ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY | MAY 2, 2021
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From Pastor Pat
“I am the vine; you are the branches.”
I’ve challenged my mind to imagine it; I also challenge you.
Imagine the feelings of those eight original families from Norwalk, having sought and received permission from their Congregational church on the green, as they struck out on foot to that place on the northwest “frontier:” The place that would become Danbury, Connecticut. Imagine if you will placing all of your meager possessions and every person you cherish in a wagon. Imagine, too, that although you knew that the indigenous people one might find elsewhere beyond the frontier were mostly absent from where you were going, there would be native wildlife such as wolves and bears to contend with. But also remember what else would be absent from that first setting down of roots. No doctor. No midwife. Nothing standing between you and your new life – or death- on the edge of swamp and forest, except your faith in God.
From that first setting down of roots since our church first gathered in 1696, there has been a continuous strand of a vine, then many vines, then many branches. We find ourselves in this challenging year of 2021 and realize that this is our 325th anniversary year growing from that original root. “Through many dangers, toils and cares, we have already come....”
Jesus tells us this Sunday when we honor our long time members, “I am the Vine, you are the branches.”
He explains that his Father is the Gardener who has planted him here on earth, that we who listen to his promise of eternal life may branch off and grow. Not only do we grow, but we must continue to bear fruit that will become the sweet wine of acceptance and love as we enfold others in God’s family.
This Sunday, I hope you’ll plan to join us, and if you’re able to worship with us in person. Weather permitting, we plan to have a simple version of our Coffee Hour outside under the trees. Blessings, and congratulations on growing and sustaining one another! - Pastor Pat Kriss
Jelly Jar Generosity Update
Are your jelly jars full? Jelly Jar Collection Day is just around the corner. Bring your jelly jars to our Pentecost service on May 23, where we will ask everyone – masked and socially distanced – to pour their coins into an oversized collection plate. Here’s a message from Pastor Pat:
We will donate 100 percent of your Jelly Jar donations to TBICO (The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities). TBICO’s clients includes people who are unemployed or underemployed, and need retraining. Some are displaced homemakers who suddenly become the family’s breadwinner as a result of divorce, as well as a spouse’s death or disability.
TBICO never charges for any or their services.
If you are unable to attend the Pentecost service in person, please contact Ginger in the church office at email@example.com, or call her at 203-744-6177.
Book Sale Extended: Deer Hill Thrift Shop
All of our paperback and hard cover books are on sale for one more week!
Paperbacks - 4 for $1
Hardcovers - 2 for $1 (except for Best Sellers)
Best Sellers - Half price
Open on Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Please consider volunteering – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.
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Free Daily Inspiration from 'The Upper Room'
Copies of the May-June 2021 issue of The Upper Room" are available in the narthex. Take one – they’re free! The Upper Room offers daily readings and reflections that seek to help people experience God through prayer, study, and faithful action. Pick up your copy at the office or send an email to Ginger Heinlein at Office@DanburyChurch.org.
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First Congregational Church of Danbury
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810