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

E-Tidings Weekly Newsletter

This Sunday -- November 19, 2017

This Sunday:  Thanksgiving Sunday

3pm Connecticut Master Chorale Concert – Sanctuary

Monday, November 20th – Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship at UJC - 7 pm

 

From Rev. Pat Kriss

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

---Mother Teresa of Calcutta

I had a brief conversation the other day with someone. When he heard from me that our annual ARC Interfaith Thanksgiving Service here in Danbury is happening this coming Monday evening, he snorted and said that “all that peace stuff is really over with.” I looked him square in the eye and told him that it’s because we are going through such turbulent times steeped in such hatred and violence, that to seek peace is the only antidote we can truly rely on.

There can only be peace if we understand that we belong to one another, in all our glorious diversity of belief and cultures. There can only be peace if we all learn to carry the Spirit of peace within us, or to carry God in our hearts. Therefore, it’s really fitting that the theme of this year’s Thanksgiving Service is Imagine God in Every Heart. The featured speaker will be Joyce Schriebman of "Brother from Another Mother."

I really encourage those of you who can to be present Monday November 20 at 7 PM at the United Jewish Center on Deer Hill Avenue for the coming together of so many like-minded people who really know what they have to be thankful for.  – Pastor Pat Kriss

 

From Jim Moriarty, Director of Music

I can’t believe that this Sunday is already our Thanksgiving Service. The music, featuring the choir, will include several anthems along with special hymn presentations. Being a day of thanksgiving for all of us church members, our anthem will be sung by both the choir and congregation. Don’t worry as it is a special arrangement of a very familiar hymn.

The Children’s Community Chorus had a great rehearsal this past Tuesday in preparation of their winter concert on December 10 at 1pm in our sanctuary.

This Sunday afternoon, The Master Chorale, directed by Tina Heinrich, will present their Holiday Concert in our First Congregational Church Music Hall. Tickets at the door are $25.

Remember to clear your calendars for December 9th at 4pm when Doug Hartline and his ensemble will present “A Jazz Holiday Concert” here in our beautiful decorated sanctuary!

Jim Moriarty

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

Deer Hill Thrift Shop:    9:30am - 2pm - Fridays and Saturdays.

Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.

Volunteers urgently needed, especially on Saturdays.  Please call the church office if you can help. We will be closed Nov. 24 and 25.

Join the Choir!  Singers are always welcome to join the choir - see Jim Moriarty after worship
 
Bible Study - Our next session will be on Monday, November 27th at 5:30 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).
 
Children’s Community Chorus has begun and 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: email:pamort@hotmail.com or call the church

office.

 
To submit article ideas for the website or Facebook, contact Greg Pings: greg_pings@hotmail.com.
 
White Gifts - Food Pantry Collection for Interfaith Aids Ministry - Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wanted items are: Coffee** (cans), tea, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, Christmas candy, candy canes, canned veggies, soups, canned meals, grocery store gift cards.

Also small toys (do not wrap) - ex. Crayons, coloring books, card games, hot wheel type cars, small dolls, stuffed animals.                              ** number 1 requested item.

 
Doug Hartline and Friends Benefit Christmas Celebration Concert in our Sanctuary, Saturday, December 9th at 4 pm.  Admission is free and a good will offering will be taken to benefit the church.  The concert will include unique renditions of Christmas carols, hymns and popular songs.

ARC’s Peaceable Home Charity Breakfast will be on Friday, Dec 8th at 7:30 am at the Amber Room Colonnade.  First Church will once again host a table.  If you would like to attend, please sign up in Annie Hall or call MaryAnn in the church office.  Thank you.

Pat Moriarty and her Children’s Community Chorus will be performing their Winter Concert on Sunday, December 10th, 1 pm in the Sanctuary.  Come and enjoy this joyous event.  All Welcome.  No Charge.  Reception follows.
 

ARC’s 26th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is Monday, Nov 20th at the United Jewish Center on Deer Hill Avenue at 7 pm.  Guest Speaker is Joyce Schriebman of “Brother from Another Mother”.  Offering will be received to help sustain ARC’s Food Pantry “Comida”.  All Welcome.

 

The 2017 Holidays are rapidly approaching and it will be time, once again in First Church tradition, to decorate our beautiful church with POINSETTIAS & WREATHS.  If you would like to place an order, please complete the form below.  Mail the form, with your check payable to First Church, to FCC, 164 Deer Hill Ave, Danbury, CT 06810, drop the form and check at the church office or offering plate on Sunday, or email MaryAnn at fcdanbury@att.net.

