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The Weekly Word

December 30, 2022

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

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

I've been reading poetry lately, Ann Weems is one of my favorites; this is The Decree, I hope you find it meaningful. Love, Denise

The Decree

And in these days a decree goes out to all the world,
For these are taxing times.
We are all called again to go to Bethlehem,
No matter the state of our health nor the world.
We come, obedient and faithful,
For we have heard the message,
We have dreamed the dream
That God will come to dwell among us.
We come, expectant with joy,
Pregnant with anticipation,
For God for God has done great things for us.
We come searching for a sign;
Bearing our gifts, we come,
We come, called from the silent hillsides of our hearts,
startled and frightened by the magnitude of the light’
We huddle together towards Bethlehem.
We come, one by one,
Dancing into the promise. 

~Ann Weems

Please contact Pastor Denise Peterson for support, questions or concerns that need immediate attention.
 Cell: 860-368-9201 or
HAPPY 2023!
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.
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



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

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.
Home heating costs and the price of groceries 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 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.

Church Council will meet on January 8th after worship.
Deacon's Readings
Cosmic Praise
Isaiah 63:7-9
Psalm 148

Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23

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
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
What do you call four monkeys who share an Amazon account?

Why can’t you breed an eel with an eagle?
It’s Eeleagle.
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.

 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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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.
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