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The Weekly Word

December 16, 2022

West Suffield
Congregational Church, UCC

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

Last year baby Jesus got a traveling companion. Little Hailey wandered up to the manger with a doll she had found in the nursery and put it in with Jesus. I have a picture of her mom trying to grab her (thank heavens she missed). 

Christmas pageants are one of my favorite things, probably because they tend to generate tenderness and laughter, not to mention a fair bit of pandemonium (if you haven’t read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, I highly recommend it).Christmas should always be about the children, not because it is a birth story, but because it is a story of awe and hope and love, and children are a vessel for the those things. 

Awe: I remember when Jared, my eldest, was learning to talk. It was right around Christmas he learned the word “Zat?” He would point to something, ask, “zat?,” and I would name it. He would follow by saying, “love it!” Our conversations went like this… Zat? Tree. Love it! Zat? Laundry. Love it! Zat? Backhoe. Love it! Part of awe is in the discovery, and Jared had that nailed.

Hope: Children give us, not just hope, but the impetus to make the world a better place. Hope without action is meaningless. 

Love, God’s greatest gift. 

So come this week, to see it all unfold. Jane will be the calm in the chaos (she also wrote the script), Ed will be his usual, talented, flexible self, the choir will sing praise, Shirley will be an angel, the children will wander and wonder, and  we will hear the best story ever! Afterwards, we will join in our last potluck of the year (Gloria is a saint), and share in the spirit that Jesus brought into the world, on that one, perfect day.

Love, Denise

Some Memories of Last Year's Pageant...


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


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
: 40
Pounds of Food distributed: 846

NEXT Food Pantry- DECEMBER 8th

November 8 – 92 Families
November 22– 93 Families

DECEMBER Mobile Trucks-6th & 20th

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.
Sunday School Christmas Pageant
This Sunday December 18th during church service.

Following the pageant, there will be a potluck luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.
All are welcome!
Bring a dish to share!
Deacon's Readings
God With Us
Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7,17-19

Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

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 Pageant and Potluck
Sunday, December 18th

Christmas Eve Service
12/24 at 5:00pm
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 is the best Christmas present in the world?
A broken drum... you just can't beat it!

What do you call a kid who doesn't believe in Santa Clause?
A rebel without a Clause

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.

The Holidays are approaching, home heating costs and the price of grocery’s 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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