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Judea Weekly eNews for April 18 - Easter

Judea Weekly eNews for April 18 - Easter

Dear Friends,

       Holy Week continues as we contemplate Maundy Thursday TONIGHT, when we symbolically experience Jesus' last passover meal with disciples and other characters at 7:30 pm in the Meeting House.  To punctuate the readings, special musical reflections will be offered by Mary Costanza and Jesse Ofgang.  The sanctuary is progressively darkened during this so that as the service ends, we all depart in silence.  We hope you will take this opportunity to meet Jesus in your heart.

     And then... Hallelujah, it's Easter Sunday, a celebration of New Life with a brass trio, an participative postlude of the Hallelujah Chorus, spring blooms, and an Easter Egg Hunt for the Sunday Schoolers, hosted by our Youth Group during the service!  (Adult supervision of the Egg Hunt will be provided by our Christian Education Team.)  Sunday worship is at 10 am but there is also a community Sunrise Service at 6 am on New Preston Hill, led by Rev. Linda Williams of Salem Covenant Church.  Some folks attend both!  The announcements below will give you more information about all that.  What better time to invite a friend or extended family to church?

     There are also a couple of new announcements, too, so scroll down a bit and check them out. The April Judea Journal supplement is also available for you to download.  It includes Pastor Robyn's first full article as our new pastor.

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

Karen Esslinger

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Holy Week Services - Days and Times

Palm Sunday - April 14  at 10:00 am

Maundy Thursday - April 18 at 7:30 pm

Our Maundy Thursday worship begins at 7:30pm, and is a service of communion and tennebrae which includes readings from the various personal perspectives of Jesus' followers as Holy Week unfolds.  During this, the sanctuary is progressively darkened and we leave in silence.  Many members find this the most moving worship of the church calendar.

Easter Sunday - April 21

  • 6:00 am Sunrise Service on New Preston Hill (Rev. Linda Williams leading) and
  • 10:00 am Traditional Easter Celebration in the Meeting House
    Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!

We will celebrate Easter Sunday by closing the service with a rousing rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus! All members of the congregation are welcome to join us! Beginning this Sunday, April 7th copies of the music will be available in the back of the church for anyone to pick up ahead of time. Copies will also be available on Easter Sunday morning. Those who may want o brush up on your part for the Hallelujah Chorus can join from 9:30-9:45 on April 21st to sing through it prior to the Easter service.

Are you a member? Do you want to be a member?

Did you feel like you should vote for our new pastor but weren’t sure if you could?

We would love to have everyone who is interested in being a member, become a member.

For more information, see the info sheet on the table in the back of the Sanctuary or Click Here.

If you feel like you want to be a member, please let Karen, myself or a member of the Council or Deacons know. We would love to have you and have everyone feel included!!

Trish Grinnell, Moderator


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

Legislators Talk About Importance of Faith

By Tiffany Vail

At a first-of-its-kind event on Friday, more than 30 people from 11 Connecticut Conference churches came to the Legislative Office Building to meet with three legislators who are members of CTUCC churches. They talked about issues ranging from environmental protection to gambling to economic justice and reproductive rights.

Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi opened up the gathering by talking about the intersection of faith and politics.

“We believe that Christianity cannot be just confined to the private, personal part of life. In our tradition in the United Church of Christ we believe that faith is expressed in the public square,” he said “We believe that once a person embraces a faith, it has implications for the believer, the community and the pursuit of the common good.”  Read More...

More on the subject: 

Forum on Economic & Social Costs of Gambling in CT

April 30, 2019 at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
CT State Capitol, Room 310, Hartford, CT
The Women’s Caucus of the Connecticut State Legislature is hosting a forum on the economic and social downside of further gambling in the state, including casinos, internet gambling, and sports betting. Legislative Advocate Michele Mudrick asks everyone to urge their representatives and senators to attend. Read more

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 twice 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!"

Judea Journal April Supplement is HERE

Wow!  Spring is here and so is the April supplemental edition of the Judea Journal.

Click here to download the April issue

Food Bank - Please 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.

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)

Silver Lake Registration Time is Here Again!

Conference registration is open and brochures with all camp conferences listed are on the literature table in the Meeting House!  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. 

Conferences include subject matter for every interest!

Silver Lake Conference Center, 223 Low Rd., Sharon

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

Give to the Jack Jewett Fund for Silver Lake Scholarships

Silver Lake Registration Time is Here Again!  Please help our kids who cannot afford to grow at camp for a week this summer by contributing to our Jack Jewett Fund.  Each year, this fund helps to offset some of the cost for our kids to continue to experience God in our world through lively and engaging programs, amazing social opportunities as well as spiritual growth.

You may send your check to First Congregational Church, attn: Jack Jewett Fund, PO Box 1285, Washington, CT 06795.  Or place a check in the Sunday offering with "Jack Jewett Fund" in the memo line.

To hear more about it, visit the Silver Lake website for information and an overview video on the home page. 

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