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Judea Weekly eNews for August 15 - Broadway at First!

Judea Weekly eNews for August 15 - Broadway at First!


     The overarching New Testament message is one of hope and that is what this Sunday's worship service and sermon has on tap: the concept of a new society of peace and love.  Besides the scripture reading from Revelations 21:1-5, Pastor Robyn plans to underscore that message with music and story from the long-running production, West Side Story.  The prayers, sermon and fellowship are inspiring; the music's live.  Come; bring friends!

     Firming up the September calendar this week, it became clear that the new program year is coming in with a roar!  That means this September/October issue of the Judea Journal will be packed when it comes out at the end of this month.  You can get a peek at some of the activities planned in the announcements below, as well as our end-of-summer rituals like Blessing of the Backpacks on August 25 and Blessing of the Tools on September 1 at the Pavilion in Washington Depot.  Special note: If you've been attending but are considering learning more about membership in this church, we have another newcomer orientation scheduled for September 29 with an option to officially join the first Sunday in October.  More about the path to membership in the announcements below.

     We still have a couple more weeks before the Labor Day weekend and a month or so of summer, so wring out of it what you can!  I have been aiming to do just that with peach picking at Starberry Farm and will be apple picking at Averill Farm so I can put away some of this summer sushine in jars and freezer to enjoy in the darker days of winter.  And I believe the veggie farms like Waldingfield and other local sources are brimming with summer vegetables for fresh or canning, too.  Ah! What joys of God's creation we have in this little corner of the world!

     Wherever you are to refresh yourself this week and for the rest of the summer, don't forget to save a little water and put it in a safe place to bring on September 8 when we celebrate Homecoming with our annual Mixing of the Waters and Last Gasp of Summer picnic!  And you might get to thinking of what YOU can bring for the pot luck picnic.

     Whatever you are doing, enjoy your summer... but we do hope to see you in church this Sunday at 10 am!


Karen Esslinger

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Broadway at First!

Broadway at First! Where showtunes meet scripture, Sundays at 10 in the Meeting House: 7/28, 8/4, 11 and 18

Soldier Boxes - Donations needed by FRIDAY, August 9

"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.

Our Airman for Friday August 16, 2019

SPC Logan M. Cagle
Attn: Any Soldier®
APO AE 09354

Soldier's Title: Chaplains assistant
Added here: 28 March 2019
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 01 Dec 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 480, Females: 90
Unit is from: Texas

11 Aug 2019:  Hi I am SPC Cagle and I am sending this email as a update. Everything you have been sending is great thank you very much.

14 Jun 2019:  Hello my name is SPC Cagle, we would love to keep receiving care packages from you guys. We are here until November. We are very thankful for evey thing you had sent.

28 Mar 2019:  Hello this will be for the chaplains office for all people.we were wondering if we could please get shaving ream, razors, wipes, lotion, pads, tampons, socks, gum, k-cups, and candy.  Thank you very much for reading this and if you help we are all very grateful. Thank you and God bless.

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

WFM Summer Concert Series - Fridays, July 26 - Aug 16

Washington Friends of Music presents the 7th Summer Concert Festival Fridays at 5:30pm on July 26th, August the 2nd, the 9th, and the 16th in Washington, Connecticut. Lead by Douglas Myers, the New Baroque Soloists, a chamber orchestra performing with musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra offer an engaging and uplifting program with strings, keyboard, brass, and other wind instruments. The performances include some of the Brandenburg concertos by Bach, Tafelmusik by Telemann, and compositions by Vivaldi, Handel, Albinoni, and Quantz. The concerts are followed by a reception with the musicians and refreshments.

Program and ticket information at WashingtonCT4Music.blogspot.com or call 860-868-9174

Click on image to enlarge.

Blessing of the Backpacks, Students, Educators - Sun, Aug 25

On Sunday, August 25, our 10 am service will include a Blessing of the Backpacks, Students and Educators.  For this ceremony, we ask that all children and youth bring their school backpacks to church so that they may be blessed for inspired work during the coming school year.  Educators of all sorts are included, too, so come!  And bring your friends so they can start a blessed new school year.

The kids will be having some water balloon fun, too, so be sure to have them dress in clothes you don't mind them getting wet in.... and a towel is a good idea!

Sign up NOW for Loaves and Fishes - Aug 29

Our next Loaves & Fishes service date is Thursday, August 29.  Food drop-off is on Wednesday, Aug 28 and Thursday, Aug 29 by NOON.

We will be serving Shepherd’s Pie, salad, fruit, bread. We need it all but especially the main dish. We have a recipe in case you are unsure of how to do it!

The sign-up list is open and awaiting offers of food and kitchen help that day for setup/ serving/ cleanup. (3:15 - 6 pm)  The best way to sign up is using our interactive online form, click here.  Or you can sign up on the clipboard in church on Sunday.

Any questions?  Please contact Dick

Remember the WATER! (Sunday, Sept 8)

Don't forget the water - image of dropletDon’t Forget the Water!

Over the summer, in whatever place you go to recharge (experience Sabbath), remember to save some water in a bottle.  From a lake, a stream, an ocean, or your kitchen tap!  Be sure to label it and save it in a safe spot to bring along on Recovenanting Sunday, September 8, for our annual “Mixing of the Waters” as we begin another year of exploring and celebrating Sabbath together.

