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UPCOMING

Church Events

Please find a list of upcoming church events and please don't forget to look at our church announcements page as well for additional details.

Church School Pageant

December 11th at 10am

The Church School will be presenting a traditional Christmas Pageant next Sunday during the 10 AM worship service. There is a rehearsal for all cast members, including narrators, on Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30AM.

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Christmas Pine Tree

Christmas Worship Schedule

Invite Friends & Family!!

Saturday, Dec. 24th: Candlelight Worship Service at 5PM. Sunday, Dec. 25th: There will be an online worship service only. Sunday, Jan. 1st: There will be an online worship service only Sunday, Jan, 8th: Regular Worship with Communion and Church School will resume.

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Winter Solstice Concert

December 18th at 4pm

On Sunday, December 18th, join us in the sanctuary for a concert of holiday music featuring the senior voice choir, our own Eric Trudel, and soloists Charlie Widmer (tenor) and Amy Maude Helfer (mezzo). The concert will begin at 4 pm, is free to attend and will be followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall. Come enjoy beautiful holiday music and welcome the joy of Christmas.

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HOLIDAY
GIVING

Past Events

September 11th Rally Sunday

SEPTEMBER 11th RALLY SUNDAY AND COMMUNION SUNDAY: Rally Sunday is typically the Sunday when we kick off the Church School classes. Registration for Church School will be held beginning on Sunday, Sept 11th from 9:30 -10AM in Fellowship Hall. Sunday worship will begin at 10AM where there will also be communion. Children will be dismissed during church to go to class.

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Lasagna

September 11th Potluck Luncheon

Following Service

Following the Worship Service all are invited to join in a
potluck luncheon in Fellowship Hall. There is no cost, just bring your favorite dish that serves 6 to 8 people to the kitchen and it will be kept cold or warm in the oven. Dessert and beverages will be supplied by the Women’s Fellowship, who are hosting this event.

Saturday, September 17th from 10am - 4pm at Veteran's Park.

Watertown Fall Festival

Our church will again be taking part in the Watertown Fall Festival on Saturday, September 17th from 10am - 4pm at Veteran's Park. A crew is needed to assemble the area on Friday night (Sept. 16th) around 6PM. More volunteers are needed for hour long shifts on the day of the fair. Then a crew is needed to pack up our area. We already have a crew that will be meeting on Friday night to prepare what we
will be serving on Saturday. What are we serving? It won't be fried oreos, but it will be something that is a dessert. If you are interested, please let Nancy Harrell know by sending an email to firstchurchwtn@gmail.com or calling/texting Nancy at 203-910-2993. There is always discussion about how
our church needs to get out into the community. This is one way to show that First Church is still here and a vital part of the community. More info will be forthcoming with volunteer sign-ups with times, etc. Students (grade 6 and up) are more than welcome to help.
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

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Starting September 12th at Fellowship Hall

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Happy Fall! The Prayer Shawl Ministry will resume it’s meetings in September. This will allow everyone who has been shuttered at home for the past 2 years to get out and visit with friends and family and take that long awaited vacation.
We will meet once a month on the second Monday of each month, starting September 12, 2022, at 10 AM to 12 Noon at Fellowship Hall. Subsequent meetings will be 10/10,
11/14, and 12/12.

So, enjoy your summer and plan on joining us this autumn. New members are welcome. Masks are optional at this time. For more information text Linda Clarke at 603-948-
7651 or email her at dougandlindaclarke@gmail.com.

August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 from 9AM to 12PM

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Ages 4 to 11, $40 per Participant

ADULT VBS VOLUNTEERS: Looking for adult volunteers to lead group activities in Games, Arts and Crafts and KidVid. Each area has a booklet with the step by step instructions along with ideas. Materials are supplied. This monumental program will be August 1 – 5, 2022 from 9am – 12 noon. If you have questions or are interested in being a part of this program, please contact Nancy Harrell at firstchurchwtn@gmail.com or 203-910-2993.


