Gratitudes // Deacon's Scripture Readings // Children's Halloween Party // Christmas Bazaar // Altar Flowers // Upcoming Events //  Missions // The Deacon's Bench  // Community News and more...

The Weekly Word

October 21, 2022

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

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

Sunday October 30, 2022

3:00 - 5:00pm

For all children in our Sunday School plus 2 to 3 invited guests each. There is no charge.

Party will be in the Fellowship Hall. Decorations will be put up on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am. Please just show up if you can help decorate or bring any Halloween decorations you have.

Please make reservations by calling the church office 860-668-2271 and letting us know how many children are attending so we may plan for crafts and food etc.

We also need adult volunteers to come and help with serving refreshments and making crafts. Costumes for adults requested..

Please let Jane Sheldon or Pastor Denise know if you are able to help out during the party or are able to make some baked goods for refreshments.

Crafts, games, food, and dance party. Please come in costume.

We have a lot going on; the worker bees have been busy. There is the pledge drive, the bazaar, the organ fund and purchase, a Halloween Party and a baptism, all coming up, There is one more thing, and that is a day in which we will be welcoming new members, and that will be on November 20th. I am particularly excited about that day, for a host of reasons, but most importantly because it is a sign of trust and hope in the future. If you have been attending, but have not joined uet, please call me and we will talk. I will make myself available to visit homes, or meet in church so that any questions can be asked and hopefully answered. 

As  many of you know, I grew up in a church that had no sacraments and there was actually no membership... at least nothing formal. When I was first approached about joining a church, I said "no". My husband and I were already attending every Sunday, I taught Sunday School, we gave every week, I didn't see the reasoning. Eventually I got worn down by the Pastor of the church I worked in and agreed to stand up and join, It turned out to be a good decision. 

Through the service that welcomed me, I gained a community; one that I needed and that needed me. My gifts were celebrated, I found myself delving deeper into my faith, and I learned that the act of joinin gave me a new sense of belonging that I hadn't ecen noticed I was missing. I gained so much: new family, opportunities to serve, a chance to study the Bible, and most importantly, something that kept me going, because once I had joined, I actually found myself wanting to be there, instead of being bound to (I know that sounds backwards, but it's not).

So if you are one of the people who is thinking about joining, I welcome you, everyone in the pews welcomes you. You will be celebrated! 860-368-9201.

Much Love, Denise

Please contact Pastor Denise Peterson for support, questions or concerns that need immediate attention.
 Cell: 860-368-9201 or
Our annual Christmas in Suffield Bazaar will be Saturday, November 5th, 9am-3pm. There are signup sheets in the parlor to volunteer to make soup, donate a raffle gift basket and volunteer to help at the event. 
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
: 30
Pounds of Food distributed: 1071

NEXT Food Pantry- October 13th

September 13 – 87 Families
September 27 – 85 Families

October Mobile Trucks- 13th & 27th

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.

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.
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 November 13th. 
Deacon's Readings
Ask Boldly, Live Justly
Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 84:1-7
2 Tim 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14
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
Children's Costume Party
October 30th, 3-5pm

Christmas Bazaar
November 5th, 9am-3pm
Community Events
Third Baptist Church will host a Thanksgiving Breakfast on November 5th
Just for Laughs
What do mummies listen to on Halloween?
Wrap Music

Why don't mummies take time off?
They are afraid to unwind

Why didn't the skeleton cross the road?
Because he didn't have the Guts

 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.
Do You Have an Announcement you want in the Weekly Word... 
contact the church office:

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
Forward to Friend
Follow Us
Check out our Website
Email Us
Copyright © *|Copyright © 2018 West Suffield Congregational Church, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
West Suffield Congregational Church · P.O. Box 26 · 1408 Mountain Road · West Suffield, CT 06093 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp