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

E-Tidings Weekly Newsletter

Sunday, October 14, 2018

This Sunday:   Jazz Sunday – Food Collection

Next Sunday:  Rev.  Dr. Micahel Ciba, preaching

 

From Reverend Pat Kriss

I have to be candid. Some of the nicest, most thoughtful people I’ve ever known have been what we would call “rich people.” After a long pre-pastoral career as a non-profit fund raiser, I’ve known my share of individuals who are unfailingly generous and aware that they are blessed.

In this week’s Gospel, however, we find ourselves brought up short by Jesus’ remarks to a rich young man about what it would take for him to earn salvation. He tells the young man that, in order to follow him, he must sell everything he has to join him. The young man leaves, grieving in a way. Jesus said to the disciples,  "How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!"  ….Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

What are we to make of this? Does Jesus really think that a wealthy person has to strip his or her life bare of material things? Most of us don’t have to worry about being extremely wealthy. But hopefully you are as perplexed by this statement as the rest of us.

The truth of the matter is, Jesus is not saying that drastic measures must be taken to be “saved.” Instead, Jesus was making it clear to the young man the truth in following Jesus is not our material goods, but our attitude toward material wealth and the importance we place upon our good fortune.  There are plenty of rich people who understand, who get the concept that they have been blessed, and who in turn use their fortune to assist others who are not so fortunate. To these belongs the Kingdom of heaven. These are “the camels” that have made themselves small and not brimming with human pride, in order to fit within the eye of the needle. There is a fascinating Jamaican-born young artist from Britain – Willard Wigan-- who, upon reading of the eye of the needle, created the camels already fitting within a tiny needle, not just as a sole animal, but as a caravan. Humility lets us let go of defining ourselves by what we own in favor of what we do for God.

On this upcoming Jazz Sunday we pause to think about it all. What is required of us to follow Jesus? What does it mean to be asked to make a sacrifice to follow him? Come join us at 10 AM to spend some time, to listen to uplifting music, and to enjoy the presence of people who welcome you to rest a while. --- Pastor Pat Kriss

 

Church School – We need one or two people that are willing to assist in the event a scheduled teacher can’t be there.  No work or prep required. Church School will not be run with only one teacher this year.

Food Collection Sunday – October 14th – We will be collecting food for Interfaith Aids Ministry. Items needed are canned coffee, soup, tuna, meals in a can, cereal, peanut butter and wrapped candy for Halloween baskets.  Items may be brought to the Sanctuary on Oct. 14 or dropped off at the church office during the week.  Thank you!!

First Church Knitters Group.  We plan on meeting to knit and crochet at 5:30 pm in the Parlor on alternate Thursdays.  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 204 798 0476 or 203 826 6827 to RSVP/next date.

Youth Group:  Our newly formed Youth Group has decided to meet every other Tuesday at   6 pm on the 3rd floor.   See Pastor Pat or Jay Duhamel for more info.

Join the Choir!  Singers are always welcome to join the choir - see Jim Moriarty after worshi p

“Faith and Foam” Monday, October 22 at Three Brothers Diner in Danbury, starting at 6pm (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.

Bible Study - Our next session will be on Tuesday, Oct. 16th  at 6 pm in the parlor off Annie Hall with food available, too. 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!

Children’s Community Chorus meets every Tuesday at 4:30 pm. Open to All Children – Elementary & Middle School Age – no charge, non-religious, limited enrollment. To sign up or for more info: pamort@hotmail.com or call the church office. 

To submit article ideas for the website or Facebook, contact Greg Pings: greg_pings@hotmail.com

Deer Hill Thrift Shop

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.

Volunteers urgently needed, especially on Saturdays.  Please call the church office if you can help. Hours:  Frida 9:30 am – 2 pm; Sat. 10 am – 2pm.

E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

This Sunday:  Worldwide Communion & Children’s Communion Sunday

Next Sunday:  Jazz Sunday – Food Collection

 

From Reverend Pat Kriss

One of the things that makes our Church different, as part of the United Church of Christ, is that we don’t make people accept a “creed,” a list of what all are supposed to believe in order to belong here. As a non-creedal church, however, we DO put forth a Statement of Faith, that seeks to take into account our open doors and our extravagant welcome that says, “You belong here.”

Quite often the people who find our open doors come from other faiths, or no particular faith at the time they first visit. Quite often some of our new adults and families have had an experience of Catholicism, where children don’t participate in the Lord’s Supper until they have gone through the rite of First Holy Communion. In the Congregational Church, there is no first communion because we maintain that all people – tall, small, old and young – are invited always to participate.

But recently I also realized that our children never really have an introduction to what the bread and the wine, the prayers and the blessings of The Lord’s Supper are all about. So this Sunday, which also happens to be World Communion Sunday, we are declaring Children’s Communion Sunday. It will be like other communion Sundays, except that the service will be shorter, the message brief and understandable for children and youth, and our kids will take up the collection and also bring forward “the elements” of the Lord’s Supper – the chalice and the bread (but there will be some cookies in there as well.) Our children will lead the way for the rest of us coming forward to receive The Bread of Heaven and the Cup of Salvation.

Just as in the  Statement of Faith, we learn in our prayers of worship the universal invitation to Christ’s table:     This is the joyful feast of the people of God.

men and women, youth and children,

come from the east and the west,

from the north and the south,

and gather about Christ's table.

This Sunday I hope you will join us, and be led by little children and youth to find the place where all people are welcome, all people are nourished, and all people are One.

--- Pastor Pat Kriss

 

Church School – We need one or two people that are willing to assist in the event a scheduled teacher can’t be there.  No work or prep required.

Church School will not be run with only one teacher this year.

Food Collection Sunday – October 14th – We will be collecting food for Interfaith Aids Ministry. Items needed are canned coffee, soup, tuna, meals in a can, cereal, peanut butter and wrapped candy for Halloween baskets.  Items may be brought to the Sanctuary on Oct. 14 or dropped off at the church office during the week.  Thank you!!

First Church Knitters Group.  We plan on meeting to knit and crochet at 5:30 pm in the Parlor on alternate Thursdays.  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 204 798 0476 or 203 826 6827 to RSVP/next date.

Youth Group:  Our newly formed Youth Group has decided to meet every other Tuesday at   6 pm on the 3rd floor.   See Pastor Pat or Jay Duhamel for more info.

Join the Choir!  Singers are always welcome to join the choir - see Jim Moriarty after worship.

“Faith and Foam” Monday, October 8th at Three Brothers Diner in Danbury, starting at 6pm (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.

Bible Study - Our next session will be on Tuesday, Oct. 16th  at 6 pm in the parlor off Annie Hall with food available, too. 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.

Children’s Community Chorus meets every Tuesday at 4:30 pm. Open to All Children – Elementary & Middle School Age – no charge, non-religious, limited enrollment. To sign up or for more info: pamort@hotmail.com or call the church office. 

To submit article ideas for the website or Facebook, contact Greg Pings: greg_pings@hotmail.com

Deer Hill Thrift Shop
Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.
Volunteers urgently needed, especially on Saturdays.  Please call the church office if you can help. Hours:  Frida 9:30 am – 2 pm; Sat. 10 am – 2pm.
 

October Fellowship Luncheon will be on Tuesday, Oct. 9th at 12:30pm in Annie Hall.  Please bring a dish to share!

E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, October 4, 2018

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    10 a.m.–11 a.m.

 

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