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On the JPWL April/May Calendar:

  • Faith Formation Leaders’ Stepping Stones Series Next Steps Workshop: 
    Retreats that Renew and Refresh
    Thursday, April 25th, from 6 to 8:30 pm in the JPW Library
    Come discover creative ideas for your next retreat: Icebreakers, discussion questions, themes, music, and craft ideas. Retreats – from 2 hours to 2 days and longer – can encourage participants to nourish their weary spirits and strengthen their bond with God and one another. Join us to find out how; all are welcome! Workshop led by author Rev. Dr. Sue Foster, Pastor of the E. Woodstock Congregational Church (UCC). Pastor Sue has 30+ years of experience leading retreats, small group discussions, and creative worship. Co-sponsored by the CT Association of Christian Educators and the CT Conference UCC. A light supper will be served. Please Register at:
  • Spend an Afternoon with Rev. Nathan Perkins 
    Sunday, May 5th, at 1 pm in the Meeting House
    The JPW Library will present an “Afternoon with Nathan Perkins” in partnership with Noah’s New Americans, a junior history club (Middle & High School aged students) sponsored by the Noah Webster House. Participants will hear excerpts from Perkins’s pre-Revolutionary War message to the troops (delivered June 2, 1775 on Goodman Green) as well as songs and prayers that were common to that era. The group hopes to recreate a worship service. All are invited to experience this afternoon of history in the Meeting House.

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 

Wednesday, May 15th, at 5 pm in the JPWL (note the date change!)
We will discuss Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, A Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo: An idealistic Harvard grad encounters the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow when she signs on as a Teach for America volunteer in rural Arkansas. There she meets Patrick, a young man accused of murder and awaiting trial in prison, with whom she shares a love of literature and a mutual coming-of-age. Books are available at the JPW Library. Bring dinner/snack; beverages and dessert will be provided.



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.