WEEKLY CHECK IN-MAY 9
Greetings Everyone,

I hope that we all are continuing to find peace in our daily lives and finding space to take care of our needs. Putting together these weekly check-ins gives me such gratitude and a reminder that we are a Region and Church with so much spirituality and drive to be God's hands and feet in the world.

Please see the index below to direct you to many new events and resources from our NW Region and beyond. Always feel welcome to reach out with news, events, or even "Hello's".

Be safe and be well.

In Peace,
Dylan

Index of Newsletter
-Camp Washington Food Distribution-
-St. Michael's and Litchfield Food Pantry
-Regional Resources for COVID-19-
-NW Region and CT Resources for Covid-19 Response
-ECCT Disaster Response-
-Upcoming Events-
-COVID-19 Blog-
-ECCT Covid-19 Resources-
-Ongoing Region Events Online-
-Parish Livestreams and Weekly Events-
Camp Washington Distributes Meals to Our Local Community
St. Michael's Food Pantry Collaborates with Town to Keep Providing
Written by Kristen Eaton:
Our once monthly open pantry days are on hold for now because we are not equipped to safely have such a volume of people in our building at one time. But our assistance to those who have come to rely upon us has continued.

The Town of Litchfield has increased their efforts to provide food and has set up a temporary pantry at the Community Center. We donated the contents of our shelves -- about two tons of food in all -- to the Community Center pantry to get them started while they gathered monetary donations and began buying their own food in bulk. This food is available free of charge to residents of Litchfield, Bantam, and Northfield. The town CERT team is also using the St Michael's kitchen and freezers as a place to store perishable food which has been donated by various local businesses and organizations before delivering it to local residents who are food insecure or unable to get to a store. Several of our Food Pantry volunteers have been integral to these efforts.

Our own open shelf, which we keep stocked with essentials and to which people can freely come throughout the month for a little extra food, has seen a dramatic upturn in use. Through the generous donations of our parish members and Pantry friends, we have been able to provide a wide variety of shelf-stable, nutritious food as well as household items such as dish soap, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes and shampoo/conditioner. This shelf is monitored by volunteers and restocked at least twice a week.

The Food Pantry at St Michael's is grateful for the outpouring of community support which has developed during the COVID-19 crisis. We are pleased to be part of the ongoing effort to help the food insecure in our area and look forward to reopening our doors on the 3rd Saturday of each month as soon as we are able.
NW Region and CT Resources for COVID-19 Response
Connecticut Food Bank: Visit ctfoodbank.org to learn more about locations or to donate. Click HERE to find the mobile pantry schedule.
If you are interested in volunteering either in a socially distant appropriate capacity or as a virtual volunteer please register as a volunteer. Multiple organizations are looking for volunteers. Please register here:
Consider posting 2-1-1 information on your parish door. 2-1-1 is a one-stop connection to the local services folks in your community may need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. It is especially helpful for those in need of shelter. For more info click here . For a flyer you can post click here .  
The United Way has posted training resources and videos. Please see here for trainings and resources:



This VIDEO has information on how to find food resources on 211ct.org during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


New Start Ministry Drivers Needed
New Start Ministry is seeking volunteer drivers to assist with getting a local resident home (Waterbury) from work (Oxford). They need to be under the age of 60, and not have any underlying health issues. Prospective volunteers can contact Susan at susan.e.suhr@gmail.com .
Upcoming Events
A Conversation About Addressing Food Shortages and Hunger During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Society for the Increase of Ministry (SIM) continues their series of interviewing leaders across the church who are responding to human need in the wake of COVID-19.

Could those of us who know nothing about cultivating food adapt and join a new movement? Between increased joblessness, disruptions to the food supply, and the potential of a second wave of COVID-19 this fall, many anticipate a food crisis next winter. Maybe it is time for our churches to join this new Garden movement.

Join on Monday, May 11th at 3PM for a conversation on the role of the church in addressing food shortages and hunger during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please register below in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please see the SIM website for more information.
Food Drive Supporting Our Local Towns
Please consider donating to this local food drive with some of our collaborating churches to benefit the Warren and New Milford Food Banks.
Northwest Region Leadership Team Meeting
Our Northwest Region Leadership Team will be meeting on Sunday May 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM on Zoom. All are invited to attend! Please email dmello@episcopalct.org for Zoom information. Hope to see you there!
Bishops' Book Discussion
- NOW ONLINE-

May 29, 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
White Picket Fences Book Group
WHITE PICKET FENCES: 
Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege 
by Amy Julia Becker of Washington, CT
Gently addressing the challenging topics of privilege and race, power and inequality, White Picket Fences is a memoir of Amy Julia Becker's growing awareness of the unequal benefits (and secret harm) she received by virtue of her white skin, Protestant heritage, education and able body.
Daily Meditations Blog in the Time of COVID-19
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Rev. Martha Tucker of Christ Church Sharon, from our NW Region, has been writing daily meditations in her new blog!

Here is the description:

"Almost daily meditations begun in the time of coronovirus and expanded into new life, new ideas, well...imagination! In this time of isolation when we are all more aware than ever before of the space between us, may this space offer opportunities for blessing. And as we return to life post COVID may we recognize the extraordinary in the ordinary, the sacramental in the daily, as we recognize, reorder, re-prioritize, and respond to the holy in our midst."

Follow her blog at the link below!!

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.

Effective Leadership in Times of Anxiety and Pandemic, May 12 6:30 PM. This workshop will offer practical information to help leaders move forward faithfully, in the face of anxiety and pandemic. Topics include human responses in the cycle of disaster, how emotions spread from person to another, emotional hijacking, and ways leaders can set the emotional tone of a group.  Lay and ordained leaders are invited to join us to explore ways to lead in times of anxiety and crisis.  Facilitated by Canon for Mission Integrity and Training Robin Hammeal-Urban and Canon for Mission Leadership Lee Ann Tolzmann.  REGISTER HERE .
ECCT Disaster Response Ministry Network
The Disaster Response Ministry Network assists parishes through the disaster planning cycle of preparedness, response and recovery.

The Disaster Response Ministry Network provides, with assistance from the Episcopal Relief & Development US Disaster Program:
  • Assistance to parishes in completing an emergency response plan
  • Disaster response training
  • Disaster chaplaincy training
  • Assistance with the Episcopal Asset Map

The Facebook page is located HERE.

The Web Page is located HERE.



Ongoing 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/


Please contact Dylan Mello at dmello@episcopalct.org for the link and 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!
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
Facebook Live:

Trinity Torrington
Sunday Service 9:00 AM
Stream through Website:

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

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

Christ Church-Bethlehem
Sunday morning prayer 10am
Wednesday Compline 7:30pm
Call 203-266-7698 for the link and password


St. Mark’s Bridgewater
9:30AM- Zoom Sunday Morning Service

Meeting ID: 936 822 019
Password: 746522

Wednesday Night Meditation at 6PM

Meeting ID: 276 875 641
Password: 906637

 
St. Paul’s Brookfield
8:00AM and 10:30AM
 
St. Paul’s Bantam
Sunday 10:30AM
Cable Access Channel 5-Litchfield County

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

Zoom Morning Prayer Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. Meeting number: 303-232-792
Zoom Bible Study on Wednesday mornings 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Meeting number: 597-616-029


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

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

Trinity Lime Rock
Sunday at 10:30 AM
Every Evening at 7PM, Meditation on a hymn played on the organ
Facebook Live: 

All Saint’s Oakville
Zoom Service 10:00AM
Or join by phone at 646-558-8656
Meeting ID 367 433 331

St. Andrew's Kent
YouTube Channel: 

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

All Saints' Wolcott


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