Mark the date on your calendar so you don’t miss the service and also the annual “Last Gasp of Summer” picnic afterward.  ENJOY!

Last Gasp of Summer Picnic - Sunday, Sept 8

     You saved your water... or you didn't and you will be bringing tap water as a stand-in for your summer vacation location.  But have you thought about the picnic after our annual "Mixing of the Waters"? 

     Our deacons will be hosting this picnic and will have the grill fired up to cook an assortment of meat and veggie burgers and hotdogs for us.  But we all need to bring the sides, salads, snacks, and desserts for the buffet table.  So gear up for this fun event. 

The Sunday-Schoolers will be doing their second annual mixing of the sands after they are dismissed from the Meeting House.  For those unfamiliar with this, it is some fun sand art to represent their classroom and keep on display throughout the year.

2019 Walk to End Alzeimer’s in Litchfield, Sunday, Sept 8

Ceremony @12:30/ walk begins 1 pm


Join the team of our new office tenant, Sara Guillemette and Washington Geriatrics Consulting on this walk to raise funds for Alzeimer’s research. Or you can simply make a donation online. Donations via the link above can be as low as $10.00.

The individual donating can request confidentiality OR be detailed as either a business OR as an individual. Donation amount can be tagged “confidential”.

"Paris to Pittsburgh" Tues, Sept 17 at 6 pm

Join members of First Congregational Church and Washington Environmental Council at a screening of a new National Geographic documentary, "Paris to Pittsburgh", which captures what's at stake for communities around the country due to climate change and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 17 at 6 PM
WHERE:  Gunn Memorial Library

This event is free and open to the public.  Please click here to download flyer.

The film screening is generously provided by Interfaith Power and Light with sponsorship from Bloomberg and Radical Media.

All are invited… to a reception to honor First Selectman Mark E. Lyon

Mark has decided not to run again for First Selectman. A reception to honor his many years of service to the Town as First Selectman and his many other contributions to the Town in various roles is planned for…

WHEN: Friday, September 20, 2019, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
WHERE: Bryan Memorial Town Hall, Washington Depot, Connecticu

Please RSVP to: Selectman's Office

Trivia Night... Saturday, Sep 21

Individuals and couples are invited to play with us on
Saturday, September 21

Book your table now!!  We fill up fast!

The First Congregational Church of Washington,
is holding a 4th annual TRIVIA NIGHT to benefit
the Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House in New Milford.

The game will consist of up to TWELVE TEAMS of 5-6 people.  Each team will contribute $100 to play.  That amounts to $20 or less per person for a night of fun and challenge.  There will be other opportunities to contribute, too, with a 50/50 raffle.

Teams will bring refreshments and arrive between 5:45 and 6:15 for check-in and getting everyone seated.  The game will begin at 6:30 pm.

We are currently accepting registrations for teams.  If you want to play but don’t have a team, contact us and if we get enough "rogues", we will make a team of it.

Please contact Karen by email or phone 860-868-0569 as soon as possible if you are interested in participating as a contestant or if you wish to help out as volunteer.   To download the flyer, click here.

Memorial Service for Matthew Kraft - Sept 28 at 1 pm

Dear Family and Friends,

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 28th to honor and celebrate the life of our Matt.

The service will take place at the First Congregational Church of Washington (6 Kirby Road, Washington, CT 06793) at 1:00 pm.

The service will be followed by a gathering at the Bryan Memorial Town Hall (2 Bryan Plaza, Washington Depot, CT) to share memories, stories, enjoy the company of one another, and to have a bite to eat.

We are asking for you to send us your memories, stories of and with Matt, thoughts or quotes/sayings to be included in a Memory Book we are compiling for the service. Please email to Roxanne at rkraft78@aol.com. We welcome all of your memories so they can become part of ours.

In lieu of flowers donations in honor of Matthew Charles Kraft can be made to: the Semper Fi Fund or “The Town Hall Gang”.

Semper Fi Fund donations aid the wounded, critically ill, and injured service members of our nation and their families (website: semperfifund.org).

“The Town Hall Gang” is a group of dedicated individuals in Washington, CT who started a service project to support our troops. It has involved the shipment of over 1,500 care packages to 550 servicemen and women in the Marines, Army, Navy, and the Air Force serving primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. Donations cover the cost of postage and the purchase of supplies. Checks should be made out to “The Town Hall Gang” and sent to Town Hall Gang, c/o Town Clerk, P.O. Box 383, Washington Depot, CT 06794. If you would like to be on an email list with details of weekly needs or if you have a name of a serviceman/woman deployed who could support boxes, please contact denise.arturi@charter.net.

Please share this email with others who knew Matt and would like to join us in this special celebration of his life.

With love and deep gratitude,

The Kraft Family,

Roxanne, Greg, Ashley & Eric DeVos

A Path to Membership

New Member Orientation/ Luncheon: Sunday, September 29
and New Member Sunday: October 6

We would love to have anyone interested in becoming a member attend a luncheon after service on September 29 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 October 6, 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 admin@firstchurchwashingtonct.org

Trish Grinnell, Moderator


Have You Completed Your SURVEY?

The past couple of weeks, we have been asking members and attenders to complete a relatively short survey that includes feedback about all aspects of our church life.  If you have not gotten one yet, you can CLICK HERE for your copy.

Please complete and return to the church office or Pastor Robyn by 6-30-19, if possible.  Late submissions will be accepted but please... as soon as you can.

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