As I sit here like the rest of you, sequestered inside a safe home and with three of my favorite creatures (Spirit the dog, Nessie the cat and Gary the husband), I feel particularly blessed. We have food; we have more books than anyone could read in ten lifetimes. I have communications links by computer and phone. And most of all, I have church.
By now you may realize even more that Church is not a building. It is the people who care for and call one another part of a spiritual family. This is why Church is where the people are, even if they are located remotely from one another. We’ve been able, mostly successfully, to link up together to worship for two Sundays and, as our skill set with audio and Zoom improve, it will get better. We even held a very successful Bible Study on line on Monday! This Sunday we hope to have Nancy Wildman joining us to sing for us during our half hour service. It’s all a learning curve that keeps getting improved all the time as we deal with this crisis. And now Miss Cindy is including some coloring pages and a puzzle for our kids to do whenever they want.
The thing about crises is they often reveal to us what’s important in life and what’s not. Really, how important is it that our vacation may be cancelled or move later -- as long as the people we love are around to go with us? How serious is it that we might not be wearing our Easter outfit on Easter, but a little bit later? And at this stage when “cabin fever” is setting in and kids and adults long for the pattern of their usual routine, have we thought about our homeless community members for whom the shelter has closed down? The good news is that the City of Danbury has opened the War Memorial to take these individuals and shelter them for the duration. Our cabin fever seems so miniscule compared to the prospect of having no home at all.
Finally, for any of you who are having trouble signing on to our streaming Sunday service on Zoom at 10, Greg Pings, our council member and resident techie, has this advice:
Open this link to join our service. If this is your first time using Zoom, you may be prompted to download a small file. Please accept the download and follow any prompts for installation. This should not take too long.
If you see a spinning circle for more than 30 seconds, it may mean that Zoom’s network is overwhelmed. Close your web browser and repeat the steps above.
When you connect, click either the "Computer Audio" or "Phone Call" tab, then follow the instructions. The “Phone Call” tab provides a better audio connection while you view the service.
You use only your phone instead. You will be able to listen to the service on your phone, but you will not see the visuals. That’s OK. Dial one of the numbers below. When prompted for a meeting ID, enter 516-738-953#.
Telephone Numbers for Zoom
The service will be posted on our Facebook page a few hours afterwards. Go to www.facebook.com/DanburyChurch.
Please realize that all of you are in my prayers and can reach me whenever you want to talk. Blessings - Pastor Pat Kriss
When God pushes you to the edge, trust him fully, because only two things can happen. Either God will catch you when you fall, or God will teach you how to fly. --- Anonymous
As we venture further into this thing called “an online congregation,” we really ARE like fledgling birds on the edge of the nest. We held our first online service last week and learned from our errors. This week, I will be broadcasting on Zoom and Facebook Live from home (and you can also call the phone number we have listed, and just listen).
One important thing for this Sunday’s service: please email me your prayer requests in advance of Sunday and I will read them toward the end of our service. (Use my personal email: email@example.com)
Mister Gary will also take his first shot at doing Bible Magic on the air, so let the kids know that their request from Sunday has been answered. In the email or snail mail packet you receive, our kids will also find a coloring page cross that Miss Cindy would like our Church School to color, and then when we are once again back together, we are going to put them all together.
Some good news: we have gotten the licensing permission to let us stream our music over the Sunday Service, so that we can start having Jim Moriarty or Nancy Wildman perform their wonderful music. If not this week, it will take place next week.
Last of all, just know that all of us at First Congregational Church -- Mary Ann, Jim, Greg Pings who is helping me coordinate the social media, and myself -- send all of you our blessings and support. I will close with a link to a prayer and blessing from our three Bridge Ministers for the United Church of Christ here in New England. I encourage you to watch the five minute meditation. See you all Sunday at 10. - Pastor Pat Kriss
Our worship services are now livestreamed with Zoom, a video conferencing provider.
Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. To join, open this link.
For audio only, dial one of the numbers below. When prompted for a webinar ID, enter 711 710 720#.
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To view our service on Facebook go to www.facebook.com/DanburyChurch/ and click the livestream video.
First Congregational Church
164 Deer Hill Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: (203) 744-6177
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 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.