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Judea Weekly eNews for March 14 - Candidating Weekend is here!

Judea Weekly eNews for March 14 - Candidating Weekend is here!

 Dear Friends,

      This is another big weekend coming up for our church!  The Rev. Dr. Gray will be here to meet us and lead a service before we all have a chance to make our group decision on whether she will be our next Pastor.  This is one of the benefits of the democratic governance of our church for sure as YOU get another opportunity to have a say in the outcome.  And we hope to get a very high participation level on both Saturday and Sunday to be sure the results truly reflect the opinion of the majority.  On Saturday, plan to stop by for a visit to meet her and chat for a bit in the parlor.  This is a casual open house type format and "coffee/tea and..." will be provided.  Then on Sunday, come for the worship service at 10 am, followed by a short congregational discussion and vote while Rev. Dr. Gray heads over to visit with the Sunday School for a visit.  We are looking forward to seeing YOU there.

     Please scan through the announcements on the right to be sure you are up on the latest here.  But I want to call special attention to three of them. 

  • First, the beautiful photo book that our church gave to Pastor Cheryl at her farewell service is available for anyone to purchase.  The book cost is $60 and it reflects a curated selection of photos from the past 22 years and a dedication page with special focus on Pastor Cheryl's ministry among us.  We need a minimum of 10 books to place an order at that price so please let Karen know if you would like to purchase one.  If you ordered one in January or early February, contact Karen to claim yours. 
  • And our 3rd annual Trivia Night is coming up on April 13.  The details are shown in the announcement to the right.  You need not know who all will be at your table in order to reserve one as a host.  Contact Karen if you are interested.  A "table of rogues" is already started and singles are welcome to take part, too.  One person is already signed up there and we can take up to 5 more.

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

~ Karen

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A Vigil of Hope and Love

Please join us at the First Congregational Church of Washington, Connecticut, 6 Kirby Road for A Vigil of Hope and Love.

This a service to show support for Matt Kraft, his family and our community.

The Kraft family will not be in attendance because they are still in California. 

We gather to show our love for Matt, Roxanne, Greg and Ashley and for each other during this difficult time of waiting.

All are welcome to attend.

Friday, March 15th at 6:30 PM

In the Meeting House, 6 Kirby Road, Washington, CT

Introducing Rev. Robyn Gray, Candidate for Pastor

Click here for a to read the announcement from our Search Committee, along with her bio.  Print copies are available on the table in the back of the Sanctuary.

March 16, from 3 to 6 pm,
the Search Committee will host a “Meet and Greet” with Rev. Dr. Robyn Gray.
Come to meet her in person and get to know our candidate for new pastor.
Open house style, coffee and snacks provided.

Then, on March 17 at 10 am,
Rev. Gray will lead our Sunday morning worship service.
Immediately following the service, Robyn will spend some time
with the Sunday Schoolers
while we hold a special congregational meeting where
we will discuss and vote on whether or not we call her to be our next Pastor.

A 2/3 Vote of those attending is required to call our next Pastor.

If you have any questions, please contact Dimitri Willert or any member of the search committee.

In Memory of...

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

Order Your Copy of Church Photo Book

Have you seen the photo book we gave Pastor Cheryl as a remembrance of her 22 years of ministry at our church?

If you would like to see it, there is a copy for you to take a look at in the church office. This book is available for order. The price of $60 as long as we can get a total order of 10 or more books.
Please see Karen to either see the book and/or order your copy. (860) 868-0569, admin@firstchurchwashingtonct.org

Order your Easter Memorials Now

In addition to a variety of flowers, our Easter Memorials include alternative options that will provide food and/or shelter to our neighbors in need in Washington and beyond and will be distributed by our Missions Committee to organizations most in need in our area.

Gifts may be given in memory of the faithful departed, as thankfulness offerings, or anonymously in celebration of the new life that Easter brings. 

All memorials (flowers, food or shelter) are $20 each item selected. We are offer a nice selection of flowers!  Click the link below to see the options.
Download the order form here!

Judea Journal March-April Issue is HERE

We are an amazingly wonderful congregation and are in change together.  That is why this issue of the Journal (newsletter) has some especially important information (news, dates, etc) inside.  It contains several different voices and some new that I think you will enjoy.  So please make it a priority to download and read through today or this weekend.

Click here to download the March-April issue of the Judea Journal. 

Green Team Meeting - Thurs Mar 28 @ 7 pm

Please feel free to join us in the parlor as we discuss feedback from the Conversation Café held in January and plan activities this year based on that feedback. Be a part of the action; be a part of the solution! We’ll be planning workshops and other action and educational activities.

Contact Karen in the church office with any questions at (860) 868-0569 or by email.

Quarterly Congregational Meeting, Mar 31, 11 AM

The meeting will be held in the church hall immediately following worship.

  • Approval of minutes from the Jan 13 Quarterly Meeting
  • Ministry/ Committee Reports
  • Safe Church Policy (Revision) - discusion and vote
  • Green Fair Report
  • Old Business/ New Business

See you there!  
 Trish Grinnell, Moderator

Coffee Hour Host Needed - April 7 and 28

Thanks to all who signed up for coffee hour hosting since the last quarterly meeting, we are just shy of coverage for 2 weeks.  We are currently in need of a host or co-hosts for coffee hour on April 7 AND Debbie Swigart could use some help on April 28 if someone would like to partner up with her.  Please contact the church office if you don't have her phone number.

