Welcome to Norfield's Friday News Roundup!
Delivered to your inboxes on every Friday, you'll find a NEW feature entitled, "Norfield's Friday News Roundup!" It's our way of wrapping up a busy week of Norfield happenings among our congregants and throughout the greater community! News submissions are welcomed and encouraged and can be submitted to Teri Gaberman at tgaberman@norfield.org. Thank You!
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"For two days this week, I've put my support of, and faith in, the Connecticut Institute for Refugees & Immigrants (CIRI) into action. The agency, supported as an Outreach partner by Norfield Congregational Church for close to 10 years, serves refugees and immigrants newly arrived to Connecticut, as well as unaccompanied minors and victims of violence and torture. I've volunteered with CIRI for four years and became a Board member last year.

The agency has been hard hit by the COVID19 pandemic. Immigration legal services have been virtually shut down as no face-to-face meetings are permitted. Refugee families, already at economic risk, are suffering from business closures, unemployment and difficulty transitioning their children to remote learning platforms. But CIRI marches on.

On Tuesday, together with a fellow Board member, I picked up boxes of supplies at the Grace Farms Foundation. Grace Farms has been an important CIRI partner for a number of years. The supplies, (two SUV loads), included rice, corn meal, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, bananas, apples, beans, flour, bread, cooking oil and other foodstuffs, as well as toiletries and cleaning supplies. It was empowering to be involved in this lifeline activity.

On Wednesday, after the CIRI staff had sorted and packed up individualized boxes of supplies, I delivered these to four refugee families in Bridgeport. Most were Eritrean families or single men. Despite language barriers and obligatory masks, it was impossible to miss the relief and gratitude in the faces of the recipient families. And, I could hardly suppress my own happiness. I have been asked to repeat these activities weekly.

I have always believed that faith is a verb, something you do. And service is the doing of faith. I am fortunate to be able to live my faith."
-Bayard Dodge
Join in the Fun!
A Virtual Family BINGO Night via ZOOM!!
Saturday, April 25th from 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Norfield Fellowship Committee is hosting a night of family fun for all to enjoy...BINGO!! It'll be virtual via ZOOM and here's how to sign up to join the fun!

To begin, please click on the link below to print out the BINGO Cards ((4) per family which can be reused for multiple rounds and can be printed in advance):

Next, you'll see the following prompts to register to play:

*You've been invited to play 1-75 Number Bingo.
*You have been allocated 4 BINGO Cards.
*Enter your email address to receive the links
to your BINGO Cards.

 [Join Game]

Why do I need to enter my email address?
  To make sure each player gets the right number of BINGO Cards.
And, so you can find the links to your BINGO Cards again easily.

What will they do with my email address?
       They will not send you marketing emails, newsletters, or sell your email address to anyone. Your email address will  ONLY  be used to send you the links to your BINGO Cards. 

The organizer of the game will be able to see your email address and which BINGO Cards have been allocated to you. 

When this BINGO Game expires, they will delete your email address from their system. 

For any additional questions, please contact Anne Troxell, Fellowship Chair via email at:  troxellanne@me.com.

Following your registration to play, you  MUST  click on the ZOOM link below to join the Family BINGO Night event!

Hope you'll join us! Please send in your family fun pictures to tgaberman@norfield.org. Thanks!
Make the night complete with ordering a family fan favorite -  Pizza!  from  Milestone.  Support this local small business owned by Norfielders - Peter & Andi Fine!
Prizes for the winning families will be a bag of delicious homemade cookies by  Dough & Co.,  a small business owned by Norfielder  Christina Mattinson . The bags will be delivered to your mailboxes!
Discovery Hour Lesson
Sunday, April 26th

Dear Norfield Families,
This week's Discovery Hour lesson is "On the Road to Emmaus."  The lesson is based on Lectionary readings that families can watch together. The Bible story, illustrations, and activities are based on Spark House's "Activate Faith Lectionary Sunday School Lessons." Click on the link below for the lesson.

Have a Blessed Weekend!
A Highly Recommended Spiritual Series
by Deacon Matt Carrothers
Check it Out!
A few months ago, I found a new series called “The Chosen,” and wanted to share it with you. To access it, simply download “The Chosen” wherever you access apps. The app is free and there’s no cost to watch. I included a screenshot as well! (FYI: The producers made it available free via an app, so they could exercise control over content - without having to rely on Hollywood.) The entire Season One is available, and the producers are currently filming Season Two. 

The series is about the life of Jesus, but it’s largely told through the perspective of those who encountered Him: Mary, Nicodemus, Simon and Andrew, Matthew and many more. As I’ve previously shared with Rev. Wilson and Pastor Burke, I can say without exaggeration that this portrayal is simply breathtaking. It felt like Jesus was speaking directly to me, and throughout, He is unequivocal about his mission. If you’re seeking some content to “binge” right now - look no further. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Gather together as a family to worship with us online every Sunday morning at 10am via the Norfield Congregational Church YouTube Channel o r website: www.norfield.org
Volunteer Opportunities for Norfielders!
A Message from Dave Levy
I heard from a couple of people already to help make PPE but could always use a few more. I’ve posted DIY  videos so you see the process   To make it easy for people to help, you need only to do the taping. I will cut the patterns and can drop the materials and tape at your house. You’ll only need a bucket and some space. It’s actually a fun project…you can create a bit of an assembly line! The demand still exists and continues to grow. Still looking for more volunteers to help assemble these hoods. Send me an email at david@davidlevy.net if you're interested in volunteering. THANK YOU!

If you have a sewing machine and are looking to help, please message me directly and I will put you in touch with people who need you.

Here are other ways to help: 

1. For those of you who would prefer to make a financial donation consider the Danbury Hackerspace, which is organizing all of the people who are actually making facials and other important equipment.

2. For those of you who have a need for PPE you can make a request to the CT PPE Project.

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