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Judea Weekly eNews for Nov 15 - Good News for All

Judea Weekly eNews for Nov 15 - Good News for All

Dear Friends,

Hearing the news from California and the devasting wildfires prompts me to ask of all of you to lend a prayer of support for those who have lost their homes and, in many cases, friends and loved ones to the raging fires.  I don't know about you but when I hear of these things, my thoughts wander to gratitude for self, family and friends being safe and well.  And beyond that to questions like what would I do if faced with such a crisis myself?  For me, my faith is essential and at times like that... even more so.  And it made me think about our church...

This Sunday, at 10 am in the Meeting House, we will conclude our series on the gospel of Luke with a service of thanksgiving.  I'm not sure where Pastor Cheryl will take us with the parable of the rich fool, but my gratitude today is for this church and for all the people in it.  I am grateful for gathering on Sundays for fellowship and to share mutual support and build relationships - with each other and in doing so, with God.  This serves me every day - in times of relative ease and more challenging times, too.  I prefer not wait till crisis to nurture my spiritual life.  What about you?  Won't you meet us in the sanctuary?  Debbie Swigart, Jim and I will be hosting coffee, hour, too.  Please join us!

Before I forget, the holidays are upon us and there are a LOT of announcements for upcoming events and activities, plus opportunities for sharing your bounty with others.  Please take a few moments to read through the announcements on the right.  We would love to have more folks take Salvation Army gift tags from the Angel Tree.  Each year, we sponsor 40 tags.  We have about 20 left to claim.  Pick yours up on Sunday.  And check out all the rest of the news in the list on the right.

I hope to see you at church on Sunday!

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


A Stewardship Message from Tony Vengrove

We're in Stewardship Month. You have probably received a stewardship letter or heard stewardship moments at church. Please respond to this appeal for your support. Our members' contributions provide critical funding for all our programs. Please send in the form on the back of the letter.

Or even better, do so On-Line at our website by clicking HERE, log in and complete the form. Or just call me at 203-788-2666 after 6:00 p.m. and I can walk you through the process. If you already are an on-line donor, please update the amount and duration of your pledge. Thank you for your past support and your consideration of my current request.

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Coffee Hour Host Needed - Nov Nov 25 and Dec 2, 16, and 23

We are in need of a host or co-hosts for coffee hour on November 25 and December 2, 16, 23, and 30.

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.


     Thanksgiving is a truly Interfaith holiday that gives people of all faith traditions an opportunity to express gratitude for the bounty on our tables.

     As we start thinking about gathering our family and friends to celebrate the bounty we can also think about how we preserve all the earth provides.  Interfaith Power & Light’s Cool Harvest program is giving away a Low Carbon Thanksgiving Guide to help you reduce your carbon foodprint. 

     As a national expression of gratitude for the food that’s on our table, Thanksgiving presents us with a wonderful opportunity to make a big difference by reducing our combined carbon foodprint.

     Modern food production favors toxic pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, genetically modified foods, long-distance farm-to-plate transportation, and the factory farming of animals – all of which exacts a heavy toll on the atmosphere. Estimates suggest nearly one-fifth of climate-change pollution comes from the food industry.

     As you plan your Thanksgiving meal I hope you keep the climate in mind. There are many things you can do every day to lower your carbon footprint.  This year host a climate friendly Thanksgiving and share with your friends and family ways you all can create a sustainable, resilient, and healthy world for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

     Get your free Low Carbon Thanksgiving Guide today, courtesy of Interfaith Power and Light by going to:



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 and COFFEE
are still currently the items 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)
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.

Note1: Remember that we cannot send aerosol cans so shaving cream must be in tubes.

Note2: We won’t be sending boxes over Thanksgiving weekend. We will pack the holiday boxes Monday 11/26 & Tuesday 11/27.

Our Airman for Friday November 16, 2018

Randy Croft
Attn: Any Airman®
c/o Chaplain
451 AEG/HC
APO AE 09347

Airman's Title: Group Chaplain
Added here: 09 November 2018
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 10 Apr 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 50, Females: 50
Unit is from: Composite Unit

09 Nov 2018:

Just arrived in eastern Afghanistan, and we have numerous Airmen and Soldiers we serve--mostly Airmen under my role as chaplain. We have a 24/7 Resilence center for Airmen to gather R&R, reading, audio, and toiletries and snacks. I also visit the troops daily in the units to help keep morale up. I'm new to this assignment, but I see how little things mean a lot to the morale for these hard working warriors.
Thank you for the consideration! I'm not requesting in any official capacity...just as a chaplain seeking to gather helpful morale snacks and toileties that can be stretched to bless the troops here.

