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Judea Weekly eNews for July 3 - The Fair is Coming, the Fair is Coming!!

Judea Weekly eNews for July 3 - The Fair is Coming, the Fair is Coming!!

Dear Friends,

       It seems like the Green Fair festival has been in full force this week with tag sale setup volunteers shaping that room up and the dynamic duo of Mike Gorra and Scott Brady, with help from Lee Parsons and his truck, have been doing a LOT of donation pickups.  There is much more that needs to be done so if you have not already offered yourself up as a helper, please contact Michelle Gorra for tag sale prep, Emelie Burl for book sorting, or Michael Gorra so he can hook you up with the area in most need of help.  I DO know that Sunday will start BOOKS - BOOKS - BOOKS with a human chain to move of books in storage up to the sanctuary after worship under the leadership of Emelie and Mike Burl so join us for worship and then some fun with books! 

     If you have not already completed your 2019 FCC Survey, there is a link in the announcement below.  There you can also find a call for BAKERS to make goodies for the Green Fair.  The last day to register for the summer theater camp at St. John's Church in July will be July 5... but you can read about all that in the full announcements below.  Oh!  And did we forget to tell you the Green Fair is coming?  Keep those donations and volunteer offers coming!!

    And if you can't be with us at this super fun time because maybe you are away on vacation, don't forget to save a little water from wherever you go to refresh 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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Judea Journal - REVISED

This revision contains correction to the Memorials page (9), where I inadvertently omitted the steeple lighting for July 14 in the original publication.

Click here for the NEW VERSION contains the missing dedication:

Given by Ed and Beth Collum Kosco in loving memory of her father, Rex E. Collum

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.

Calling all BAKERS . . .

Dig into your recipe files and fire up those ovens --

The 2019 Green Fair Bake Table crew is looking for lots of goodies to stock our tent this year!


  • Pies, Breads, and hand-held treats that can be eaten alongside a delicious cup of coffee (big cookies, small coffee cakes, brownies, donuts, muffins, etc.).

Even if you can't bake, feel free to purchase treats from your favorite bakery and donate to the table. We're also in need of volunteers to spend an hour or two selling.

Reach out to Kate Vengrove at or 203-788-9900
to let her know what you can provide/donate. BAKE ON, my friends!

Come to the Green Fair - Sat July 13 - 10am-2pm

The Go-To source for all things GREEN FAIR can be found at:

Donations are now being received and this year's fair schedule is being put together.  Bookmark it and check back frequently for latest updates!

RecycleCT - What's In? What's Out?

Do YOU know what should go into your recycle bin?

Are you you putting in things that don't belong?

Don't know for sure?

Check out for more details.  There is even a tool on the page where you can type in any item of question and the site will tell you what do do with it.

And download this handy reference sheet to hang by your bin.

Remember, though, each collection site sometimes offers additional special recycling programs so be sure to check with your town's site or your hauler for their special programs. 

And don't forget!  First Church has recycling collections for Oral Care (toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, empty floss containers) and Pur and Brita water filters.

And check for additional special collections around town.

Summer Theater Camp at St. John's Church -Jul 8-27

Summer Music Fun at St. John’s!

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, CT, is offering a three week summer theater and musical camp for area children this July. The children will be introduced to the magic of theater arts– acting, dancing and singing. The camp culminates in two joyous performances of an original work based on the story of Noah’s Ark in the beautiful Ehrick Rossiter designed church. The play is written and directed by Tom Dulack specifically for this event. Mr. Dulack is an award-winning playwright and director who worked for years with the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert series.

What: “The Rainy Days & Nights of Mr. and Mrs. Noah.”
Who: Children ages 6-11; no experience necessary
Where: St. John’s Parish Hall, 80 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 0673
When: Monday July 8 through Saturday July 27, Monday – Friday, 9 am – noon. Snacks provided.

The days leading up to the performance might require additional rehearsal time.

Tuition: $50 (Some camperships are available, if needed;  ask Sarah.)

Register Today! For more information please call Sarah Eyre at St Johns 860-868-2527  or visit

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!

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