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Judea Weekly eNews for Oct 19 - Joy be with you

Judea Weekly eNews for Oct 19 - Joy be with you

Hi friends,

     This Sunday begins our faith practice of "Living and Playing Joyfully."  Pastor Cheryl will focus on the quote from John 15, 9 "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete."  Really folks, Jesus wanted us to live in joy.  How is that working for you?  Do you need a boost?  If so, come on Sunday for some weekly inspiration in the pursuit of Joy.  I hear that in the coming weeks, there will be fun and play encouraged, too.  Don your playclothes.

     Our Church Council meets tonight and will be reviewing the list of volunteers for the pastoral search committee, among other things.  Since the decision will likely be made tonight, if you have been thinking about it and wish to be considered, please send an email or call Trish Grinnell or Pastor Cheryl so you can be included in tonight's review.  If you have not seen the announcement yet, you can read through in the right sidebar and catch up on that latest big news. 

     The Susan B Anthony wreath sale continues this Sunday during coffee hour but we are also 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.

     I've been thinking a lot about the ongoing situations (a far cry from joy so I admit I need some help with that) - places and people that have been devastated by hurricanes, wildfires, and other catastrophes.  Plus famine and other crises worldwide.  I thought of summarizing an update from the United Church of Christ on these things but I thought it better to provide you a link to their Disaster Ministries page.  There you can find updates on the various hot spots and what this denomination is doing to address the need.  And more ways you can help.  We will keep this link available in our weekly emails so you can continue to get the latest updates.  You might poke around a bit on the site, too.  There is a whole lot of information about the church in action.

The October Judea Journal Supplement is available by clicking here if you missed it.

We are looking forward to seeing you in our church community this Sunday!

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

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Benefit Concert: From Opera to Broadway - Sat, Nov 18, 2 pm

Benefit Concert:  November 18 at 2:00 PM
               @ First Congregational Church

with David Behnke, Jenny Friedman and Griffin McMahon

Arias and duets by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti
as well as Broadway favorites

A suggested donation of $15-20 will help benefit the
continuing work of our church in the community

A reception will follow the performance

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.

Creative Bible Journaling - Sat-Oct 28

Join your sisters in Christ for a morning of connecting with God through Bible journaling.

When:  Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9-11:00 a.m.

Where:  First Congregational Church of Litchfield
                         21 Torrington Road, Litchfield

Click here to download flyer with more information and how to register.

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 Soldier for Friday October 20, 2017

Brittany Shorter
Attn: Any Soldier®
D CO, 317 BEB 3/10 MTN QWEST
APO AE 09351

Soldier's Title: Platoon Leader
Added here: 15 October 2017
Expected to leave Iraq: 07 Jul 2018
Contact for approx number of Males: 17, Females: 3
Unit is from: Louisiana

15 Oct 2017:
Good Afternoon, I am a Platoon Leader of 21 wonderful hard working soldiers and we are currently deployed to Iraq.  Our home unit is out of the good and mighty Fort Polk, Louisiana. We are excited to get the opportunity to represent The United States Army in other countries and knowing that we are supporting is amazing!! While we are overseas, we would greatly appreciate any and all support to us while we are serving our country and away from normality and our lovely families.
Our current conditions are described below and anything you would like to provide to help us get through our deployment will be honored! 
We Live, work and, eat in tents.
We sleep on cots in tents with air condition.
We have a small satellite PX which is provided but with very limited hours, supplies, and food due to lack of resupply and personnel.
We receive 2 cooked meals a day and we need lots and lots of food/ snacks for in between meals and missions.
We have 1 microwave and toaster in the cafeteria tent.
We do not have our own refrigerators, or any other cooking supplies or storing abilities.
We have a 1 week turn around for laundry service and need laundry detergent.
Female troops need personal hygiene products.
Male troops need hygiene products.
Mail takes about a month to receive and positive letters or quotes to my soldiers are needed for their moral while waiting to hear from their loved ones.
Please tell us who you are and where you are from so we can gratefully acknowledge and represent to all who have supported us!! 
Thank you for your time, effort, and supplies if provided. We understand that you would be giving your time and energy and going out of your way for us. Please know that All items will be greatly appreciated and distributed and utilized and remember that you are the one making smiles 1 package at a time! Hoohah!

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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.

***  No meditation on October 27 and 28 ***

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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