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Judea Journal May-June Issue is HERE!

Judea Journal May-June Issue is HERE!

Dear Friends,

      Download the latest issue of the Judea Journal NOW!

     Did you know that Easter is not over?  Easter season actually just begins on Easter.  Come celebrate with us the good news that Easter has brought.  And discover more about how God is still speaking in our lives every day!  Find some inspiration for your week ahead by joining us this Sunday at 10 am in the Meeting House.  The kids will spend the whole time in Sunday School so if you have some young-uns, don't forget to drop them off at the Parish House first and then head on over.

      We celebrated Earth Day last week and here at church last Sunday.  But Earth Day should be every day.  Read more about what we are planning here at First Church as well as the monthly Pastor's article, an invitation to those interested in learning more about and perhaps joining our church... and more...  all here in the latest issue of the Judea Journal monthly.

     Have a wonderfilled week ahead and I hope to see you in church!

Karen Esslinger

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Path to Membership

We would love to have anyone interested in becoming a member attend a luncheon after service on June 2nd in the Parlor, hosted by the Deacons and Council. We will discuss the workings and structure of the church as well as Member status and expectations, so you can decide if you would like to officially join.

On June 9th, we will have a New Member Sunday for anyone who attended the Orientation to stand up and declare Membership through a short Invitation and Response.

It’s painless, really, so bring your questions and your curiosity and come and see what we are all about.

Please RSVP to the office….  (860) 868-0569 or by email

Trish Grinnell, Moderator

Reduce, Re-use, ReFuse...

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

ReFuse single-use consumables, such as styrofoam cups, straws, plastic wrapped produce.

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 and amended with some additional items.

Click here for a handy reference on some reasons why this is important and how you can be a more conscious consumer by reducing and reusing...

Do You Like to Sing?

"Do you like to sing? Come join with Jesse and a fun, friendly group here at First Church as we gather once a month to sing for the morning worship service.
Just contact Jesse at music@firstchurchwashingtonct.org to add your name to the choir email list to receive notifications. No experience necessary!"

Annual Congregational Meeting, June 9, 11 AM

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

  • Approval of minutes from the March Quarterly Meeting
  • Ministry/ Committee Reports
  • Safe Church Review of Changes and Vote
  • Green Fair Report
  • Old Business/ New Business

See you there!  
 Trish Grinnell, Moderator

Compassionate Communication Practice Group - May 8 @ 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 their daily lives in between meetings.  Our next gathering is on Wednesday, May 8 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.  We are currently working from the book, Non-Violent Communication, A language of love, by Marshall Rosenberg.

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.

Food Bank - Have you made a donation lately?

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)

Green Team Meeting - Thurs May 16 @ 6:30 pm

Join us in the fun work of planning upcoming events and activities to Green this church, our members and communities. Be a part of the action; be a part of the solution! We’ll be planning workshops and other action and educational activities.

Contact Karen in the church office with any questions at (860) 868-0569 or by email.



Be a delegate and learn more about our denomination and the good work it does in Connecticut!

Call to SPECIAL MEETING of the UCC Connecticut Conference – Sat, May 18
Represent our church as a delegate and learn more about our denomination.

Resolutions to be considered on these topics:

  • Regarding Citizenship of Certain Foreign-Born Children
    Adopted by American Citizens
  • Regarding Child Marriage & Forced Marriages
  • End the Practice of Prolonged Solitary Confinement in CT Prisons & Jails

When: Sat, May 18, 1 – 5 pm

Where: First Congregational Church, W. Hartford, 12 S Main St, W. Hartford


Questions?: Go to website or contact Karen, Ellen Willert, or Pastor Robyn

Soldier Boxes - Donations needed by FRIDAY, May 3

"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.

We sent boxes to this soldier in February.

Our Soldier for Friday May 3, 2019

SSG Reagan Q. Cruz
Attn: Any Soldier®
1st RSSB ( BAF)
APO AE 09354

Soldier's Title: Civil Affairs NCO
Added here: 01 February 2019
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 29 Oct 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 200, Females: 55
Unit is from: Kansas

01 Feb 2019:

We are the 1st Sustainment BDE we are compose of different kind of jobs mostly to sustain our troops in the battlefield, we are the movers, logistics, admin and transportation. We have different locations with teams that reports the safe and the best logistical support from transporting personnel, equipment and food for our troops. In your generous hearts the following items are mostly requested by our lower rank soldiers.

Hygiene Needs. I.e. Shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving gel, razors, deodorants, air fresheners,lotion, mouthwash,bodywash, cotton buds, shower sponge, nail clippers, hand sanitizers,lip balm, female accessories. And hygiene needs. Hand wash cologne, after shave, perfume, baby wipes, facial wipes, napkins.

Batteries size AAA, AA

Survival gear gerbers,multi tool, small flashlights,any cool gear.wall hooks,

Clothes, White or Black crew socks, small towels (Tan or brown.)

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

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