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Our church holds many special events throughout the year – dinners, retreats, craft and art shows, and of course, our Fourth of July Jamboree!
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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:
April 24: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Mary Weaver has copies of the book at May Memorial Library. Here is a description of the book from Amazon.
Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.
But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.
May 22: The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel.
After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. Stunned to learn what’s happening in the outside world, she vows to teach the group all she can about surviving in the forest—and in turn, they teach her some surprising lessons about opening her heart after years of isolation. But when she is betrayed and escapes into a German-occupied village, her past and present come together in a shocking collision that could change everything.
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 11AM. 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!
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
Women's RetreatFriday, March 24 - Saturday, March 25, 2023
For all the women of the East Woodstock Congregational Church
Held at Camp Wightman, North Stonington, CT
(40 minutes from our church)
Friday, March 24 – Saturday, March 25
Called to Grow
Luke 13: 6-9
What is that “good for nothing” tree doing? When are we called to grow? Or rest? Or flourish? What encouragement and nurture do we need? This retreat will include time for renewal and fellowship. The retreat will start at 3:00 pm on Friday and conclude at 4:00 pm on Saturday. You are welcome to come just for the day on Saturday if you are not interested in spending the night. There will be free time for knitting, scrapbooking, reading, quilting, or even just relaxing. Come overnight or join us on Saturday. Please fill out the registration form as soon as possible by clicking on the link.
The cost for both Friday and Saturday is $100. This price includes dinner on Friday evening, lodging for Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
The cost for just Saturday will be $40. This price includes breakfast and/or lunch on Saturday plus all activities. The start time on Saturday is 9:30 am and concludes at 4:00 pm. Breakfast is served at 8:00 am.
The Holly FairSaturday, 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.