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The Weekly Word

November 4, 2022

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

Join us Sundays at 10:00am
Worship, Sunday School and Fellowship

Last week I stumbled through a service, and by the end of it, I was unsettled. I preached on how, no matter how we see ourselves, Jesus sees us and loves us. Practice what you preach, Denise! 

For the rest of Sunday, I silently berated myself. I regularly lose track of where I am in the service (next week we’re color coding my bulletin). I get tired of messing up. What happens is I read ahead, and then I forget where I was. I laugh about it, but it is important to me that I give you the best service possible each week. Here’s the thing, there are days where I still don’t feel as though l’ve earned the pulpit. Most days I wish I could do more. That’s okay, it is good to stretch yourself and open your heart to new learnings. It is not okay, however, to not listen to your own sermon!

So, I am sitting here on Monday, after an 11 hour Sunday (Jane, Jenn, Andrea and many Sheldons organized a big Halloween party, and we had a ton of kids), and I am going to be kind to myself. This is a new day, and God has given it to me so I will cherish it. Do the same for yourself today. Rise knowing you will not be perfect, and that God understands. Rise, knowing you will have good days and not so good. Rise and embrace the life that God has given you, because it is brief and it should not be wasted.

I am so happy to be here, in this sacred relationship with all of you. I promise to continue to strive to be better, but not to beat up on myself if I flub a prayer or mess up the order of worship. You do the same, be kind to yourselves, and know that you are loved, even when you don’t particularly love yourself. 

Since it is much easier to love others than it is to love yourself, try harder. You’re worth it, and so am I. Practice may not make perfect, but it helps.

Love, Denise

Please contact Pastor Denise Peterson for support, questions or concerns that need immediate attention.
 Cell: 860-368-9201 or
Great fun was had by all at the Children's  Halloween Party!

Stewardship Pledge Drive
Reminder: Pledge cards for our 2023 stewardship drive are due by Sunday, November 20th. Pledge cards can be put in the pledge box in the sanctuary or they can be mailed to Dan Phelon, Asst. Treasurer, 1380 Hill St, Suffield. 
Be sure to come support our annual Christmas in Suffield Bazaar on Saturday, November 5th, 9am-3pm.  
Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, November 20

 Immediately following morning worship service
There is a sign up sheet posted in Fellowship Hall
Please list name, number of people coming, and dish you are bringing (if possible)
Guests are welcome to attend
We will be having ice cream for dessert - any and all kinds wanted. The sales are on in the grocery stores for Thanksgiving, so if you can buy some on sale, please do and put it into the freezer in the Fellowship Hall. Anything is fine: Klondike bars, popsicles, juice bars, Nutty Buddys, sherbet, Italian ice, boxes of plain or fancy ice cream flavors.

We are also looking for condiments and pickles. If you can get any of those on sale, leave them in the church kitchen.
Hope to see you all there! Happy Thanksgiving!
The total donation amount is now $18,415. If you peak up into the choir loft you will see some new boxes. These are the speakers for the new organ system. It is exciting that new components have started to arrive! The proceeds from the Bazaar this weekend will add to the fund, I will update the total again next week.
Our October Mission Collection will be collecting cans of soup for Crossroads Food Pantry. 
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
: 29
Pounds of Food distributed: 816

NEXT Food Pantry- November 10th

October 11 – 65 Families
October 25 – 85 Families

November Mobile Trucks- 8th & 22nd

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.

CHURCH COUNCIL will meet on November 13th. 
Deacon's Readings
Hold on to Faith
Psalm 145:1-5,17-21
Job 19:23-27a
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5,13-17
Luke 6:20-31:
Deacon's Bench
  • Diaconate meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month.
  • The next diaconate meeting will be on November 20th at 8:30am.
Upcoming Events
Christmas Bazaar
November 5th, 9am-3pm
Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, November 20th- after worship
Community Events
Third Baptist Church will host a Thanksgiving Breakfast on November 5th
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.
Just for Laughs
A mother asked her little boy what he’d learned that day in Sunday school. He said it was about a cross-eyed bear named Gladly.
Mother: "Really?"
Little Boy: "Yes. Gladly, the cross I’d bear."
I found a wallet with 20 dollars in it. I wasn't sure how to proceed, but then I thought, "What would Jesus do?"
So I turned it into wine.

 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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