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The Weekly Word

December 23, 2022

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

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

It’s Friday, Christmas is two days away. Breathe. Do not lose the message in the busyness. 

I love the phrase, “for unto us a child is born” because of the “us”. Jesus was born for us, all of us, the lowly and poor as well as the comfortable and warm. This tiny baby contained in his being, all the love and hope that the world would ever need.

Jesus arrived helpless, all babies are; but when we have things in this world that make us feel that way, small and out of control, we forget that to be reliant on another is not a bad thing. Jesus came for the helpless;  he understands and loves us in our weakest moments. 

The formative years of Jesus’ life were spent traveling and survival was uncertain. There will always be those Christmases where someone argues, or the meat gets overcooked; some of us struggle with the gaiety, because we feel constrained to always be smiling, even when we are lonely or in pain. It creates an incongruous state of being, our insides don’t match with our outsides. Jesus came for the unsettled.

God incarnated was born to ordinary people who became extraordinary because of their Son; they didn’t start out that way. Allow yourselves to be molded by Jesus.

The Shepherds came to bow down before the infant, Christmas contains wonder at its heart, be a shepherd, feel the awe. 

Jesus loved children, he gathered them around him. Be like a child at Christmas, drive to see some lights, sing loudly, if not tunefully (me), wave like a lunatic at Santa, let yourself be excited by the mystery of it all. 

Finally, Jesus came to bring peace: be peaceful! In whatever way you need, be peaceful, you deserve it. 

Have a sacred Christmas, Love, Denise

Christmas Pageant 2022



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.
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

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
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98

Hebrews 1:1-4,(5-12)
John 1:1-14

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

Christmas Eve Service
12/24 at 5:00pm

No Service on Christmas Day
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 get when Santa goes down the chimney when a fire is lit? Krisp Kringle

What is all mothers favorite Christmas Carol? Silent Night!
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.

Crossroads Food Pantry is one of the most impactful outreach programs of the West Suffield Congregational Church. For over 10 years the pantry has been open on the 2nd Thursday of every month offering canned goods, vegetables from our local farmers, frozen meat items and more from our partners at Foodshare. In addition, we also serve as a townwide site for Foodshare’s Mobile Pantry truck that arrives every other week and distributes fresh fruit and vegetables in our parking lot to an average of 150 people per month in need of food assistance. 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 - Crossroads Food Pantry, PO Box 26, 1408 Mountain Rd, W. Suffield, Ct. 06093. Or online at, click on the Ministries tab, click on Crossroads and then the donate button. 

Liz McGann and Mary Calkins

 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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