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On the JPWL March/April Calendar:

  • Thursday’s March 14 – April 11, 7:00 p.m., First Church Chapel: North American Christians and Islam: Re-framing the Views of a Dominant Culture with Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary.
    We are requesting that participants register for future sessions. You may register for all remaining sessions here    
    Some argue that Islam is inherently a violent religion bent on destroying America, and that it is un-American. Others say that it is a religion of peace that is simply misunderstood. These sessions will assist American Christians to critically engage resources and provide opportunities to re-think how a dominant American culture frames our view of Islam.
    These five sessions are FREE and can be attended a la carte or as a whole. For more information please contact the John P. Webster Library at 860-232-3893. Click here for a list of additional resources.
  • Faith on Film: A Beautiful Planet – April 12th, at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium
    The JPW Library presents A Beautiful Planet, a documentary about humanity’s relationship with Earth. Shown in partnership with FCWH Music Ministries for their upcoming Paul Winter concert, A Beautiful Planet “delivers an environmental message that is strong and serious while remaining encouraging and optimistic. The rest is just amazing to watch” (Rotten We’ll start at 6:30 pm with salad and pizza – BYO bevvies (no alcohol, please) – the movie will start at 7 pm (A Beautiful Planet is rated G; 45 minutes running time). Please Note: We’ll need a head count for the pizza order; please sign up HERE. For more information, contact the JPW Library at 860-232-3893 or

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
In March, we will be reading Parker Palmer’s latest, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old. “Encourages adults of all ages to explore the way their lives are unfolding. It’s not a how-to-do-it book on aging, but a set of meditations in prose and poetry (Amazon) “Palmer is part poet, part storyteller. It is refreshing to have someone in the sunset of life talk about what it is like to age – but do so gracefully. I will be using this, in part, as a roadmap of how to set my sights as I move through life. A lot of wisdom here” (Amazon reviewer). Books may be checked out from the JPW Library. Please 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, April 4th in the JPW Library (at 5 pm – note the time change)
We will discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Based on the notorious real-life scandal of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, the novel is a thought-provoking tale about two families, two generations apart, and the secrets hidden in history. Books are available at the JPW Library. Bring your dinner; beverages and dessert will be provided. 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.