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Judea Weekly eNews - Jan 18 - Working Together for Environmental Justice

Judea Weekly eNews - Jan 18 - Working Together for Environmental Justice


     Last Sunday, during worship, we officially commissioned the new Pastoral Search Committee.  We are encouraging everyone to pray for them as they do this very imporant work of finding a new pastor for our church.  The announcement on the right includes the commissioning prayer that Pastor Cheryl offered last Sunday.  Save a copy and you can use it as your prayer over the next year.

     This Sunday, we will be continuing to explore our faith practice of Working for Justice.  Last week, we learned some beautuful new sung prayer responses for this topic and we'll be singing those again this week. Jesse Ofgang will provide special music on guitar and the Sunday Schoolers will have a special guest teacher, Terri Tibbatts, who will work with them on a special lesson about the justice issue of clean water for all. They will start over in the Meeting House as usual so bring the whole family to church this Sunday.

     And if you were in the worship service last Sunday, you heard a mission moment about the UCC Neighbors in Need annual offering and just one of the ministries that this fund supports.  Over the next several weeks, you will be hearing more about that and will be invited to make an offering on Sunday, February 11.  To learn more about Neighbors in Need now, along with stories of how those funds are put to good work, go to www.UCC.org/NIN.

     And a quick reminder that tonight is the free screening of the documentary "Bag It: Is your life too plastic?" at the Washington Montessouri School, cosponsored by the Washington Environmental Council.  We will be screening it here at the Parish House with a pot luck supper at a date and time to be announced.  So if you can't get there tonight, you can join us then.  And then on February 1st there will be an interview with a best-selling author by our own Kim Shariff at the Makery in New Milford.  The book is on first hand experience of racism in America and how the healing power of community helps to overcome the sense of isolation in being considered "the other".  Both announcements appear on the right sidebar.  Read through, along with any other new things you may have missed!

     We are not just talking about issues of environmental justice here in this church but are also forming a new Green Team here at the church to actively address some of those issues locally.  The first announcement on the right tells you more about it and how you can get in on the action.

     Another new announcement to note is that Silver Lake Conference Center (summer camp) is now accepting registrations.  The announcement on the right will give you all the necessary details and links.  There is even an early registration discount for those who register before the end of January. 

If you missed the January-February Journal that came out earlier this month, you can download it now for some fireside reading.

Blessings on your week ahead.  Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

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


Silver Lake Registration Time is Here Again!

Conference registration is open!  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. 

Register by January 31 and save $50 off your conference fees!  Enter the code:  EARLY18 at checkout.

Conferences include:

  • Circle of Friends (Pastor Cheryl and Cara Michalski, leaders)
  • Bon Voyage and Happy Trails  (Karen & Scott Brady, leaders)
  • Family Camp
  • Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
  • My Loved One and Me
  • Silver Lake Sings
  • Branching Out
  • With Great Power
  • Around the World
  • Leave No Trace
  • Connect 24
  • God Song
  • My So-Called Life
  • Fun in the Sun
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Silver Lake's Funniest Videos

Silver Lake Conference Center, 223 Low Rd., Sharon

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

Learn more about Silver Lake’s tiered pricing in this video: Juggling... The New Silver Lake Cost Options


A Prayer for the Pastoral Search Committee

Committee Members:  Scott Brady, Emelie Burl, Judie Gorra, John Lintner, Cara Michalski, John Turner, Dave Werkhoven, Dimitri Willert.

     As our newly elected Search Committee prepares to lead us through the work of a pastoral search, please hold them all in prayer.

     Recognizing God’s calling; this congregation has places our trust in the wisdom and dedication of this group of people.  We commission them to work on our behalf to find the next pastor and teacher to minister with and among us.  With gratitude for their willingness to undertake this important work; we promise our cooperation and our prayers.

    May God strengthen your friendship and deepen your faith.  May God give light for your path and fill you with understanding and wisdom to discern the spirit and needs of the congregation.  God grant you eyes of the heart to recognize the spiritual gifts of the one God is sending.  May God give you patience and perseverance.  May God keep you and your families safe and well. 

     And in the coming months, if you don’t know any of them, introduce yourself.  Get to know those fellow members who are doing this important work for our congregation.


Is your life too plastic?

Join the Washington Environmental Council & Washington Montessouri School for a free screening of the documentary "Bag It... is your life too plastic?"

