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Judea Weekly eNews for August 4 - Broadway at First!

Judea Weekly eNews for August 4 - Broadway at First!

Dear Friends,

    Last Sunday's worship service was a hit as Pastor Robyn introduced the theme of "seeing the invisible" with musical performances from Dear Evan Hanson.  Our summer sermon series, "Broadway at First: Where scripture meets showtunes"  continues this Sunday with inspiring messages demonstrated through songs from the musical, School of Rock..  Come to church this Sunday at 10 am to hear about how the diversity of people and their various gifts and passions provide a glimpse into the mosaic that is the beauty of God.  She will be rushing back on Sunday morning from Silver Lake Conference Center, where she will co-lead with Cara Michalski their own little mosaic of young people learning and practicing ways to be and make good friends.  After worship, she will head back up there for the week of campy adventure ahead!

     When you come on Sunday, you will also be able to see the stunning results of Ferris Gorra's work to find homes for the many leftovers from the Green Fair!  Sometimes you only see things clearly in their absence...  Take a look around!  He tells me that he was working very hard to figure out the process and document for efficient and effective management of this part of the fair in the future as well as putting many hours into the physical work of making it happen.  There has indeed been some help, especially in the dispursement of books and the packing of tag sale leftovers and so thanks go to all who pitched in.  The plan is that beginning next year, we will have a committee of people to help him do what he has done this year.  If you are interested in helping on this next year, I am sure he will be thrilled to line up people for that well in advance.  For more info, please contact Ferris Gorra.

     Finally, new on the list of announcements below is an open letter from the family of Matthew Kraft inviting you to a celebration of his life on September 28.  Please read on.

     Wherever you are this week and for the rest of the summer, don't forget to save a little water from where you have refreshed yourself and put it in a safe place to bring on September 8 when we celebrate Homecoming with our annual Mixing of the Waters!

     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

In Memory of...

Click here for this week's memorial intentions for flowers and steeple lighting.

Soldier Boxes - Donations needed by FRIDAY, August 2

"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 Soldier for Friday August 2, 2019

Roman Botashoff
Attn: Any Soldier®
AOB-C / 909th FST
Camp Dahlke
APO AE 09322

Soldier's Title: 909 Forward Surgical Team Commander
Added here: 28 July 2019
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 30 Apr 2020
Contact for approx number of Males: 20, Females: 10
Unit is from: Illinois

28 Jul 2019:
Living condition are below standard. No running water or plumbing. Limited hot food availability. Austere environment. Sometimes, electricity is available (110)

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


Thursday, August 8th at 6 PM in the Wykeham Room, at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT.
Free and open to the public.

Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, who was awarded Latina Person by the CT Legislature for enrolling over 7,000 people into the Affordable Care Act in its first two years. Ms. Zimmerman will speak about current CT Healthcare, where we go from here and Medicare For All.

This event is sponsored by the Washington Democratic Town Committee and part of the John Millington Lecture Series.

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

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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!

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

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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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