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Judea Journal May-June Issue is HERE

Judea Journal May-June Issue is HERE

Dear Friends,

     Again this Sunday, members of our council and deacons will hold a special newcomers luncheon after worship.  It is open to all those who are new to our church or perhaps have been around but want to learn more about our governance and spiritual life.  Read the announcement on the right for the particulars.

     The new May-June issue of the Judea Journal is HOT OFF THE PRESS (or computer as the case in digital format...) and ready for your reading enjoyment.  Click HERE to download your copy. 

     We are still running on environmental steam lately and so this issue is packed with information and ideas about these matters.  Plus, there is lots of new news on events and activities coming up.  If you have not read an issue in a while, this is the one to catch!  Also, I want to share a terrific "good news" article that I did not have room to include in the Journal.  But thanks to the wonder of internet links, I can send you there if you want to go!  On page 2 of the Journal, I make reference to initiatives in Minnesota for reducing waste.  This article was sent to me just today from our neice, Audrey, who lives in St. Paul and is my waste-reduction buddy.  Yes!  We share photos and our latest trash successes and "trashy" news.  Really, we do.  This article appears in the Star Tribune's May 2 news:  "Twin Cities 'zero wasters' go to extremes to keep trash from local landfills.

     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!

Blessings on your week ahead!

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


Newcomers Lunches, Sunday, April 29 and May 6

The Church Council and Deacons, along with Pastor Cheryl, would like to invite anyone new to our church, or interested in joining, to a Newcomers Lunch immediately following worship on Sunday, April 29 or May 6.  Members of the Church Council and Deacons will be on hand for discussion/ Q&A on matters of governance and spiritual life of the church. 

Whether you have been attending for a while, already know this church is your church, or have only attended a few times and are unsure and have questions, this event is for you!  

Please join us for good food and good conversation, we would love to have you!    RSVP to Pastor Cheryl

Coffee Hour Host needed for May 27

We are in need of a host or co-hosts for May 27 (Memorial Day).

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.

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



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.


See you there!  
Trish Grinnell, Moderator

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 Airman for Friday May 4, 2018

Amber D. LaPointe
Attn: Any Airman®
Unit 94100
APO AE 09352-4100

Airman's Title: Commander Support Staff
Added here: 27 April 2018
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 01 Sep 2018
Contact for approx number of Males: 30, Females: 10
Unit is from: Oklahoma

27 Apr 2018:

We do have electricity, 110. living in 2-3 story buildings. We use a laundry service, no machines are available for individual use. We have microwave in our squadron, and a coffee pot. We do not have a stove/pots/pans. We do have a refridgerator. I am the Mail clerk, and squadron POC for deliveries, so I be the one to receive the packages, and distribute them into our small snack/break area for all to benefit from. We have more females than most units, so extra female items would be greatly appreciated!

We are a Fighter squadron from Tulsa Oklahoma, and will be supporting the mission here for 120 days.


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

Compassionate Communication Practice Group - May 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, May 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 first Wednesday of each Month.  The time is 6:30 pm with pot luck supper at 5:45.

Support Groups Begin May 7 and 8

Find solace, compassion, empathy and laughter in a welcoming community.

New Beginnings of Northwest CT is now taking reservations for its next series of support groups.  

Single Life Discussion Group begins Monday evening, May 7 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  It runs for ten weeks and is held in the parish house of the First Congregational Church at 6 Kirby Road on the Green in Washington. 

Divorce Support Group begins Tuesday evening, May 8 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  It runs for ten weeks and is also held in the parish house of the First Congregational Church at 6 Kirby Road on the Green in Washington. 

For more information, on these groups, click here or call one of the numbers listed below.

Each support group is led by experienced lay facilitators.  Pre-registration is required.  For further information on this group or subsequent groups please call the Church Office of The First Congregational Church in Washington at 860-868-0569 or call Barb at 203-266-4706.

For regular reminders on this and other upcoming activities and events, subscribe to them in our online calendar.

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.

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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