Easter Blessings Everyone,

I hope the Easter season is finding you well. In the midst of all the strife, I am thankful to know that we are living into the Resurrection. We as a Region, we as the Church, and we as the Body of Christ are still coming together in new ways. As we continue to live into this time, there is so much information coming our way. It is my hope to provide some of the events going on around us. Please be in contact with me if there is anything that you would like to share throughout our Region.

One of my routines that I have begun over the course of this quarantine is participating in Compline. We have a Region group doing daily Morning Prayer and Compline, and I excitedly invite you to join us. Praying the Daily Office in this new way has been refreshing and grounding in so many ways.

See the links to the many parishes of our Region who are participating in livestream events, both on Sundays and throughout the week! The Region website will be updated as well with programming and information located here .

Stay safe and stay well.

In peace,

Dylan

ECCT COVID-19 Resources
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut has put together many resources for us to utilize. There are financial resources for parishes, self-care information, and livestream information as well. Please see HERE or the link below to explore current news, events, and offerings.

NW Food and Housing Insecurity Taskforce
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Recently a group has gathered on Zoom to discuss the status of food insecurity (food pantries, soup kitchens, etc) and housing insecurity in our Region. There are ministries both through churches and the state still in operation, abiding by the necessary guidelines of social distancing while still providing care for those in need. This is also part of a wider ECCT initiative. I am looking for those actively involved in these ministries to share in their current experiences. Our goal is to see how we can work together, share resources, and walk forward in this new environment. Please contact me at dmello@episcopalct.org to share information or join in our meetings.
Refugee Resettlement Orientation April 21
Though refugee arrivals are temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis, IRIS is providing socially distant services to hundreds of clients who are already here: food deliveries to doorsteps, healthcare navigation by phone, and video English classes. They're also preparing to hit the ground running to resettle more families once arrivals resume, and we need your help!  
 
Interested in learning how you can help welcome refugees to Connecticut? Please join us for a Virtual Community-based  Refugee Resettlement Orientation  on  Tuesday, April 21, from 11:30-12:30 . IRIS staff members will give an overview of our  Community Co-Sponsorship Program , which enables community groups throughout the state to welcome refugee families to their cities and towns. We'll offer advice on how you can organize neighbors & friends in your communities to welcome refugee families and respond to your questions.You can join the conversation via Zoom, or by conference call. Please   RSVP here , so we know who's joining us and can send a calendar invite. And please share this invitation widely! The more the merrier in the Zoom room!

Please contact Dylan Mello for Zoom log in and password information at dmello@episcopalct.org.



Region Events Online
Northwest Region Zoom Bible Study
Rev. Martha Tucker is leading a NW Region Bible Study on Tuesdays at 4PM! We are looking at the Gospel of John! All are welcome to join!! The zoom link is below.


Please contact Dylan Mello with any questions at dmello@episcopalct.org.

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Region Dwelling in the Word Opportunities
St. John's Pine Meadow has offered to lead Dwelling in the Word for the Region on Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM. We will look at the Gospel for the coming Sunday! Please contact Dylan Mello at dmello@episcopalct.org for log in information.
The Daily Office in the NW Region
Join us each morning and evening on Zoom for daily prayers!

Every day at 7:30AM, we gather on Zoom and pray Morning Prayer together.
Each evening at 8:30PM, we gather to pray Compline.

We will be using the readings and collects each day provided by the Mission of St. Clare, found here: https://www.missionstclare.com/english/

Join using this Zoom link:

Or call in with this number:
929-205-6099
and Meeting ID: 489 161 8328

We will continue to gather throughout this time of change and challenge.

Please contact Dylan Mello at dmello@episcopalct.org for the Password

Anyone from Anywhere is Always Welcome to Join!
Looking for a way to stretch, exercise and hear the Word of God? Then try PraiseMoves!

Now, easy to do right in the comfort of your own home. Mary Perry, Certified PraiseMoves Instructor from St. Paul’s Brookfield will be holding Zoom classes Saturdays at 10:00. Message her at maryperry2@me.com for the link. Come, try it out! Appropriate for all Fitness Levels!
Bishops' Book Discussion
- NOW ONLINE -
 
April 24, 2020 at 9:30 - 11am
The Bishop's Book Study at Camp Washington is a monthly gathering of clergy and laypeople who love to read, and the event provides us with an opportunity to discuss how our learnings relate to self, spirituality, and God's Mission. Join us this month ONLINE for a lively discussion! Register first and a link to the discussion and how-to details will be sent to your email. 
This month we will be discussing
St. Benedict's Toolbox  by Jane Tomaine

Registration link HERE
On April 28th, at 6:30PM, we will have a discussion on the Netflix movie, 13th. Watch the movie ahead of time and join in for conversation. Email Dylan Mello at dmello@episcopalct.org to RSVP.
Volunteers Needed:
New Start Ministry is in need of volunteer drivers who are under the age of 60 and do not have underlying health issues. These drivers are needed to transport a member of our refugee family home from work, on a rotating schedule. To help maintain physical distance, the person rides in the car's rear seat. He lives in Waterbury, and his job pick-up is near the airport in Oxford. Please contact susan.e.suhr@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.
Contact for Retired Clergy
The Reverend Marilyn Anderson
Lakeville, Connecticut 


Live Streaming and other Weekly Events of our NW Region Services


St. Paul’s Woodbury
Saturday Evening Prayer at 5PM
Sunday Morning Prayer at 10AM

Trinity Torrington
Sunday Service 9:00 AM
Stream through Website: https://www.trinity-torrington.org/

St. George’s Middlebury
Sunday 9:30AM Service

St. John’s Waterbury
9:30AM-English Service
11:30AM-Spanish Service

St. Mark’s Bridgewater
9:30AM- Zoom Service
Wednesday Zoom Meditation 6:00PM
https://zoom.us/j/936822019  Call in:  929-205-6099 and Meeting ID: 936 822 019
 

St. Paul’s Brookfield
9:30AM
 
St. Paul’s Bantam
Sunday 10:30AM
Cable Access Channel 5-Litchfield County

St. Michael’s Litchfield
Sunday at 10:00 AM

St. John’s Pine Meadow
Sunday at 9:00 AM
 
St. John’s Washington
Sunday at 10:00AM

St. John’s Salisbury
Sunday at 10:00AM

Trinity Lime Rock
Sunday at 10:30 AM

All Saint’s Oakville
Podcast of the Week's Lectionary and Commentary

St. Andrew's Kent

Church of the Epiphany Southbury
Streamed from Website: https://www.epiphanysouthbury.org/

Trinity Retreat Center
Nature Liturgy
Sunday 8:30AM
Please send any ideas or additions for the newsletter to Dylan Mello. Email address:
dmello@episcopalct.org
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