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Judea Weekly eNews for March 21 - Happy Spring! We have a new pastor!!

Judea Weekly eNews for March 21 - Happy Spring! We have a new pastor!!

 Dear Friends,

      We have a new pastor!  The members of our congregation present last Sunday affirmed the selection of Rev. Dr. Robyn Gray by unanimous vote after numerous opinions were shared of what people appreciated about her and the inspiring service that preceded.  A lively coffee hour reception followed.  Pastor Robyn starts her ministry here on April 1.  Of course, we thank all the members of the Pastoral Search Committee for all of their hard work over the past year and a half.  And we thank God for making it possible!

     With that to look forward to, we are still in transition and have the pleasure of being cared for and ministered to by our Bridge Pastor, Anne-Marie Zanzal.  Do come worship with us this Sunday as we cultivate and nurture our hearts and minds this Lent and enjoy the service Anne-Marie has thoughtfully, prayerfully crafted for us.  And take the opportunity to visit with her while we have her with us!

     There are a few new announcements that have popped up on the list to the right.  And specifically missing is an announcement for Trivia Night, which is being re-scheduled to a later date.  Stay tuned for more on that in the future. 

  • NEW!  Green Team Meeting - TONIGHT from 7-8 pm.  You are welcome to join us!
  • NEW!  Easter Memorials - order yours before April 3.
  • Not so new...But important! Quarterly Meeting March 31 at 11 am
  • NEW! Holy Week Schedule - April 14 - 21 - see announcement for details
  • NEW! Food Bank Donations needed!  (Thanks to those who answered the call this past week!!!)

Blessings on your week ahead!

~ Karen

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UPDATE! Green Team Meeting - Thurs Mar 21 @ 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.


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!

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) - discussion and vote
  • Green Fair Report
  • Old Business/ New Business

See you there!  
 Trish Grinnell, Moderator

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. 

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 (Rev. Linda Williams leading) and
  • 10:00 am Traditional Easter Celebration in the Meeting House
    Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!
Food Bank - Please Contribute this Week

Eating does not have a season. Won’t you please pick up a few extra items for the cart so that those who need it can have some nutritious food or personal care items they might not be able to buy this month.  Remember, the money starts running thin towards the end of the month – before it finally runs out in that last week, or before.  Donations are especially needed NOW.  A list of items is available in the cart or online.

Our donations are currently being directed to the New Milford Food Bank.

Bring your donations to church on Sunday or they may be placed in the Parish House shopping cart any time the building is open (Monday through Friday, 9-5 pm, and Sunday mornings)

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

Blood Drive at the Gunnery on Sun, April 14

8th Annual Margaret P. Addicks Memorial Blood Drive
Hosted by the Van Sinderen Dorm

WHERE:  Gunnery’s Upper Gym (follow the signs) 
WHEN:  Sunday, April 14 from 9 am to 2 pm

For an appointment, please contact Miss Hart  - hartj@gunnery.org  or call 860-619-0268 
Or visit online at RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code = TheGunnery

Save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org to complete your pre-donation reading and health history on the day of your appointment.

For more information about The Gunnery, please visit Gunnery.org.

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 22

"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 Sailor for Friday March 22, 2019

Attn: Any Sailor®
PSC 201 BOX 1035
APO AE 09522

Added here: 04 March 2019
Expected to leave Undisclosed: 05 Nov 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 150, Females: 50
Unit is from: Virginia

04 Mar 2019:
We are a joint task force unit servicing over 200 sailors, soldiers, and airmen. We are in need of non perishable snack foods, hygiene products, lotions, and moral enhancing items. Perhaps even non-inflated sports balls even (soccer, football, etc).

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. 

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