Very Cordially,

Ch, Maj Randy Croft
Group Chaplain
451 AEG/HC
Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan


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. 

*We’ll be packing our Holiday Boxes to the Troops on Monday 11/26 & Tuesday 11/27. More information to follow.

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

Advent Wreath-Making Workshop - Sunday, Nov 25

Sunday, November 25, the Sunday before Advent begins, Carrie Loyd will be leading a workshop during Sunday School.  All young people under the age of 18 are invited to come and decorate Advent Candle Wreaths to be used at home during Advent.  Candles will be included as well as a booklet with suggestions for use.  If you still have last year's wreath at home, please bring it in before Thanksgiving so we can reuse the wire frame for this year's wreath.  Siblings will work together to prepare one wreath for their family's use.  

Please let us know whether your family will be attending so that I can be sure to have enough wreath frames and decorations on hand.  If you know you have a frame at home and will be bringing that in this week, please let us know as well so we can plan accordingly.

Also, if you can join with a few parent volunteers to help organize and put away supplies after the workshop, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Hope to see your children there!  ~ Carrie

SingOut! CT Holiday Show - Sunday, Dec 2 - 5:30 pm

Meeting House doors open at 5 pm.  Free admission; donations are welcome.  Click through this image for a full flyer about the event.

6 Kirby Road, Washington, CT

Holiday Boxes for Soldiers - Packing Nov 26-27

Hello Everyone -

There are 10 servicemen/women on the list that we have sent packages to this past year who are still deployed.

We will be wrapping and packing our Holiday boxes on Monday, Nov. 26 @ Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Town Hall.  We wrap some of the items like little presents. If you can help with packing and wrapping, please come.

Items can be dropped off starting Monday Nov.19. Please bring items to Town Hall (upstairs room next to kitchen). 

The boxes we send at Christmas are small (9x12x4), so please, shop small, shop unbreakable and shop light.

Some ideas are:

FOOD - Hot cocoa mix (to be made with water), hot cider mix, Christmas cookies (not homemade) and candies (individually wrapped or in small containers), small candy canes, gold coins.

Small stocking stuffer type gifts - chap stick, gum, etc.

DECORATIONS - Wire garlands, children’s drawings, holiday scented room fresheners, soft decorations, Christmas lights (small boxes and remember batteries if they need them) Christmas CDs & DVDs, blank Christmas cards for troops to send home.

Anything (small) that makes a holiday in a box.

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Denise, 860 868-2880

Ornament Workshop - Sat Dec 8 - 10 am - noon

We will be hosting an ornament making workshop on Saturday, December 8th from 10 am -12 noon in the church hall. Come and create ornaments to decorate your tree or to give as gifts, make some new friends, and celebrate the season!  This workshop is open to all children  - we would love to see you there and bring your friends! 

Please contact Carrie Loyd at with any questions.

Honor Someone by Sponsoring a Pew Memorial Plaque

Pew plaques are a great way to honor/ celebrate loved ones this holiday and for years to come!   Dedicate pew space in our sanctuary!

A permanent plaque will be mounted on a pew with your personalized dedication.  Simply complete and return this form to the church at  PO Box 1285, Washington, CT 06793.

Your donation helps offset some of the cost of renovations made to our sanctuary in 2017.

Our pews are mostly the same pews that were installed when this church was rebuilt in. Last year, as part of the renovations we did to repair and replace elements and generally make more beautiful our sanctuary, the pews were all removed, repaired and painted. Some were revised to allow space for better accessibility for wheelchairs, complementing our lift that helps make the church itself more accessible and welcoming.
This year, we continue to offer an opportunity to memorialize the pews for members, friends and members of the community at large who appreciate this historic building and all that it offers to us and the community.

Complete and return this form to the church at PO Box 1285, Washington, CT  06793.

Weather-Related Cancellations

It's that time of year again!  With the possibility of weather-related cancellations, we intend to post cancellations or important Alert! here on our home page.  However, just to be safe, please tune in to WFSB / Channel 3.  Closings, cancellations, or late starts for any activities, including worship, will be posted there.

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