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The Weekly Word

November 25, 2022

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

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

I almost dropped when I realized we were starting Advent. This season of wonder and awe is often accompanied by hustling and bustling. The two are not necessarily compatible, but sometimes they are paired. I remember the frenzied last days before each one of my children came.  For one thing, with, both David and Rachel were two weeks late (Jared came on his due date, and it is the only time he been on time for anything since), I kept stocking up on meals for after, and them eating them; consequently I kept having to plan meals when we all know planning ahead is not one of my strong points. I was so amazed by the way I could see and feel the child inside of me, I would get lost in time, and then remember that babies need diapers and onesies, there was a crib to be assembled in between doctor’s appointments and cleaning the house with a toothbrush (I take my nesting seriously). Now imagine Mary.

She was 14, unmarried, and shunned because of her condition, yet she never misstepped. Mary showed grace and acceptance, she went with Joseph on a long trek to Bethlehem, and trusted in God that they would be safe. Throughout her son's life, she never faltered. I believe that while the disciples misunderstood much of what Jesus was trying to tell them, she believed; because she knew who and whose Jesus really was, and she would never doubt his words. Mary had a life that any of us would be daunted to face, yet she was not. Her son was crucified when she was 47, and still she trusted God. 

So in this busy season, when you feel overwhelmed or rushed, stop for second and consider Mary; then take a deep breath, say a word of thanks, and do the next good thing that God has waiting for you. The real gift of Christmas is in the faith and family we have been blessed with. 

Happy Advent, this week we light the Candle of Hope. Love, Denise

We Welcome all the New Members of the

West Suffield Congregational Church

Please contact Pastor Denise Peterson for support, questions or concerns that need immediate attention.
 Cell: 860-368-9201 or
Crossroads Food Pantry would like to thank those that generously donated to our Missions collection last month.  We were able to purchase soup broth as well as some much needed vegetables for our December food pantry.  
 November Mission Collection will help purchase Grocery Gift Cards for Crossroads Food Pantry Clients. 
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.
Deacon's Readings
Called to Gift
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122

Matt 24:36-44

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 
Sunday, December 18th
Community Events

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

Nov. 29-Dec 2, 8am-6pm,
December 3, 10am-1pm

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
An elderly man in Oklahoma calls his son in New York and says, "I hate to ruin your day son, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce; 45 years of marriage... and that much misery is enough!" "Dad, what are you talking about?" the son yells. "We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old dad explained. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Hong Kong and tell her!". Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this." She calls her elderly father immediately, and screams at him, "You are not getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, you hear me?" she yelled as she hung up the phone.
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay", he says, "it's all set. They're both coming for Christmas and paying their own air-fare."

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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