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Judea Weekly eNews for August 4

Members and Friends,

Why don’t you break bread with us this Sunday at our 10 am service?  Summer Camp Sunday School will begin at the Parish House so parents should drop off the kids there before heading over to the Meeting House. We are still in need of host for refreshments on the Green following the service.  Please contact Karen by Friday if you can host this Sunday.   

The church staff has begun planning for the year ahead and are very excited about some special things that are in store for this fall.  But before we get ahead of ourselves and lest we not appreciate the fact we are still in the middle of a very beautiful summer, we'll limit the news to the great end of summer activities planned in the coming weeks!  First, at our 10 am Sunday services we will hold two special blessing rituals.

On August 28th, we will be Blessing the Backpacks.  Along with the school backpacks that the youth bring to church that day for the start of the new school year, we will also bless a load of supplies that will be packed into school kits to be distributed by Church World Services.  These kits will go to children around the world who have been displaced or otherwise in need of basic tools to use at school.  We will truly be extending our blessings to a greater global community in a very tangible way.

On September 4th, at our annual joint worship service at the pavilion in Washington Depot, we will be Blessing the Tools.  Because it has been so very popular the past couple of years, we will be doing it again.  Adults are encouraged to bring a portable item that they use regularly as a tool for their work.  These will be collectively blessed for the year ahead to coincide with the secular holiday of Labor Day, when workers are honored for their service throughout the year.  Come join us for this lovely outdoor service - rain or shine under the cover of the pavilion.  Parking is in the lot behind the Washington Primary School.

Following the August 28th service, the Gunn Museum and the First Congregational Church of Washington will co-host the Sister Susies Allied Market on the Green.  Read the announcement to the right for all the details to this fun historic event.  There will be games and other activities during the fair, including special activities in our church’s tent.  In addition to demonstrations in knitting and crocheting by our Comfort Shawl Project members, our Youth Group will be facilitating the packing of school kits for Church World Services.  Visitors will be invited to pack a kit and make a donation to cover the cost of processing by CWS.

At 1:30 that day, there will be an old fashioned “Tug of War” contest.  Teams from local organizations and businesses will come together for a little friendly competition.  If you wish to join our church team, please contact the church office.

If June and early July were way too busy for you and you missed reading our summer newsletter, the summer issue of the Judea Journal is also available on our website resources pages, giving you a heads up on all the upcoming activities, inspirational stuff, and even things to look forward to in September!  (Hint... don't forget the water!!)

Blessings on your week ahead,

Karen Esslinger

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