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Wishing you a Joyous Christmas!

Wishing you a Joyous Christmas!

Pastor Cheryl, Deacons, Council and church staff all wish you a blessed Christmas filled with all the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love that we hope you have all been cultivating with us throughout this Advent season.  We pray that this may blossom in your hearts and habits and grow stronger in your lives throughout the coming year!

And do plan to join us for the Service of Comfort and Peace this Friday evening at 7:30 pm and/or one (or both!) of the Christmas Eve services (see announcement on right) noting the NEW TIMES of 5:00 and 11:15 PM this year. 

If you will be away, we wish you traveling mercies wherever you go!

Merry Christmas!

  

 

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Announcements

Comfort and Peace Christmas Service - FRIDAY, Dec 21- 7:30 pm

If you need a little more peace and some comfort at a time when making jolly just doesn't seem to work, please join the First Congregational Church at 6 Kirby Road in Washington, CT for a very special “Service of Comfort and Peace.” This service is especially helpful for those who, for various reasons, are struggling to get into the expected festive spirit of joy this season. The service will be held Saturday evening December 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Please join us for this very special evening.

Christmas Eve Services - Dec 24

Advent in 2 Minutes

Not quite sure about the relationship between Advent and Christmas? Check out Busted Halo's two-minute video that describes why we celebrate Advent and wait to celebrate Christmas:  Advent in 2 minutes

If you like this, try more content from Busted Halo, an online magazine for spiritual seekers. 

Church office closed December 21-26

     This year, the church office will be closed from Friday, Dec 21 through Wednesday, Dec 26.  Karen will be working from home on Wednesday, Dec 26, and reachable by phone (860-868-0569)  or email

Pastor Cheryl will be in, though office hours will be different through Christmas week.  Please email or leave a message at 860-868-0569, ext 11.  For pastoral emergencies, her contact number will be on her phone message.

     Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Special Recycling Programs at First Church

We now sponsor THREE special recycling streams here in the Parish House.

The ORAL CARE 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

DROP OFF:

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

PLEASE MAKE SURE ITEMS ARE DRY!

The box is located in the Parish House entry.

We also now collect for return:

Brita and PUR Water Filter Materials - See Karen in the office

Other recycling boxes around town:

Garden Products - Washington Supply Company

Shoes and Footware - Washington Town Hall

Art Supplies - After School Arts Program

A Little Envirnmental Consciousness Goes a Long Way Around the Holidays!

Just like that, it’s the week after Thanksgiving. It’s as though as soon as the dust settles from the hustle of back-to-school in September, Q4 kicks off the year-end holidays with Halloween and is over in a blink with New Year’s Eve. Time flies when you’re having fun celebrating with parties, travel, decorations and gift exchanges, but these traditions tend to have something in common: overconsumption....  Read more

This article is on a site that also has some other great information.  Check the links at the bottom of the article for an easy way to get to some of that.

In Memory of...

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

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.

Note1: Remember that we cannot send aerosol cans so shaving cream must be in tubes.

Our Soldier for Friday December 21, 2018

Paul Wiseman
NSOCC-A
HQ RS
APO AE 09356

This week’s soldier is a friend of Liz Ferris from New Milford. We sent boxes to Liz during her deployment in 2018. Liz came to the Town Hall for a visit thanking us for the wonderful packages she received. She brought supplies to make sure other servicemen and women will continue to be supported like she was.

Her friend Paul is currently deployed in Afghanistan. He is originally from Kentucky and a runner.

NOTE: We will not be sending any packages the week of 12/28. Happy New Year!

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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

Honor Someone by Sponsoring a Pew Memorial Plaque

Pew plaques are a great way to honor/ celebrate loved ones this holiday and for years to come!   Dedicate pew space in our sanctuary!

A permanent plaque will be mounted on a pew with your personalized dedication.  Simply complete and return this form to the church at  PO Box 1285, Washington, CT 06793.

Your donation helps offset some of the cost of renovations made to our sanctuary in 2017.

Our pews are mostly the same pews that were installed when this church was rebuilt in. Last year, as part of the renovations we did to repair and replace elements and generally make more beautiful our sanctuary, the pews were all removed, repaired and painted. Some were revised to allow space for better accessibility for wheelchairs, complementing our lift that helps make the church itself more accessible and welcoming.
This year, we continue to offer an opportunity to memorialize the pews for members, friends and members of the community at large who appreciate this historic building and all that it offers to us and the community.

Complete and return this form to the church at PO Box 1285, Washington, CT  06793.

Volunteer Chaperones Needed for New Milford Shelter

The shelter in New Milford also has need of overnight volunteers.   A few of our members already do this.  If you want to hear what they have to say about it, talk with John Turner or Steve Wadelton.

Give them a call anytime.  Contact:  Rufus at (860) 592-0142  for details.

New Milford Homeless Shelter Coalition, Inc., PO Box 1016, New Milford, CT 06776

Carol Sing and Special Sermon - Sunday, Dec 30 at 10 am

Join us on Sunday, December 30 at 10 am in our beautiful Meeting House to usher in the New Year with music and a sermon by Scott Tilden.  Everyone is welcome; come as you are!

There will be fun activities for the kids, too, in Sunday School.

New Years Day Concert - 4 pm

Click image for larger view.  Tickets and more information are available at:  http://washingtonct4music.blogspot.com/

 

CLOTHING DRIVE: new or gently used mens WARM clothing and baseball caps needed!

Blankets or sleeping bags for men who sleep under bridges and other not very hospitable places would be greatly appreciated, too!

As always, MEN’s new or gently used WARM clothing and baseball caps needed! 
A collection box is located in the Parish House downstairs hall.

  • Used pants, shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts, outerwear, baseball caps, shoes, boots and belts. Please make sure donations are clean and in good wearable condition. All sizes are welcome. The greatest demand is for larger men’s sizes.
  • New Socks
  • New Men’s Underwear

The clothing will be distributed by CHURCH STREET EATS, a Ministry of Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Hartford.

Church Street Eats is an award-winning volunteer staffed and operated soup kitchen and basic necessities outlet that serves hungry, homeless, and disadvantaged people from Hartford and surrounding communities. Now starting its twelfth year of operation, each  month  it serves on average 800 meals and provides free clothing, toiletries, and other necessities to approximately 200 people. Because of differences in social services available to them, about 80% of the people served are men, 20% are women and children.

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.

     
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