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Judea Weekly eNews for June 28

Judea Weekly eNews for June 28


   The summer issue of the Judea Journal is here!  Download it now.  It is full of the latest news on our pastoral search effort, Pastor Cheryl's monthly article, missions and justice issues, upcoming events and other useful and newsy tidbits.

   We hope you are already enjoying all the summer has to offer but have you factored the Green Fair into your plans?  Green Fair donations are coming in fast and furiously and preparation activities are actively in process.   If you have not done so already, get your donations in early so the volunteer army can get rolling on all the work that has to happen to prepare all these goods for sale!  Have you signed up to help out yet?  If not, contact Mike Gorra as soon as possible. Despite the army already working towards the fair, we still need people!

    Check out all the great things happening in the life of our church by reading the announcements on the right.

    Summer Camp Sundays are back for the kids and the inspiration, music and fellowship for adults and young adults in the service on Sunday mornings at 10 am is still one of the best ways to start the week!  We're looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Karen Esslinger
First Congregational Church | admin@firstchurchwashingtonct.org | www.FirstChurchWashingtonCT.org | Calendar


Separation of Children From Parents at our Southern Border, What We Can Do

For those concerned about our government policy of separating children from parents at our southern border, here are five things you can do right now to take action against this:

1) Call the Department of Justice Comment line at (202) 353-1555 and express your strong opposition to this policy and concern about the children currently held separately.

You can also call the Department of Justice, Office of Legal Policy (202)514-4601

2) Call Congress (202) 224-3121. Make contact with the offices of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to thank them for signing on as cosponsors of S.3036 - Keep Families Together Act

3) Share the fact that you have made these calls on every social media platform you have access to. You can write your own message or, simply cut and paste each of the following:

I just called the DOJ comment line at 202.353.1555 to express my opposition to the practice of separating children from their families at our southern border. Hope you will take the time to do the same.

I just called my senators to express my support of S.3036 – Keep Families Together Act. Please take the time to urge your senators to cosign as well. Call congress at 202-224-3121. Don’t know your senator? Find them here https://www.callmycongress.com/

4) Send me an email and let me know if you would like to continue with direct action work to end this horrific practice. Consider joining a demonstration or march that has been planned for June 30. They are happening across the country you can find more information here https://www.familiesbelongtogether.org .

5) Distribute this information far and wide.

As many of you know, Pastor Cheryl and I attended the CT Conference annual meeting as delegates this past weekend. Our Conference was able to get an emergency resolution submitted, “A Resolution of Witness Condemning our Government’s Abhorrent Policy of Separating Immigrant Children From Their Parents at our Southern Border.” I have attached the resolution, and am pleased to say it passed overwhelmingly, with no one speaking in opposition to it. I’m proud of our conference, this resolution was put together well past the deadline for submitting resolutions and we were able to gather enough support and get the resolution into the hands of every delegate and bring it to a vote. I’m proud of our church, both of our delegates (Pastor Cheryl and myself) signed on as sponsors of this resolution. I know our congregation has people with the skills, the hearts, and the spirits to put our faith into action to end this horrific practice.

As it is written, Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments… are all summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. ROMANS 13:8-10

Blessings to you all,


Green Fair News! Are you part of the action yet?

Green Fair donations have started to roll in!  Why don't you pitch in and donate some goodies? 


Hey, are you assigned a task? If not, contact Michael Gorra and he can let you know where we need help!

You can do it now by contacting Michael Gorra by email or call 860-868-7852

Some specific requests:

  • Help with Silent Auction the week before the fair and day of the fair
  • Help pricing for the Boutique before the fair and helpers the day of the fair
  • Help after second tag sale to organize leftover items for pickup by other charitable organizations


Calling all BAKERS . . .

Dig into your recipe files and fire up those ovens -- The 2018 Green Fair Bake Table crew is looking for lots of goodies to stock our tent this year!

Especially: Pies, Breads, and hand-held treats that can be eaten alongside a delicious cup of coffee

(big cookies, muffins, small coffee cakes, brownies, donuts, 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 selling.

Reach out to Kate Vengrove at kvengrove@gmail.com or 203-788-9900 to let her know what you can provide/donate or for more details. BAKE ON, my friends!

Click here for information on what and how you can donate:  http://washingtongreenfair.tumblr.com/donate.

Or click on the image below for a larger, more readable version of this year's announcement.

We need your feedback - Appreciative Inquiry Sessions

John Lintner and Pastor Cheryl will be leading a process to update the church purpose statement and covenant in our bylaws; which will give potential ministerial candidates a more accurate picture of this congregation.

There will be four opportunities for you to participate in an “Appreciative Inquiry” process that will give us the raw materials to write a covenant that truly expresses the ethos and values of this congregation. We hope that you will be able to participate.  The remaining sessions are:

  • Saturday, June 23 – 10 am-noon;
  • Sunday, June 24, 11:30-1:30 pm.

All meetings will be held in the Parish House.  Sign up by emailing or calling the church office, or on the sign-up sheet at church on Sunday.

If none of the dates were possible for you but you would like to be interviewed, please contact Pastor Cheryl by email or phone: 860-868-0569, ext 11.

Special Summertime Food Bank Request

Summer time is quickly approaching and school will be soon letting out for the summer. That is good news for all students and most all of the parents, but for some of the parents an added challenge of making sure that their children have access to a good lunch.

The New Milford Mayor’s Office, the New Milford Board of Education and New Milford Public Schools, United Way of Greater New Milford, Loaves and Fishes, New Milford Social Services, New Milford Youth Agency, New Milford Hospital, the Community Culinary School, the New Milford Clergy Association, and MVP-SOS are THRILLED to introduce the New Milford Summer Lunch Bunch Program.

The NM Summer Lunch Bunch Program will provide youth in need daily week-day lunches during the summer months.


We would like to help our neighbors in need and are asking that starting this Sunday at the River Service and the next several weeks, that you bring in donations of breakfast and lunch foods to help support this needed mission. Last year’s suggestions included milk boxes small packs of cereal, granola bars, peanut butter, jams and jellies, tuna, canned chicken, mayo, pickles (think sandwich stuff!) also any small packs of snacks: individual applesauce, individual packs of fruit (in water not syrup) .

Coffee Hour Host needed for July and August

We are in need of a host or co-hosts for Sundays in July and August

We ask that all hosts follow guidelines for our new "Keep it Simple (Green)" Coffee Hour.

Our Deacons have out their heads together and come up with a simplified format so it will be easier for more people to volunteer host.

A few simple items:

  • Dip and chips (salsa or hummus, etc. and any kind of chip)
  • Fruit or veggies
  • Finger desserts
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Half and Half (for coffee/tea)

Instructions for making the coffee are on the back of the cabinet door where the coffee and tea are stored. 20 cups is usually enough.

And to keep it green:

Please use the ceramic mugs (top shelf) in the coffee cabinet so we can eliminate the need for the disposable hot cups — Please use the spoons and plates in the drawers and cabinets near the counter. Use the small dishwasher to clean them but don’t run it unless it is full.

Put the Britta water pitcher on the coffee/tea table with a few (glass) water glasses.

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.

In Memory of...

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

Meeting House Flower Pots

Have you noticed the flowers on the Meeting House apron (porch)?

They are a gift in memory of deceased members of our New Beginnings family Arthur Kass, Dana Gibson, David Cregeau, Dick Mason, Ed Thompson, Eddie Munson, Estelle Bronson, Jean Potter, Joyce Browne and Kevin Hawks.

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