TEEN VBS VOLUNTEERS: Interested in being a Crew Leader or Junior Crew Leader (age 12 and up) for our Monumental Vacation Bible School? Join the fun on August 1 – 5, 2022 from 9AM – 12 Noon. There will be a mandatory training session for all crew leaders before the program begins. In the next week the website will be updated and have a link to register. Go to firstchurchwatertown.org; click on Vacation
Bible School; then click on Volunteer. Hours at VBS can be used towards your community service hours.


PARTICIPANTS age 4 – 11 can participate in our VBS program. You will be able to register beginning Monday, May 16th. Go to firstchurchwatertown.org; click on Vacation
Bible School; then click on participant. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Harrell at firstchurchwtn@gmail.com or 203-910-2993.

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Teamwork

Sunday May 22 from 4pm to 7pm

Vitality & Sustainability Retreat

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our 2022 Vitality and Sustainability Retreat. Be part of the discussion and solution to develop ways to move our Church forward in a positive direction for our members, friends and the community. The retreat will be held at the Church on Sunday, May 22 from 4 to 7 PM and will include dinner.

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Saturday May 14th from 9am to 3pm

Ladies Day Out

day retreat program: Morning Presenter Laurie McEvoy MS LPC. (9:30 – 12noon) Laurie will lead the group through a prayer and meditative session along with chair yoga. Afternoon Session...(1 – 2:30pm) Sr. Pat Torre will be leading the group in a guided meditation, a talk and walk on the Labyrinth. The Art Gallery at Wisdom House will be open for our viewing and grounds open for our use. Topsmeade State Park is also within walking distance. The group will carpool from the church at 8:40am. A pastry tray and beverages will be served upon arrival. A full lunch will be served between sessions. There will be time after the second session to view the Art Gallery and enjoy the grounds. Cost $25.00 per person due upon registration and must be made no later than May 6th. Checks are to be made out to the Women’s Fellowship and sent to the Church Office. This retreat is partially funded by the Women’s Fellowship Retreat Fund.

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Sorry Board Game

May 15, 2022 at 5pm

Game Night & Potluck Dinner

All are invited! The night will start off with a potluck supper. Bring your favorite meal to share. Desserts and beverages will be provided. Then let the games begin!

A multitude of games will be provided, but if you have a favorite game, feel free to bring it along. Watch for signups during April.

April 29th 2pm to 7pm & April 30th 9am to 12pm

Rummage Sale

The Rummage Sale will be held on Friday, April 29th from 2 – 7PM and on Saturday, April 30th from 9 – 12 noon. The basement will no longer be used for the sale. Please note the information for volunteers and drop off schedule can be found in the church announcements.

Garage Sale Items
Books
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Wednesdays: March 9, 16, 30; April 6, 20, 27 at 7pm

Lenten Book Group

Wednesdays at 7PM on March 16, 30, April 6, 20 and 27. The book is Searching for Sunday, Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans. The group will meet in Fellowship Hall or Zoom (TBD). All are welcome! Contact Rev. Carr at revcarrfccwatertown@gmail.com or call the church office.

Thursday April 14, 2022 at 7pm

Maundy Thursday

Join us for what is one of the most moving services of the year—the service of Holy Communion and Office of Tenebrae (the extinguishing of candles).

Christian Booklet
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Sunrise Service April 17th at 6am

Sunrise Service

Join us for a joy filled time of outdoor worship at sunrise celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will sing, pray, and hear a message of inspiration from Rev. Carr. Gather at 5:45 AM, service begins at 6AM. There will be “Coffee and...” in Fellowship Hall
following the service.

Sunday April 17, 2022 at 10am

Easter Sunday

Come and hear an inspiring message filled with hope in this joyous season. There will be festive, triumphant music by our Senior Choir and Eric Trudel, our Director of Music Ministries with the Easter message given by Rev. Carr. PLEASE NOTE: There are no Church School classes on Easter.

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Please Take a Moment to Complete the

Church Survey

The Standing Committee is seeking feedback on your Church experience. Thank you in advance for helping us understand levels of participation in worship and your thoughts on our ministry, music, and christian education programs as well as utilization of our money and what programs you would like to see more of.

Your responses are anonymous unless you wish to be contacted by church leadership to discuss your feedback. Please complete the survey one time only per member or friend.

Please fill out the survey online by
clicking here or by downloading and completing the attached survey which can be dropped off or sent to the Church office.

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