Greetings from the JPW Library!

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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.

Book Discussions


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
We are reading Wayne Rollins’s The Gospels: Portraits of Christ. This very readable and accessible book examines how “each Gospel writer, heeding the patterns and rhythms of his own mind, portrays Jesus in the setting of his own world…This diversity of the Gospels and their Christology is an asset to faith’s understanding – the Christ event becomes available through four perspectives rather than one.” Books are available in the JPW Library. Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Led by Minister of Spiritual Life Rev. Susan Izard.

Food for Thought Book Group
First Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm from October – May 

Thursday, November 1st in the JPW Library
We will discuss Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Bring your dinner; dessert and beverages provided. Jahren is a geobiologist with the heart of a poet. She takes us back to her Minnesota childhood where she spent hours in her father’s college laboratory, performing lab work and finding sanctuary in science. Lab Girl is both a treatise on the life of plants and a “celebration of the lifelong curiosity…and passion that drive every scientist.” Books are available to borrow from the Library. This group is led by John P. Webster Library Director Jennifer deSimas.


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.