Our deacons are encouraging a simple approach to coffee hour.  Ask one of our deacons, or Karen in the office, for a copy of these simple guidelines for your reference.

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.

Opioid Epidemic Presentation at Gunn Library-April 7

Lecture and Visual Presentation
Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m. @ Gunn Memorial Library
Greenwoods Counseling Referrals Executive Director, JOHN SIMONCELLI and 
Executive Director McCall Center for Behavioral Health, MARIA COUTANT SKINNER.

Mr. Simoncelli & Ms. Skinner will share statistics detailing the impact of the epidemic on Litchfield County and describe how the region has responded. Most importantly, the discussion will educate the audience on what is driving this public health emergency and how members of the community can help.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

Click here for flyer

Trivia Night... Saturday, April 13

Individuals and couples are invited to play with us on
Saturday, April 13

Book your table now!!  We fill up fast!

The First Congregational Church of Washington, in conjunction with the Litchfield South Association of the CT Conference of the UCC,
is holding a 3rd annual TRIVIA NIGHT to benefit
the Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House in New Milford.

The game will consist of 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 we can hook you up with a team.

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.

3 Conference Ministers Respond to United Methodist Vote

CT-MA-RI Conference UCC - Together as One

The following is a letter from Connecticut Conference Minister The Rev. Kent J. Siladi, Massachusetts Transitional Interim Conference Minister The Rev. Don Remick and Rhode Island Transitional Conference Minister the Rev. Marilyn Kendrix.

“Revolutionary love is a well-spring of care, an awakening to the inherent dignity and beauty of others and the earth, a quieting of the ego, a way moving through the world in relationship, asking: ‘What is your story? What is at stake? What is my part in your flourishing?’ Loving others, even our opponents, in this way has the power to sustain political, social and moral transformation. This is how love changes the world.”  ~ Valarie Kaur

We stand in love: a decision, a choice, not just an emotion.
And emotions are running high for many right now in response and reaction to the decision of the special session of the General Synod of the United Methodist Church.
Each of our Together, As One conferences have voted to be Open and Affirming. And across our UCC, local churches and conferences have taken a stand to declare themselves Open and Affirming. We have debated and talked, we have searched scripture, history and tradition, we have brought the voices and stories of our LGBTQI siblings into the center, we have listened to our still speaking God. We have chosen an extravagant welcome proclaiming “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
It has been a long road. And in honesty and vulnerability we confess that it is still a debate within many of our churches and we, as conferences, still have a long way to go to fully center the voices and experiences that have too long been kept on the margins. We have work to do, even as love and justice for our LGBTQI kin is one of the core values of the vision that is shaping the development of our new Together, As One Conference.
So our hearts go out to our siblings within the United Methodist Church. There are many whose wounds are being freshly opened. There are many who are even less certain of their safety and place within their treasured spiritual homes. There are many longing for a world and a church that is ‘awakened to the inherent dignity and beauty of others…” And so, as The Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC, has written: “We hold the entire United Methodist Church in prayer as it seeks to heal and to express its faith in light of their understandings of scripture and the gospel.”
And we invite you to pray and reach out in revolutionary love to those that are grieving, hurting, angry, worried and longing for a better way to be as God’s children. “This is how love changes the world.”

Connecticut Conference Minister The Rev. Kent J. Siladi
Massachusetts Transitional Interim Conference Minister The Rev. Don Remick
Rhode Island Transitional Conference Minister The Rev. Marilyn Kendrix

Soldier Boxes - Donations needed by FRIDAY, March 15

"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.

Note: We currently have enough razors, hand sanitizer, deodorant and toothpaste/brush. Please remember shaving gel must be non-aerosol. Thank you!!

Our Soldier for Friday March 15, 2019

SGT Joseph Turner
Attn: Any Soldier®
C Co 1-171, TF Iron Dragons
APO AE 09355

Added here: 04 March 2019
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 01 Nov 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 20, Females: 4
Unit is from: Composite Unit

04 Mar 2019:
Mostly 110, some 220. Live in buildings when at home base, shacks when at outlying posts. Ok on food, but snacks/coffee/tea are welcome. We have laundry service, but one of our outliers does their own. Cooking ability is limited to a microwave, so stuff like popcorn is great. Have a fridge, no freezer.

Representing a conglomeration of two platoons made up of four different states, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, and Wyoming. We are a Medical Evacuation unit on call 24/7 so we usually have a decent amount of downtime, so things like board games, movies, shows, etc are great for us. Amenities such as shampoo/body wash/deodorant are our greatest weakness as the “store” we have is pretty slim. We do have four ladies with us so some feminine amenities are also appreciated. The summer months will bring a lot of dust and heat, so lotions and sunscreens will be useful also.

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

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. 

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 and the progressive darkening of the sanctuary.  Many members find this the most moving worship of the church calendar.

Easter Sunday - April 21

  • 6:30 am Sunrise Service on New Preston Hill and
  • 10:00 am Traditional Easter Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!
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