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.

Women’s Fellowship Craft Fair "Tis the Season"

November 12th, 2022

We are planning to bring the bake sale, fudge and luncheon back to the craft fair this year. Please note fudge will be combined with the bake sale (“Ye Olde Bake Shoppe”) In order to do so and keep all other tables we need help! We omitted the baked goods, fudge, and luncheon last year partly because of Covid, but also we did not have enough help. We need the following assistance to make this happen: 1.) Team Leader(s) for the luncheon and kitchen help 2.) Team help for the bake/fudge sale 3.) Team Leader and Team help for the Gift baskets 4.) Team Leader and team help for knitting / sewing crafts 5.) Painters and crafters!! No specific experience needed! Please note we meet every Thursday in Trumbull House 10am to 2pm (bring a lunch) and have a great time! Evening craft times have been planned in the past and can be again if there is enough interest. This is always a very successful fund raiser as well as a lot of fun, but can only go forward with sufficient help. If you are interested in any of the above or would like to help in other ways, please contact Deborah Pope at 203-509-9973. We will also need a new Co- Chair for the event for 2023 as Deb Pope will be stepping down after this year. If anyone thinks they might be interested and would like to work with us a bit to check it out, please let us know. Thank You; Deborah Pope and Theresa Chasse, Co-Chairs

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Women’s Fellowship Craft Fair "Tis the Season"

We Need...

“Tis the Season” Holiday Craft Fair 2022 / Gift Baskets
We need donations for our Holiday craft fair gift baskets. These are very popular and completely sold out last year! You may donate a whole basket or item(s) for a basket. We also need baskets or other appropriate containers of various sizes.


Some of the needed items include :
- luxury soaps and lotions / bath products
- gourmet teas and coffees or hot chocolate
- bottles of wine / prosecco / local crafted beers
- Lindt chocolate truffles, Ghiradelli or other quality chocolate
- gourmet crackers / snacks
- items for pet baskets or bird watchers baskets
- brand new items or gifts you know you will never use
- gift certificates for local restaurants / businesses
- Christmas ornaments / other holiday items
- games, books, puzzles for families


If you would like to donate a full basket there are many categories including:
- pet lovers or bird lovers
- family movie / game / fun night
- New years, Christmas or Thanksgiving hosting
- indoor herb garden
- spa / self care basket
- Gourmet treats / gourmet / ethnic themed food baskets
- Craft or hobby basket


You might have another creative idea!
We also need our special raffle baskets if you would like to donate a whole or partial basket. In the past these included things such as an American Girl basket, Lego basket, Car care and a Lobster dinner basket. You may have an exciting new idea!! Donations to our raffle baskets net a big return! Consider getting together with a group, family members, neighbors, friends or a committee to make a donation. Baskets for this category should have a retail value of at least 100.00.


Please call me at the number below if you would like more information, have some ideas or would like to
donate. We are also looking for persons to help assemble the baskets. Please call me if you are interested in donating or participating. Monetary donations for us to purchase needed items will also be accepted. This is a great opportunity to participate in a fun and successful church fundraiser that allows us to support many community needs!! Even one item will make a difference!
THANK YOU!
Deborah Pope (203-509-9973)

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Emergency Appeal for Ukraine

First Congregational Church Watertown, CT will collect financial donations from members and friends, and then forward one check to the UCC for this emergency appeal. You may donate by sending a check to the church office made out to First Congregational Church, Watertown CT, marked “UCC Ukraine Appeal” on the notation line. Or, go to our eGiving page and select "one time donations" and select "Ukraine Relief” to make a contribution.

To learn more about how the UCC is partnering with Christian relief agencies, go to:
https://www.ucc.org/global-h-o-p-e/ukraine-emergency-appeal/


Thank you for participating in this special effort to help in Ukraine!

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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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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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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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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.