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Judea Weekly eNews for Sept 12 - Celtic Concert, Trivia and more coming up

Judea Weekly eNews for Sept 12 - Celtic Concert, Trivia and more coming up

Dear Friends,

       It is hard to believe but this Sunday will be Jesse Ofgang's last with us as we bless him on his adventure in Scotland over the coming year.  Plan to join us Sunday morning at 10 am for worship, which will include some of Jesse's beautiful music and a special blessing from Pastor Robyn and the congregation.  Come, too, for sermon and prayer and Spirit to light your way into the new week. 

     Following worship there will be a missions meeting open to all in the parlor during coffee hour.  Please read the announcement below and come to learn more about what we do and share your ideas about how we could improve our missions and outreach program.  We are also looking for more people to play Trivia with us for a great cause on Saturday, Sept 21.  You have until late Sunday to sign up.  Also, please note the update below about Hurricane Dorian response and how you can best help.

     On Tuesday, Sept 16 at 6 pm you won't want to miss the free screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, produced by National Geographic, shown at the Gunn Library and co-hosted by First Congregational Church and Washington Environmental Council.  Click the link or scroll down to read the text below.

     The latest happenings and updates at First Congregational Church are here for you in the September/October issue of the Judea Journal.  The issue includes our regular features that our members want and need, like the monthly message from Pastor Robyn, schedules and calendars plus the latest information about life at our church, some photo highlights from the Green Fair plus upcoming events and activities.

Blessings on your week ahead,

Karen Esslinger

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Hurricane Dorian Response UPDATE

Click here for the latest update on Hurricane Dorian relief efforts through UCC Disaster Ministries.  Your "One Great Hour of Sharing" donations from our annual spring offering drive helps to fund Disaster Ministries. 

The UCC site also includes information about why donations of physical goods can harm more than help.  That information is worth a read.

You can donate directly on the UCC website at the above link. Or send checks to our church office with a note in the memo line that the funds are for disaster relief.  Either put into the Sunday offering or mail to: FCC, PO Box 1285, Washington, CT 06793.

Judea Journal - REVISED

This revision contains the last full paragraph to Pastor Robyn's article plus a couple of other minor info corrections.

Click here for the NEW VERSION

In Memory of...

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

Soldier Boxes - Donations needed by FRIDAY, Sept 13

"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 September 13, 2019

Spc. Yarek Locia-Lorenzo
Attn: Any Soldier®
7th BN (2-127), 2SFAB
FOB Fenty
APO AE 09323

Added here: 28 July 2019
Expected to leave Afghanistan: 29 Nov 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 40, Females: 0
Unit is from: Wisconsin

28 Aug 2019:

I wanna update my description and we are good with mosquito nets. Everything else should be the same.

Very Respectfully,

Yarek Locia-Lorenzo

28 Jul 2019

Currently in a COP* with no electricity or running water. Sleeping outside on cots or hammocks and plenty of bugs around. With me currently are a playroom size element. No laundry service, or food service. MREs and water from water bottle is the only thing we consume here. Hammocks with misquote net will be awesome so other soldiers don’t sleep on the floor or exposed to any bugs.

*combat outpost

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

Missions Meeting - Sun, Sept 15 at 11:15 am - Open to all

This meeting for anyone interested in how our missions budget is directed and what opportunities we wish to pursue in the coming year. We have a few new missions to be considered and you are always welcomee to bring other ideas!

If you do wish to share names of other organizations to help, please be prepared to explain about the organization and provide some profile data, if available, on their financial rating as a non-profit or an annual report so that we can consider it as a group at that time. Your contributions—financial, in kind, and hands-on - help to make our collective outreach and giving possible. Now is your chance to join in on the decision-making and action planning! Grab a snack and join us.

A Farewell Concert for Jesse - Sun, Sept 15 at 3 pm

Jesse and Friends: A free concert celebrating the music of Scotland and Ireland.

Before shipping off to Glasgow to get his masters in bagpipes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, First Congregational musician Jesse Ofgang has put together a program of traditional and contemporary Celtic music. The concert will feature Jesse on uilleann pipes, border pipes and highland pipes, along with several types whistles. Guest Musicians include: Levon Ofgang-Guitar, Ilana Ofgang-Piano and Gaelic Singing, Naomi Senzer-Flute, Beyla Ridky-Celtic Harp, Erik Ofgang-bass, and Nate Trier-composition and electronics

September 15th. 3:00 PM at The First Congregational Church in Washington CT

A good will offering will be accepted to benefit the Church's green initiative and Eat With Chrissy's sustainable food truck

Click here to download flyer

"Paris to Pittsburgh" Tues, Sept 17 at 6 pm

Join members of First Congregational Church and Washington Environmental Council at a screening of a new National Geographic documentary, "Paris to Pittsburgh", which captures what's at stake for communities around the country due to climate change and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 17 at 6 PM
WHERE:  Gunn Memorial Library

This event is free and open to the public.  Please click here to download flyer.

The film screening is generously provided by Interfaith Power and Light with sponsorship from Bloomberg and Radical Media.

Trivia Night... Saturday, Sep 21

Individuals and couples are invited to play with us on
Saturday, September 21

Book your table now!!  We fill up fast!

The First Congregational Church of Washington,
is holding a 4th annual TRIVIA NIGHT to benefit
the Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House in New Milford.

The game will consist of up to 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 if we get enough "rogues", we will make a team of it.

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.

Climate Action Rally in Woodbury - Sun, Sept 22 at 1 pm

In solidarity with the youth-led Global Climate Strike Week, there will be a Rally in Woodbury.  Here is a very local opportunity to show your support!

WHERE: at the intersection of Routes 6 and 64, across from Carole Peck’s Good News Café

WHEN: SUNDAY, September 22 at 1 -3:30 pm

Questions?  Contact Monica Burnham

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

The Gospel of Mark--A Live Presentation - Sept 28, 2 pm

The complete Gospel of Mark will be presented by Rev. Shannon Wall on Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm at the First Congregational Church of Watertown, 40 DeForest Road (Route 6), Watertown, CT.  The presentation is sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship of the church.

All are invited to experience the three-year ministry of Jesus, told only in the words of scripture, and told with all the words of scripture. The presentation is recommended for adults and children age 10 and older at their parents’ discretion.  A Q&A session will follow for those interested.

Rev. Wall is Acting Pastor of the First Congregational Church of New Milford, CT.  She received an MFA from the Graduate Acting program at NYU; and a M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School, where she won awards for scripture reading and preaching.

The suggested donation is $5.  To reserve, email fccwtn@snet.net or call the church office at 860-274-6737

Hazardous Waste Drop-off on Sat, Oct 5 in New Milford

Now is your opportunity to responsibly clean out those hazardous waste items in your house, garage and basement.  Drop-off is for households from the towns of Bridgewater, Brookfield, Kent, New Milford, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren and Washington only.

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct 5 from 9 am - 3 pm
WHERE:  John Pettibone School, 2 Pickett District Rd, New Milford, CT

For a full description of what qualifies as hazardous waste, click here.

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.

Path to Membership

We would love to have anyone interested in becoming a member attend a luncheon after service on September 29 in the Parlor, hosted by the Deacons and Council. We will discuss the workings and structure of the church as well as Member status and expectations, so you can decide if you would like to officially join.

On October 6th, we will have a New Member Sunday for anyone who attended the Orientation to stand up and declare Membership through a short Invitation and Response.

It’s painless, really, so bring your questions and your curiosity and come and see what we are all about.

Please RSVP to the office BY September 23rd….  (860) 868-0569 or by email

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