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    We are coming into the home stretch of our "transition time" with Anne-Marie and ready to welcome Pastor Robyn.  Won't you join us this Sunday at 10 am for Anne-Marie's last service here this month?  And we also have a Quarterly Congregational Meeting following the service.  There will be coffee hour refreshments for you, too, as you catch up on what has been going on in the various aspects of life in this church. The meeting and a few other things are in the announcements on the right but NOT in the Journal so be sure to scan those, too, for other items of interest to you.

    The April Judea Journal supplement is now available for you to download.  The Easter Memorials order form is NOT in the digital issue of the Journal so please download it separately HERE.  It includes Pastor Robyn's first full article as our new pastor on page 1.  Plus you will find news on new member information, Empty Bowl Dinner, A Women's Gathering, Joyful Noise and more.  We make it easy:  Download now

I hope to see you in church this Sunday!

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



Judea Journal April Supplement is HERE

Wow!  Spring is here and so is the April supplemental edition of the Judea Journal.

Click here to download the April issue

Quarterly Congregational Meeting, Mar 31, 11 AM

The meeting will be held in the church hall immediately following worship.

See you there!  
 Trish Grinnell, Moderator

Order your Easter Memorials - by April 2

In addition to a variety of flowers, our Easter Memorials include alternative options that will provide food and/or shelter to our neighbors in need in Washington and beyond and will be distributed by our Missions Committee to organizations most in need in our area.

Gifts may be given in memory of the faithful departed, as thankfulness offerings, or anonymously in celebration of the new life that Easter brings. 

All memorials (flowers, food or shelter) are $20 each item selected. We are offer a nice selection of flowers!  Click the link below to see the options.
Download the order form here!

Holy Week Services - Days and Times

Palm Sunday - April 14  at 10:00 am

Maundy Thursday - April 18 at 7:30 pm

Our Maundy Thursday worship begins at 7:30pm, and is a service of communion and tennebrae which includes readings and the progressive darkening of the sanctuary.  Many members find this the most moving worship of the church calendar.

Easter Sunday - April 21

  • 6:30 am Sunrise Service on New Preston Hill (Rev. Linda Williams leading) and
  • 10:00 am Traditional Easter Celebration in the Meeting House
    Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!
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.

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)

Women Caring for God's Creation - April 27

CTUCC Women's Spring Gathering

WHEN:  April 27, 8:30 am - 3 pm
WHERE:  Huntington Congregational Church, 19 Church St, Shelton
COST:  $20 before 4/14; $25 after.  Seating limited to 100.

Guest Speaker: Sharon Lewis, Executive Director for the CT Coalition for Interracial Eco Justice -
how communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution, toxic chemicals, and climate change – what it means

Guest Speaker: Jennifer A. Heaton-Jones, Executive Director, Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority -
Recycling Information and updates (how much do you really know about recycling?)

Click here for full information and registration form

Contact Karen if you want to carpool from Watertown.

Order Your Copy of Church Photo Book

Have you seen the photo book we gave Pastor Cheryl as a remembrance of her 22 years of ministry at our church?

If you would like to see it, there is a copy for you to take a look at in the church office. This book is available for order. The price of $60 as long as we can get a total order of 10 or more books.
Please see Karen to either see the book and/or order your copy. (860) 868-0569, admin@firstchurchwashingtonct.org

Housing crisis support for those evacuated from Puerto Rico

We are all so very connected these days to others outside of this little corner of the world.  If you know of anyone still suffering housing problems after being evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, there is help available through The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.  To learn more: http://bit.ly/HurricaneMariaCT

Opioid Epidemic Presentation at Gunn Library-April 7

Lecture and Visual Presentation
Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m. @ Gunn Memorial Library
Greenwoods Counseling Referrals Executive Director, JOHN SIMONCELLI and 
Executive Director McCall Center for Behavioral Health, MARIA COUTANT SKINNER.

Mr. Simoncelli & Ms. Skinner will share statistics detailing the impact of the epidemic on Litchfield County and describe how the region has responded. Most importantly, the discussion will educate the audience on what is driving this public health emergency and how members of the community can help.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

Click here for flyer

Blood Drive at the Gunnery on Sun, April 14

8th Annual Margaret P. Addicks Memorial Blood Drive
Hosted by the Van Sinderen Dorm

WHERE:  Gunnery’s Upper Gym (follow the signs) 
WHEN:  Sunday, April 14 from 9 am to 2 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 to complete your pre-donation reading and health history on the day of your appointment.

For more information about The Gunnery, please visit Gunnery.org.

Soldier Boxes - Donations needed by THURSDAY, March 28

"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: We will be packing Thursday March 28 due to a Town Hall event.

Our Marine for THURSDAY March 28, 2019

Xavier DeLeon
Attn: Any Marine®
APO AE 09354

Added here: 16 October 2018
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 15 Jul 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 15, Females: 0
Unit is from: Composite Unit

04 Mar 2019:
To All Whom Read:

I want to express how thankful the guys are to receive such great care packages with so many positive letters especially through the Holidays and New Year's. You guys really made the Holidays so much easier for the guys down here. You give us all something to think about when family and being home is the only thing on our mind when we have down time. The warming layers are awesome. Never to many warming layers as the weather is still changing so much. We are receiving snow on and off down here now and well we definitely are keeping warm. The snacks are awesome!! Guys love the Cup of Noodles, Trail Mix and etc. The hygiene items always come on time! The guys down here never have to buy too much in that category and are so grateful. Still have a ways to go down here but we will be home soon!! We are remaining focused on the mission at hand and everyday are reminded why we do what we do .

Sgt De Leon, Xavier

20 Jan 2019

Good Evening,

We have been very busy down here and I was unable to post on the website causing me to be removed for the list. The Marines down here really loved the packages and wrote back to a lot of the letters received in the packages. Can I be added back to the list? We still have about 5-6 months left down here and the care packages were great. I will keep up with the website posting for sure this time!

Sgt De Leon, Xavier

16 Oct 2018

To All Whom Read:

We got to Afghanistan maybe a couple weeks ago and are just getting settled and have relieved the group of marines here before us. Conditions are nice but the winter is approaching fast. We are in the mountains so the temperature really drops. With that being said warming layers that we have wont prove to be enough. Marines love their hooded sweatshirts. Things that could prove helpful is hygiene gear, socks , hats. Guys are going on patrols everyday and are short tactical gear to help keep warm. Seeing as how we go on so many patrols , guys try to keep their tactical gear up as much as possible. We be tactical flashlights/head lamps. As we don't know all to expect during the season change, anything that you think will help will help someone out here. We have heard how helpful this has been for previous rotations and wanted to ensure we at very least let you all know we are out here. We are Marines , we will make it work. We will be here until next year sometime , maybe mid April or May. Guys out here will miss holidays at home with their family's. It will be over soon I'm sure but just want do my part in making sure Marines have one less thing to worry about out here.

God Bless
Thank you
-God Bless

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

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 subject matter for every interest!

Silver Lake Conference Center, 223 Low Rd., Sharon

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

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.

You may send your check to First Congregational Church, attn: Jack Jewett Fund, PO Box 1285, Washington, CT 06795.  Or place a check in the Sunday offering with "Jack Jewett Fund" in the memo line.

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

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