WHEN:  Thursday, January 18 at 7 pm
WHERE: Washington Montessouri School Theater

Watch the official trailer for the movie.

Email WEC for more information.

A Converation with Author Julie Lythcott-Haims to benefit ASAP

with interviewer, Kimberly Ayers Shariff

WHEN:  Thursday, February 1
WHERE:  The Makery, 20 Bank St., New Milford, CT

Come for an inspiring conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American: A Memoir. Special guest Kimberly Ayers Shariff will interview Lythcott-Haims and moderate a Q&A.

In her latest book Real American: A Memoir, Lythcott-Haims stirringly evokes her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. Real American expresses also, through Lythcott-Haims's path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered "the other." Her memoir will be available for purchase at Makery Coworking.

All proceeds from this event with benefit ASAP! and it's many programs.

Go to the ASAP website for tickets or more information.

*Patron Reception will take place prior to the event at 5:00pm at Makery Coworking.

Preferred Dining Option (across the street from Makery Coworking):

Lucia Ristorante *Due to limited seating, Lucia has requested you make your dinner reservations by January 25th.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed - in February

We are in need of hosts for February 25.

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 or consult our guidelines document, available by clicking here.

Food Bank - 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.

This month, we will direct our donations to the New Milford Food Bank. As Jeanne shared with us in church recently, they really could use coffee, oatmeal, healthy lunchbox snacks, baby wipes, among a few other high demand items. 

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)
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 Brittany Shorter and her Platoon in October and for Christmas and just received a card from them.  I will forward it to you this week.

Our Soldier for Friday January 19, 2018

Brittany Shorter
Attn: Any Soldier®
D CO, 317 BEB 3/10 MTN QWEST
APO AE 09351

Soldier's Title: Platoon Leader Unit is from: Louisiana
Added here: 15 October 2017 Expected to leave Iraq: 07 Jul 2018
Contact for approx number of Males: 17, Females: 3

15 Oct 2017:
Good Afternoon, I am a Platoon Leader of 21 wonderful hard working soldiers and we are currently deployed to Iraq Our home unit is out of the good and mighty Fort Polk, Louisiana. We are excited to get the opportunity to represent The United States Army in other countries and knowing that we are supporting is amazing!! While we are overseas, we would greatly appreciate any and all support to us while we are serving our country and away from normality and our lovely families.
Our current conditions are described below and anything you would like to provide to help us get through our deployment will be honored! 
We Live, work and, eat in tents.
We sleep on cots in tents with air condition.
We have a small satellite PX which is provided but with very limited hours, supplies, and food due to lack of resupply and personnel.
We receive 2 cooked meals a day and we need lots and lots of food/ snacks for in between meals and missions.
We have 1 microwave and toaster in the cafeteria tent.
We do not have our own refrigerators, or any other cooking supplies or storing abilities.
We have a 1 week turn around for laundry service and need laundry detergent.
Female troops need personal hygiene products.
Male troops need hygiene products.
Mail takes about a month to receive and positive letters or quotes to my soldiers are needed for their moral while waiting to hear from their loved ones.
Please tell us who you are and where you are from so we can gratefully acknowledge and represent to all who have supported us!! 
Thank you for your time, effort, and supplies if provided. We understand that you would be giving your time and energy and going of your way for us. Please know that All items will be greatly appreciated and distributed and utilized and remember that you are the one making smiles 1 package at a time! Hoohah!


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

Help Support this Church by Sponsoring a Pew Memorial Plaque

Our pews are mostly the same pews that were installed when this church was rebuilt in 1801.  This past winter into spring, as part of the renovations we did to repair, replace elements and generally make more beautiful our sanctuary, the pews were all removed, repaired and painted.  Some were revised to allow space for better accessibility for wheelchairs, complementing our lift that helps make the church itself more accessible and welcoming. 

To help offset some of the cost of these renovations, we are offering an opportunity to memorialize the pews for members, friends and members of the community at large who appreciate this historic building and all that it offers to us and the community.

A permanent plaque will be mounted on a pew with your personalized dedication.

Complete and return this form to the church at PO Box 1285, Washington, CT  06793.

Volunteer Assistants Needed for Sunday School and Nursery

Would you be willing to assist in the Sunday nursery or Sunday school room a few times a year or every so often?
Please contact Carrie Loyd and let her know how you would like to help.

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, if there is no such announcement, please tune in to WFSB / Channel 3.  Closings, cancellations, or late starts for any activities, including worship, will be posted there.

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