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On the JPWL Calendar:
- Lunch & Learn: Witness Stones Project West Hartford
Sunday, October 20th, at 12 pm in the Meeting House
Witness Stones Project: West Hartford co-directors, Tracey Wilson and Elizabeth Devine, will present their research into Connecticut’s slave-holding past and the lives of enslaved people. First Church member and Kingswood-Oxford School History teacher Katie McCarthy will join Wilson and Devine as they describe how they became involved in the Witness Stones Project, a national initiative, and how they incorporated the research into West Hartford schools’ curricula. The project culminated an installation ceremony at First Church where students shared their research. “Witness Stones,” granite stones with brass plaques bearing the enslaved person’s name, were then installed in Old Center Cemetery on North Main St.
Visit the Crofut Café!
At the first First Sunday Breakfast in October, Pat Furnivall suggested we name our new breakfast program the Crofut Café – and we decided she had the right idea! We can think of no other name that is as welcoming (and alliterative) — while conveying the appreciation and fondness we hold for our benefactor, Florence Crofut. So come and visit the Crofut Café at the JPWL from 8:30 to 9:45 on the first Sundays of each month. Enjoy a light breakfast with other church friends, visitors, families, and choir members. October thru May.
The JPW Library hosts two book groups, one weekly and one monthly.
Awakening the Spirit Book Discussion
Mondays from noon – 1:30 pm from September-May
Awakening the Spirit resumes Monday, September 9th at noon to discuss Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe. “God loves things by becoming them,” Rohr writes, and Jesus’s life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God – except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God, and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us, and in everyone we meet. Thought-provoking, practical, and full of deep hope and vision, The Universal Christ is an invitation to contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is. Led by Minister of Spiritual Life Rev. Susan Izard. Bring your lunch; beverages and desserts are provided. Books are available at the JPWL or at the Sunday Bookmobile.
Food for Thought Book Group
First Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm from September – May
Thursday, November 7th, at 5:30 pm in the JPW Library
We will discuss My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. “Elsa and her grandmother both feel like outsiders. When her grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s adventure begins.” Books are available at the JPW Library.
Now available in the JPW Library: the First Church Senior Resource Manual for seniors and their families provides information on care options, legal matters, illness, spirituality, local transportation options, and more.