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January 2021
Welcome to the FCCWH January newsletter!  
December Recap
In-Person Worship
This month we continued to have in-person Worship Services.  These were made possible through careful planning and following health guidelines set by the city and state.  The main guidelines were:
  1. Masks were required while at the service.
  2. Upon arrival there was a short questionnaire before being ushered to an assigned space.
  3. We asked for those attending to pre-register so that we can maximize the number of people that can attend.  Find the form here.
Online Resources
As we continue having in person services we are still posting sermons online for those that are not feeling well or are not comfortable worshipping in person. Videos are available online on both the church website and FCCWH YouTube Channel.  

We are also live streaming the services via Zoom.  If you would like to watch the sermon live, follow the link on the homepage of our website.

Below are all the links you'll need to access content that has been posted online.  We will continue to post new material as it is available.
Homepage (link for Live Stream)
Recordings - YouTube
Recordings - Church Website
Online Giving - Church Website
Zoom Meetings
Pastor Carl continued holding Zoom meetings for people to keep in touch while in-person meetings are suspended.  Currently he is hosting:
 
Bible Study & Sermon Review
(based on that week's sermon) 

Tuesdays from 6:30-7:10pm

and

Open Office Hours
Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00pm

Information about joining is sent out by Pastor Carl, if you are not receiving it and would like to attend, or, would like to meet one-on-one instead, email him directly at revcarl@fccwesthaven.org.
January Updates
Mission Update
The Mission Emphasis for the month of January is WHEAT.

Our congregation has been a steady supporter of WHEAT through Missions, Apple Festival and through our food donations that are collected each week throughout the year. This year, due to COVID, so much has changed. Churches that collect food for WHEAT weekly were closed for months, our Apple Festival was canceled, yet the need has increased significantly for at risk families as job loss, or reduced hours at work have reduced income.  Click here to read more about this month's Mission Emphasis.

Please give generously this month to WHEAT. For any check mailed or online contributions, please notate Monthly Mission Emphasis-WHEAT in the memo/note.

Thank you from the Mission Committee
A Note From Christian Education:
In a time where many things in our lives are anything but normal, we were able to have a little bit of normalcy in our lives. Thanks to the assistance of Bill Ewry, we were able to have a Christmas Pageant. It was not one exactly like we were used to. We socially distanced and wore our masks, but we had a lot of fun along the way. The Board of Christian Education and the students in our Sunday School program are grateful and very thankful for Bill’s assistance with the Christmas Pageant. If you have not already done so, please click here and view the Christmas Pageant. While you are there please like the video and leave a comment if you are so inclined.

Sunday School has been going strong with in person and online attendance. We continue to follow the safe church protocols of socially distancing, wearing masks, and checking in upon arrival at church. Now that there are indoor worship services, the Sunday School families have a dedicated entrance. All Sunday School families (parents and children) are to come to the patio
on the Savin Avenue side of the building. Everyone will be greeted there by a check-in specialist. Once they are checked in the students will proceed upstairs to their classrooms. Those who will be attending worship will proceed into Fellowship Hall to the Savin Avenue side of the sanctuary where they will be greeted by an usher and seated. Though we are having in person Sunday School, we will not forget our friends who are not ready to join us in person just yet. Sunday School is still being conducted online as well via Zoom. Details are e-mailed weekly with the information. We hope you will join us.

The Board of Christian Education held their Annual Christmas Eve Breakfast, though this year was a little different than previous years. Instead of a sit down meal, the children helped set up and prepare for a Grab&Go Breakfast. On Christmas Eve morning, Ruth C.; Gerry H.; Joe H; Fran S; Vanessa P. & her children, Tony, Shelby, & Addy; Frankie D & her granddaughter Jocelyn; Nicole & Matt R. & their children Bella & Logan; Lauren & Laci L.; and Chris & Kirsten V, with their son, Mikey, all worked together cooking, serving, and greeting our patrons with Christmas greetings and a warm breakfast. Our thanks go out to everyone who came and helped, as well as those who helped by giving monetary donations – it was a great team, and we couldn’t have done it without them. Together we served 150 breakfasts to our community on Christmas Eve morning.
As we continue to teach our children to pray and how important it is in their faith journey. Please talk to your children and tell them that it is ok to pray wherever they are, it shouldn’t be limited to just church. To continue to encourage our children (adults too) to pray each day here is a monthly calendar of ideas to help everyone pray.
If you have any questions regarding Sunday School, children’s programs or how we are navigating our programs during COVID-19, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kirsten Vargo, Interim Christian Education Director at kvargo@fccwesthaven.org.

To read the full CE update click here to visit our website.
Candle of Honor
If you would like to request a Candle of Honor dedication while services are suspended, contact Barbara Brown at 203-430-0298 or bbrown19@snet.net.  The suggested donation it $5.  Dedications are shared in the monthly newsletter as well as on the church website, Facebook page, and Instagram.
Contact Information
While there is limited in-person office coverage the best way to get in touch is via email.  The general church office email address is: office@fccwesthaven.org

If anyone would like to reach out to Pastor Carl directly, his email is:
revcarl@fccwesthaven.org

If anyone has questions about Christian Education (CE) programs, Kirsten Vargo, Interim CE Director, can be reached at:
kvargo@fccwesthaven.org

Ruth Costa, Chair of Deacons, can be reached at:
sccrmm247@aol.com
As always, feel free to contact me about anything regarding social media - Have any suggestions or comments? Questions about how to access specific content? Send it in!  You can reply to this email, send a message to pr@fccwesthaven.org, or click the Email button below.
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Recordings of past sermons are available on both on our website as well as the YouTube channel.
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