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Judea Weekly eNews - Are you coming to the Harvest Dinner?

Judea Weekly eNews - Are you coming to the Harvest Dinner?

Dear Friends,

This Saturday is our 13th Annual Harvest Dinner and the reservation list is not yet at capacity so there is still room for you at the table.  All the volunteers are busy making preparations... If you have not made your reservation yet, give us a call or send an email to reserve your seat(s) now!  The kitchen will be full of food preparers tomorrow night working on the turkeys and all the fixins.  And the pie bakers are in full swing preparing a total of 30 apple, pecan and pumpkin, hopefully with enough leftover for a PIE AUCTION!  We sure hope you can join in the fun and fellowship and give to a good cause at the same time.

On Sunday at 10 am in the Meeting House, we will be continuing our exploration of the Gospel of Luke with a special focus on forgiveness and grace in the prayers and in the sermon.  The Sunday Schoolers will will be making a presentation on some of what they have learned through Luke over the past month and the choir will sing, too.  Please do come and join us at 10 am in the Meeting House!

This Sunday, you will also have a chance to bring joy to a child on Christmas morning by sponsoring a tag on the Salvation Army Giving Tree.  There are 40 tags/ 40 children we will be helping again this year.  Won't you take at least one tag and spread some joy?

Oh! and if you read down the list of announcements, you will notice we are in need of some coffee hour hosts in November and December.  We sure would appreciate you stepping up to the plate, so to speak!  Please sign up in the church hall on the bulletin board or email me today!

And finally, we are also opening up sign-up for Loaves & Fishes food and service volunteers for November 29.  You can sign up in person at church or you can do so online by clicking here.

Blessings on your week ahead!

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


A Stewardship Message from Tony Vengrove

We're in Stewardship Month. You have probably received a stewardship letter or heard stewardship moments at church. Please respond to this appeal for your support. Our members' contributions provide critical funding for all our programs. Please send in the form on the back of the letter.

Or even better, do so On-Line at our website by clicking HERE, log in and complete the form. Or just call me at 203-788-2666 after 6:00 p.m. and I can walk you through the process. If you already are an on-line donor, please update the amount and duration of your pledge. Thank you for your past support and your consideration of my current request.

Make a Donation to our Church
13th Annual Harvest Dinner - Sat. Nov 10

Register online now!  Guarantee a seat!

Or contact the Church office:  860-868-0569 or via email.   

Menu includes roast turkey, real mashed potatoes, veggies, homemade pies and beverages.  Some musical entertainment, a Salute to Veterans' Day and our annual, sure-to-entertain PIE AUCTION will fill out the evening, provided we have extra pies.  Plan to join us for a delicious and lively evening, support others, and purchase a home-made pie for Thanksgiving!

As part of our Salute to Veterans' Day , all veterans and active service personnel who attend will enjoy a complimentary meal.

Doors open at 5:45 PM - Musical blessing and Grace at 6:30 -  
Dinner served at 6:40 PM  - Wine available by the glass

Seating and take-out meals will be by donation. 
Please give generously.
Proceeds will benefit local charities.

Coffee Hour Host Needed - Nov and Dec

We are in need of a host or co-hosts for coffee hour on November 25 and December 2, 16, 23, and 31.

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.

In Memory of...

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

A GREEN MOMENT….. Reduce, Reuse, Refuse, Recycle


Did you know you can reduce your household environmental impact with just a few small changes to your laundry routine?

  1. Wash in cold water - It is estimated that approximately 90% of the energy used to wash clothes is attributed to heating the water. By using cold water instead, you can substantially reduce your energy usage.
  2. Wash only full loads - By only washing full loads of laundry, you can make more efficient use of your washing machine and reduce the total number of loads that you have to do each month.
  3. Remove Lint - Make sure to clean your lint trap before each load. Lint build-up can restrict airflow and decrease the performance (energy efficiency) of your dryer.
  4. Line dry (more of) your clothes - Line-drying your clothes can be a great eco-friendly alternative to using a drying machine, especially if you're on a budget!
  5. Refill or recycle – If you have access to bulk product where you can refill your old container, do it! Or at the very least recycle your plastics. Don’t purchase products in containers you cannot recycle.
A Prayer for the Pastoral Search Committee

Committee Members:  Scott Brady, Emelie Burl, Judie Gorra, John Lintner, Cara Michalski, John Turner, Dave Werkhoven, Dimitri Willert.

    Our Search Committee is working very hard during this pastoral search, currently receiving inquiries and conducting interviews of many very qualified candidates.  Please continue to hold them all in prayer.

     Recognizing God’s calling; this congregation has placed our trust in the wisdom and dedication of this group of people.  We commissioned them to work on our behalf to find the next pastor and teacher to minister with and among us.  With gratitude for their willingness to undertake this important work; we continue to promise our cooperation and our prayers.

Our prayer to them (or feel free to create your own, with or without words):

   May God strengthen your friendship and deepen your faith.  May God give light for your path and fill you with understanding and wisdom to discern the spirit and needs of the congregation.  God grant you eyes of the heart to recognize the spiritual gifts of the one God is sending.  May God give you patience and perseverance.  May God keep you and your families safe and well. 

     If you have not already done so, get to know those fellow members who are doing this important work for our congregation and affirm to them your support and gratitude.


