Change Ourselves, Change the World

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.”  
- Mahatma Gandhi

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The 4 Components of NVC
  • Observations
  • Feelings
  • Needs
  • Requests

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Wishing you a Joyous Christmas!

Wishing you a Joyous Christmas!

Pastor Cheryl, Deacons, Council and church staff all wish you a blessed Christmas filled with more Hope, more Peace, more Joy and more Love and that this may live in your hearts and blossom and grow in your lives throughout the coming year!

We hope you join us for one of the Christmas Eve services (see announcement on right), and our Annual Carol Sing service on Christmas Day, Sunday at 10 am.  It will be a casual service... come as you are.  Pajamas are fine!  If you will be away, we wish you traveling mercies wherever you go!

Merry Christmas!

  

 

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2018 Calendars! Fun, Functional and Charitable!

The Youth Group is selling 2018 Calendars! That's right: Enjoy a monthly photo of the youth group all year long!

Calendars are $20 each and all proceeds are going toward helping those affected by natural disasters. See any youth group member during coffee hour throughout the month of December to order yours! 

Or contact Emelie by email to place your order.

Comfort and Peace Christmas Service - SATURDAY, Dec 23- 7:30 pm

If you need a little more peace and some comfort at a time when making jolly just doesn't seem to work, please join the First Congregational Church at 6 Kirby Road in Washington, CT for a very special “Service of Comfort and Peace.” This service is especially helpful for those who, for various reasons, are struggling to get into the expected festive spirit of joy this season. The service will be held Saturday evening December 23, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Please join us for this very special evening.

Christmas Eve Services - Dec 24

Carol Sing - Sunday, Dec 31 at 10 am

Join us next Sunday morning in our beautiful Meeting House to usher in the New Year with music!  Everyone is welcome; come as you are!  (Pajamas are welcome!!) 

It is a family affair and children will remain for the duration.

Bring more HOPE, PEACE, LOVE and JOY into 2018

Be the messenger you were empowered to be and intentionally bring more HOPE, more PEACE, more LOVE and more JOY into your life and world.  We’d like to help you with this new program beginning in January.

Book Study:   “The Power of 8, Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World” by Lynne McTaggart, (author of “The Intention Experiment”)

WHEN:  Day/time to be determined by those interested

Discover how to tap into your extraordinary human capacity for connection and healing, using astonishing new findings about the miraculous power of group intention, or prayer, and its boomerang effect.   In The Power of Eight, Lynne reveals her remarkable findings from ten years of experimenting with small and large groups about how group intention/ prayer can heal our lives – and change the world for the better.

This group will read and discuss the book.  Optionally, we will consider forming our own group to practice intention/prayer.  The intention idea is not a  new one.  Consider joining us in this new year to explore a way of making positive change.  Contact Pastor Cheryl to register your interest, letting us know what days and times are best for you.   868-0569, ext 11

Help Support this Church by Sponsoring a Pew Memorial Plaque

Our pews are mostly the same pews that were installed when this church was rebuilt in 1801.  This past winter into spring, as part of the renovations we did to repair, 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. 

To help offset some of the cost of these renovations, we are offering 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.

A permanent plaque will be mounted on a pew with your personalized dedication.

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

New Years Day Concert - 4 pm - Jan 1, 2018

Click image for larger view.  Tickets and more information are available at:  http://washingtonct4music.blogspot.com/

 

Compassionate Communication - January 3 @ 6:30 pm

Are you interested in becoming a more compassionate person?
Improving your relationships with self and others?

Join our Compassionate Communication practice group, based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg, who initially shared it as “Non-Violent Communication”.  The group meets once a month and members of the group are encouraged to practice in between.  Our next gathering is on Wednesday, January 3 at 6:30 pm.

Click here for more information and downloadable resources, reference information and videos.

Call to Quarterly Congregational Meeting - Sunday, Jan 7

The meeting will be held in the church hall immediately following worship.  Please plan to attend!  A quorum of members will be required for voting.  Refreshments will be available.
Agenda:

  • Approval of minutes from the September 24th Quarterly Meeting
  • Committee Reports
  • Pastoral Search Committee

See you there!  
Trish Grinnell, Moderator

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed - in January

We are in need of hosts for January 14 & 28.

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 or consult our guidelines document, available by clicking here.

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!

     
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