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Judea eNews for May 10 - Mothers' Day and other upcoming events

Judea eNews for May 10 - Mothers' Day and other upcoming events

Dear Friends,

     Pastor Cheryl is back from her Sabbath week away and on Sunday will be leading the celebration of a Sabbath for mothers to coincide with Mothers' Day.  Bring your favorite mother to church this Sunday!  If she is not physically with you anymore - or living far away - do come and celebrate with us in her honor. 

     A last minute call for volunteers has come through from Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House.  They are needing help sorting and boxing donations from the annual PO food drive in New Milford.  If you can spare an hour or more on Saturday afternoon, then check out the announcement on the right for the particulars.  What a nice opportunity for you and your mom to spend some quality time together!

     And remember, at 6:30 PM this Sunday, you can also enjoy a free concert/show with SingOut!CT in the Meeting House.  If you have not attended this annual event before, you should definitely put it on your calendar.

    Our new announcements include the 2nd annual ALL CHURCH PROM!  On Saturday, June 9th, our Youth Group will again host a wonderful family dance - a Prom for all ages.  Read the announcement on the right for more details and there will be tickets available to purchase during coffee hour this Sunday.

   As always, if you are in a hurry, you can catch some of the announcements on the right or on our home page, but if you want the whole story, you've got to read the Journal!    The new May-June issue of the Judea Journal is online and ready for your reading enjoyment.  Click HERE to download your copy. 

Blessings on your week ahead!

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


Help with New Milford PO Food Drive THIS Saturday!

Loaves and Fishes' food bank will be the recipient of the annual Post Office food drive in New Milford.

They need volunteers to help receiving and sorting the canned/boxed goods at John Pettibone School.  Help for whatever time you can spare - an hour or an afternoon !

Volunteers are also needed to transport the sorted goods to the Richmond Center around 5:00 PM.

If you wish to help, meet the crew at John Pettibone at social services (the field side entrance - nearest the playscape) around 12:30 pm with an anticipated first delivery around 1 PM.

John Pettibone is located on Pickett District Road off Rt 202 in New Milford.

If you are available and willing to lend a hand, please send an email to Lisa Martin at Loaves and Fishes, or just come by!   Many hands make light work!

Thanks for everything you do!   Bless you all!

Lisa Martin, Director of Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House

SingOut!CT Spring Show - May 13

Come out for a wonderful Mothers' Day celebration!

Please join us for this joyful FREE concert to usher in the beauty of spring.

Click HERE to enlarge image.








2nd Annual All-Church Prom! Sat, June 9

Yes, Church Prom is on June 9th and the theme is Western!!

Grab your cowboy boots, your Stetson hat, and blue jeans, and get ready to ho-down!

Tickets are $10 and will be available during coffee hour. And don't forget to vote for your favorite Prom Royalty couple! Nominations are open!

More details to come.

You don't want to miss this event of the year hosted by our Youth Group! 
Check out some memorable moments from last year:


Coffee Hour Host needed for May 27 and June 3

We are in need of a host or co-hosts for May 27 (Memorial Day) and June 3 (Annual Meeting).

Effective this Sunday, we are introducing our new "Keep it Simple (Green)" Coffee Hour!

Our Deacons have out their heads together and come up with a simplified format so it will be easier for more people to volunteer host.

A few simple items:

  • Dip and chips (salsa or hummus, etc. and any kind of chip)
  • Fruit or veggies
  • Finger desserts
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Half and Half (for coffee/tea)

Instructions for making the coffee are on the back of the cabinet door where the coffee and tea are stored. 20 cups is usually enough.

And to keep it green:

Please use the ceramic mugs (top shelf) in the coffee cabinet so we can eliminate the need for the disposable hot cups — Please use the spoons and plates in the drawers and cabinets near the counter. Use the small dishwasher to clean them but don’t run it unless it is full.

Put the Britta water pitcher on the coffee/tea table with a few (glass) water glasses.

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.

ReUse, RePurpose, ReFuse...

ReUsing means to use something over again. RePurpose: use it again in a different way.

ReFuse single-use consumables, such as styrofoam cups.

Use things that can be repaired. That's not easy because so many thing are designed to break. It's called "planned obsolescence." We can buy tools and appliances and shoes that can be repaired but we need to do our homework to find them. It's not convenient.

Republished from the Simple Living Daily Nudge by Jerry Iverson.

Call to ANNUAL Meeting - Sunday, June 3

The meeting will be held Refreshments will be available.

  • Approval of minutes from the March 25th Quarterly Meeting
  • Treasurer's Report: Review & vote on annual budget.
  • Review & vote on changes to By-Laws as listed below (changes in italics)
  • Pastoral search committee report
  • Ministry Reports
  • Green Fair
  • Old Business
  • New Business

See you there!  
Trish Grinnell, Moderator

By-Laws Proposed Changes:



C. The Treasurer shall be financially compensated in an amount agreeable to the Treasurer and Council. In the event of a hired Bookkeeper, the Treasurer shall oversee the Bookkeeper, and shall be a volunteer position. The Bookkeeper shall be financially compensated and considered a staff member of the Church.



A. The Finance Committee shall be composed of the Treasurer of the Church, the Bookkeeper if applicable, and three members elected annually by the Church.

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.

We sent boxes to this Airman in December and February.

Our Airman for Friday May 11, 2018

Anthony Oneha
Attn: Any Airman®
TFI 6-7-A
APO AE 09316

Airman's Title: Combat RTO
Added here: 17 November 2017
Expected to leave Iraq: 28 Sep 2018
Contact for approx number of Males: 12, Females: 4
Unit is from: North Carolina

17 Nov 2017:
We are constantly forward in conditions where we crash along side streets we secure.
When we're back at station we have CHUs. We're looking to take care of the guys/gals we send forward for weeks to months at a time.
coffee is always needed. Pretty much what keeps us moving.
Military inspired books are helpful to try and pass the time and bring up moral.
Couple guys combat lost their leathermans/knives.
We have a lot of people that dip to stay awake on patrols.
Beef Jerky or hearty protein snacks that are easily accessible on the move.
Anything you guys can spare would really help out the team. They have little to no time to get in touch with family with how much we have been forward. And it would really mean a lot to us.
Thank you.


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

Healing Prayer/ Intention Group Meets on Wed, May 16

WHAT:  Practice Group based on the book:   “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:  3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning March 21 and through August 18

A new adult group is forming to help you improve and expand your prayer practice and join the power of your prayers with others for greater impact.

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.

No prior experience is necessary!  Pastor Cheryl will teach the processes/ exercises that are described in the book.  However, participants might find it helpful to read the book as it will give you some background information on the practice and its effectiveness. 

Consider joining us 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

Judea Garden Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome to the 2018 gardening season!

Volunteers are the backbone of Judea Garden. Without them, the Garden would not be able to provide fresh produce to those in need.

There are so many ways to help, whether in the Garden itself, helping with distribution or doing supportive work that keeps the Judea Garden project going. There’s a place for every volunteer to use their skills or develop new ones.

Our church sponsors the broccoli crop and is coordinated by Judie Gorra.  If you wish to give her a hand in any way and any amount of time, please contact her today!

Go to http://www.steeprockassoc.org/judea-garden/judea-garden-volunteers/ for a list of opportunities.  Or you may contact Judie Gorra (860.868.7852), by email. or Denise Arturi (Denise.Arturi@steeprockassoc.org).

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