes run approximately 90 minutes.

Please respond to Dick Connor if you would like to be registered.  Specify which class you can attend.

7th Annual Coat Drive NOW!

It is October and the weather has started to turn cooler. Now is the time to look through your closets and donate those GENTLY USED, CLEAN COATS. While the shelters we primarily donate to take men’s clothing/coats, we welcome women and children’s coats, too, and will find a good home with those who really need them. Please place the coats in the men’s clothing box in the coat room.

Christmas Wreath Sale - Order by Nov 5

The Wreath Sale is EARLY again this year!

Susan B. Anthony Project offers handmade wreaths for sale.  Holiday Wreath Sale proceeds are used to provide shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Litchfield County.  Help us to increase our sales this year and ask one friend to purchase a wreath, table arrangement or grave blanket, too!

Wreaths handmade in Maine:
  20" wreaths @ $20  
  28" wreaths @ $35
  38" wreaths @ $50
Table arrangements @ $25 and $30
Grave blankets @ $50

MariLyn Roze will be taking orders in the church hall on Sundays in October  or… Contact Marilyn by email.

Ordering Deadline:  November 5  
Wreaths Available for Pick-Up:  Saturday, November 17

Thank you for your continuing support of Susan B Anthony’s mission to provide safety, healing and growth to victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse.

Food Bank - Please Contribute this Week

Eating does not have a season. Won’t you please pick up a few extra items for the cart so that those who need it can have some nutritious food or personal care items they might not be able to buy this month.  Remember, the money starts running thin towards the end of the month – before it finally runs out in that last week, or before.  Donations are especially needed NOW.  A list of items is available in the cart or online.

Our donations are currently being directed to the New Milford Food Bank.
Jean's most recent check-in with the Food Bank director indicates that CANNED SOUPS
are still currently the item in need.

Bring your donations to church on Sunday or they may be placed in the Parish House shopping cart any time the building is open (Monday through Friday, 9-5 pm, and Sunday mornings)
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 October 12, 2018

Scott Allen
Attn: Any Soldier®
Tf panther b co. 5-101
APO AE 09355

Added here: 05 October 2018
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 01 Mar 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 20, Females: 3
Unit is from: Kentucky

05 Oct 2018:
Weather is dusty and starting to get cold. Fireproof cold weather gear. Music tends to raise moral throughout the troops, speakers and headphones are used often. Hair combs and brushes are scarce.


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

Girl Scouts at the Parish House starting Oct 22

The Girl Scout troop will be starting up again on October 22 in the Parish House and they are welcoming any new girls in 4th and 5th grades to join.  The WPS school bus drops off at the church and the leaders will meet the kids at the bus.  Pick up here is at 5 pm.  If you know a girl who might be interested, please contact the church office and I can put you in touch with the troop leader.

Coffee Hour Host Needed - Nov and Dec

We are in need of a host or co-hosts for coffee hour on November 18, 25 and all Sundays in December.

Our deacons are encouraging a simple approach to coffee hour.  Ask one of our deacons, or Karen in the office, for a copy of these simple guidelines for your reference.

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.


NEW at First Congregational Church!

This special program for recycling of items not included in the single-stream municipal recycling programs is SPONSORED BY the Washington Environmental Council.  It is MADE POSSIBLE BY a generous grant from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund at the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation


  • Used Toothpaste Tubes & Caps (leave screwed on)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Oral Care Packaging (toothpaste boxes)
  • Floss Containers


The box is located in the Parish House coat room.

Other recycling boxes around town:

Brita Water Filter Materials - FCC

Garden Products - Washington Supply Company

Shoes and Footware - Washington Town Hall

Art Supplies - After School Arts Program

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