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The Weekly Word

January 6, 2023

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

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

We are coming up on Epiphany this week. James Joyce, one of my favorite authors, used the term “epiphany” to describe a moment in which everything comes into focus and new insights are gained. This is an appropriate definition of epiphany in modern terms, but the Epiphany of the Magi is something more: it is the moment when the world came into focus, when the powers of the world became less important than the power of love; when peace became more important than ego and might.  Epiphany is our chance to lay aside the distractions of the world and see the world clearly. More importantly, we can see ourselves more clearly, our role in relationships, the strength and beauty of our families, as well as the grace and forgiveness that define Christians. 

A friend of mine is Russian Orthodox, right around Epiphany, they have a tradition of asking for forgiveness, for any wrong they may have committed. When I was at UConn Medical, she shared in that tradition. I wondered what it would feel like, not many of us approach people in church and say, “Please forgive me if I have wronged you.” It felt foreign to me, but then it crystalized: so many of the things we do wrong in this world are unknown to us, we genuinely do not realize we are being hurtful; People act out of their own pain or ignorance, and the result is that the person who carries the weight of resentment, is the person who is unforgiving. 

Think of all the times Jesus forgave, and know that it was as healing for his soul as it was for those he led, taught, and ultimately died for. Perhaps starting the New Year with a dose of forgiveness is a healthy thing; I’m not going to walk up to someone and ask for blanket forgiveness, I’m the type of person who needs to know what I’m working on and then act with intention, but I can offer that grace to others, and know it will be good for my soul (even if nobody but me knows about it). 

Happy New Year, Denise

Please contact Pastor Denise Peterson for support, questions or concerns that need immediate attention.
 Cell: 860-368-9201 or
The Annual Meeting will be held on January 29th after church service up in the sanctuary. 
Please Note: All reports for the Annual Meeting must be into the office no later than Sunday, January 15th.
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.
Missions Committee Contact
 Liz McGann or



We are collecting bottles of maple syrup (any brand) for the January Food Pantry... Please bring your donations in by January 8th.

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 January 8th after worship.
Deacon's Readings
Possibilities Unfolding 
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29

Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

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
The Preacher's Teeth
A minister had all of his remaining teeth pulled out. New dentures were being made. The first Sunday, he only preached 10 minutes. The second Sunday, he preached only 20 minutes. On the third Sunday, he preached 1 hour 25 minutes.

When asked about this by some of the congregation, he responded, “The first Sunday, my gums were so sore it hurt to talk. The second Sunday, my new dentures were hurting me a lot. The third Sunday, I accidentally grabbed my wife's dentures. I don't know what happened, I just couldn't stop!”


 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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