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The Weekly Word

January 13, 2023

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

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

Bernie Krause has made his living recording nature sounds from wild habitats. In the late 60s, he used to be able to walk into nature and record for ten hours in order to get an hour of pure sound. Now it can take him up to 10,000 hours for the same 1 hour of nature sounds. 50% of his sounds have changed because of habitat changes. I strongly recommend listening to his TED Talk, although it may break your heart.

Silence is a commodity we no longer have. There are always motorcycles and cars, airplanes and machines running in the background. It has been pointed out to me that the Church used to have a moment of silence prior to the pastoral prayer. I should have paid more attention. I will try to remember to give you all that moment in future services. 

Now I know it won’t be perfect, we have noise coming in from outside, but I hope it still gives you a moment of peace and centering. I am glad that this got pointed out, it will help me center, too. 

My favorite phrase as a child was “the still, small voice.” I think I like it because it makes God not scary. Even as a small child, I recognized that that was where and how I could hear God’s voice, not as a roar or movement, but in the stillness. God would not be loud, but instead move me with nudges and gentleness. How do you hear God’s voice, in the happy mayhem of children playing, in a favorite piece of music, or in the sounds of nature? I guess the trick is that the person listening has to be aware and quiet themselves in order for one to hear the other. So, listen, be calm, see what you hear, God will be in it; I promise.

Love, Denise

Please contact Pastor Denise Peterson for support, questions or concerns that need immediate attention.
 Cell: 860-368-9201 or
All reports for the Annual Meeting must be into the office no later than this Sunday, January 15th.  
The Annual Meeting will be held on January 29th after church service. 
January Mission Collection 
The January Missions collection  will be a collection to support the
WSCC Discretionary Fund
This fund is used at the discretion of the Pastor for charitable purposes to aid those in need. This account is designated to address emergency financial aid to members of the Congregation and the Community.
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
: 38
Pounds of Food distributed: 766

NEXT Food Pantry-JANUARY 12th

December 6 – 85 Families
December 20– 65 Families

January Mobile Trucks-3rd, 17th & 31st

Please open your hearts and donate to Crossroads Food Pantry so we may continue to provide basic food items to our neighbors in need. 
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 February 12 after worship.
Deacon's Readings
All That We Are
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-11

1Corinthian  1:10-18
John 1:29-42

Deacon's Bench
  • The  Diaconate meeting on January 15th has been cancelled.
  • Future Diaconate meetings (dates and times) to be determined.
Upcoming Events
Annual Meeting
1/29 after Sunday morning service
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
Prepare the Spirits
Before celebrating a baptism, the deacon approached the young father and said solemnly, “Baptism is a serious step. Are you sure you’re prepared for it?”

“I think so,” the man replied. “My wife has made appetizers and we have a caterer coming to provide plenty of cookies and cakes for our guests.”

“I don’t mean that,” the deacon replied. “I mean, are you prepared spiritually?”

“Oh sure,” came the reply. “I’ve got a keg of beer and a case of whiskey."


 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
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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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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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