Worship Services – Sunday, February 18, 2018  9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

Worship Service – February 18, 2018
Join us in the Sanctuary for worship services at 9:30 AM (traditional worship) or at 11:00 AM for the worship band service, for those who prefer great local music, casual clothing, and family-relevant programs.  This Sunday, our Director of Youth Ministry, Lydia Gajdel, will be preaching.
 Click here for a short sample of music from the worship band service.  Choose your time and join us for coffee hour in between, from 10:30-11:00 each week.  For more information regarding new service times, click here.

 

Lydia’s Biblical Reflection:

In our reading for this week, Jesus is led out into the desert where he is tempted by Satan. It is only after this period of fasting and temptation that Jesus begins his ministry in the world. In this week’s sermon, we will engage how we too are tempted, but unlike Jesus, we sin.  Lent is a time of preparation and prayer set aside to hold the fact that we are both beloved and broken. Come and let us explore this dual reality together.

 

 

Office Closed Monday

Office Closed Monday 

In observance of President’s Day, the church office will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2018.

 

 

Parking Greeters Needed!

Beginning January 7, 2018, we will have two church services:  9:30 AM and 11:00 AM.  We want to help newcomers and those with assisted mobility find parking as close to the church as possible.  Join our new team of Parking Greeters forming right now – we are accepting teenagers on up.  Contact Rev. AnnePeter Shouvlin or Mike Cella.

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Rev. Anne and Father Reggie will be at the Wilton train station on Wednesday, February 14th from 5:30 AM – 8:30 AM for the imposition of ashes.  All are welcome participate.

 

 

Lenten Bible Study

Lenten Bible Study 

Discover the influence and challenge Jesus has on history, and your life!  During Lent our Tuesday morning we will be watching the 5 part series “Who is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus” by John Ortberg and a special evening option for this course will be available.  Books and study guides will be available in the church office and at the meetings.
  • Tuesday mornings, February 20th – March 27th (6 sessions) from 9:30 – 11:00 AM in the Colonial Room.
  • Tuesday evenings, February 27th, March 13th & March 27th (3 sessions) from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Colonial Room.

 

 

Save the Date!  Bingo Night!

All Church Bingo Night – Saturday, March 3rd – 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Pilgrim Hall All are invited for a night of pizza and BINGO (and prizes too)!  Beer and wine will be offered as well.  It is $5 per person donation at the door which includes a pack of bingo sheets and dinner – extra bingo sheets can be purchased for $1.  3 ways to RSVP – email Jennifer Davatzes, sign-up on the poster board in Pilgrim Hall starting this weekend at the Coffee Hour Tailgate, or respond to the Evite coming out the week of Feb 5th.  This event is co-hosted by the Boards of Fellowship and Youth.

 

 

Register NOW for the 2018 Youth Mission Trip

Sign up for the Mission Trip today! The trip is open to all current eighth graders through high school seniors, and promises to be a meaningful and exciting experience.  Details, dates and forms can be found on the WCC website by clicking here.  Contact Lydia Gajdel if you have any questions.

 

 

Children’s Church Volunteers Needed

 In this new year of possibility, give back to this community that has
given you so much by volunteering with our littlest members. Children’s Church is in need of volunteers to help teach during our 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM services.  All teachers are paired with another volunteer to co-teach a lesson that will be provided to you ahead of time.  We ask volunteers to commit to teaching during one Sunday service on a monthly basis.  Interested?  Contact Lydia Gajdel.

 

 

Elevator Speech!

Message from Rev. Anne:  Elevator Speech

On February 4th, in my sermon, I invited each of us to write our own elevator speech so that we can speak with others about what our faith means to us.   These are the two questions I encouraged us to answer in our speech:   1) How has your faith in Jesus Christ changed your approach to life?  And 2) How does your participation in this community of faith, WCC, make your life better?  If you send me an email or leave me a voicemail (762-5591) with your speech – I have a special prize for you!

Adopt-A-Spot

Adopt-A-Spot for Sharp Hill Cemetery

Our Sharp Hill Cemetery, with its adjacent church-sponsored adopt-a-spot, is a beautiful and tranquil patch of town history on busy Rt 7.  The Building and Grounds Committee is searching for volunteers to form an informal sub-committee to maintain this hallowed ground.  This would entail pruning and general sprucing-up, perhaps 2-3 times a year…or whenever you are able.  If interested, please contact Sarah Strader.

 

 

Realm Connect is Here!

Bring your Smart Phone to church this Sunday!  As we introduce Realm Connect to our church, it is important that we all join.  Deepening our faith and strengthening our church is all about connecting.  Realm helps us to do this, but only if we all participate.  So bring your smart phone and we can upload our selfies, download the app, and get started in this great way to connect with each other.

Youth Groups at WCC

High School & Middle School Youth Groups  

High School Youth Group meets every Sunday from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the Youth Room.  Middle School Youth Group (6th – 8th graders) meet every Sunday from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  Join us for community building, spiritual growth, and (most importantly) fun!

NOTE:  NO Youth Groups on Sunday, 2/18/18 because of President’s Day.

Earth Ministry

baystateWCC now has a recycling bin for used textiles in the parking lot behind Pilgrim Hall.  Please support the church and the community by placing your unwanted textiles in the box.  This is not like Goodwill, as we will take them in any condition.  These are collected and recycled by Bay States Textiles.  They are either mended and sold to third world countries, turned into wiping cloths, or made into filler material.  This reduces the amount of waste going into our landfills.  They need to be put in plastic bags before putting them in the box.  Click here for a list of acceptable items.

 

 

Altar Flowers

 Weekly Altar Flowers

Each week of the year, our Flowers Committee arranges flowers for the altar.  If you would like to donate flowers in memory of someone, to honor someone or in celebration of something, look for the 2018 flower chart and write your name next to the date.  Then, take an order form and give us the details (order forms are where the flower chart is hung, in the hallway outside the Sanctuary leading to Pilgrim Hall, or you can download a form.  A date is guaranteed when the form is submitted to the office with payment.

 

Toiletries Collection

travel-size-toiletriesDo you have travel-size toiletries that you’re willing to donate? Please drop them off in the basket in the lobby by the church office. These items will help clients at Norwalk’s Keystone House.

 

 

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