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Judea Weekly eNews for June 14 - Let's Gather by the River!

Judea Weekly eNews for June 14 - Let's Gather by the River!

Hello Friends,

     Please accept our apologies for all the emails this week!  Because of the very different and very important extra announcements that needed to be made, we felt that was the best route.  I promise...  one more tomorrow and you won't be getting bunches again for at least a little while.

     This coming Sunday is our annual (maybe last in this location and certainly Pastor Cheryl's last River Service before her departure on February 24th, 2019) service near the banks of the beautiful Shepaug River.  Check out the details in the first announcement on the right.  No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here - and we'd be delighted to have you join us!  For the Sunday School set, Carrie Loyd has arranged for a special activity, on the topic of blessings, they can do while sitting with their parents or on blankets on the ground.  Don't forget the sunscreen, though there will more than likely be shade for those who prefer it.  Chairs will be provided but if you have something more comfortable you prefer to tote along, go right ahead.  Then plan to stay for some scrumptious strawberry shortcake, provided by our board of Deacons.

     With all of the announcements on the right and the additional emails coming through, I am going to keep this short.  We look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Thank you for your continued generosity!

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


Annual River Service and Strawberry Shortcake - Sunday, June 17

Hi all!  The strawberries are beginning to ripen… let’s hope it gets a little warmer so they are ready for next Sunday!  The River service is 10 AM on June 17, followed by a strawberry shortcake social hosted by our Deacons.

Many/most probably know the usual location but for those who have never been, will be at:

60 River Road, Washington Depot (balloons at the driveway entrance)

Parking will be obvious.  The service will be held down in the field near the Shepaug River.  Those for whom mobility is a challenge will be chauffeured down and back up afterward in a golf cart.

Teens will meet at the parking lot on Titus Road at 8:30 am.  Contact Emelie Samuelson if you plan to participate.

Enjoy great fellowship and strawberry shortcake provided by our deacons after the service on Susan and Conrad's deck!

Plan to come on down to the river to pray - and celebrate with us.

In case of rain, the service will be held in the Meeting House.

We need your feedback - Appreciative Inquiry Sessions

John Lintner and Pastor Cheryl will be leading a process to update the church purpose statement and covenant in our bylaws; which will give potential ministerial candidates a more accurate picture of this congregation.

There will be four opportunities for you to participate in an “Appreciative Inquiry” process that will give us the raw materials to write a covenant that truly expresses the ethos and values of this congregation. We hope that you will be able to participate.  The remaining sessions are:

  • Saturday, June 23 – 10 am-noon;
  • Sunday, June 24, 11:30-1:30 pm.

All meetings will be held in the Parish House.  Sign up by emailing or calling the church office, or on the sign-up sheet at church on Sunday.

If none of the dates were possible for you but you would like to be interviewed, please contact Pastor Cheryl by email or phone: 860-868-0569, ext 11.

Special Summertime Food Bank Request

Summer time is quickly approaching and school will be soon letting out for the summer. That is good news for all students and most all of the parents, but for some of the parents an added challenge of making sure that their children have access to a good lunch.

The New Milford Mayor’s Office, the New Milford Board of Education and New Milford Public Schools, United Way of Greater New Milford, Loaves and Fishes, New Milford Social Services, New Milford Youth Agency, New Milford Hospital, the Community Culinary School, the New Milford Clergy Association, and MVP-SOS are THRILLED to introduce the New Milford Summer Lunch Bunch Program.

The NM Summer Lunch Bunch Program will provide youth in need daily week-day lunches during the summer months.


We would like to help our neighbors in need and are asking that starting this Sunday at the River Service and the next several weeks, that you bring in donations of breakfast and lunch foods to help support this needed mission. Last year’s suggestions included milk boxes small packs of cereal, granola bars, peanut butter, jams and jellies, tuna, canned chicken, mayo, pickles (think sandwich stuff!) also any small packs of snacks: individual applesauce, individual packs of fruit (in water not syrup) .

In Memory of...

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

Meeting House Flower Pots

Have you noticed the flowers on the Meeting House apron (porch)?

They are a gift in memory of deceased members of our New Beginnings family Arthur Kass, Dana Gibson, David Cregeau, Dick Mason, Ed Thompson, Eddie Munson, Estelle Bronson, Jean Potter, Joyce Browne and Kevin Hawks.

Coffee Hour Host needed for July and August

We are in need of a host or co-hosts for Sundays in July and August

We ask that all hosts follow guidelines for our new "Keep it Simple (Green)" Coffee Hour.

Our Deacons have out their heads together and come up with a simplified format so it will be easier for more people to volunteer host.

A few simple items:

  • Dip and chips (salsa or hummus, etc. and any kind of chip)
  • Fruit or veggies
  • Finger desserts
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Half and Half (for coffee/tea)

Instructions for making the coffee are on the back of the cabinet door where the coffee and tea are stored. 20 cups is usually enough.

And to keep it green:

Please use the ceramic mugs (top shelf) in the coffee cabinet so we can eliminate the need for the disposable hot cups — Please use the spoons and plates in the drawers and cabinets near the counter. Use the small dishwasher to clean them but don’t run it unless it is full.

Put the Britta water pitcher on the coffee/tea table with a few (glass) water glasses.

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.

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 June 15, 2018

Attn: Any Soldier®
PRG 6-3
APO AE 09354

Added here: 07 June 2018
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 15 Jul 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 800, Females: 10
Unit is from: North Carolina

07 Jun 2018:
I am a Chaplain Assistant working with JTF-A (Rangers). I work for CH (MAJ) Brad Bruce. I am writing on both of our behalf of our UMT. Together we comprise the Unit Ministry Team at the camp.

We support over 1,000 US and Coalition servicemembers as well as DoD civilians and contractors at this command post. We currently are not receiving any care packages at the Commons Chapel, of which I am currently assigned. We are capable of receiving up to 40 boxes at one time, and as little as one at a time. Each care package that gets sent to the chapel gets opened and organized into our freebie bin. Our shelving is 6 foot tall, 9 feet long, with 3 levels of "troughs." There are wooden dividers that we use to organize snacks, toiletries, and undergarments:
females-only section,
mouth hygiene
shelf stable foods/ raviolis/ tuna
small candles
protein snacks/ jerky/granola/seeds
magazines/ xw puzzles, greeting cards
instant coffee

Some items that are chapel needs is a hand vac for our coffee bar ministry as well as to get ground off the floor and near the whole bean grinder. Our chapel also does not have a vacuum cleaner or any rugs. Soldiers first- whatever snacks that you would like to send would be a priority. Thanks for all you do in the name of ministry.


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

Green Fair News!

Green Fair donations have started to roll in!  Why don't you pitch in and donate some goodies?  And while you're at it, have you signed up to help on, before, or after the Green Fair day?  Why wait?  You can do it now by contacting Michael Gorra by email.

Click here for information on what and how you can donate:  http://washingtongreenfair.tumblr.com/donate.

Or click on the image below for a larger, more readable version of this year's announcement.

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