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Judea Weekly eNews - Still Living Joyfully

Judea Weekly eNews - Still Living Joyfully

Hi friends,

     This week, we continue our faith practice of "Living and Playing Joyfully."  Rev. Anne Marie will fill in the pulpit this Sunday while Pastor Cheryl is away and will focus a story of joy from Luke's gospel about Jesus' mother, Mary, and her cousin, Elizabeth.  SingOut!CT will provide special music under the direction of Alecia Evans.  Won't you come this Sunday and share our joy?

    Can you do me a favor?  We are in need of coffee hour hosts for November 12 and 26.  If you haven't done it in a while, or if you have never done it, please sign up.  If you want to do it with a partner but don't know who, you can let us know that, too, and we can find someone to do it with you.  It can be fun - and joyful if you want it to be!  Give it a try.  The announcement in the sidebar has a link to guidelines if you are feeling you need a little support in the process.

    Our Youth Group is busy this year raising money to help those impacted by natural disasters as there is just so much need for that alone this year.  Their annual Fall Clean-up Raffle's proceeds will benefit a particular area of this country hard hit by either storms or wildfires.  The drawing will be held this Sunday during coffee hour - tickets will be available until just before they hold the drawing.  Then, at their regular monthly meeting this Sunday evening, in between creating joy in their Halloween celebration, the Youth Group will vote to decide where to direct those funds.  Hey!  You could get your yard clean-up done AND support a good cause all at the same time.  Buy several tickets and improve your chances!

     The Susan B Anthony wreath sale concludes this Sunday during coffee hour.  If you have not placed your order yet, you'll want to do that by Sunday to ensure you get your beautiful wreath or centerpeice by Thanksgiving.  I tried the table centerpeice last year and even ordered an extra this year because it brought us so much joy (they are SOOO beautiful)!  If you just want to get it done before you forget, you can place your order right now by emailing MariLyn Roze.  See the announcement on the right for more information.

   There are so many disasters that we hear about in the news, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  But our denomination, The United Church of Christ - with all our help - is making an impact.  If you want to find out how, you can visit their Disaster Ministries page.  There you can find updates on the various hot spots and what this denomination is doing to address the need.  And more ways you can help.  We will keep this link available in our weekly emails so you can continue to get the latest updates.  You might poke around a bit on the site, too.  There is a whole lot of information about the church in action.

We are looking forward to seeing you in our church community this Sunday!

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Christmas Wreath Sale - Order by Sun, 10/29

The Wreath Sale is EARLY 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
Grave blankets @ $45

MariLyn Roze will be taking orders in the church hall on Oct 15, 22 and 29  or…
Contact Marilyn by email.

Ordering Deadline:  October 29   
Wreaths Available for Pick-Up:  Sunday, November 19

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.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed - Nov 12 and 26

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.

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.

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.

This month, we will direct our donations 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)
Compassionate Communication - November 1 @ 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, November 1 at 6:30 pm.

Click here for more information and downloadable resources, reference information and videos.

12th Annual Harvest Dinner - Sat. Nov 11

Register online now!  Guarantee a seat!

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.  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.

Benefit Concert: From Opera to Broadway - Sat, Nov 18, 2 pm

Benefit Concert:  November 18 at 2:00 PM
               @ First Congregational Church

with David Behnke, Jenny Friedman and Griffin McMahon

Arias and duets by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti
as well as Broadway favorites

A suggested donation of $15-20 will help benefit the
continuing work of our church in the community.

Donations needed for Soldier Boxes 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 October 27, 2017

Travis Jordan

Travis is the son of Krissy Jordan who works in the Union Savings Washington Depot office. He is part of the Air Force Special Ops. Team and is once again deployed in Afghanistan.  We sent packages to him in 2014/15.  Like so many of our great servicemen, he is not hard to please but would like nuts, protein bars and peppermint patties.


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

Provide a care package to a family in US Virgin Islands

Adopt A Family, USVI pairs supporters with families in the US Virgin Islands who are struggling due to impacts from Hurricane Irma and Maria. It is a wonderful way to come together and remember the true meaning of giving back. 

Families in the USVI are facing difficult living situations such as having no power, no hospital, no running water. Although it will be quite some time until the community is up and running, one thing we can provide now is, HOPE! Through Adopt A Family, USVI you will have the opportunity to provide a care package for a family in need that has either individually registered, or asked for assistance through the Family Resource Center (http://frcusvi.org/)  on St. Thomas. Your support and generosity in providing care packages speaks volumes and will touch the lives of both adults and children.

To find out how you can help, go to:

http://www.adoptafamilyusvi.com/about-us/           Webpage where you can adopt a family

https://www.facebook.com/AdoptAFamilyUSVI/ Facebook page

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/news/    For local news coverage of the recent hurricanes and their impact

Or you can contact Sue Elliott, who has kept up with the latest news of local impact from her daughter, who is living and working on the island of St. Thomas.

Adopt-a-Family USVI is a grassroots organization started to help garner support for the people in the US Virgin Islands who have been impacted.  It is not an established/rated charity but is working with the Family Resource Center on St. Thomas for distribution of supplies.   The Family Resource Center on St. Thomas is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization addressing domestic violence.

If you prefer to give to a long-established foundation, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands is another way to give.   And, of course, prayers are always welcome and much needed!

Group Meditations Fridays and Saturdays

Beginning Friday, September 8, join Pastor Cheryl for group meditation in the Parish House parlor.  Every week, you can come on Fridays at 5:00 pm and/or on Saturday mornings at 9:00 and will run until sometime in December.

***  No meditation on October 27 and 28 ***

She will be meditating and welcome anyone who would like to help deepen the experience.  Sitting with a group is easier and deeper than sitting alone.  We will check in about our practice and sit for 20-30 minutes each time.  If anyone new to meditation wants to join, she will teach. 

If you would like to be on an email list for either of those times so that you will be notified if the session is changed or cancelled, you can contact Pastor Cheryl by email.

Updated Annual Reports Available

2016-17 Annual reports, updated with the final report on financial data from the Treasurer is now available.  Print copies are on the back table in the Meeting House and digital copy can be obtained by emailing the church office.

Loaves and Fishes Next Service Date - Thurs Nov 30

Our next service date for the Loaves and Fishes Hospitality Kitchen is Thursday, November 30. 

We will need all of the usual food items plus volunteers to help setup/ serve/ cleanup.  Please click here to select your volunteer option and sign up. 

If you have any questions about it, please contact Dick Connor or the church office by phone at (860) 868-056 or by email.

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