First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone:(203) 744-6177

E-Tidings Weekly Newsletter

September 12, 2019

This Sunday: 10 a.m. Morning Worship

How to Pray- Chapter 1: Music as a Form of Prayer

From Reverend Pat Kriss

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

When I was a kid growing up in Upstate New York, there were some special things about music that I learned, especially when staying with my best friend and her mother. It wasn’t your ordinary 1960’s house. You see, my friend Carolyn Hopkins’ mother – also named Carolyn – was the President of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and their lead harpist. The living room of the Hopkins house was filled, not with sofas and La-Z-Boys, but with harps. Two big concert harps, and several little Celtic harps.

As kids we were given free rein to gently and respectfully try to play the harps. It was worth hours of fun, trying to make lovely notes come out of discordant plunking of ten year-old fingers. But whenever Carolyn Senior would come out to sit and rehearse on the gorgeous concert harp, along with her would come their Dalmatian dog, Brook. That dog just waited for these occasions. You see Brook, like many Dalmatians in that era of overbreeding, was deaf. By all expectations, we thought that she couldn’t hear anything. And yet whenever Carolyn sat and began to play the harp, the speckled dog would come running from the farthest corner of the house to sit by the harp, and place her chin against its sounding board. It was quite clear that Brook not only could hear the vibrations the harp put forth, but enjoyed every bit of her own encounter with music. I will never forget the sight of that pup with her head leaning on that harp for an hour as Carolyn played.

Pray Dalmatian

The truth is, whether four legged or two-legged, we all deeply need music in our lives. It truly is a form of prayer, since the feelings and hopes that develop through the notes, and the pregnant pauses between them, is a gateway to feeling the presence of God. This Sunday, as the first in my series on “How to Pray,” we’ll immerse ourselves in the incredible experience that music affords us when we open our hearts to let the notes cascade inside. There will be a surprise musical offering to stir your soul as well. it’s also a good Sunday to bring a friend or two who will enjoy the sheer joy of listening.
 

 


From Jim Moriarty, Music Director

This Sunday Pastor will be addressing the theme of ‘...music as prayer...’ I haven’t thought of music as prayer in the past but then I realized how much I use music not as only as enjoyment but also as a form of reflecting. I listen to music whenever I am in the car, at home during the evening hours or when working in the house. Often, while listening, I’ll reflect and think about my life - family, church situations, or worldly things with a hope of resolving an issue.

And I think about my choir and the various issues that have been brought to our prayer part of the service and wonder if singing is also a type prayer for them as well as a form of release. And it could be your form of prayer.

Now, if you have had any choir/chorus experiences and want to get the satisfaction of praying through singing please feel free to speak with me after service or leave a message with the office. It is somewhat of a commitment, but we usually only sing twice a month and often rehearse Sundays.

Pat Moriarty's Children's Community Chorus will begin in January. This fall she plans to practice Sundays with our church school children - singing or playing the bells.

A week from this Sunday, September 22nd, is Jazz Sunday. Check our Church Calendar for the October and November Jazz Sunday dates. My next E-Tidings will be in two weeks.

So sit back and play a favorite tune that helps you relax and reflect on things. It just might be a Blessing! - Jim Moriarty


First Church Knitters Group 

We plan on meeting to knit and crochet at 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Everyone is welcome. Seasoned knitters and crocheters as well as people who want to learn to knit or crochet. Fellowship and friends meet to relax. Call Heidi at 203-798-0476 or 203-826-6827 for more info.


Submit Article Ideas

Contact Greg Pings if you have an idea for an article or photo for our website or Facebook page. Send your idea in an email to: Greg_pings@hotmail.com


 Deer Hill Thrift Shop

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.

Please consider volunteering – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.

Fridays: 9:30 am – 2 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm.

 


Bible Study

Next Session begins Tuesday, October 1- 3 p.m. Even if you did not come before, please come and join us (call the church office before the next session so you can be sent the bible passage for that week). Open to all!


