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Judea Weekly eNews for October 12

Judea Weekly eNews for October 12


     Last week, we began including the major announcement about Pastor Cheryl's planned retirement on top of the right sidebar and have begun to get some response.  That is terrific but we still need more volunteers since this is a very important project and the Council will be selecting search committee members to have a balanced representation of the congregation overall.  If there are other members you know who have not seen the announcement, please encourage them to go to the website to read about it or forward them this email.

     This Sunday, we will be celebrating the New Beginnings ministry in this church.  People key to the success of this program as well as some who have benefited from it will be in church for this.  Of course, those who support this ministry includes all those who contribute generally to this church since without that, ministries like New Beginnings could not even be offered.  So come and hear first hand about all the good this vital program offers to individuals both locally and also those who drive many miles to participate.

     The Susan B Anthony wreath sale officially begins this Sunday during coffee hour but we have already begun taking orders by phone or email.  You can place your order right now by emailing MariLyn Roze or the church office.  See the announcement on the right for phone numbers, if you prefer.

     Mark your calendars for an upcoming concert on Saturday, November 18 at 2 pm by David Behnke and friends from Martha's Vineyard entitled, "From Opera to Broadway."   This concert is gifted to us as a fundraiser to benefit this church and its' ministries in this community.  Look for more detail in the coming weeks.

     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.

Finally, last week we sent out our October Judea Journal Supplement.  It is available by clicking here if you missed it.

We are 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

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 Marine for Friday October 13, 2017

MSgt Robert L. Johnson
Attn: Any Marine®
APO AE 09354

Marine's Title: Senior Enlisted Advisor
Added here: 09 October 2017
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 01 Apr 2018
Contact for approx number of Males: 50, Females: 10
Unit is from: Composite Unit

09 Oct 2017:
Hello all! We are a small Marine/Sailor unit currently deployed. There is a PX here, but it is extremely limited in what it has to offer. We will be here through the upcoming holiday season and into the new year. Entertainment is limited as well. This is the time of the year when homesickness and depression kicks in. Knowing your actions are appreciated and that you are being thought of, goes a long way when so far from home. Thank you in advance for thinking of us.


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.

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.

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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