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In Memoriam to Nancy Lauriate

In Memoriam to Nancy Lauriate

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Nancy Lauriate,
who passed away December 29, 2018 at the age of 98.

Nancy had been an active member of both First Congregational Church and St. John's Episcopal.

A memorial service will be held at a future date and at the convenience of the family.


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Compassionate Communication Practice Group - Jan 9 @ 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, Jan 9 at 6:30 pm.   Optional pot luck supper at 5:45 pm.  Check in with us if you are interested in attending.

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

The group's regular meeting day is the 2nd Wednesday of each Month.  The time is 6:30 pm with pot luck supper at 5:45.

In Memory of...

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

Neighbors in Need (NIN) Offering to be taken on Jan 31

The Neighbors in Need offering, which we will receive on January 27, supports the United Church of Christ (UCC) ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. 

Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.  Through UCC.org/justice, our national Justice and Witness ministries office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues.  Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice.  Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC. 

One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM).  Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Northern Nebraska.  Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM.  CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.

Neighbors in Need helps make another world possible.  It needs your support.

Please give generously on or before January 27.


Volunteers needed for Loaves and Fishes Thurs, Jan 31

Our next Loaves & Fishes service date is Thursday, January 31. 

We will serve Shepherd's Pie as a main dish with the usual extras.  Offers of food and/or helping out at the soup kitchen that day are needed. 

To sign up using our interactive online form, click here.

Or you can sign up on the clipboard in the church hall, or by emailing Jim Esslinger or the church office.

Any questions?  Please contact Jim Esslinger or the church office by phone at (860) 868-0569 or by email.

Special Recycling Programs at First Church

We now sponsor THREE special recycling streams here in the Parish House.

The ORAL CARE program for recycling of items not included in the single-stream municipal recycling programs is SPONSORED BY the Washington Environmental Council.  It is MADE POSSIBLE BY a generous grant from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund at the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation


  • Used Toothpaste Tubes & Caps (leave screwed on)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Oral Care Packaging (toothpaste boxes)
  • Floss Containers


The box is located in the Parish House entry.

We also now collect for return:

Brita and PUR Water Filter Materials - See Karen in the office

Other recycling boxes around town:

Garden Products - Washington Supply Company

Shoes and Footware - Washington Town Hall

Art Supplies - After School Arts Program

Soldier Boxes - Donations needed by FRIDAY, Jan 4

"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.

We sent boxes to this soldier in October and for the holidays.

Our Soldier for Friday January 4, 2019

CW3 Shannon L. Gordon
Attn: Any Soldier®
APO AE 09354

Added here: 20 September 2018
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 30 May 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 103, Females: 32
Unit is from: Florida

20 Sep 2018:
Good Evening, I would like to start by saying we thank each and everyone of you who sends support. This is a Company, we are in a pretty remote area. We do have building that we sleep in. We do not receive laundry service we must do this on our own. There are 2 refrigerator/freezers and 2 microwaves that we share. We run on 110 voltage. There are a few soldiers that have hot plates that they cook on during the time the DFAC is not open. And there are several times we miss Chow time do to missions so they come in handy. Food is always great non perishables we love jerky, cookies, chips hard candies ext. as snack. Hygiene items, under garments, shaker bottles, stress balls, board games are all great. We do have a TV room that we are able to watch movies or play games in. Although it becomes very crowded at times we make due with what we have.


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. 

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

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. 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.

Volunteer Chaperones Needed for New Milford Shelter

The shelter in New Milford also has need of overnight volunteers.   A few of our members already do this.  If you want to hear what they have to say about it, talk with John Turner or Steve Wadelton.

Give them a call anytime.  Contact:  Rufus at (860) 592-0142  for details.

New Milford Homeless Shelter Coalition, Inc., PO Box 1016, New Milford, CT 06776

Volunteer Assistants Needed for Sunday School and Nursery

Would you be willing to assist in the Sunday nursery or Sunday school room a few times a year or every so often?
Please contact Carrie Loyd and let her know how you would like to help.

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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