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The Weekly Word

November 11, 2022

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

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


It's Veterans Day. The flags are hung, the songs will be sung; prayers will be said and loved ones remembered.

One of the great privileges of my life has been to sit with our veterans as they neared the end of their lives. Their ages have ranged from 100 to 45; some of their diseases were thought to be the result of something they were exposed to while deployed. Not once did I hear any one of them speak of regret that they served.

As I sat and listened to their stories I heard things that they kept secret.. At the end of someone’s life, people often feel the need to unburden themselves; and the things that weigh them down or haunt them need to find expression so they can let them go; so the chaplain hears things.

Here is what I have to say: if you know a veteran, thank them for their service, it makes a difference for them to know they are appreciated. If you know a veteran who is struggling, know that you will never understand what it is they went through, so offer them kindness and a listening ear. If you have time, volunteer at a nursing home or an elderly housing complex, specifically with their vets; no one who served this country should feel alone or forgotten. And offer a prayer, for all those who suffered and for all of those who will suffer, because the price of being a soldier is steep. More than anything, pray for peace, that is the wish of every soldier bowed down by the weight of their service: peace. 

Blessings, Denise

We have successfully finished this years fundraising events with the Christmas Bazaar.  It was a great event and thank you to all who made that happen. 

Please contact Pastor Denise Peterson for support, questions or concerns that need immediate attention.
 Cell: 860-368-9201 or
The total donation amount is now $21,515. This includes the proceeds from the Bazaar which totaled $3000. Thank you Liz and all who helped out for this successful fundraiser! Our “small but mighty” church has risen to this challenge and I am so thankful to be a part of this wonderful community.
 November Mission Collection will help purchase Grocery Gift Cards for Crossroads Food Pantry Clients. 
Missions Committee Contact
 Liz McGann or

Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, November 20

 Immediately following morning worship service
There is a sign up sheet posted in Fellowship Hall
Please list name, number of people coming, and dish you are bringing (if possible)
Guests are welcome to attend
We will be having ice cream for dessert - any and all kinds wanted. The sales are on in the grocery stores for Thanksgiving, so if you can buy some on sale, please do and put it into the freezer in the Fellowship Hall. Anything is fine: Klondike bars, popsicles, juice bars, Nutty Buddys, sherbet, Italian ice, boxes of plain or fancy ice cream flavors.

We are also looking for condiments and pickles. If you can get any of those on sale, leave them in the church kitchen.
Hope to see you all there! Happy Thanksgiving!

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
: 29
Pounds of Food distributed: 816

NEXT Food Pantry- November 10th

October 11 – 65 Families
October 25 – 85 Families

November Mobile Trucks- 8th & 22nd

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.
CHURCH COUNCIL will meet on November 13th. 
Stewardship Pledge Drive
Pledge cards for our 2023 stewardship drive are due by Sunday, November 20th. Pledge cards can be put in the pledge box in the sanctuary or they can be mailed to Dan Phelon, Asst. Treasurer, 1380 Hill St, Suffield. 
Deacon's Readings
Infinite Possibilities
Isaiah 65:17-25
Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19
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
Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, November 20th- after worship

Christmas Pageant 
Sunday, December 18th
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.
Just for Laughs
The custodian of a church quit. The pastor of the church asked the organist if she would be able also to clean the church sanctuary.
The organist thought before replying, ”Do you mean that I now have to mind my keys and pews?”

An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him, "How do you expect to get into Heaven?"
The boy thought it over and said, "Well, I'll run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, 'For Heaven's sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!'"


 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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