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The Weekly Word

December 9, 2022

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

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

Our Pageant is next week (the 18th). Jane has corralled about 20 children to participate! We will be having a potluck to follow. Christmas Eve Service is at 5 pm so as to allow our choir to be there in all its glory. The Deacons all agreed that we would not have Sunday Service on Christmas morning. 

Our Christmas Tree is up in the lounge, ready for its annual load of socks,  gloves, and hats, which will be taken to the warming station

That’s the nuts and bolts of our Christmas at WSCC, here’s the heart:

During this time of  festivity and joy, it is also important to not forget that Jesus came for all of us. 

For some of us, this will be the first Christmas without someone we love. Jesus came to give us comfort. His presence is a reminder that we are never truly without one we have loved. 

There is a rush to this season that can be stressful. Jesus came to offer us peace within ourselves, so slow down, take a minute, and rest.

Commercialism can be overwhelming; children, especially, are bombarded by ads telling them what they have to have. Help them to give: let them choose a charity to donate to, so they can begin to understand the joy of giving. Jesus came for the poor. 

I imagine the unspeakable joy Mary felt when she held her baby, and then I do my best to remember how small I felt when I saw my children for the first time, or any new baby, for that matter. There is something about a newborn that makes us marvel, that somehow, new life is created, children are a repository for love: Love them  deeply and joyfully, even when they get overtired and cranky, such is life. Jesus loved children. 

Finally, Jesus did a lot of “feeding’” he took pleasure in celebration. ENJOY Christmas Day. Hug each other, laugh, cry, be present to those you love, appreciate them, feed them good food and memories. This is precious time, make the best of it. 
Love, Denise

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

Prayers for Joanne Beresford, who lost her sister this past Friday.

Joanne has taught Sunday School to generations of children and we love her. We wish her and her family condolances and comfort. 
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.
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 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
Heartbeat of Justice
Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:5-10

James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

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

Christmas Eve Service
12/24 at 5:00pm
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

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  
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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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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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