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The Weekly Word

December 2, 2022

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

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Worship, Sunday School and Fellowship

Our oldest member, Irene Howarth turned  99 in October! One of the best things about church is the community that forms around it. Irene is a devoted member of our Congregation despite being unable to attend services, and we keep her in our prayers. It would be meaningful for her to receive as many cards as we can send! Please join us in that celebration! 

Her address is: 153 Coho Lane, Suffield, CT 06078

When I heard about Irene’s birthday,  I thought about all the things that she has seen in her lifetime.

Here are a few highlights from the past 99 years:

  • Women got the right to vote in 1920, just a few years before Irene was born.  
  • In October 1929, the New York Stock Market crashed, sending the United States into an unprecedented and desperate economic depression that scarred a generation of Americans.
  • Television was invented by Philo Farnsworth in the 1920s, the first broadcasts began in 1939 and within years television was everywhere.
  • Polio Vaccine Dr. Jonas Salk's great invention -- a vaccine that prevented the scourge of polio was in 1955.
  • JFK was assassinated On Nov. 22, 1963, and the nation mourned.
  • She got to see Neil Armstrong on the moon.
  • The computer was invented. Only a generation ago, people used slide rules, adding machines and typewriters. The first computers led to bigger, faster and cheaper devices, and then the Internet.
  • Cellular phones the size of a shoe. Cellular phones the size of a wallet. 
  • Irene lived through too many wars, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The most important thing to know about Irene, however, is she raised a family in faith, she walks with Jesus as her companion, and she knows that “God is Good; all the time. All the time; God is good."

With your help we will create a blanket of blessings to celebrate her 99th! 

Love, Denise

Happy Belated Birthday
A belated happy birthday to Irene Howarth who celebrated her 99th birthday on October 21st at the Ninety-Nine Restaurant. Irene is the oldest living member of our church, joining in 2006 and for a time, she sang in the choir.
Please contact Pastor Denise Peterson for support, questions or concerns that need immediate attention.
 Cell: 860-368-9201 or
Due Sunday 12/11

Please make checks payable to WSCC Altar Guild.
Poinsettia Order Form
Boy Scout Troop 66 is selling holiday wreaths at the corner of Mountain Road and Ffyler Place on Friday, December 2 - 4:30pm to 8pm, Saturday, December 3rd - 9am to 2pm, and Sunday, December 4th - 10am to 2pm. All proceeds go to a high adventure trip they will be taking in 2024.
December Mission Collection 
We will collect
hats, gloves and socks for

Safe Harbor Warming Center in Enfield. 
Any monetary donations will help purchase snacks and coffee items for them. 
Missions Committee Contact
 Liz McGann or


Food for Thought

The WSCC prides itself on helping those who struggle with food insecurities each month. We are 100% Volunteer run and rely on donations from our Community to operate.

Pantry Families Served
: 40
Pounds of Food distributed: 846

NEXT Food Pantry- DECEMBER 8th

November 8 – 92 Families
November 22– 93 Families

DECEMBER Mobile Trucks-6th & 20th

Donations can be mailed to WSCC, P.O. Box 26, West Suffield, CT.  06093 or they can be done online at our website: click on the Ministries tab and then click on Crossroads Food Pantry.

There is a sign up sheet, hanging on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, if you would like to volunteer to provide the Altar Flowers on a Sunday of your choice. Please indicate if they are to be in honor or in memory of a loved one.
If any member or friend of the WSCC knows of someone that would be in need of a contact by our Care Team please contact John Nielsen at 860-653-5398 or Pastor Denise Peterson at 860-368-9201 and they will arrange for one of our Care Team members to make the contact.
Church Council will meet on December 11th after worship.
Sunday School Christmas Pageant
Sunday December 18th during church service.
Brian Sheldon (hopefully back from North Africa) will narrate the Christmas story as the children and others from the congregation  act out the scenes. The choir will be singing Christmas carols through out the pageant.

