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Judea eNews for Oct 4 - A Season of Creation - Storms!

Judea eNews for Oct 4 - A Season of Creation - Storms!

Good afternoon, Friends,

    "A Season of Creation: Living Water," brings us storms this week: how we can harness the power and what storms can teach us.  Pastor Cheryl will be sharing her wisdom and the wisdom of our Christian tradition in the context of current life.  There is also another bulletin insert for Sunday, filled with useful tips, both practical and spiritual.  Come for the experience of fellowship and inspiration; come break bread with us this Sunday morning at 10 am!

  The October supplement to the Judea Journal is now available for your download.  It contains Pastor Cheryl's monthly letter to the congregation, the current month schedules, our college student contact info, and a few more goodies.  This is the "lite" version, though, so read the weekly email announcements in addition to the supplement for the full scoop!

News flash!  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 are a number of new announcements on the right, so today is a good day to look a little more closely.  Coming up next Tuesday is a Scarecrow-making workshop of people of all ages, hosted by Carrie and Millie.  The theme is angels - come and have some fun building the FCC entry in the Washington Harvest Festival's scarecrow competition!  There is also a new class starting up this month on Mindfulness and we are accepting registrations now.  Plus... a few missions-minded announcements about coat collection, Christmas wreaths! and food bank needs. There is sure to be an opportunity here that works for you!

And one announcement that did NOT make it into the sidebar, the bulletin or the Journal supplement yet...  for those with girls in 4th and 5th grades, the Girl Scout troop will be starting up again on October 22 in the Parish House and they are welcoming any new girls in those 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.

We hope to see you soon!

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


Super Saturday - Oct 20 (registration deadline 10/6)

Super Saturday is a bi-annual event of the CT, RI and MA UCC Conferences that is filled with great workshops to benefit our church in a variety of areas such as Christian Education, Governance and Missions.  This fall, it will be held in Framingham, MA.   If you are interested in being a delegate for our church, click here.

Join us to make a Scarecrow on Tuesday, Oct 9th!

Come join Millie, Carrie and the Sunday Schoolers to make an angel scarecrow to represent our church at the Washington Fall Festival! We will be gathering at 5pm on Tuesday, October 9th in the Parish House. Supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring any angelic accessories you'd like to contribute. All ages welcome. See you there!

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.

In Memory of...

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

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.

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)
THE GOSPEL OF MARK--A Live Presentation - Oct 14, 2 pm

THE GOSPEL OF MARK--A Live Presentation

The complete Gospel of Mark will be presented by Rev. Shannon Rye Wall on Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm.  All are invited to experience the three-year ministry of Jesus, told only in the words of scripture, and told with all the words of scripture.  Expect “Aha!” moments, surprising stories, and new insight.

The Gospel According to Mark is widely believed to be the earliest one written, and most scholars think that Matthew and Luke’s Gospels used Mark as a source.  Fast-moving, vivid in its details, and at times even funny, Mark shows Jesus at his most human. It focuses on his relationship with his disciples and his obedience to God.

For decades after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the stories of his life and teaching were handed down orally--by the spoken word.  Before many in the population could read, they heard the “good news.”  This performance, presented from memory, is a chance to hear the scriptures as they were first proclaimed.

People of all faith traditions (and no faith background) are welcome.  The presentation is recommended for adults and children age 10 and older at their parents’ discretion.  A Q&A session will follow.

Rev. Shannon Wall began serving as Acting Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church of New Milford (United Church of Christ) in September, 2018.  She previously served at the South Britain Congregational Church in Southbury and the First Congregational Church of Darien.  She is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, where she won awards for scripture reading and preaching.  She also earned an MFA in Acting from New York University.

This debut presentation will be held at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 1070 Roxbury Road in Southbury, CT.  The suggested donation is $20; reservations are highly recommended.  To reserve seats, go to www.revshannonryewall.com or call 845-505-3003.

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.

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 5, 2018

CW3 Shannon L. Gordon
Attn: Any Soldier®
APO AE 09354

Added here: 20 September 2018
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 30 May 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 103, Females: 32
Unit is from: Florida

20 Sep 2018:
Good Evening, I would like to start by saying we thank each and everyone of you who sends support. This is a Company, we are in a pretty remote area. We do have building that we sleep in. We do not receive laundry service we must do this on our own. There are 2 refrigerator/freezers and 2 microwaves that we share. We run on 110 voltage. There are a few soldiers that have hot plates that they cook on during the time the DFAC is not open. And there are several times we miss Chow time do to missions so they come in handy. Food is always great non perishables we love jerky, cookies, chips hard candies ext. as snack. Hygiene items, under garments, shaker bottles, stress balls, board games are all great. We do have a TV room that we are able to watch movies or play games in. Although it becomes very crowded at times we make due with what we have.


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 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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