Ash Wednesday Service Tonight
To watch the service, click HERE at 6 p.m. this evening. The service may be watched at any time. You do not need a Facebook account to watch.

Click HERE to view the bulletin.
We are sad to announce that FCW member Barbara Snow passed away on Feb. 19. Her memorial service will be held on March 4 at 11 a.m. at First Church. If you would like to help out at the reception, please click here to sign up. 
Spirituality Book Group
Rev. Tom Carr
Reminder: The Spirituality Book Group meets tonight, February 22 at 4 p.m. in the Morrel Room We'll be discussing the book, "An Altar in the World" by Barbara Brown Taylor, and will focus on chapters 10 and 11: "The Practice of Feeling Pain: Breakthrough," and, "The Practice of Being Present to God: Prayer."  
Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal
The news continues to unfold about the devastating earthquake on the border of Turkey and Syria. The death toll continues to rise – numbers are pointing to over 11,000 – depending on the source. This is shattering news and adds to the challenges of the war in this area for over a decade.

Immediately after the earthquake, the UCC posted a prayer and short statement in response to this crisis. While the earthquake was on the border, the tremors were felt as far away as Lebanon and Cyprus. At this time, we are issuing an appeal to help recovery efforts in Turkey and Syria. It is hard to tell what other areas are affected or the extent of the damage from this seismic event.

Amid this current uncertainty, you can be certain that with your financial support, the United Church of Christ will be there helping those in need. Give online HERE. You may also text UCCDISASTER to 41444. 
Black History Month 
Troup 203 Pasta Dinner
Troop 203, which is the Scout troop sponsored by First Church, is bringing back its annual pasta dinner this month after a two-year hiatus.  After all, who doesn’t love a good dinner of pasta, meatballs, garlic bread, and salad?  The dinner will take place on Saturday, February 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Nelson Hall.  We will be happy to seat diners at our tables in Nelson Hall, or we will prepare carry-out boxes for those who prefer to eat their pasta at home.

There’s no need to purchase tickets in advance; all ticket sales will be at the door on the day of the event.  Dinners are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and seniors. In addition to the pasta dinner, dessert, and coffee will be served. 

All proceeds from the pasta dinner will go to support the Troop’s activities throughout the year, including camping trips to Battleship Cove, Hammonasset Beach, and campsites from New Jersey through Maine.  Troop 203 thanks you in advance for your support of this event and all First Church does to support Scouting.
Violence Prevention/ Active Shooter Training
Everyone is invited to join us for a special program dealing with violence prevention and active shooter preparedness on March 5 at 1 p.m. in the Meetinghouse. The program will be led by two members of the Windsor Police Department and will last for approximately 2 hours. This is a free event and anyone who wishes to attend is very welcome. Let us know if you plan to attend.
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