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Judea Journal Newsletter Nov-Dec issue

Judea Journal Newsletter Nov-Dec issue

Good Friday Mornin', Friends!

     Lest you forget, I will lead in with the reminder that Daylight Savings Time ENDS on Saturday night.  Sunday morning, we fall back an hour.  But if you DO forget, worst case is that you will show up to church an hour early!

     Can you believe I am announcing the November-December issue of the Judea Journal already?  Yes, ready or not the holiday season is coming up.  Now might be a good time to start thinking about how you want to spend your time over the next couple of months, hopefully seeking a richer and fuller time with friends and family.  More time; more fun; less stuff.  Maybe some time for reflection on the year and the gratitude you have for the people and experiences in your life.  Maybe you will do the whole thing differently this season, or perhaps you will change one or two ways you celebrate.  However you choose, now is a good time to stop and give it some thought - AND sit with your favorite sipping beverage and give the Journal a read.  Then you can mark the important dates on your calendar, and don't miss the reminder to make your reservations for the Harvest Dinner!

     I kept some of the recent announcements running in the right sidebar since there is some real time-sensitivity there (not even counting daylight savings time!), but do check out the whole Nov-Dec Journal by clicking here.  There is the monthly letter from our Pastor, an update from the Search Committee, some exciting things coming up with the Christian Ed crew, a long-awaited report on the 2018 Green Fair and much more.  I practically had to shoe-horn things into the pages!

    We hope to see you in church this Sunday!

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



A Stewardship Message from Tony Vengrove

We're in Stewardship Month. You have probably received a stewardship letter or heard stewardship moments at church. Please respond to this appeal for your support. Our members' contributions provide critical funding for all our programs. Please send in the form on the back of the letter.

Or even better, do so On-Line at our website by clicking HERE, log in and complete the form. Or just call me at 203-788-2666 after 6:00 p.m. and I can walk you through the process. If you already are an on-line donor, please update the amount and duration of your pledge. Thank you for your past support and your consideration of my current request.

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Christmas Wreath Sale - Order by Nov 5

The Wreath Sale is EARLY again this year!

Susan B. Anthony Project offers handmade wreaths for sale.  Holiday Wreath Sale proceeds are used to provide shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Litchfield County.  Help us to increase our sales this year and ask one friend to purchase a wreath, table arrangement or grave blanket, too!

Wreaths handmade in Maine:
  20" wreaths @ $20  
  28" wreaths @ $35
  38" wreaths @ $50
Table arrangements @ $25 and $30
Grave blankets @ $50

MariLyn Roze will be taking orders in the church hall on Sundays in October  or… Contact Marilyn by email.

Ordering Deadline:  November 5  
Wreaths Available for Pick-Up:  Saturday, November 17

Thank you for your continuing support of Susan B Anthony’s mission to provide safety, healing and growth to victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse.

Loaves and Fishes Volunteer Training - Nov 5, 8, OR 10

Updated Food Safety Classes

We currently have a couple people trained in food safety for the Loaves & Fishes kitchen.  We are in need of several more trained volunteers for serving meals.  If you have not been trained before and wish to be trained, please let us know which of these dates are good for you so we can register everyone interested.

Class options:

Monday, Nov 5th @ 6 PM

Thursday, Nov 8th @ 6 PM

& Saturday, Nov 10th @ 10:30 AM

Classes run approximately 90 minutes.

Please respond to Dick Connor if you would like to be registered.  Specify which class you can attend.

13th Annual Harvest Dinner - Sat. Nov 10

Register online now!  Guarantee a seat!

Or contact the Church office:  860-868-0569 or via email.   

Menu includes roast turkey, real mashed potatoes, veggies, homemade pies and beverages.  Some musical entertainment, a Salute to Veterans' Day and our annual, sure-to-entertain PIE AUCTION will fill out the evening, provided we have extra pies.  Plan to join us for a delicious and lively evening, support others, and purchase a home-made pie for Thanksgiving!

As part of our Salute to Veterans' Day , all veterans and active service personnel who attend will enjoy a complimentary meal.

Doors open at 5:45 PM - Musical blessing and Grace at 6:30 -  
Dinner served at 6:40 PM  - Wine available by the glass

Seating and take-out meals will be by donation. 
Please give generously.
Proceeds will benefit local charities.

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 group in August.

Our Soldier for Friday November 2, 2018

Shilo Barker
Attn: Any Soldier®
C Co 5-101
TF Shadow
APO AE 09354

Added here: 06 August 2018
Expect to not mail past: 16 Jan 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 20, Females: 2
Unit is from: Kentucky

06 Aug 2018:
C 5-101 Phantoms are from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, 101st Airborne Division (AIR ASSAULT) and we are an aviation unit currently deployed in support of the war on terrorism and the rebuilding of relations with the Middle East. We have decent living conditions, hard walled buildings with 110 electricity, a dining facility, and laundry service. Our rooms do not have appliances, but our workspace has a microwave, fridge/freezer and coffee pot. Soldiers would appreciate portable dry snacks (examples are granola bars, pop tarts, energy bars, jerky, etc), games, books, movies, hygiene (basic and feminine) products, black/green cotton/wool socks, coffee, sugar, flavored creamers, water flavoring packets, sunscreen.

This is my 5th deployment, and trust me, the support that you show plays a major role in the morale that soldiers have during their time away from home. Thank you for whatever you can and choose to provide!



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

Coffee Hour Host Needed - Nov and Dec

We are in need of a host or co-hosts for coffee hour on November 25 and December 2, 16, 23, and 31.

Our deacons are encouraging a simple approach to coffee hour.  Ask one of our deacons, or Karen in the office, for a copy of these simple guidelines for your reference.

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.


NEW at First Congregational Church!

This special program for recycling of items not included in the single-stream municipal recycling programs is SPONSORED BY the Washington Environmental Council.  It is MADE POSSIBLE BY a generous grant from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund at the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation


  • Used Toothpaste Tubes & Caps (leave screwed on)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Oral Care Packaging (toothpaste boxes)
  • Floss Containers


The box is located in the Parish House coat room.

Other recycling boxes around town:

Brita Water Filter Materials - FCC

Garden Products - Washington Supply Company

Shoes and Footware - Washington Town Hall

Art Supplies - After School Arts Program

Weather-Related Cancellations

It's that time of year again!  With the possibility of weather-related cancellations, we intend to post cancellations or important Alert! here on our home page.  However, just to be safe, please tune in to WFSB / Channel 3.  Closings, cancellations, or late starts for any activities, including worship, will be posted there.

Advent Wreath-Making Workshop - Sunday, Nov 26

Sunday, November 25, the Sunday before Advent begins, Carrie Loyd will be leading a workshop during Sunday School.  All young people under the age of 18 are invited to come and decorate Advent Candle Wreaths to be used at home during Advent.  Candles will be included as well as a booklet with suggestions for use.  If you still have last year's wreath at home, please bring it in before Thanksgiving so we can reuse the wire frame for this year's wreath.  Siblings will work together to prepare one wreath for their family's use.  

Please let us know whether your family will be attending so that I can be sure to have enough wreath frames and decorations on hand.  If you know you have a frame at home and will be bringing that in this week, please let us know as well so we can plan accordingly.

Also, if you can join with a few parent volunteers to help organize and put away supplies after the workshop, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Hope to see your children there!  ~ Carrie

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