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Judea eNews for Sept 27 - A Season of Creation

Judea eNews for Sept 27 - A Season of Creation


    Susan and Conrad arrived safely to their new home last Saturday and I thought you might like to see where they will calSusan and Conrads new homel home for the next year or so while they seek a permanent residence for all 5 of them (don't forget the 3 dogs!!).

    Last week, we began our "Season of Creation: Living Water," celebrating the lifegiving waters of lakes, rivers and streams and our role as stewards.  We provided you with some tips on how you can be a better steward through thoughtful choices of how you dispose of potential contaminants and also ways in which you can support nature's own systems to replenish and renew the soils.  This week, we move on to Oceans.  Pastor Cheryl is planning a lovely service with an inspiring sermon to prompt us to think more deeply about the gifts we have been given.  And, of course, the Green Team will share with you some more helpful tips on how you can protect and play a part in restoring the oceans and the life within them.  Come join us!

     Also... VERY IMPORTANT...  There will be a quarterly congregational meeting immediately following the service.  Please see the announcement on the right with the agenda topics for that meeting.  There is at least one vote planned and we need a quorum to conduct business.  We ask that all members - from the newly confirmed and adults who joined this past spring to those who have been longer time members - come and participate.  All members should have received an email with the minutes from the Annual Meeting for review in preparation for the vote on Sunday.  We will have a few copies on hand that day but ask that you please read and make your notes ahead of time to save paper and time.

      The October supplement to the Judea Journal will be distributed next week.  However, in advance, we have a few new announcements here for you.  Check through the right sidebar!

Hope to see you on Sunday!

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.

Quarterly Congregational Meeting, Sep 30, 11 AM

The meeting will be held in the church hall immediately following worship.

  • Approval of minutes from the Annual Meeting
  • Pastoral Search Committee Report
  • Presentation of Safe Church Policy
  • Discussion of possible change to Covenant, work by Pastor Cheryl and John Lintner
  • Ministry/ Committee Reports
  • Green Fair Report
  • Old Business/ New Business

See you there!  
 Trish Grinnell, Moderator

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)
GWCJL Sukkot Celebration on Sept 30

 (rain or shine!)

The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life invites members of all faiths to attend a festive Sukkot holiday celebration, commemorating the harvest and refuge of shelter (Sukkah) for all peoples escaping persecution.

WHERE: Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, in the center of Washington Depot

WHEN: Sunday, September 30th

10:00 AM BUILD Sukkah

11:00 AM DECORATE Sukkah (with gourds, Indian corn, flowers, fruits, vegetables and other colorful decorations)

12:00 PM A joyous Sukkot SERVICE

12:30 PM A Harvest Pot Luck LUNCHEON with harvest foods…salads, grain dishes, beans, fruit, breads, desserts!

Please bring your contribution on a platter, ready to be served at room temperature.

RESERVATIONS APPRECIATED (at your earliest convenience): admin@jewishlifect.org

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.

Coffee Hour Host Needed - October 7

We are in need of a host or co-hosts for coffee hour on October 7.

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.

Age Well In CT Forum - Sept 21 in Danbury

Friday, September 28, 2018, 8 am - 11:30 am
Ethan Allen Hotel, Danbury

Western CT Health Network is hosting a community-wide summit to identify and discuss best practices for streamlining long-term services and supports and to promote healthy aging and strong connections in Greater Danbury.

Click here for full public invitation to see all the details.  Space is limited, so plan to respond to them if you would like to attend.


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 September 28, 2018

SGT JC Merrick
Attn: Any Soldier®
APO AE 09320

Added here: 03 September 2018
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 28 Mar 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 15, Females: 15
Unit is from: New York

03 Sep 2018:
We need items for morale like gaming systems. Hygiene products. Board games

***Please note that the boxes we currently send are only 12x12x6 so any items must be small***


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:

Garden Products - Washington Supply Company

Shoes and Footware - Washington Town Hall

Art Supplies - After School Arts Program

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