Soldier Boxes - Donations needed by FRIDAY

"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: Remember that we cannot send aerosol cans so shaving cream must be in tubes.

Our Soldier for Friday November 9, 2018

Spencer W. McCormack
Attn: Any Soldier®
TFI 6-7
APO AE 09316

Added here: 03 November 2018
Expected to leave Iraq: 01 May 2019
Contact for approx number of Males: 6, Females: 0
Unit is from: Texas

03 Nov 2018:

Group of six soldiers from the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, attached to a unit deployed to Iraq for nine months. We are from Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas.

Living in buildings, 220V electricity available. All male soldiers.

Doing own laundry with provided machines. Buying our own Tide pods and dryer sheets.

Access to running water, microwave, refrigerator and freezer.

No access to stove or cookware.

No need for gear or tactical supplies.

Very small PX available, converted semi-truck. Expensive and far away. Limited selection.

Everyone works 12 hours a day on various shifts, every day. Some soldiers work at times with limited ability to go to dining facilities, or have to work through meals on busy days.

Soldiers all live in good conditions, but work long hours, through weekends and holidays.

Soldiers would appreciate food, snacks, candy, especially less common ones that can't be found out here. Coffee, teas, beverages in powder form. Have access to a Keurig 2.0, and ability to make drip coffee as well.

Thankful for any comfort items, letters, or other reminders of home.


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. 

*We’ll be packing our Holiday Boxes to the Troops on Monday 11/26 & Tuesday 11/27. More information to follow.

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

Advent Wreath-Making Workshop - Sunday, Nov 25

Sunday, November 25, the Sunday before Advent begins, Carrie Loyd will be leading a workshop during Sunday School.  All young people under the age of 18 are invited to come and decorate Advent Candle Wreaths to be used at home during Advent.  Candles will be included as well as a booklet with suggestions for use.  If you still have last year's wreath at home, please bring it in before Thanksgiving so we can reuse the wire frame for this year's wreath.  Siblings will work together to prepare one wreath for their family's use.  

Please let us know whether your family will be attending so that I can be sure to have enough wreath frames and decorations on hand.  If you know you have a frame at home and will be bringing that in this week, please let us know as well so we can plan accordingly.

Also, if you can join with a few parent volunteers to help organize and put away supplies after the workshop, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Hope to see your children there!  ~ Carrie

Holiday Boxes for Soldiers - Packing Nov 26-27

Hello Everyone -

There are 10 servicemen/women on the list that we have sent packages to this past year who are still deployed.

We will be wrapping and packing our Holiday boxes on Monday, Nov. 26 @ Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Town Hall.  We wrap some of the items like little presents. If you can help with packing and wrapping, please come.

Items can be dropped off starting Monday Nov.19. Please bring items to Town Hall (upstairs room next to kitchen). 

The boxes we send at Christmas are small (9x12x4), so please, shop small, shop unbreakable and shop light.

Some ideas are:

FOOD - Hot cocoa mix (to be made with water), hot cider mix, Christmas cookies (not homemade) and candies (individually wrapped or in small containers), small candy canes, gold coins.

Small stocking stuffer type gifts - chap stick, gum, etc.

DECORATIONS - Wire garlands, children’s drawings, holiday scented room fresheners, soft decorations, Christmas lights (small boxes and remember batteries if they need them) Christmas CDs & DVDs, blank Christmas cards for troops to send home.

Anything (small) that makes a holiday in a box.

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Denise, 860 868-2880

Prayer in My Pocket

Prayer in your pocket – Pocket Prayer Shawl Squares, provided by our Comfort Shawl Project, are available in the Sanctuary.  Carry one in your brief case, purse, backpack, car, bedside, etc.

  “May this bring YOU happiness, comfort, strength, and a sign of God’s sustaining presence.  Please remember you are never alone!”

Also, as a reminder, the Prayer Shawl Project knits full size prayer shawls for anyone either celebrating some milestone (weddings, baptisms, graduations...) or needing the support of prayer through difficult times.  Please see Shirley Downs or MariLyn Roze to request a shawl for someone.


NEW at First Congregational Church!

This special program for recycling of items not included in the single-stream municipal recycling programs is SPONSORED BY the Washington Environmental Council.  It is MADE POSSIBLE BY a generous grant from the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund at the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation


  • Used Toothpaste Tubes & Caps (leave screwed on)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Oral Care Packaging (toothpaste boxes)
  • Floss Containers


The box is located in the Parish House coat room.

Other recycling boxes around town:

Brita Water Filter Materials - FCC

Garden Products - Washington Supply Company

Shoes and Footware - Washington Town Hall

Art Supplies - After School Arts Program

ReUse, RePurpose, ReFuse...

ReUsing means to use something over again. RePurpose: use it again in a different way.

ReFuse single-use consumables, such as styrofoam cups.

Use things that can be repaired. That's not easy because so many thing are designed to break. It's called "planned obsolescence." We can buy tools and appliances and shoes that can be repaired but we need to do our homework to find them. It's not convenient.

Republished from the Simple Living Daily Nudge by Jerry Iverson.

Weather-Related Cancellations

It's that time of year again!  With the possibility of weather-related cancellations, we intend to post cancellations or important Alert! here on our home page.  However, just to be safe, please tune in to WFSB / Channel 3.  Closings, cancellations, or late starts for any activities, including worship, will be posted there.