___Wreath(s) $17.00 each =      ________

___Poinsettia(s) $15.00 each =   ________

                 Total Enclosed  =        $________

Additional forms may be emailed to you – contact MaryAnn (fcdanbury@att.net)

In Memory of or Honoring.... (circle one)

____________________________________________________

Given by:

____________________________________________________

TEL#_________________________________________

Taken after Service, December 24? ____      

E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017

This Sunday -- November 12, 2017

This Sunday:  Jazz & Stewardship Sunday – Baptism

Thanksgiving Food Collection

 

From Jim Moriarty, Director of Music

This Sunday is Jazz Sunday with Doug Hartline and his ensemble.  Speaking of Doug Hartline, he is in the process of gathering musicians for his Holiday Jazz Benefit Concert here in the First Congregational Church Concert Hall. The concert is scheduled for December 9th. Plans are for making this a fellowship evening for our congregation. More information soon.

The organ was tuned/fixed last week. This week the piano will be tuned, both in time for the upcoming Holiday Season.

The Children’s Community Chorus’s concert is scheduled for December 10th at 1pm. Our church sponsors this group please mark your calendars.

THIS Saturday evening, November 11th, at 7pm the Danbury Concert Chorus will be presenting a concert. A free-will offering will be taken.

The Master chorale, directed by Tina Heinrich, will present their Holiday Concert Sunday afternoon, November 19th, beginning at 3pm. Ticket charge at the door is $25.

The Annual “Messiah” concert presented by the DMC is scheduled for December 17th at 4pm. A free-will offering is taken during intermission. This concert usually fills out sanctuary. Mark your calendars.

Jim Moriarty

 

Youth Group:  Our newly formed Youth Group has decided to meet every other Tuesday at 6 or 6:30 pm starting soon in one of the classrooms on the third floor.  Call the church office for more info.

 
Deer Hill Thrift Shop:    9:30am - 2pm - Fridays and Saturdays.
Great merchandise, low prices, very friendly staff.
Volunteers urgently needed, especially on Saturdays.  Please call the church office if you can help.
 

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

 
Change of Day:  Bible Study - Our next session will be on Monday, November 13th  at 5:30 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).
 

Children’s Community Chorus has begun and 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: email:pamort@hotmail.com or call the church office.

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

Thanksgiving Food Collection for Interfaith Aids Ministry - November 12th.  Besides Thanksgiving items, most needed are: different kinds of pasta, sauce, canned soups, vegetables and meals in cans; also condiments.

 
Our November Fellowship Luncheon will be on Tuesday, November 14th at 12:30 pm in Annie Hall.  Food will be provided:  chicken and baked ziti from Nick’s and pie for dessert. 

Everyone is welcome to come and welcome in the change of seasons!!

 

White Gifts - Food Pantry Collection for Interfaith Aids Ministry - Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wanted items are: Coffee** (cans), tea, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, Christmas candy, candy canes, canned veggies, soups, canned meals, grocery store gift cards.

Also small toys (do not wrap) - ex. Crayons, coloring books, card games, hot wheel type cars, small dolls, stuffed animals.                              ** number 1 requested item.

 
Doug Hartline and Friends Benefit Christmas Celebration Concert in our Sanctuary, Saturday, December 9th at 4 pm.  Admission is free and a good will offering will be taken to benefit the church.  The concert will include unique renditions of Christmas carols, hymns and popular songs.
 

The 2017 Holidays are rapidly approaching and it will be time, once again in First Church tradition, to decorate our beautiful church with POINSETTIAS & WREATHS.  If you would like to place an order, please complete the form below.  Mail the form, with your check payable to First Church, to FCC, 164 Deer Hill Ave, Danbury, CT 06810, drop the form and check at the church office or offering plate on Sunday, or email MaryAnn at fcdanbury@att.net.

___Wreath(s) $17.00 each =      ________

___Poinsettia(s) $15.00 each =   ________

                           Total Enclosed  =        $________

 

Additional forms may be emailed to you – contact MaryAnn (fcdanbury@att.net)

In Memory of or Honoring.... (circle one)

___________________________________________

Given by:

___________________________________________

TEL#     _________________________________________

Taken after Service, December 24? ____      

E-Tidings Date: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017

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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