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Judea Journal October Supplement!

Judea Journal October Supplement!


     Breaking news!  Our first every-other-month Judea Journal Supplement is ready for you to download now.  Remember back in the spring when we were surveying readers for feedback on the Journal and talk about making the publication only every other month?  Well, the feedback was very helpful and as a result we were able to arrive at a compromise.  On the "off month", you will get a supplement with the unanimously popular pastor's article plus reminders on scheduling and any new news in the meantime.  Of course, we could not fit it ALL in so please do continue to read the weekly emails for all the extras that seem to keep coming.

     A very important announcement has been added to the list recently by Trish Grinnell, our Moderator.  It is online and here in the weekly but also in the October Supplement.  If you have not already heard, Pastor Cheryl has announced her retirement for March 1, 2018.  We are beginning the process to find a new settled pastor for this church and in the first announcement in the right side bar, Trish outlines the process and next steps.  It is a "must read" for all members.

     Pastor Cheryl is putting together a compelling service this week with the focus on Truth.  What is truth?  Is there a single truth about anything?  Where do you stand on that?  Come to church this Sunday at 10 am in the Meeting House and you can participate in an enlightening sermon sure to get you thinking.   The Chancel Choir will provide the special music and Teen Talk and Confirmation Class also meet this Sunday.

     Believe it or not, I am hearing a LOT about Advent and Christmas these days.  Most noteably, our worship planning team is working some special ways to celebrate this Advent that we are very excited about and the sale of Christmas wreaths and table arrangements to benefit Susan B Anthony Project starts next Sunday, October 15.  Last year, I purchased one of those table arrangements and it was so beautiful, I am getting another one plus another for a gift.  (The photo does not do them justice!)  You can get the details in the announcement on the right or contact MariLyn Roze with any questions or to place your order.

     Education and honest communication are powerful forces when there is a lot of misinformation and rhetoric aimed at stirring fear and hate circulating.  Have you seen the information we've been providing the past couple of weeks about the special program the last weekend of this month at the First Church of Farmingtong and Farmington Valley American Muslim Center?  It is called Spirit One:  How Christians and Muslims Flourish Together in These Times.  Even if you cannot make it, please pass on the information to a friend who may be interested.  This is a perfect opportunity to get educated and speak directly with some local American Muslims.

     There are also opportunities for hands-on charitable work and more in the announcements showing up in the sidebar and we will continue to pass on ways that all of us can live Jesus' teachings today.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in our church community this Sunday!

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Pastor Cheryl’s Retirement/ Pastoral Search Committee

Though we are in disbelief that we need to find a new Pastor, we certainly understand that Pastor Cheryl will not be around forever.  She and Scott have announced Cheryl’s retirement for March 1, 2019. 

The Council has been tasked to create a Search committee with the goal of calling a Settled Pastor to begin after Cheryl’s exit.   The Search committee is to be a collective representation of our congregation, formed from members in good standing. 

The general goal for a committee timeline would be:

  • Search committee created and approved at January 7th Quarterly meeting 2018.
  • Church Assessment and Appreciative Inquiry to begin and allow us to understand who we are as a church and what we are looking for in a Pastor.
  • The Church Profile to be written in Spring 2018.
  • Post the position in early Summer 2018.
  • Review candidate profiles, interview and collect candidates in Summer/Fall 2018.
  • Present top candidate to the congregation for a vote in late Fall 2018.
  • Hopefully call our new Pastor by January 2019 so the candidate can give notice.

This process will not be rushed and will take as long as needed, but we do request that Search Committee candidates be dedicated in time and efforts to continuing to move the process along at an appropriate rate.

Those interested in serving, please make yourself known to Trish Grinnell, Pastor Cheryl, or Wayne Hileman. 

Thank you, Trish Grinnell, Moderator

TeenTalk October 8

This group for high schoolers meets once a month at 11 am in the Parish House Youth Room to gather and Teen Talkdiscuss the ways in which they can not only get involved in the church, but also let their faith get involved in their lives outside of the church.  Pot luck lunch, too!

This group is open to new members in September and January.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Emelie Samuelson. EmelieBurl@gmail.com  or 203-405-6710.

Christmas Wreath Sale - Oct 15-29

The Wreath Sale is EARLY 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
Grave blankets @ $45

MariLyn Roze will be taking orders in the church hall on Oct 15, 22 and 29  or…
Contact Marilyn,  or Karen in the church office at 860-868-0569.

Ordering Deadline:  October 29   
Wreaths Available for Pick-Up:  Sunday, November 19

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.

