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Judea eNews for April 5 - Judea Journal April Supplement is released!

Judea eNews for April 5 - Judea Journal April Supplement is released!

Dear Friends,

     As I approached the door to the Parish House this morning, I noticed the deep purple and fragrant hyacinths and the first of the brilliant yellow daffodils opened up to greet me!  Calling out to refute the common grumblings we have heard of late that winter is still hanging in there, they beg to differ.  And if you were at the Easter 10 oclock service in our Sanctuary last Sunday, you will have seen for sure the new life that Easter has brought!  The dark wood has leafed out and is becoming a different kind of haven.  While our Lenten season was inspiring, at times it smacked of the inner work we all have to do at times.  But then Easter has catapulted us into spring and into the faith practice of Keeping Sabbath.  Ahhhhhhhh!  And I could think of no better way to say it than Pastor Cheryl's opening prayer in this Sunday's bulletin:

Christ is Risen!  Christ lives…in us!  God’s spirit is within and among us.  The return of morning bird song and spring peepers speak to us of Jesus’ invitation to new life.  The lengthening daylight and sprouting daffodils speak to us of all the processes of earth that happen faithfully without human effort. God invites us to Sabbath rest that we might refresh our spirits, renew our relationships, and re-connect with Spirit.

Won't you join us on Sunday at 10 am as we refresh our spirits with the Magic of Sabbath?  Children of all ages will remain in the service the entire time as the Rev. David Reed-Brown and Pastor Cheryl weave the service together with threads of Magic!

     If the leafing trees and flowers in and around the Meeting House (did you notice the baby crocus in the grass in front?) were not enough, we have something going on almost every week this month.  You can read about that and other church news in the Judea Journal April Supplement!  Download it NOW by clicking here.

Blessings on your week ahead!

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


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.

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

Our Soldier for Friday April 6, 2018

Attn: Any Soldier®
APO AE 09354

Added here: 25 March 2018
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 31 Jan 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 73, Females: 5
Unit is from: Georgia

25 Mar 2018:
Thank you all for supporting us. We truly appreciate everything you do for troops serving overseas. We are all in need of personal care items such as: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, laundry detergent, disposable razors, shaving lotion (Town Hall Gang NOTE: We cannot send aerosol cans), feminine hygiene products, deodorants, lotion, baby wipes, dental floss, cotton swabs, lip balm, stocking caps, shower caps. If possible, some writing material and stamps to reach back to family. 


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

Blood Drive at the Gunnery on Sun, April 8

7th Annual Margaret P. Addicks Memorial Blood Drive
Hosted by the Van Sinderen Dorm

WHERE:  Gunnery’s Upper Gym (follow the signs) 
WHEN:  TODAY from 11 am to 4 pm

For an appointment, please contact Miss Hart  - hartj@gunnery.org  or call 860-619-0268 
Or visit online at RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code = TheGunnery

Save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history on the day of your appointment.

Hopeful Magic - Sunday, April 8 at 10 am

Again this year, the Rev. David Reed-Brown and Pastor Cheryl will lead a service that is brimming with Meaningful Magic.  The families will remain together in this service that is geared toward people of all ages.  Pass the word, share the magic and joy and invite friends and family to join you on Sunday.  If you were not here for Magic Sunday last year and want to learn more about Rev. Reed-Brown's brand of magic and what you might expect, go to https://vimeo.com/72076391 for a short video. 

Bag It! Pot Luck and a Movie - Fri,April 6

A few of us who are very concerned about the need for more action on caring for our Earth are forming a Green Team here at the church.  People of all ages* are welcome to join us in the effort.  All you need is a willingness to make changes and make an impact. 

We are planning a gathering to kick off our new Green Team.

WHEN:  Friday, April 6, 6-9 PM  (Movie starts at 7 pm)
WHERE:  First Congregational Church Parish House
                 6 Kirby Road, Washington, CT

WHAT:  Pot Luck Supper and Movie Screening
REGISTER:  Click here for an online form  or contact Terri or Karen.  We need to know: how many people will be coming?  Will you be there for dinner or just the movie?  If so, what will you bring?

"Bag It!  Is your life too plastic?" 

(Note that movie is 1.5 hours and so may be a bit tedious for children under 10 unless they are pretty mature.   There is no "bad" language, though.)

Even if you are just curious about the issue, you are welcome to join us.  We have some activities in mind for implementing here at church, in our homes and in our communities.  But we are open to all ideas and plan to make this a permanent part of our church's life.  If you are interested in coming to the pot luck movie screening and/ or want to get involved in other activities, please send an email to Terri Tibbatts or the church office

Joyful Noise presents Brahms here on April 14

Click on the image to enlarge it or click HERE for more information or to purchase tickets.

Trivia Night... Saturday, April 21

Individuals and couples are invited to play with us on
Saturday, April 21

Book your table now!!  We are almost at capacity!

The First Congregational Church of Washington, in conjunction with the Litchfield South Association of the CT Conference of the UCC,
is holding a TRIVIA NIGHT to benefit
the Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House in New Milford.

Loaves and Fishes is one of our regular missions and is near and dear to us so we would like to join in.  AND… it promises to be great fun!

The game will consist of TEN TEAMS of 5-6 people.  Each team will contribute $100 to play.  That amounts to $20 or less per person for a night of fun and challenge.  There will be other opportunities to contribute, too, with a 50/50 raffle.

Teams will bring refreshments and arrive between 5:45 and 6:15 for check-in and getting everyone seated.  The game will begin at 6:30 pm.

We are currently accepting registrations for teams.  If you want to play but don’t have a team, contact us and we can hook you up with a team.

Please contact Karen by email or phone 860-868-0569 as soon as possible if you are interested in participating as a contestant or if you wish to help out as volunteer. 

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
are currently the item 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)
Silver Lake Registration Time is Here Again!

Conference registration is open and brochures with all camp conferences listed are on the literature table in the Meeting House!  Those who have attended in the past have probably received their brochures already.  If you are new to Silver Lake and will be going into 4th and up, you are elible to attend. 

Conferences include:

  • Circle of Friends (Pastor Cheryl and Cara Michalski, leaders)
  • Bon Voyage and Happy Trails  (Karen & Scott Brady, leaders)
  • Family Camp
  • Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
  • My Loved One and Me
  • Silver Lake Sings
  • Branching Out
  • With Great Power
  • Around the World
  • Leave No Trace
  • Connect 24
  • God Song
  • My So-Called Life
  • Fun in the Sun
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Silver Lake's Funniest Videos

Silver Lake Conference Center, 223 Low Rd., Sharon

Registration: http://www.silverlakect.org/register

Learn more about Silver Lake’s tiered pricing in this video: Juggling... The New Silver Lake Cost Options


Give to the Jack Jewett Fund for Silver Lake Scholarships

Silver Lake Registration Time is Here Again!  Please help our kids who cannot afford to grow at camp for a week this summer by contributing to our Jack Jewett Fund.  Each year, this fund helps to offset some of the cost for our kids to continue to experience God in our world through lively and engaging programs, amazing social opportunities as well as spiritual growth.

To hear more about it, visit the Silver Lake website for information and an overview video on the home page. 

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