The children will be practicing during Sunday School the next few Sundays so please try to have them in church for rehearsals. They will also be given their costumes.
Following the pageant, there will be a potluck luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. A signup sheet is posted in the bulletin board to give us an idea of how many people to set up for.
Deacon's Readings
Vision of Peace
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7,18-19

Matthew 3:1-12

Deacon's Bench
  • Diaconate meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month.
  • The next diaconate meeting will be on January 15th at 8:30am.
Upcoming Events
Christmas Pageant and Potluck
Sunday, December 18th
Community Events

FFA Holiday Shop 
Located at the Agriscience center at Suffield High School

December 3, 10am-1pm
December 5-9 8am-6pm

Suffield Alight
At Suffield Middle Green

Friday, December 2nd,  5:30-8:30pm

Winter Farmer's Market
Located at the Agriscience center at Suffield High School

Saturday, December 3, 10am-1pm
Family Holiday Celtic Concert!
Granby Congregational Church South Campus Sanctuary
242 Salmon Brook Street, Granby CT
Wednesday, December 14th,

$15 per person (children under 12 free) | $40 per family
— Refreshments will be served —
For Reservations
Call our office at (860) 653-4537 (mornings) or (860) 653-7289 (afternoons)
or e-mail us at

Or call Bill Ross at 860-999-3743 or e-mail him at
Just for Laughs
It's officially that season...

It’s officially the season of letting vague Santa threats do about 80 percent of my parenting.

A Visitor to the North Pole
A visitor to the North Pole was given the grand tour of the place by Santa Claus.
The visitor suddenly exclaimed, "What a huge reindeer! But why doesn't it have any antlers?"
Santa replied, "Well, there are several reasons that a reindeer might not have antlers. Some reindeer get their antlers late, some reindeer have their antlers broken off in a fight and some reindeer never grow any antlers at all."
The tourist moved closer for a better look and asked, "What happened to this one?"
Santa replied, from fifty yards away,
"He was born a horse."

Crossroads Food Pantry is one of the most impactful outreach programs of the West Suffield Congregational Church. For over 10 years the pantry has been open on the 2nd Thursday of every month offering canned goods, vegetables from our local farmers, frozen meat items and more from our partners at Foodshare. In addition, we also serve as a townwide site for Foodshare’s Mobile Pantry truck that arrives every other week and distributes fresh fruit and vegetables in our parking lot to an average of 150 people per month in need of food assistance. Over the last 6 months due to supply chain issues, it has become increasingly difficult for Foodshare to find nutritious food to offer for distribution. What this means for us is to open each month we have had to supplement our pantry with items that we must purchase.

The Holidays are approaching, home heating costs and the price of grocery’s have soared. It is becoming increasingly difficult for us to meet our community’s needs. Please open your hearts and donate to Crossroads Food Pantry so we may continue to provide basic food items to our neighbor in need.

Donations can be mailed to - Crossroads Food Pantry, PO Box 26, 1408 Mountain Rd, W. Suffield, Ct. 06093. Or online at, click on the Ministries tab, click on Crossroads and then the donate button. 

Liz McGann and Mary Calkins

 Easy Ways to Support our Church...

Online Tag Sale We have been listing items online and selling them as a Fundraiser for the church. Items are listed as pick-up only. Please contact Liz with any items you or someone you know has to donate for this ongoing Fundraiser. Email or call/text at 860-836-0660
Sign up for AmazonSmile. It doesn't cost you anything and it benefits WSCC  
Click here for more information.

Gift Card Program // A large assortment of gift cards for every need are available through our church. // Gift card forms may be filled out at any time and given to Sandy Cahill or put in the Scrip Mailbox in the office. Orders will be filled as they are received. Click here for the Gift Card Order Form.
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860-668-2271 or 
We, the members of the West Suffield Congregational Church, are called by God to live as one community. We strive to love, as we are loved by God, both freely and unconditionally. We recognize, celebrate, and affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth. Therefore, we intentionally welcome all God’s children regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance, or theological perspective. Each person is important to God and each person’s abilities and gifts are called forth to help build and strengthen the work of Gods’ Kingdom here, in our community and around the world. We strive with the help of the Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus in our love and support for one another, in order to oppose and overcome any injustice, oppression, and prejudice that continues in our society, our communities, and ourselves.
Approved by church vote, Sunday, October 3, 2015
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