Provide a care package to a family in US Virgin Islands

Adopt A Family, USVI pairs supporters with families in the US Virgin Islands who are struggling due to impacts from Hurricane Irma and Maria. It is a wonderful way to come together and remember the true meaning of giving back. 

Families in the USVI are facing difficult living situations such as having no power, no hospital, no running water. Although it will be quite some time until the community is up and running, one thing we can provide now is, HOPE! Through Adopt A Family, USVI you will have the opportunity to provide a care package for a family in need that has either individually registered, or asked for assistance through the Family Resource Center (http://frcusvi.org/)  on St. Thomas. Your support and generosity in providing care packages speaks volumes and will touch the lives of both adults and children.

To find out how you can help, go to:

http://www.adoptafamilyusvi.com/about-us/           Webpage where you can adopt a family

https://www.facebook.com/AdoptAFamilyUSVI/ Facebook page

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/news/    For local news coverage of the recent hurricanes and their impact

Or you can contact Sue Elliott, who has kept up with the latest news of local impact from her daughter, who is living and working on the island of St. Thomas.

Adopt-a-Family USVI is a grassroots organization started to help garner support for the people in the US Virgin Islands who have been impacted.  It is not an established/rated charity but is working with the Family Resource Center on St. Thomas for distribution of supplies.   The Family Resource Center on St. Thomas is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization addressing domestic violence.

If you prefer to give to a long-established foundation, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands is another way to give.   And, of course, prayers are always welcome and much needed!

Donations needed for Soldier Boxes 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 Sailor for Friday October 6, 2017

HM2 Michael J. McNeely
Attn: Any Sailor®
APO AE 09354

Added here: 27 September 2017
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 04 Apr 2018
Contact for approx number of Males: 5, Females: 1
Unit is from: California

27 Sep 2017:
Good afternoon, 
My unit is a small detachment that is training other militaries. We are in need of basic toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste, razors, body wash). During our training, some days we unable to get to the chow hall and have to rely on MRE's, snacks such as beef jerky or dried fruits are always a decent alternative to hold us over. 
My unit would be very grateful for this opportunity, especially since the holidays are coming up and some my counterparts do not receive many career packages form family and friends. This can hurt anyones morale over time. I do thank anyone who reads my request and on behalf of my unit, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

Best regards,


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

Spirit 1: Christians and Muslims Coming Together As One

Spirit 1 Coming together as One First Church has partnered with the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center on a new Farmington Valley Interfaith Initiative which we hope will include individuals and houses of worship from a range of faith traditions. We are hosting Spirit One: How Christians and Muslims Flourish Together in These Times,  to be held:

Friday evening, Oct. 27, at the Muslim Center and Saturday, Oct. 28, at First Church Farmington

Internationally known speakers from both faiths will key-note the gathering, with workshops on specific topics providing opportunity for conversation and learning among Christians and Muslims.  Invitations have gone out to Christian and Muslim communities in the greater Hartford area and beyond. See conference brochure for registration information.

Discussion Topics

  • Building Relationships in Your Community
  • Refugee Resettlement Today
  • Civil Rights Education
  • Women in Religious Leadership
  • Keeping Youth Involved

For full conference details and information on how to register, CLICK HERE.

NEW! Group Meditations Fridays and Saturdays

Beginning Friday, September 8, join Pastor Cheryl for group meditation in the Parish House parlor.  Every week, you can come on Fridays at 5:00 pm and/or on Saturday mornings at 9:00 and will run until sometime in December.

She will be meditating and welcome anyone who would like to help deepen the experience.  Sitting with a group is easier and deeper than sitting alone.  We will check in about our practice and sit for 20-30 minutes each time.  If anyone new to meditation wants to join, she will teach. 

If you would like to be on an email list for either of those times so that you will be notified if the session is changed or cancelled, you can contact Pastor Cheryl by email.

Joyful Birth - Natural Birthing Class at Valley Spirit

Even if you are not pregant or considering it, you may know someone who is.  This natural birthing class is taught by Donna Cassidy, MDiv, RN. 

She covers natural birth, breathing techniques, nutrition and exercise, health of mother and baby, and bonding with the baby. 

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct 14 and Sunday, Oct 15, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
WHERE:  Valley Spirit Wellness Center

Download flyer.  Or call 860-619-2788 for more information.

Updated Annual Reports Available

2016-17 Annual reports, updated with the final report on financial data from the Treasurer is now available.  Print copies are on the back table in the Meeting House and digital copy can be obtained by emailing the church office.

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