“Faith and Foam”

October 15 at Three Brothers Diner in Danbury, starting at 6 p.m. (242 White Street). If you haven’t heard of these kinds of meet-ups, they have become very popular for churches to run in communities all over the country. The intention behind the Oak Leaf and Acornsmeet-ups is this: For many people because of work or other commitments, going to a house of worship on the weekend just doesn’t fit with the way their lives unfold. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a spiritual life, or, for that matter, that they don’t have questions or opinions they’d like to share about faith and religion. It’s the informal kind of discussion that lends itself to a brew or a drink among friends after work.

E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

This Sunday – September 8thBlessing of the Backpacks

10 am Morning Worship Resumes

Homecoming Sunday – Blessing of the Backpacks


From Reverend Pat Kriss

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter Author

And so we enter the season of “all things new.” A new school year. A new season at church when the music is cool and so is the Sanctuary. A new set of opportunities to be bold, to achieve great things, and yes… to learn from our mistakes.

So on this Homecoming Sunday at 10 AM, we prepare ourselves, no matter what the age, to “take it on the road” when it comes to living a the kind of life Christ has been preparing us for. He’s taught us how to act in terms of kindness and when confronted by adversity. We learn this weekend from the apostle Paul how we can break people free from being enslaved -- how we can set ourselves free from what holds us back.

Now I’ve also made this first Sunday The Blessing of the Backpacks because backpacks symbolize taking it on the road, and, in essence, bringing with us a little slice of home, where all the tools we need are within our reach. Believe it or not, this Sunday’s gospel from Matthew is in part a story about a backpack and how we are to push back against evil, not with violence but by surprising the heck out of those who would oppress us. The blessing we will do with the help of our children is not just for kids. It’s for adults too who carry the tools of their lives in a backpack. Please make sure to bring your children’s and your backpacks to church on Sunday, and place them up in front of the Communion Table before we start. We’ll be adding a little something to each of the packs so that your church community can journey with you, too, in this year.

Finally, all of us have been deeply concerned as we witness the devastation that Dorian wreaked on the Bahamas, and still is causing on the US mainland as it chews its way up the Atlantic coast. If you would like to help, you can include in your donation at church this Sunday a check that you have marked for either the Emergency USA Relief Fund or the International Emergency Relief Fund that is gathered by the United Church of Christ. What you donate will be used to help people rebuild their lives and their homes in the wake of this natural disaster. Blessings to all as we take our Christian love on the road. -Pastor Pat Kriss


September Fellowship Luncheon

Our September Fellowship Luncheon is on Tuesday, September 10 at 12:30 pm in the Parlor. Please bring a dish to share and welcome Fall!


First Church Knitters Group 

We plan on meeting to knit and crochet at 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Everyone is welcome. Seasoned knitters and crocheters as well as people who want to learn to knit or crochet. Fellowship and friends meet to relax. Call Heidi at 203-798-0476 or 203-826-6827 for more info.


Submit Article Ideas

Contact Greg Pings if you have an idea for an article or photo for our website or Facebook page. Send your idea in an email to: Greg_pings@hotmail.com


 Deer Hill Thrift Shop

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.

Please consider volunteering – contact Pat Moriarty or Terry Hansen.

Fridays: 9:30 am – 2 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm.

 


Bible Study

Next Session tba. Even if you did not come before, please come and join us (call the church office before the next session so you can be sent the bible passage for that week). Open to all!


“Faith and Foam”

Next session tba. 

Held at Three Brothers Diner in Danbury, starting at 6 p.m. (242 White Street). If you haven’t heard of these kinds of meet-ups, they have become very popular for churches to run in communities all over the country. The intention behind the meet-ups is this: For many people because of work or other commitments, going to a house of worship on the weekend just doesn’t fit with the way their lives unfold. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a spiritual life, or, for that matter, that they don’t have questions or opinions they’d like to share about faith and religion. It’s the informal kind of discussion that lends itself to a brew or a drink among friends after work.


BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS – THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Blessing of the Backpacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Information

First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Est. 1696

Phone: (203) 744-6177
Email: fcdanbury@att.net

Office Hours:
Monday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thrift Shop Hours:
Friday 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday Worship:
Sunday    9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.

 

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