UPCOMING EVENTS

See what's happening in our busy church!
Our church holds many special events throughout the year – dinners, retreats, craft and art shows, and of course, our Fourth of July Jamboree!  
Scroll down to see which events are coming up next!

Book Discussion Group

Fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 pm

Join us with your questions, insights and opinions and enjoy an hour of fellowship and lively conversation!

The next book and date are: 

October 24: Maid by Stephanie Land

At 28, Stephanie Land’s dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer quickly dissolved when a summer fling turned into an
unplanned pregnancy. Before long, she found herself a single mother, scraping by as a housekeeper to make ends meet. Maid is an emotionally raw, masterful account of Stephanie’s years spent in service to upper-
middle-class America as a “nameless ghost” who quietly shared in her clients’ triumphs, tragedies, and deepest secrets. Driven to carve out a better life for her family, she cleaned by day and took online classes by night, writing relentlessly as she worked toward earning a college degree. She wrote of the true stories that weren’t being told: of living on food stamps and WIC coupons, of government programs that barely provided housing, of aloof government employees who shamed her for receiving what little assistance she did. Above all else, she wrote about pursuing the myth of the American dream from the poverty line, all the while slashing through deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor.  Maid is Stephanie’s story, but it’s not hers alone. It is an inspiring testament to the courage, determination, and ultimate strength of the human spirit.

 

 

November 28:  Einstein and the Rabbi

Einstein and the Rabbi by Naomi Levy is a fascinating reflection on what it meant by the word “soul” and how we can care for, listen to, and feed our soul.

January 30: The Story Teller of Casablanca by Fiona Valpy

Morocco, 1941. With France having fallen to Nazi occupation, twelve-year-old Josie has fled with her family to Casablanca, where they await safe passage to America. Life here is as intense as the sun, every sight, smell and sound overwhelming to the senses in a city filled with extraordinary characters. It’s a world away from the trouble back home—and Josie loves it.

Seventy years later, another new arrival in the intoxicating port city, Zoe, is struggling—with her marriage, her baby daughter and her new life as an expat in an unfamiliar place. But when she discovers a small wooden box and a diary from the 1940s beneath the floorboards of her daughter’s bedroom, Zoe enters the inner world of young Josie, who once looked out on the same view of the Atlantic Ocean, but who knew a very different Casablanca.

 

First Friday Food Fairs

Outreach is sponsoring food distribution days for anyone who could benefit from additional food support.  It will be held outside Fellowship Hall on the first Friday of each month,from 9AM to 12PM.  Self-service.   Bags will be provided.  Pass the word! 

We are still collecting non-perishable food items.  Collection bins are on the ramp by the entrance to Fellowship Hall.  Thank you!

Men’s Breakfast

The men of the church gather for breakfast one Sunday a month at 8:00 am for a time of fellowship and good food prior to our worship service.  All men are invited to attend!  The breakfasts are scheduled for the following dates:

October 23        November 27        December 18        January 22        February 26                March 26        April 23        May 21        June 25

The Holly Fair

Saturday, November 5
Our annual Holly Fair is a great way to start the busy holiday season! 

Always the first Saturday in November from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Get started on your holiday shopping!  Our tables include homemade crafts, baked goods, jellies, jams and relishes, cookies, candy, jewelry, and New & Like New Gifts.  Buy tickets for our Basket Social which features a wonderful array of gift baskets which could be yours!  Start the morning with a cup of coffee or tea and a baked good and take home one of our wonderful soups.   

Women's Retreat

Friday, March 25 - Saturday, March 26, 2022

For all the women of the East Woodstock Congregational Church

Held at Camp Wightman, North Stonington, CT
(40 minutes from our church)

Stay tuned for the dates and theme of our next retreat!

Retreat Registration